July 28, 2014

Game 4: Cavaliers vs Timberwolves Behind The Box Score

They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game.

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David Liam Kyle/NBAE

A win is a win, right?

Blowing 20 point leads is a sore subject for the Cavaliers and their fans. After blowing many 20 point leads the last few seasons, as things began to fall apart in this games, the inevitable seemed to be closing in around the Cavs.

But outcome is all that matters, really. When the final record is tallied at the end of the season, this will count as a W, same as if the Cavaliers won this game by 20. While Byron Scott had to live with the record of losses after holding 20 point leads, Mike Brown will carry this one as a win on his record. Never mind that the Cavaliers did indeed blow a 23 point lead and had to rely on Minnesota not converting on the final possession of the game. When people tally the number of times that this year’s team blows 20 point leads, they won’t count this one. That’s why winning is the only thing that really matters. The Cavaliers beat a hot 3-0 Minnesota team. That’s the only thing that counts.

But you better believe Mike Brown is going to have a few things to say to his team about this game. I know I sure have a few things to say as well. So let’s get into the numbers… [Read more...]

CJ the Great, Masfresco the Mentor

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When CJ Miles was selected with the 34th-overall selection in 2005, he had the benefit of landing in a stable environment. Not only did he enter the league with one of the most highly touted point guards in Deron Williams, but Miles was quickly taken under the wings of Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko. During his second season, the Dallas native clung to Derek Fisher, a player who Miles says taught him more in a seven-month span than at any other time he has been in the league.

And now, despite being just 26 years of age, Miles enters his ninth season in the league and knows that he has to start paying it forward. [Read more...]

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.

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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