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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Game 19: Cavs at Timberwolves

TIMBERWOLVES (5-15) 129, CAVS (7-12) 95
at Target Center
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio


WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs have hit rock bottom. They are at the crossroads to their season. They can either go completely into the tank and give up or fight back.

After their performance in Minnesota, perhaps they've given up.

This was the first leg of a three-game road trip. All three games are winnable, assuming the Cavs show up. This team that has been on the court wearing the Cavs jerseys aren't anyone I even recognize.

Something drastic has to happen for the Cavs to snap out of this funk. This team is in desperate need of leaders. Right now, there is none.

Antawn Jamison might say something once in a while, but not on a consistent basis.

Oh, there's another desperate need: Talent. Right this minute, the Cavs might be the worst team in the league. They don't have the worst record, but could in the next couple weeks.

The schedule gets a lot tougher. They are not only not playing well, but they look like they are totally without confidence.

Some might think I'm overreacting. That's not the case. They need to be snapped out of this. Maybe a trade is needed. Something. If they stand pat and insist nothing is wrong, this whole thing could go down the dumper.

The Timberwolves came into the game riding a six-game losing streak and tied for the worst record in the league. They pounded the Cavs and handed them their worst loss of the season.

Of course, when a team makes 18 3s, they usually don't lose. The Timberwolves outscored the Cavs from behind the arc, 54-15.

This was a homecoming for Cavs guard Ramon Sessions, who led the Cavs with 18 points.

The Cavs had a nine-game winning streak snapped by the T-Wolves, who hadn't defeated Cleveland since Nov. 26, 2005.

VISITING SIOUX FALLS: The Timberwolves' starting point guard, Jonny Flynn, was in the D-League on Friday on a rehab assignment. He could be in Sioux Falls as many as three games.

He had hip surgery in July. Luke Ridnour has started in his place.

ā€œIā€™m excited just to get back out there,ā€ Flynn told Minnesota writers. "I just want to get a game feel. Go out there and just play as long as I can play, as hard as I can play and see how I respond to that.ā€

STARTERS
SF Jawad Williams (6-9, 218) vs. Michael Beasley (6-9, 230)
PF Leon Powe (6-8, 240) vs. Kevin Love (6-10, 260)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Darko Milicic (7-0, 275)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Wes Johnson (6-7, 215)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 195) vs. Luke Ridnour (6-2, 175)
PROJECTED INACTIVE LIST
Cavs - F J.J. Hickson, F Joey Graham, G Christian Eyenga.
Timberwolves - G Jonny Flynn, F Martell Webster.
OFFICIALS
James Capers, Derrick Collins, Violet Palmer.

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