Cavs Receive Boos in ‘Worst’ Home Loss of the Season
Donovan Mitchell accepted the boos that were directed at him and his teammates as the game began slipping away in the fourth quarter. Cleveland experienced a major defeat following a strong win with its worst loss this season, 103-95 on Thursday night to the Portland Trail Blazers. Shaedon Sharpe scored 29 points, rookie Duop Reath added a season-high 13 and Jabari Walker had 12 rebounds for Portland, who came in just 5-12 overall and 3-7 away from home. The Cavs may have been overconfident after playing so well in a 23-point win over Atlanta on Tuesday. The defeat was a “turning point” according to Mitchell. “This is the worst loss of the season. We’ll fix it,” he said. Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff kept his locker room closed for a long time before holding a brief postgame conference in which he seemed dazed. Sharpe’s biggest bucket came with 1:33 left on a driving layup that put Portland ahead of 99-91. Mitchell scored 23 and Evan Mobley 20 for the Cavs. The Blazers trailed by 12 midway through the third before using a 16-3 run, capped by Matisse Thybulle’s short putback, to take a 74-73 lead. The Cavs were guilty of settling for shots. “We didn’t play well enough,” Bickerstaff said. Trail Blazers: At Utah on Saturday. Cavaliers: At Detroit on Saturday.