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Shorthanded Cavs lack rebounding, passing ability in 113-105 loss to surging Portland; Three takeaways

CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers are running out of players, with Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. sitting out on Thursday.

From a lack of ball movement to a poor rebounding effort, the hottest team in the NBA exposed the weaknesses of the injury-riddled roster with ease.

Cleveland had nine fewer assists and 16 fewer rebounds in a 113-105 loss to the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Head coach Terry Stotts has spearheaded his team to an 11-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the game.

LeBron James shouldered the offensive workload with 33 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks, while Kyle Korver and Jeff Green chipped in 17 and 16 points respectively.

With the loss, the Cavs have only strung together two-or-more victories on one other occasion dating back to Feb. 22. The Moda Center has been problematic for the defending Eastern Conference champions, as they have lost five consecutive contests at the venue.

Here are three takeaways from another defeat on a grueling, six-game road trip…

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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 (jalfes18@jcu.edu).

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