Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a four-game losing streak, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss tonight. They are coming fresh off of a 139-134 overtime loss they took in the hands of the New York Knicks on Monday. Tonight, they will attempt to grab a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma.
The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to grab a third straight victory tonight. They are coming off of a 111-107 victory against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.
January 4 was the last time they met up as the Cavaliers were handed a 121-106 loss. During that game, Dennis Schroder scored 22 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal while Collin Sexton had 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 114 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 48 games while the Thunder went on to grab 66 victories.
-Tristan Thompson (quad; 11.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 50.8 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Dylan Windler (leg)
-Ante Zizic (illness; 4.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 57.1 FG%)
-Marques Bolden (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 32.6 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
-Matt Mooney (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dean Wade (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 70.0 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Oklahoma City Thunder:
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 44.4 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Mike Muscala (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 38.6 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to just forty-seven percent. Both Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari scored 12 points which included a three-pointer each. Gilgeous-Alexander had four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks while Gallinari had five rebounds, one assist, and a steal.
Former Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul helped out with ten points while knocking down a shot from beyond the arc. He also had two rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Luguentz Dort had two points. Steven Adams was held scoreless but managed to record three rebounds and two assists. Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for 15 points.
On the other end of the court, Kevin Love and Collin Sexton both had 12 points each while they both drilled two three-pointers. North Carolina-native John Henson earned himself six points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off one assist, and blocking two shots. Larry Nance played 15 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 61 to 53 lead.
The Ohio team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 50-48 run in the second half, shooting forty-three percent from the field. During that run, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland combined for 21 points while they both had two three-pointers each. Kevin Love chalked up eight points on forty-two percent shooting while Nance had six off the bench.
As for the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dropped 11 more points but shot only forty percent. Dennis Schroder added to his scoring total as he recorded 15 more points off the bench as the Thunder were able to hold on to take a 109-103 victory. Dennis Schroder finished the game with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Collin Sexton had 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Kawhi Leonard (27.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 46.5 FG%, 37.1 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (35-15) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will match up with each other this season. The last time they played each other was on January 14 when the Clippers handed the Cavaliers a 128-103 loss. Collin Sexton finished that game with 25 points, one rebound, one assist, and two steals while Kawhi Leonard had 43 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Andre Drummond (17.5 PPG, 15.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 52.4 FG%, 04.8 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (18-34) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will see each other during this season.