Everybody Was Terrible
Usually in bad losses, there is a lineup that is suspect, or a player who played terribly, that you can point to as an adjustment for the next game. But not in this one.
Here are the on-court net ratings for each player who played real minutes.
That's what I call losing as a team.
The Raptors played 14 different lineups in this game. One (the garbage time lineup) was +2, three broke even. The others were obviously various sorts of awful. That's right (and obvious), prior to garbage time there was not a single combination of players that was a positive contributor.
No One Showed Up
DeRozan and Lowry combined for 7-for-20 shooting, scoring 27 points on 36 used possessions. Terrible.
Cory Joseph shot 1-for-5 with three turnovers in only 10 minutes played. Terrible.
The Raptors shot 3-for-17 from three point range, including 0-for-4 from Carroll, 1-for-4 from Lowry, and 0-for-3 from Ross. Terrible.
The Raptors missed 14 free throws on a FT% of only 60 percent. Lowry once again led the way going 2-for-6. Terrible.
The Raptors were destroyed on the boards, grabbing only 12% of available offensive boards, and giving up 31% at their end. Biyombo in particular was the primary culprit for this discrepancy, allowing Thompson to beat him to four offensive rebounds and having a team-low on-court defensive rebounding rate of 61% (that means two of every five shots the Cavs missed were back in their hands when Biyombo was on the court). Fun fact: With Scola on the floor the Raptors did not grab a single offensive rebound.
Looking at the box score, you might think I would include Luis Scola here (7 points on 3-for-4 shooting and three assists) but his disastrous attempts at defending Kevin Love helped him get back on track and derailed the game early on. (Love was 4-for-4 for 12 points and an assist in the first frame.)
The only real silver lining in this one is that Jonas Valanciunas looked fine out there -- not great (no rebounds, no blocks, two turnovers in 20 minutes), but fine. He did score 9 points on his 4 shots and managed to register an assist. Hopefully more to come from him back in Toronto.
Hopefully, a lot more from everyone on the team back in Toronto.
All stats per NBA.com.