Monthly Archives: October 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Miami Heat 102-92 In Home Opener

The Cleveland Cavaliers knocked off the Miami Heat 102-92 in home opener for the Cavs. Cavs go to 2-1 and Heat fall to 1-1 on the season. LeBron James playing against his former team in the Miami Heat led the way with a game high 29 points on 13 of 19 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out four assists in 34 minutes. LeBron was really feeling it this game. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 24 points on 6 of 14 from the field, snagged 14 rebounds, handed out five assists, and drained three from deep.

Love shot a percent 9 of 9 from the free-throw line. Love is off to a great start to the season, and has played very active so far. LeBron does think Love will have a hell of a season. Tristan Thompson added 13 points on 6 of 9 from the field and picked up nine rebounds off the bench. Thompson had an awesome block when Chris Bosh tried to dunk over Thompson. Timofey Mozgov put in nine points on 4 of 6 from the field, and gathered five rebounds in 18 minutes.

Matthew Dellavedova scored 5 points on just 1 of 5 from the field, but he gave out 10 assists and plucked five rebounds off the bench. Dellavedova had a couple nice alley hoop passes to Tristan Thompson. Anderson Varejao racked up two points and snatched eight rebounds in 16 minutes off the pine. J.R. Smith concluded with two points on merely 1 of 8 from the field. J.R. has struggled shooting so far this season.

Cavaliers scored 102 points and they shot a respectable 45.3 percent from the field, and they shot a solid 85.7 percent on 18 of 21 from the foul line. Cavs only shot 25 percent on 6 of 25 from three-point range. You can tell that the Cavs have built team chemistry since last season. Cavs also only held the Heat to 92 points. Cavaliers really stepped up in the second half and were winning by as many as 20 points. Cavaliers have played pretty well for the first three games of the season despite Kyrie Irving, and Iman Shumpert both being out. Other Cavs players are stepping up as of Love and Dellavedova. Cavaliers will play on the road in their next game on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

LeBron James talked about playing against his former Miami Heat teammates

“It’s always special to go against your old teammates,” James said. “It’s always special seeing the guys I played with and the guys I made a championship run with, so that’s a special moment, but as far as the game itself, it’s two totally different teams that we both play on.”

For the Heat, Dwyane Wade led the way with 25 points on 8 of 15 from the field including four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Wade did have seven turnovers. Chris Bosh put up 16 points on 7 of 15 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out three assists. Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points, nabbed nine rebounds, and blocked six shots. Goran Dragic pitched in 11 points on just 3 of 9 from the field to go along with six assists.

All five of Heats starters scored in double figures, but was not enough for them to win the game. Gerald Green had an off night as he shot 1 of 9 from the field with five points off the bench. Mario Chalmers added eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the pine. The Heats starters have just not had much team chemistry yet. Heat scored 92 points on 43 percent from the field, and shot a horrible 28.6 percent on 6 of 21 from three-point distance.

Heat did shoot 90.9 percent on 20 of 22 from the free-throw line. When the heat build more team chemistry, and if they are healthy, they can be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Heat will head back home for next game on Sunday against the Houston Rockets.

Dwyane Wade said “This was a great environment. I’m glad our team got the chance to play in an environment like this early in the season. Give them credit.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers Smashed Memphis Grizzles 106-76

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed the Memphis Grizzlies on the road 106-76. Kevin Love posted a double-double and led all scorers with 17 points on 7 of 14 from the field, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out three assists in 29 minutes. Love had an excellent game tonight and eight of his rebounds were in the first quarter. Richard Jefferson added 14 points on 5 of 6 from the field, and shot a perfect 3 of 3 from three-point range. Jefferson has been on fire shooting the 3 thus far.

LeBron James put in 12 points on 4 of 13 from the field, picked up seven rebounds, handed out five assists, and had three steals in 31 minutes. Despite LeBron not scoring much, the Cavs as a team scored 106 points and they played very well as a team. Matthew Dellavedova notched 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field to go along with three assists off the bench. Jared Cunningham also scored 12 points on 4 of 5 from the field off the pine. Timofey Mozgov racked up nine points on 4 of 8 from the field, and collected four rebounds. LeBron made a great pass in the first quarter to Mozgov when he cut to the basket and Mozgov had a monstrous dunk.

Mo Williams pitched in nine points on 3 of 8 from the field, gave out five assists, and drained three 3 pointers in 23 minutes. Tristan Thompson put up five points on 2 of 2 from the field and plucked eight rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. J.R. Smith poured in nine points, gathered seven rebounds and dished out seven assists. J.R. distributed well in this game and did not force anything. The Cavs just dominated the Grizzlies and they played well all-around. Cavs got 50 points from their bench. Cavs shot a solid 48.8 percent from the field and shot 44.8 percent on 13 of 29 from three-point distance. Cavs shot much better in this game than they did last game against the Bulls.

Cavaliers played great defense in this game and held the Grizzlies to 76 points on 35.4 percent from the field. Cavs out-rebounded the Grizzlies 54 to 40. They moved the ball well tonight with 29 assists as a team. This was a big win on the road for the Cavs, after they lost by two points last game on the road to the Chicago Bulls. Cavaliers will face the Miami Heat next game in their home opener. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving, and Iman Shumpert were out this game as they are still recovering from an injury.

For the Grizzlies, Mark Gasol finished with 12 points on 6 of 12 from the field to go along with five rebounds. Zach Randolph recorded 12 points on 5 of 11 from the field, and caught eight rebounds. Randolph and gasol were the only two Grizzlies players to score in double figures. Bradon Wright dropped in eight points and blocked one shot off the bench. Grizzlies three starters as of Mike Conley, Jeff Green, and Courney Lee all had an off game.

Grizzlies shot ice-cold as they shot 35.4 percent from the field and shot a horrid 12.5 percent on 2 of 16 from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies started off the game very slow and only scored 10 points in the first quarter. They were losing 26-10 at the end of the first quarter and since then they were getting blown out all game long. This really doesn’t look good for the Grizzlies, and they will need to play much better on offense this year to really be as good if not better than last year. Grizzlies won 55 games last season. Grizzlies next matchup will be tomorrow on the road against the Indiana Pacers.

Chicago Bulls Hold On To Beat The Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 In Season Opener

The Chicago Bulls win a close game 97-95 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in both teams season opener. Nikola Mirotic led the way for the Bulls with 19 points on 6 of 11 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and buried three triples. 11 of Mirotic points came in the first quarter. Derrick Rose put in 18 points on 8 of 22 from the field to go along with five assists. Jimmy Butler put up 17 points on 6 of 14 from the field, and plucked five rebounds.

Tony Snell finished with 11 points. E’twaun Moore added 11 points on 5 of 8 from the field off the bench in 14 minutes. Doug McDermott scored eight points on 3 of 4 from the field off the pine. Pau Gasol only chipped in two points on 1 of 7 from the field, but he blocked an incredible six shots in the game. Gasol also had a big block with three seconds left in the game when LeBron James drove to the rim which led the Bulls to a victory by two points.

Bulls shot 42.5 percent from the field, and shot 36.8 percent on 7 of 19 from three-point range. The Bulls held the Cavs to 95 points on merely 40.4 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Mike Dunleavy was out for the Bulls tonight with a back injury. The Bulls struggled to start the game, but then they played better as the game went on. Bulls were leading for most of this game and when they let the Cavs come back and tie the game or take the lead, the Bulls responded well and won the game by two points. Chicago Bulls next game will be tomorrow on the road against the Brooklyn Nets.

For the Cavs, LeBron James led the way with a game high 25 points on 12 of 22 from the field, picked up 10 rebounds, and handed out five assists. LeBron posted a double-double tonight, but he only shot 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. Mo Williams had a nice game with 19 points on 7 of 15 from the field, gave out seven assists, and hit three from downtown. Kevin Love recorded 18 points on 6 of 17 from the field including eight rebounds and four assists. Love struggled shooting this game but he made two clutch three pointers under two minutes left to give the Cavs a chance to win this game but they ended up losing by two points.

Richard Jefferson added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field off the bench. Tristan Thompson who did not play a game in pre-season, only scored 2 points but he collected 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Cavs really struggled shooting in this game and only shot 32 percent in the first half, but they were only down by six points at half. Cavs shot 40.4 percent and were merely 31 percent on 9 of 29 from three-point distance. Cavs also shot 58.8 percent on 10 of 17 from the foul line which did hurt them this game. Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith struggled for the Cavs tonight as they shot a combined 5 of 16 from the field. Cavs usually execute their offense through J.R. and Mozgov better than that.

The Cavs had a 6-0 lead to start the game, but then they started struggling in the first quarter when they went deep into their bench and were losing by nine points at the end of the first quarter. The Cavaliers were losing by as many as 11 points in the second half, but they took the lead later in the game. The Cavs really struggled on offense in the first half, but they got it going in the second half and had a good chance to win the game, but they ended up losing by two points. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving, and Iman Shumpert sat out for the Cavs tonight. Irving is still recovering from knee surgery, and Shumpert is still recovering from wrist surgery. The Cavs have two tough games coming up as they play the Memphis Grizzlies on the road tomorrow night, and they’ll face off the Miami Heat on Friday in their home opener.

Tristan Thompson Agrees To A 5 Year, $82 Million Deal With The Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson finally agrees to a deal with the Cavaliers for 5 years, worth $82 million, Rich Paul told ESPN.com. The Deal also does not include a player option or team option. Thompson will now become the 6th highest paid power forward in the NBA, according to Chris Haynes of cleveland.com. Tristan Thompson was demanding a max deal for 5 years, and $94 million while the Cavaliers were only willing to offer him 5 years and $80 million. This contract dispute had gone on since July and both sides now have agreed to a new deal right before regular season starts for the Cavaliers next week October 27 against the Chicago Bulls.

Thompson posted on instagram “It’s been a long summer of grinding and hard work but now it’s back to The Land to take care of some unfinished business.”

Reports are that Thompson will re-join the Cavaliers starting tomorrow. The Cavaliers really needed to sign Thompson relatively soon and they indeed did that. The Cavaliers could not afford to not have Thompson to start the season especially with guards Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert who will be out to start the season. Thompson is a key contributor off the bench for the Cavs. He is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league, and plays with tremendous energy on defense.

The Cavaliers and Thompson can now all feel relieved now that he is officially a Cleveland Cavalier to start the season, especially for LeBron James who said the Thompson dispute was a distraction to the team and said that Thompson should be a Cavalier for life. Thompson in last years regular season, averaged 8.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and shot 54.7 percent from the field, coming off the bench in 67 games and started in 15 games. However, when Kevin Love went down with a shoulder injury in the playoffs, Thompson stepped up replacing Love in the starting lineup and helped the Cavaliers reach the NBA finals. Thompson in the playoffs averaged 9.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game, and shot 55.8 percent from the field. Thompson also was second in the league in offensive rebounds per game during the playoffs, averaging 4.4.

Tristan Thompson is ranked 59th best player on ESPN. When the Cavaliers are healthy, and now that they have Thompson, they are a championship contender, and likely will be the best team in the Eastern Conference. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, with Thompson on the books, Cavs will have a tax bill of this season of more than $60-65 million depending on whether they carry a 15th player. Thompson will make 16.4 million annually.

Cleveland Cavaliers Win A Close Game, 103-97 Against The Dallas Mavericks

The Cleveland Cavaliers hang on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-97 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers end their pre-season with a 1-6 record. Mavericks fall to 0-5 in pre-season. J.R. Smith led the way for the Cavs with 19 points on 7 of 14 from the field, dished out three assists, stripped away two steals, and hit three from beyond the arc. Matthew Dellavedova put in 13 points on 5 of 11 from the field, handed out five assists, and made three triples.

Kevin Love put up 10 points on 4 of 11 from the field to go along with four rebounds in 22 minutes. Love shot 2 of 5 from three-point range.

Kevin Love said before the game “My body felt better than it has in a long time. It was a good first step. I intend on being in the paint and getting those offensive rebounds like I used to. Just putting myself in position to be aggressive.”  

Richard Jefferson scored 10 points on 3 of 4 from the field and plucked six rebounds. Timofey Mozgov racked up 10 points, and grabbed nine rebounds. Mozgov played physical in the post tonight. James Jones added 10 points on 3 of 6 from the field and buried two three-pointers off the bench. Jack Cooley finished with six points on merely 2 of 6 from the field, but he really crashed the boards tonight with 15 rebounds, and eight of them were offensive rebounds. All five of Cavaliers starters scored in double figures.

Cavaliers shot just 38.9 percent from the field, but they still scored 103 points. They shot 41.2 percent on 14 of 34 from three-point distance and were 86.4 percent on 19 of 22 from the free throw line. Cavaliers took 14 more shots than the Mavericks did to give the Cavs more second chance points. Cavaliers shot much better from three in this game than they have in pre-season. Cavaliers in fact took their first lead of the game with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter and they out-scored the Mavericks 40 to 27 in that quarter.

Meanwhile, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Mo Williams, and Anderson Varejao all did not play in this game. Expect LeBron, Williams, and Varejao to be ready for regular season opener. Irving, and Shumpert will not be ready for regular season opener as they are still recovering from injuries. Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers still have not agreed to a new deal. David Blatt said that LeBron will absolutely be ready for regular season opener October 27 against the Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers fortunately don’t end their pre-season on a bad note with their first pre-season win tonight.

For the Mavericks, John Jenkins led all scorers with 26 points on 5 of 13 from the field and collected six rebounds but Jenkins had seven turnovers in the game. Jenkins shot 14 of 16 from the charity stripe. Dirk Nowitzki dropped in 13 points on 5 of 9 from the field including four rebounds and three assists. Nowitzki was a perfect 3 of 3 from beyond the arc. Jeremy Evans recorded 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and picked up six rebounds.

Dwight Powell pitched in 11 points, and snagged seven rebounds. Justin Anderson added 11 points off the bench. Mavericks shot 43.4 percent from the field and shot a solid 89 percent on 24 of 27 from the free-throw line, but they shot an awful 25 percent on 7 of 28 from three-point range. The Mavericks were winning in the entire first half, but they got out-scored by the Cavs 58-45 in the second half and ended up losing by six points. Mavericks were losing by as many as 11 points in the 4th quarter, but they did cut it to a two point game with two minutes left.

The Mavericks are going to have a hard time making the playoffs this year in a loaded Western Conference. After losing Rajon Rondo, Tyson Chandler, and Monta Ellis in free agency, the Mavericks will struggle. Mavericks signed Wesley Matthews this off-season, but he is still recovering from a torn achilles injury and he has not played in a pre-season game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Stumble To Toronto Raptors 87-81

The Toronto Raptors pull off the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 87-81. Raptors improve to 4-2 in pre-season and the Cavaliers fall to 0-6. Jonas Valanciunas led the way for the Raptors with 12 points on 6 of 9 from the field to go along with four rebounds, and two steals. Newly acquired Cory Joseph added 11 points on 4 of 9 from the field and dished out six assists off the bench. Joseph and Valanciunas were the only two raptors players to score in double figures.

Luis Scola put in 9 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes. Bismack Biyombo scored eight points on 3 of 5 from the field, plucked 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine. Former number one overall pick Anthony Bennett dropped in nine points on merely 2 of 6 from the field, to go along with three rebounds. Demarre Carroll had a poor shooting night as he shot 2 of 11 from the field with nine points, but he gathered seven rebounds, and stripped away two steals.

The Raptors shot just 38.4 percent from the field and only scored 87 points, but they held the Cavs to score 81 points on 39.2 percent from the field. Raptors also shot merely 28 percent on 7 of 25 from three-point range and were only 58.3 percent on 14 of 24 from the free-throw line. The Raptors were losing by six points earlier in the fourth quarter but they stepped up later in the fourth, and ended up winning the game by six points. The Raptors will look to have a better playoffs this year, after losing in the first round the past two seasons. The Raptors lost Amir Johnson and Greivis Vasquez this off-season, but they added DeMarre Carroll, Bismack Biyombo, and Cory Joseph.

For the Cavs, Mo Williams led the way with a game-high 13 points on 6 of 11 from the field, and collected seven rebounds in 25 minutes. Williams will likely be the starting point guard for the Cavaliers to start the regular season while Kyrie Irving is out. Anderson Varejao finished with 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, picked up six rebounds, and handed out five assists. Varejao has been impressive in pre-season, after suffering a torn achilles injury last season in December. Matthew Dellavedova poured in 12 points on 5 of 12 from the field to go along with five assists.

Kevin Love made his pre-season debut tonight. Love posted six points on just 2 of 7 from the field including four rebounds, and two assists in 13 minutes. Love scored all six of his points in the first quarter. Love had two nice behind the back passes in the game which were two assists. Jared Cunningham recorded 10 points on 3 of 8 from the field off the bench. According to reports, Cunningham is likely to make the Cavaliers final roster. Timofey Mozgov racked up seven points, snagged 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots.

The Cavaliers struggled tonight on offense. They held the Raptors to only 87 points, but the Cavs only scored 81 points on 39.2 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 24 percent on 7 of 29 from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers had 20 turnovers in the game. The Cavaliers were losing in the whole first quarter, but they came back later in the first half and had a one point lead to start the second half. They were up by six points in the fourth quarter, but ended up losing the game by six points.

Meanwhile, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Iman Shumpert all were out for this game. Tristan Thompson also did not play as the Cavaliers and Thompson still have not reached an agreement to a new deal. Reports are that Thompson is unlikely to be in a cavalier uniform to start the regular season. Cavaliers general manager David Griffin told ESPN.com that LeBron had an anti-inflammatory injection in his back earlier this week. LeBron should still be ready for regular season opener October 27.

Indiana Pacers Crush Cleveland Cavaliers 107-85

The Indiana Pacers blow out the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-85 at Quicken Loans Arena. Cavaliers have now lost five games in a row to start off their pre-season and the Indiana Pacers improve to 4-1. Paul George led the way for the Pacers with a game-high 17 points on 5 of 16 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. George has played pretty well so far in pre-season after missing most of last season with an ACL injury. George believes he can win MVP for this upcoming season.

Ian Mahinmi put in 16 points on 6 of 9 from the field, and grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes. Mahinmi usually does not score much but he scored a lot in this game playing only 18 minutes. Newly acquired Monta Ellis recorded 14 points on 6 of 7 from the field. Rookie Myles Turner added 11 points, plucked six rebounds, and blocked two shots. Rookie Joseph Young put up 10 points, and dished out six assists off the bench. Tony Douglas scored eight points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line in only six minutes.

The Indiana Pacers had a double-digit lead for most of this game, and just dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers had a hard time matching up against the Pacers small ball lineup with Paul George starting at power forward. Pacers shot a solid 46 percent from the field but they shot a horrid 21 percent on 4 of 19 from three-point distance. The Pacers made 22 more free throws than the Cavaliers made which made all the difference of this game. The Pacers scored 31 points off turnovers while the Cavaliers only had three points off turnovers.

The Pacers out-rebounded the Cavaliers 48 to 34. The Pacers stripped away 13 steals as a team. After the Pacers barely missed the playoffs last season, they will look to make a playoff run this season with Paul George healthy. Meanwhile, Rodney Stuckey did not play for the Pacers in this game to rest. Pacers will head to Chicago to play the Chicago Bulls next game.

For the Cavs, Timofey Mozgov led the way with 16 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and collected six rebounds. J.R. Smith returned to the lineup for this game after missing the last three games. Smith finished with 10 points on 4 of 8 from the field, and handed out five assists in 24 minutes. Richard Jefferson dropped in 14 points on 6 of 9 from the field to go along with three rebounds. Jefferson has shot the ball well in the last few games.

Anderson Varejao added nine points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and picked up seven rebounds off the bench. Dionte Christmas also finished with nine points off the bench. Jared Cunningham poured in eight points and gave out eight assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot a respectable 45.3 percent from the field, but they shot merely 27.3 percent on 6 of 22 from three-point range. Cavaliers also only shot 57.9 percent on 11 of 19 from the foul line. Cavaliers were losing by double-digits ever since mid-way through the first quarter and they never could overcome that deficit. They started off the first quarter with only 16 points.

Cavaliers had 23 turnovers in this game and allowed 31 points off turnovers which killed them. Cavaliers only had one fast break point all game, and they also only had one blocked shot. Meanwhile, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie IrvingIman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova all were out for this game. David Blatt is unsure if LeBron will play the last two pre-season games. Blatt said that Kevin Love will “perhaps” play in next pre-season game against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. Kyrie Irving is unlikely to be ready to go for regular season opener October 27 against the Chicago Bulls. Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers still have not reached an agreement to a new deal yet.

Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers start their regular season opener October 27 on the road against the Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers home opener is October 30 against the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers unfortunately are likely going to be shorthanded to start the season, like they were during the playoffs last year. Kyrie Irving is recovering from a knee injury and he is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season. Iman Shumpert will likely be out until Christmas with a wrist injury. With Irving and Shumpert out, expect Mo Williams and J.R. Smith to step into the starting lineup at the start of the season.

The Cavaliers also could be without Tristan Thompson to start the season as the Cavaliers and Thompson have not agreed to a new deal yet. ESPN‘s Brian Windhorst had reported that the contract dispute between Thompson and the Cavs could go well into the regular season. The Cavaliers could start off a little slow to start the season. Their first three games of the season they play the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and the Memphis Grizzlies but after that four of their next six games they play the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers twice.

All though it is a long season Cavs fans. The Cavaliers last season started off 19-20 and they then ended the season winning 53 games and losing 29. When the Cavaliers are healthy, they are one of the best teams in the NBA, and they are favorites to win the title in 2016. In the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and the Miami Heat are the three best teams to watch other than the Cavaliers. Those are likely the only three teams that have a chance to contend with the Cavaliers in the conference finals.

This really could be the year for the Cavaliers. You have the best player in the world in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving who was third team All-NBA last season, and Kevin Love who was second team All-NBA two seasons ago with the Minnesota Timberwolves and averaged 26.1 points per game. Look for Kevin Love to have a bigger role to start the year with irving out. Timofey Mozgov was a great fit for the Cavaliers last season giving them easy dunks and was a rim protecting center for them. Iman Shumpert is a solid defensive player which the Cavs desperately needed when they acquired him from the New York Knicks in a trade. Tristan Thompson is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league and plays with tremendous energy on the defensive end. Thompson is a player you cannot replace the way he plays and the Cavs must re-sign him soon.

The Cavaliers are stacked, and they have a lot of depth now with the addition of Mo Williams. This really is the deepest team LeBron has ever played with throughout his career. The Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in last years finals four games to two, but the fact that Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving were out, and with the addition of Mo Williams this season, the Cavaliers will have much more depth if they are healthy and will be a much more dangerous team. The Cavaliers in last years playoffs showed that they can win when players step up when they are injuries. Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova really stepped up in the playoffs last year when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love both were out during the Eastern Conference Semis, Eastern Conference Finals, and in the Finals.

Milwaukee Bucks Step Up In Second Half To Beat Cleveland Cavaliers 110-101

The Milwaukee Bucks thump the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-101 at Quicken Loans Arena. Bucks improve to 1-2 in pre-season and Cavaliers fall to 0-4. Greg Monroe for the Bucks posted a double-double with 19 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and grabbed 13 rebounds. Rookie Rashad Vaughn put in 19 points on 8 of 15 from the field and buried three from downtown off the bench. John Henson recorded a double-double with 16 points on 5 of 8 from the field, plucked 10 rebounds and blocked four shots off the pine. Jerryd Bayless scored 13 points and dished out eight assists off the bench.

O.J. Mayo chipped in a double-double with 12 points and handed out 10 assists off the pine. Johnny O’Bryant III put up 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field and collected eight rebounds off the bench. The Bucks got 72 points from their bench and five of their players off the bench scored in double figures. Bucks scored 110 points and shot a respectable 47.7 percent from the field but they allowed the Cavs to score 101 points. Bucks out-rebounded the Cavs 52 to 39. Bucks blocked 10 shots in this game.

The Bucks moved the ball well in this game as they had 30 assists as a team. The big difference in this game was the Bucks out-scored the Cavs in the paint 54 to 24. The Bucks were losing by as many as 15 points in this second half but they came back in the 4th quarter and took their first lead of the game with 11 minutes remaining. Meanwhile, Jabari parker, and Giannis Antetokoumpo did not play in this game. Parker is still recovering from his ACL injury he suffered last season.

For the Cavs, Mo Williams led the way with 18 points on just 4 of 15 from the field but he was a perfect 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. Williams picked up six rebounds and he gave out four assists. Richard Jefferson concluded with 16 points to go along with three rebounds. Jefferson was 11 of 12 from the foul line. Matthew Dellavedova poured in 13 points, and nailed three from beyond the arc. Sasha Kaun racked up eight points on 3 of 5 from the field and caught six rebounds. Kaun has struggled adjusting to the speed of the NBA game but he played better in this game.

Joe Harris added 10 points on 4 of 8 from the field off the bench. Dionte Christmas also finished with 10 points off the bench. Jared Cunningham shot awful from the field for the Cavs as he shot 1 of 12 from the field with six points. The Cavaliers shot horrible as they shot 35 percent from the field, and were merely 31.6 percent on 12 of 38 from three-point range. Cavs forced too many three-pointers in this game.

They had a 9-0 lead to start the game and were winning all game until the fourth quarter but they ended up losing the game by nine points. Cavaliers in fact made 14 more free throws than the Bucks made but it was not enough for the Cavs to win this game and they let the Bucks score 110 points. The Cavs have now lost four games in a row to start off their pre-season but they have had many players not playing in each game.

LeBron James about early pre-season losses said “No, it’s not frustrating. You get frustrated in September or October, you won’t make it. I’m good. I’m good.”

The Cavaliers were without LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, and Timofey Mozgov tonight. Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers have still not agreed on a new deal. LeBron, J.R., and Mozgov were out to rest for this game. Irving, Love, and Shumpert were out with injuries. Love said this past weekend that he could play a few minutes next pre-season game against the Indiana Pacers. Irving is unlikely to be ready for regular season opener as he is still recovering from his knee injury.

Memphis Grizzlies Top Cleveland Cavaliers 91-81

The Memphis Grizzlies take down the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-81 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Grizzlies improve to 3-0 in pre-season play and the Cavaliers fall to 0-3. Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies with 14 points on 7 of 12 from the field to go along with three rebounds, and two assists. Randolph was on fire shooting from mid-range in this game. Courtney Lee put in 11 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds.

Jeff Green scored 11 points on 3 of 8 from the field, and plucked four rebounds. Mark Gasol racked up 10 points, and collected four boards. Jarnell Stokes added 10 points on 4 of 5 from the field including five rebounds off the bench. Lazeric Jones also finished with nine points on 4 of 5 from the field off the bench. Mike Conley chipped in just four points and did not make a field goal all game, but he handed out nine assists. Four of the five Grizzlies starters scored in double figures.

Grizzlies shot a remarkable 52.2 percent from the field and were 40 percent on 4 of 10 from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies executed well in this game and did not settle to shoot three-point shots but Grizzlies did have 19 turnovers. They also out rebounded the Cavaliers 39 to 29. The Grizzlies look to have an even better season than they did last year. They now have Brandon Wright and Matt Barnes to boost their bench for this season but of course, the Grizzlies are in a loaded Western Conference. The Clippers, Rockets, and Spurs also improved their roster this off-season.

For the Cavs, LeBron James led the way with a team-high 14 points on 6 of 15 from the field including three assists, and three steals in 26 minutes. LeBron has not shot well from the field so far in pre-season. LeBron is expected to miss tomorrow night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Q on a back to back game for the Cavaliers. Richard Jefferson dropped in 11 points on 4 of 8 from the field, picked up six rebounds, and sunk three triples. Jared Cunningham posted 13 points on just 3 of 8 from the field off the bench, but he was 7 of 10 from the free-throw line. Cunningham has played real well for the Cavaliers so far in pre-season and he has a good chance to make the team based on his performances.

James Jones pitched in 10 points off the bench and he was also a perfect 5 of 5 from the foul line. Anderson Varejao recorded six points, snatched seven rebounds, dished out three assists, and stripped away two steals. Varejao has looked good so far in pre-season and he looks like he is in rhythm. The Cavaliers shot just 38.5 percent from the field and were only 33.3 percent on 9 of 27 from three-point range. The Cavs forced too many threes and they also only had two offensive rebounds in the entire game. The Cavaliers were never winning in this game after the first quarter. They were down by 12 to start the 4th quarter and they cut it to a one point game with five minutes left but they ended up losing by 10 points.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, and Mo Williams all did not play in this game for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson also has not re-signed with the Cavaliers yet and did not play in this game. Kevin Love is still not ready to play with his shoulder injury, but this past weekend he said he could play a few minutes on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers. This is a good sign for Love as he should be ready to go for regular season opener October 27. Kyrie Irving is ways away from returning and he is unlikely to be ready to play in regular season opener. Shumpert is likely going to be out until Christmas with his wrist injury.