PORTLAND, ORE.: During a timeout midway through the second quarter and the Cavs trailing by 35, three Portland Trail Blazers fans buried their heads in sleeping bags and tried to blindly race down the court on their bellies.
They sort of looked like the Cavs.
One night after giving the type of effort coach Byron Scott has been seeking in a win over the Sacramento Kings, the Cavs wandered aimlessly through the Rose Garden Thursday night during a 111-70 pounding at the hands of the playoff-bound Blazers.
The Cavs made two baskets in the first quarter, didn't get an assist from any of their point guards and trailed 33-4 just 10 minutes into the game.
"Good old-fashioned butt-whipping,'' Scott said. "I don't think our guys understood that the team we beat (Wednesday) night has 16 wins and the team we played tonight is playing for something. They came out and played like it.''
The Blazers scored 22 consecutive points in the first quarter to take a 24-2 lead less than eight minutes into the game. The Cavs never recovered. The Blazers led by as many as 44 and at one point late in the third quarter seemed poised to challenge the Cavs' record for worst loss in team history — set in January in a 112-57 pounding at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the Blazers dealt the Cavs their second-worst loss of the season. It was Portland's biggest win in three years.
"We were on our heels the whole night,'' Scott said. "No resistance defensively. Even the first three or four minutes of the game, we didn't follow our defensive gameplan. Guys didn't have any focus on what we were doing. It trickled down from one guy to the last guy and we got exactly what we deserved.''
Baron Davis made his return after missing three games due to the death of his beloved grandmother, but he didn't last long. He played 14 minutes, but sat out the entire fourth quarter with back spasms. He didn't have much physical activity over the last week, which may have cost him.
Even when the game began, Davis sat at the end of the bench with his back wrapped in support bandages.
"I just felt that I needed to do something to clear my head and try and take my mind off things,'' Davis said. "I jumped into a fire against a team that was hungry. It didn't feel good out there.''
Davis joined the Cavs in Portland after spending the last week with family in Los Angeles. Now he'll return to Los Angeles as the Cavs prepare to face his old team, the Clippers, on Saturday. Davis is probable at best for that game, he said, depending on how his back handles treatment between now and then.
Davis had three points and three turnovers against the Blazers, but no assists. Starting point guard Ramon Sessions had 14 points, but no assists. Even Daniel Gibson had 12 points, but no assists.
The only guard on the roster with an assist was Manny Harris, who had three. The only starter with an assist was Samardo Samuels, who had one.
The Cavs had 18 turnovers and six assists for the game. They had just one assist at halftime, something Scott has never before seen in basketball.
"Never in my life,'' he said. "It was just a bad night all the way around. They were much more aggressive, much more physical and they took the fight to us and we didn't react real well.''
LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Gerald Wallace had 17 points in his second start for the Blazers, who are tied for the sixth seed in the Western Conference with the New Orleans Hornets.
Sessions was the only Cavs starter in double figures. The starters accounted for 32 points, but shot 29 percent (9 of 31).
"They saw blood and they never stopped,'' Davis said. "It's like we weren't there. By the time we figured out we were there, we were down 30 points.''
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