Wednesday, April 10

Cleveland Cavaliers doomed by slow start, but find plusses in loss


Coming into Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets’ starting five had played in a combined 284 playoff games, compiled a 171-113 record, and captured three NBA championships.

The Cavaliers’ lineup had — gulp — nine postseason games to its credit, all by Caris LeVert.

Their showdown for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference came in the NBA’s play-in tournament, not the playoffs. But not surprisingly for the inexperienced Cavs, there were lessons to be learned in the 115-108 loss to the Nets at Barclays Center.

If they aren’t grasped before Friday’s 7:30 pm game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse against the winner of Wednesday’s play-in between the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks, the Cavs’ surprising season will come to a disappointing halt.

Win, and the Cavs will earn the eighth seed and open a seven-game series against the top-seeded Miami Heat Sunday at 1 pm at FTX Arena.




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