August 26, 2014

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

Cavaliers Road Trip Takes Them to Golden State

The Cleveland Cavaliers have played 4 games this season, and sit at 2-2. In 3 of the 4 games, the Cavaliers were able to feel good about the way they played. Only in the Chicago game last week could their effort and desire really be challenged. This is a good sign for the early season.

Tonight, as they continue their road trip by playing against the Golden State Warriors (2-2), the Cavaliers will try to keep the momentum going. One of the biggest positive for the Cavaliers is that 3 of their 4 opponents have been very good defensive teams this season. In terms of defensive efficiency, the Bulls are 1st, the Bucks are 3rd, and the Wizards are 12th. Only the Clippers (19th) fall in the bottom half of the league.

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