After trailing by as much as 16 in the early third quarter, Cleveland came all the way back to lead by two with six minutes left. OKC rallied to hold the wine and gold to just four points for the rest of the game while Dennis Schöder scored seven down the stretch to bring the Thunder the win. The umlaut finished with a game high 28 points on 19 shots and joined the human wall, Steven Adams, in going +20 from the floor.
The shorthanded Cavs were even more shorthanded as Cedi Osman left early with back spasms never to return, yet they fought valiantly, with Jordan Clarkson going for a near triple double with an 11/9/8 line and Ante Zizic coming off the bench for 10 points and nine boards in just 16 minutes. The Cavs fell in love with threes late, and it took them out of their offense as the tried to hit home runs instead of doubles, and they just couldn’t hit them. Clarkson and Smith each went 5-17 and a combined 4-18 from three.
A couple of those drop and this was a different ballgame. On the bright side, Collin Sexton got extensive playing time in his first start in George Hill’s absence, and logged almost 42 minutes. Sexton finished with 15/2/1 and three turnovers. He finished well, with great left handed finishes on both sides of the basket, but got abused by Schöder and was hesitant in his shot and also left guys in terrible positions by giving them the ball with just a few seconds remaining on the shot clock and no clear options.
Tom Pestak and Nate smith hopped into the podcast booth to discuss the Thunder loss, the overall NBA, the disaster that was Monday’s collapse against Orlando, and the guys the Cavs could’ve drafted instead of Sexton. We also hit on a lot of “get off my lawn” topics with rants on punditry, horrible headlines, clickbait, and the mind numbing blandness of linked-in and its mind-numbingly milquetoast motivational memes. It seemed like a metaphor for how the Cavs are competing: saying all the right thing while nothing really changes.