The Rockets, and the world, just kept dunking on the Cavs.

There’s been a whole lot of drama around the Cleveland Cavaliers recently, with the team just third in the Eastern Conference with a 30-20 record and three losses by 20 points or more (plus two more by 10 points or more) in their last 10 games heading into Saturday night’s home game against the Houston Rockets. Controversies have included how players are getting along with Kevin Love (before he fractured his hand), how Isaiah Thomas is doing since making his season debut early last month (spoiler: not well), if LeBron James might leave after the year (sure, but probably not for the Warriors), and just who this team might try and trade for (reportedly, almost everyone). But what’s particularly remarkable is not just that the Cavs are losing, but the ways that things are going wrong for them. On Thursday (in a game they actually won), they displayed one of the worst possessions ever, and on Saturday against the Rockets, they put on an entire clinic of how not to play defense:

The lack of effort there is pretty amazing. This was part of a first half that saw Cleveland trail by 26 at the halftime break, and booed off the court by their own fans:

In addition to the Cavs being repeatedly dunked on literally, they’ve been dunked on figuratively by much of the basketball internet:

So, yeah, those aren’t good reviews. And with Houston extending that lead to 31 points partway through the third quarter, it doesn’t seem like things are going to turn around for the Cavs. The Rockets might want to watch out for secret tunnels after the game, but that might also involve more effort than the Cavs demonstrated Saturday.

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