Live Thread: Cavs @ Grizzlies (#BoxingDay)

After a quiet Christmas Day off, the Cavs kick off a three game, year ending road trip tonight in Memphis against the Grizzlies. Last season, the wine & gold swept the season series with the Grizz, but to have a shot this year, they need to come out swinging… or at least defending better than they did in their previous effort against the Chicago Bulls.

The primary bright spot for the Cavs has been the terrific play of Larry Nance, Jr., since he was installed as the team’s point five. Nance scored a season high 20 points in the loss to the Bulls to go with six boards and three steals. Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman each chipped in 17 points, and have been on an upswing lately. The Cavs will likely need to lean heavily on their bench and it’s 43.6 ppg scoring average (6th best in the NBA) though, since they’ll be without Rodney Hood (left achilles soreness) and David Nwaba (left ankle sprain). Expect Alec Burks and Jaron Blossomgame to take their respective spots in the starting lineup.

Memphis have had struggles of their own lately, losing seven of their last eight to fall back to the middle of the pack in the west. They ended their five game losing streak with a win over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, which featured a standout performance by rookie Jaren Jackson, Jr. (27 points nine boards). JJJ’s addition to stars Mike Conley and Mark Gasol has helped the Grizz pack some extra punch thus far this season.

Prediction: The Cavs might #BeTheFight and win some early rounds in this one, but they don’t have the bodies to go toe-to-toe in the paint against the length of the Memphis bigs. The Grizz score a TKO by the end of the third and coast to a 114-98 victory.

Catch all of the action on FSO starting at 8pm EST from the FedEx Forum, and as always chime in below…

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Joeyb
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Joeyb
27 days 8 hours ago

I miss lebron. There’s just nothing like watching genius.

Chris K
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Chris K
27 days 10 hours ago

Didn’t see or hear the pre-game… any reason Hood was a DNP-CD? Is he on the move?

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Injury.

dave
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dave
27 days 10 hours ago

delly was garbage today, hope this doesnt continue. Also stop passing to zizic delly, its an instant turnover.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

I miss the Cavs being relevant. After watching yesterday’s games and now tonight I’m in full winter depression.

Scotch
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Scotch
27 days 10 hours ago

Cavs still can’t seem to ever buy the havking fouls other teams get…but they made way too many syupid mistakes to complain this game. Game has still not slowed down for Sexton…and he still refuses to use the glass sooo often. But he will get better. Coulda used delly at the end to win but we dont really want to win

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

And back to ugly after some good fourth quarter minutes. Going to be a long haul to 82. Go Zion.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Zion division standings, wins:

8: Cavs
9: Suns, Knicks, Bulls, Hawks

Wiz next at 13.

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Unreal how bad that Sexton turnover was.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

And as I type that… dumb YB pass after Conley converts after an almost steal.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

The young bull is young

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Ridiculous finish by connelly back there.

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Sexton wtf. His guy fell down and instead of shooting turned it over. Seriously wtf.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Good quarter for YB.

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

No foul for cedi

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Four!

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Six

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Cedi and1

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Nice break sexton

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

6!

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

Gasoline forearms LNJ in the neck and he gets called.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Clarkson sucks at passing.

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Argh. JC fail by not being able to execute a post entry pass

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

I swear slomo wears eye liner.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Yep. I love the fight. Plenty of time. 3 possession game.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

I’m still stinging from watching Mr. flat earth being totally clutch. This game has been no remedy.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Philly choked it away in regulation.

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

7! Some nice moments by youngbull.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Maybe we will get 76.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

Do the Cavs crack 70 points?

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Single digits!

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

That didn’t last.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

Cavs might have to pull AC out of the booth.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 10 hours ago

SO TRUE NATE –SO TRUE ——GOOD NIGHT !!

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Words I never thought I would type:

This team misses Rodney Hood.

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

15 point deficit against this team might as well be 30

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Agreed. No chance we even get to 76 unless it turns into garbage time.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 10 hours ago

DID I LOOK AT SCHEDULE CORRECTLY—AFTER SAT’S GAME –CAVS ARE OFF FOR 3 DAYS —-WOULD BE WELCOMED BY ENTIRE TEAM–BUT ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG BULL —–DON’T THINK WE BEAT EITHER ATL. OR MIAMI

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Both are beatable. Plus the one years will be auditioning for Miami.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Miami playing pretty well lately. Us shorthanded on b2b vs ATL gonna be tough.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
27 days 10 hours ago

God this game is UGLY.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 10 hours ago

Memphis put the clamps on LAL the other night. Against BAD offensive teams missing guys, it can get ugly.

We keep fighting, though.

Nate Smith
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27 days 10 hours ago

Channing giving them tough minutes. Looks gassed.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

Suns win 122-120 in OT. Both teams scoreless for the last 3 minutes.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

Nice YB o board there!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 11 hours ago

MAN JUST SAW A HIGHLIGHT PASS BY DONCIC—–KID CAN FLAT OUT PLAY !!!!—–GOING TO BE CORNERSTONE OF MAVS FRANCHISE –( SIMILAR TO DIRK )–FOR YEARS TO COME

Nate Smith
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27 days 11 hours ago

Gonna be crazy if they end up with another high lottery pick.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

Far and away the best player in the draft.

Nate Smith
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27 days 11 hours ago

Lol. No foul there just a crappy shot.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

Suns snatching defeat again
Fouled a guy up 3 with under a second left. In OT.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

Had it to 7. Gasol with 5 straight and a block.

Again, we just do not have all-star level players and other teams do. And those guys tend to make a big difference.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 11 hours ago

THEY SAY DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS—-BUT NOT REGULAR SEASON GAMES IN DECEMBER——BUT YEAH I CAN HANDLE ONLY GIVING UP 45PTS—-BUT OUCH ONLY SCORING 32 —MY BOYS VARSITY SCORES MORE THAN THAT / 8 MIN QTR’S

Nate Smith
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27 days 11 hours ago

Man. Just tuned in. Low scoring affair.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

9 in the first quarter. 1 in the first six minutes.

1/3 of those 9 was a 3 Frye got an extremely lucky bounce on.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

Down only 9.

Of course when you got 9 in a quarter….

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

Nothing wrong with giving up 45 in a half.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 11 hours ago

ONE THING I WON’T HAVE TO STRUGGLE WITH IS WHETHER OR NOT TO STAY UP AND WATCH THE RECAP—–HOW MANY STILL TUNED IN/ HOW MANY GOING TO WATCH THE 2ND HALF ——-ANTE AT LEAST GOT SOME REB’S

believeLAND
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believeLAND
27 days 11 hours ago

32 points at the half, man it’s rough out here

Anonymous
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Anonymous
27 days 11 hours ago

man…cedi doesn’t understand the half court anymore. It’s like he practices with the B team and is getting A team minutes. Why don’t they know what to do when he has the ball and vice-versa?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
27 days 11 hours ago

Larry has really gotten a chance to show what he can do with TT out. Time to ship TT to LA.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 11 hours ago

WOULD A TRIP TO CANTON HELP OR HINDER THE YOUNG BULL—–WHAT IF HE GOES TO CANTON AND STILL STRUGGLES ——JUST THINK REST RIGHT NOW MIGHT BE THE BEST THING—LET HIM GET RE-ENERGIZED

Jason
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Jason
27 days 11 hours ago

We have too many guys hurt to rest guys.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
27 days 11 hours ago

tell you what this cavs team is horrible. But they fight like mad. utterly watchable except for sexton right now

Jason
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Jason
27 days 12 hours ago

9 point quarter.

We are awful.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 12 hours ago

Lets break 10.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 12 hours ago

0/10 SHOOTING WILL GET YOU A LOSS EVEN AGAINST THE CHARGE —-YIKES !!—” BE THE FIGHT “

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 12 hours ago

YEP CONLEY TO GO “MAMA BEAR ” GRIIZLY ON YOUNG BULL ——-BLOOD BATH

NickNevers
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NickNevers
27 days 12 hours ago

I’d like to see Sexton get out of this little rut; he’s going to have to get used to teams playing him physical and make quicker decisions with the basketball. Not sure how tonite’s game will play out. I could see us stealing one or getting blown out.

Jason
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Jason
27 days 13 hours ago

JJJ will either be #2 or #3 from this draft class, depending on if Ayton ever plays defense. Getting Brooks back helps Grizz’s thin bench.

Sexton v Conley will not be pretty.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
27 days 13 hours ago

AGREE WITH EVIL—NO “GRIZZ BURGERS ‘ TO CHOW ON TONIGHT —THOSE DAYS ARE OVER FOR THE TIME BEING—————-MAN CAN WE SUIT UP BAKER FOR THE CAVS / LOVE HIS COMPETIVE SPIRIT —–” DELLY WITH AN ATTITUDE “—NOT ARAID TO “WEAR ‘ HIS EMOTIONS —–TRUE CLEVALAND BLUE COLLAR TYPE OF PLAYER !!—GO CAVS —JUST BE THE FIGHT –( WIN OR LOSE )–FOR ALL 4 QTRS

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