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Cavs suffer worst loss of 2017-18 season, fall 127-99 to Timberwolves; Three takeaways

Timberwolves dismantle Cavs throughout demoralizing first half

With 99-or-more points allowed in their last 12 games and two of their highest scoring totals in the past week, the Cavaliers figured to balance offense and defense against the Timberwolves, a team with just three losses since Dec. 18.

The opposite proved to be true.

From a 27-point deficit, to a 10.5% (2-for-19) shooting percentage from beyond the arc, to a 34.8% (16-for-46) shooting percentage from the field, the first half could not have been uglier for the Wine and Gold. Kevin Love went 0-for-6 without any points, rebounds or assists, while JR Smith and Isaiah Thomas rounded out the starting lineup in dreadful fashion: 0-for-12 from the field and 0-for-8 from three-point range.

Minnesota outmatched Cleveland in every facet of the game, with 11 more rebounds, five less turnovers and a miraculous, buzzer-beating shot in the first two quarters alone. Dwyane Wade tallied a team-high 11 points and Jeff Green chipped in nine, but just 15 points from the starting unit was the difference in the blowout half.

The offense looked stagnant with little cutting to the basket. The defense appeared to be lost in transition, with heads on a swivel and feet stuck in sand. The defending Eastern Conference champions looked to be in the midst of a five-game road trip that was producing the worst stretch of the campaign.

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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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