Cavs’ Drummond: ‘We’re still not too far off from being a playoff team’

It’s been a challenging three games for Cleveland Cavaliers as they went up against some of the best teams in the league, and while they competed in those games, it’s clear, Cleveland is not ready to compete at that level consistently.

Behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 24 points, and Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday scored 20 points apiece as Milwaukee swept the two-game set against the Cavaliers 124-99 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

Cleveland is now on a three-game losing streak after losing the Clippers and the Bucks. Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff believes his team has to learn how to beat the top teams in basketball.

“You have to learn,” Bickerstaff said. “You play against teams that are championship level teams, and you learn areas where you need to improve versus in order to compete with the best.”

The Cavaliers have lost five of six, and the next five games won’t be easy, but according to Andre Drummond, who scored a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, believes the Cavs are still in a good spot.

“Staying the course is our main thing right now,” Drummond said. “Obviously, it’s a long season. We’re playing a lot of games. We have a lot of young guys who are still getting acclimated to the game.

“We’re not going to hang our head on the losses. We’re going to take them as learning experiences. We’re still in the fight; we’re still not too far off from being a playoff team, so we’re going to continue to fight for that position. Give it the best we got.”

The next five games are against teams that are all in the playoffs out west, so this will be an arduous road trip, which mean we will learn a lot about these young Cavs this week. 





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