Box Score: Cavaliers 89, Clippers 105

“I think we saw one of the most underrated, unsung teams in the NBA tonight.”

That was the comment from FOX Sports Ohio’s Jeff Phelps after the Cavaliers’ tough 105-89 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. Head coach Byron Scott certainly was not as eloquent or long-winded after the contest, which snapped an 10-game losing streak by the Clippers (43-18) at Quicken Loans Arena.

After a hot burst from Dion Waiters in the mid-third quarter brought the Cavs (20-39) within three at 62-59, it was all Clippers from there. And, there even were some decent moments from former Clevelander Ryan Hollins (while it was mostly the Jamal Crawford show). But it was a tough final 17:48 for Cavs fans.

Overall, like the ckise Heat game last week but certainly not as dramatic, it’s hard to take away too many negatives from this loss. This was the 5th game in 7 days for an improving yet still very young Cavaliers team. This is a tough stretch in the schedule — even if they’re lucky to at least have five straight at home, through next Friday, March 8.

All one can hope is that the late-game collapse doesn’t become a typical trend and that the team can remain competitive against closer opponents. The Clippers, although still maybe underrated on the national radar despite ironically being in LA, remain one of the five best teams in the league. The Cavs, on a good day, on leaning toward mediocrity. They’re just going to lose these games, for now, more often than not — especially with Kyrie Irving still being out.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — 43-18 (won last 4)
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — 20-39 (lost last 1)
Team1234Total
LAC31231734105
CLE2322172789

LA Clippers

StartersPosMinFG3PtFT+/-OffRebAstTOStlBSBAPFPts
Chris Paul
G32:474-111-42-2+1913150100111
Chauncey Billups
G16:302-51-40-0-5011100105
DeAndre Jordan
C19:535-60-00-4+30501010310
Blake Griffin
F29:187-120-02-5+1351130330216
Caron Butler
F21:105-101-42-2-10211100213
BenchMinFG3PtFT+/-OffRebAstTOStlBSBAPFPts
Totals43-837-2512-2011392610109220105
Percentages.518.280.600Team Rebounds: 13
Matt Barnes
28:072-71-51-2+13122111056
Jamal Crawford
27:118-143-55-5+260312200024
Lamar Odom
22:575-80-10-0+222710111210
Ronny Turiaf
18:161-10-00-0+3242002022
Eric Bledsoe
15:132-50-10-0-3010311024
Ryan Hollins
4:192-20-00-0-5000100014
Willie Green
4:190-20-10-0-5000000000
Grant Hill
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Trey Thompkins
DNP – Inactive

 

Cleveland

StartersPosMinFG3PtFT+/-OffRebAstTOStlBSBAPFPts
Shaun Livingston
G33:184-90-02-4-170111102410
Dion Waiters
G27:496-111-34-4-50062012317
Tyler Zeller
C30:094-100-01-2-7451000129
Tristan Thompson
F30:366-130-03-4-1141222002315
Alonzo Gee
F19:251-40-20-0-6011100042
BenchMinFG3PtFT+/-OffRebAstTOStlBSBAPFPts
Totals33-745-1618-28113218165292389
Percentages.446.312.643Team Rebounds: 15
Wayne Ellington
30:343-71-32-2-15013210039
C.J. Miles
27:025-103-73-6-131601300116
Marreese Speights
17:514-80-02-4-92313012210
Luke Walton
15:130-10-10-0-8032400010
Daniel Gibson
5:520-00-00-0+8001000000
Kevin Jones
2:110-10-01-2+3000000001
Omri Casspi
DNP – Appendectomy
Kyrie Irving
DNP – Sore/hyperextended Right Knee
Josh Selby
DNP – Inactive
Anderson Varejao
DNP – Inactive
  • FnNate

    Tough loss. It would have been nice to have a healthy Kyrie in there for
    a little All-Star PG action and some late-game reliability.