The bad luck continues for the Cavs. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were out with injuries. Center Anderson Varejao is out for the season. Dion Waiters Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk are all headed out of Cleveland in trades with the Knicks and Thunder, while Imam Shumpert and J.R. Smith have yet to touch down from New York and join the Cavs lineup.
Shorthanded Cavs meet basketball demise in bad luck Philadelphia.
So the Cavs had 5 guys on the floor and 4 guys coming off the bench the entire night, and only had one of their stars. Better defense in the paint could still have won it. The Cavs still had Kevin Love. And he put the Cavs on his shoulders with 28 points and 19 rebounds.
Forward Tristan Thompson added 18 points. But it wasn’t enough, and the Cavs let the Sixers snap their 14-game home losing streak off on their heads. The streak was the 2nd longest in NBA history to start a season. Now, they’ll have to wait until next season if they want to be 1st place losers.
The Sixers rallied back from 17 points down in the second half to then lead the game. The Sixers owe the win to 6’6″ guard Tony Wroten. He charged the basket and sliced through the Cavaliers defense in the paint, hitting the layup which sealed the lead for the Sixers.
Once the Cavs roster is replenished with incoming players from New York, further upsets like this should become rare. And the Sixers can continue their losing ways and keep their record losing streaks going as long as they would like.
This fortunate win moves the Sixers up a notch in their division and pushes the Knicks down into last place in the NBA.