Heat Snuff Out Cavalier Comeback as Dwyane Wade’s Retirement Tour Rolls Through The Land

The Cavaliers’ struggles continued tonight as they lost their sixth straight game. This time, facing the Miami Heat in what will be Dwyane Wade’s last visit in Cleveland. Coming off their loss on Wednesday against Boston,  the Cavs looked to spark some momentum off Cedi Osman’s best game yet as a pro, putting up a stat line of 25-8-2, and shooting 6-7 from 3 point land. For a while it looked like they had.

The game was back and forth, and neither team could gain consistent momentum heading into halftime. The Cavs pulled out a little lead at the end of the second quarter, but it was not to be maintained.

Even with forward Larry Nance JR. back in the rotation, Cleveland had no answer to stop the Heat’s bigs. Miami started to pull away, growing their lead to as much as 18 points, led by Hassan Whiteside and Justice Winslow. Sloppy ball movement and stagnant offense has plagued the Wine and Gold this season, and it seems to what cost them this game early, until two threes made by Colin Sexton and Alec Burks sparked a 13-1 run for the Cavaliers.

The Cavs made it close, but the just could not finish them off. Which seems to be a running theme for this team. The Heat took the win 100-94.

Cedi Osman completed another career high going 29-4-4, Sexton and Burks both contributed 13, and the big man Ante Zizic almost had a double-double dropping 11 points and 9 rebounds. For Miami, they were led by Justice Winslow going 27-7-2. Followed by Hassan Whiteside contributing a double-double having 14 points and 13 rebounds. As for Dwyane Wade’s last ride in the Q, he made it a good one, going 13-6-3, capped off by trading jerseys post-game with Colin Sexton.

Following the loss, head coach Larry Drew was asked about Cedi Osman’s  progress, and what is the team’ next step to finishing out these close games. This is what he had to say:

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The Cavaliers will be back on the court Sunday against the Bulls at 3:30 as they look to earn their 10th win on the year.

Cavs vs Raptors Game 3 Preview

Three down, one to go. The Cleveland Cavaliers will attempt to wrap up their series against the Toronto Raptors at 8:30 p.m. in the Q. A win tonight would send the Cavs into their fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers series.

The Cavs are walking into this game with a home court advantage and a tremendous amount of momentum after coming out of game three with a LeBron James buzzer beater to win the game.

Toronto doesn’t have much to feel confident about. They have lost the past nine playoff games to Cleveland. They’re facing a potential sweep on the road. The Cavs held one of their leading scorers, DeMar DeRozan, to just eight points in game three.

LeBron, when asked about DeRozan’s poor performance said, “He missed a lot of easy opportunities…we’re just trying to make it a little bit more challenging that’s all.”

Looking ahead to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Cavs and the Celtics if each come out on top of their semifinal series, LeBron said he has been watching the other teams in their series. He said he has a lot of knowledge and insight on the Boston team who is missing their two star players Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving and still flourishing but doesn’t want to talk about it just yet, he still has a lot of work to do in the series against Toronto tonight.

Cavs play a winning tune over the Jazz

Ty Lue is now the fastest coach in Cleveland Cavaliers franchise history to reach 100 wins. It came over the visiting Utah Jazz, who were without their star big man, Rudy Gobert.

However, there was still a star on the floor for the Jazz, and his name is Donovan Mitchell. The Louisville product has bursted onto the scene in the NBA, and leads all rookies in points per game. He did not disappoint, looking every bit as good as veterans across the  league have made him out to be. Mitchell finished with a team high 26 points on a more than solid 68%.

It was more of a team effort earlier in the game for the Jazz, as they kept things close all game by knocking down the three pointer and moving the ball. The Jazz managed to hit 17 three pointers during the game, which was good for 50% shooting from there. Another rookie did his part for the Jazz as Royce O’Neale scored 12 points, knocking down four out of five three pointers on the night.

Not to get confused, tonight was the Cavaliers night. It was not pretty, but they pulled out the win and moved the home winning streak to eleven games. Cedi Osman had his best game as a Cav, as he broke double digits for the first time in his rookie season. Along for the ride was the mini big three off the bench, as Dwyane Wade, Jeff Green, and Kyle Korver combined for a stat line of 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Speaking of stat lines, the king put together another stellar night. LeBron James finished with another triple double, 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. This is coming off of last game, where he posted a triple double. This was LeBron’s 60th career triple double, and his 7th back time doing it in back to back games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers did what was necessary to get another ‘W’ in the win column, moving to 21-8 on the season. The Utah Jazz, while showing a lot of promise, lose and move to 14-15 respectfully. The Cavs now have to take the success they’ve seen at home and bring it with them on the road, as the Cavaliers go on the road for 10 of their next 12 games. The Cavaliers look to kick off the road trip with a win against the Washington Wizards, where LeBron scored 57 points the last time they played in the nations capitol.

Cavaliers Down Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks made their way to Quicken Loans Arena this evening. The Cavaliers have had their struggles with the Hawks this season, splitting the season series with them at 1-1. However, the Cavaliers had little, to no problem with the Hawks this evening winning 123-114. A score that does not do this game justice.

The game began as the Cavaliers always attempt it to, with a lot of Love. Kevin started off the game hot, nailing his first two three pointers in the game, and finished the first quarter with 11 points. To sum the game plan up, it was simply bombs away for both teams. Within the first five minutes of action the Cavaliers and Hawks combined for eleven three point attempts, and the attempts kept coming all night.

LeBron James was his regular MVP self, putting up a very efficient double-double with a 25, 7, and 17 night, only missing two shots for the whole game. The 17 assists tied a career high for LeBron, which he set against the Wizards in February of this year. It was a total team effort though as Jose Calderon, Kyle Korver, and Jeff Green combined for a 50 point outburst. This was essential as the Cavaliers were without their leader of the second unit, Dwyane Wade.

For the Hawks, it wasn’t their best night and their best player, Dennis Schroder, struggled tonight only scoring 14 points on fifteen attempts. However, they saw flashes in a player they feel has a lot of promise, Taurean Prince. He put up a very stellar stat line of 24, 7, and 6 on 80% shooting from the field. After tonight, the Atlanta Hawks continue their struggling season, falling to 6-21 on the year.

As stated, it was a true team effort tonight for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They made a season high, 20 three pointers. Also, sharing the ball was essential as the team posted 35 assists to only 13 turnovers. When asked about the Cavaliers three point success against the Hawks in the last four years, Ty Lue in the post game press conference pointed out that the Hawks double team a lot, and in turn open up the opportunity for the Cavaliers to hit shots from deep on a consistent basis.

Head coach, Ty Lue, is now only two wins away from his 100th win, which he hopes to obtain Saturday against the Utah Jazz. However, in order to have that chance the Cavaliers welcome their next opponent to the Q on Thursday, as Big Baller Brand and the Lakers will be in the building.