MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (6-3) 124, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (3-6) 95
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: You getting as tired of hearing, "It's early," as I am?
Whatever Coach Mike Brown is doing right now, it's not working. This was an absolute embarrassment. Certainly, the players haven't tuned him out nine games into the season, have they?
This group looks uninterested. There's some sort of disconnect right now. I wish I had the answers.
It's one thing to go to Minnesota and lose. It's another thing to get bashed in the mouth - in Kyrie Irving's case, physically bashed in the mouth - and not fight back.
For much of the game, Irving and center Anderson Varejao were the only ones actually playing basketball. They played a little two-man game, and the other three guys just watched.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love toyed with the Cavs. He's not the most athletic player on the court, just the best. He ended with 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He checked into tonight's game leading the NBA in rebounding (15 per game) and second in scoring (26.4 points per game). He really is a special talent.
Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson tried to defend him, but wasn't up for the task.
The Cavs played without center Andrew Bynum (family matter). He would have helped. But they just laid down.
They are now 0-6 on the road this season. One can see how that's going to be a major bugaboo this year for the Cavs.
It could be something that keeps them out of the playoffs.
Playoffs? Did I just mention playoffs? What a joke. That word shouldn't be uttered until they straighten themselves out ... if they straighten themselves out.
For whatever reason, this team is just not living up to expectations. It's too early to start getting rid of guys. The front office and coaching staff needs to be patient. This team is playing like it did the previous three seasons - like total crap. We can't blame this on Byron Scott. Brown is the coach and he needs to find a way to pull this team out of its malaise.
This team is a total mess right now. From top to bottom.
The Cavs trailed by 39 points at one point in this lopsided affair.
They are expected to practice on Thursday. Heck, Brown might have them run wind sprints for three hours after this one.
UP NEXT: The Cavs host Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Robbie Hummel (6-8, 220)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Kevin Love (6-10, 243)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 268) vs. Nikola Pekovic (6-11, 285)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 225) vs. Corey Brewer (6-9, 185)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Ricky Rubio (6-4, 185)
Cavs - C Andrew Bynum, G Carrick Felix
Timberwolves - F Chase Budinger, C Ronny Turiaf
Zach Zarba, Dick Bavetta, Josh Tiven