Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - BOS 111, CLE 99 ... Despite cutting a huge Boston lead to 12 late in the contest, the Cavaliers were never in it on Saturday night and dropped their second straight, with Boston sweeping the season series, 3-0. Seven Cavaliers notched double-figures in the loss -- with Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack finishing with 15 points apiece. Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
5:06, 4Q - BOS 107, CLE 83 ... Tristsan scores on three straight buckets and Cavs cut it to 24 after BOS extended their lead to 33, but still have a long way to go and short time to do it; Tristan with 35th double-double of the season, 11 pts, 10 reb; J.Jack w/13 pts off the bench; Dion, Kyrie, 15 pts apiece.
Game highlight - Hawes hits Dion ...
Watch Highlight: Hawes Finds Waiters
End 3Q - BOS 89, CLE 58 ... The beat goes on after 3Q, Cavs cut it under 20, but Boston bounced back and in total control -- Olynyk, 25 pts, 11 reb, Bradley, 25 pts, 8 reb; Kyrie, Dion, only two Cavs in double-figures, 15 pts apiece, but combined 9-30 FG; Thompson leads Cavs w/10 reb, but CLE not much production from anywhere else; Cavs shooting 32 pct FG.
6:38, 3Q - BOS 72, CLE 51 ... Cavs make a small dent in 3Q, but Boston runs off two straight buckets to go back up by 20; two Cavs in double-figs - Kyrie w/15 pts, Dion now w/11, but both 7-for-25 combined shooting; Cavs shooting 33 pct FG, BOS, 47 pct FG; Tristan leads Cavs w/10 reb.
End 1H - BOS 60, CLE 42 ... Defense not as bad as last night in Milwaukee, but Coach won't be pleased in halftime locker room; Cavs shoot just 33 pct FG in 1H, allowing Olynyk a career game -- now with 20 pts, 8 reb; Kyrie leads CLE w/13 pts, but just 3-10 FG; Hawes leads CLE w/7 reb; BOS w/three players in double-figs, lead by Olynyk, Bradley (15), Green (11).
5:53, 2Q - BOS 43, CLE 28 ... Bradley follow-up dunk off Olynyk miss makes Coach Brown call timeout, give Cavs an earful during break, Cavs now down 15, still shooting just 30 pct FG; Olynyk, Bradley, 12 pts apiece for BOS, Jack leads Cavs w/5 pts off bench.
End 1Q - BOS 28, CLE 18 ... Cavs not looking sharp in 1Q, shooting just 25 pct FG in 1Q; Kyrie, Tristan both w/4 pts, Thompson 3 reb; Hawes, 3 reb, 3 pts; Celts have led by as many as 13 in 1Q; Jeff Green leads both teams w/8 pts.
2:17, 1Q - BOS 26, CLE 15 ... Boston shooting 53 pct FG, Cavs just 30 pct; Tristan, 4 pts, 3 reb; Hawes, 3 pts, 3 reb; Jeff Green, 8 pts, Olynyk, Bradley, 7 pts apiece for Celtics.
PREGAME ... Cavaliers wrapping up the regular season with a pair of contests -- tonight against Boston and Wednesday vs. Brooklyn to wrap up the 2013-14 campaign. Cavs have won three of their last four games and have held their last four foes under 40 percent shooting. On the season, Cleveland has the 3rd-best home defense in the league -- trailing only Indiana and Chicago. This is the third and final meeting between the Cavs and Celtics this season. The Cavs have dropped the first two games, both in Boston.
Dion Waiters is coming off a team-high 23-point effort last night against Milwaukee -- his ninth 20-point game in his 13 games since returning to the starting lineup. Tristan Thompson notched his 34th double-double of the season in Friday's loss. His 34 double-doubles are good for 5th-best in the Eastern Conference.
Here's Coach Brown's pregame presser, talking about Tristan Thompson's dependability, the health of Anthony Bennett and what he sees this summer for some of Cleveland's youngsters. He also confirms that Luol Deng is again OUT for tonight's matchup with the Celtics.
Tonight's starters: G Irving G Waiters, F Gee, F Thompson, C Hawes