Box Score: Raptors 92 Cavaliers 103

What an interesting game. The Cavaliers started this game off with an unbelievable 1-for-50000000 shooting night. Well, ok, it was really like 1-12, but still, it was awful. The Cavaliers were in danger of being down 20 points in the 1st quarter. But they rallied back to end the quarter with a run to close within 5. Thanks to a 37-23 edge in the 2nd quarter, the Cavaliers went into halftime with a lead and just hung on from there.

This was a tough, gritty performance from the young, improving Cavaliers. Winning a home game against a team fighting for the 8th seed in the East won’t impress many people, but reading between the lines, there’s a lot to like about this win. Falling behind in the 1st quarter in their 4th game in 5 days, it would have been easy to give up. But to their credit, the Cavaliers fought back and played some really nice team basketball to earn this win.

Dion Waiters was pretty impressive again, as the young rookie just continues to get better and better. As a Cavs fan, you have to love his scorer’s mentality and his willingness to take the pressure of leading the team in Kyrie’s absence squarely on his own shoulders. Dion finished this one with a team high 23 points on 7-16 shooting from the field with 6 assists. Tristan Thompson chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Shaun Livingston had a nice, solid 15 point and 6 assist night starting in place of the injured Irving.

DeMar DeRozan paced all scorers with 34 points and Rudy Gay put in 24 points of his own. Jonas Valanciunas, the player who so many have heavily criticized the Cavaliers for going with Tristan Thompson over, finished with 5 points and 8 rebounds.

 

 

Toronto

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
DeMar DeRozan
G 43:42 10-19 0-2 14-15 -3 0 5 2 3 0 0 0 2 34
Kyle Lowry
G 33:41 4-12 1-6 2-5 +12 1 6 8 0 1 0 2 4 11
Jonas Valanciunas
C 24:06 2-4 0-0 1-2 +14 3 8 1 3 1 3 0 3 5
Rudy Gay
F 42:35 10-21 1-5 3-3 0 2 8 6 2 1 0 0 2 24
Amir Johnson
F 40:46 5-8 0-1 0-0 +7 3 9 4 4 0 4 1 5 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-78 2-20 20-25 9 38 25 15 3 8 5 25 92
Percentages .449 .100 .800 Team Rebounds: 9
Andrea Bargnani
15:46 0-4 0-2 0-0 -12 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Alan Anderson
13:34 2-5 0-2 0-0 -27 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4
Landry Fields
7:57 2-3 0-0 0-0 -16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4
Sebastian Telfair
7:28 0-0 0-0 0-0 -9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
John Lucas
6:51 0-2 0-2 0-0 -14 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
Aaron Gray
3:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 -7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quincy Acy
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Terrence Ross
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Dion Waiters
G 35:19 7-16 2-3 7-8 +5 0 1 6 3 1 1 2 0 23
Shaun Livingston
G 33:19 4-7 0-0 7-7 -1 2 5 6 1 0 1 0 5 15
Tyler Zeller
C 20:32 3-7 0-0 0-0 +7 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 3 6
Alonzo Gee
F 33:23 3-8 0-2 0-0 0 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 2 6
Tristan Thompson
F 30:45 4-11 0-0 6-6 -5 2 8 2 2 1 0 1 1 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-82 5-13 30-32 13 40 26 10 7 5 8 19 103
Percentages .415 .385 .938 Team Rebounds: 11
Wayne Ellington
27:22 5-8 0-0 3-3 +18 0 3 1 1 3 0 1 1 13
Marreese Speights
23:37 3-12 0-0 5-6 0 5 9 1 1 0 1 1 1 11
Luke Walton
21:06 2-5 1-3 0-0 +20 2 7 7 0 0 0 0 3 5
C.J. Miles
14:37 3-8 2-5 2-2 +11 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 3 10
Omri Casspi
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Daniel Gibson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kyrie Irving
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision
  • Kakarot

    So much for tanking lol

  • http://twitter.com/GreatestHurley Jason Hurley

    This team’s improvement is directly linked to having a much more productive bench.

  • NoVA Buckeye

    Luke Walton is improving each game steadily. This is a scary thought.

  • JNeids

    I hate that I love him now.

  • Lunch

    After today’s win, the Cavs now have the 7th pick in the draft. How delightful. ;)

    #Tankstrong supporters, your position, is slipping……

    #Winstrong

  • mgbode

    our bench can beatup their bench (who thought we’d be saying that this season)

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    After last night and tonight, does anyone have the Luke Walton Bandwagon schedule? I’m ready to get on.

  • mgbode

    again, I ask, Kyrie was the problem?!?

  • Lunch

    I would say yes and no, mainly because Kyrie still needs to work on his defense. But as time goes on, that becomes less and less of a concern, especially with Byron Scott at the helm.

  • stryker1121

    i want 30 wins!

  • mgbode

    and let us also mention that the ball movement is 10x better w/o Kyrie. in the long-run, there is no way our team is better without Irving. however, for a short-term while other teams are not prepared, they sure look more efficient.

  • mgbode

    it’s like he’s regained his early NBA career mojo when he was a solid glue guy. i don’t even recognize him anymore

  • Lunch

    At the rate that they’re playing, you’ll get your 30 wins, and then some.

  • JNeids

    Every team needs a glue guy. I never thought I’d be saying this, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing if we brought him back next year.

  • thenoclist

    you know the draft is based on a lottery right? They got Kyrie Irving with the 8th pick in the draft.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Seriously, what the heck is going on with Walton? I guess somebody just needed to dust him off and let him play long enough to get rid of the rust? He has been fantastic lately, and he’s making me eat every one of my negative words about him (and there are a lot).

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m pretty sure it’s the same schedule as the Grateful Dead… Luke and Bill Walton are the opening act.

    I kid, I kid… and I am cautiously nodding my head.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    The more I watch Shaun Livingston play, the more I can’t believe that the Washington Wizards put him at the end of the driveway with the rest of the garbage. They’re not good enough to be throwing away a solid bench guy like Livingston.

  • Natedawg86

    Andrew – Only think missing that I like to see in the boxes is the total points by quarter. Other than that, these recaps are good

  • mgbode

    I ignored the Wizards as best I could until John Wall was healthy. But, as best as I can tell from the gamelogs, Livingston appears to also have increased his play from early season a ton.

    36%FG to 49%FG, getting to the FT line some now, better assists, etc.

    Between the better play from early season (and some with other teams) to now of Livingston, Walton, Speights (his increase is the smallest), Ellington, Tristan, and Waiters; perhaps we do have our coach in Byron Scott? He has to get some of that credit.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I do think you’re correct… I didn’t get a chance to see but maybe 2 or 3 of the Wizards games prior to Wall, but I wonder if they were just misusing Livingston. Byron Scott should get credit for using Livingston in areas where he is effective… posting up smaller guards (which is just about all guards), running off down-screens, looking to set up shots rather than take his own on pick-n-rolls, etc. Man do I love our second unit now… wish we could keep them all together for next season.

  • SDA

    Not to pat my own back But I was damn near all alone on the Walton bandwagon a few weeks ago.It is nice to be right once in a blue moon. With that being said,He should break his leg today and be done for the season.

  • mgbode

    consider back patted via upclick.

  • Lunch

    Oh yes, I know of the lottery. But tell me this, as the Cavs improve, what are the chances that they will get the 1st pick again?

  • thenoclist

    100%

  • mgbode

    when Andy is back next year, Zeller shifts to the Speights role.

    when we draft Shabazz, Gee & Miles have to fight to the death for the backup SF minutes.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    That situation forces me to think in the long run, and I don’t like to do that. Right now both Gee and Miles are playing well and I don’t want to to realize that one or both will probably come back down to earth. QUIT WITH YOUR MIND GAMES!

  • mgbode

    there are many questions, but only one answer: Shabazz!

    http://espn.go.com/nba/lottery2013/mockdraft

  • Vindictive_Pat

    He doesn’t fit a need for the Cavs, but I really love Marcus Smart’s game. I wish there was a way for the Cavs to get him and use him, but our hole is really at SF, so if we ended up with Shabazz I’d be a happy camper.

  • mlawson482

    Otto or Len. the last thing we need is another volume scorer like shabazz.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I was starting to agree with you until I realized that Shabazz won’t get to be a volume scorer on the Cavs even if he wants to be. He needs Kyrie and Dion to feed him the ball as he won’t be handling it at the top of the key, so the real question is can he morph his game to be effective without the ball? Some talented college players are able to adjust and others are not… that’ll be a key decision for Chris Grant.

  • Vinay Edwin

    I think a big issue is that teams are now actively game-planning to double Kyrie as he comes over midcourt and he hasn’t figured out how to effectively deal with this yet. Given everything we know about Kyrie I’m not too worried that he will figure it out. Hopefully he’s watching from the bench and seeing teammates who can do something with the ball if/when he gives it up.

  • mgbode

    (FG%/3pt%/FT%)

    Shabazz 18pts on 14shots per game (46/45/72)
    Otto (as a soph) 16pts on 11shots per game (51/47/76)
    Otto (as a frosh) 9pts on 7shots per game (52/23/70)

    Shabazz has been an efficient scorer despite UCLA leaning heavily on him and being a freshman. Otto gets alot of his points within the Princeton system while Shabazz has to create on his own alot of times.

    I like Otto. I have him right behind (or near) Shabazz on my “want” list for the Cavs. But, his ceiling is somewhat limited. He doesn’t have that one “it” skill.

    I feel like Shabazz is getting labelled a chucker because UCLA needs him to create on offense alot and people are not watching his play. He is really strong, quick, great leaping ability and uses all of those assets to create great shots. Now, he needs to learn to use his teammates better and he needs to learn defense. But, the tools are all there in the workshop and he’s going to put the ball in the bucket as well as anyone in this draft.

  • mlawson482

    first off, Otto is very young for a soph (june) while shabazz is old for a frosh (nov), so it’s more apt to compare otto s soph numbers to shabazz s frosh numbers. next, otto is superior in almost every category (efficiency, 3%, ft%, rebounding, passing, blocks, steals, defense in general). Im not willing to concede that shabazz is a better shot creator (a subjective judgment), but even if he is, otto is clearly the superior prospect. not to mention that porter is a true sf sizewise while shabazz is something of a tweener (not big enough as a sf, lacks supreme athleticism to guard sgs or create at that position. let’s put it this way, big wings who can shoot, pass, and defend are extremely rare, draft one when you can.

  • mgbode

    there is something to be said for being in the system for a whole year and exposed to the game. that’s why I gave both years for Otto. I think the answer is somewhere in the middle.

    “otto is clearly the superior prospect”

    It is a subject for much debate right now. I do not see it as clear as Shabazz has a much higher ceiling. As I mentioned, I like Otto. But, Shabazz may be the best player out of this draft (really, it should be him or McLemore) and I’m not passing that up if we have the chance.

    Really, despite the earlier reports, I think this is a very strong draft. There are a good 7-10 guys who seem to be solid prospects.

  • mgbode

    also, you think Shabazz is not big enough as a SF while he is 20lbs heavier than Otto and his reach is equal. “reach” not “height” is what matters and Shabazz is stronger.

    and Shabazz hasn’t figured out how to use his athleticism on defense, but there is no denying he is an elite athlete. he’s a much better athlete than Otto. Otto just has figured out that end of the floor much better (and yes, that is an important measure too).

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Andrew Schnitkey

    Oops, usually I include them, but in my excitement over the nice team play, I appear to have forgotten it. Thanks for the heads up!

  • mlawson482

    where did you find porter’s reach. I saw that porter has a 7’1 wingspan to muhammad’s 6’11. porter is 6’8 in shoes while muhammad is under 6’6 (6’4.5 without shoes). plus, porter is only 19, so putting on muscle as he ages shouldn’t be an issue (it’s not like he’s tayshaun). I just don’t see how muhammad could cover the bigger/taller wing 3s when he’s giving up 3 or 4 inches every night, despite his weight.