With a Cleveland Cavaliers roster that seems to get more depleted as the days go by, the team has lost three straight after winning six in a row and has fallen five games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Playing again without Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles and Anderson Varejao, the Cavaliers led heading into the final quarter and pushed the Toronto Raptors to the brink on Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving played a career-high 45 minutes in a 48-minute game and contributed 25 points and nine assists.
Valiant effort aside, though, Irving and the Cavs fell short by a final score of 99-93.
After a promising six-game winning streak brought hope into the trade deadline, a flurry of injuries have led to a three-game losing streak with a significantly tougher portion of the schedule on the horizon.
Take a look at five takeaways from the Cavaliers’ latest loss at the hands of DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.