April 23, 2014

Cavs vs Magic Behind the Box Score: The wins keep rolling in

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

It wasn’t as easy as it could have, and probably should have been, but the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic to extend their winning streak to six.

The Cavs came out in this game picking up right where they left off in Philly, jumping to a big lead early, and eventually extending the lead all the way to 21. But in the 3rd quarter the Cavs starters stumbled a bit on both ends and let the Magic crawl back into the game. Orlando would hang around the rest of the game, eventually getting within 2. But then Tyler Zeller grabbed a huge offensive rebound and converted an And-1 and the Cavaliers never looked back, coming away with a 101-93 win.

This was by no means a perfect game, but it was a game the Cavaliers needed to win and the bottom line is, they made the plays they needed to in order to get the job done.

Now lets get into some numbers… [Read more...]

Cavs vs 76ers Behind the Box Score: Five in a row

(AP Photo/Michael Perez)

(AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Cleveland took a four-game winning streak into the All-Star break, and in their first game back they picked up right where they left off. The Cavs got off to a fast start in Philadelphia Tuesday night and they never let up, winning one of their most complete games of the season by an easy 114-85 margin.

While the game was mostly an enjoyable affair, it wasn’t without drama. In the second quarter Dion Waiters threw down a monstrous dunk in traffic, but when he came down and tried to stop his momentum, his left leg locked up and he hyperextended his knee. It was a terrifying moment as Dion laid on the ground holding his knee. Thankfully, worst fears were never realized as Dion was shortly back up laughing with Kyrie. He was held out the rest of the game and for now his status is uncertain, but it seems as if the injury isn’t as bad as it initially looked like it could have been.

Other than that, this game was mostly a walk in the park against a severely struggling Sixers team. Offense, defense, transition…it was all clicking for the Cavs in this one and it’s a great way to keep building on the momentum as the Cavaliers hit the stretch run of the season. Before this game it would have been hard to believe that with Dion leaving the game in the second quarter with injury, Kyrie having a quiet but efficient 14 points and three assists in limited minutes, and Andy being out that the Cavaliers would coast to an easy 29-point victory, but that’s precisely what happened.

So lets get into the numbers… [Read more...]

Cleveland Cavaliers’ C Tyler Zeller out for first preseason game

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday afternoon that 2nd year center Tyler Zeller has suffered a left hip flexor strain and will miss Tuesday’s preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavaliers describe the decision to hold out Zeller from the first preseason game as “precautionary”.

Zeller injured the hip when he slipped on the slick court and fell in the 3rd quarter of Saturday’s Wine and Gold Scrimmage. Due to the unseasonably warm weather and unusually high humidity for October, condensation was an issue for much of the scrimmage and when Zeller went down, coach Mike Brown called off the rest of the scrimmage.

Zeller was given an MRI at the Cleveland Clinic which confirmed the hip flexor strain. Zeller is being treated and limited to non-contact drills in practice. Zeller averaged 7.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game in his rookie season with the Cavaliers.

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Box Score: Cavaliers 91, Celtics 103

Anderson Varejao missed this game due to a knee injury and without his services the Celtics were simply too much for the Cavaliers to contend with.

This one looked like a blowout with the Celtics opening up a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Cavaliers went on a nice 20-2 run to close out the quarter and the start of the 4th to pull within 2 points of the Celtics. The Cavaliers had no answer for Paul Pierce down the stretch though. Pierce scored 25 of his game high 40 points in the 2nd half and the Celtics walked away with the relatively easy win.

Kyrie Irving lead the Cavaliers with 22 points but had just 2 assists to 3 turnovers. Tyler Zeller started in Varejao’s place and scored a career high 20 points. In fact all 5 Cavalier starters scored in the double digits. Dion Waiters had 8 first quarter points but finished the game with just 13 total. Just another frustrating evening for the wine and gold who are continuing to search for answers to this funk they find themselves in.

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 25 21 26 19 91
BOS 27 27 28 21 103

 

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:27 9-17 2-5 2-4 -12 1 4 2 3 2 0 1 4 22
D. Waiters G 35:12 6-15 0-4 1-2 -15 2 4 4 3 1 0 1 2 13
T. Zeller C 36:15 9-15 0-0 2-3 -17 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 3 20
T. Thompson F 38:29 2-10 0-0 7-9 -16 6 12 2 1 2 2 3 2 11
A. Gee F 34:00 5-12 1-3 0-0 -21 0 3 2 2 1 0 1 2 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-88 5-18 14-21 13 35 16 9 7 2 7 22 91
Percentages .409 .278 .667 Team Rebounds: 13
C.J. Miles 16:52 1-5 1-4 0-0 +7 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 3
L. Walton 14:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 +9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
K. Jones 11:09 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
S. Samuels 10:07 1-5 0-0 1-2 +9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3
D. Sloan 6:29 1-2 0-0 1-1 -4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Right Ankle Sprain
J. Leuer DNP – Inactive
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

Boston

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
R. Rondo G 37:28 7-11 0-1 6-10 +22 0 4 8 4 2 1 0 5 20
J. Terry G 34:54 6-9 3-5 0-0 +18 0 3 4 2 1 0 0 1 15
K. Garnett C 30:50 5-9 0-1 2-3 +1 0 6 3 2 1 3 0 3 12
P. Pierce F 33:36 13-16 6-7 8-8 +29 0 8 5 1 3 1 0 2 40
J. Collins F 23:16 0-0 0-0 1-2 +23 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 6 1
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-62 9-17 20-27 2 35 23 14 9 7 2 24 103
Percentages .597 .529 .741 Team Rebounds: 8
B. Bass 26:48 2-7 0-1 0-0 +3 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 4
C. Lee 20:20 2-3 0-0 2-2 -9 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 6
J. Sullinger 15:06 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 2 5 1 1 1 0 1 4 2
J. Green 14:24 1-4 0-2 1-2 -17 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
L. Barbosa 3:18 0-1 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Bradley DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Joseph DNP – Inactive
F. Melo DNP – Inactive
C. Wilcox DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

 

 

Random Cavaliers Off-Season Thoughts

Now that Summer League has come and gone, things are probably going to be mostly quiet on the Cleveland Cavaliers homefront until training camp starts in late September/early October. Sure, the Cavaliers will likely sing restricted free agent Alonzo Gee at some point, they still have to decide whether or not to pick up Daniel Gibson’s team option (they probably will), and there’s always the chance of the Cavaliers being involved in some kind of trade. But for the most part, this is the quiet period for the team.

So in the meantime, while football is getting ready to start and baseball is going through all their trade deadline hoopla, here’s some random basketball thoughts to pass the time. [Read more...]

Summer League Thoughts: On Dion Waiters, His Struggles, and More

There’s always plenty of debate when it comes to the NBA Summer League. Every year we see certain mid-to-low first round picks who shine and several top draft picks who really struggle. And there’s always debate as to what it all means.

In general, I would argue that for top draft picks, the Summer League doesn’t tell us a whole lot. It provides us with our first glimpse and you know what they say about first impressions, but when it’s all said and done, these are glorified practices/scrimmages. There’s not a lot of structure, full offensive and defensive sets aren’t installed. It’s a lot of isolation and one-on-one.

Now, if you’re an elite basketball player, you should thrive on this. This freestyle form of basketball should play to your strengths. It’s why we saw Michael Kidd-Gilchrist come out and dominate the game until his injury. It’s why Bradley Beal looked solid in averaging 17.5 points per game for Washington. It reaffirms why so many Cavalier fans were hoping one of those guys would fall to Cleveland. [Read more...]