Cavs tip-toe past Pacers in double OT

The LeBron vs. Paul George endeavor was entertaining throughout the course of the game last night in Cleveland. The Cavs topped the Indiana Pacers in double overtime with a tight score of 135-130. This game is a potential preview of a first-round playoff matchup.

LeBron finished with his 11th triple-double of the season, and poured in a resounding 41 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. On the other hand, Paul George had 43 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. In the double OT thriller, LeBron put in 51 minutes, and George countered with 48.

LeBrons extended minutes had to accommodate for Kyrie’s off night, while shooting 5/20 from the field. J.R Smith continued to heat up tonight while shooting 6/11 from deep, and hitting the clutch go ahead shot to send the game to overtime.

Playoff time is here, and LeBron is playing an extended amount of minutes to make sure that the Cavs end the season strong. As of right now, the Cavs are neck and neck with the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs have six games left, that includes a back to back that finishes with a trip to Boston for a final regular season showdown. The race for the top spot in the East is getting tighter and tighter, and the Cavs have limited time to build cohesion within the roster.

 

 

Cavs finish Detroit with early fire

The Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the Detroit Pistons with a score of 128-96. LeBron James had an extremely effective night with a triple double of 16-12-11. Kyrie Irving razzled and dazzled in the first quarter with 15 points, and shooting perfect from deep. Iman Shumpert was very active tonight with 18 points on 8-11 shooting, and he had five rebounds to go along with it.

 

What a first quarter to remember, the Cavs shot 85 percent from the field and 100 percent from the three-point line. LeBron was halfway to a triple-double, and the Cavs scored 44 points with ease. Following that first quarter, the Cavs continued to shoot perfect from behind the arc and made ten straight three-pointers until they had a miss.

 

The Cavs ended the first half with 74 points, and shot an astonishing 69 percent from the field and 78 percent from deep. This was not the only thing that was impressive within this game, LeBron achieved his fifth triple-double in his last eight games. LeBron has at least a double-double in the last nine games now, and is cranking it up for playoff time.

 

The new players within the team are acclimating themselves with the team at a very high pace. Deron Williams ended up with 13 points on 6-6 shooting, and is getting more and more comfortable on the roster. Derrick Williams is continuing to be a hype man, but also bringing up the offense another notch. Last but not least, J.R Smith is officially back and looking great with 12 points on 4-5 shooting.

 

The Cavs are still 1st in the Eastern Conference and leading the Boston Celtics by two games, with a record of 44-22. The Cavs have the third best home record in the league, but the playoffs will be featuring a very scary team. Kevin Love was around for shoot around this morning, Larry Sanders just signed, and Kyle Korver will be back soon. The Golden State Warriors have something to worry about with this Cleveland Cavalier team.

 

The Cavs next game will be home against the Utah Jazz this Thursday, March 16th at 7 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.

Larry Sanders Officially a Cavalier

Coming into the 2016-2017 season, the Cavs had their minds set on utilizing the 6’10, Chris Andersen as the traditional center. They found out 12 games later, that an ACL tear would end his season. From that point they thought that they could suffice, but the loss of Kevin Love for six weeks did not help. They currently sit in the middle of the pacfor rebounding, and shot blocking is ranked 26th in the league. Andrew Bogut was the hopeful player that was going to make the impact necessary, but 58 seconds later, that was already in the past.

 

The only ‘true’ big that the Cavs had was Tristan Thompson, but today that has changed. They signed Larry Sanders, who was the 2010, 15th overall pick and is coming from the Milwaukee Bucks. Sanders has not played since 2015, but he has a very promising potential that gives the Cavs hope. He is a 6’11 center who averaged 6.5 points, and 5.8 rebounds in his career. Interestingly, he averages 1.8 blocks per game and that is ranked 6th among active players in blocks per game.

 

The rim protector is not something that the Cavs have had in many years, and now they might have found the final championship piece. Sanders averaged 19.8 minutes in his career, and the Cavs will utilize him no more than this. They will keep him as an active spark off of the bench to clean up the paint, and to fill a crucial void down low.

 

Sanders has taken these past couple years off for reasons that are much more than basketball, and for a reason that is very much respectable. His mental health, and he said in an interview that he will not return to the game until his mental health allows him too. Two years later he feels that he is capable of returning to the league, and here he is as a Cleveland Cavalier.

 

There are many expectations for a great player to make an impact down low, and we will see he does for the remainder of the season.

 

Kent State Wins Late as Ohio Fails on Final Shot

Cleveland, Ohio

In what was a very competitive and exciting game, the Kent State Golden Flashes edged out the Ohio Bobcats 68-66 to advance to the MAC Championship game. In what was a very back and forth game, the Flashes were able to hold on after a Jaylin Walker lay up with 4.1 seconds left that gave the Flashes the lead. For the Flashes Jimmy Hall had a big game with a double-double, he had 22 points and 10 rebounds. While Kevin Zabo added another 15 points with some big threes down the stretch. For Ohio Jaaron Simmons had 25 points and 7 rebounds while Kenny Kaminski had 16 points as well. The Flashes shot 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from three. While the Bobcats went 44 and 35 percent for themselves. Kent will play Akron tomorrow night to grab a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Zips and Flashes split the season series 1-1, both winning on the road.

After a few fouls to start the game, Kenny Kaminski got the scoring started for Ohio. Once the ice was broken, the scoring really started. At the first timeout of the game, Ohio held a 14-12 lead. Kaminski was up to 8 points for Ohio and for Kent St. Freshman Mitch Peterson had 8 points himself. The scoring slowed down a bit after the timeout. Both teams only mustering a few points. After an And-1 from Kent’s Adonis De La Rosa, Ohio went on a 7-0 run to give the Bobcats a 23-16 lead with 9:32 left in the half. The Golden Flashes ended the run after a steal and jumper from Kevin Zabo to cut the Ohio lead to 25-18 with 7:37 remaining in the first half. As the first half drew to a close, Kent St started cutting into Ohio’s lead. A lead that as once ten was down to 4 with 2:36 left in the half. Jimmy Hall would tie the game at 32 for the Flashes after an offensive rebound and putback. To end the first half, Ohio’s Jaaron Simmons hit a floater to put Ohio ahead 34-32 at half time.

For Ohio, Simmons and Kaminski each had 11 points, while for Kent St, Peterson and Hall each had 8. Ohio shot 44.8 percent and 33.3 percent from three. While Kent shot 35 percent and 29 percent from three.

To start the second half, Kent would tie the game after a few good possessions that Hall was a big part of. After 4 quick points from Ohio gave them the lead, Kent scored 4 quick points of their own to tie the game at 40. Kent State would take the lead after a Deon Edwards three to put the score at 43-42. Ohio would then tie the game again after a converted And-1 from Gavin Block tying the game at 45. After a couple of minutes of tough defensive basketball, Kent States Zabo hit a three to put the Flashes up 4, then after a steal he would make 1 of 2 free throws to extend the lead to 5 with 8:30 to play. Ohio would answer with 4 points of their own, to cut their deficit to one, at the 7:23 mark, Kent State held a 53-52 lead. After a slow couple of minutes, Zabo again hits a three for the Flashes and gave Kent a 4 point lead with 4 minutes remaining in the game. After a Simmons basket for Ohio that cut the lead to 2, Zabo hit another three for the Flashes, pushing their lead back up to 5. After an Ohio miss, the Flashes on a bad possession get a big three from Jalen Avery from way behind the Arc, Ohio would come down and hit a 2. Making the Score 64-58 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. After two misses from Jaylin Walker, Jaaron Simmons hits a step back three to cut the lead to just three, then on the next possession Jimmy Hall was fouled on a questionable call and would hit the 2 free throws to push the lead to 5 for the Flashes. On the following Ohio possession they would make 1 free throw, and on the second attempt, it was missed and rebounded by Ohio, the ball was then swung into the corner where Kaminski hit a three to cut the lead to just one. With 40.9 seconds left Kent St, held a 66-65 lead. Avery would miss a long three, and Kent would foul Simmons one the way down the court, with both teams being in the double bonus, Simmons went to the line to shot 2 free throws, with the chance to give Ohio the lead with 10.8 seconds remaining in the game. Simmons hit the first to tie the game at 66. Simmons would miss the second and Walker of Kent St would take the ball all the way down and put it in to give Kent St the lead with 4.1 seconds remaining. On the final Possession of the game Simmons took the ball up the court and lost track of time as Ohio did not even get a shot off. Kent State wins 68-66, advancing to the MAC Championship game tomorrow night to play Akron.

New Pieces Thrive in Cavs’ Rout

The Cavaliers routed the New York Knicks with a score of 119-103. Tristan Thompson had his control on the game from the start, while snatching six offensive rebounds in the first six minutes. LeBron had a very productive night all-around, with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists. Kyrie Irving had a very productive night while shooting 9-16, with 23 points. The Cavs made 15 three-pointers, and had a very solid game back from the All-Star Break.

The Cavaliers have won the last nine games while playing the New York Knicks, and last nights’ game caps off the tenth straight. This season the average margin of victory over the Knicks has been 22.7 points, and this sustained last night. The Cavs are now 14-0 against the Atlantic Division this season, and still first in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs are very close to acquiring Deron Williams from the waiver wire, and have the space to add him to the team. Two other potential players that could be added to the roster are Larry Sanders, or Andrew Bogut. This is something to keep a close eye on, and with these additions, the roster will be ready for Golden State.

The Cavs next game will be home against the Chicago Bulls this Saturday, February 25th at 8:30 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.