Monthly Archives: October 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers Edge Toronto Raptors 94-91

The Cleveland Cavaliers win a big game on the road 94-91 against the Toronto Raptors. Cavaliers improve to 2-0 and Raptors fall to 1-1 on the season. For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points on 10 of 23 from the field to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and drained five three-pointers. Irving hit a clutch three pointer with 44 seconds remaining in the game to give the Cavaliers a 94-91 lead. LeBron James dropped in 21 points on 7 of 16 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out seven assists.

Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 18 points on 6 of 15 from the floor, gathered 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Tristan Thompson put up a double-double with 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field, and pulled down 10 rebounds. Iman Shumpert added six points on merely 1 of 4 from the field, caught four rebounds, and stripped away three steals. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love scored 65 of the teams 94 points. The big three were productive for the Cavaliers, but the rest of the team did not contribute much as the Cavaliers only scored 10 points from their bench.

The Cavaliers shot 41.8 percent from the field, and shot a respectable 37.5 percent on 12 of 32 from three-point range. The Cavaliers did play sloppy as they had 17 turnovers in this game. The Cavaliers played good defense and they got enough stops on defense to win this game. The Cavaliers allowed the Raptors to score only 94 points, and they held the Raptors to 39 percent shooting from the field. Meanwhile, Channing Frye’s mother passed away after a long battle with cancer, and Frye did not travel with the team to Toronto. The Cavaliers play again tonight and will host the Orlando Magic.

LeBron James said, “It was a good test for us. It’s fun to have games like that throughout the regular season, it sharpens your sword.”

For the Raptors, DeMar Derozan led all scorers with 32 points on 12 of 28 from the floor including seven rebounds, and two steals. Derozan drove to the basket and slam dunked over Tristan Thompson in the fourth quarter and the crowd started going nuts. Kyle Lowry logged 17 points on just 5 of 16 from the field, and gave out four assists. Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double with 10 points on merely 5 of 15 from the field, picked up 17 rebounds, and blocked one shot. DeMarre Carrol racked up eight points on 2 of 7 from the field, nabbed six rebounds, stripped away two steals, and blocked two shots. Cory Joseph contributed with eight points on 4 of 7 from the field off the pine.

Rookie Jakob Poeltl poured in seven points, and plucked seven rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Jared Sullinger did not play in this game for the Raptors as he recovers from foot surgery. The Raptors really struggled shooting in this game as they shot 39 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 25 percent on 4 of 16 from three-point distance. The Raptors did shoot an excellent 94.4 percent on 17 of 18 from the foul line. The Raptors out-rebounded the Cavs 51-40.

The Raptors only gave up 94 points on defense, but they did not execute on offense well enough to win this game. The Raptors had never led in the entire game until 2 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after Lowry made both of his free throws to give the Raptors a 89-88 lead. The Raptors had a chance to win this game, and the game was tied under a minute left until Irving made a big three-pointer. Patrick Patterson missed an open three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the game which would have tied the game 94-94 had he made that shot. The Raptors will look to bounce back next game on Monday against the Denver Nuggets.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Cruise Past New York Knicks In Home Opener 117-88

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home crush the New York Knicks 117-88 in NBA regular season opener. This was championship ring night for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers won the NBA championship last year, and they beat the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals to win the championship. After the Cavaliers players received their NBA championship rings, LeBron James gave an emotional speech, and he was in tears while speaking to the Cavs fans.

For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving had a game high 29 points on 12 of 22 from the field including four assists, two steals, and buried four three-pointers. LeBron James posted a triple double with 19 points on 9 of 14 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out 14 assists. LeBron trusted his teammates, and got his teammates involved well in this game. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 23 points on 6 of 15 from the floor, picked up 12 rebounds, and stripped away three steals in 25 minutes. Richard Jefferson added 12 points on 5 of 7 from the field, and plucked four rebounds off the bench.

Channing Frye contributed six points on merely 2 of 6 from the field, picked up four rebounds, and made two from downtown off the pine. J.R. Smith scored eight points on just 3 of 13 from the floor. The Cavaliers shot a solid 48 percent from the field, and shot 37 percent on 13 of 35 from three-point territory. The Cavaliers moved the ball exceptionally well as they had 31 assists as a team, and their team chemistry looks better now after winning it’s first championship in franchise history last season. The Cavaliers held the Knicks to shoot only 36.8 percent from the field, and the Knicks only scored a total of 88 points in this game.

The Cavaliers were only leading 48-45 at halftime, but they out-scored the Knicks 34-19 in the third quarter and Kyrie Irving took over the game in the second half. This was a great way to start the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they start off the season 1-0. The Cavaliers will head to Toronto next game and face off the Toronto Raptors.

LeBron James said, “It was great to have a moment like that. It was difficult to focus on the game but we did a great job, especially in the second half.”

For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony led the way with 19 points on 8 of 18 from the field, to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Derrick Rose made his debut for the first time as a New York Knick, and he finished with 17 points on 7 of 17 from the floor in 3o minutes. Kristaps Porzingis put in 16 points on merely 5 of 13 from the field, snagged seven rebounds, blocked two shots, and hit three triples. Mindaugas Kuzminskas poured in seven points on 3 of 5 from the field in nine minutes off the bench. Brandon Jennings managed seven points on just 1 of 7 from the field, and gave out nine assists off the pine.

Joakim Noah in his New York Knick day view scored 0 points, but snatched six rebounds and handed out three assists in 20 minutes. The Knicks shot a horrid 36.8 percent from the field, and shot 33 percent on 9 of 27 from three-point distance. The Knicks did not execute on offense well, and they also played sloppy with 18 turnovers. The Knicks have some new players on their team this season so their team chemistry just is not there yet. Two of the Knicks starters, Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah scored a combined 0 points on 0 of 6 from the field.

The Knicks got blown out in this game. They gave up 117 points to the Cavs and the Knicks cannot expect to win games giving up that many points, but they also missed a lot of shots in this game. The Knicks will look to bounce back next game in their home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies.