Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11 points but shot 3 for 11, including 0 for 2 from the 3-point line. “That’s definitely great ingredients for a victory”.
The Cavaliers’ 44 points tonight in the first quarter is their second-highest scoring quarter of the season.
Game notes * The Pistons’ two key cogs offensively, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, combined for 14 points on 7-of-25 shooting.
“I stepped away from the game for a little bit, and I know everyone thought it was for marijuana, but I had to develop some things on the personal side”, he said. James played 28:24, the fewest minutes he has played in a triple-double.
Kyrie Irving scored 26 points for the Cavs, who had lost four of their previous five.
Victor Oladipo added 21 points for the Thunder, who won their third straight game. It was the quickest triple-double he has recorded this season. Cavs general manager David Griffin indicated that possibility after Love took part in a three-on-three scrimmage on Tuesday. “But If he gets through everything, I would anticipate he’ll play sometime on the road trip”. Portland won five of its last six games, but shot 30.3 percent and finished far below their 108.6 points per game average.
James said he was surprised to see Irving in his path.
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a knee injury in a Feb, . “We had bodies moving”.
Love is averaging 20 points a game and 11.1 rebounds and was selected to the Eastern Conference All Star team, but was unable to participate. “A lot of times the comeback stories are harder than our initial journeys to the league”.
Iman Shumpert went 8 for 13 and wound up with 18 points.
“It’s up to my guys to make shots”, James said. He also called it a chance to “get my legs back and get some good minutes and get myself back to prime shape”.
“It looks like he wants another opportunity and hopefully if we’re the team, hopefully we give him an opportunity”, James said.
Sanders is on board with the plan and said he and team came up with it together.
During the Cavaliers’ game against the Pistons, James collided with Kyrie Irving and knocked Irving to the ground.