Playoff LeBron is here: Cavs win 12th consecutive home playoff game against Eastern Conference

Foul trouble happened to be the theme of the night as the Cavs racked up 25, but Cleveland’s stars willed their way to playoff win No. 1. The Cavs overcame the Indiana Pacers in a final second thriller with a score of 109-108, and set the tone coming into the offseason.

LeBron had a marvelous 32 points, six rebounds, and 13 assists while leading the team in minutes. Tristan Thompson did not seem phased with the thumb injury, as he racked up eight points, and 13 rebounds (six offensive). The big three accounted for 72 points, and made all of the necessary plays to win.

High energy was the formula for this game from the start, and LeBron maintained that energy from the moment he stepped on the court for pre-game. Love began with the first seven points of the game, and Kyrie carried that momentum from there on. LeBron had a quiet first quarter, while waiting until three minutes left in the first quarter to attempt a shot. The Cavs left the fourth quarter with a field goal percentage of 65 percent, and optimism going forward.

Entering the second quarter, the Cavs cultivated this energy and the stars on the team continued to shine. With about six minutes left in the second quarter, the atmosphere uplifted tremendously with LeBron’s acrobatic alley-oop from Kyrie.

LeBron ended off the second half with an emphatic and-one layup, and began the MVP chants. The Cavs led with a score of 66-59 while shooting 60 percent from the field, and the big three all were in double digits.

Paul George started off the third quarter with three consecutive buckets, and continued his recent hot streak as the primary scorer for the Pacers. Tension increased as the Pacers fought back vicariously, and brought the game within two points at the halfway mark of the third.

With five minutes remaining in the third, the big three all had three fouls on them, and that warranted limited minutes going into the fourth. All momentum shifted near the end of the third when LeBron slammed a monstrous dunk, off of a 50/50 hustle steal. He was near a triple double, and the Cavs went into the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead of 92-84.

Kyle Korver brought the fourth quarter into action with a long two-pointer off of a screen, assisted by LeBron. Lance Stephenson is fully acclimated to the Pacers scheme once again, and was the secondary playmaker that kept the game tight.

With two minutes left, the intensity flourished and the arena convulsed from excitement. LeBron and Kyrie made two sensational plays to put the Cavs ahead by three points, but the game remained tight. Kyrie had two crucial steals as well that seemed to solidify the win, but that wasn’t the case yet. Paul George hit a three-pointer from deep that brought the game within one point.

Twenty seconds remained as the Cavs held a one point lead, and the Pacers had possession of the ball following a timeout. Late game defense solidified the win as C.J Miles missed a potential game winner, and the Cavs squeezed their way out of a tight one.

The Cavs have now won 12 straight home playoff games against the Eastern Conference, and the they are now 4-1 against Indiana this season. LeBron has now also played his 200th playoff game, which lands as ninth on the all-time list. LeBron is also has won 18 straight first-round playoff games, covering a span of about five years.

The next playoff game will be held in Cleveland on April 21st, and the Cavs will look to continue the Eastern Conference home win streak.

 

 

 

Irving-less Cavaliers Capitalize

Slow and steady was the theme of last nights’ game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers grinded out their game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a score of 103-86. The Grizzlies played this game deprived of their star point guard, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons as well. The Grizzlies arrived in this game with a record of 17-8 while coming off of a 6-game win streak. Kevin Love had another great game with 29 points, and 13 rebounds. J.R Smith was 6-10 from behind the arc, and put in a solid 23 points. LeBron had 23 points and played a nonchalant game with only 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

 

The first half was one for the books for the Cavaliers Kevin Love and J.R Smith as they made their way into history. JR Smith struck 4 three-pointers in the first half, and passed Dale Ellis for the 14th all time three-point shooter with 1,720 3’s-pointers made. Kevin Love also joined very high company with being the 5th active player to make 800 three-pointers, and also have at least 6,000 rebounds in his career. The company that he joins with this achievement includes LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, and Carmelo Anthony.

 

The Cavaliers are breaking out of the brief slump that they were in, and look to win and continue to break records on the way. LeBron is 28 points from passing Moses Malone for the 8th place on the all-time scoring list and this is a very possible accomplishment within the next game.

 

The Cavaliers are now 18-5 while sitting alone at the top of the Eastern Conference. The closest team behind the Cavaliers is the Toronto Raptors with a record of 17-7, and they are the only real threat from the looks of it currently.

 

The Cavs next game will be on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies, December 14th, at 8 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.

Tough Loss at the Q

The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have an easy start last night, and could never quite catch up to a first half, 11-point deficit. They played the Atlanta Hawks who have bkyrie-clevelandeen playoff opponents for the past two years. This Atlanta Hawks team features very different personnel, including Dwight Howard, and two exceptional players in Kent Bazemore, and Dennis Schroder. The Hawks held LeBron James to only two points while shooting 20% in the first half, while keeping JR Smith at only three points. The addition of Dwight Howard added a massive presence in the paint, and left the double-double machine, Tristan Thompson with only two rebounds throughout the whole game. The second half is when the momentum shifted, and the Cavaliers began to get revitalized. LeBron led the way with 16 points in the third quarter, and had a game changing and-one layup that was delivered from a Kyrie Irving crafty assist. The big three had a huge mark on the game with a combined 76 points, but not enough to cap off the win. The biggest bright spot throughout the game was the consistent effort and play from Kevin Love, who ended the game with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cavaliers are 11-0 against the Hawks in their two postseason matchups, and have entirely dominated the Hawks from behind the arc. In game one of the matchup last year, they broke the all-time record in the regular and post-season for three pointers made in a game with 25. This was not the case last night while they shot a measly 26% from behind the arc, with 42 three pointers attempted. The biggest area that needed improvement was the rebounding, and it was apparent during the whole game. The Cavs gave up 17 rebounds to Dwight Howard and the Hawks outrebounded them by 11 boards as well. Despite the loss, the Cavaliers only had 6 turnovers to the Hawks 19, so positives can definitely be drawn from this game. The Cavs next game will be on the road against the Washington Wizards this Friday, November 11th 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.

This is a short post-game soundbite from coach Tyronn Lue, discussing the decision to not foul in the final seconds of the game.

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5-0, and Just Getting Started

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Houston Rockets this past Tuesday with a season high, 128 points. With this win, they started the season off 4-0 for the first time in the past 16 years. Last night the Cavaliers grinded out a solid team win against the Boston Celtics, and enhanced their record to an emphatic 5-0. This is the first time that the Cavaliers have accomplished this in 40 years, and they do not plan on stopping yet. LeBron James led the team last night with a near triple double, and the game high 30 points. He was two points way from passing Hakeem Olajuwan for the 10th all time leader in points. Tristan Thompson continued his dominance with 15 points, and 14 rebounds. Another player that has kept his streak of authority alive, was Kyrie Irving who scored 23 and tossed 6 dimes along with it.

The Cavaliers shot a collective 61% from the three-point arc in the first half, and an impressive 41% by the end of the game. The one thing that the Cavaliers need to work on is the 1 on 1 defense, and they need to create more turnovers. This was an issue that was discussed with coach, Tyronn Lue during the post game press conference, and one thing that will have to be tweaked to stop the elite teams. With all that being said, the Cavs just ended a 3 game home stand and are back on the road this Saturday, November 5th against the Philadelphia 76ers.  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.

This is a short post-game soundbite from Kyrie Irving, talking about team chemistry and the Golden State Warriors.

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