Joe G's Running Game Blog

December 17, 2013
Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - POR 119, CLE 116 ... The Cavaliers trailed by eight with 1:18 to play, but Kyrie Irving scored nine quick points in under a minute to help Cleveland tie the game at 116 apiece. But Damian Lillard canned a long three-pointer with .4 to play to snap the Wine and Gold's home streak at four. Irving and Dion Waiters finished with 25 points apiece, with Kyrie adding 10 assists.

.4, 4Q - POR 119, CLE 116 ... Damian Lillard cans a LONG three-pointer to put POR up 3. Cavs have time for a (very) quick catch and shoot. Lillard did the same thing to DET in OT on Sunday night.

7.1, 4Q - POR 116, CLE 116 ... Kyrie drives and gives to a trailing Andy who sinks the layup. POR with last possession (maybe)

16.5, 4Q - POR 116, CLE 114 ... Aldridge misses a turnaround jumper, Cavs can get the last possession if they choose. Cavs were down 8 with 1:18 to play.

33.8, 4Q - POR 116, CLE 114 ... Kyrie scores nine points in the last 61 seconds to get Cavs to within a point; five on the floor: Jack, Irving, Gee, Varejao, Thompson.

5:55, 4Q - CLE 101, POR 101 ... Still knotted up, been back and forth all night -- 10 ties, 23 lead changes, neither team has led by double-figures; Dion, now with 8 pts in 4Q, leads Cavs with 22; Cavs still with just 5 turnovers.

End 3Q - CLE 83, POR 83 ... You know you're facing a team that can light it up when you're shooting 50 pct FG and have committed just 5 turnovers and you're trailing; five Cavaliers in double-figures, led by Kyrie w/16 pts; Waiters, Thompson, 14 pts apiece; Bynum 13 pts; Jack, 10 off the bench; Cavs second unit topping POR, 32-16; Lillard leads everyone w/24 pts, 5-8 3pt FG.

2:22, 3Q - CLE 83, POR 83 ... Fun game at The Q; Delly takes a nice feed from Waiters, splashes home 3-pt at shot-clock buzzer to tie the game; four Cavs now in double-figures, led by Kyrie - 16 pts, 6-15 FG, game-high 9 assists; Dion, 12 pts off bench, 5-9 FG, 5 assists; Bynum, 13 pts, 7 reb in 22 min; Tristan, 14 pts, 6 reb.

Take in some First half highlights ...

End 1H - CLE 59, POR 55 ... After a pair of off games, Bynum really asserting himself vs. Lopez on Tuesday -- now leads CLE with 13 pts (6-12 FG) and 7 boards; Waiters w/10 pts off bench; Kyrie, Miles, Tristan, Jack -- all w/8 pts; Cavs committed just 2 TO in the first half; Cavs shooting 49 pct FG

7:18, 2Q - POR 42, CLE 40 ... Blazers heating up, but Cavs sticking with them; Lillard (13 pts) and Aldridge (11) lead everyone; Kyrie and Miles, 8 pts apiece; Waiters with 7 pts (3-6 FG) off the bench.

End 1Q - CLE 28, POR 26 ... Aldridge gets a gift foul to end 1Q, Cavs up by a deuce; both teams shooting 43 pct FG; starting backcourt, Miles & irving, 8 pts apiece; Bynum, 6 pts, 6 reb; both teams even, 6-6, on FB; Blazers - 6 TO to Cavs' 1.

5:41, 1Q - CLE 18, POR 11 ... Good start for Cavaliers, getting Bynum involved early -- big man already with 4 pts, 4 reb; Kyrie leads everyone with 8 pts - 2-4 FG, 3-3 FG.

Pregame ... Cavaliers have won four straight at The Q, Blazers have won for straight overall and are current the best in the West at 21-4; both teams also feature the respective Conference Players of the Week -- Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge; last time these teams met at The Q, Nicolas Batum drilled an incredible three-pointer from the corner in overtime to stun the Wine and Gold; Cavs have won seven of the last nine from the Blazers in Cleveland.

Here's Mike Brown's pregame presser in which he talks about the matchup with Kyrie and Damian Lillard, how he'll try to guard LaMarcus Aldridge and whether Dion Waiters -- who banged knees with Tyler Zeller in practice on Monday -- will go on Tuesday night.

Same starting lineup (that's gone 5-2 since being assembled) tonight vs. Blazers: G Irving, G Miles, F Gee, F Thompson, C Bynum