Live Thread: Cavs @ Thunder/ Update, Kyle Korver Traded To Utah

 

The Cavs are away tonight to take on the Thunder. Cleveland played the Thunder tough last time battling back from a 16 point half-time deficit only to lose. OKC was without Russell Westbrook that night, and Dennis Schroeder torched the arena for 28 points.

This game Russ is back, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue isn’t. How much that matters, I don’t know.

The Thunder are coming off a tough loss to the Nuggets after Russ went 1-12 from deep. He apparently stayed and practiced for two hours after that game. That was Saturday. I can only hope Russ practiced Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday as well. He’s currently shooting just 18% from 3-point land. That’s a shot the Cavs want him to take confidently because it will help ease Collin Sexton‘s defensive burden.

What To Watch

  1. Welcome to the League Sexton. After having two straight games with more than 20 points scored on above .500 shooting, the Minnesota Wolves threw a party for the Young Bull on Monday evening. They limited him to 11 on 5-19 shooting. They actively planned to stop him, and Sexton sputtered. Still, the rookie tossed four assists and grabbed seven boards. Sexton is making a tiny name for himself and teams will now include him in their game plans. He is going to need to look to do a little bit of everything early on this game to keep the Thunder guessing. If he can make a living without needing to score right away, his shot will open up later in the game.
  2. The Cavs need to limit turnovers. The Thunder will make them pay if they don’t. They are number one in the league with 21.7 points a night from miscues.
  3. Finally, the Cavs need to stop penetration and let the Thunder shoot themselves out of the game and thus in the foot. They are currently hitting 31.1% of their 3s and jacking up a middle of the pack 31.8 a night. It’s not wise to give up a bunch of 3s, but Larry Drew should trust the averages this game. It’s also never a good thing when Russ, Paul George, and Steven Adams are by the rack, that’s where they can do some damage.
  4. If Steven Adams were to have curly hair again, he’d look like a jacked Weird Al Yankovic, right? That question is the result of looking for a picture to go along with this thread and finding the above one. If the Thunder win, that observation sorta softens the blow.

The Cavs are making strides and I give that to them, but tonight might get rough. Westbrook seems quite angry after the Thunder’s loss to the Nuggets. Sexton may get the brunt of that anger. It’ll still be close though. Thunder win, 111-103.

 

UPDATE

A Woj Bomb dropped a little bit ago. Farewell La Flama Blanca!

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CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Decent nights from Sexton, Cedi, and JC all things considered.

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 20 hours ago

So….Boston next, right?

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Yeah… can’t wait to watch Kyrie…. not

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 20 hours ago

Maybe they’ll rest him ha ha?

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Woof… Russ with 19 boards!

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 20 hours ago

23/19/15…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

They need Hill and Burks…. KLOVE too.

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

And Nwaba…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Oh yeah, him too.

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Not sure if it’s not enough regular work for Ante, or if he’s just not good enough yet…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

He lost his rhythm and confidence after that great game…. hasn’t been playing enough to get them back. I like Nate’s idea of sending him to the G league and let him log minutes.

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

I will never not stop thinking that’s a tattoo of Emmanuel Lewis (TV’s Webster) on Clarkson’s upper left arm…

Nate Smith
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10 days 20 hours ago

Cavs guards just ignore mismatches in the post

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

TT not paying attention at all on the offensive play….. great ball fake Clarkson, TT dives to the basket, he gets an easy dunk… just stood there. Must be totally out of gas, Drew took him out.

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

OKC just padding stats with Russ and PG still out there against the bench?

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 20 hours ago

Yeah, no idea why Russ was out there so long…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

SEXTON RHYTHM JUMPER AT THE BUZZER!

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 20 hours ago

I do like Sexton’s three stroke since I started watching…ugly offense, though…Cavs aren’t getting any good looks…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

NICE PASS CLARKSON!!! NANCE TRIPLE!!!

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 20 hours ago

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Did Zavac lose a bet? What’s with that handle?

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 20 hours ago

I think he’s just excited watching the Browns again…

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Yeah, most of us are… but not changing Twitter handles excited…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Bad shot Hood, rushed the jumper with a mismatch.

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Cedi just four dimes from a triple double…

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Took a dinner break and Cavs down double digits…

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 20 hours ago

Hope dinner was good EG. OKC enjoying feasting on the Cavs.

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Chicken soup… good for the soul

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Aw man… what happened?

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Ran out of gas…. bench couldn’t get anything going.

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Yeah, figured. Not enough bodies… OKC tougher D than some of the recent teams Cavs been facing…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Yup…. someone else said… physical, fast, energetic… that’s OKC>

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

SEXTON RHYTHM JUMPER!!! CUT IT TO TEN!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

HOOD J!!!

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 20 hours ago

Haven’t seen much of the game, but Sexton 14/10/5…not super efficient, but not terrible…

Nate Smith
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10 days 20 hours ago

Cavs should send zizic down to GL.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Agreed…. lost his rhythm and not playing enough to get it back.

Scotch
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Scotch
10 days 20 hours ago

Haha we should send YOU down to the g league ya drunk

EvilGenius
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10 days 20 hours ago

Has Nate been drinkin? I hadn’t noticed…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

SEXTON THREE!!!!!! Nice pass Hood!!!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Cedi with a nice drive, just couldn’t finish.

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 20 hours ago

Sexton, two nice plays in three possessions…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Nice drive Sexton!!!! Cedi with the pass.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Oy… Harrison bad TO. Nice defense Zizic…. great pass Cedi, but Zizic has to finish that.

Nate Smith
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10 days 20 hours ago

Ice cold. I hate to say it but put sexton back in.

Scotch
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Scotch
10 days 20 hours ago

Man we need bodies

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Sexton with a double double…. 11 rebounds is pretty impressive.

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 21 hours ago

Harrison just blows.

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Jesus, Harrison

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Cedi looked gassed on the offensive end. Cavs moving really slow on transition d. I think their tanks are on empty.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Yep. OKC are really physical. Pkaying them with 8 guys is tough.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 20 hours ago

Yup… physical, fast, energetic.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

That’s pretty much it.
Lack of offense with the bench unit.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Bad shot Clarkson no pass no rhythm J.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

GREAT PASS CLARKSON!!! NICE FLASH AND FINISH NANCE!!!

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Clarkson terrible all the sudden

Leo
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Leo
10 days 21 hours ago

Thunder turned up defense and Cavs can’t hit a shot…team doesn’t have go to player to get them out of funks

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 21 hours ago

Just tuned in, at the wrong time, looks like.

Sorry to see Korver go, but I hope he’s nails for Utah. Cavs got a pretty good return, I suppose…Burks was great for them in the playoffs last year.

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 21 hours ago

Ditto – I’m gonna switch off in the hope it improves their performance!

Goodbye La Flama Blanca – it’s been fun…

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Fun while it lasted. Just not enough bodies and not much on offense otside of Cedi, Clarkson, and a touch of Sexton.

If we could score a little, we could get back into it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
10 days 21 hours ago

Zizic sucks. Clarkson is the only guy keeping it close. Cedi has been good on offense and really horrible on defense.

Nate Smith
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10 days 20 hours ago

Gtfooh, Trols

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Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

They all need to get in shape like Delly!

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 20 hours ago

Oh man, if they did that we’d be back in the finals pretty quickly :)

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Cavs just don’t have enough horses… monumental task tonight… I commend them for even being in the game for this long.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Harrison is quickly playing his way out of the rotation.

Chris K
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Chris K
10 days 20 hours ago

Cavs just traded Alec Burks into the rotation…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Terrible turnover Harrison… what are you doing???

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Cavs bench getting waxed.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Dumb TO’s 😑

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Harrison stupidity.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Bigs awful O continues. Putrid.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Come on Zz… WTF

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Cavs effed around here. How has cedi nit gotten more looks?

Leo
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Leo
10 days 21 hours ago

He can’t make shots

Nate Smith
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10 days 20 hours ago

6-8 in first half.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Nice rim protection by Zizic.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

I think Ray Felton ate Clarksons lunch, and dinner, and midnight snack.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Only down 7. PG has 5. Stay in this & make a push when Russ sits.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

Why is the Monsters mascot an eagle?

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Four on Schroder

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

Schroeder McGavin with his antics

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

TT with a foul for being tall

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

SEXTON WITH THE DEFENSE ON WESTBROOK!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

That was great.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Goaltend yes?

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Cedi needs a softer touch on those drives.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Yep. If he learns to use the glass a tad better/softer he is in business. The one in the first half where he hesitated was better.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

CLARKSON J!!! DOWN TO 5!

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Cavs finally get a foul call

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

SEXTON PULL UP RHYTHM J!!! His driving ability is there!!!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

GREAT DRIVE AND DISH SEXTON!!! HOOD FOR THREEE!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

HOT ROD HOOD

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Cheap one.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

5 on PG.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Cedi with a great blow by, just couldn’t finish.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Hood or Sexton have to take that 3.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 21 hours ago

i am going to make an anti-buck prediction.. i think these guys may actually be close to a .500 club without love.. an amazing transformation.. like night and day..

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Why the eff didn’t hood or Sexton shoot?

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