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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JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Energy level is down 😐

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Hood posting up Grant is a loss

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Not going at PG is pissing me off. Make him defend.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 21 hours ago

hanging tough with the big dogs (phila, houston.. now okc).. so far so good.. trend is up.. stay long

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 21 hours ago

JC hittn the tres tonite i see.. 4/5

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Sexton with a dumb pullup

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

I’m surprised Cedi didn’t make that 3… I was chanting his name…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

2nd time in a row Sexton’s moving the ball in rhythm on the double…. he’s looking so much better in that regard.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

TT with a very dumb shot there.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

He has been mostly @ss tonight. Our worst player by far. Rare so far this year.

Hood/Cedi should be attacking PG. Get him his 5th FFS. Or force him to switch onto a big & post him.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

We should be feeding whomever PG is on

Not TT 15 footers.

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Ignoring Larry with a mismatch in the post to get TT 16 footer seems like a mistake.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

understatement LOL

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

GREAT CUT HOOD!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

ROD DOWN EUCLID

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

TT paint finish!!! Nice!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Nice pass Sexton…. TT just not skilled enough to take advantage on the roll.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

4 on PG.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Doncic with a 40 footer at the halftime buzzer. Mavs up 74-56 in Houston.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

Think he’ll go in the top 5?

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Hopefully we don’t run out of steam come the 4th. Go Cavs!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Cavs got outrebounded by 1. Also OKC has protected the paint big time with their length… they have six blocks already.

But Cavs are hitting their 3s. This game is a toss up!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

They took 2 away from Clarkson. One bucket after the shot clock.

A+ half from Clarkson & Cedi.
B- from Sexton (loved that almost steal at the end of the half)
Cs from everyone else.

Tied up. Worry we run out of gas.

Hopefully we get 2 more bodies for Boston (Hill & Burks).

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Energy’s definitely gonna be a problem… really can only play 6.

MattC86
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MattC86
10 days 21 hours ago

Great to see the team staying competitive again. At this point, it sure seems like JR was a bigger problem than we realized.

As for Korver, overall, I’m sad to see him go, but I’ll always be a little conflicted about him. He’s a consummate pro and a case study in maximizing your potential with limited athleticism (by NBA standards of course). And clearly an excellent locker room and on-court mentor. But man, I can’t think of a single big shot he hit for us when we really needed him to. Lots of big misses, including that crucial wide open three in one of the 2017 finals games. For such a historically great shooter, he was not clutch at all for us.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

In the Finals, I agree. In the regular season he hit a TON of big shots. Earlier rounds he was fine.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

I just think it’s a coincidence. I don’t think JR was any sort of locker room cancer. At least according to some of the best guys.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

I thought it was 49-47 Cavs.
Why is it now 47-47?

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Russ three dimes from a triple double in the first half.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Sexton might not be hitting shots, but he’s still got 6 boards to go with his 8 points…

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Yep. Some bad decisions with the ball & getting stuffed in ugly fashion, but a decent floor game. 16/12 is not awful.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Cedi and JC with 34 of Cavs’ 49 points so far…

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Sexton sounding winded on the interview. Glad to get a rest.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Yikes ugly take to the hoop by Hood, but good team defense on the prior possession!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 21 hours ago

Hood had Clarkson wide open in the corner, but decided to go with his alligator arm crossover, which bricked of the rim.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

CLARKSON THREEEEE FOR THE LEAD!!!!!

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

JC! Closes the half by retaking lead for Cleveland.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Way to fight back guys!!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Clarkson lights out.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Young Bull D!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

CLARKSON BAILOUT J!!!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Great drive Cedi, Hood bad miss.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

There we go TT.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

THERE YOU GO!!! Nice read Sexton, and TT nice rim attack!!!

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Great find by Cedi to Hood in the corner… Rodney gotta hit those…

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Nice drive TT…

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Clarkson with a garbage possession.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Too much pounding the rock…

West coast cav
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West coast cav
10 days 21 hours ago

TT getting schooled by Adams

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Thunder have awoken… gotta fight thru this run.

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Insane how well the Cavs have played despite zero offense from 3 of 5 starters.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Scrappy effort on D (save for TT not rotating). Clarkson & Cedi carrying the O.

Sexton does have 8. That is not nothing.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

More bad Sexton O & TT suckitude.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

I wish TT would roll like Adams does…

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Okay time to get a bucket

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Sexton needs moves around the rim…. that was ugly.

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

TT’s worst game in ages.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Adams eats him up. Bigger. Stronger. Tries just as hard. More skill.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Too many second chances for OKC…

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Rebound already!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

bad pass Sexton, BUT GREAT STEAL SEXTON!!!

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Nicd defense Colin

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

LOL… Sexton steals it back! Never seen that on an alley oop…

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Great cut SEXTON GREAT PASS CEDI!!!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

What a pass.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 21 hours ago

just chkn the score.. wow again.. staying long the cavs.. the short of the cav-nots is finito..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 21 hours ago

eatn their wheaties no doubt..

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

“Beyaz Alev” is La Flama Blanca or The White Flame in Turkish…

West coast cav
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West coast cav
10 days 21 hours ago

When Kevin comes back this team could be what we were hoping for before the season started.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Loving the fight right now by the Cavs!!!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Cedi & Clarkson off the charts tonight. Still up 6.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Nice hesitation Sexton, but missed TT on the pocket/lob pass….. CEDI IS EN FUEGO THO!!!

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Gambl8ng too much on d

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Cedi is hot

Nate Smith
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10 days 21 hours ago

Sexton is completely outclassed tonight.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

+7 with him out there. Hasn’t hit a J and has dribbled into nasty rejections 2-3 times.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

I mean, Russ is a former MVP so…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Nate’s got to be trolling…. Westbrook and Sexton have eerily similar stat lines… with exception of +/-.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

This may be one of the few teams we can beat in a 3PT contest.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

BS CALL…. defender was holding Clarkson!!!!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

CEDI THREE!!!! Great push Sexton!!!

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