Cavs without 5 rotation players vs. Hornets Tuesday night

Rodney Hood says team has been over matched most nights

Daryl Ruiter
November 13, 2018 - 11:54 am

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Independence, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without 5 rotational players when they host the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday night.

Kyle Korver has been ruled out due to a sore foot and he joins George Hill (right shoulder), Cedi Osman (bask spasms), Sam Dekker (left ankle sprain) and Kevin Love (left foot surgery) on the bench.

J.R. Smith participated in morning shootaround after missing Monday’s practice with an illness. He is expected to play.

“I trust my teammates, even the guys who haven’t been playing that are playing now, guys have really stepped up, Collin’s really been playing well,” guard Rodney Hood said Tuesday morning following the team’s shootaround. “Everybody’s been doing their part. If we continue to do that, trust each other, the wins will come, we’ll come back healthy. Especially when we get K Love back we’ll start to hit a little bit of a run.”

The Cavs have lost their last 5 and are 1-11 on the season.

Overmatched – With the volume of injuries that the Cavs have incurred early in the season, Hood stressed Tuesday morning that effort is not the problem.

“Yeah, the fight is there. A lot of times we’re undersized – now with Larry in the starting lineup we’re kinda big, but for the most part we’ve been undersized for most of the year,” Hood said. “[We’re] Just figuring that out. We’ve been fighting, scrapping and it’s tough most nights when you’re overmatched but you just gotta deal with it. But the fight is there.”

Close calls – Since getting blown out by the Hornets in Charlotte 126-94 on Nov. 3, The Cavs lost at the buzzer in Orlando 102-100, 95-86 to the Thunder at home on the 7th and Saturday night by 1, 99-98 in Chicago.

“I think that’s the frustrating part, we’re a result-driven league and you want to win every game, especially when we play well,” Hood said. “But if we continue to fight, continue to play the game the right way, wins will come. I don’t know when, but they’ll come and hopefully we start out tonight.”

Return of the orange and blue – The Cavs will debut their city edition uniforms and special matching themed floor Tuesday night.

The orange and blue 80’s and early 90’s colors return and they have been blended with the team’s uniform design from when Quicken Loans Arena opened as Gund Arena in 1994. The ‘Cleveland’ script used by Destination Cleveland is used on the front of the uniforms and across the center circle on the floor.

“I think it will be fun, a change of scenery, hopefully it will get us a win tonight,” Hood said.

The Cavs will wear the special uniforms and use the floor 6 times this season.