Looking to rebuild some momentum after losing two of their last three games, the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that has been ravaged by injuries.
Philly was without its starting backcourt of James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, both of whom were out with foot injuries.
The shorthanded 76ers proved to be an opportune punching bag for the Cavs, as they rolled Doc Rivers‘ men, 113-85.
They shot an impressive 60.8 percent from the field and 51.7 percent from 3-point range, and fans were largely happy with the victory.
This fan feels Cleveland is about to take off.
The Cavs can really have a 12-3 ish month here if they just get healthy, especially cause Rubio should b back soon
— Okoro🐐 (14-8) (@nbanfltwist) December 1, 2022
This fan, however, pushed back when a fellow fan was impressed with how easily the Cavs won, pointing out how shorthanded the Sixers were.
I’m a Cavs fan – they didn’t have Harden or Maxey..Can’t use the injury card in our favor lol
— Isaac Webb (@1playforhim) December 1, 2022
Cleveland has had problems at the wing position, as Isaac Okoro and Caris LeVert have struggled, but both played very well, as Okoro shot 5-of-7 and LeVert went 8-of-11, including 3-of-4 from downtown.
This man feels Okoro should stick to attacking the basket instead of trying to be a 3-point shooter.
@cavs I finally realize that JB has been using okoro wrong 2. Okoro reminds of Iguodala. Not a shooter but a decent slasher with passing ability. When he is on the floor, he is the ball handler. LeVert, Spidaland, Osman & Neto can be put in the corner instead of okoro. #dobetta
— Deion Owens (@owens_deion) December 1, 2022
Defense Fueled Cleveland’s Win
Cleveland held the Sixers to 41.6 percent shooting, and Evan Mobley, who started at the 5 in place of the injured Jarrett Allen, held Joel Embiid to 6-of-16 from the floor and just 19 points.
Fans gave Mobley love for his overall game, as he also posted 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.
Evan Mobley went coast to coast then euro stepped on Embiid… 🦄🦄🦄 https://t.co/lutuRcu9zo
— Daniel Ford (@DanielJFord) December 1, 2022
@evanmobley🤐 yes sir keep playing like this
— slimeee (@Jerry440_) December 1, 2022
Evan Mobley took the leap the East is FINISHED
— Dunk it Don (13-8) (4-7) (ALDS) (@DunkItDon) December 1, 2022
Cleveland has a manageable schedule coming up, as it will not play a team that is currently over .500 until it faces the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 16.
The team will not face a contender until Dec. 21 when Giannis Anteotkounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks come to town.
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