All the momentum, all the goodwill and all the positive energy the Cavaliers created last week with a mini winning streak came crashing to a thud Tuesday against a short-handed Golden State Warriors team playing its final night on an East Coast trip.
The defense was lethargic, the All-Star point guard was sick and the result was a 108-95 loss to a Warriors team playing without three starters and a key reserve.
Before the game, coach Byron Scott called the Warriors a "wounded animal" that would come out fighting, which is exactly what happened against a Cavs team that wasn't ready for a fight.
"I didn't think we had the energy tonight," Scott said. "Just didn't play with the energy and that sense of urgency. They came out aggressive and we were on our heels all night long."
Warriors 108, Cavaliers 95: Irving ill, winning streak ends against short-handed Warriors
Akron Beacon Journal | Jan 30