To put it kindly, the Cavs are struggling mightily on the defensive end of the floor. An old coach happened to notice.
Before the Turkish BSL All-Star Game on Sunday, former Cavs and current Darussafaka coach David Blatt took a quick swipe at his old team after Cleveland lost to Oklahoma City in particularly humiliating fashion Saturday afternoon. The Thunder started the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back, destroying the Cavs by a final score of 148-124. After allowing 43 points in the first quarter alone, Cavs players were booed off the floor by the home crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.
This is the worst it has ever been. That cannot be overstated or exaggerated. The mood around the locker room, the vibe among players, the general feeling throughout the organization is a stunning bewilderment of how it all fell apart so quickly… Even LeBron James is privately acknowledging to those around him that this is the worst it has been since he returned.
It was already bad enough in Cleveland. Blatt just threw some salt in the wound.
After Rondo said Allen wasn’t invited last year, it was revealed that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce also had strained relationships with Allen after he left the Celtics to sign with the Heat.
However, Pierce and Allen mended their relationship during a trip to China this past year, posting a photo on Instagram to show all was well.
Now it appears Allen and Rondo have moved past their differences, too.
While Adebayo is built more like a modern power forward at 6-10 with a 7-1 wingspan, he has the skill set of a traditional center. Almost half of his points have come on a combination of pick-and-rolls and cuts this season, and he’s finished those plays at a rate of 1.24 points per possession. (Adebayo currently ranks in the 63.1 percentile with 1.14 points per pick-and-roll possession and the 62.8 percentile with 1.34 points per cut possession).