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. 

Hawks could not match Cavaliers this time. Love was hot and scored season high of 25 points.

Hawks could not match Cavaliers this time. I was expecting a good game but slowly it turned into a one sided game.

Jones played for 5 minutes, hit two 3 pointers. Love recorded his season high of 25 points. LeBron ended up with 19 points. At one point (almost in to 4th quarter, LeBron was at 10 points and scored his next 9 in 4th.

Hawks never recovered after 1st half when Cavs took the lead. Hawks coach was ejected for a not-professional contact with one of the officials. Not sure what prompted him to do that though. 

5 Atlanta players reached double digits. Millsap, Korver and Teague sharing most of the score. They did play well but never a threat in all quarters.

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Cavaliers NPS (Net Player Score). Even though Jones played just 5 minutes he made it count and really outstanding with his 3 pointers. 

Love is everywhere. Apart from his season high of 25, he did collect 4 personal fouls.

Dellavedova scored 12 points, with 3 Assits and 5 personal fouls. Without the personal fouls he was very effective in his 28 minutes of play. Tristan scoring from Delly's assist is now a Signature Scoring Moment for both of the players. Hope they keep it going deep into the season.
  

J. Jones

140.00

Outstanding

K. Love

105.88

Outstanding

L. James

105.00

Outstanding

T. Thompson

67.00

Good

J. Smith

47.77

A. Varejao

47.12

M. Dellavedova

46.26

R. Jefferson

41.99

J. Cunningham

35.32


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.