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The Pistons end the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak, 113 to 104

The Pistons end the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak, 113 to 104

The Boston Celtics are currently in the midst of their longest winning streak this season, looking for their ninth straight victory.  They will hope to do that as they battle the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.  The Pistons, however, are facing the complete opposite situation.  They are trying to find a way to put an end to what is now a six-game skid.

The Celtics and the Pistons have played each other an inclusive total of 420 times in the past as Detroit Pistons won 156 games while the Boston team went on to win 264 matchups.  This meeting between the two teams will mark the third of four times that the Celtics and Pistons will battle each other during this season.

The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Celtics pulled out a 108-105 victory.  During that game, Kyrie scored 31 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal while Blake Griffin finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

-Jabari Bird (personal)
-Al Horford (knee; 12.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 70.0 FT%)
-Guerschon Yabusele (ankle; 1.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 32.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 87.5 FT%)
-Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 39.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 48.1 FG%, 44.4 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-PJ Dozier (G-League; 3.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

-Henry Ellenson (ankle; 6.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Zaza Pachulia (illness; 4.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 38.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 80.3 FT%)
-Glenn Robinson (ankle; 4.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 39.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-Ish Smith (groin; 9.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Khyri Thomas (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Keenan Evans (G-League)
-Zach Lofton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

With both the Pistons and the Celtics having something to prove, they played hard in the first half, shooting in the low 50-percents.  Kyrie Irving would get hot as he scored 17 of Boston’s 56 first-half points.  He nailed a three-pointer in the middle of the first period while recording 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Marcus Morris, who is averaging a career-high 15 points per game this season, was kept to just seven points in the 15 minutes that he played in the first half, finishing the game with a sum of nine points.

Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes, and Marcus Smart all chipped in with six points each while Smart earned his from beyond the arc.  Gordon Hayward, who is still trying to bounce back from a nasty injury he endured in last season’s opener, played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points.

On the other end of the floor, Blake Griffin put up 11 points on 36 percent shooting, including a trey in the first period.  Reggie Bullock, who missed the last five games due to an ankle injury, drilled two three-pointers and a free-throw to earn himself seven points.  Andre Drummond had 5 points in the first half but grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked one shot while recording one assist and one steal.  Langston Galloway played 15 minutes off the bench as he chalked up 10 points, helping the home team gain a 57-56 lead at halftime.

The Detroit Pistons would be about business in the second half as they went on a 56 to 48 run, shooting 46 percent from the field.  Griffin added 16 more points to his scoring total while earning four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He did, however, have five turnovers.  Andre Drummond contributed with 14 points while going up for 14 boards and preventing 3 shots from going in.  Jose Calderon, who is averaging a career-low two points a game this season, played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just three points.

As for the Massachusetts team, Marcus Smart lit the floor up with 15 points while hitting three treys.  He also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Tatum helped out with 11 points.  Irving struggled in the last half as he was limited to just nine points on 23 percent shooting.  Hayward had four points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter much as the Pistons held on to end the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak, 113-104.  Blake Griffin finished the game with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving had 26 points, a season-high-tying 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will host T.J. Warren (18.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 52.1 FG%, 44.4 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (5-24) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  November 8 was the last time they met up as the Celtics escaped with a 116 to 109 victory.  Kyrie Irving finished that game with 39 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 38 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals.

The Detroit Pistons will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (26.6 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 58.2 FG%, 13.1 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (19-9) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 5 when the Pistons fell to the Bucks, 92-115.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed 3 steals while Blake Griffin had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

This would have been one of the most hyped matchups of the season but with LeBron James being gone, it’s just another game for the defending champions.  Tonight, the Golden State Warriors will visit the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Warriors are facing difficulties of their own, though.  They are currently trying to recover from their two only losing streaks this season; one being a four-game losing streak and another one being a recent two-game skid.

Even though they are still without Draymond Green, who is missing his ninth straight game due to a toe injury, the Warriors were still able to get past the Atlanta Hawks, all thanks to Stephen Curry, who outscored the Hawks in the first quarter by himself, 18-17.  This meeting between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will mark the first of two games between these teams this season.  The Warriors swept the regular season series against the Cavaliers last season before sweeping them in the NBA Finals.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

-DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles)
-Draymond Green (toe; 6.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Damian Jones (pectoral; 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 71.6 FG%, 64.9 FT%)
-Damion Lee (G-League; 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 43.4 FG%, 41.4 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Sam Dekker (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-Kevin Love (toe; 19.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 32.3 FG%, 29.2 3P%, 81.8 FT%)
-David Nwaba (knee; 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 67.6 FT%)
-Ante Zizic (knee; 3.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 62.5 FT%)
-J.R. Smith (personal; 6.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 34.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held somewhat close in the first half as the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-nine percent from the floor while the Golden State Warriors completed fifty-one percent of their shots.  Former Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood scored fifteen points while hitting two three-pointers early in the first quarter.  Rookie Collin Sexton contributed with twelve points which held three three-pointers while Tristan Thompson chipped in five points, eight rebounds, and one assist.  Larry Nance played sixteen minutes off the bench as he had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

As for the Warriors, Stephen Curry got extremely hot as he chalked up twenty-five points while knocking down six three-pointers in the process.  He also had three defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant earned ten points for himself.  Durant was also able to drill a three-pointer in the second quarter while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal, and blocking two shots.  Four-time All-Star Klay Thompson was kept to just six points on twenty-nine percent shooting while recording three defensive rebounds.  Jonas Jerebko played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points while the Cavaliers went into halftime with a 64 to 58 advantage.

The Warriors would hit the Cavaliers with a huge 71 to 43 run in the second half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, holding the Ohio team to forty percent.  During that run, Curry continued to put up a shooting display as he had seventeen additional points, nine coming from beyond the arc and the other eight from the free-throw line.  He also had six defensive rebounds and three assists while Durant put up fifteen points with three three-pointers in the third period.  Thompson would make up for that tough first half he had as he scored ten points with two three-pointers in the fourth.  Jerebko played twelve minutes off the bench as he had only five points which included a three-pointer late in the third.

On the other end of the court, both Thompson and Sexton had nine points apiece while Tristan Thompson saw to it that he got eleven rebounds.  The second round pick in the 2015 draft Cedi Osman scored seven points while knocking down a three-pointer early in the third quarter.  George Hill would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he put up seven points but it wouldn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 129-105 final score.  Stephen Curry finished the game with forty-two points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Collin Sexton had twenty-one points, two rebounds, and three assists.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Buddy Hield (18.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 47.5 FG%, 41.8 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (12-11) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.  Both teams tied the regular season series last season at one apiece.

The Golden State Warriors will visit Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.6 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 6.0 APG, 57.8 FG%, 11.5 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (15-7) on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will be second and last one that the Bucks and Warriors will play against each other this season.  The last time they fought each other was on November 8 when the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Warriors a 134-111 blowout loss.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored twenty-six points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off six assists, and committed one steal while Klay Thompson finished with twenty-four points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks.

The Minnesota Timberwolves overcame the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-92

The Minnesota Timberwolves overcame the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-92

The Cleveland Cavaliers started the season 0-6 before winning their first game against the Atlanta Hawks.  Since then, they have posted a 4-8 record, hoping for their third straight victory as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are 5-2 since trading away four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler.  They are also looking to grab a third consecutive victory.

The Cavaliers and the Timberwolves have played each other a grand total of 56 times as the Cavaliers won 36 games while the Minnesota team pulled 20 victories.  This battle between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up with each other.  The last time they saw each other was on October 19 when the Timberwolves defeated the Cavaliers, 131-123.  Jimmy Butler finished that game with thirty-three points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals, and two blocks while Kevin Love had twenty-five points, nineteen rebounds, and seven assists.

INACTIVES:

Minnesota Timberwolves:

-Jerryd Bayless (knee)
-Luol Deng (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-James Nunnally (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Josh Okogie (coach’s decision; 7.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 36.9 FG%, 26.7 3P%, 78.3 FT%)
-Anthony Tolliver (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 43.1 FG%, 40.4 3P%, 58.3 FT%)
-Jared Terrell (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 12.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-C.J. Williams (G-League)
-Keita Bates-Diop (2.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Sam Dekker (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-George Hill (coach’s decision; 12.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 55.6 FG%, 48.0 3P%, 87.5 FT%)
-Kevin Love (toe; 19.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 32.3 FG%, 29.2 3P%, 81.8 FT%)
-Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-J.R. Smith (personal; 6.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 34.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-David Nwaba (knee; 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 67.6 FT%)
-Billy Preston (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close at the beginning as the Cavaliers shot forty-four percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-six percent.  Rodney Hood ended up scoring thirteen points which included a three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Tristan Thompson helped out with ten points while pulling down nine rebounds.  Rookie Collin Sexton saw to it that he got eight points while shooting forty-four percent from the field.  Kyle Korver played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points which included two three-pointers in the second period.

On the other end of the court, Robert Covington chalked up thirteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He had two three-pointers while grabbing three defensive rebounds.  Karl-Anthony Towns also had thirteen points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Towns was able to get his hands of five defensive rebounds while Andrew Wiggins was limited to just four points.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose played twelve minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points as the Minnesota team went into halftime with a 54 to 47 lead.

The event would continue to be kept close as the Timberwolves shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second half while the Cavaliers shot thirty-nine percent.  Covington continued to add to his scoring total as he put up eleven more points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Derrick Rose scored ten points off the bench while Wiggins had seven points.  Korver got hot for fourteen points but it wouldn’t matter as the Minnesota Timberwolves escaped with a 102-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Robert Covington finished the game with a season-high twenty-four points, along with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks while Kyle Korver had a season-high twenty-two points, along with two rebounds and two assists.

So…what’s next?

The Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to Texas to take on DeMar DeRozan (24.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 6.3 APG, 48.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (9-10) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they clashed with each other was during the season opener on October 17 as the Spurs crept away with a 112-108 win.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out four assists while Jeff Teague had twenty-seven points, one rebound, four assists, and two steals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle Paul George (24.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.4 APG, 41.1 FG%, 35.2 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-7) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that the Cavaliers and the Thunder fight each other during this season.  The last time that these two teams met up was on November 7 as the Thunder handed the Cavaliers a 95 to 86 loss.  Dennis Schroder finished the game with twenty-eight points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block while Collin Sexton had fifteen points, two rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers as tonight marks the fourth game in their playoff series.  If that happens, it will be the second straight time that the Cavaliers sweep the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  The odds will be against the Raptors as they have to face the Cavaliers and their fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.

SERIES RECAP:

The first game of this series took place on May 1 when the Cavaliers pulled out a 113-112 overtime victory over the Raptors in Canada.  During that game, LeBron James scored twenty-six points, grabbed eleven rebounds, dished off thirteen assists, committed one steal, and blocked two shots while DeMar DeRozan finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three blocks.

The second meeting was held on May 3 as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-128.  That matchup was also played at the Air Canada Centre as LeBron James recorded forty-three points in that game, along with eight rebounds, fourteen assists, and one steal.  DeMar DeRozan settled for only twenty-four points and three assists.

The series would shift over to Cleveland, Ohio, as the third game was played on May 5.  The home team would sneak away with a 105-103 win, thanks to the buzzer-beating floater made by LeBron James.  During that game, though, LeBron James had thirty-eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block while Kyle Lowry scored twenty-seven points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed two steals.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Rodney Hood (coach’s decision; 14.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.9 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Okaro White (3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kendrick Perkins (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Toronto Raptors to fifty-one percent.  J.R. Smith got hot for fifteen points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also connected for three three-pointers while Kyle Korver contributed with thirteen points.  Korver also had three three-pointers as he shot eighty-three percent from the field.  Kevin Love saw to it that he got eleven points while recording two defensive rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.  LeBron James scored only ten points in the twenty-three minutes that he played but did manage to chalk up six defensive rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the home team, Jonas Valanciunas dropped ten points off the bench as he shot a high sixty-three percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan earned himself nine points and five rebounds while four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry scored five points with a three-pointer early in the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and seven rebounds while C.J. Miles chalked up six points.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Serge Ibaka scored eight points which included two three-pointers.  Fred VanVleet played thirteen minutes off the bench as he received five points but it was the Ohio team who went into halftime with a huge 63-47 advantage.

The home team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 65-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, LeBron James would heat up for nineteen points while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.  Love earned himself twelve points while drilling two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Green contributed with eight points off the bench.  Delon Wright scored ten points off the Toronto bench but it was enough as the Cavaliers hold off the Raptors, 128-93, completing a sweep and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, eight rebounds, eleven assists, two steals, and one block while Jonas Valanciunas had eighteen points, five rebounds, two assists, and three blocks (tying his playoff career-high).

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

Tonight will mark the second game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  The first game was on Sunday when the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110 to 96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.  The Houston Rockets will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they host the Jazz at the Toyota Center.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jonas Jerebko (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Houston Rockets to forty percent.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring fourteen points on sixty-three percent shooting while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Rudy Gobert would help out with thirteen points while grabbing one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  He also had one block while Alec Burks chalked up eleven points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  Donovan Mitchell would be limited to seven points while both Royce O’Neale and Derrick Favors scored six points each.  Jae Crowder played sixteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two three-pointers and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, James Harden would get extremely hot for twenty-one points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second half.  He also had four rebounds, five assists, and one steal while Clint Capela saw to it that he had thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Chris Paul contributed with six points and one assist while P.J. Tucker had a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 64 to 55 lead.

The Houston Rockets would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-52 run in the second half, shooting forty percent from the field.  During that run, Paul would start to warm up with seventeen points, five defensive rebounds, two assists, and two steals while drilling two three-pointers.  Harden continued to put on a scoring display as he had eleven points, which included a three-pointer in the final quarter.  Eric Gordon had ten points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as the Utah Jazz crept away with a 116-108 win, tying the series up, 1-1.  Joe Ingles finished the game with a playoff career-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden settled for thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.

The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ thirteen-game win streak came to an end in the hands of the Indiana Pacers, who handed them a 106 to 102 loss.  They will look to start up another winning streak as they host the 13-11 Philadelphia 76ers at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid their third straight loss as this game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.

The 76ers and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time they met up on a court was on November 27 as the Ohio team handed the 76ers a 113-91 loss.  In that game, LeBron James scored 30 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists.  Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
John Holland (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Kevin Love (hip; 19.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 46.6 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
London Perrantes (coach’s decision)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Furkan Korkmaz (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
James Michael McAdoo (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Jacob Pullen (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
T.J. McConnell (shoulder; 6.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.2 APG, 51.7 FG%, 56.3 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 23.5 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.6 FG%, 26.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start off very competitive as the Cavaliers shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot forty-five percent.  The 12th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft Dario Saric would chalk up 11 points with one three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Ben Simmons scored eight points while pulling down six defensive rebounds and dishing off five assists.  Robert Covington also had eight points to put with his two rebounds and two assists.  Trevor Booker, who was traded to the 76ers on December 7 in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, played 11 minutes off of the bench as he scored ten points.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James recorded nine points in the first half as he shot only thirty percent from the field.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while J.R. Smith ended up with two three-pointers and one free-throw.  Dwyane Wade scored seven of his own points to add with his four assists while Kyle Korver knocked down two three-pointers.  Jae Crowder settled for four points but he did manage to pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points and five rebounds while the home team went into halftime with a 52-46 lead.

The second half would remain competitive as the Cavaliers shot fifty percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-nine percent.  LeBron James got extremely hot for 21 points which included two three-pointers.  He also managed to get ahold of ten rebounds while giving out nine assists and committing two steals.  Crowder contributed with eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wade scored six points while Korver drilled two three-pointers and one free-throw off of the bench.  Green played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

J.J. Redick chalked up 17 points which included four three-pointers for the 76ers while Covington had 11 points and four rebounds.  Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away with a 105-98 win.  LeBron James finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, and 3 steals.  Robert Covington had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Dennis Schroder (20.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 46 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (5-19) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 234 times with the Cavaliers winning 113 games while the Hawks won 121 games.  The last time they battled each other was on November 30 as the Cavaliers handed the Hawks a 121-114 loss.  In that game, Kevin Love had 25 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 assists while Dennis Schroder finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Louisiana to take on DeMarcus Cousins (26.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (13-13) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This battle will mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The 76ers and the Pelicans have met up a total of 38 times with both the Pelicans and the 76ers pulling 19 games each.

The Cleveland Cavaliers earn their third straight win against the Charlotte Hornets, 115 to 107

The Cleveland Cavaliers earn their third straight win against the Charlotte Hornets, 115 to 107

After a slow start at the beginning of the season, it seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers may have figured all their troubles out.  Coming off of an intense matchup at the Madison Square Garden, the Ohio team is looking for their third straight victory as the visited North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Hornets, who are hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss.  These two teams have met up a total of 103 with the Cavaliers winning 62 games while the Hornets/Bobcats won 41 games.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 42.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Cedi Osman (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
John Holland (G-League)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
London Perrantes (G-League)

Charlotte Hornets:

Michael Carter-Williams (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 12.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Johnny O’Bryant III (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Marcus Paige (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Mangok Mathiang (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Treveon Graham (quadriceps; 4.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 38.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Julyan Stone (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Even though the Cavaliers were successful in this matchup, it didn’t come easy as the Hornets held a 67-61 lead at the end of the second quarter.  LeBron James chalked up 19 points in the first half which included two three-pointers.  He also pulled down four rebounds and dished off three assists while Kevin Love had 14 points, which would hold a three-pointer he drilled in the first three minutes of the game.  J.R. Smith had seven points in the first half to put with his three assists and two defensive rebounds.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench in the first half as he recorded eight points and two rebounds.

Nicolas Batum had 15 points in the first half as he shot seventy-eight percent from the field.  Kemba Walker ended up scoring 12 points which included two three-pointers to add to his six assists that he dished off.  Jeremy Lamb played 14 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up nine points and grabbed four defensive rebounds.  Marvin Williams had three defensive rebounds as the Hornets went into the locker room with a slight advantage.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would respond in the second half as they went on a 54 to 40 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field while keeping the home team to forty percent.  James continued to impress as they threw up 12 points while shooting only thirty-nine percent from the field.  He also dished off five assists while Love had eight points and five rebounds.  Kyle Korver played 14 minutes off of the bench in the second half as he knocked down two three-pointers and two free-throws.

Michael-Kidd Gilchrist tried to keep the Hornets in it as he scored 12 points on eighty-six percent shooting.  He also gobbled up four defensive rebounds while Walker had eight points which held a three-pointer he drilled in the third period.  Cody Zeller played the most minutes off of the Charlotte bench in the second half but was kept to just four points as the Cavaliers came back to win the game, 115-107.  LeBron James finished with 31 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would finish with a season-high 22 points, 6 rebounds, a season-high 2 steals, and 2 blocks. ”It’s easy to hang your head and give up when things get hard, but that’s not who we are as a team,” Dwight Howard said after the loss. ”The guys in this locker room are built better than that.”

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Blake Griffin (23.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.7 APG) and the Los Angeles Clippers (5-8) for the first time this season on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 124 times with the Cavaliers winning 73 of the games as the Clippers/Braves won 51 of them.  The Charlotte Hornets will travel to Illinois to take on Bobby Portis (15.8 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.3 APG) and the Chicago Bulls (2-10) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Hornets and the Bulls have met up a total of 113 times with the Hornets/Bobcats winning 40 games while the Bulls ended up winning 73 of them.

The Cavaliers continue to fight through struggles as they pull away with a 124-119 win over the Bucks

The Cavaliers continue to fight through struggles as they pull away with a 124-119 win over the Bucks

The Cleveland Cavaliers started this season with hope as they acquired players such as Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose during the offseason.  But unfortunately, things would not go well for them so far.  Yes, they handed former player Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics a loss in the season opener but since then, it’s been an up-and-down roller coaster, losing to teams such as the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.

“We got a lot of experience and we’re banking on that.  Eventually, we’re going to figure this thing out,” says J.R. Smith, who is currently averaging five points per game, three rebounds per game, and two assists per game.  With the schedule they have ahead of them, there is no telling when and if they are going to figure it out.  Tonight, they would take on the 4-5 Milwaukee Bucks at the Quicken Loans Arena.

LeBron James played the most minutes for the home team as he exploded for thirty points, hitting one three-pointer in the second quarter and another one in the last quarter.  He nearly notched his 76th triple-double of his career as he pulled down eight rebounds and dished off nine assists.  Former Timberwolves’ forward Kevin Love had an impressive season-high thirty-two points to go along with his season-high sixteen rebounds.  J.R. Smith took advantage of the starting role he was given as he chalked up a season-high twenty points.

Dwyane Wade was coming off a twenty-five-point game against the Hawks as he scored twenty points tonight as the Bucks’ defense.  Iman Shumpert had six points and five rebounds in the nineteen minutes that he played for the Cavaliers.  Tyronn Lue decided to keep Calderon, Frye, Osman, and Zizic out for this game.

Khris Middleton was the player who played the most minutes for the Milwaukee Bucks as he is coming off of a 16-point game against the Detroit Pistons.  He had 20 points in tonight’s game to go along with a season-high eleven rebounds.  He committed three steals while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points against LeBron James.  Malcolm Brogdon ended up settling for a season-high 22 points, which included four impressive three-point shots.  The Cleveland Cavaliers ended up avoiding a second straight loss as they fight and pull away with a 124 to 119 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.  The next game for the Cavaliers will be a somewhat difficult one as they travel to Texas to take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets.