July 22, 2014

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
 

Cavaliers Look to Shake Off Rough Weekend with First West Coast Game of the Season

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

It was a rough weekend for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as they dropped both of their games Friday and Saturday night.

The Cavaliers showed us two very different types of losses, though. Friday night against Chicago was a reprise of the song we heard so many times last season. The Cavaliers fell behind by 16 in the first quarter and never really appeared too interested in playing and fighting back.

Here’s an example of how bad things were Friday night. With 4:41 left in the 1st, Kyrie Irving hit a 10 foot jumper to pull the Cavaliers to a 19-15 deficit. Here’s how the remaining first quarter possessions for the Cavaliers went:

[Read more...]

It’s a Shame, but the Cavaliers Need to Trade Ramon Sessions

Sessions' time in Cleveland may be ending soon

The first half of the NBA season is now complete for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They now will enjoy a nice 5 day break (except for Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, who will partake in some of the festivities in Orlando) for the All-Star Break. When they come back next Tuesday, they will play two games back to back nights, and then that is it for February.

It’s hard to believe March is right around the corner already, but even more surprising is how quickly the NBA trade deadline will be here. March 15 is just 21 days away, which means Chris Grant and company have just 21 days to decide the future for several players.

We’ve already debated trading Anderson Varejao, and Antawn Jamison is an obvious trade target due to his contract status. But the one player who the Cavaliers absolutely must trade is Ramon Sessions. It’s just too bad they have to do so.

There are actually a few decent reasons not to trade Sessions. The Cavaliers will probably never find a better backup PG than Sessions. You want to know a big reason why the Cavaliers are such a competitive team this year? It’s being able to have a player like Sessions fill in for Kyrie Irving when he goes to the bench. The losses of Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson would have been much more brutal for the team if they didn’t have a versatile PG who could also coexist in the backcourt with Irving to trade off PG/SG roles. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Not Interested In Letting Byron Scott Interview For Lakers Job

In yesterday’s “While We’re Waiting”, Rick posted a link to an article by Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico in which he laid out the case for why current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott would be a prime candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers’ likely vacant coaching seat. He also said something that probably made some Cavs fans uneasy, particular those fans who appreciate the work Coach Scott did last season. He said that Coach Scott would almost certainly be interested in the job.

Cleveland sometimes takes a lot of grief for the passion of its sports fans, but the sports fans in Cleveland mirror the spirit of the city. They cherish qualities such as loyalty, dedication, and hard work in ways that isn’t necessarily true in all places. As a result, Cleveland sports fans often feel that need their athletes to be just as loyal and dedicated to Cleveland as they are. Sometimes this is misplaced as inferiority complex, but that’s not really the whole truth. The fact of the matter is that Cleveland is just different from a lot of other big cities. Frequently the butt of jokes from the national media, the city has been cast in such an unflattering light nationally that it’s hard to really blame Cleveland fans for taking it all so personally. [Read more...]