Two new explanations/excuses were introduced into the discussion Sunday as to why the Cavaliers can't seem to either guard anyone or get out of their own way. Following the Cavs' 114-95 loss to the New York Knicks, their third straight and fourth in five games, coach Tyronn Lue said " teams just look faster than we do, at every position. "They're running fast, they're spreading, they're pushing the ball up the floor," Lue said. "It's like we can't keep up." It's not just the Knicks who make the Cavs look this way, but let's start there. Tim Hardaway Jr. couldn't be stopped. He finished with 34 points. Kristaps Porzingis scored 32. Enes Kanter scored 18 and Courtney Lee added 15. The night before, in a 123-101 loss in New Orleans, Anthony Davis scored 30. Demarcus Cousins posted a triple double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists). Jrue Holiday scored 29 and E'Twaun Moore added 24. All eight of those players are starters. The Cavs' starters haven't been able to keep up. The average age per player on Cleveland's roster is a league-high 30. Among the Cavs' starters, LeBron James is 32, J.R. Smith is 31, Derrick Rose is 29, Kevin Love is 28 and Tristan Thompson is 26. Among Cleveland's top reserves, Dwyane Wade is 35 and Kyle Korver is 36.
Tyronn Lue: Cavaliers look slow and intimidated to play with LeBron James
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Oct 31