Late comeback effort from Thunder was not good enough to take the game into Over Time. It’s a tota

Late comeback effort from Thunder was not good enough to take the game into Over Time. It was all over when LeBron completed his free throw.

OKC 100 - CLE 104

Cavaliers still maintaining tthe top seed in Eastern Conference with 17-7.

It’s a total team effort from Cavaliers! Dellavedova and Tristan fireworks are back and it’s wonderful to watch them play. Tristan did a wonderful job of rebounds. Imagine healthy Kyrie, Mo and Iman coming back into the starting lineup. Love 4 point was superb, a three pointer and a free throw!

I still think Jefferson scored a three pointer but it was recorded as a 2 pointer. In replay, we can see his both feet are behind the 3-point arc. J R Smith was keep showing 3 from sidelines but looks like no one noticed.

Looks like the lady who got badly injured in the fourth quarter, surely will take some time to recover. She totally fell backwards and I am sure her head hit the ground.



LeBron was upset and concerned too. It took some time for him to get back to his rhythm too.

Cavaliers – Net Player Score

L. James

108.54

Outstanding

T. Thompson

74.61

Very Good

M. Dellavedova

56.77

Fair

K. Love

55.41

Fair

R. Jefferson

41.03

J. Smith

40.35

T. Mozgov

19.18

J. Cunningham

7.45

 

Thunder – Net Player Score
As we can see, Thunder played a great team game too. Durant scored 25, Westbrook scored 27 and Ibaka scored 23 points. Interestingly no other player reached double figures.  

R. Westbrook

101.55

Outstanding

S. Ibaka

83.73

Excellent

K. Durant

76.48

Very Good

A. Roberson

66.77

Good

E. Kanter

59.62

Fair

D.J. Augustin

41.43

N. Collison

25.37

K. Singler

23.90

D. Waiters

14.29

S. Adams

7.33

 

Orlando Magic 6-7 coming into this game. Cavaliers are 13-3 and unbeaten at home this season. Injur
Cavs Win

Orlando Magic 6-7 coming into this game. Cavaliers are 10-3 and unbeaten at home this season.

Injuries really played a role in Cav’s roster this year and it is clearly reflected in the starting lineup in this game with LeBron, Kevin, J R Smith, Dellavedova and Tristan.

  • Mozgov - Out with right shoulder strain
  • Williams - Out with right ankle inflammation

LeBron and Kevin can only take so much of load even though they both are experienced and well-seasoned players. Bench has to play both roles now.

First part of the 2nd quarter was interesting to watch but Magic were never a threat entire game. Bright side for Magic is Oladipo doing couple of shots with high energy.

Cavs overpowered Magic in 3rd quarter and built a healthy lead of 12-points going into 4th quarter.

Cavs leading with 2 at the of1st, 2 at 2nd quarter and 12 at end of 3rd quarter. There was never a chance for Magic. Lead changed few times during first 2 quarters and that’s about it.

Love is now gone beyond his season high of 25, set in the last game. Love scored 34, Smith scored 26 points. Love and Smith are absolutely wonderful to watch. Good to see J R Smith stepping up.

Great win at Home! Go Cavs!

Net Player Score - This is a total team win with Love and Smith are leading the pack and Delly scoring 15 points!

K. Love

129.60

Outstanding

M. Dellavedova

100.63

Outstanding

S. Kaun

95.24

Outstanding

A. Varejao

94.99

Outstanding

L. James

91.52

Outstanding

J. Smith

74.14

Very Good

T. Thompson

55.37

Fair

R. Jefferson

36.68

J. Cunningham

14.66


Next Game:
At Toronto on Wednesday 25, 2015. 

Cavaliers are now self-corrected and came together as a team. After the game, Blatt highlighted tha

Cavaliers are now self-corrected and came together as a team. After the game, Blatt very clearly highlighted the fact that “We were aggressive and we were physical". It's true!

Mo and Shumpert did not play in this game. Mozgov played only for about 11 minutes. Dellavedova ended up with 13 Assists. Varejao also played around 11 minutes scoring 9 points.

As far as the NPS is concerned, James and Love are on the top of list with rest playing their roles effectively.  There were some miscommunications and too many fast passes resulted in 3 second rule violation for Cavaliers. Bucks played very well too. They were in a position to take the lead but could not score in few drives.

J R Smith scored 18 points. He has to play for himself and in my opinion for Mo as well. His 3 pointers are back.

I think the result of this games sums up what James after the game.  “This is how we need to play”

Check out the NPS (Net Player Scores) and it reflects what exactly James said.

L. James

100.05

Outstanding

K. Love

93.07

Outstanding

A. Varejao

89.96

Excellent

J. Jones

89.82

Excellent

T. Thompson

74.12

Very Good

J. Cunningham

57.86

Fair

J. Smith

45.67

M. Dellavedova

38.96

R. Jefferson

6.13

 

Cavaliers are now 9-3, still leading in both Eastern Conference and Central Division. Next game is on Saturday against Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena (Home Game for Cavaliers).

This is the first game between Cavaliers and Hawks. Last year (2014-2015 season) Cavaliers beat Hawks to move to Eastern Conference Finals.

There was lot talk about Dellavedova’s play during that series with media and analysts jumping on Dellavedova. Eventually this lead to “Protect our Delly” campaign.