In what may have been the most fun win of the season, the Cavaliers fought back from multiple 14 point deficits to top the Raptors for the second time in three early season meetings. After giving up 47 points in the first 16 minutes of the contest and a season high 63 in the first half, the Cavs finished the game on a 20-6 scoring run. LeBron led the team with 35 points on 21 shots, but the victory was secured by the gritty second half defense of Tristan Thompson and Mathew Dellavedova.
The Cavaliers look to extend their winning streak against the Toronto Raptors. This will be the third meeting already between the two projected playoff teams. The Drakes are still without DeMar DeRozan as he recovers from a torn groin. Ouch. Kyrie Irving versus Kyle Lowry is always a good time. James Johnson is one of the few people on the planet who seems to actively enjoy defending LeBron.
Brook Lopez (back) and Joe Johnson (illness) sat out for the Nets and the Cavs rode a monster third quarter — and Dion Waiters’s best game of the season — to an easy win, their seventh in a row, Monday night in Brooklyn.
Here’s what happened:
The Cavs looked to Kevin Love early again and he responded scoring the team’s first four points. But the Cavs were practically inviting the Nets to score around the basket and LeBron James was sluggish early. His first shot was a long three that barely made it there. Then, after Allan Anderson beat LeBron James and Shawn Marion in transition leading the Cavs to call a quick time-out, James air-balled a three.
Love continued to be the Cavs’ only steady hand on offense, as the 6-10 power forward used an even mixture of post moves and outside shooting to account for 15 of the Cavs eventual 22 first quarter points.
Coming to you live from Barclays Center in chilly downtown Brooklyn, the Cavs try to make it seven straight with a win tonight over the Brooklyn Nets. A win would mark the Cavaliers’ longest winning streak since the 2009-10 season (not a coincidence…).
During their current streak, the Cavs have been figuring a few things out. They’ve clawed their way up to 15th in the league in Defensive Rating (105.9) and are fourth in Offensive Rating (115.7). M
May the presence of the Royal Family of England at tonight’s game will inspire the Cavs to… um… well, that should be cool too right?
For all of you Dwight Howard fans out there — yes, all four of you — this season is starting to look pretty unfair. After starting out the season looking as healthy and as dominant as he has since he forced his way from Mickey’s white-gloved grasp, Howard now hasn’t played in three weeks and according to his coach, Kevin McHale, “won’t be back anytime soon” after receiving plasma treatment (a.k.a. the Kobe Special) on his injured knee.
Unfair for Howard fans, sure, but even more so for Howard fantasy owners because… well, at least, we know there are a good many of those.
The Cavaliers methodically defeated the second best team in the NBA in a hostile environment on the second night of a back-to-back after a restless night despite giving away a double-digit lead. It’s only early December, but the Cavs’ growth is palpable. This game (much like the revenge exacted upon the Wizards) perfectly contrasted the defeat in the first meeting.
Sorry about the late post. The Cavs are missing Mike Miller, the Raps have lost DeMar DeRozan for a few weeks.
The Raptors are the second best team in the NBA according to SRS. The Cavs are ninth. Cavs lead 18-13 with about four minutes left in the 1st quarter. This would be a signature win if they could pull it out
Mike Miller, the man who sort of won the Bucks game for the Cavs the other night, received a concussion against the Knicks less than twenty-four hours ago. Dave McMenamin is reporting that Miller will miss the game against Toronto tonight and then will undergo some more tests to reevaluate his playing status for the Monday game against Brooklyn. There is no certain timeline for his return. Miller hasn’t been contributing much for the team on the floor, but he has been very active talking to guys when they come to the bench. If he doesn’t get to travel with the team or hangout, he will surely be missed.
The concussion happened after he was whistled for an offensive foul while shooting a three pointer with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony hit him with his arm closing out on the shot. You can watch the play here. It didn’t look like Miller was too shaken up at time of the play because he managed to walk it off and stay on the floor for another two minutes. Hopefully, Mike is okay and doesn’t shy away from trying to draw contact on the three shot in the future.
Tonight, every Cavalier not named Kyrie Irving played like garbage for three and a half quarters. LeBron James and the minimal effort supporting cast played like they knew they could beat the Knicks any time they wanted. The non-Irving Clevelanders waited till crunch time to bother to try. Then, they put the pathetic Knicks out of their misery. If it weren’t for Kyrie’s new shoes and his unbelievable first half (23 points on like 10 shots), to keep the Cavs in it, Cleveland never would have had a chance to be the stoppable force that overcame the moveable object. Kyrie was transcendent tonight, scoring 37 with an unearthly 81% true shooting. He was the best player in the building.
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