Cavs fall to Defending Champs at Home

The Cavaliers hosted the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors tonight

In the first half the Cavs stayed close to the Raptors, and only trailed 56-52 at the end of the second quarter. Both teams shot the ball at roughly the same percentage with the Cavs shooting 44% from the field, and the Raptors shooting 47%. Neither team shot well from three point range, as the Cavs shot only 25% from behind the arch, while the Raptors shot only a little better at 29%.

The Cavs did a good job on the glass in the first half, grabbing 31 rebounds to the Raptors 15. The one area the Raptors were able to really dominate in were turnovers, as Toronto only turned the ball over 3 times in the first half, while Cleveland committed 11 turnovers, resulting in 11 points for the Raptors.

In the third quarter the Cavaliers let the game get out of hand as the Raptors out scored the Cavs 32- 24 and took a twelve point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Cavs were able to get within one point of the Raptors a couple times down the stretch, but a late three pointer by Serge Ibaka, and a turnover that lead to a Norman Powell slam dunk put the game out of reach. The Cavs lost 115-109. The Cavs played the Raptors pretty even for most of the game, and if it wasn’t for that fourth quarter stumble, there’s a good chance the Cavaliers would’ve came out victorious.

After the game John Beilein said that a few small errors got in the way of a victory over the defending champions. Coach is also confident that soon the Cavs will be able to control an entire game, and won’t be playing from behind for the majority of a contest.

Cavs Fall to Wizards at Home

The Cavaliers hosted the Washington Wizards tonight, and lost by a score of 124-112. The Cavs now drop to 6-16 on their home court.

The Cavs started out hot, as they took an early 18-9. But Washington responded by locking up on defense and shooting the ball efficiently, as the Wizards shot 56% from the field in the first half. This allowed the Wizards to take a 68-61 lead over the Cavs into halftime.

The Second half saw much of the same, as it seemed like every time the Cavs tried to make a run, the Wizards were able to counter. The Wizards were in constant rhythm all, while the Cavs fell behind early on, and were just not able to catch back up. The Wizards won tonight’s game dropping the Cavs to 12-33 on the season. The Wizards shot 55% from the field, including 44% from three, while Cleveland shot 46% and 33% from three.

Collin Sexton had a good night as he finished with 29 points, as he shot 10-15 from the field. Sexton also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists on the night. Larry Nance Jr. also added off the bench with 22 points on 10-14 from the field, and 12 rebounds, but they were outdone by Bradley Beals 36 points, on 15-22 shooting, and 8 assists, and Davis Bertans 17 points.

After the game Coach John Beilein stated that the Cavs have lost a lot of close games this season, and the young players have to keep working and continue to grow. The Cavs next game is against The Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at Rocket Mortgage Field House.

Cavs lose first game of 2020

The Cleveland Cavaliers played their first game of the 2020 as they hosted the Charlotte Hornets, and lost a close game 109-106

The Cavs started off hot, shooting 51% from the field and 50% from three point distance in the first half. Their defense gave up 52 points in the first half, but didn’t allow Charlotte to make any runs, and Cavs lead for almost the entire first half.

During the third quarter the Cavs allowed the Hornets to fight back and take the lead a few times, but ultimately didn’t let the game get too out of hand, as they lead 85-82 at the end of the third. The fourth quarter was much of the same, except the offense went stagnant down the stretch. And after Devonte’ Graham hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 23 seconds left, the Cavs failed to respond and lost another close game in which they had a good opportunity to win.

The Cavs have to work on closing out games better, as they lead by 9 with just over five minutes remaining. But turnovers and missed shots allowed for Charlotte to tie the game at 100 a-piece. And after Collin Sexton hit a 3 to take a 103-100 lead. Terry Rozier hit a three to tie it up, and then Devonte’ Graham hit a game winning three to secure the victory for Charlotte.

The Cavs turned the ball over 15 times, which allowed the Hornets to score 20 points off of them. Poor efficiency on offense, and a lack of defense within the last five minutes, really allowed the momentum to swing to the Hornets. After the game Coach Beilein said that the Cavs gave the Hornets the ball back late in the game, which is what allowed the Hornets to win this game.

Overall the Cavs played well except for the last five minutes, in which the Cavs couldn’t score and couldn’t stop the Hornets from scoring. If they can learn how to close out close games, it would be a huge improvement to this team.

The Cavaliers Extend Their Win Streak to 3 games, as the Young Core Puts on a Show Against the Hawks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers played the Atlanta Hawks tonight, Dec. 23rd, looking to extend their win streak to three games and sweep their home stand. The major story lines coming into the game was if the Cavs could hinder the play of Atlanta’s star PG, Trae Young and the return of John Collins. Before the game even started, the Cavs took a hit to their bench as it was reported that the Utah Jazz agreed to a trade, exchanging Dante Exum for Jordan Clarkson.

It was a back and fourth start to the game as the Cavs came out swinging, runing the offense through their All-Star Kevin Love. Love drilling a few jumpshots, and Matt Dellavedova facilitating good offense from the bench helped the Cavs raise the lead to 11 points late in the 1st quarter. The second unit seemed not to miss a beat early even with missing Jordan Clarkson, yet defensive struggles hindered them from pulling away big

The Hawks made quick adjustments in the start of the 2nd quarter, cutting their deficit down to single digits. The Cavs scoring did not catch up as fast in the first quarter, and Atlanta took advantage cutting the lead down to 2 and continued to put pressure on the Wine and Gold. However, Love and Sexton kept the pace up and made sure that the lead never disappeared fully. Collin, Kevin and Cedi Osman finished the first half in double figures for scoring, with no Cavs’ starter having a negative plus/minus. The Cavaliers finished the half strong, 71-64

The second half started similarly to the 2nd quarter, as the Hawks came out faced paced, and the Cavs not wanting to catch up, once again trimming the lead and eventually taking the lead around the 8:30 mark in the 3rd quarter. The Cavs kept it within striking distance, as Vince Carter made his presence felt in the game, making a 3 pointer and swatting a Kevin Love jump shot to the crowds delight. As the 3rd quarter wound down, the Hawks drove up to a 4 point lead. But Matt Dellavedova and John Henson continued to make their presence felt on defense causing turnovers. The game was tied heading into the 4th Quarter at 94 a piece.

Kevin Porter Jr. led the charge early for Cleveland in the 4th, drilling a step-back 3 and causing a turnover. The young core for Cleveland continued to lead the team to pull away with the lead, with big buckets from Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. The Hawks looked like they were starting to run out of gas as time rolled on and the window began to close. Garland and Porter kept the pressure up on offense, while Tristan Thompson and Brandon Knight caused disarray on the defensive end, growing the lead back to double digits. Kevin and Darius had scored every point for the Cavaliers in the 4th quarter until the 5 minute mark, combining for 18 points from the rookie duo. The Cavs didn’t let up on the gas, and continued to lead until the end of the game. Kevin Porter Jr. finishes with 15 points, Darius Garland with 21, and Colin Sexton led the team with 25.

Final Score: Cavaliers 121, the Hawks 118

Cavs Win Two in a Row

The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, and were able to get their second win of this three game home stand.

The Cavs started off the game with consistency on the offensive end as they shot 47% from the field in the first half. There were some positives regarding the Cavs defense as they didn’t allow Memphis to make any scoring runs in the first half, but there were also some negatives as the Cavs struggled to get stops against the Grizzlies as the Grizzlies shot 45% in the first half.

The second half showed most of the same, with the exception of a mini run by Memphis where they lead 93-81 early in the fourth quarter. But the Cavs were able to fight back by getting stops down the stretch and executing on the offense end.

Jordan Clarkson was big for the Cavs tonight as he scored 33 points on 12/17 shooting, including 6-8 from three. Kevin Love was also big by hitting a pair of clutch three point shots as time winded down.

After the Game Coach Beilein said that the Cavs execution on the defensive end lead to them getting scores to close out tonight’s game. The Cavs end their home stand on Monday, December 23 as they take on the Atlanta Hawks.