Sometimes, it's hard to know just what to say about a team that's clearly in the midst of an epic struggle. After watching the Cleveland Cavaliers drop a 91-78 decision to the Phoenix Suns on Monday — the Cavs' fourth straight loss, their fourth in five games since losing star point guard Kyrie Irving to a fractured left index finger and their 10th defeat in their last 11 outings — you'd be forgiven if you found yourself at a loss for (printable) words.
All Cavaliers not named Anderson Varejao (20 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, 10-for-15 shooting, active defense, continuing to perform as perhaps the best big man in the game right now) combined to shoot 20 for 69 (29 percent), turn the ball over 16 times and miss 13 of 15 3-point attempts. Cleveland's famously heinous bench got run off the floor by Phoenix's Luis Scola/Jermaine O'Neal/Jared Dudley-led second unit. The Cavs repeatedly seemed at a loss in its efforts to solve a defense that, after Tuesday's strong statistical performance, still ranks as the league's fifth-worst in points allowed per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com's stat tool. The whole mess led to the Cavs falling into a tie with the Toronto Raptors for the league's second-worst record at 3-12. (Thanks for keeping that basement occupied, Washington Wizards.) I mean, what do you say about that?
We turn — as we always do when in need of guidance — to the opening of Cleveland coach Byron Scott's postgame remarks, as captured by Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:
The Cavaliers were so out of sync and the game so out of reach from the beginning that coach Byron Scott issued a stinging assessment afterward.
"Andy Varejao was fantastic," Scott said. "Everybody else sucked tonight."
Yep. That about sums it up. Get well soon, Kyrie. Stay up, Andy. Catch up, everybody else.