July 24, 2014

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

 

Box Score: Hornets 100, Cavaliers 105

The Cleveland Cavaliers made their ESPN debut with Kyrie Irving tonight, and Kyrie did not fail to deliver a performance worthy of the event.

The New Orleans Hornets (who I will refer to as Pelicans from here on out because I can’t wait for it to be official) aren’t a good basketball team, but for most of the evening, the game was a back and forth affair. It started out sloppy and the teams played evenly through the first half.

In the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers built a 10 point lead before their typical late quarter collapse allowed the Pelicans to tie the game before taking the lead after 3. After some sloppy back and forth play in the 4th quarter and with the Pelicans defense stiffing the Cavaliers offense, Kyrie came back in with 7 minutes left.

The rest of the game belonged to Kyrie. Irving did a little bit of everything, distributing to teammates, grabbing rebounds, taking charges, and yeah, scoring. A lot. And in often spectacular fashion. Irving scored 20 points in the 4th quarter en route to finishing with 35 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Dion Waiters picked up where he left off toward the end of the first half of the season with 16 points on 60% shooting from the floor and Tristan Thompson came 1 point short of another double double. But this evening belonged to Kyrie Irving. The night began with Bill Simmons saying he thinks Kyrie has a chance to be the best pure PG of all time, and it ended with Irving putting on a show for everyone in the country who hasn’t seen him play a Cavaliers game yet. The hype keeps growing and growing for Kyrie, and so far he’s lived up to it. This was just a really fun night for Cavs fans.

 

 

New Orleans

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Greivis Vasquez
G 38:49 5-13 1-5 2-2 -7 0 4 8 4 0 1 1 2 13
Austin Rivers
G 30:55 5-11 1-1 0-0 -6 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 5 11
Robin Lopez
C 15:33 5-9 0-0 5-6 -18 3 3 0 3 0 0 1 6 15
Al-Farouq Aminu
F 35:37 1-2 0-0 2-2 -1 2 10 3 0 1 2 0 0 4
Anthony Davis
F 29:13 2-7 0-0 8-8 -4 2 4 1 1 0 2 0 4 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-76 7-15 19-22 11 39 16 13 2 6 3 28 100
Percentages .487 .467 .864 Team Rebounds: 6
Ryan Anderson
28:10 3-11 1-4 0-0 +9 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 1 7
Jason Smith
23:04 5-9 0-0 2-4 +3 1 6 0 1 1 0 0 4 12
Roger Mason
20:46 4-5 1-1 0-0 +5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 9
Brian Roberts
10:56 7-8 3-4 0-0 -2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 17
Xavier Henry
6:57 0-1 0-0 0-0 -4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Eric Gordon
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Darius Miller
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Lance Thomas
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Kyrie Irving
G 36:40 13-22 2-5 7-7 +2 0 5 7 4 2 0 2 1 35
Dion Waiters
G 28:54 6-10 0-1 4-4 +10 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 1 16
Tyler Zeller
C 22:06 5-7 0-0 0-0 +6 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 10
Tristan Thompson
F 32:54 2-8 0-0 5-12 +2 5 13 1 2 1 1 0 3 9
Alonzo Gee
F 28:01 3-7 3-4 1-2 -2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-77 5-14 24-34 12 34 20 8 6 3 6 18 105
Percentages .494 .357 .706 Team Rebounds: 12
Wayne Ellington
23:52 1-3 0-2 6-6 -1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
Marreese Speights
18:26 2-7 0-0 0-2 -10 3 6 1 0 0 0 1 2 4
C.J. Miles
18:10 5-7 0-2 1-1 +1 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 11
Luke Walton
17:39 0-2 0-0 0-0 +11 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 2 0
Shaun Livingston
13:18 1-4 0-0 0-0 +6 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 3 2
Omri Casspi
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Daniel Gibson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Spurs 96 Cavaliers 95

Talk about a strange game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers played the San Antonio Spurs about as tough as you could possibly hope, and they did it on a night in which Kyrie Irving arguably played the worst game of his career since his debut game against the Raptors last season.

The Cavaliers came out strong and rode a combination of impressive bench play (especially on defense) and an unexpected offensive onslaught from Tyler Zeller to outscore the Spurs 32-25 in the 2nd quarter en route to an 8 point half time lead. The 2nd half would mostly be played with a 5 point swing in either direction and the Cavaliers looked to be in good shape to steal a win from the NBA’s best team.

With a 3 point lead, the Cavaliers saw the Spurs’ Gary Neal hit a big three to tie the game. On the ensuing possession Dion Waiters, who led the Cavaliers with 20 points, hit a nice step back 20 foot jumper to give the Cavaliers the 2 point edge with 9 seconds left. But the Spurs had one more play left in them and Tony Parker drove and kicked it out to a wide open Kawhi Leonard who drilled the game winning three.

The Cavaliers had one more chance with two seconds left and drew up a play for Kyrie Irving to redeem his disastrous night, but all Kyrie could do was slip, spin, and throw up an ugly prayer of a shot that had no real chance to go in. Kyrie finished 2-15 from the field for 6 points while his counterpart on the Spurs, Tony Parker, led all scorers with 24 points. To his credit, Kyrie did chip in 7 assists with just 2 turnovers, but he also committed 5 fouls and just looked really off all night. It’s hard not to wonder if his ankle is bothering him more than he’s letting on.

While the loss stings, the Cavaliers should be proud of the way they competed tonight while their leader was struggling. The bench unit was outstanding and the Cavaliers gave great effort on defense for most of the game. Moral victories don’t count for much, but there are worse ways to head into the All Star break than this.

 

1 2 3 4 T
SA 21 25 28 22 96
CLE 22 32 19 22 95

 

San Antonio

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Tony Parker
G 33:52 8-14 0-1 8-8 +4 1 6 7 3 0 0 0 1 24
Danny Green
G 28:20 1-8 0-5 2-3 +2 0 3 1 1 4 0 0 1 4
Tiago Splitter
C 26:42 2-6 0-0 2-2 -2 3 7 1 1 2 1 1 3 6
Kawhi Leonard
F 32:53 5-10 1-2 2-2 -2 2 10 2 4 1 4 2 1 13
Tim Duncan
F 25:26 6-15 0-0 1-2 +15 2 6 3 1 0 5 1 0 13
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-84 5-19 15-18 11 44 25 13 7 10 4 15 96
Percentages .452 .263 .833 Team Rebounds: 4
Gary Neal
25:07 6-12 3-7 0-0 +6 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 15
Boris Diaw
18:59 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
DeJuan Blair
18:18 6-7 0-0 0-1 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 3 12
Nando De Colo
11:47 1-3 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
Manu Ginobili
9:43 2-4 1-1 0-0 -4 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 5
Matt Bonner
8:53 1-2 0-1 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Aron Baynes
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Stephen Jackson
DNP – Inactive
Cory Joseph
DNP – Inactive
Patrick Mills
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Kyrie Irving
G 31:44 2-15 0-1 2-2 -1 0 3 7 2 1 1 1 5 6
Dion Waiters
G 31:29 8-15 0-1 4-4 -6 1 6 4 2 1 0 2 0 20
Tyler Zeller
C 33:56 7-10 0-0 2-2 +2 3 9 4 2 0 1 1 2 16
Tristan Thompson
F 28:10 5-13 0-0 0-0 -1 4 7 1 3 0 2 3 2 10
Alonzo Gee
F 22:02 3-5 0-1 1-2 -2 1 4 1 1 2 0 1 2 7
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 40-97 2-11 13-15 16 48 24 10 8 4 10 15 95
Percentages .412 .182 .867 Team Rebounds: 12
C.J. Miles
20:58 4-11 2-5 0-0 +8 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Shaun Livingston
20:24 4-8 0-0 0-0 -1 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 1 8
Luke Walton
17:54 1-2 0-0 2-2 +3 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 4
Wayne Ellington
17:32 2-6 0-2 1-1 -4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 5
Marreese Speights
15:50 4-12 0-1 1-2 -3 6 9 0 0 1 0 1 2 9
Omri Casspi
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Daniel Gibson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Josh Selby
DNP – Inactive
Anderson Varejao
DNP – Inactive

 

 

 

Box Score: Timberwolves 100, Cavaliers 92

Another frustrating defensive evening for the Cavaliers.

After having their 3 game winning streak snapped Saturday night, the Cavaliers were hoping to hop back on the winning train facing an injury depleted Minnesota Timberwolves team. Instead, the Cavaliers were left scratching their heads, more questions than answers as to how to get stops on defense particularly in the 4th quarter.

The Cavaliers made a nice 1st quarter run and lead for much of the 2nd quarter before Minnesota came back and stole the lead at the half. In the 3rd quarter the Cavaliers looked out of sync and Minnesota appeared on their way to victory. But the Cavaliers bench unit came back and tied the game in the 4th quarter before the Wolves finally pulled away for good. The Cavaliers tried to make one last run, cutting the deficit to 3, before their inability to stop the Wolves came back to haunt them.

Luke Ridnour killed the Cavaliers all night and the Wolves, the NBA’s worst 3 point shooting team, caught fire going 8 of 14 from distance to put away the Cavaliers. Ridnour finished with 21 points and Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Dion Waiters was aggressive early and finished with 12 points on 6-6 shooting from the field despite surprisingly not playing down the stretch. Tristan Thompson had a nice game with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Wayne Ellington scored 10 off the bench against his old team. Kyrie Irving, who gave the Cavaliers a scare late in the 2nd quarter when he rolled his ankle coming down on an opponent’s foot after hitting a three, lead the team with 20 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. Irving didn’t look physically hobbled by the ankle in the 2nd half, but he was noticeably less aggressive in the 2nd half.

This was by no means the worst game the Cavaliers played this season, but it was frustrating none the less falling at home to a team missing Kevin Love, Andrei Kirilenko, and Chase Budinger. The Wolves had lost 4 in a row, 10 of 11, and 8 straight on the road coming into this game. Circle this one as a winable game that the Cavaliers let slip away by poor 4th quarter defense. It’s a recurring theme for this season, but until the Cavaliers can force defensive stops in crunch time, these results will continue to repeat themselves.

 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 25 24 23 28 100
CLE 27 19 19 27 92

 

Minnesota

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Luke Ridnour
G 37:25 9-14 1-2 2-2 +6 1 4 3 3 1 0 0 2 21
Ricky Rubio
G 33:14 5-9 1-1 2-2 +3 0 3 10 7 5 0 1 5 13
Nikola Pekovic
C 40:28 6-14 0-0 4-6 +12 5 10 2 2 2 0 4 0 16
Mickael Gelabale
F 28:24 3-4 3-3 2-2 +16 2 6 2 1 0 0 0 2 11
Derrick Williams
F 16:13 4-9 1-2 3-4 +1 0 5 1 1 0 1 0 4 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 39-75 8-14 14-17 10 36 25 20 10 6 7 17 100
Percentages .520 .571 .824 Team Rebounds: 5
Dante Cunningham
31:47 4-9 0-0 0-0 +7 1 4 1 1 1 2 0 2 8
Alexey Shved
30:13 5-9 1-3 1-1 +5 0 0 3 2 0 2 1 2 12
J.J. Barea
14:53 2-4 1-3 0-0 -6 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 5
Greg Stiemsma
7:23 1-3 0-0 0-0 -4 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Chase Budinger
DNP – Inactive
Chris Johnson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Andrei Kirilenko
DNP – Strained Right Quadriceps
Malcolm Lee
DNP – Inactive
Kevin Love
DNP – Right Hand Injury
Brandon Roy
DNP – Inactive

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Kyrie Irving
G 35:49 9-20 1-3 1-2 -14 2 4 7 3 1 0 2 3 20
Dion Waiters
G 21:09 6-6 0-0 0-0 -6 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 2 12
Tyler Zeller
C 25:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 -13 0 8 0 2 0 1 0 2 0
Tristan Thompson
F 33:51 5-12 0-0 6-7 -14 5 9 1 1 4 2 1 2 16
Alonzo Gee
F 27:26 5-10 1-5 0-2 -11 0 4 2 2 2 0 1 1 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 40-79 5-18 7-11 10 32 24 20 12 7 6 15 92
Percentages .506 .278 .636 Team Rebounds: 9
Wayne Ellington
24:49 4-7 2-3 0-0 -3 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 10
C.J. Miles
21:10 4-9 1-5 0-0 -2 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 3 9
Marreese Speights
20:12 5-9 0-0 0-0 +6 2 3 1 3 0 1 1 0 10
Shaun Livingston
16:25 2-2 0-0 0-0 +11 0 0 4 1 1 2 0 1 4
Luke Walton
14:09 0-2 0-1 0-0 +6 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
Omri Casspi
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Daniel Gibson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Josh Selby
DNP – Inactive
Anderson Varejao
DNP – Inactive

Box Score: Warriors 108, Cavaliers 95

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.

 

1 2 3 4 T
GS 23 32 29 24 108
CLE 23 21 24 27 95

 

Golden State

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Klay Thompson
G 43:05 13-24 6-8 0-0 +17 0 7 2 3 0 3 1 2 32
Jarrett Jack
G 35:55 11-18 3-4 1-2 +10 0 1 12 4 1 1 0 0 26
Andris Biedrins
C 11:24 1-1 0-0 0-0 +12 2 5 0 0 1 2 0 3 2
David Lee
F 39:23 8-12 0-0 4-4 +20 2 13 8 1 2 0 1 3 20
Richard Jefferson
F 20:39 1-4 0-0 1-2 +1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 3
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 45-84 11-16 7-10 7 39 31 14 8 9 4 23 108
Percentages .536 .688 .700 Team Rebounds: 11
Kent Bazemore
30:15 4-8 1-1 0-0 +10 0 2 3 2 2 0 0 4 9
Draymond Green
24:30 3-7 1-3 0-0 -9 1 7 2 2 1 0 0 5 7
Festus Ezeli
22:44 2-4 0-0 1-2 +1 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 4 5
Charles Jenkins
12:05 2-6 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 4 1 0 0 1 1 4
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

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Kyrie Irving
G 36:22 5-17 1-3 3-5 -3 0 3 4 1 3 0 4 2 14
Dion Waiters
G 27:43 6-13 1-3 5-8 -22 0 1 7 2 1 1 0 0 18
Tyler Zeller
C 36:05 6-9 0-0 4-4 -14 2 3 5 1 0 1 0 1 16
Tristan Thompson
F 36:33 8-14 0-0 2-2 -18 5 11 1 0 2 1 2 5 18
Alonzo Gee
F 28:14 0-5 0-2 0-0 -7 1 4 2 3 1 0 1 1 0
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-84 4-18 19-25 12 36 27 11 8 4 9 13 95
Percentages .429 .222 .760 Team Rebounds: 10
Shaun Livingston
22:24 3-5 0-0 1-2 -6 1 2 5 2 0 1 0 2 7
Marreese Speights
20:44 4-8 0-0 4-4 +6 0 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 12
C.J. Miles
16:24 4-11 2-8 0-0 +4 1 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 10
Wayne Ellington
15:31 0-2 0-2 0-0 -5 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Omri Casspi
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Daniel Gibson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Luke Walton
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Celtics 90, Cavaliers 95

Boston came into this game hurting. Losers of 3 straight, the Celtics surely looked at this game in Cleveland as a prime opportunity to get things back on track. Kyrie Irving had other ideas.

“Mr 4th Quarter” disguised himself as “Mr 1st Quarter” in this one as he came out looking to make a statement against the East’s All-Star starting PG Rajon Rondo. Irving was aggressive from the beginning and had 19 first quarter points to get the Cavaliers off to a great start and a 1st quarter lead.

After an offensive battle in the first half, the game turned into a defensive battle in the 2nd half, and the Cavaliers rose to the Celtics challenge hanging around with the Celtics. With Boston unable to separate themselves from the Cavaliers, they saw Cleveland take a late 4th quarter lead and down the stretch the Cavaliers made huge plays on both ends of the court to secure the win.

Kyrie was able to switch into Mr 4th Quarter mode as well as he made some enormous plays in the final stanza. He made a hustle steal off a Rondo attempt to save the ball and turned it into an uncontested layup, and he added two huge layups in the final minute to seal the victory.

Don’t overlook the night Tristan Thompson had either. The Celtics frontcourt may not be the feared defensive machine it once was, but Thompson was still active and able to chip in 21 points and 9 rebounds. But the night belonged to Irving who finished with 40 points and 5 assists. It’s really hard to use words to describe just how good Kyrie was in this game. He just continues to get better and to amaze and to give Cavaliers fans a glimpse of a brighter future.

Rondo paced the Celtics with his typical stat stuffing effort with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists and Kevin Garnett added 16 points. Paul Pierce continued his shooting woes and despite hitting his first two shots finished 3-15 from the field for 12 points.

 

1 2 3 4 T
BOS 27 26 20 17 90
CLE 31 23 16 25 95

 

Boston

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Rajon Rondo
G 37:39 7-17 0-2 3-4 -10 3 13 8 5 0 0 0 2 17
Avery Bradley
G 25:39 2-4 2-2 1-2 -5 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 7
Kevin Garnett
C 30:40 5-13 0-0 6-6 -3 0 5 3 2 1 5 0 3 16
Paul Pierce
F 36:49 3-15 1-4 5-6 -8 4 7 7 4 2 0 3 0 12
Brandon Bass
F 27:33 4-7 0-0 0-0 -7 2 6 1 2 0 0 2 2 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 32-84 7-17 19-22 16 48 24 16 5 8 7 18 90
Percentages .381 .412 .864 Team Rebounds: 7
Jared Sullinger
26:17 5-11 0-0 2-2 -4 5 10 0 0 0 1 1 6 12
Jeff Green
21:21 1-3 1-2 2-2 +7 0 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 5
Jason Terry
19:46 2-5 0-2 0-0 +4 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
Courtney Lee
14:16 3-9 3-5 0-0 +1 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 2 9
Leandro Barbosa
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Jason Collins
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Chris Wilcox
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Kyrie Irving
G 37:55 16-24 1-3 7-7 +11 0 3 5 5 2 0 1 5 40
Dion Waiters
G 33:19 3-12 1-4 0-0 +8 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 7
Tyler Zeller
C 37:45 2-10 0-0 2-2 +5 3 10 4 2 0 3 2 6 6
Tristan Thompson
F 39:39 9-18 0-0 3-3 +9 2 9 5 1 1 1 3 3 21
Alonzo Gee
F 30:56 3-7 0-1 4-6 +8 1 6 2 0 1 0 0 2 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-82 2-12 19-22 8 39 28 13 7 7 8 22 95
Percentages .451 .167 .864 Team Rebounds: 9
Luke Walton
18:00 3-3 0-0 1-2 +2 1 3 7 2 1 0 0 0 7
Shaun Livingston
17:39 0-2 0-0 2-2 -6 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 2
Daniel Gibson
14:59 0-3 0-3 0-0 -6 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 3 0
Omri Casspi
9:48 1-3 0-1 0-0 -6 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 2
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision
C.J. Miles
DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

 

 

Box Score: Hawks 83, Cavaliers 99

With the news of Varjao’s surgery combined with injury absences for CJ Miles and Daniel Gibson, this looked like it might be a rough night for the Cavaliers. Instead, we got one of the most inspired efforts from the Cavaliers this season as they came away with a really nice win against Atlanta.

Kyrie Irving stole the show in the 3rd quarter. The team looked out of sorts to start the 3rd and it was starting to look like another rough 2nd half. Irving put the team on his shoulders and scored 18 points in the 3rd quarter alone to give the Cavaliers a comfortable lead.

Tristan Thompson had yet another really strong game as he finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds for his 8th double-double in the last 10 games. Alonzo Gee opened the game on fire from outside with 4 threes in the first quarter.

All in all, this was the kind of effort I think Coach Scott has been looking for out of this team for a while now. It was a nice win as the team prepares for yet another west coast trip.

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 28 12 23 20 83
CLE 29 20 28 22 99

 

Atlanta

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Korver
G 38:12 4-8 4-8 0-0 -17 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 12
J. Teague
G 32:01 7-11 0-1 1-1 -5 1 2 8 3 1 0 0 3 15
Z. Pachulia
C 25:40 4-7 0-0 0-0 -2 3 10 1 3 0 1 1 5 8
A. Horford
F 36:11 7-18 0-0 0-0 -2 1 5 3 1 0 0 1 1 14
J. Smith
F 35:53 8-16 1-5 0-2 -13 3 8 4 2 0 6 0 2 17
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-84 7-22 2-5 11 46 19 13 4 7 3 17 83
Percentages .440 .318 .400 Team Rebounds: 6
L. Williams
20:52 2-8 1-4 0-0 -14 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 5
J. Jenkins
16:10 2-7 1-3 0-0 -14 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 5
D. Harris
12:08 0-2 0-1 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
M. Scott
8:30 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
I. Johnson
7:29 1-3 0-0 1-2 -9 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 3
J. Petro
3:27 1-2 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Tolliver
3:27 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Morrow
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving
G 33:12 11-15 5-6 6-6 +15 0 1 4 2 3 0 0 1 33
D. Waiters
G 28:30 4-11 1-2 0-0 +8 1 1 4 2 1 0 1 2 9
T. Zeller
C 37:24 3-8 0-0 5-6 +9 2 12 3 2 0 0 0 3 11
A. Gee
F 34:25 5-12 5-9 0-2 +13 0 6 3 2 1 1 2 2 15
T. Thompson
F 33:54 5-11 0-0 1-3 +13 6 14 2 1 2 1 3 1 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-81 12-23 13-20 12 45 25 10 10 3 7 13 99
Percentages .457 .522 .650 Team Rebounds: 4
K. Jones
22:04 1-4 0-0 0-0 +12 2 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 2
S. Livingston
20:43 4-6 0-0 0-1 +6 1 4 5 1 1 1 0 2 8
O. Casspi
13:35 2-8 1-5 0-0 +3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
J. Pargo
13:35 2-5 0-1 1-2 +3 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 5
J. Leuer
2:37 0-1 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gibson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
C.J. Miles

Box Score: Cavaliers 92, Bulls 118

Instant analysis: I’m sick and tired of watching the Cavaliers get blown out by the Bulls without Derrick Rose.

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 30 20 22 20 92
CHI 22 31 35 30 118

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 28:55 4-11 2-2 5-6 -7 1 3 6 3 0 0 1 2 15
C.J. Miles G 24:03 5-11 4-7 1-1 -3 0 3 0 1 2 0 1 5 15
T. Zeller C 34:45 2-8 0-0 2-4 -25 2 6 3 2 0 2 2 3 6
T. Thompson F 32:02 6-12 0-0 2-2 -11 4 8 3 2 1 1 3 2 14
A. Gee F 27:14 2-7 1-2 3-4 -14 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 4 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 33-78 7-14 19-23 11 31 19 16 8 5 9 24 92
Percentages .423 .500 .826 Team Rebounds: 5
D. Waiters 27:46 6-11 0-1 6-6 -18 0 6 1 2 1 0 0 4 18
K. Jones 20:20 2-3 0-0 0-0 -12 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 4
S. Livingston 15:35 2-4 0-0 0-0 -17 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 4
O. Casspi 15:31 2-5 0-1 0-0 -15 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 4
J. Leuer 8:53 2-4 0-1 0-0 -4 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 4
J. Pargo 4:56 0-2 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Chicago

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
R. Hamilton G 20:44 3-7 0-0 2-4 +4 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 8
K. Hinrich G 20:11 2-4 2-3 0-0 +4 1 3 3 1 0 0 0 4 6
J. Noah C 32:20 5-13 0-0 1-1 +5 7 11 4 5 0 4 0 2 11
L. Deng F 38:24 7-12 2-2 3-3 +20 2 5 7 3 4 0 3 2 19
C. Boozer F 29:24 8-16 0-0 8-8 +17 2 11 4 1 1 1 2 3 24
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 44-82 10-14 20-24 16 47 34 20 10 9 5 21 118
Percentages .537 .714 .833 Team Rebounds: 8
M. Belinelli 25:09 5-8 3-4 2-2 +24 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 15
N. Robinson 24:14 5-8 3-4 1-1 +24 0 1 7 2 1 0 0 2 14
T. Gibson 23:26 8-9 0-0 2-3 +23 2 7 0 3 1 2 0 2 18
J. Butler 10:03 1-2 0-0 1-2 +6 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 3
N. Mohammed 8:43 0-2 0-0 0-0 +9 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
M. Teague 3:08 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cook 2:07 0-1 0-1 0-0 -2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
V. Radmanovic 2:07 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Box Score: Kings 97, Cavaliers 94

This game brought some big changes for the Cavaliers. First of all, Tristan Thompson was playing without his mask. This game also saw Shaun Livingston make his Wine and Gold debut. But the big change was Coach Scott’s decision to start CJ Miles and bring Dion Waiters off the bench. In the first half, the move paid off as CJ Miles had a big first quarter and then Dion Waiters followed with a 14 point 2nd quarter to lead the Cavaliers to a halftime lead.

In the 3rd quarter, though, the Cavaliers’ offense went missing and a slew of bad fouls early in the quarter allowed the Kings to use the free throw line to build a 10 point lead.

The Kings were playing their 2nd road game in two nights, and generally when that happens teams struggle to hang on to leads and keep up the intensity for a full game. It looked that might be happening as the Cavaliers went on a run toward the end of the 3rd quarter and regained the lead early in the 4th.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, though, the Kings weren’t going to just roll over and hand the game to Cleveland. The Cavaliers seemed to be lacking energy for much of this game despite having 2 days off, and it was Cleveland who made bad plays and unfortunate turnovers down the stretch.

Tristan Thompson fell 1 point short of yet another double double, and he struggled with foul trouble, forcing him to sit for much of the game. This opened the door for big minutes for Luke Walton, who, to his credit, made some really nice defensive plays including a big blocked shot and a couple charges drawn. Kyrie Irving lead the Cavaliers with 22 points and Dion Waiters had 20.

Without Anderson Varejao, though, the Kings’ frontcourt was just too much as DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 16 rebounds while Jason Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds. While there were some things to like from Cleveland in this one, particularly some nice scoring distribution, it was not a great start to the New Year for the Cavaliers, as things looked pretty 2012 in this game.

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 28 24 22 23 97
CLE 25 28 18 23 94

 

Sacramento

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Salmons G 31:58 3-6 1-4 0-0 +10 1 3 3 3 1 0 0 5 7
I. Thomas G 19:29 3-8 0-2 2-3 +4 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 8
D. Cousins C 34:22 7-17 0-0 4-4 +13 7 16 6 1 2 1 0 3 18
J. Thompson F 36:23 8-16 0-0 3-4 +4 3 10 2 1 0 3 2 3 19
F. Garcia F 33:35 6-13 2-6 0-0 +11 1 6 2 0 2 2 0 2 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-88 3-16 18-23 15 46 22 10 8 6 4 19 97
Percentages .432 .188 .783 Team Rebounds: 5
A. Brooks 28:34 6-10 0-2 1-2 +1 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 13
C. Hayes 16:48 1-5 0-0 0-0 -9 1 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 2
J. Johnson 16:08 2-6 0-0 4-5 -9 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 8
J. Fredette 14:54 1-5 0-2 4-5 -7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 6
T. Robinson 7:49 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
T. Honeycutt DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Outlaw DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Thornton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 35:03 8-18 1-4 5-6 -7 2 5 6 3 0 0 1 2 22
C.J. Miles G 28:44 4-13 1-7 3-3 -5 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 2 12
T. Zeller C 35:55 3-7 0-0 2-2 -5 3 8 0 3 0 2 2 2 8
A. Gee F 38:33 5-10 1-3 5-6 -3 2 10 6 1 0 0 1 2 16
T. Thompson F 35:22 4-12 0-0 1-2 +4 5 13 0 2 0 0 1 4 9
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-87 5-21 21-24 15 50 19 13 2 4 6 20 94
Percentages .391 .238 .875 Team Rebounds: 10
D. Waiters 29:21 8-19 1-4 3-3 +1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 5 20
L. Walton 17:58 2-7 1-3 0-0 -7 1 7 3 2 1 1 0 3 5
S. Livingston 12:57 0-1 0-0 2-2 +4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
K. Jones 6:07 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Box Score: Cavaliers 91, Celtics 103

Anderson Varejao missed this game due to a knee injury and without his services the Celtics were simply too much for the Cavaliers to contend with.

This one looked like a blowout with the Celtics opening up a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Cavaliers went on a nice 20-2 run to close out the quarter and the start of the 4th to pull within 2 points of the Celtics. The Cavaliers had no answer for Paul Pierce down the stretch though. Pierce scored 25 of his game high 40 points in the 2nd half and the Celtics walked away with the relatively easy win.

Kyrie Irving lead the Cavaliers with 22 points but had just 2 assists to 3 turnovers. Tyler Zeller started in Varejao’s place and scored a career high 20 points. In fact all 5 Cavalier starters scored in the double digits. Dion Waiters had 8 first quarter points but finished the game with just 13 total. Just another frustrating evening for the wine and gold who are continuing to search for answers to this funk they find themselves in.

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 25 21 26 19 91
BOS 27 27 28 21 103

 

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:27 9-17 2-5 2-4 -12 1 4 2 3 2 0 1 4 22
D. Waiters G 35:12 6-15 0-4 1-2 -15 2 4 4 3 1 0 1 2 13
T. Zeller C 36:15 9-15 0-0 2-3 -17 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 3 20
T. Thompson F 38:29 2-10 0-0 7-9 -16 6 12 2 1 2 2 3 2 11
A. Gee F 34:00 5-12 1-3 0-0 -21 0 3 2 2 1 0 1 2 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-88 5-18 14-21 13 35 16 9 7 2 7 22 91
Percentages .409 .278 .667 Team Rebounds: 13
C.J. Miles 16:52 1-5 1-4 0-0 +7 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 3
L. Walton 14:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 +9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
K. Jones 11:09 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
S. Samuels 10:07 1-5 0-0 1-2 +9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3
D. Sloan 6:29 1-2 0-0 1-1 -4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Right Ankle Sprain
J. Leuer DNP – Inactive
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

Boston

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
R. Rondo G 37:28 7-11 0-1 6-10 +22 0 4 8 4 2 1 0 5 20
J. Terry G 34:54 6-9 3-5 0-0 +18 0 3 4 2 1 0 0 1 15
K. Garnett C 30:50 5-9 0-1 2-3 +1 0 6 3 2 1 3 0 3 12
P. Pierce F 33:36 13-16 6-7 8-8 +29 0 8 5 1 3 1 0 2 40
J. Collins F 23:16 0-0 0-0 1-2 +23 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 6 1
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-62 9-17 20-27 2 35 23 14 9 7 2 24 103
Percentages .597 .529 .741 Team Rebounds: 8
B. Bass 26:48 2-7 0-1 0-0 +3 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 4
C. Lee 20:20 2-3 0-0 2-2 -9 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 6
J. Sullinger 15:06 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 2 5 1 1 1 0 1 4 2
J. Green 14:24 1-4 0-2 1-2 -17 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
L. Barbosa 3:18 0-1 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Bradley DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Joseph DNP – Inactive
F. Melo DNP – Inactive
C. Wilcox DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

 

 

Box Score: Raptors 113, Cavaliers 99

The Cavaliers welcomed Dion Waiters back to the lineup in this one, but it would make little difference as Cleveland once again lost to Cavalier Kryptonite, the Toronto Raptors.

This one was close through 3 quarters, but the Raptors pulled away in the 4th quarter to snap their 11 game road losing streak. The Cavaliers were lead by Kyrie Irving’s 23 points and Anderson Varejao chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors were lead by Jose Calderon’s 23 points and 4 players scored double digits off the bench.

The Cavaliers also had a brief scare when Varejao had to leave the game with a knee injury. He was able to return, though, and was diagnosed with a bruised knee.

 

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 22 27 29 35 113
CLE 29 24 23 23 99

 

Toronto

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. DeRozan G 36:17 4-9 0-1 8-8 +15 1 5 4 1 2 0 1 2 16
J. Calderon G 32:58 10-15 3-6 0-0 +7 2 5 6 4 2 0 1 2 23
J. Valanciunas C 18:55 3-6 0-0 2-4 -2 0 7 1 0 1 0 2 1 8
E. Davis F 24:23 2-7 0-0 0-0 -1 3 4 3 1 0 0 2 3 4
M. Pietrus F 16:25 1-4 1-3 0-0 -6 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 3
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 39-75 12-24 23-27 13 36 25 14 8 2 7 24 113
Percentages .520 .500 .852 Team Rebounds: 6
A. Anderson 31:35 6-12 5-7 1-2 +20 4 6 2 1 1 0 1 4 18
A. Johnson 29:00 6-7 0-0 5-5 +16 2 6 4 2 1 1 0 5 17
L. Kleiza 20:46 2-6 0-3 6-7 +5 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 10
J. Lucas Iii 15:07 4-7 2-3 1-1 +7 1 1 5 2 0 0 0 2 11
T. Ross 14:34 1-2 1-1 0-0 +9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Q. Acy DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Bargnani DNP – Inactive
L. Fields DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Gray DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Lowry DNP – Inactive

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:18 9-16 2-5 3-5 +4 0 3 7 5 3 1 0 2 23
D. Waiters G 28:20 4-13 0-2 0-2 -17 0 0 4 3 0 1 2 4 8
A. Varejao C 38:37 5-12 0-0 12-16 -3 3 10 2 0 1 1 0 0 22
A. Gee F 40:42 6-8 1-1 2-3 -7 1 4 2 2 0 3 0 4 15
T. Thompson F 29:07 5-8 0-0 0-1 -4 7 9 1 2 1 1 0 4 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-70 7-16 20-30 11 33 19 15 6 7 2 26 99
Percentages .514 .438 .667 Team Rebounds: 9
C.J. Miles 30:00 4-7 2-4 3-3 -16 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 6 13
T. Zeller 15:42 1-2 0-0 0-0 -11 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
D. Gibson 14:45 2-3 2-3 0-0 -13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 6
L. Walton 4:20 0-1 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
D. Sloan 1:09 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Inactive
J. Pargo DNP – Inactive
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Cavaliers 81, Pacers 96

Unfortunately Kyrie Irving didn’t do so well on his test.

CJ Miles came into this game picking up right where he left off. He scored 11 of the Cavaliers first 13 points and the Cavs bench played the best quarter of their season in the 2nd quarter. The Cavaliers were up 54-38 with about 4 minutes left in the first half. It looked like the Cavaliers would be cruising to another win.

Then the bottom completely dropped out. Kyrie Irving had one of the worst games of his career, Alonzo Gee was about as bad as he’s ever been, Anderson Varejao wasn’t much of a factor on offense, and the Cavaliers as a team scored 23 points in the 2nd half. Yeah, that’s right….23 points. CJ Miles finished with 28 points as the lone bright spot for the team. Samardo Samuels was the only other Cav in double figures with 10 points. Best to just forget this one and move on to the next one. 4 straight back-to-backs for the Cavaliers, so this isn’t going to get any easier.

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 29 29 12 11 81
IND 25 27 28 16 96

 

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
C.J. Miles G 27:54 8-18 6-9 6-6 -8 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 2 28
K. Irving G 27:49 4-12 0-3 1-2 -20 0 1 4 2 2 0 1 4 9
A. Varejao C 29:17 0-9 0-0 4-4 -13 4 12 3 1 1 2 3 2 4
A. Gee F 30:38 0-7 0-0 1-2 -29 2 4 4 2 0 0 3 3 1
T. Thompson F 24:53 2-4 0-0 0-1 -2 4 9 1 3 0 1 0 3 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 27-81 9-22 18-25 13 40 19 12 7 6 8 28 81
Percentages .333 .409 .720 Team Rebounds: 12
S. Samuels 22:16 5-11 0-1 0-2 -1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 10
D. Sloan 20:11 1-5 1-2 2-2 +5 0 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 5
D. Gibson 17:33 3-8 2-5 0-0 -7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 8
L. Walton 17:22 1-3 0-2 1-2 +14 0 4 2 1 1 2 0 0 3
T. Zeller 17:01 3-3 0-0 2-2 -14 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 8
J. Pargo 2:33 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
K. Jones 2:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision

Indiana

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Hill G 30:35 5-16 1-7 6-7 +21 1 7 3 1 2 0 1 2 17
L. Stephenson G 17:53 4-6 0-1 1-1 +5 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 9
R. Hibbert C 28:32 1-7 0-0 2-2 +15 5 12 1 5 1 3 1 3 4
P. George F 34:34 10-18 3-5 4-5 +19 1 7 3 2 0 0 2 2 27
D. West F 32:50 7-15 0-0 4-4 +22 3 9 7 1 1 2 1 1 18
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-83 5-18 23-28 13 48 23 13 7 8 6 21 96
Percentages .410 .278 .821 Team Rebounds: 15
G. Green 24:28 1-8 0-4 0-0 +9 0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 2
I. Mahinmi 19:28 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 5 3
B. Hansbrough 17:18 1-2 1-1 3-4 -6 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 6
S. Young 16:39 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 2
T. Hansbrough 12:37 3-5 0-0 1-2 -7 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 7
J. Pendergraph 2:33 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
O. Johnson 2:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Augustin DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Lakers 94, Cavaliers 100

What a night for Cleveland sports.

First, Kyrie Irving came back for the Cavaliers.

Then, while the game was going on, the Indians made what appears to be a stellar trade.

And then, just for good measure, the Cavaliers beat the Lakers.

It was evident from the beginning just how much Irving was missed. Kyrie wasted no time in making his impact felt and the Cavaliers opened up a huge 54-39 lead at the half. The Lakers would fight and claw their way back into this game, and they set up an awesome 4th quarter showdown between Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant. In the end, the Cavaliers made just enough plays down the stretch to hang on and get the win.

Anderson Varejao fell 1 rebound short of yet another double-double but finished with 20 points. CJ Miles, starting for the still injured Dion Waiters, had by far the best game of his career with 28 points. And Kyrie tied Miles for the team high with 28 of his own to go with his 11 assists and 6 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant was incredible as always with 42 points, but it really did feel like Kobe was playing by himself against the Cavaliers. Credit to Tristan Thompson for some good defense on Dwight Howard, and Tyler Zeller was especially impressive on defense in this game as the Cavaliers were content to force Kobe to do everything himself.

Huge win for the Cavaliers and a huge morale boost to do it with Kyrie Irving back in the lineup.

 

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 23 16 23 32 94
CLE 29 25 14 32 100

 

LA Lakers

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Bryant G 40:43 16-28 3-9 7-10 -7 1 5 2 5 1 1 0 1 42
C. Duhon G 33:02 1-2 0-1 0-0 -2 0 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 2
D. Howard C 41:06 3-9 0-0 13-22 -10 6 20 3 4 0 0 1 5 19
M. World Peace F 35:37 5-12 2-6 1-4 -9 3 9 0 3 1 1 2 3 13
J. Hill F 25:33 1-6 0-0 0-0 -9 5 10 1 2 1 1 1 5 2
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 31-75 7-27 25-40 15 54 11 18 7 3 4 22 94
Percentages .413 .259 .625 Team Rebounds: 9
A. Jamison 29:21 3-10 1-6 2-2 +7 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 9
J. Meeks 21:17 2-6 1-4 2-2 -5 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 2 7
D. Morris 6:52 0-1 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
D. Ebanks 6:29 0-1 0-1 0-0 +7 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Clark DNP – Coach’s Decision
P. Gasol DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Sacre DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 38:14 11-21 4-6 2-3 +12 2 6 11 4 1 0 1 3 28
C.J. Miles G 37:11 10-18 5-10 3-4 +7 0 5 0 1 1 1 0 5 28
A. Varejao C 34:51 8-13 0-1 4-7 +9 2 9 5 1 3 1 1 4 20
A. Gee F 39:59 6-14 2-5 3-4 +5 1 5 3 3 1 1 0 4 17
T. Thompson F 33:36 0-3 0-0 1-4 +1 2 10 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-84 11-27 15-26 8 43 24 12 8 4 3 26 100
Percentages .440 .407 .577 Team Rebounds: 11
T. Zeller 27:08 2-6 0-0 2-2 +2 1 6 3 0 2 0 0 3 6
O. Casspi 11:50 0-3 0-1 0-2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
J. Pargo 9:46 0-3 0-2 0-0 -6 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0
D. Gibson 7:00 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Samuels 0:25 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Pistons 104 Cavs 97

After holding a three point lead at half time, the Cavaliers fell behind shortly in the third quarter and could never quite catch up. Cleveland made a strong push in the fourth quarter, getting stop after stop on the defensive end, but continously came up empty on the offensive side of the ball.

The Cavs were led by another strong showing from Jeremy Pargo who finished with 24 points, and Anderson Varejao who recorded his 14th double-double in 15 games.

Tyler Zeller had maybe his strongest game as a Cavalier, scoring 13 points, and pulling down 5 offensive rebounds.

Detroit was led by second year point guard Brandon Knight who finished with a game high 29 points.

The Cavs are now 4-17 and get back into action on Tuesday when they host the Lakers.

Detroit

Team Statistics: Starters for Detroit Pistons
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Knight G 38:25 10-20 5-6 5-6 +13 2 7 5 1 1 1 2 3 30
K. Singler G 35:05 2-4 0-1 5-5 +1 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 4 9
G. Monroe C 29:05 2-8 0-0 7-9 -1 1 4 3 3 1 0 2 2 11
T. Prince F 34:23 5-11 0-0 4-4 +3 0 8 1 1 0 0 1 1 14
J. Maxiell F 30:00 4-7 0-0 2-4 +13 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 4 10
Team Statistics: Bench for Detroit Pistons
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-75 9-15 25-33   10 35 17 9 5 5 8 22 104
Percentages .467 .600 .758   Team Rebounds: 11
R. Stuckey 29:08 4-10 2-4 0-0 +11 0 2 6 0 1 1 2 1 10
A. Drummond 21:08 4-6 0-0 1-3 +10 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 4 9
C. Villanueva 15:47 2-5 2-4 0-0 -8 1 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 6
C. Maggette 6:59 2-4 0-0 1-2 -7 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 5
W. Bynum DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Daye DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. English DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Jerebko DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Team Statistics: Starters for Cleveland Cavaliers
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Gibson G 32:56 2-11 2-9 0-0 -1 0 1 6 3 1 0 0 4 6
J. Pargo G 27:30 10-18 2-4 2-3 +3 0 2 4 1 0 1 2 3 24
A. Varejao C 36:14 7-13 0-0 2-3 -2 7 13 5 3 0 2 1 5 16
A. Gee F 38:05 4-12 1-6 3-3 -6 3 9 0 1 1 1 0 2 12
T. Thompson F 24:14 4-6 0-0 1-2 +7 4 5 0 0 1 1 0 3 9
Team Statistics: Bench for Cleveland Cavaliers
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 39-91 6-27 13-17   20 46 19 14 3 8 5 27 97
Percentages .429 .222 .765   Team Rebounds: 12
T. Zeller 28:54 6-11 0-1 1-2 -9 5 8 0 2 0 3 1 3 13
D. Sloan 20:30 1-6 0-1 0-0 -10 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
C.J. Miles 15:04 5-11 1-4 4-4 -6 1 2 1 3 0 0 0 3 15
O. Casspi 9:55 0-3 0-2 0-0 -1 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
K. Jones 6:38 0-0 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Arena:
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

[Related: Scott hopefull Waiters & Irving will return Tuesday vs. LAL]

Box Score: Bulls 95, Cavaliers 85

Well, this was pretty much a standard Cavs vs Bulls game. That makes 10 straight losses to the Bulls and the Cavaliers were never truly in this game.

Cleveland fell behind by 15 early in this one. They did make things interesting a bit midway through the 4th quarter, but the Bulls never really let this one get in doubt and as we’ve seen happen lately, the Cavaliers’ comeback bid was pushed aside down the stretch.

Another double-double from Varejao was nice and Donald Sloan was the surprising points leader with 14 off the bench. But the Cavaliers defense had no answer for Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng.

Chicago

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
M. Belinelli G 39:39 7-15 2-8 7-8 +18 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 5 23
K. Hinrich G 34:37 4-7 1-2 2-2 +10 0 1 8 2 2 1 0 4 11
J. Noah C 44:18 5-13 0-0 3-4 +11 5 15 5 1 1 2 1 3 13
L. Deng F 42:23 8-13 1-2 5-5 +7 1 7 2 4 0 0 0 0 22
C. Boozer F 32:07 4-9 0-0 2-4 0 2 12 4 2 0 1 0 3 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-72 4-15 23-27 10 45 22 15 5 6 2 24 95
Percentages .472 .267 .852 Team Rebounds: 7
T. Gibson 15:53 1-2 0-0 0-0 +10 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 5 2
J. Butler 13:58 2-5 0-1 2-2 -5 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 6
N. Robinson 13:23 2-7 0-2 2-2 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 2 6
N. Mohammed 3:42 1-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
V. Radmanovic DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Teague DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Pargo G 28:55 3-12 0-4 3-4 -11 0 2 4 2 1 0 1 0 9
D. Gibson G 28:19 3-7 2-3 2-2 -13 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 5 10
A. Varejao C 36:13 4-16 0-0 3-4 -15 5 15 3 3 3 0 0 3 11
T. Thompson F 32:15 5-9 0-0 1-2 -11 5 5 0 2 1 2 1 2 11
A. Gee F 30:27 4-10 0-4 0-0 -12 1 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 31-85 5-16 18-25 14 41 15 10 8 2 6 18 85
Percentages .365 .312 .720 Team Rebounds: 10
T. Zeller 24:48 4-12 0-0 2-2 -1 3 7 0 1 1 0 1 2 10
D. Sloan 23:33 4-8 2-3 4-4 +2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 14
O. Casspi 17:33 0-2 0-1 1-4 +2 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
C.J. Miles 15:13 4-8 1-1 1-1 +2 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 10
S. Samuels 2:44 0-1 0-0 1-2 +7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Cavaliers 79, Pistons 89

You knew this game would be tough to win, with the Cavaliers starting backcourt out with injuries and the Pistons playing good basketball as of late. For a while, that’s exactly what happened, with the Cavaliers falling behind by 20 points in the first half and trailing by 17 at the half.

In the 4th quarter, the Cavaliers made a good effort to try to get back into this one. With 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers were down 71-51. With 2 minutes to go, the Cavaliers had closed the gap all the way to 6 points at 85-79. In the end, though, it was just too little, too late, as the Pistons regained their edge to hang on for the 10 point win.

Anderson Varejao did what Anderson Varejao does with another workman-like 17 point, 18 rebound night (9 offensive rebounds). The Cavaliers just didn’t have enough offensive firepower with both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters out with injuries. Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 17 points.

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 17 22 24 16 79
DET 30 26 19 14 89

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
A. Gee G 29:44 2-10 0-3 2-2 -5 0 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 6
J. Pargo G 29:39 4-13 0-2 2-4 -11 2 4 8 2 1 0 1 4 10
A. Varejao C 39:29 7-18 0-1 3-6 -4 9 18 2 3 3 1 2 2 17
T. Thompson F 32:33 4-13 0-0 2-2 -8 5 11 1 0 0 2 4 4 10
O. Casspi F 28:12 4-11 2-5 0-0 -9 1 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 32-95 3-20 12-17 20 53 19 11 7 5 13 20 79
Percentages .337 .150 .706 Team Rebounds: 11
D. Gibson 28:42 1-6 1-6 0-0 +3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
T. Zeller 20:10 4-8 0-0 0-0 -5 2 4 1 3 0 1 2 3 8
D. Sloan 18:21 3-8 0-1 1-1 +1 1 5 4 0 0 0 2 2 7
C.J. Miles 9:22 3-6 0-2 2-2 -9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 8
S. Samuels 3:48 0-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Irving DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Detroit

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Knight G 33:45 5-13 0-4 7-7 +9 0 5 5 3 0 0 1 1 17
K. Singler G 33:08 6-14 3-6 0-0 +14 2 6 1 2 0 1 1 2 15
G. Monroe C 35:38 4-10 0-0 1-3 +9 4 14 5 3 2 2 1 4 9
T. Prince F 33:55 6-10 1-2 2-2 +6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 15
J. Maxiell F 28:10 6-12 0-0 0-0 +10 0 6 0 1 0 5 1 2 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-84 4-18 13-19 15 49 21 11 6 13 5 16 89
Percentages .429 .222 .684 Team Rebounds: 9
R. Stuckey 27:16 4-9 0-2 0-1 -3 0 3 6 1 1 1 0 1 8
A. Drummond 19:31 3-8 0-0 1-4 -1 9 12 1 0 1 3 1 2 7
C. Maggette 15:56 1-2 0-0 2-2 +4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 4
C. Villanueva 12:41 1-6 0-4 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2
W. Bynum DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Daye DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. English DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Jerebko DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Box Score: Suns 91, Cavaliers 78

The Cavaliers were playing the 2nd night of a back to back and their 4th game in 5 days. And they played like it, too.

Not a whole lot to say about this one. The Cavaliers, without guards Kyrie Irving and Daniel Gibson, were simply flat from start to finish. Lost in all the gloom and monotony of this game was another great double-double effort from Anderson Varejao who finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds. The Cavaliers also held their opponents to below 50% from the field for the 2nd consecutive game. So, if you want to focus on positives, there were at least a couple nice things to take away from this one.

1 2 3 4 T
PHX 19 18 34 20 91
CLE 13 19 27 19 78

 

Phoenix

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Dragic G 30:35 6-11 3-5 4-4 +19 1 5 7 5 2 1 1 1 19
S. Brown G 23:54 4-9 1-3 0-0 -7 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 3 9
M. Gortat C 23:51 3-7 0-1 0-4 -3 0 3 2 2 1 1 1 2 6
M. Beasley F 28:45 6-8 1-1 2-2 +9 1 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 15
M. Morris F 23:59 2-5 0-1 0-0 -10 0 2 0 1 2 1 0 1 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-79 6-17 11-18 7 39 22 15 10 8 4 19 91
Percentages .468 .353 .611 Team Rebounds: 9
L. Scola 24:01 6-10 0-0 2-3 +23 1 4 2 2 1 1 0 3 14
J. Dudley 21:33 5-7 1-3 0-0 +27 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 11
J. O’Neal 20:55 4-9 0-0 1-2 +24 0 6 0 2 0 2 1 1 9
P.J. Tucker 19:15 0-3 0-0 2-2 +4 1 5 2 0 1 0 1 0 2
S. Telfair 14:52 1-6 0-2 0-1 +1 0 2 5 0 1 1 0 1 2
L. Zeller 3:14 0-1 0-0 0-0 -8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
W. Johnson 2:33 0-2 0-1 0-0 -7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Marshall 2:33 0-1 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Waiters G 37:55 7-20 0-4 2-3 -8 1 3 7 3 2 1 3 2 16
J. Pargo G 35:47 3-12 1-4 1-2 -18 2 4 5 5 1 0 2 5 8
A. Varejao C 37:53 10-15 0-0 0-0 -14 6 18 3 2 1 1 0 3 20
A. Gee F 34:56 3-7 0-0 6-7 -18 2 3 3 3 2 0 0 3 12
T. Thompson F 23:47 1-7 0-0 3-4 -7 2 6 0 3 0 0 2 3 5
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-84 2-15 16-22 14 45 21 18 9 4 8 21 78
Percentages .357 .133 .727 Team Rebounds: 16
T. Zeller 19:47 1-4 0-0 0-0 -17 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
C.J. Miles 19:25 3-11 0-5 2-2 -5 1 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 8
O. Casspi 13:08 2-4 1-2 0-0 -14 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 5
S. Samuels 8:21 0-4 0-0 1-2 +13 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1
J. Leuer 3:14 0-0 0-0 1-2 +8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
D. Sloan 3:14 0-0 0-0 0-0 +8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Walton 2:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 +7 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Cavaliers 105, Suns 107

The Cavaliers were not able to sustain the fast start they got off to Friday night, falling to the Phoenix Suns 107-105. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 37-16 lead after the first quarter, but were outscored by the Suns every period there after. Dion Waiters led all Cavaliers in scoring with 23 points on 9-13 shooting from the floor. Not to be outmatched, Shannon Brown, the former Cavalier, scored 12 of his 22 points in fourth quarter leading the Suns to a win Friday night.

Brown’s 23 and Dragic’s 26 points paced the Suns on a steady comeback after falling behind big in the first quarter. Dion Waiters’ 23 and Kyrie Irving’s 17 were not enough points for the Cavaliers to pull out the win on the road.

Up two points with under 10 seconds to play, the Suns used their foul to give, forcing Cleveland to take the ball out of bounds with under three seconds to play. Cleveland inbounded to Irving, who took a tough, contested three to win the game, but only drew iron.

With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to  1-3 on their current road trip, with games left on the trip at Oklahoma City and at Brooklyn before returning home to face Dallas.

[Related:Cavaliers Film Room: The Princeton Offense]

Cleveland Cavaliers

Team Statistics: Starters for Cleveland Cavaliers
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:41 4-9 1-3 8-9 +5 0 4 8 7 1 1 1 5 17
D. Waiters G 31:01 9-13 3-5 2-2 -4 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 23
A. Varejao C 35:36 5-12 0-1 4-7 +12 2 10 3 3 2 0 0 4 14
T. Thompson F 36:48 5-8 0-0 0-0 -7 5 8 1 3 3 1 2 1 10
A. Gee F 35:46 5-13 0-1 5-5 +8 0 7 1 1 3 1 2 4 15
Team Statistics: Bench for Cleveland Cavaliers
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-77 9-21 22-27 9 39 19 20 11 4 6 25 105
Percentages .481 .429 .815 Team Rebounds: 8
S. Samuels 23:17 2-6 0-0 3-4 -10 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 5 7
D. Gibson 22:06 7-9 5-7 0-0 -4 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 4 19
C.J. Miles 12:14 0-7 0-4 0-0 -10 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
D. Sloan 5:31 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Harangody DNP – Inactive
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Zeller DNP – Inactive
Phoenix Suns
Team Statistics: Starters for Phoenix Suns
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Dragic G 34:26 9-16 0-3 8-10 -7 0 0 4 3 2 0 1 2 26
J. Dudley G 21:45 3-4 1-1 1-2 -5 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 8
M. Gortat C 36:47 4-6 0-0 4-5 +12 0 8 0 0 3 5 0 3 12
M. Beasley F 25:13 4-14 1-4 0-0 -5 1 4 5 3 1 0 0 4 9
L. Scola F 24:31 2-6 0-0 1-2 -14 1 6 1 4 2 1 0 1 5
Team Statistics: Bench for Phoenix Suns
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-81 6-17 25-33 12 42 21 17 12 6 4 19 107
Percentages .469 .353 .758 Team Rebounds: 7
S. Brown 26:15 8-13 2-4 4-4 +7 2 4 1 4 1 0 0 1 22
P.J. Tucker 24:27 4-7 0-0 0-0 +13 4 7 3 2 2 0 1 4 8
M. Morris 24:18 0-9 0-1 4-6 -3 1 7 1 1 0 0 2 3 4
S. Telfair 22:18 4-6 2-4 3-4 +12 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 1 13
C. Frye DNP – Inactive
D. Garrett DNP – Coach’s Decision
W. Johnson DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Marshall DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. O’Neal DNP – Inactive
L. Zeller DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Cavaliers 96 Warriors 106

The Cavaliers were without two of their most important frontcourt players. Tyler Zeller is out indefinitely with a fractured cheekbone and is subject to the league’s concussion protocol. More importantly  Anderson Varejao missed the game with a sore knee.

The shorthanded Cavaliers certainly missed their inside presence, as the Cavaliers dropped one to an improving Warriors team. Despite experiencing some flu like symptoms, David Lee feasted on the wounded frontcourt, putting up 22 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Steph Curry added 21 points and Carl Landry chipped in 19 off the bench.

The Warriors got off to a fast start, but the Cavaliers battled back in the 2nd quarter. Down the stretch, the Warriors just had too much offense for the Cavs defense and the Cavaliers could never close the gap. Kyrie Irving lead all scorers with 28 points, going 4-8 from three point range. Kyrie also had 7 assists and 3 rebounds. The Cavaliers’ next leading scorers were Dion Waiters and Daniel Gibson, who had 12 points each.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 35:47 10-22 4-8 4-4 -10 1 6 7 3 0 0 0 3 28
D. Waiters G 30:39 5-15 2-5 0-0 +1 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 3 12
T. Thompson C 35:47 4-8 0-0 3-8 +10 4 10 1 3 0 0 1 4 11
S. Samuels F 37:57 5-9 0-0 1-2 -11 2 7 2 1 0 1 1 3 11
A. Gee F 21:13 2-4 0-2 3-3 -2 0 3 1 4 3 0 0 3 7
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-86 11-32 13-21 11 39 20 16 7 1 4 26 96
Percentages .419 .344 .619 Team Rebounds: 10
J. Leuer 21:48 3-5 0-0 1-2 -19 2 4 1 2 1 0 0 4 7
D. Gibson 21:40 4-8 4-8 0-0 -9 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 1 12
C.J. Miles 17:16 3-11 1-7 0-0 -15 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 5 7
O. Casspi 9:59 0-1 0-1 0-0 +7 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Sloan 7:54 0-3 0-1 1-2 -2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
L. Harangody DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Zeller DNP – Inactive

Golden State

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
S. Curry G 36:28 8-14 2-6 3-3 +7 0 5 6 3 2 0 0 3 21
K. Thompson G 22:20 4-10 1-5 4-6 +2 1 2 1 4 1 0 0 4 13
A. Bogut C 17:24 0-2 0-0 0-0 +3 1 3 5 1 1 1 0 0 0
D. Lee F 37:52 10-16 0-0 2-2 +7 2 14 6 1 3 0 1 4 22
H. Barnes F 30:24 5-9 1-2 3-5 -6 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 3 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 42-78 5-18 17-23 7 44 28 16 11 4 1 22 106
Percentages .538 .278 .739 Team Rebounds: 7
C. Landry 26:24 8-10 0-0 3-3 +3 1 9 0 2 0 1 0 4 19
J. Jack 25:42 4-8 0-0 2-2 +11 0 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 10
R. Jefferson 23:37 3-7 1-4 0-0 +14 0 2 3 1 0 1 0 2 7
F. Ezeli 12:15 0-0 0-0 0-2 +5 1 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
D. Green 7:34 0-2 0-1 0-0 +4 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
K. Bazemore DNP – Inactive
A. Biedrins DNP – Coach’s Decision
C. Jenkins DNP – Coach’s Decision
B. Rush DNP – Inactive
J. Tyler DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Cavaliers 108, Clippers 101

The Cavaliers came out in this one sloppy, sluggish, and looking almost confused. It was an alarming start and most fans watching braced themselves for a long night. Little did we know how great of a game we were in for.

Kyrie Irving absolutely willed his team to life. In a breakout 1st quarter, Irving had 16 points to wake his team up and spark energy and belief into his team. And all of this against Chris Paul none the less. It was blossoming leadership and it was inspiring to watch.

The bench unit sans Luke Walton would actually manage to sustain the lead and when the starters took over, they were able to carry a 7 point lead into halftime.

In the 2nd half, though, it was the Dion Waiters show. The rookie went 7-11 from three to lead all scorers with 28 points. Waiters showed supreme confidence and star quality throughout the 2nd half. Kyrie Irving, who finished with 24 points of his own, seemed content to ride the hot hand in Waiters and again, showed great leadership in not trying to take the offensive focus away from Waiters.

There were so many positives in this game. Kyrie Irving’s clutch 3 to ice the game. Anderson Varejao with another double-double with 15 points and 15 boards. Tyler Zeller with a breakout game (15 points, 7 rebounds) before having to leave after taking an elbow to the face. CJ Miles with a big 10 points off the bench and some strong defensive plays. I could go on and on, but we’ll save it for tomorrow’s recap. For now, just enjoy this one, Cavs fans.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:20 8-23 4-8 4-5 +8 1 3 10 3 1 0 4 1 24
D. Waiters G 32:15 10-17 7-11 1-1 +3 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 28
A. Varejao C 36:06 7-10 0-0 1-2 +5 5 15 1 1 3 1 0 3 15
A. Gee F 33:33 2-8 0-2 4-4 +8 3 3 4 4 1 0 1 2 8
T. Thompson F 31:48 0-6 0-0 1-4 +5 4 8 1 3 3 1 3 5 1
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 40-92 14-29 14-22   18 43 24 17 12 2 13 18 108
Percentages .435 .483 .636   Team Rebounds: 14
T. Zeller 24:12 6-10 0-0 3-6 +1 4 7 2 3 1 0 0 3 15
D. Gibson 20:20 1-5 1-4 0-0 +4 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 1 3
C.J. Miles 14:27 4-7 2-3 0-0 -1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 10
D. Sloan 6:05 1-4 0-1 0-0 -1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2
S. Samuels 3:54 1-2 0-0 0-0 +3 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

LA Clippers

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
C. Paul G 34:18 6-10 1-4 4-4 -9 1 5 9 2 1 0 1 4 17
W. Green G 21:08 3-4 1-2 2-2 -9 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 3 9
D. Jordan C 29:23 5-7 0-0 0-1 -4 1 6 0 3 0 5 1 2 10
B. Griffin F 35:24 9-14 0-1 2-2 -11 0 6 5 5 1 3 0 2 20
C. Butler F 21:45 4-9 3-6 0-0 -3 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 39-74 9-25 14-16   9 38 23 25 7 13 2 24 101
Percentages .527 .360 .875   Team Rebounds: 2
E. Bledsoe 25:38 3-10 0-2 5-6 +5 2 5 5 2 4 1 0 0 11
J. Crawford 25:05 7-13 4-8 1-1 -4 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 2 19
M. Barnes 16:06 0-4 0-2 0-0 -1 1 8 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
R. Turiaf 13:44 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
R. Hollins 13:29 1-1 0-0 0-0 -3 4 5 1 2 1 1 0 1 2
L. Odom 4:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 +5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2