Joe G's Running Game Blog

March 1, 2014
Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - MEM 110, CLE 96 ... Playing the fourth game in five nights, the shorthanded Cavaliers ran out of gas in the second half of Saturday's game as Memphis pulled away down the stretch to hand Cleveland the 110-96 loss. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 28 points and Tristan Thompson followed up with 18 pts and 8 boards.

1:29, 4Q - MEM 102, CLE 94 ... Memphis on a 7-0 run behind Mike Conley, Z-Bo, Gasol defense; Cavs need a hoop and a stop ...

4:24, 4Q - MEM 95, CLE 92 ... Cavs, Kyrie (24 pt) continuing to attack, drawing closer on Kyrie hoop over Conley; Tristan, 8-10 FG. Setting up for a great finish ...

7:00, 4Q - MEM 93, CLE 87 ... Cavs keeping it close, both teams shooting well so far in 4Q; Kyrie leads CLE w/21 pts; Tristan, 18 pts; Zeller, 9 pts off bench, including nice baseline slam over Gasol.

End 3Q - MEM 87, CLE 80 ... Memphis turned tables on Cavs in 3Q, outscore CLE, 33-15; Randolph with huge quarter, now w/19 pts, 11 reb; Cavs struggled to shoot in 3Q, but closed with a couple big stops and huge bucket by Kyrie (21 pts, 9-13 FG); Tristan, 18 pts, 7 reb; Hawes, Deng, 11 pts apiece.

First half highlights ...

6:15, 3Q - CLE 73, MEM 73 ... Grizz have turned up the heat defensively, cooled off Cavs; Memphis on a 19-6 run, Z-Bo getting it going, 14 pts, 7 reb -- 8 pts in 3Q; Kyrie, 19 pts; Tristan, 14 pts, 6 reb.

End 1H - CLE 65, MEM 54 ... Cleveland shredding Memphis in 1H, have just pushed tempo all game, running Memphis' bigs; Cavs, sharp passing, good shooting -- 61 pct FG; Kyrie, 6-9 FG, 3 asst, 2 stl; Hawes, 3-3 3pt FG, 11 pts; Tristan, 6-7 FG, 14 pts, 5 reb; Zeller, 7 pts, 3 reb, 2 blk off bench.

5:03, 2Q - CLE 52, MEM 42 ... Cavs still looking strong, pushing pace, frustrating Grizz inside game; Kyrie leads everyone w/13 pts, 6-8 FG, 2 stl, 2 asst; good production again from bench - Zeller, 7 pts; Bennett, 4 pts, 2-3 FG; Thompson, 9 pts, 4 reb.

End 1Q - CLE 30, MEM 22 ... The Cavs owned the first quarter, but Marc Gasol closed it nicely for MEM, canning a 55-foot heave at the buzzer; Cavs shoot 60 pct FG; Tristan, 4-4 FG, 9 pts, 4 reb; Kyrie, 3-5 FG, 7 pts, 2 stl; Hawes, 2-3 FG, 6 pts.

3:09, 1Q - CLE 22, MEM 17 ... Just like Wednesday night against a West team on the second night of a back-to-back, the Cavs look like the team with fresher legs; nice start for Wine and Gold -- Cavs shooting 62 pct FG; Tristan, 8 pts, 3 reb; Hawes, 6 pts, 2 reb; good, quick ball-movement.

Pregame ... Cavs looking to win their third straight over the Western Conference and three straight overall; Cavs have beat the last four Western Conference opponents by an average of 12 points apiece; Cleveland has also won four of its last five contests; Cavs have done it all while fitting in Spencer Hawes and getting by without three key components: Waiters, Varejao and CJ Miles, all of whom didn't travel with the team and remain out. Anthony Bennett will give it a go tonight.

Tristan Thompson will have his work cut out for him tonight, but comes in netting double-doubles in seven of the last nine games; Hawes also doubled-up last night with 13 points and 16 rebounds; Hawes is averaging 14.0 points and 10.4 boards in five games with the Wine and Gold; Kyrie is coming off his first career triple-double -- 21 pts, 12 asst, 10 reb; Kyrie's handed out at least nine assists in each of his last three games.

Cavs looking to sweep season series against Memphis after topping Grizz in overtime, 91-83, on February 9 at The Q.

Starting lineup: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Hawes