Overview: Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon combined for 59 points in a 100-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. J.J. Hickson led the Cavaliers with 28 points and 9 rebounds.
Well, we’ve seen this before. The Cavs hung tough for the first three quarters, then watched the offense completely fall apart in the fourth. When the game gets tense and the game revolves around one-on-one play more, the Cavs simply don’t have that guy who can go ISO or pick-and-roll and either get a basket or make a play. Baron would be that guy, but he missed the game with back spasms. Four points for Hickson in the fourth, four points for Sessions in the fourth, and 14 points for a team that needed a strong finish.
The good news is that all of Cleveland’s young starters had strong performances from the field. Sessions had a bounce-back game, which hopefully means he’ll be coming out of his funk soon. Samuels had 17 points on 9 shots, and was extremely active. (I don’t even mind the six fouls.) Even Alonzo Gee had a efficient little performance.
Hickson was the high man for the Cavs, but I’m taking the performance with a grain of salt because he went 6-9 on shots outside of the paint. I’d love to think that games like this are a sign that his jumper is going to become a reliable weapon for him, but I don’t think that’s going to happen this season. That said, Sessions and Samuels’ solid performances did help to show the ancillary benefits of having a starting big that can make shots.
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Nobody on the bench really had a good game, now that we’re on the subject. Boobie’s play continues to be worrisome.
Defensively, things could have been worse — 59% of the Clippers’ points came from Gordon and Griffin, and while the Cavs could have done a better job on both of them, they are going to score points if they’re on their games.
That’s all I really have for now — I’m sure the glad this road trip is over.