The Cleveland Cavaliers were not able to pull out a win on Monday night, losing to the Toronto Raptors, 100-88, on the Canadian home court.
It was a tough loss for the Cavs, especially since the Raptors are proving to be one of the fiercest competitors in the East.
The Raptors, who are now 11-9, are the 6th seed in the East while the Cavs, at 13-8, are the 3rd.
There are teams that will meet again – and Darius Garland is well aware of that.
After recording his 5th double-double of the season, Darius Garland criticizes the Cavs' shooting tonight by calling it one of their "worst shooting nights" of the year, and hopes that the team will be able to even up the season series with Toronto in their next two meetings. pic.twitter.com/ydT2mCwy60
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Garland had a great night on Monday, notching 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 10 assists.
This was his fifth double-double of the season, which is a huge accomplishment – one that he should be very proud of.
While he was happy with his output, he still criticized himself and the entire team, saying that it was one of their “worst shooting nights” of the year.
Garland is hanging onto the idea of seeing the Raptors again two more times this season and hopes to get revenge then.
A Crowded East
The Cavaliers are doing quite well so far this season.
There was a lot of pressure on the team before 2022-23 started, but so far they have been able to play incredibly despite that.
Sitting behind just the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics in the East is a good position to be in – but there are plenty of other tough teams fighting to overtake them.
The Indiana Pacers are surprisingly resilient with their 12-8 record, while the Philadelphia 76ers are still fighting hard too.
Garland is having a wonderful season but he will need to keep playing well and producing double-doubles if he hopes to propel his team past all this competition.