Kings Add to Cleveland Woes

CLEVELAND- The Sacramento Kings came into Cleveland Wednesday night and defeated the world champions 116-112, handing the Cavs their sixth loss in their last eight games.

 

The Cavs came out slow and trailed the Kings 10-0 to start the game. However, they would answer with a 17-1 run of their own to take the lead.

 

Sacramento would respond in the second, outscoring Cleveland 31-21 in the frame. This was all with the wine and gold keeping King’s star center Demarcus Cousins relatively quiet.

 

Cleveland would retake the lead after 3, in large part thanks to LeBron James. He would go for 10 in the quarter, giving the Cavs an 82-79 lead

 

The fourth quarter would be a full-on battle with neither team able to hold a lead.  After Cousins made a layup to tie the game at 104, Cleveland would turn the ball over and the game would go to overtime.

 

In the extra frame, the Cavs would jump out to a 111-106 lead. However, Sacramento would respond, in large part to Cousins. The big blow for the Cavs would be when the big man threw a strike to Arron Afflalo, who would hit a dagger three pointer.

 

Cousins would finish the game with 28 points and 11 rebounds despite his slow start. Darren Collison would also play a big part in the win with 23 points.

 

The Cavs were led once again by James, who finished with a triple double of 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. Kevin Love would chip in 21 points and 16 assists as well.

 

Their next game will be this Friday against the Brooklyn Nets at The Q.

Cavs Return to the Q, Blast Suns in Shootout

CLEVELAND- The Cavs returned home after a grueling west coast trip to take on the Phoenix Suns Thursday night and would easily grab a 118-103 victory.

 

With Kevin Love out, Ty Lue turned to the veteran James Jones for the start, and he would answer the call. Jones, who came into the game averaging 2.6 points a game, put up 8 points in the first quarter, including two three pointers.

 

He would finish with 14 points, but his spark was the real impact of his minutes.

 

Cleveland would dominate the entire game, lead of course by Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Irving finished the game with 26 points and 4 assists while James had a near triple double with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 15 assists.

 

It was the first home game for newly acquired forward Kyle Korver, and he was quick to show The Land his well-known shooting stroke. He finished the game with 9 points, all via the three-point shot.

 

Tristan Thompson had a scare as he dislocated his index finger late in the second quarter. He however would come back for the second half. The Cavs were already without Love, as well as J.R. Smith (thumb), and Chris Andersen (ACL, Out for Season).

 

Despite coming back for the second half, Thompson only played limited minutes. This led the way for Channing Frye to have a big night. Frye had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

 

The young Suns would battle, but did not have the fire power of the Cavaliers. Tyson Chandler led the way for the team from the desert with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe added 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists, while Devin Booker finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists.

 

The Cavs will be back in action Saturday night as they take on the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 at the Q.

 

James and Irving Heading to NOLA

 

The NBA announced Thursday night that both LeBron and Kyrie will be starters in the upcoming NBA All-Star game in New Orleans.

 

This marks the 13th All-Star selection for LeBron, which is far and away the most of any other starter in the conference.

 

Irving will be making his 4th All-Star appearance. The pair will be joined by Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Cavalier Forward Kevin Love was not selected as a starter for the game. However, he is expected to be selected for the team as a bench player.

 

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 19th this year.

 

For more information on this and other Cavalier info, visit Cavs.com.

Delly Gets Ring, Cavs Get W

Matthew Dellavedova got his long awaited 2016 Cavalier Championship Ring before Wednesday night’s game between the Bucks and the Cavs, and then he got reminded of two huge reasons why he received that hardware.

 

Those reasons were LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and they were in full force in the Cavalier’s 113-102 win over the Milwaukee. Irving led the way with 31 points, 13 assists, and 6 rebounds, while James added 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.

 

Irving and James both needed these performances, as the team was missing Kevin Love (knee contusion) and JR Smith (thumb). The team announced before the game that Smith will require surgery on his broken thumb and is expected to miss over a month.

 

Despite the loss, the Bucks young building blocks came to play. They were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jabari Parker added 27 points in what mostly was a two-man effort.

 

“Delly” couldn’t get much going in his return to The Q, as he finished with 2 points and 3 assists. The St. Mary’s product really struggled against his former mates.

 

Even though Kyrie and LeBron lit up the box score, they were not alone in the effort. The bench made many contributions the whole game. Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert led the bench with 10 points each. Jordan McRae, who saw an increased role due to Smith’s injury, had 8 points.

 

The Cavs will be back in action Friday as they take on the Brooklyn Nets at home. The game will tip off at 7:30.

 

For all of the latest information on the wine and gold, make sure to visit Cavs.com.

Cavs Head into Thanksgiving with a “Love”ly Win

CLEVELAND- There is a furnace, then there is the sun, and then there is Kevin Love during the first quarter of the Cavs 137-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Love went absolutely bonkers in the first frame, dropping a franchise record for points in a quarter with 34 on 11/14 shooting. The mark is also the NBA record for points in an opening quarter, and trails only the Warriors Klay Thompson (37) for points in any quarter. Of those 11 made field goals, eight were from behind the arc, helping the Cavaliers break their single game record for three pointers in a game with 21, breaking the old record of 19.

 

Love finished the game with 40 points, in what was by far his best game in a Cavalier uniform. He also added seven rebounds.

 

It is always a good sign when you have a player have a triple-double and it isn’t the main headline of the game. That was the case for LeBron James tonight, as he put up a very impressive 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists.

 

With his 13 assists, James passed Guy Rodgers for 17th on the NBA all-time assists list, with his total now at 6,927.

 

It was a total team effort for the wine and gold, as Kyrie Irving added 20 points. Channing Frye was also big off the bench, working well with James in their trade mark pick and pop game. He finished with 14 points.

 

Damian Lillard, as usual, led the way for the Blazers. He finished with a team high 40 points, while adding 11 assists and seven rebounds.

 

It was a rough night however for Canton native CJ McCollum. The Canton GlenOak High School graduate finished the game with 13 points and was kept in check by the Cavs the whole night.

 

The Cavs will be back in action on Friday when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at the Q. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30. For more information on this game or any other Cavalier news, make sure to visit Cavs.com.

 

Below is what Coach Ty Lue had to say about the high scoring game.

https://soundcloud.com/wzip/ty-lue-postgame-11-23-win-vs

Cleveland Pounds Detroit in Smith’s Return

He may have been playing on a bad ankle, but JR Smith’s shooting arm is still as healthy as ever. The 6’6 shooting guard, who returned from a three game absence, hit three big threes to set the tone in the Cavs 104-81 win over the Pistons. Those would be the only points Smith would score, as he and all of the other main contributors sat the majority of the 4th quarter.

Speaking of threes, Tristian Thompson, who had the task of guarding the Pistons all-star center Andre Drummond, helped the early intensity with three huge first quarter blocks. Thompson finished with 8 points and 14 rebounds to go with 4 blocks.

The big three did their part as well, led by Kyrie Irving, who finished with 25 points and 11 assists. LeBron James had 21 points, while Kevin Love added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

It was a rough (and that’s being very kind) night for the Pistons. They were led by Jon Leuer with 15 points. Detroit shot an abysmal 31.2% from the field and couldn’t get anything easy on the Cavs swarming defense. The Cavs held Drummond in check, who finished 8 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavs will be back in action this coming Wednesday the 23rd when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Q. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the game as well as other Cavs information, visit Cavs.com.