Box Score: Knicks 102, Cavaliers 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers got some good news and some bad news before this game started. The good news was that Kyrie Irving would be returning after missing the last couple games with a knee injury. The bad news was that Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller were both sick and would miss the game.

Early on, it looked like the Cavaliers wouldn’t miss them too much. On the first possession Kyrie Irving made a nice pass to a cutting Marreese Speights, who was starting for Zeller, for a wide open dunk. On the next possession Irving knocked down a three and the Cavaliers were off and running to a 5 point lead. They would end the 1st quarter with a 10 point lead.

Things would only get better from there in the 2nd quarter, as Speights would go off for 21 first half points and the Cavaliers lead would swell to 22 points. Midway through the quarter Carmelo Anthony took an awkward fall and decided he had enough and went to the locker room and wouldn’t return to the game.

So easy win for the Cavs right? Nope. Instead a miserable collapse occurred in the 3rd quarter and the Cavaliers executed poorly down the stretch in the 4th to allow the Knicks to steal a win in the Q.

After letting the Knicks get ahead by 6 with about two minutes left, the Cavaliers made a mini run to make it a game and out it within Kyrie’s reach. After an Irving layup with 40 seconds left put the Cavs within two, Ray Felton came back on the other end and looked like he had a clear path to an easy layup, but Tristan Thompson came out of nowhere to swat the ball out of bounds with three seconds left on the shot clock. On the ensuing inbound play, Amare Stoudemire missed a quick jumper from the baseline, but Tyson Chandler knocked the ball back to Jason Kidd, who was quickly fouled by Irving.

Kidd would miss the first FT to open the door. He made the 2nd to give the Knicks a 3 point lead with 6 seconds left. The Cavaliers’ inbound play saw Tyson Chandler on Kyrie Irving. I’m not sure if Irving forgot how much time was left or wanted to try to give the Cavs two shots at tying the game, but rather than use his ball handling skills to create some space for a quality shot, he instead just quickly threw up an ugly looking leaner that Chandler was able to easily knock out of harm’s way. That would be all she wrote for the Cavs.

As we’re prone to saying around these parts, this was yet another frustrating game that you just feel like the Cavaliers fell asleep on and let it get away.

 

1 2 3 4 T
NY 24 25 21 32 102
CLE 34 27 13 23 97

 

New York

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Raymond Felton
G 33:23 3-9 1-4 1-2 +16 1 3 10 3 1 2 1 2 8
Iman Shumpert
G 19:03 3-6 2-3 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8
Tyson Chandler
C 34:34 4-8 0-0 0-0 +12 3 9 2 1 1 1 0 2 8
Carmelo Anthony
F 14:15 1-5 0-1 4-4 -15 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 6
James White
F 4:08 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-78 12-30 18-21 12 40 23 16 9 5 2 18 102
Percentages .462 .400 .857 Team Rebounds: 11
J.R. Smith
37:32 6-17 1-7 5-6 +3 1 7 7 1 1 0 0 2 18
Amar’e Stoudemire
31:54 10-15 0-0 2-2 +13 2 6 2 4 0 1 1 4 22
Jason Kidd
29:57 3-7 3-5 3-4 +5 3 8 1 1 3 0 0 4 12
Steve Novak
20:10 4-7 4-7 3-3 -3 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 15
Pablo Prigioni
8:18 1-2 1-2 0-0 +1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Marcus Camby
6:45 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Chris Copeland
DNP – Inactive
Kenyon Martin
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kurt Thomas
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Rasheed Wallace
DNP – Inactive

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Kyrie Irving
G 36:15 9-20 2-5 2-4 -11 1 5 6 3 1 0 3 3 22
Wayne Ellington
G 26:32 2-7 1-4 2-2 -15 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
Marreese Speights
C 31:54 10-14 0-0 3-4 -18 2 8 0 1 1 0 0 2 23
Tristan Thompson
F 31:42 6-9 0-0 2-4 0 2 8 0 2 0 1 2 3 14
Alonzo Gee
F 29:40 3-9 1-4 3-4 -7 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 6 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-73 6-20 17-24 6 31 25 14 9 2 5 18 97
Percentages .507 .300 .708 Team Rebounds: 6
Luke Walton
28:34 1-1 0-0 0-0 +8 0 0 12 2 1 0 0 2 2
Shaun Livingston
23:16 3-5 0-0 2-2 +17 0 1 5 1 1 1 0 0 8
C.J. Miles
22:10 3-7 2-6 3-4 +2 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 11
Daniel Gibson
9:57 0-1 0-1 0-0 -1 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0
Omri Casspi
DNP – Appendectomy
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Anderson Varejao
DNP – Inactive
Dion Waiters
DNP – Illness
Tyler Zeller
DNP – Illness

 

  • porckchop

    I usually don’t make “go get him” statements about free agents, but watching this game (esp. Chandler’s tip to Kidd at the end), makes say “Go get Pekovic” and don’t worry too much about the cost. I want them to sign Pekovic, and have him take Zeller to the Ivan Drago school of training. As much as a scoring wing threat would be nice, the Cavs are losing most games because they get dominated inside. I’m pretty sure that they could offer Pekovic 4 years at 11 or 12 and still have enough to go big game hunting in the summer of ’14.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Andrew Schnitkey

    Well, don’t forget that Andy is coming back, too. Being without your top 2 centers is tough for any team to overcome. But in general, I agree with you. Pekovic would be an awesome addition to this team.

  • BenRM

    I was driving home, heard that the Cavs were up big, stopped at a bar to watch the game, and grew sad.

    It would have been a very nice win.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    My brother was in town, so I invited him over to watch the game in hopes that he would get excited about the Cavs… he hasn’t paid attention to them since the Price, Nance, and Daugherty days. A quarter and a half into the game he was getting really excited and talking about how surprised he was at how good they looked against a quality team. I was feeding the beast, talking about how well the Cavs have played over the past month. Then the meltdown happened. I can’t remember seeing a game where a team was as hot as the Cavs were for 1.5 quarters and then every single member of that team went cold for the rest of the game. I had my bro hooked on the line, but I think he may have wriggled free after that garbage… we’ll see.

  • mgbode

    and the Twolves have $15mil tied up in Roy, Barea and Ridnour. so, they might not go up that high. but, they could and stay under the luxury line if they wanted.

    I definitely like Pek though. And, then get the scoring wing through the draft.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You can’t count on Varejao though that’s the problem. Pekovic would definitely beef up and strengthen the interior but I’m sure there will be plenty of teams looking at him which could lead to a bidding war. I’d like to see Speights brought back as well.