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The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a five-game losing streak, trying to avoid a sixth consecutive loss tonight.  They will hope to do that as they travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons.  This will mark the first of a six-game road trip that they will be going on.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to defeat the Cavaliers for a second straight time, giving them a second straight win.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was just two days ago when the Pistons crept away with a 115-113 win.  Derrick Rose finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Kevin Love had 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Pistons have met up a grand total of 241 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 106 games while the Pistons went on to grab 135 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dante Exum (illness; 5.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 55.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Larry Nance (knee; 8.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49.2 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
-Kevin Porter (knee; 8.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
-Dylan Windler (leg)
-John Henson (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 54.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Dean Wade (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Levi Randolph (G-League)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 39.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot fifty percent.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond got hot for 20 points while collecting 13 rebounds.  Tony Snell contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Derrick Rose dropped seven points off the bench while recording three rebounds and two assists.  Bruce Brown and Sekou Doumbouya combined for eleven points while Svi Mykhailiuk had just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

On the other end of the court, Cedi Osman chalked up eleven points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Tristan Thompson had nine points while grabbing five boards, giving out one assist, and blocking one shot.  Both Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored eight points each while Kevin Love had just seven points.  Brandon Knight played 12 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Pistons went into halftime with a 61-50 lead.

The visiting team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-41 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field.  During that run, Thompson lit the arena up with 22 points, missing only four of his 14 shots attempted.  He also had nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a block while Garland gave 10 points, included two treys.  Sexton and Love scored a combined 14 points while Cedi Osman was held scoreless.

As for the Michigan ball club, Andre Drummond had eight points while Doumbouya scored three points from beyond the arc.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose played 19 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

The game would be tied at 100 with one minute and twelve seconds remaining.  Derrick Rose would then make a two-point jumper to give the Pistons a lead.  With 24 seconds left, Andre Drummond would commit a costly foul on Tristan Thompson.  As a result, Thompson went to the free-throw line and knocked both of his free-throws.  With the game tied at 102 apiece and one second remaining, Rose would attempt a step back jump shot but missed as the game went into overtime.

During overtime, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot seventy-one percent from the field, missing just two shots.  The Detroit Pistons, on the other hand, completed forty-five percent of their shots, missing six.

With thirty-nine seconds left in the extra period, the game would be tied at 110 apiece.  After a blocked layup by Thon Maker, the Cavaliers would grab the offensive rebound which led to Kevin Love knocking down a clutch three-pointer to give the visitors a three-point lead.

After a Pistons timeout, Derrick Rose committed a costly turnover which was recovered by Alfonzo McKinnie.  With sixteen seconds left, Tristan Thompson took the ball and dunked it to push the lead to five.  After that, Thon Maker responds with a layup, making the score 115-112.

After a Cavaliers timeout, Cedi Osman made a bad pass which was recovered by Drummond.  With three seconds left, Rose would attempt a three-pointer but missed as the Cavaliers held on to win the game, 115-112.  Tristan Thompson finished the game with a career-high 35 points, along with 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks while Andre Drummond had 28 points, 23 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.8 FG%, 32.7 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (26-11) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Detroit Pistons will host Zach LaVine (23.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.2 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 21 when the Bulls handed the Pistons a 119-107 loss.  LaVine finished that game with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Markieff Morris had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

The Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

Friday, December 13, 2019

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to avoid a ninth consecutive loss as they battle the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center tonight.  They are coming fresh off a 116-110 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.  The Spurs, on the other hand, won the last two games in overtime as they try to grab the third win tonight.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Spurs have met up a grand total of 99 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 31 games while the Texas team went on to grab 68 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dylan Windler (stress reaction)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 35.0 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 34.0 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)
-Dean Wade (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 28.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Spurs shot forty-two percent.  Kevin Love got hot for twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also recorded eight rebounds and two assists while Collin Sexton had ten points.  Cedi Osman and Darius Garland combined for 13 points while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Derrick White scored 11 points on eighty-three percent shooting.  Former Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan helped out with six points to go along with three defensive rebounds.  LaMarcus Aldridge only had two points while Rudy Gay dropped a three-pointer.  Patty Mills played 12 minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 54-43 advantage.

The Spurs would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-50 scoring run, shooting sixty-one percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan and Aldridge combined for 25 points while White had six points.  Gay scored six points, as well, while Lonnie Walker dropped four points in the 13 minutes he played off the bench.

As for the Ohio team, Sexton chalked up 14 points while missing only four of his ten shots attempted.  Love helped out with eight points while grabbing eight defensive rebounds.  Thompson scored only two points while Osman had five.  Clarkson got hot for 16 points in the 15 minutes he played off the bench.

With fifteen seconds remaining in the game, the Spurs would obtain a 103-100 lead.  After coming out of a timeout with only seven seconds left, Kevin Love caught a pass from Jordan Clarkson to bury a 26-foot three-pointer to tie the game up.  After a timeout called by the Spurs, DeRozan would try to respond as he attempted a step back jumper but it would miss as the game went into overtime.

During the overtime period, Sexton and Clarkson both scored four points each while Osman and Love drilled a three-pointer each.  As for the Spurs, it was only Aldridge who showed up as he had six points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cavaliers escaped with a 117-109 win.  Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 30 points, as well as 17 rebounds, and 2 assists.  DeMar DeRozan settled for 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Wisconsin to battle Khris Middleton (17.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49.0 FG%, 39.4 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-3) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The last time they met up was on November 29 when the Bucks came away with a 119-110 win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished that game with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Darius Garland had 21 points, 1 rebound, and 6 assists.

The San Antonio Spurs will meet up with Devin Booker (25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (11-13) in Mexico City on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks were coming fresh off wins against the Boston Celtics each.  They looked to grab a second win as LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Last season, the Bucks finished at sixth place in the Eastern Conference but would lose to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The first quarter of the game would be held tightly as the Bucks shot fifty percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot forty-five percent from the field.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would light the floor up with eleven points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He would also do some work on the boards as he grabbed three defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade shot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only be held to four points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists.  Derrick Rose would also score four but he earned two of them from the charity stripe as LeBron James and Jae Crowder would be limited to two points each.  J.R. Smith would also be held to two points but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bucks, California-native Tony Snell would drill two three-pointers to earn himself six points while Malcolm Brogdon would do the exact same thing.  Antetokounmpo would be limited to five points but he did gobble up two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Greg Monroe would come off the bench to score four and pull down three rebounds as both teams would head into the second quarter tied at 25 points apiece.

During the second period, the Ohio team would shoot sixty percent from the field as they limit the home team to forty-eight percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would start to heat up as he chalks up ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also record one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and three assists in the process of doing so.  Brogdon ended up scoring five points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, James would put up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Rose would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he records six additional points, two of those coming from the free-throw line.  Former Utah Jazz’s shooting guard Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Jeff Green would also put up six points.  Kevin Love would play for six minutes as he is held to only two points but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers head into halftime with a 55-49 lead.

In the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Milwaukee Bucks shot forty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would continue to impress as he chalks up eleven more points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Thon Maker would record five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also collect three rebounds as Snell would connect for three while grabbing two defensive rebounds.

As for the Cavaliers, Korver would continue to add to his scoring total as he rallies in three three-pointers, earning himself nine points.  LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would only put up eight points but he did grab two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Crowder would earn eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc as Rose and Wade would be held scoreless.  Love would be held to two points but he managed to pull down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the fourth quarter with an 86-73 advantage.

The Cleveland team would close things out in the fourth quarter as they went on a 30 to 24 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to only thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would add eight more points to his scoring total while connecting for two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would end up chalking up six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Both him and James would shot seventy-five percent from the field while J.R. Smith would come off the bench to score five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Wade would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.

As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo would chalk up eight points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Former Detriot Pistons’ shooting guard Khris Middleton would put up four points as he earned two of them from the free-throw line.  Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown would both come off the bench to hit a three-pointer each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-97 loss.  Lebron James finished the game with twenty-four points, five rebounds, and eight assists as Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

Monday night marked the fifth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in their Finals series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would bounce back in the last game as they hand the Warriors a 137-116 blowout loss.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant would settle for thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  The Warriors looked to close the series out on Monday night as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers would start the game off right as they shoot sixty-three percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-two percent.  LeBron James would score twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would also put up twelve points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He would also grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  J.R. Smith would chalk up five points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards to get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Stephen Curry would earn twelve points, as well, along with two defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant would shoot sixty percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  Former Clippers player, Shaun Livingston, would come off the bench to drop five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Draymond Green would play for eleven minutes only to be held to three points, one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 37-33 lead.

The Oakland team would respond with a 38 to 23 run in the second quarter as Durant heats up for thirteen points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc as he crashes the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Curry would contribute with eight points as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  Stephen Curry would also collect one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound and four assists.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to put up eight points of his own, along with one defensive rebound and two assists.  Green would drop five points while grabbing one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and dishing off three assists.

As for the visiting team, James would add nine more points to his scoring total as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as pulls down two defensive rebounds and throws out one assist.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Irving would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  He would also grab one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds and give out three assists.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Golden State Warriors walk into  halftime with a 71-60 lead.

The Cavaliers would come into the third quarter, sparking a 33 to 27 lead.  During that run, Kyrie Irving would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Canada-native Tristan Thompson would put up seven points while pulling down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  LeBron James would be limited to six points but would grab one offensive rebound, five defensive rebounds and dish off five assists.  J.R. Smith would contribute to the run with six points as he knocks down two three-pointers.

On the other end of the floor, Durant would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Klay Thompson would help out as he drills two three-pointers, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would be limited to five points, collecting three of them from the free-throw line.  Iguodala would come off the bench to earn five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the home team would close the third quarter with a 98-93 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Kevin Durant would throw up eleven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Curry would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to get himself nine points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  He would also take down one defensive rebound while dishing off three assists.  As for the visiting team, James would go off for fourteen points while shooting seventy percent from the field.  He would grab two defensive rebounds and throw out two assists while doing so.  Smith would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Kevin Love would chalk up four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Kyle Korver would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull away with a 129 to 120 victory, winning the NBA Finals, 4-1.  This would also mark the fifth time the Golden State Warriors would win a NBA title and the first time that Kevin Durant would earn a NBA championship.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and five assists.  He would also be named NBA Finals MVP.  LeBron James finished with forty-one points, thirteen rebounds and eight assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

Friday night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cavaliers looked to avoid a series sweep as they host the Warriors in the Quicken Loans Arena.

The home team started the game off right as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field as a team in the opening quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-eight percent.  During the first quarter, Kevin Love would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he earns fourteen points.  He would knock down three 3-pointers as he crashes the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would score eleven points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  LeBron James would put up eight points as he takes down one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and gives out six assists.  J.R. Smith would also help out with two three-pointers.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would chalk up ten points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc and the other five from the free-throw line.  Draymond Green would score seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also jump up to pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with four points.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a 49-33 lead.

In the second quarter, Kyrie Irving would shoot seventy-eight percent from the field to earn himself seventeen points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.   He would also dish off four assists as LeBron James would drop fourteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  James would also grab two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Both Kevin Love and J.R. Smith would each be limited to a three-pointer but Love would also pull down two offensive rebounds.

Eight-time All-Star, Kevin Durant, would chalk up twelve points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc as he pulls down one defensive rebound and throws out two assists.  Shaun Livingston would come off the bench to also shoot eighty percent from the field but was only rewarded with eight points.  Former Indiana Pacers player, David West, would also come off the bench to drop four points while Stephen Curry would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer while Green would score two points.  Green would also dish out four assists while pulling down three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers would enter halftime with a commanding 86 to 68 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Cavaliers shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the third quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-four percent.  James would cool down as he only scores seven points but he would shoot fifty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while Kevin Love would drill two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Former Utah Jazz player, Deron Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points.  Williams would earn three of those points from behind the arc while Irving would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.

On the other end of the court, Durant would throw up twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would shoot thirty-three percent from the field while collecting two offensive rebounds.  Curry would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself eight points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also give out four assists while crashing the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Draymond Green would score five points while pulling down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.  Thompson would only be limited to one three-pointer as the Cleveland team walks into the last period with a 115-96 lead.

The home team would close things out in the fourth quarter as Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight more additional points, which would include two three-pointers.  He would do some work on the boards, as well, grabbing two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while Smith would do the exact same thing.  LeBron James would only score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.

Kevin Durant would be held scoreless in the field but he would collect four points from the charity stripe.  Thompson would also settle for four points but he would earn three of them from the three-point line and the other one from the free-throw line.  Bench player, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw would each knock down a three-pointer while Curry would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless.  Draymond Green would pull down two defensive rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Warriors, 137 to 116.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant ended with thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.

The Golden State Warriors pull away with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

The Golden State Warriors pull away with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

Wednesday night marked the third game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Cavaliers would look to use home court as an advantage and prevent the Warriors from taking a 3-0 lead in the series.

Klay Thompson would start off hot in the first quarter as he drops sixteen points, collecting twelve of them from beyond the arc.  Kevin Durant would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn eight points, including two three-pointers.  He would collect three defensive rebounds as Stephen Curry would knock down two three-pointers to earn six points.  The Warriors would end the first quarter with nine three-pointers made, breaking the NBA record for most three-pointers in a Finals quarter.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James would also go off for sixteen points as he shoots eighty-eight percent from the field.  He would knock down two three-pointers while doing so.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would drill two three-pointers to get himself six points while Kyrie Irving would contribute with six points of his own.  Kevin Love would be limited to only two free-throws as the Warriors end the first quarter with a 39 to 32 lead.

LeBron James would continue his shooting display as he adds eleven more points to his scoring total, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab three defensive rebounds as Kyrie Irving starts to come alive for eleven points of his own.  He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Love would continue to struggle as he only collects four points, earning all of them from the charity stripe.

As for the Golden State Warriors, Durant would collect eight more points as he shoots fifty percent from the field.  He would jump up to grab two defensive rebounds, as well, while Curry would also score eight points.  Curry would earn six of those points from behind the three-point line and the other two from the free-throw line.  Thompson would chalk up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Former Indiana Pacers player, David West, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points as the Oakland team walks in halftime with a 67-61 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would spark a 33 to 22 run in the third quarter as they shoot fifty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to thirty-seven percent.  During that run, Irving would go off for eighteen points while collecting two defensive rebounds.  He would shoot seventy-three percent from the field while Smith would drill two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Three-time NBA champion, LeBron James, would only to be limited to five points as he shoots twenty-nine percent from the field.  He would manage to grab two defensive rebounds and throw out four assists to help his teammates.  Four-time All-Star, Kevin Love, would only be limited to one three-pointer but he would grab two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Curry would chalk up six points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also manage to grab two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds, along with one assist.  Draymond Green would also be limited to six points, collecting two of them from the free-throw line.  Bench player, Andre Iguodala, would contribute with only two points while Patrick McCaw would come off the bench to contribute with the same amount of points as Iguodala.  Klay Thompson would play for ten minutes while being held to two points himself as the Cavaliers would enter the last quarter with a 94-89 lead.

The Warriors would try to finish things off in the fourth period as Durant shoots sixty-seven percent from the field, earning himself fourteen points.  He would earn six of those points from behind the three-point line as he pulls down three defensive rebounds.  California-native Klay Thompson would contribute with seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would pull down two defensive rebounds as Stephen Curry would drop six points.  Curry would also pull down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would chalk up seven more points to add to his scoring total, knocking down one three-pointer in the process of doing it.  James would grab three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds, as well.  The 2011-2012 Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, would put up five points as he shoots thirty-three percent from the field.  Smith would knock down a three-pointer and one free-throw as he is rewarded with four points.

With only fifty-one seconds left in the game, the Cleveland Cavaliers would have a 113-111 lead.  Kyle Korver would attempt a three-pointer but would not connect as Kevin Durant comes down the other end of the court to drill a three-pointer, giving the Warriors a 114 to 113 lead.  Irving would try to answer back with a three-pointer of his own but would be unsuccessful doing it as Korver would be forced to foul Durant.  Kevin Durant would go to the free-throw line to knock down both of his free-throws, giving the Golden State Warriors a 116-113 lead.  Out of a 20-second Cavaliers timeout, LeBron would attempt a three-point jumper which was blocked by Andre Iguodala, eventually resulting in a Cavaliers turnover.  Stephen Curry would get fouled and sent to the free-throw line to knock down both of his foul shots as the Warriors pull away with a 118-113 win, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-one points, nine rebounds and four assists.  LeBron James would finish with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 2-0 lead in series

On Sunday night, the second game would take place between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game would be an easy blowout win for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a 113-91 loss.  In that game, Kevin Durant finished with thirty-eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to bounce back on Sunday in the Oracle Arena as they try to prevent the Warriors from taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

The game would start off right for both teams as each of them shoot fifty-two percent from the field as a team.  Stephen Curry would light the floor up with fifteen points but would collect ten of them from the charity stripe.  He would knock down a three-pointer while Kevin Durant shoots seventy-five percent from the field to collect eight points.  Durant would nail two three-pointers while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off three assists.  He would also steal the ball three times while Draymond Green knocks down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  He would also grab two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Klay Thompson would settle for five points but would pull down three rebounds.

LeBron James would start off with ten points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would also pull down a defensive rebound while throwing out five assists.  Former Timberwolves player, Kevin Love, would also shoot fifty-seven percent from the field but would receive nine points in return.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds while doing so.  Richard Jefferson would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while he collects five points.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc but it was the Golden State Warriors who end the first quarter with a 40 to 34 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to respond as they go on a 30-27 run in the second quarter.  LeBron James would shoot eighty percent from the field to add eight more points to his scoring total.  He would jump up to grab five defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Irving would contribute by dropping seven points while he shot forty-three percent from the field.  Iman Shumpert would come off the bench to score six points but he would earn four of those from the free-throw line.  He would collect three defensive rebounds while Kyle Korver comes off the bench to knock down a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Durant would put up seven points along with four rebounds.  He shot forty-three percent from the field while Thompson would contribute with six points including one three-pointer.  Andre Iguodala would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while dishing out three assists.  Ian Clark would also come off the bench to hit a three-pointer and pull down two rebounds.  Stephen Curry would play for eight minutes only to be held scoreless but the Cavaliers would still go into halftime trailing, 67-64.

The home team would come out of the locker room to spark a 35 to 24 run in the third quarter as they shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Ohio team to thirty-five percent.  During that run, Curry would start to get hot again for twelve points as he knocks down two three-pointers in the process.  He would also crash the boards for seven rebounds while giving out five assists.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would help out with nine points as he earns three of those from behind the arc.  He would also pull down two defensive rebounds as Klay Thompson drains two three-pointers to earn himself six points.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James would chalk up nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds along with two assists.  Kevin Love would also score nine points which would contain a three-pointer, as well.  He would grab three offensive rebounds while Tristan Thompson would be limited to two points but would collect two rebounds to go along with it.  Kyrie Irving and bench player, Richard Jefferson, would also be limited to only two points as the Golden State team enter the last period with a 102 to 88 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the fourth quarter as Durant would chalk up nine more points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process as he grabs four rebounds and dishes off two assists.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up seven points which would contain one three-pointer.  Klay Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores five points, including one three-pointer.  Curry would also throw up five points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the floor, Kyrie Irving would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also dish off three assists while former Heat player, Derrick Williams, would come off the bench to score five points which would hold one three-pointer.  Kevin Love would only be held to a three-pointer as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132-113, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists (his new playoff career-high).

The Golden State Warriors hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a lopsided loss in Game 1, taking 1-0 lead

The Golden State Warriors hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a lopsided loss in Game 1, taking 1-0 lead

Last night marked the first matchup between the first-seed Golden State Warriors and the second-seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.  This matchup would also mark the third straight time these two teams met up in a NBA Finals.  The first time was back in 2015 where the Warriors would defeat the Cavaliers, 4-2, winning the NBA Finals.  The Ohio team would redeem themselves in 2016 as they come back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors, 4-3, winning a NBA Finals for the first time in history.  Each team hoped to break the tie as they looked to take a 1-0 lead in series last night in the Oracle Arena.

The first quarter would be a close one as the Golden State Warriors shot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-one percent.  LeBron James would put up thirteen points while knocking down a three-pointer in this process.  He would also jump up to grab five rebounds along with three assists.  Kyrie Irving would contribute with nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would also drill a three-pointer while Kevin Love would record three defensive rebounds and one three-pointer.  Tristan Thompson would play for the entire quarter only to be held to one rebound and one assist.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would throw up ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He would also give out five assists while four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would also earn ten points while knocking down two three-pointers.  Iguodala would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points, which would include one three-pointer.  JaVale McGee would score four while pulling down five rebounds as the Warriors end the first quarter with a 35-30 lead.

Durant would continue to put on a scoring display as he shoots sixty-three percent from the field in the second quarter to earn himself thirteen more points.  He would also pull down three rebounds as both Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up two points.  Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would also be limited to two points while Draymond Green would grab three defensive rebounds.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight points which would contain one three-pointer.  James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to receive six points as he crashes the boards for six rebounds.  Kevin Love would put up a three-pointer while pulling down nine rebounds.  Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would be limited to one three-pointer off the bench as the Golden State Warriors head into halftime with a 60 to 52 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Warriors spark a 33-20 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Stephen Curry would heat up for fourteen points as he knocks down four three-pointers.  He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while Durant would contribute with seven points, including one three-pointer.  He would grab two defensive rebounds while Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn six points.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so while grabbing five defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, LeBron James would score seven points while shooting thirty-eight percent from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Kyrie Irving and bench player, Richard Jefferson, would help out with five points while Irving would collect three of his points from beyond the arc.  Kevin Love would knock down a three-pointer while grabbing three rebounds but it was the Oakland team that ended the third quarter with a commanding 93-72 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Durant puts up eight more points, collecting six of them from the three-point line and the other two from the charity stripe.  He would also grab two defensive rebounds while former Los Angeles Clippers player, Matt Barnes, would knock down a three-pointer.  Draymond Green would also collect three points of his own as he pulls down two defensive rebounds.  As for the Cleveland team, Dahntay Jones would come off the bench to give seven points.  He would collect three of those points from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with four points.  He would grab six rebounds but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 113-91 victory.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics in a blowout, advancing to the NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics in a blowout, advancing to the NBA Finals

Last night marked the fifth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Cavaliers as they pull away with a 117 to 104 win.  In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists.  Jae Crowder would chalk up twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also score twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assists.  The Cavaliers would hand the Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss in Game 2.  LeBron James would finish with thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jaylen Brown would settle for nineteen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The Celtics would barely escape with a win in Game 3 as they defeat the Cavaliers, 111-108.  Marcus Smart would put up twenty-seven points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Kyrie Irving scored twenty-nine points, two rebounds and seven assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would bounce back as they win the last game, 112-99.  Kyrie Irving would chalk up forty-two points, three rebounds and four assists.  Avery Bradley would settle for nineteen points, five rebounds and three assists.  The Boston Celtics looked to stay alive for one more game as they hosted the Cavaliers in the TD Garden.

The game would start off right for the defending champions as they shoot sixty-four percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Celtics to thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores eleven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also record four rebounds and six assists to go along with that.  Former Timberwolves player, Kevin Love, would chalk up ten points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He would also grab five rebounds as Kyrie Irving would contribute with nine points.  Irving would accomplish that by shooting sixty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while doing so.  Kyle Korver would come off the bench to drill two three-pointers as he receives six points.  On the other end of the court, Marcus Smart would hit two three-pointers himself while Jae Crowder earns five points.  Crowder would shoot fifty percent from the field while pulling down three rebounds.  Avery Bradley would chalk up five points, as well, but it was the Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a huge 43-27 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the home team as former Mavericks player, Deron Williams, comes off the bench to light the floor up with fourteen points in the second quarter.  He would collect six of those points from behind the arc as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field.  James would add nine more points to his scoring total as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would jump up to pull down three defensive rebounds, as well.  Love would only be limited to two free-throws while Tristan Thompson gobbles up two defensive rebounds.  As for the Boston team, Avery Bradley would attempt to bring his team back as he drops fourteen points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as Crowder would put up six points but it was the Ohio team that walked into halftime with a commanding 75-57 advantage.

Cleveland would come out of the locker room to spark a huge 34 to 17 run in the third quarter.  During that run, LeBron James would put on another scoring display as he drops fifteen more points.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he drills 3 three-pointers in the process.  Four-time All-Star, Kyrie Irving, would help out with thirteen points as he shoots seventy-one percent from the field.  He would gather up nine of those points from beyond the arc.  Kevin Love would be limited to one three-pointer but he would gobble up four defensive rebounds as J.R. Smith knocks down a three-pointer.  On the other end of the floor, Kelly Olynyk would chalk up seven points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Bradley would contribute with four points as he only shoots twenty-nine percent from the field.  He would grab three rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that end the third quarter with a 109-74 lead.

The Cavaliers bench would finish things off in the last period as Richard Jefferson scores nine points, knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  Channing Frye would contribute with two three-pointers, two defensive rebounds and two assists.  As for the Celtics, Gerald Green would come off the bench to throw up fourteen points.  He would drill 3 three-pointers in the process but it would not be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics to win the series, 4-1, advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight time to take on the Golden State Warriors.  LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-three points, four rebounds and one assist.  LeBron James would also pass Michael Jordan for the number-one spot for all-time Playoff scoring leaders.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

Tonight marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  The defending champions have not lost a game yet during these playoffs.  Game 1 of this series would end with a Cleveland victory, 116 to 105.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The second game would be a defeat for the Raptors again, as they are handed a 125-103 loss.  LeBron James ended with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would settle for twenty-three points and five rebounds.  The Cleveland team would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 94 win.  LeBron James would chalk up thirty-five points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  DeMar DeRozan would score thirty-seven points, pull down two rebounds and throw out three assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would look to complete a 4-0 sweep tonight as they face the Raptors in the Air Canada Centre.

The game would start off right for both teams as the Raptors would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent.  LeBron James would light the floor up with ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds, along with three assists.  Kyrie Irving would shoot forty-three percent from the field, only earning six points.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  As for the Canada team, Serge Ibaka would chalk up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Former Suns player, P.J. Tucker, would put up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five rebounds while shooting forty percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to five points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while dishing off four assists as both teams went into the second quarter with a tied game, 28 to 28.  The Ohio team would go on a 33-21 run in the second quarter as Kyle Korver would get hot for sixteen points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc.  James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he is rewarded six points in return.  Deron Williams would come off the bench to put up five points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph would throw up seven points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into halftime with a commanding 61-49 advantage.

The Toronto team would return the favor as they go on a 31 to 24 run in the third period, shooting fifty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Cavaliers to forty-three percent.  DeRozan would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He would also give out two assists while Ibaka would also shoot sixty percent, earning himself seven points in return.  As for the defending champions, James would keep his team in it as he adds ten more points to his scoring total, including two three-pointers.  Irving would contribute with seven points and two assists as the Cavaliers would enter the fourth quarter with a 85-80 lead.  The visiting team would finish things off as four-time All-Star, Kyrie Irving, would heat up for eleven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Tucker would try to keep his Canada team in it as he knocks down two three-pointers but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 109 to 102 score, completing the 4-0 series sweep.  LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, nine rebounds and six assists.  Serge Ibaka would finish with twenty-three points, two rebounds and one assist.