While it could be a complete coincidence, the situation looks even worse when you consider that Monroe was scratched from the game due to a “sore left knee” that was not previously disclosed. Mayo scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. Middleton scored 16 and was 6-of-16 from the field while Plumlee actually played well off the bench with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He also grabbed eight rebounds in 24 minutes.
Are we saying that grown men choosing to have a night out before a game is the reason they lost? No, but it doesn’t look great given the circumstances. As this veteran party boy can tell you, it’s always better to win the game if you’re gonna live it up 16 hours before playing.