Aside from Love’s comeback, as the great Joe Tait used to say: ‘They won’t be sending tape of this one to Springfield’.
Cleveland has struggled on the boards without Love, who has also dealt with back issues. Cleveland is averaging 111 points per game on offense while allowing 106.5 on defense. Before his injury, the team was 20th in the league, with a defensive rating of 106.3. “Because you don’t look at the little number [that tells you how far you’ve gone], and you’re like ‘I’m starting to get this lactic acid in my legs, ‘ and you’re looking at that number and it’s like only at 150”. This is not a team that is going to be fun for anyone to face in the Western Conference playoffs. In his last eight games, those numbers increase to 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds and 8.8 assists.
Everything went Cleveland’s way on March 14, as the Cavaliers dominated the Detroit Pistons, 128-96, jumping out to a ridiculously hot start.
But earlier this year, a seemingly renewed Sanders announced that he was returning to the league and the Cavaliers, apparently, were the first team to seriously consider signing him. And this lineup responded.
The Knicks held the Pacers to 36.8 percent shooting from the floor. This game’s over/under comes in at a combined 215 points. That number would surpass last season’s National Basketball Association record 1,077 set by the Golden State Warriors, but the Houston Rockets already have 1,001 threes this season. With Sanders, the Cavaliers are well aware that they are picking up a reclamation project. It’s just how it goes.
10 and 9 – Yes, Kevin Love was back! If Love is able to get back during this road trip, he’ll likely be eased back into things, but with the potential for an imminent return, he needs to be stashed in all leagues with an IR-spot and should be strongly considered for those now in a bye-week.
Originally. doctors said recovery would last six weeks.
James picked up his 10th triple-double of the season and third in the last four games at the 3:45 mark of the third quarter and played only 28 minutes. Gordon Hayward is leading the team with 22 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. “I just really wanted to block a shot”.
LeBron James is interested to see if Sanders can help. Sanders played two minutes at the end of a blowout and recorded 2 fouls.
James knew it was up to him to carry the Cavs in the fourth quarter.
The MVP candidate – who heard the chant a lot in the waning minutes of Thursday’s matchup – poured in 17 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter. There’s something about playing for LeBron James’s teams that tends to work out for misfit players – just ask Chris Anderson or JR Smith. One night after facing the Clippers, the Cavs stay in Los Angeles to play the Lakers.
Each player was paired with a teammate, and the two would try to complete the challenge as fast as they could. The team is saying that Kyrie and Shumpert’s injuries are minor and not something to be anxious about, but it’s always concerning when players keep missing time.
The Cavaliers don’t play at home much this month – but they made hay while the sun was shining this week – sweeping their mini two-game homestand with Thursday night’s hard-fought 91-83 win, Cleveland’s fifth straight win over the Jazz at The Q and second straight overall.
Just when you think things are getting better, another member of the Cavaliers needs a bag of ice.