The Cavaliers came into this game on their first winning streak of the season and things were starting to look up. To make matters even more optimistic for Cleveland, we found out prior to the game that not only would Kyrie Irving (who missed shootaround due to illness) play, but Andrew Bogut, Steph Curry, and Harrison Barnes would all miss this game.
That was about the last good news of the night. The Warriors jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead and they would never look back. The Cavaliers would close the deficit in the first half, but the Warriors pulled away in the 2nd half and never let the Cavaliers really get within striking range.
The Warriors backcourt duo of Klay Thomspon and Jarrett Jack simply could not be stopped in this one. Thompson lead all scorers with 32 points and Jack added 26 of his own. Down low David Lee did whatever he pleased as well putting up 20 points and 12 rebounds. This was an all around defensive letdown for the Cavaliers.
Kyrie’s energy looked low as he was clearly struggling. He finished with 14 points on 5-17 shooting from the floor. Tristan Thompson did have another double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Dion Waiters also chipped in 18 points, and Tyler Zeller scored 16 points.
There’s not a lot to read into a game like this. Kyrie’s illness was one thing, but the overall effort (particularly on defense) was quite disappointing for a team that appeared to be finding its groove. The Cavaliers have until Friday now to get healthy and recharge their intensity.
|Percentages||.536||.688||.700||Team Rebounds: 11|
|Harrison Barnes||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Andrew Bogut||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Stephen Curry||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Carl Landry||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Jeremy Tyler||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Percentages||.429||.222||.760||Team Rebounds: 10|
|Omri Casspi||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Daniel Gibson||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Kevin Jones||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Luke Walton||DNP – Coach’s Decision|