Former coach takes epic shot at Cavs after they gave up 148 points to OKC


Former coach takes epic shot at Cavs after they gave up 148 points to OKC

When it rains, it pours for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After starting the season 24-9, they have cratered. Including two losses to the Warriors and one to the Kings, the Cavs are 3-8 over their last 11 games.

During the stretch, they suffered through a four-game losing streak and nearly blew a 23-point lead against the Magic on Thursday.

But nothing was worse than what happened in front of a national TV audience on Saturday. The visiting Oklahoma City Thunder strolled into Quicken Loans Arena and hung 148 points on the defending Eastern Conference champs and won by 24 points.

Saturday's performance was so bad, former Cavs head coach David Blatt took a shot at them before coaching the Team Europe in the Turkish Basketball Super League All-Star Game in Instabul.

Asked by a sideline reporter for his thoughts on the game he was about to coach, Blatt offered this:

"Well, I don't think we're going to have any problem scoring. I'm just wondering if we're going to defend anybody. That's what I'm worried about," Blatt said.

The reporter followed up by asking for his expectation of the final score. That's when Blatt threw a haymaker at the team that fired him during the 2015-16 season despite a 30-11 record.

"Well, I hope we don't give up as many points as the Cavaliers did last night," Blatt said.


Unfortunately for Blatt, Team Europe lost 151-142 to Team Asia.

Kevin Durant explains why the Warriors need to shoot more 3-pointers

Kevin Durant explains why the Warriors need to shoot more 3-pointers

It's a very small sample size, but the Warriors aren't shooting many 3-pointers so far this season.

Through three games, Golden State is averaging 24.7 attempts per game from beyond the arc -- the fifth fewest in the NBA.

Here is where the Warriors ranked the previous four seasons under coach Steve Kerr:
2014-15 = 27.0 attempts = 4th most
2015-16 = 31.6 attempts = most
2016-17 = 31.2 attempts = 5th most
2017-18 = 28.9 attempts = 17th most

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The Warriors went 7 of 29 from distance Sunday night in Denver, and are shooting 32.4 percent as a team this season (24th in the NBA). But after the loss, Kevin Durant did not sound concerned.

"I think Klay's been getting great looks, obviously Steph's been knocking them down," he told reporters in the locker room. "I'm 1 for 10 on the season, so luckily we got 79 more games to go to get the rhythm back, so hopefully we start knocking them down. We need to get a couple more up just for the flow of the game.

"We put them on the line 42 times. For us, we like the flow, we like to get a few possessions in a row -- tire teams out with our movement, our body movement, ball movement.

"But the fouls, getting in the bonus early in the quarters, it has a little bit of an effect on us."

Durant is correct in that Klay is getting great looks from deep because he is:
1 for 1 on "tight" 3-pointers
0 for 6 on "open" 3-pointers
1 for 9 on "wide open" 3-pointers

Durant, meanwhile, isn't getting greak looks because he is:
0 for 5 on "tight" 3-pointers
1 for 4 on "open" 3-pointers
0 for 1 on "wide-open" 3-pointers

Steph Curry is 16 for 34 from 3-point range, while the rest of the team is 8-for-40 combined ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller


Warriors vs. Suns live stream: Watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Suns live stream: Watch NBA game online on MyTeams

A night after facing one of the game's best bigs, the Warriors get a look at one of the most promising.

2018 No. 1 pick DeAndre Ayton will play his first regular-season game against Golden State on Monday night. The rookie out of Arizona struggled in his second NBA game on Saturday, scoring only 5 points on 2-of-7 shooting in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. 

The Warriors know that feeling, as they lost 100-98 to Denver on Sunday. The Dubs struggled to keep the Nuggets off the free-throw line, while Stephen Curry remains the only player consistently making 3-point shots. 

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Nuggets, as well as Warriors Pregame Live and Postgame Live, live online.

When: Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. PT (pregame show at 6:30 p.m.)?
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game by clicking this link.