The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their second matchup to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 128-120 shootout. The Thunder remained in control for most of the game, as Cleveland could not contain Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Gilgeous-Alexander led the way for Oklahoma City, finishing with an impressive 43 points. The Cavaliers saw impressive performances from Caris LeVert and Evan Mobley. LeVert scored a solid 29 points and added five points and five assists. Mobley finished with 22 points, going 9-16 from the field.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally got their exciting big four playing together after dealing with injuries to start their 2023 campaign. Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen started together for just the third time this season in Wednesday’s matchup. They have struggled to find their stride early in the season, as the team is still developing on-court chemistry with their newest starter, Max Strus. Strus has played decent for the Cavaliers thus far, posting averages of 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Cleveland will look to add their fourth win Friday against the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers have already notched a win against the Warriors this season in a 114-104 contest.
Every matchup is another opportunity for this team to continue to build chemistry. The 3-5 start isn’t great, but there is no need to panic about the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is a young, energetic team that will only get better as the season progresses. Expect them to continue to get better game after game.
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