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.
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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.
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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.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Denver Nuggets with a score of 125-109. They are now 5-1 out of the last 6 games, and things are falling into place for them. LeBron finished the game with 27 points, and 12 dimes. Kyrie continued his scoring excellence with his 4th straight game of having more than 26 points, with 27 and 5 assists. Kevin Love had his 16 points and 9 assists, and the Cavaliers bench played a significant role.
LeBron James notched 2nd place in Cavaliers franchise history with 5,228 rebounds, passing Brad Dougherty. This was a huge night for LeBron as he continued to get his shooters open, and make plays all over the court. Another player that made a significant impact was Kyle Korver who had 14 points, and is 4 three-pointers away from 2,000 made.
Kyle Korver, and Derrick Williams are two pieces that will be crucial for the success in the Cavs playoff run in many ways. Korver adds the extra attention from the three-point line, and is a marksman that will go down as one of the greatest three-point shooters. Williams only had 7 points last night, but his defense and presence on the court was felt throughout the arena.
The Cavs are first in the East, and look to continue that trend while the team is consistently strengthening by the week. The Boston Celtics are behind the Cavs by two games, but they caught up during the losing ways in the month of January for Cleveland.
The Cavs next game will be away against the Minnesota Timberwolves this Tuesday, February 14th at 8:00 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.
The Chinese New Year was brought in with a crucial win for the Cavs last night, and the team continuity was apparent for the first time in weeks. Despite recent struggles and speculations, the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Brooklyn Nets with a score of 124-116. LeBron lead the team in points and assists with 31, and 11. Kyrie for the 5th time in his career dropped 20 points in a quarter and finished off with 28. Kevin Love put up a solid 13 points, and snagged the team high rebounds with 14.
The Cavs came through with a much needed win, and did it in style with an impressive night for the big three. LeBron, Love, and Kyrie combined for a collective 72 points, and Kyrie dropped 20 in the third quarter. Kyle Korver played a promising role off of the bench with 14 points, and three, three-pointers.
LeBron continued to break records with his first assist last night, and passed Terry Porter for possession of 14th place in assists with 7161. That was not the only milestone within the game last night, Kyle Korver dropped 14 points, and hit his 10,000th NBA point.
The Cavs are still maintaining the lead in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-14, and hold the second best home record in the league. The Toronto Raptors are two games behind the Cavs with 29 wins, and the Boston Celtics are three games behind with 28 wins.
The Cavs next game will be at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder this sunday, January 29th at 3:30 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.