Cavs get screwed by crucial Karl-Anthony Towns non-call in heartbreaking loss
The Cleveland Cavaliers saw their spirited comeback come up short against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night, 127-122. The loss stings just a little bit more after the last two minute report was released.
According to Cavs reporter Evan Dammarell, the Cavs were on the short end of a blown call with under a minute left in the game. The Cavs had cut their deficit to one the previous possession, the closest the game was throughout the entire second half at that point when Brandon Goodwin was called for a foul that should have instead been on Karl-Anthony Towns.
The NBA says that officials should have called an offensive foul on Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns for a screen on #Cavs guard Brandon Goodwin in the closing moments of the game. Moments after Goodwin fouled D’Angelo Russell soon after and extended the lead to 122-119.
The NBA says that officials should have called an offensive foul on Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns for a screen on #Cavs guard Brandon Goodwin in the closing moments of the game.
Moments after Goodwin fouled D'Angelo Russell soon after and extended the lead to 122-119.
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) March 1, 2022
Cleveland battled back from down 23 to ultimately tie the game but it just was not enough in the end. A few possessions after the missed call, KAT made it hurt even more with a dagger triple that proves to be the game-ender over Cleveland.
The Cavs have been heavily depleted in the backcourt for several games now. Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio were both ruled out for the season months ago. Now Rajon Rondo, trade deadline addition Caris LeVert and All-Star point guard Darius Garland are all sidelined with injury.
The Cavs have now lost four straight and will have a chance to break their funk with a clash against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.