August 15, 2014

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: 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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2012-13 NBA Blogger Previews: Pacific Division

For the past several years, the great Boston Celtics blog CelticsBlog.com has hosted an annual NBA Bloggers Preview. Basically, every day leading up to the start of the season, one team is previewed by some of the best writers on their team blogs, and then once the division is done, we will post the links to all the previews.

The Cavaliers preview day is tomorrow, so check back then for our preview of the upcoming season. In the meantime, though, check out all the excellent links below to start getting your fill of NBA goodness before the season starts.

Can Andrew Bogut stay healthy this season, and if so, what will his impact on the Warriors be?

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Box Score: Warriors 105, Cavaliers 95

The Cavaliers played like a tired team who just spent 2 weeks on the road and David Lee simply abused the Cavalier defense as the Warriors handed Cleveland a disappointing loss.

Golden State

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
M. Ellis(notes) G 32:21 2-12 0-2 6-8 +3 0 4 3 4 3 0 0 1 10
C. Jenkins(notes) G 12:21 2-4 0-1 0-0 -7 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 4
A. Biedrins(notes) C 22:58 1-1 0-0 0-0 +18 2 11 0 0 2 1 0 3 2
D. Lee(notes) F 35:29 13-20 0-1 3-4 -3 4 9 3 2 0 0 1 2 29
D. Wright(notes) F 23:17 4-11 0-3 2-2 0 2 2 3 0 1 0 1 3 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 41-94 9-19 14-19 12 43 26 12 10 6 6 24 105
Percentages .436 .474 .737 Team Rebounds: 11
N. Robinson(notes) 34:54 6-15 3-5 2-3 +21 1 2 10 3 2 0 0 2 17
B. Rush(notes) 25:09 6-11 2-3 0-0 +12 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 14
D. McGuire(notes) 19:19 1-7 0-0 1-2 +4 2 4 3 0 0 2 3 3 3
E. Udoh(notes) 17:39 1-4 0-0 0-0 -1 1 4 0 1 0 2 1 3 2
K. Thompson(notes) 16:33 5-9 4-4 0-0 +3 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 14
E. Barron(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Tyler(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision
C. Wright(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving(notes) G 35:45 7-13 0-3 4-6 -7 1 8 5 6 1 1 0 1 18
D. Gibson(notes) G 35:35 2-7 2-5 0-0 -1 2 4 3 3 3 0 0 2 6
A. Varejao(notes) C 30:46 4-11 0-0 2-4 -12 4 13 2 4 1 1 1 2 10
A. Jamison(notes) F 31:13 7-14 2-3 3-3 -6 2 5 1 1 0 1 1 3 19
O. Casspi(notes) F 24:54 3-8 1-4 4-6 -5 1 6 1 2 1 2 0 2 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-82 5-15 20-28 19 54 16 23 7 6 6 16 95
Percentages .427 .333 .714 Team Rebounds: 5
R. Sessions(notes) 24:40 3-9 0-0 2-2 -12 3 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 8
A. Gee(notes) 23:06 1-3 0-0 2-2 -5 0 2 0 3 1 0 2 2 4
T. Thompson(notes) 18:28 2-9 0-0 1-3 -8 4 9 0 1 0 1 1 2 5
S. Erden(notes) 15:33 6-8 0-0 2-2 +6 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 14
L. Harangody(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Hollins(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Thompson(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Return Home to Face Golden State Warriors

Finally. After what felt like an eternity (but was really 13 days) away from Cleveland, the Cavaliers (6-6) return home to take on the Golden State Warriors (4-8).

For both teams, this is an important, winnable game. Golden State, still trying to get their sea legs under new head coach Mark Jackson, come into this game looking to figure out how to win games on the road. The Warriors are just 1-4 on the road this year, including losses at Phoenix and at Charlotte, two places the Cavaliers recently came away with wins. After winning in Detroit Sunday night, though, their confidence will be up and if Stephen Curry actually plays, it could provide a huge boost to this team.

For the Cavaliers, they are staring at perhaps the most daunting stretch of their schedule after tonight. After tonight, their schedule through the end of February is Chicago, at Atlanta, at Miami, New York, New Jersey, at Boston, Boston, at Orlando, Dallas, at Miami, LA Clippers, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Indiana, Miami, Sacramento, Detroit, New Orleans, Boston, at New York. [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Pacific Division

Yep, it’s that time of year again already. Once again, CleticsBlog are hosting the annual Blogger Previews for every team in the NBA. How this works is simple, every day a certain NBA team is up and bloggers who write about said team will offer their previews for that team in the upcoming season. Then, once a division is completed, all the bloggers throughout the NBA who are participating will post links for all the previews for that division.

Next up is the Pacific Division. All the previews are linked below, and I encourage everyone to take a few minutes, click on the links, and check out what writers from across the nation are saying about their own teams. We will be posting the Cavaliers preview later today, so stay tuned. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #11: Warriors at Cavs

Cavaliers vs WarriorsGolden State Warriors (3-6) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (7-3)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
7:00 PM EST
NBATV, FSOH/WTAM

The Cleveland Cavaliers come into this game riding a nice little hot streak. They’ve won 4 straight and 7 of 8 as they get ready to host the Golden State Warriors. At one point we thought this would be a chance for the Cavaliers to get an up close and personal look at Stephen Jackson as the two team were working on a trade. Instead, the Warriors have already traded Captain Jack, and it wasn’t to the Cavaliers, but to the Bobcats. In his stead, the Warriors received a couple of decent and serviceable players in Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic, but the big prize was getting out from under the atrocious contract they gave Jackson.

The Cavaliers are kicking off their 2nd stretch of 4 games in 5 nights already this season, and the Warriors will ideally be a nice way to ease into it before hitting the road to Washington tomorrow night. At 3-6, the Warriors were already struggling before trading away Jackson, particularly with injuries to 4 of their best players. The Warriors will be extremely shorthanded in this game, and it will give the Cavaliers a chance to further rest Shaq. There are worse ways to start a 4-in-5-nights stretch than this.   [Read more...]

Warriors Looking To Acquire Ilgauskas?

Zydrunas IlgauskasIn the past couple days we’ve talked about how Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas could be contemplating retirement following this year, we’ve discussed his importance to the Cavs’ legacy, and we’ve even discussed how he might be an integral part of a team that could have the potential to be one of the best NBA teams ever.

But what if he’s not even on the Cavaliers this year? How would that change things? Marcus Thompson wrote in his Inside The Warriors blog for the Contra Costa Times that he’s heard rumors that the Golden State Warriors are trying to acquire Ilgauskas. He writes:

One rumor I’ve heard lately is that the Warriors have talked with Cleveland about acquiring Zydrunas Ilgauskas from the Cavaliers.    [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #41

Cavaliers vs WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers (32-8) vs
Golden State Warriors (13-30)
Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Friday, January 23, 2009
10:30 PM EST
FSNOH/WTAM

Thank you, Boston. After beating the Orlando Magic last night, the Cavaliers are now back in first place in the East in the loss column. Of course, Cleveland has played 40 games while Boston has played…..45!! That is quite a difference. Orlando has played 42 games. In fact, there is only one team in the NBA who has played fewer games than the Cavaliers, and that’s New Orleans, who has played 39 (although Phoenix and Minnesota have each also played 40). You’d think they’d be gearing up for a loaded February, but you’d be wrong, as they only play 12 games that month. March is where it catches up to them as they play 17 games that month, followed by 8 games in 15 days to finish the season in April. So it’s important the Cavaliers take care of business in games like these….games coming off a day of rest against weaker opponents.  [Read more...]

Cavs-Warriors Trade Rumor

Brandan WrightRumors of a trade involving the Cavaliers and Warriors have been popping up…except these rumors don’t involve Baron Davis.

Tis the season for rumors in the NBA. The Finals are over, the draft pool has been finalized, and teams have had time to take stock of their needs and assets. Indeed, if you’re the type of person, like I am, who actually enjoys pouring through hundreds of pages of rumors, 90% of which don’t have an ounce of truth behind them, then this is a fun time. Yeah, it seems like a waste of energy reacting to every single rumor, but it’s fun. It’s fun to think about what might be. It’s fun to play armchair GM. It’s fun to pretend that every other GM is a moron and will surely trade you their best players for nothing, as long as you present it right. So for me, this is a holiday. Bring on the NBA Draft, baby!!

But before we get too attached to the Cavaliers’ #19 pick, we need to be aware that there’s a fair amount of speculation “out there” that Danny Ferry is putting out feelers on what he can do with this pick, either moving up or moving out of the 1st round altogher.

One of these said rumors involves the Golden State Warriors. When I first heard this one, I got excited because I thought it involved Baron Davis. Unfortunately, Baron Davis isn’t really in the mood for leaving the Bay Area just yet, and frankly, the Warriors aren’t really in the mood for getting rid of him, either. No, instead, the rumors involve young forward Brandan Wright. ESPN’s Chad Ford writes,     [Read more...]