Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers hold off Chicago Bulls 119-112

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home hang on to beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112. The Cavaliers improve to 3-1, and the Bulls fall to 0-4 on the season. LeBron James had a game high 34 points on 13 of 20 from the field, including 13 assists, three steals, and made four three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 20 points on 7 of 16 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, and sunk three triples in 29 minutes. Jae Crowder scored 11 points on 4 of 10 from the floor, and knocked down three from downtown.

Jeff Green added 16 points on 4 of 6 from the field off the bench. Dwyane Wade dumped in 11 points on 5 of 7 from the field, and dished out four assists off the pine. Kyle Korver accrued 11 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, and nailed three from beyond the arc off the bench. Channing Frye dropped in eight points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field in seven minutes off the pine. Tristan Thompson put up five points on 2 of 3 from the field, and gathered nine rebounds.

The Cavaliers shot an excellent 51.8 percent from the field, and shot 42 percent on 16 of 38 from three-point territory. The Cavaliers were down 68-65 at halftime, but they went on a 17-7 run to start the second half. The Cavaliers played poorly defensively, but they executed well offensively, and James set up his teammates very well. The biggest issue for the Cavs in the last couple of games has been defending the three-point line. Meanwhile, Derrick Rose did not play due to an ankle injury. The Cavs will play again tomorrow and head to Brooklyn to play against the Brooklyn Nets.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “Thank God for our bench, but we’ve got to be better — 17 3s again where guys are just looking at us, staring us down and raising for shots. We talked about making the guys put the ball on the floor and we didn’t learn our lesson.”

For the Bulls, Justin Holiday led the way with 25 points on 8 of 17 from the floor, collected four rebounds, and drained four three-pointers. Rookie Lauri Markkanen amassed 19 points on 7 of 12 from the field, pulled down eight rebounds, and buried five three-pointers. Jerian Grant chipped in a double-double with 12 points on 4 of 8 from the field, picked up six rebounds, and gave out 10 assists. Paul Zipser concluded with 11 points on 5 of 11 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds, and four assists. Robin Lopez finished with 11 points on 5 of 8 from the floor, and handed out three assists.

Denzel Valetine compiled 13 points on 5 of 10 from the field, and accumulated four rebounds off the bench. The former Cavalier Kay Felder played a good game off the bench with 13 points on 5 of 11 from the field, and dished out four assists. The Bulls shot 47.7 percent from the field, and shot an incredible 51.5 percent on 17 of 33 behind the three-point line. The Bulls got off to a good start in the first half, but they fall apart in the second half and ended up losing the game by seven points. The Bulls did not play good enough defense to win this game. Meanwhile, Nikola Mirotic was out with a face injury.

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said about LeBron James, “You’re playing against the best player on the planet.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers Smashed Milwaukee Bucks 116-97

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road destroyed the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97. The Cavaliers improve to 2-0, and the Bucks fall to 1-1 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers with 24 points on 10 of 16 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out eight assists. James had one nice blocked shot when Antetokounmpo drove to the basket. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 17 points on 5 of 12 from the floor, plucked 12 rebounds, handed out six assists, and blocked two shots in 27 minutes. Jae Crowder put in 14 points on 6 of 8 from the field, and collected four rebounds.

Derrick Rose managed 12 points on 3 of 4 from the field, and stripped away two steals in 23 minutes. Kyle Korver had a huge spark off the bench with 17 points on 6 of 8 from the field, and drained five three-pointers. Tristan Thompson racked up eight points on 4 of 6 from the floor, and pulled down eight rebounds off the pine. Jeff Green added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field off the bench. Dwyane Wade notched four points on just 2 of 7 from the field, and gave out three assists. Wade has struggled shooting so far in his first season playing for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers shot a solid 54.3 percent from the field, shot 42.3 percent on 11 of 26 from three-point distance, and shot a perfect 17 of 17 from the foul line. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 16 turnovers, but they did execute offensively and moved the ball well. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Bucks 44 to 30. The Cavs were only up by three points earlier in the second half, but they ended up winning by 19 points. Isaiah Thomas was out for the Cavaliers with a hip injury.

“We executed the defensive plan that our coaches gave us. The results were us getting a big win on the road,” James said.

For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 34 points on 15 of 22 from the floor, including eight rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. Malcolm Brogdon logged 16 points on 6 of 12 from the field, stripped away two steals, and buried four three-pointers. Tony Snell dropped in nine points on 3 of 7 from the field, hit three triples, and dished out three assists. Khris Middletown tossed in eight points on merely 3 of 10 from the floor, and gave out five assists. Thon Maker pitched in seven points on 3 of 5 from the field in 17 minutes.

Greg Monroe registered eight points on 4 of 8 from the field, and snatched six rebounds off the pine. The Bucks shot 46.3 percent from the field, and shot only 31.4 percent on 11 of 35 behind the three-point line. The Bucks did not get enough stops to win, and they started to let the Cavs do whatever they wanted to do offensively.

The Bucks were only down 55-49 at half, but the Cavaliers out-scored them by 13 points in the second half. This was an interesting matchup with star players like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo who very well could be two MVP candidates this year. Meanwhile, Jabari Parker did not play for the Bucks with a knee injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers Squeeze Past Boston Celtics In Season Opener 102-99

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull off the win at home against the Boston Celtics 102-99 in season opener. The Cavaliers start off the season 1-0 and the Celtics fall to 0-1 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers with 29 points on 12 of 19 from the field, grabbed 16 rebounds, dished out nine assists, and blocked two shots. James played a great game despite him having ankles problems during the pre-season. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 15 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and plucked 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. Love hit a clutch three-pointer with 46 seconds remaining in the game to give the Cavs a 102-98 lead.

Derrick Rose scored 14 point on 5 of 14 from the field, and picked up four rebounds. Jae Crowder put in 11 points on merely 3 of 10 from the floor, to go along with five rebounds, and two steals. J.R. Smith added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and pulled down four rebounds off the bench. Tristan Thompson put up five points on 2 of 3 from the field, and gathered six rebounds off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 45.8 percent from the field, and shot just 22.7 percent on 5 of 22 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers did play sloppy with 17 turnovers, but the Cavaliers scored points when they needed to win a close game against the Celtics at home. The Cavaliers were up by as many as 18 points in the second half, but the Celtics ended up having a three-point lead later in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas did not play for the Cavaliers with a hip injury. The Cavaliers will face-off the Milwaukee Bucks on the road in their next game.

For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown led the way with 25 points on 11 of 23 from the floor, collected six rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Kyrie Irving recorded a double-double in his Celtics day view with 22 points on 8 of 17 from the field, including 10 assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Rookie Jayson Tatum finished with 14 points on 5 of 12 from the field, and gathered 10 rebounds. Al Horford dropped in nine points on just 2 of 7 from the floor, snatched seven rebounds, and gave out five assists. Marcus Smart contributed 12 points on 5 of 16 from the field, snagged nine rebounds, stripped away two steals, and blocked two shots off the bench.

Terry Rozier totaled nine points on merely 2 of 6 from the field, and stripped away four steals off the pine. Aron Baynes pitched in six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor, and caught five rebounds off the bench. Meanwhile, Gordan Hayward left the game early in the first quarter with a leg injury, which turned out to be a fractured tibia.

Hayward had to be helped off the court with a gurney. The Celtics competed well on the road against the Cavaliers, but they ended up losing the game by three points. Irving had a chance to send the game into overtime with a game tying three at the buzzer, but the shot was too short. James contested Irving’s shot, and then they shook hands right after the game. Meanwhile, Marcus Morris did not play with knee soreness.