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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EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Man Larry… stop fouling

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Cedi another bucket!!! Cedi’s cooking tonight!

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

How do you say “La Flama Blanca” in Turkish?

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Google translator shows, “Beyaz Alev”.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Ha, you beat me to it!

JoeyB
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JoeyB
10 days 21 hours ago

Man, Korver was really holding us back I guess. /s

CLF
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CLF
10 days 21 hours ago

Harrison, nice drive, but make the dunk!!!

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

I respect Harrison for trying that dunk… a little anyway….

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Well, he attacked that time.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Now Noel is wearing a band aid…

Jason
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Jason
10 days 21 hours ago

Harrison taking long twos should be banned. Drive or move it.

Nate Smith
Admin
10 days 21 hours ago

Nance can’t not foul. Its maddening.

EvilGenius
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10 days 21 hours ago

Especially when Clarkson is so hot right now?

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 21 hours ago

Why is Harrison taking shots?

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

15 for JC on 6-8 shooting…

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Good offense that time. Clarkson is going beserk.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

GREAT PASSES CEDI AND ZIZIC!!!! CLARKSON FOR THREEE!!!!!!

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

What’s the captain moniker from?

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

We started calling JC “Captain Band Aid” last season when he wore a band aid for a few games…

JRL
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JRL
10 days 21 hours ago

Shoot, how did I miss that ??😁

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Harrison should have let Clarkson attack that last possession.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

Bad turnover Harrison, threw that pass way too hard.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

We could be up 14+…

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

Harrison ugliness… oy

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

Zizic some nice defensive rebounding, but he’s gotta catch that pass.

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

JC with the nifty drive over Noel…

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Our bigs are struggling on offense. Push on that one.

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

No call on the push in the back on Patterson…

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

Come on Zz.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Zizic blows a nice feed from Harrison.

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

C’mon Ante! Do something with your time son!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Good Harrison D.

Nate Smith
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10 days 22 hours ago

Argh. Zizic. Pump fake and go up.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

Great play Harrison.

Nate Smith
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10 days 22 hours ago

Nice charge taken, harrison.

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

Can’t wait until Hill comes back so Drew can take Harrison out of the rotation…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

Sexton’s shot isn’t falling, but he’s doing a great job with overall control of the game. And pretty sound defense there in the 1st quarter too IMO.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Crap. Could not collect that kast D board. Up 7. I will take that.

Looks like Drew gonna play 8. Everyone save Frye. We fiesty again. I like it.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

LNJ WITH THE CLEANUP!!!!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

Great 1st quarter. They settled down and Clarkson came in clutch.

Nate Smith
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10 days 22 hours ago

Strong finish. Thunder kinda playing like poo.

Scotch
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Scotch
10 days 22 hours ago

I’m not complaining lol

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

Cavs actually playing some solid D in the paint…

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

LARRY NANCE JUNIOR!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Zizic & Harrison in.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

Nance with one if his dumb fouls.

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

I think that was on Harrison for holding Noel…

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

I stand corrected 👍

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

Oh Ante… why you make me look bad?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 22 hours ago

Harry Harrison now in the game

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Awful TT pass. Too close. Still up 7.

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

I forgot Nerlens was on this team…

Nate Smith
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

Sexton pretty terrible tonight.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Has not made a jumper. OK other than that.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

Terrible??? Though crowd.

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

Nate is just salty… must be the Korver trade…

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

CLARKSON ANOTHER PULL UP!!! He’s got it tonight!!!

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

JC with a microwave 10 points off the bench!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Clarkson going off.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

Sexton rushed that jumper… BUT CLARKSON NAILS THE PULL UP THREE!!!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

CLARKSON!!!

EvilGenius
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10 days 22 hours ago

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

SEXTON TO CEDI TO CLARKSON!!! FOR THREE!!!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

11-0 run. Up 8.

Nate Smith
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

JC!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

HOOD COAST TO COAST!!!!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

Nice!!!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 22 hours ago

Capt of Bandaids

Nate Smith
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

Nice run!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 22 hours ago

Cedi playing well. Clarkson nails one! Up 3.

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

Make that 11-0!

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

8-0 scoring run!

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

SEXTON WITH BLAZING SPEED!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 22 hours ago

YB is so freaking fast.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 22 hours ago

Cedi and Clarkson with buckets!!!

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

For those bagging on TT… he’s played some great D on the last few OKC possessions…

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

Hope that portends a good Clarkson night…

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

Angel Gray was standing in the wrong spot…

Scotch
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Scotch
10 days 22 hours ago

Some really poor offense alla round so far. Keep them shooting!

EvilGenius
Admin
10 days 22 hours ago

No Kyrie… the reason you wear #11 is because #2 was retired in Boston…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 22 hours ago

Is Kyrie supposed to be wiser with his new hairdo?

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