April 20, 2014

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)
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
LAC 31 23 17 34 105
CLE 23 22 17 27 89

LA Clippers

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Chris Paul
G 32:47 4-11 1-4 2-2 +19 1 3 15 0 1 0 0 1 11
Chauncey Billups
G 16:30 2-5 1-4 0-0 -5 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 5
DeAndre Jordan
C 19:53 5-6 0-0 0-4 +3 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 3 10
Blake Griffin
F 29:18 7-12 0-0 2-5 +13 5 11 3 0 3 3 0 2 16
Caron Butler
F 21:10 5-10 1-4 2-2 -1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 13
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 43-83 7-25 12-20 11 39 26 10 10 9 2 20 105
Percentages .518 .280 .600 Team Rebounds: 13
Matt Barnes
28:07 2-7 1-5 1-2 +13 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 5 6
Jamal Crawford
27:11 8-14 3-5 5-5 +26 0 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 24
Lamar Odom
22:57 5-8 0-1 0-0 +22 2 7 1 0 1 1 1 2 10
Ronny Turiaf
18:16 1-1 0-0 0-0 +3 2 4 2 0 0 2 0 2 2
Eric Bledsoe
15:13 2-5 0-1 0-0 -3 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 2 4
Ryan Hollins
4:19 2-2 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
Willie Green
4:19 0-2 0-1 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grant Hill
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Trey Thompkins
DNP – Inactive

 

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Shaun Livingston
G 33:18 4-9 0-0 2-4 -17 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 4 10
Dion Waiters
G 27:49 6-11 1-3 4-4 -5 0 0 6 2 0 1 2 3 17
Tyler Zeller
C 30:09 4-10 0-0 1-2 -7 4 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 9
Tristan Thompson
F 30:36 6-13 0-0 3-4 -11 4 12 2 2 0 0 2 3 15
Alonzo Gee
F 19:25 1-4 0-2 0-0 -6 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 2
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 33-74 5-16 18-28 11 32 18 16 5 2 9 23 89
Percentages .446 .312 .643 Team Rebounds: 15
Wayne Ellington
30:34 3-7 1-3 2-2 -15 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 3 9
C.J. Miles
27:02 5-10 3-7 3-6 -13 1 6 0 1 3 0 0 1 16
Marreese Speights
17:51 4-8 0-0 2-4 -9 2 3 1 3 0 1 2 2 10
Luke Walton
15:13 0-1 0-1 0-0 -8 0 3 2 4 0 0 0 1 0
Daniel Gibson
5:52 0-0 0-0 0-0 +8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Jones
2:11 0-1 0-0 1-2 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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.