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Cavs lose eighth straight game on national television in blowout fashion; Three takeaways

Three-point disparity buries Cavs

The three-pointer was a struggle on both ends of the floor for the Cavaliers, as they shot 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from deep, while the Rockets shot 45.5 percent (10-of-22) in the first half alone. Whether it was an off-balanced shot from Thomas (0-of-4) or an open look for Paul (6-of-9), the treys were a thorn in Cleveland’s side.

“We had no fight,” Lue said. “I thought [the Rockets] took the game to us on both ends. I thought on the defensive end, [Houston] was physical. They were in to our bodies. Offensively, they just got anything they wanted. I don’t think we did a good job of putting up a tough enough fight.”

Kyle Korver was unable to break his recent shooting skid, as he went 1-of-4 from beyond the perimeter. The 36-year-old veteran entered play shooting 36.2 percent over his previous 10 contests.

Thomas was worse, going 0-of-4 from three-point land and falling to 7-of-28 (25 percent) overall in the last two games.

“Another embarrassing loss,” said Thomas. “It was bad from the jump. I don’t want to comment too much on it.”

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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