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Cleveland Cavaliers Lose Game but May Have Lost More than That

March 17th, 2014 at 1:49 PM
By Pat Murphy

'Blake Griffin' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 102-80 Sunday night, but may have lost more than just the game. Guard Kyrie Irving left the game late in the first quarter and departed from the arena with his arm in a sling. It was a reported bicep injury and Cleveland.com's Mary Schmitt Boyer believes Irving could be done for the season.

Before losing the guard, the Cavaliers were already struggling. They allowed the Clippers to score the first 11 points of the game and Irving missed his first five attempts from the floor.

Los Angeles was able to get what they wanted throughout most of the game. The Cavs made runs in the third and fourth quarter to keep things interesting, but the game was never really in doubt as the Clippers never trailed and led by as much as 22 points.

Cleveland had 17 turnovers, compared to just five by L.A., that led to 25 fast break points. The Cavaliers were only able to muster five points in transition struggled to play at the Clipper's pace without Irving.

Blake Griffin, who received the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Month award for February before the game, scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and eight assists on his 25th birthday.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Suprise Oklahoma City Thunder with Huge Fourth Quarter

February 27th, 2014 at 12:09 PM
By Pat Murphy

It really has been a strange season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The expectations were high coming in and the let down began early. After a six game winning streak, the Cavaliers lost three in a row following the All-Star break.

Last night, Cleveland beat the NBA's second best team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-104 with their best fourth quarter of the season.

The Cavs were led by All Star Kyrie Irving, who had one of his best games in the Wine and Gold in some time. Irving finished with a game-high 31 points, nine assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Best of all, the guard was efficient, shooting 10-19 from the floor, 4-7 from three point range, and making all seven of his free throw attempts.

'Kevin Durant' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Irving overshadowed big nights from the Thunder's stars. Kevin Durant just missed on a triple double, recording 28 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. This continues a great run of form from Durant, but he was unable to get his team over the hump in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook had one of his best nights since returning from his third knee surgery with 24 points and nine assists.

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A Little Something Every Cleveland Cavalier Fan Feels but Doesn’t Know How to Express

February 26th, 2014 at 7:38 PM
By Pat Murphy

Here is a segment from Bill Simmons' Mail Bag from earlier today that probably speaks to Cleveland Cavalier fans everywhere:

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Q: Here’s a quick list of the things that make me want to give Chris Grant a jab to the kidney:

1. Every Jarrett Jack contested two.

2. Every time Tristian Thompson gets an offensive rebound only to miss an easy bunny or get his shot blocked.

3. Every time Mike Brown is shown on the sideline.

4. Every time I get a SportsCenter alert notifying me that Anderson Vaejao will be sitting out today’s game.

5. Every time Luol Deng gets that look on his face like he’s seriously considering what wrong he committed to end up in Cleveland.

6. Every time Mike Brown is shown in the huddle.

7. Every time Alonzo Gee takes a shot.

8. Every time Anthony Bennett is shown wheezing with hands on hips.

9. Every time Mike Brown takes a timeout to draw up a play with 4 seconds left in a seven point game.

10. Every time that play drawn up takes 4 seconds and ends in a Jarrett Jack contested two.

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Cleveland Cavaliers May Have Found New Front Court Duo

February 26th, 2014 at 5:52 PM
By Pat Murphy

'182407444_Cavs_Sixers0080' photo (c) 2013, Philadelphia 76ers - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/ When the Cleveland Cavaliers made the trade for Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline, questions began to emerge about how the power forward/center would be used.

The Cavaliers already had their front court rotation set with big men Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson as their starters and Tyler Zeller and rookie Anthony Bennett in the rotation and none of those players went back to the Philadelphia 76ers in the trade.

In his first two games with Cleveland, Hawes came off the bench but with Varejao still out – with an injury that may have been the motive behind the trade – and a two game losing streak, Hawes was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Zeller in Tuesday's game with the Toronto Raptors.

The Cavaliers still lost the game 99-93, but in the fourth quarter, the Cavs got a glimpse of a combination that may be fruitful for them moving forward.

With just over eight and half minutes remaining in the game, Hawes checked in to play alongside Zeller for the first time that night. Though Cleveland conceded the lead, it was not due to the play of the two big men on the court.

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DeMar DeRozan Leads Toronto Raptors to 99-93 Win Over the Cleveland Cavaliers

February 26th, 2014 at 4:20 PM
By Pat Murphy

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For the second straight game, the MVP of the All-Star game was left in the shadows of a fellow Eastern Conference All Star and for the the third straight game, it cost the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Toronto Raptors' shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored scored a game-high 33 points – 16 in the fourth quarter – and had six assists with no turnovers on the night. Kyrie Irving on the other hand finished with 25 points and nine assists, but was not the impact player the Cavaliers needed down the stretch to get the win, falling 99-93.

The game was similar to these two team's meeting four days earlier. The Raptors led most of the way, but Cleveland made a late comeback and had a chance to win.

Tyler Zeller's two made free throws with just over three minutes to play gave the Cavs a 89-87 lead, but Toronto closed the game out on a 12-4 run to seal the victory. DeRozan scored eight of his 16 fourth quarter points over the last two and half minutes after Terrence Ross hit a three to give the Raptors the lead.

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