December 5th, 2013 at 3:40 PM
By Pat Murphy
It was a night of firsts for the Cleveland Cavaliers
as the beat the Denver Nuggets 98-88 in their largest margin of victory this season. This game marked the first time all year the Cavaliers won back-to-back games, ending the Nuggets season-long seven-game win streak.
Along with the largest win and the first back-to-back victories, they also had season-high in 18 points from Anderson Varejao to go along with 13 rebounds off the bench and a career-high 21 rebounds from Tristan Thompson.
Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 23 points to go along with Varejao's output. Thompson scored 17 points and Andrew Bynum finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Cleveland won every quarter except the second except, where they only lost by three. They won the battle of the boards 58-43 over Denver, including 20 offensive rebounds. Thompson had nine of those offense boards and Bynum had four.
With a narrow six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Cavs started on a 9-2 run to push the lead to 88-75. Cleveland held at least an eight-point lead the rest of the game.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 PM
By Pat Murphy
The Cleveland Cavaliers were given yet another back-to-back weekend and came in with a four-game losing streak. It has been a struggle for the Cavaliers, who have lost eight of their last ten contests and had both a home and away game this weekend.
Though it didn't happen until the second game of the weekend, Cleveland did get a must-needed win against the Chicago Bulls after falling to the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The Celtics came in with a four-game losing streak at home, but ended up handing the struggling Cavs a 103-86 loss.
To get a road win, especially with team that has found it difficult to win regardless of where they play, it helps to get off to a fast start. The Cavaliers did the exact opposite.
Cleveland missed 12 of their first 13 shots of the game and Boston held them to just 10 first quarter points. It was 18-2 quickly and the Celtics never looked back.
The Celtics benefited from a season-high 31 points from Jeff Green, the most of any Celtic player this season. Avery Bradley added 21 points, only missing two of his 11 shots on the night.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 1st, 2013 at 5:46 PM
By Douglas Hochberg
No Cleveland Cavaliers
fan wanted to hear those words come from their biggest off season acquisition, Andrew Bynum. Just a few games into the season, it seems the new center has thrown in the white towel on a career that never quite lived up to expectations. Bynum brought fanfare and hope with him to Philadelphia a year ago, but on court (and off) injuries halted the 76ers aspirations. Clevelanders face a different problem that no one really saw coming. Can Bynum get out of his own head and play or his he simply a shell?
The latter option is a very scary proposition in Cleveland. Roughly $12.5 million per year will be invested into this rather large shell of a man if the Cavaliers fail to cut Bynum before a January 7th deadline. If cut before the first week of the new year, Bynum receives $6 million for his short time with the Cavs. But cutting the big man is obviously a last resort for Cleveland considering the quick talk over the possibility of a first pick bust with Anthony Bennett.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 30th, 2013 at 5:34 PM
By Douglas Hochberg
Sam Bowie, Michael Olowokandi, and Greg Oden are a few names that very quickly come to mind for NBA fans looking to get under the skin of Cavs fans. Even if the 2013 draft was ‘weak,’ Anthony Bennett jumped above a few of college basketball’s biggest names to be the Cavaliers’ pick.
The surprise no. 1 choice is shooting 4.8% from the field, averaging 2.2 points per game, and 2.6 rebounds per game all during his 11.4 minutes a game. None of these numbers add up to anything great. The question for Cavs fans is should Dan Gilbert and Mike Brown run to hit the panic button now?
20-year old rookie or not, the NBA has come to expect that no matter how young a number one pick has the capability to change a team. 11-49 shooting does not equate to a game changer. Given, this team was not built to be the Anthony Bennett show, he needs to find a way to make an impact on this team soon.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 28th, 2013 at 3:11 PM
By Pat Murphy
Another game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and another win for former Cavalier LeBron James as the Heat won 95-84 to extend their winning streak to eight games.
Since leaving Cleveland in 2010, James is 10-1 against his home-town team and has played well in all of the games. Since leaving, he is averaging 26.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.27 steals.
In this game, James finished with 28 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds. He was 9-for-19 on the night and made one three-point attempt.
The Heat's wealth of talent was apparent in this one, as Dwyane Wade scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting. he also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Michael Beasley added 17 points off the bench to go along with nine rebounds. Beasley has struggled to find a place in the NBA over his short career, but has done well with the veterans in Miami.
Dion Waiters led the Cavs with 24 points along with six rebounds. After rumors of the Cavaliers looking to trade him, Waiters shot 50% on the night, including 50% from three, and attacked the basket often. He did struggle from the free throw line making just six of his 11 attempts.Read more... Join the Conversation...