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If you keep things in perspective, you realize it was only a preseason game and doesn’t count in the standings.
On that note, the Cavaliers’ 118-72 massacre of a loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon only means … well, nothing.
But it meant a little something to new coach John Beilein. He didn’t exactly like what he saw and he apparently hopes to never see it again.
“We probably won’t even show the video to the players,” he told reporters in Boston. “We’ll look at some things that are significant for us moving forward. We can’t tell the guys, ‘You have to make those 3-pointers,’ or, ‘You can’t miss dunks.’ But there are a lot of simple things that we need to do better.”
Kevin Love, the Cavs’ best overall player, skipped the game to rest. Tristan Thompson, their best player this preseason, did the same. And lottery pick Darius Garland was out with a sprained ankle, suffered vs. the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
Second-year guard Collin Sexton did play — but committed six turnovers in his first 12 minutes and finished 1-of-8 shooting.
So this day belonged to the men who are aiming for a spot in the rotation, and perhaps even just a spot on the roster.
Swingman Sindarius Thornwell (12 points, five rebounds) made his best case. Rookie center Marques Bolden (nine points, four boards) put his best foot forward, too.
Other than that, this was one to forget. And forgotten it shall quickly be.
“We’re just trying to figure everything out,” forward Larry Nance Jr. (nine points, six rebounds) told reporters. “Guys are learning new positions, and guys have the ball in their hands that don’t normally have the ball in their hands. Thank goodness it’s preseason.”
The Cavs face the Celtics again in the preseason finale, Tuesday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Thornwell was released by the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason and is fighting an uphill climb to make the Cavs. “All I can control is coming in and doing the right thing, and doing what they ask me to do everyday,” he said. … Rookie wing Kevin Porter Jr. went 1-of-8 shooting after some strong performances in his first two games. … Shooting terribly was the theme for the Cavs, as small forward Cedi Osman was a miserable 1-of-10 overall and 0-of-6 on threes. … Veteran point guard Kemba Walker scored 12 in 16 minutes for the Celtics. … Undrafted 7-foot-6 rookie Tacko Fall will sign a two-way deal with the Celtics, the Boston Globe reported.