The Cavs had their whole squad (minus the L8Show) back together against the Denver Nuggets last night, and were able to reassemble the starting lineup that won the Championship last year for the first time in months. Unfortunately, just because they were together again, doesn’t mean they were all necessarily on the same page… especially defensively. Maybe it was the four days they spent at sea level in L.A., taking care of business between two weekend games, before flying a mile high to the Pepsi Center. Or, maybe it was the rust of trying to re-integrate key pieces like Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver (who returned after missing seven games) back into the rotation. Or maybe they just gave their defensive selves a night off. Whatever it was, the Nuggets, led by their Point Center Nikola Jokic, almost ran the Cavs off the court, racking up 73 points in the first half on 58% shooting, and putting the wine & gold in a hole as deep as 20 points in the early going. Kyrie did what he could to shoot them back into it (33 points), but he, LeBron (who was a wretched -30 on the night) and the rest of the gang just couldn’t slow down the Nuggets.
On this edition, Nate and EvilGenius break down the Rocky Mountain Low the Cavs experienced, discuss whether or not the Cavs can stay ahead of the Boston Celtics (just one game back now) with a still tough road ahead, if they can flip the defensive switch for the post-season, what their plans for rest might be with three more back to backs to come, what’s happening with Larry Sanders down in Canton, and much, much more. We even revisit a bit of the Oscars drama from a couple of weeks ago.
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