Jae Crowder also had 10 points for the Cavaliers. In most cases, this situation would lead to a poor attempt and double-overtime. But that didn't happen. "Guys start to go 1-on-1 on offense and the defense is every man for himself". Yet they still lost for the ninth time in their past 10 road games after Cleveland inbounded the ball from beyond halfcourt with just a second left, James caught it and turning, fading away made an 18-foot shot over Butler's outstretched hand. Even if the Cavs make it to the playoffs in 2018, which is looking grimmer by the game, the team won't be much different next year, certainly not different enough to keep Lebron James interested. The Cavaliers were at a point where they could not look worse, and this was looking like the best opportunity to get past James in the East in nearly a decade.
The game mercifully ended a few minutes later with the Cavaliers scoring just nine points in the quarter making the final score, Orlando 116 Cleveland 98.
Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with a career-high 23 points, and Marc Gasol had 20.
"I'm exhausted of being traded", Thomas said following the Cavs' win over Minnesota. But I just want to be where I'm wanted.
Then Thomas seemingly blamed Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and his staff for not keeping up with the in-game maneuvers of opposing coaches.
"We were really anxious that what was going on the floor and sort of our culture in the building that we were marching a slow death and we didn't want to be a part of that", he said on a conference call.
LeBron James hit a jumper over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 140-138 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
One player the Cavs had their sights set on acquiring before the deadline was Lou Williams, but he is now off the market after signing a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Minnesota have been given a 3.5-point handicap against the Cavs, and the way Cleveland are playing at the moment it is hard to imagine this line not being handled pretty easily by the Timberwolves.
Following the news going public Thursday afternoon, James wished Wade well in a social media post, expressing how excited he is for his friend.
At this point, ugly losses have nearly become the norm for the Cavaliers who have now lost 14 of their last 21. Dwyane Wade, who LeBron had been wanting in Cleveland ever since he got there, has been let go.