Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers Fend Off Phoenix Suns 101-97

The Cleveland Cavaliers hang on to beat the Phoenix Suns on the road 101-97. Cavs improve to 20-9 and Suns fall to 12-21 on the season. Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavaliers with a season high 22 points on 7 of 16 from the field, dished out two assists, and shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul line in 24 minutes. Irving looked like he was in rhythm this game. Irving will sit out next game against the Nuggets, according to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Irving will rest on a back to back game for the Cavaliers.

J.R. Smith put in 17 points on 5 of 11 from the field, grabbed three rebounds, and hit five three-pointers. Kevin Love dropped in 16 points on 6 of 11 from the field including seven rebounds, four assists, and nailed three from deep in 25 minutes. LeBron James was quiet this game with 14 points on 4 of 10 from the field, plucked four rebounds, gave out seven assists, and stripped away two steals in 35 minutes. Matthew Dellavedova contributed eight points on 2 of 4 from the field, and handed out five assists off the bench. Richard Jefferson added seven points on 2 of 4 from the field, and blocked four shots off the pine in 19 minutes.

Timofey Mozgov came off the bench for the first time this season and he put up four points on 2 of 5 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and blocked three shots in 16 minutes. Tristan Thompson replaced Mozgov in the starting lineup for this game. Cavaliers shot a respectable 46.5 percent from the field, and shot 41.5 percent on 17 of 41 from three-point range. Cavaliers were on fire to start the game and they shot an incredible 62 percent from the field in the first half. Cavaliers scored 60 points in the first half but they only scored 41 points in the second half.

The Cavaliers really looked like they were in rhythm this game and shot the ball much better. Cavaliers did play a little sloppy tonight with 17 turnovers. 41 of the Cavaliers 71 shot attempts were three point shots. Cavaliers relied on the three ball much more in this game, and it did workout for the Cavaliers. Cavs were still able to come away with a win in this game despite LeBron not scoring much.

Cavaliers did step up their defense and the Suns only scored 39 points in the second half. With 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Kyrie Irving made a big three just before the shot clock expired to give the Cavs a four point lead. Cavaliers will play again tonight on the road against the Denver Nuggets.

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said “J.R. Smith made an incredible winning play to save that ball. That ball was going out of bounds and it looked like it would be their possession. He made a fabulous save. Kyrie made a huge shot.”

For the Suns, T.J. Warren had a game high 23 points on 9 of 15 field to go along with five rebounds, and made four three-pointers off the bench in 27 minutes. Brandon Knight finished with 18 points on 7 of 18 from the field, and dished out four assists. Jon Leuer posted 14 points on 4 of 8 from the field, accumulated six rebounds, and gave out four assists in 25 minutes. Rookie Devin Booker logged 10 points on 5 of 6 from the field, nabbed three rebounds, and handed out three assists. P.J. Tucker recorded 14 points on 6 of 11 from the field, collected six rebounds, and stripped away three steals. 

Tyson Chandler racked up six points on 1 of 3 from the field, picked up eight rebounds, and shot 4 of 8 from the free-throw line off the bench. Suns shot 45.6 percent from the field, and shot 44 percent on 11 of 25 from three-point distance. Suns out-scored the Cavs in the paint 4o to 26 but the Cavs made six more three pointers, and made four more free throws. Suns had a chance to win this game but they ended up losing by four points. Meanwhile, Eric Bledsoe was out for the Suns in this game with a knee injury. Suns will travel to San Antonio to face off the San Antonio Spurs next game on Wednesday.

Portland Trail Blazers Burst Cleveland Cavaliers 105-76

The Portland Trail Blazers manhandled the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 105-75. Blazers improve to 12-20 and Cavs fall to 19-9 on the season. Allen Crabbe led all scorers with a career high 26 points on 8 of 16 from the field, grabbed three rebounds, and sunk four three-pointers. 21 of Crabbe’s points came in the first half. C.J. McCollum put in 16 points on 7 of 18 from the field including four rebounds and six assists. Mason Plumlee recorded a double-double with 11 points on 4 of 6 from the field, plucked 14 rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Al-Farouq Aminu notched 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field, handed out five assists, and stripped away two steals. Meyers Leonard added 13 points on 5 of 9 from the field, picked up five rebounds, and gave out four assists off the bench. Ed Davis managed eight points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, and pulled down four rebounds in 13 minutes off the pine. Blazers shot a respectable 46.1 percent from the field, and shot a solid 40.9 percent on 9 of 22 from three-point land. Blazers executed really well offensively tonight.

They moved the ball well with 28 assists as a team, and had only eight turnovers in the game. Blazers just dominated the Cavs from start to finish. Blazers had a 34-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and they never let the Cavaliers comeback since then. Blazers held the Cavs to 76 points on 36.4 percent from the field. Blazers just played a great game at both ends of the floor.

Blazers out-scored the Cavs in the paint 44 to 24. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard did not play in this game for the Blazers with an injury and the Blazers were still able to win this game easily despite Lillard not playing. Blazers break their five game losing streak after winning this game.

For the Cavs, Kevin Love dropped in 13 points on 4 of 9 from the field, snagged five rebounds, and buried four three-pointers in 20 minutes. LeBron James really struggled in this game with a season low 12 points on 4 of 13 from the field to go along with four rebounds, and five assists in 26 minutes. LeBron’s three point shot has been way off of late, and he shot inefficient in this game. Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points on 4 of 8 from the field and dished out six assists. Richard Jefferson contributed 10 points on 3 of 6 from the field off the bench.

Tristan Thompson finished with four points on 2 of 3 from the field, and caught 11 rebounds in 22 minutes off the pine. Jared Cunningham poured in six points on 2 of 4 from the field, and gave out two assists in 12 minutes off the bench. Cavaliers got demolished by the Blazers in this game. Cavs shot merely 36.4 percent from the field, and they let the Blazers get too comfortable on offense. Cavaliers have just been really out of sink offensively last couple games, and because they also played a bad game defensively they got blown out by the blazers. Cavaliers have just looked very out of rhythm last couple games.

Cavaliers were down 34-12 at the end of the first quarter, and they just could not overcome that deficit to get back in the game. The Cavaliers lost momentum, didn’t play with energy, and they looked lost defensively as the game went on because they started off playing terrible in the first quarter. Cavaliers also started playing desperate and were taking too many tough shots in this game. Cavaliers are struggling on the road so far this season as they have a 6-8 record on the road. Cavaliers need to get back into the flow of things and start playing like the former Eastern Conference Champions played last season.

They need to start executing better offensively, and make more shots. If the Cavaliers are not getting more stops on defense, and are having off games offensively, they are going to really struggle. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving was not in the lineup for this game as the Cavaliers decided to rest Irving on a back to back game. Cavaliers will look to step up and get a win next game on the road against the Phoenix Suns. Suns have lost six of their last seven games and lost to the Philadelphia 76ers at home last night.

LeBron James said “Offensively, we are in a funk right now. Our energy was lacking at the beginning of the game. It picked up, but at some point it got so out of hand that it didn’t matter.”

Golden State Warriors Defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 89-83

The Golden State Warriors take down the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 89-83 on Christmas day. Warriors improve to 28-1 and Cavs fall to 19-8 on the season. Draymond Green led the way for the Warriors with 22 points on 8 of 17 from the field, grabbed 15 rebounds, handed out seven assists, and blocked two shots. Green once again played a great game in every aspect of the game. Stephen Curry put in 19 points on 6 of 15 from the field including seven rebounds, seven assists, and stripped away two steals. Curry did not play as well this game but he still scored 19 points and shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul-line.

Klay Thompson pitched in 18 points on 6 of 16 from the field, and plucked six rebounds. Shaun Livingston added 16 points off the bench and shot an efficient 8 of 9 from the field, picked up three rebounds, and gave out two assists in 22 minutes. Andre Iguodala had a poor shooting night as he shot 1 of 6 from the field with seven points, dished out three assists, blocked one shot, and stripped away one steal off the pine. Andrew Bogut racked up four points on 2 of 2 from the field, gathered seven rebounds, and blocked four shots. Warriors did not shoot well this game as they shot 41 percent from the field, and shot merely 27.8 percent on 5 of 18 from three-point range. Despite Warriors not playing as well offensively, the Warriors limited the Cavs to 83 points on 31.6 percent shooting from the field.

Warriors forced the Cavs to miss so many shots to give Warriors the victory by six points. This game always stayed a single digit game as the Warriors were up by as many as nine points in the game. This game was a rematch of last years finals. Both teams really battled and competed hard in this game especially on the defensive end.

Meanwhile, Harrison Barnes is still out for the Warriors with an ankle injury. Warriors will play at home next game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Warriors remain 14-0 at home.

For the Cavs, LeBron James had a game high 25 points on 10 of 26 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 10 points on merely 5 of 15 from the field, snatched 18 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Love rebounded a lot but he had an off game offensively as he shot 0 of 5 from beyond the arc. J.R. Smith contributed 14 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and drained four three pointers. Smith was the only player who shot well for the Cavs particularly from three.

Kyrie Irving totaled 13 points on 4 of 15 from the field, pulled down three rebounds, and handed out two assists in 26 minutes. Irving shot poorly offensively and shot 0 of 6 from three-point distance but he did shoot a perfect 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. Irving is still playing raw after just coming back from knee surgery. Tristan Thompson put up eight points on 3 of 6 from the field, and collected 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova dropped in 10 points on 4 of 11 from the field, and snagged five rebounds in 31 minutes off the pine.

Iman Shumpert had a horrible game offensively as he scored 0 points on 0 of 6 from the field off the bench in 29 minutes. Cavaliers played a very good game defensively but offensively not so much. Cavaliers shot a horrible 31.6 percent from the field and shot 16.7 percent on 5 of 30 from outside the arc. Cavaliers cannot expect to win games shooting that poorly from the field. Cavs did grab 17 offensive rebounds to give them more second chances but Cavs just could not execute offensively all game.

The Cavs held the Warriors to only 89 points. Cavs kept this game close and competed well on the road against the best team in the NBA but Cavs just played awful offensively and lost the game by six points. If the Cavaliers play defense like they did this game and just shoot better offensively, they will have a good chance to beat the Warriors come playoff time. Cavaliers will play again tonight on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers.

LeBron James said “We gave ourselves a chance. If we play like that defensively, we’re going to be a very tough team to beat. Offensively, we just didn’t have it. No one had it.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Down New York Knicks 91-84

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the New York Knicks at home 91-84. Cavs improve to 19-7 and Knicks fall to 14-16 on the season. Cavs are now on a six game win streak. LeBron James had a game high 23 points on 8 of 22 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, and five assists. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 23 points on 8 of 17 from the field, grabbed 13 rebounds, and handed out two assists. Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double off the bench with 10 points on 2 of 5 from the field, plucked 14 rebounds, and shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. Thompson had been struggling at the line of late but he’s shot well at the line last couple games.

Matthew Dellavedova put in seven points on 3 of 8 from the field and dished out seven assists off the pine in 31 minutes. Iman Shumpert added eight points on merely 2 of 7 from the field off the bench but he snagged four rebounds, blocked two shots, stripped away one steal, and played a very good game defensively. Kyrie Irving had an off game with five points on just 1 of 7 from the floor, and gave out four assists in 19 minutes. Irving is just not in rhythm yet after just coming back from knee surgery but once he gets it going offensively the Cavs will be a more dangerous team. Timofey Mozgov put up six points on 3 of 6 from the field, gathered four rebounds, and blocked one shot in 14 minutes.

Cavaliers were struggling offensively as they shot 38.6 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 22.7 percent on 5 of 22 from three-point range. Cavs did shoot a solid 88 percent on 22 of 25 from the free-throw line. Cavs really stepped up on defense in the second half which equated to their win. Cavs held the Knicks to 84 points in the game and Knicks in the fourth quarter only scored 12 points. Cavaliers limited their turnovers to only seven. Cavs out-scored the Knicks in the paint 36 to 20.

LeBron James drove to the basket and had a ferocious dunk with 51 seconds left to give the Cavs a six point lead. This was the first time all season the Cavaliers were at full strength and had everyone playing. The Knicks hung around and competed well all game but they came up short and lost by seven points. Cavaliers next game will play against the Golden State Warriors on the road which will be a rematch of last years finals. This is going to be a very tough game for the Cavaliers as the Warriors are 27-1 on the season. Cavaliers are really going to have to step it up defensively. Cavs will have their full roster playing for that game but Irving will still be playing limited minutes.

LeBron James said “We preach offensively it’s not always going to be pretty. Tonight we needed the defensive end. We just got stops.”

For the Knicks, rookie Kristaps Porzingis chipped in a double-double with 23 points on 8 of 18 from the field including 13 rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot, and made four-three pointers. Porzingis really stepped up this game without Caremelo Anthony. Arron Afflalo dropped in 16 points on merely 6 of 17 from the field, and snatched five rebounds. Jose Calderon managed 10 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and dished out six assists. Derrick Williams logged 11 points on just 2 of 6 from the field, pulled down three rebounds, blocked two shots, and shot a perfect 7 of 7 from the foul line.

Robin Lopez finished with eight points on 4 of 9 from the field, caught five rebounds, and blocked three shots in 20 minutes. Knicks only scored 84 points on 39 percent from the field, but Knicks played well defensively which kept them in the game. Knicks limited the Cavs to 91 points. Knicks shot an excellent 93.8 percent on 15 of 16 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony did not play this game for the Knicks with an ankle injury. The Knicks still competed well on the road despite them not having Carmelo Anthony. Knicks will head to Atlanta to face off the Atlanta Hawks next game on Saturday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Bulldoze Philadelphia 76ers 108-86 In Irving’s Season Debut

The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Philadelphia 76ers at home 108-86. Cavs improve to 18-7 and 76ers fall to 1-28 on the season. Cavs have now won five games in a row. LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points on 10 of 17 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, gave out four assists, and stripped away three steals in 25 minutes. Matthew Dellavedova had a huge spark off the bench with 20 points on 7 of 10 from the field, including two assists, two steals, two blocks, and buried four three-pointers. Kyrie Irving made his season debut and scored 12 points on 5 of 12 from the field, dished out four assists, stripped away two steals, and shot a perfect 2 of 2 from three-point range.

Irving played 17 minutes in this game. Irving in the first half wasn’t in rhythm playing in his first game since last years finals but he shot better in the second half. Irving made an awesome alley hoop pass to Jared Cunningham and Cunningham dunked one handed. Kevin Love put in 10 points on 2 of 4 from the field and plucked four rebounds in 22 minutes. Timofey Mozgov put up eight points on 3 of 6 from the field, pulled down eight rebounds, and blocked one shot. J.R. Smith dropped in eight points on 3 of 5 from the field, and handed out four assists.

Richard Jefferson added nine points on 3 of 5 from the field, and knocked down three from outside the arc off the bench. Tristan Thompson racked up six points on 2 of 4 from the field, picked up six rebounds, and shot a perfect 2 of 2 from the foul line off the pine. Iman Shumpert was back in the lineup for the Cavs and played 16 minutes off the bench. Shumpert finished with three points on merely 1 of 5 from the field, but he gave out four assists, and had one steal. Cavaliers shot a solid 47 percent from the field, and shot an outstanding 44 percent on 11 of 25 from three-point distance.

Cavaliers held the 76ers to 86 points on 34.9 percent from the field. Cavs really took advantage in transition with 31 fast break points. The game started off a little slow for the Cavs, but they played better and better as the game went on. Meanwhile, Mo Williams was not in the lineup for the Cavs this game with a finger injury. Cavs will likely have everyone back healthy and playing for the game on Christmas day against the former champions Golden State Warriors on the road. Cavaliers will host the New York Knicks next game on Wednesday.

Kyrie Irving said “Kind of been a long, long road, but finally getting out there with my teammates was a pleasure.”

For the 76ers, Nerlens Noel posted a double-double with 15 points on 5 of 10 from the field, collected 12 rebounds, and blocked one shot. T.J. McConnell poured in 10 points on 4 of 6 from the field to go along with five rebounds and three assists. JaKarr Sampson managed 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and snatched seven rebounds. Jahlil Okafor struggled in this game with nine points on 3 of 11 from the field to go along with eight rebounds. Kendall Marshall pitched in eight points on 4 of 8 from the field and handed out four assists in 18 minutes.

76ers shot an awful 34.9 percent from the field, and shot 20 percent on 5 of 20 from three-point land. 76ers also had 19 turnovers. 76ers in fact were winning 25-21 at the end of the first quarter, but the game got away from them quickly ever since then and they ended up getting destroyed to the cavs by 22 points. 76ers are now on a 10 game losing streak and they are off to the worst start in franchise history.

76ers have just never been able to step up and start winning games this season. They just haven’t shown any motivation and energy when they play, and they are a young team. 76ers will play at home next game on Tuesday and play against the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Cleveland Cavaliers Slip By Oklahoma City Thunder 104-100

The Cleveland Cavaliers edge the Oklahoma City Thunder at home 104-100. Cavs improve to 17-7 and Thunder fall to 17-9 on the season. Cavaliers snap Thunders six game win streak. LeBron James led the way with a game high 33 points on 12 of 27 from the field including nine rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals. LeBron was one rebound shy of a triple-double. LeBron did have seven turnovers in the game.

LeBron during the game tried saving the ball from going out of bounds and   ran into a lady sitting court side.

LeBron James tweeted “Ellie Day I hope you’re doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!”

Tristan Thompson posted a double-double with 14 points on 7 of 10 from the field, grabbed 15 rebounds, and blocked one shot in 35 minutes off the bench. Thompson was all over the offensive glass and plucked 11 offensive rebounds. Thompson played with a lot of energy in this game to help lead the Cavs to a victory by four points. Kevin Love put in 11 points on 4 of 10 from the field, snatched seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and stripped away two steals. Love made a big three-pointer under two minutes left in the game to give the Cavs an eight point lead.

Matthew Dellavedova chipped in a double-double with 10 points on merely 3 of 10 from the field, but handed out 10 assists, picked up five rebounds, and hit three from three-point land. Richard Jefferson added 13 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and nailed three triples off the bench. J.R. Smith concluded with 11 points on 5 of 12 from the field in 25 minutes. Jared Cunningham contributed five points on 2 of 3 from the field in 13 minutes off the pine. Cavs shot a respectable 46.6 percent from the field, and shot a solid 41.4 percent on 12 of 29 from three-point range.

Cavs moved the ball well tonight and had 29 assists as a team. Cavs out-scored Thunder in the paint 50 to 36. Cavaliers did have 16 turnovers. Cavs also blocked one shot in the entire game by Thompson only. Cavaliers in the second quarter were down 40-28 but then they went on an incredible 18-0 run to give them a six point lead.

Cavaliers were also losing by as many as 11 points in the second half but they responded well and ended up winning the game by four points. Cavaliers had 14 more shot attempts than the Thunder which gave the Cavs more second chance points. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving was still out with a knee injury, Iman Shumpert was out with a right groin injury, and Mo Williams was out with a finger injury. Cavaliers just cannot get everyone back and healthy so far this season but despite the injuries they are currently first place in the Eastern Conference. Cavaliers next game will face off the struggling Philadelphia 76ers at home on Sunday.

For the Thunder, Kevin Durant led the way with 25 points on 7 of 17 from the field, gave out five assists, and blocked two shots. Russell Westbrook recorded a double-double with 27 points on 10 of 18 from the field, dished out 10 assists, and stripped away three steals in 34 minutes. Serge Ibaka dropped in 23 points on 8 of 14 from the field, pulled down nine rebounds, and blocked one shot. Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka scored 75 of the teams 100 points but it was not enough for the Thunder to win this game. Cavs bench out-scored Thunders bench 32 to 16.

Enes Kanter put up six points and six rebounds off the pine. Former Cleveland Cavalier Dion Waiters had an off game with four points and shot 1 of 7 from the field. Andre Roberson notched five points on 2 of 3 from the field, collected four rebounds, and blocked three shots in 21 minutes. Thunder shot an exceptional 47.3 percent from the field, but shot merely 30 percent on 6 of 20 from three-point distance.

Thunder shot a solid 85.7 percent from the free-throw line, and made 14 more free throws than the Cavaliers but it was not enough for them to win this game. Thunder kept letting Thompson get offensive rebounds and they could not keep him off the glass. Thunder could not sustain their lead when they were up by double digits. Thunder were down three and had the ball with six seconds left in the game and had a chance to tie the game with a three, but Russell Westbrook missed the three-pointer with two seconds left which equated to the Thunder losing the game. Thunder next game will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Roll Past Boston Celtics 89-77

The Cleveland Cavaliers take down the Boston Celtics on the road 89-77. Cavs improve to 16-7 and Celtics fall to 14-11 on the season. LeBron James led the way with 24 points on 10 of 20 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. LeBron did have six turnovers in the game. Kevin Love put in 20 points on 7 of 16 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked two shots, and hit three triples. James and Love scored 44 of the Cavs 89 points in this game.

Timofey Mozgov racked up nine points on 4 of 5 from the field, picked up 10 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Mozgov has now played much better in the last five games. Mo Williams added 10 points on 4 of 10 from the field, and handed out three assists in 19 minutes off the bench. Anderson Varejao scored four points on 2 of 3 from the field in seven minutes off the pine. J.R. Smith finished with nine points on 4 of 9 from the field, and gathered six rebounds.

Iman Shumpert pitched in six points on 2 of 4 from the field off the bench and blocked one shot in 14 minutes. Shumpert left the game in the fourth quarter with a right groin injury and did not return. However, Shumpert is ruled out for Thursdays game against the Thunder, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Cavaliers shot a respectable 46.2 percent from the field. The most impressive stat was Cavaliers held the Celtics to 32 percent shooting from the field.

Cavaliers stepped up their defense in the second half and Celtics only scored 31 points in the entire second half. It really comes down on the defensive end for the Cavaliers to win games and their defense was really what led to their victory. Cavs out-scored the Celtics in the paint 44 to 24. This game was a rematch of last years playoffs in the first round which the Cavs ended up sweeping the Celtics. People anticipated this game to be very physical after how the playoff series ended last year when these two teams met in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving still was out with a knee injury. ESPN.com reported that Irving is now planning to make his season debut Thursday against the Thunder. Cavaliers will head back home and play the Oklahoma City Thunder next game on Thursday.

LeBron James said “We knew it was going to be that type of game tonight, just coming off the playoff series that we had with them. And its our first time seeing them. We were able to answer the call.”

For the Celtics, Avery Bradley posted 17 points on 5 of 12 from the field, stripped away three steals, and blocked two shots. Jae Crowder managed 14 points on 5 of 13 from the field, snatched three rebounds, and drained four three-pointers. Going into the game, Crowder wanted an apology from J.R. Smith after last years playoffs when J.R. hit Crowder in the face which J.R. got suspended two games for that incident. J.R. refused to apologize. Isaiah Thomas recorded 12 points, and gave out four assists, but he shot a horrid 3 of 15 from the field.

David Lee pitched in eight points, gathered four rebounds, and dished out three assists off the bench. Evan Turner put up six points on 3 of 8 from the field, collected eight rebounds, and handed out four assists off the pine. Celtics shot ice cold as they shot 32.2 percent from the field and shot merely 28.1 percent on 9 of 32 from three-point range. Celtics started to really struggle in the second half and they scored only 31 points in the whole second half.

Celtics were up by six at half time, but the Cavaliers in the third quarter out-scored the Celtics 29 to 15. Celtics are still currently 7th place in the Eastern Conference. Celtics will play again tonight on the road against the Detroit Pistons. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart is still out for the Celtics with an injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Dominate Orlando Magic 111-76

The Cleveland Cavaliers trounce the Orlando Magic on the road 111-76. Cavs improve to 15-7 and Magic fall to 12-11 on the season. Cavaliers are currently first place in the Eastern Conference and Hornets and Raptors are one game behind them. LeBron James led the way with a game high 25 points on an efficient 10 of 15 from the field, grabbed three rebounds, dished out eight assists, and stripped away four steals in 29 minutes. Timofey Mozgov had a season high 17 points on 8 of 9 from the field to go along with four rebounds in 20 minutes. Mozgov really played like himself in this game as he has had an up and down season thus far.

Iman Shumpert made his season debut tonight after missing 21 games with a wrist injury. Shumpert played very well off the bench with 14 points  on 5 of 7 from the field and plucked three rebounds in 25 minutes. Shumpert looked like he was in rhythm this game as he has not played a game since last years Finals. James Jones added 15 points on 5 of 10 from the field, and made four three-pointers off the bench. Jones in the fourth quarter made five shots in a row and then the Cavaliers bench went nuts. Matthew Dellavedova put in 12 points on 5 of 7 from the field and handed out six assists.

Kevin Love racked up eight points on just 2 of 6 from the field, but he collected 13 rebounds, gave out six assists, and stripped away two steals in 28 minutes. Cavaliers shot an incredible 56.9 percent from the field and shot 52.4 percent on 11 of 21 from three-point range. Cavs out-rebounded the Magic 45 to 30 and Cavs out-scored Magic in the paint 50 to 28. Cavaliers had 18 turnovers but they executed real well on offense making many of their shots. Cavaliers also sustained on defense this game and they kept forcing the Magic to miss shots.

Cavaliers in fact had 0 blocked shots but the Magic still only scored 76 points in the game. Cavaliers got to rest all of their starters in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving is still out for the Cavs with a knee injury. Cavaliers head coach David Blatt previously said that Irving had a chance to play this game but Irving was still held out. J.R. Smith also missed this game with an illness. Cavaliers will not play again till Tuesday and they will matchup against the Boston Celtics on the road next game.

Iman Shumpert said “It felt great. It was all worth it, the extra work, the extra running, all the trash talk from my teammates to get me ready. I feel good. I could have played some more.”

For the Magic, Nikola Vucevic scored 14 points on 6 of 10 from the field including three rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes. Mario Hezonja dropped in 12 points on 3 of 5 from the field off the pine. Vucevic and Hezonja were the only two Magic players to score in double figures. Elfrid Payton managed nine points on 4 of 9 from the field in 20 minutes. Jason Smith recorded nine points on 4 of 8 from the field and blocked one shot off the bench.

Andrew Nicholsen notched eight points on 4 of 6 from the field and snagged six rebounds off the pine. Tobias Harris had a season low 0 points and shot 0 of 5 from the field in 17 minutes. Magic shot poorly from the field tonight as they shot 38.9 percent from the field. Magic also shot 27.3 percent on 6 of 22 from three-point distance. Magic were only down by two to start the second quarter, but the game got away from them quickly ever since, and they ended up getting blown out. This was an embarrassing loss for the Magic playing at home.

Magic are going to have to play much better than this if they want to make the playoffs. They are still 12-11 on the season but they played liked the team they were last year when they were one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Magic allowed the Cavs to shoot 56.9 percent from the field and you can never expect to win games allowing your opponents to shoot that well from the field. Magic will look to bounce back next game on Monday and will face off the Brooklyn Nets on the road.

Cleveland Cavaliers Topple Portland Trail Blazers 105-100

The Cleveland Cavaliers top the Portland Trail Blazers at home 105-100. Cavs improve to 14-7 and Trail Blazers fall to 9-14 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 33 points on 14 of 24 from the field to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three blocked shots. James once again took over this game scoring 12 points all in the fourth quarter. Kevin Love put in 18 points on 5 of 12 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, dished out four assists, and stripped away four steals. Love stoled the ball and dribbled down the court on a fast break and then had an awesome dunk that really got the crowd back into the game.

Matthew Dellavedova dropped in 17 points on 7 of 12 from the field, handed out three assists, and sunk 3 three-pointers. Mo Williams added 13 points on 5 of 10 from the field off the bench. Jared Cunningham had a nice game off the bench with seven points on 2 of 3 from the field, and stripped away one steal in 35 minutes. Richard Jefferson poured in seven points on 3 of 6 from the field off the pine. Cavaliers shot exceptionally well as they shot 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 42.9 percent on 9 of 21 from three-point range.

Cavaliers did cut down their turnovers as they only had eight in the game. Cavaliers started the game off rhythm, and were struggling offensively, but they did get it going offensively in the second half. Cavs scored only 17 points in the first quarter. Cavaliers were down by as many as 18 points in the first half but they came back and stepped up in the second half which lead to them winning the game by five points. Cavs also were playing sluggish defensively and Blazers got too many easy baskets in the first half.

Blazers scored 56 points in the first half, but they were held to only 44 points in the second half. Cavs really had no answer for the blazers guards as of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Cavs got more stops in the second half and were playing more physical. Cavaliers will travel to Orlando to face off the Orlando Magic next game on Friday.

LeBron James said “you don’t get frustrated. You see the things you did well. You see the things you didn’t do so well. Obviously when your down 18 you don’t do too many things that well.”

For the Blazers, Damian Lillard scored 33 points on 14 of 27 from the field including six rebounds, six assists, and hit four three-pointers. C.J. McCollum totaled 24 points on 10 of 19 from the field, gave out five assists, and drained four three-pointers. Allen Crabbe contributed 14 points on 6 of 11 from the field off the bench. Mason Plumlee posted 10 points on merely 2 of 6 from the field, collected four rebounds, and handed out four assists. Meyers Leonard put up seven points on 3 of 6 from the field and picked up three rebounds off the pine.

Blazers shot a solid 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 42.3 percent on 11 of 26 from three-point distance, but Blazers gave up 105 points and they let LeBron simply dominate the game in the fourth quarter. Blazers did shoot a horrid 56.3 percent on 9 of 16 from the free-throw line. Blazers started playing sloppy as they had 18 turnovers in the game. Blazers were winning for most of the first half and were up by double digits but they fell apart in the second half and ended up losing by five points. This may be a tough season for the Blazers after losing LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency last summer. Blazers will play on the road again on Friday and play against the Phoenix Suns. 

 

Miami Heat Decimate LeBron-less Cavs 99-84

The Miami Heat blow by the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 99-84. Heat improve to 12-6 and Cavs fall to 13-7 on the season. LeBron James sat out for this game to rest. Cavaliers head coach David Blatt decided to rest LeBron for this game after playing 45 minutes last game and also on a back to back game for the Cavaliers. Cavs have now lost three games in a row.

Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 19 points on 8 of 14 from the field including five rebounds, and four assists. Goran Dragic shot very well with 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field, dished out eight assists, and buried three triples. Chris Bosh put in 14 points and shot an efficient 5 of 6 from the field to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Gerald Green tallied 12 points on 5 of 12 from the field. Hassan White side put up seven points on 2 of 4 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and blocked five shots.

Tyler Johnson had a spark off the bench adding 19 points on 6 of 10 from the field, and collected five rebounds. Josh McRoberts finished with six points on 2 of 3 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out two assists off the pine. The Heat shot an outstanding 54.4 percent from the field, and shot a solid 43.8 percent on 7 of 16 from three-point range. Heat held the Cavs to 36.5 percent shooting from the field. It was all Heat this game and they were winning by double digits for the entire second half. Heat will play at home again Monday against the Washington Wizards. Heat and Cavs are currently tied first place in the Eastern Conference.

For the Cavs, Richard Jefferson had a team high 16 points on merely 6 of 18 from the field, and snagged eight rebounds. Jefferson shot 4 of 9 from the foul line. Matthew Dellavedova contributed 11 points on 4 of 11 from the field, handed out five assists, and blocked one shot. Dellavedova was the only Cavs player who blocked a shot in the game. Jarred Cunningham poured in 11 points on 3 of 8 from the field, and stripped away two steals off the bench. J.R. Smith posted 12 points on a horrid 4 of 12 from the field.

Kevin Love really struggled in this game as he scored only five points and shot an awful 2 of 11 from the field in 22 minutes. Love picked up eight rebounds. Timofey Mozgov dropped in eight points on 4 of 6 from the field, and gathered four rebounds in 21 minutes. Tristan Thompson managed six points on 3 of 4 from the field, and caught six rebounds. Cavaliers really struggled without LeBron James in this game.

Cavaliers had a poor shooting night as they shot 36.5 percent from the field. Cavaliers also shot horrible from three point distance as they shot 21.4 percent on 6 makes out of 28 attempts. Cavaliers allowed the Heat to score 60 points in the first half, but in the second half the Heat were held to only 39 points. This was another tough lost for the Cavs, as they have lost three games in a row including a loss in overtime to the New Orleans Pelicans. Cavaliers did not execute well on offense at all without LeBron in this game and they only had 14 assists as a team. LeBron always sets the tone for the Cavaliers and is their primary ball handler.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving is still out with a knee injury, and Iman Shumpert is still out with a wrist injury. Cavaliers have never really been healthy since the first round of last years playoffs. Once the Cavs get everyone back and healthy, they are going to really have to step it up and show that they can compete against the Golden State Warriors who are off to the best start to a season in NBA history. Cavaliers will look to get back on track next game at home on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

J.R. Smith said about LeBron James not playing “It’s totally different. He’s like a coach on the floor on top of being the best player.”