July 24, 2014

Box Score: Cavaliers 100, Nuggets 99

Mr. 4th Quarter, indeed.

For the first 3 quarters of this game, Antawn Jamison and Alonzo Gee carried the Cavaliers. Jamison’s monster game will probably be overlooked, but Antawn was essential in making sure the Cavaliers got off to a good start. Jamison had 33 points to lead all scorers and without his and Gee’s offense, the Cavaliers would have fallen behind early.

But this game will be remembered for what Kyrie Irving did in the 4th quarter again. As Fred McLeod was annointing Kyrie as “Mr. 4th Quarter”, the Cavs rookie was living up to the name. Irving had 10 points in the 4th quarter, including a coast to coast drive to give the Cavs the lead for good on their last possession. Irving then got just enough body on Ty Lawson to force the Nuggets’ PG to miss the would be game winning drive.

Irving finished with 18 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals to help the Cavaliers snap their losing streak. Remember, the kid is just a 19 year old rookie. And already he is showing time and time and time again that when the game is on the line, Kyrie will do what it takes to lead the Cavaliers to victory.

Impressive win for the Cavaliers in what was a riveting, exciting game.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 32:48 8-16 0-3 2-2 +15 1 5 8 3 3 0 1 5 18
A. Parker G 27:36 2-5 1-1 0-0 +1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 5
R. Hollins C 18:25 1-2 0-0 0-0 +5 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 2
A. Jamison F 36:55 11-21 3-6 8-9 +5 2 9 1 1 0 0 2 4 33
A. Gee F 31:32 7-12 1-3 4-6 +20 1 7 3 3 4 1 0 2 19
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-82 7-23 19-23 5 36 23 13 11 1 5 26 100
Percentages .451 .304 .826 Team Rebounds: 9
T. Thompson 24:34 1-2 0-0 1-2 -5 0 3 2 0 1 0 1 1 3
R. Sessions 21:16 2-7 0-2 2-2 -9 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 1 6
D. Gibson 19:21 2-9 1-5 0-0 -4 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 5
O. Casspi 16:28 2-4 1-3 0-0 -19 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
S. Samuels 10:36 1-4 0-0 2-2 -4 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 4
M. Harris 0:29 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Erden DNP – Coach’s Decision
B. Uzoh DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision

Denver

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
T. Lawson G 40:59 6-14 1-4 5-5 -6 0 5 6 7 2 1 0 1 18
A. Afflalo G 39:37 4-8 1-3 4-6 -5 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 13
N. Hilario C 21:43 5-10 0-0 3-5 -9 2 5 1 4 2 1 0 4 13
C. Brewer F 20:12 2-10 0-4 0-0 -1 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 1 4
K. Faried F 19:44 2-2 0-0 1-2 -7 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 4 5
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-81 4-20 25-32 10 46 23 17 7 5 1 19 99
Percentages .432 .200 .781 Team Rebounds: 11
A. Harrington 33:14 10-20 1-6 1-2 +6 2 8 1 2 1 0 0 2 22
A. Miller 24:05 5-7 0-0 6-6 0 1 2 4 4 0 0 0 2 16
D. Gallinari 22:14 1-7 1-3 2-2 +10 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 5
C. Andersen 18:12 0-3 0-0 3-4 +7 1 7 1 0 1 3 0 2 3
J. Hamilton DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Koufos DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Mozgov DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Stone DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Just Might Match Up Ok with Denver

Cavs will try to snap streak against Ty Lawson and the Nuggets

It’s time for this losing streak to stop. The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23, 10th in the East) head west to take on the Denver Nuggets (22-17, 7th in the East).

Denver is a really solid team. The Nuggets managed to somehow look like a better team, in many ways, after trading their franchise superstar. They look like a really good team that will give someone a tough run in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. But you know what? Matchup-wise, I think the Cavaliers have a shot to snap the streak tonight.

The Nuggets will feature a projected starting lineup of Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Corey Brewer, Kenneth Faried, and Timofey Mozgov. Denver is a fascinating team. Their leading scorer is Danilo Gallinari off the bench. They have 7 players who average double digit scoring per game. They have 2 PGs averaging almost 7 assists per game each (Lawson and Andre Miller). They score the most points per game in the NBA and they give up the 3rd most points per game. Based on Basketball Reference’s Simple Rating System (adapted from Pro Football Reference’s algorithm), Denver is the 8th best team in the NBA. [Read more...]

On the Bright Side for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Things Could Always Be Worse

Chin up, Cavs fans. As the Cavaliers head into tonight’s game with the Denver Nuggets, the team is hoping to avoid their 19th straight loss and 29th of their last 30 games, I know many are feeling fatigued with the epic failures of the team this year.

But today is Friday, the weekend is upon us, and it’s time for us to take stock, have a little fun at other teams’ expense, and realize that things could always be worse. You know the stats for this year. You’re surely aware that the Cavaliers are attempting to become the lowest rated team in the NBA in both offensive and defensive efficiency; you know that their average margin of victory is twice as bad as anyone else’s; you know that this offense is 27th in points per game despite being 11th in the NBA in pace, meaning it takes them an inordinate number of possessions to score their pathetic 93.4 ppg. You know this hasn’t always been fun. [Read more...]