Postgame observations: The Cavaliers lose to the Warriors 129-105

Curry and Durant were too much for the young Cavs

James Rapien
December 05, 2018 - 9:37 pm
Dec 5, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood (1) during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers got off to a fast start, but that only prolonged the inevitable in a 129-105 loss to the Warriors. 

Stephen Curry made nine three-pointers to lead Golden State to its’ 17th win of the season. He finished with 42 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Fellow superstar Kevin Durant added 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

It wasn’t all bad for the Cavaliers, who got off to a great start. Rodney Hood scored 11 points in the first five minutes and Cleveland took a 12-2 lead. The Cavaliers fought all game long, but there's a reason Golden State is the favorite to win a fourth championship in five years. Here are a few postgame observations:

The rivalry is over – Steve Kerr said it himself before the game. Wednesday's game felt like a battle between David and Goliath. The scrappy, young Cavaliers were doing everything they could, but everyone in the arena knew it would be enough. The Warriors knew it wouldn't be enough. The Cavaliers probably knew deep down that it would be enough. And it wasn't. The days of the Warriors and Cavaliers being a rivalry are over and anyone who attended tonight's game was there to witness it. 

Cavs make it rain (for a half) – Larry Drew said he wanted his team to shoot more threes before the game and that is exactly what they did. The Cavaliers made 10 of 20 three-point attempts in the first half. They entered the game averaging eight made three-pointers and 23 attempts per game. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, that success didn't continue. 

They made one out of their next 12 three-point attempts. Their shooting went ice cold in the fourth quarter when they were outscored 34-19. 

Mr. Double-Double – Tristan Thompson had another great game, finished with 14 points and 19 rebounds. It was his fourth double-double in a row, as he continues to bounce back from the worst season of his career. 

Thompson has been more vocal this season and has established himself as one of the leaders on this team. It’ll be interesting to see teams react if he continues to play well.

Would a team be willing to trade for him? The Cavaliers would love to trade away the $18.5 million they’re set to pay him next season. His play has improved, but will his value? If the answer is yes, then don’t be shocked if Thompson generates interest prior to the trade deadline.

The rookie delivers – Durant praised Collin Sexton before the game. Sexton had one of his better offensive performances of the season. He made 7-of-14 shots from the field, all three of his three-point attempts and finished with 21 points.

“One thing about Collin, he’s not going to back down,” Larry Drew said after the game. “This kid is a fierce competitor and he’ll accept any challenge.”

Sexton played 35 minutes on Wednesday night, as the rookie continues to grow and develop. His development is vital to the Cavaliers’ future. It appears that Sexton’s future could be a bright one.

Winnable matchups – The Cavaliers are off on Thursday before hosting Sacramento and Washington at The Q this weekend. These are two winnable home games for a young team like Cleveland.

It’ll be fun to watch Sexton go up against a young, talented player like De’Aaron Fox on Friday night.