Joe G's Running Game Blog

by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

FINAL ... Anderson Varejao hit two huge baskets down the stretch and Kyrie Irving sealed the deal with four straight free throws as the Wine and Gold won their home opener on Wednesday night. Tristan Thompson led Cleveland with 18 points and eight boards; Irving finished with 15 points, nine assists and seven boards in the win.

28.1, 4Q ... CLE 93, BKN 91 - After a very questionable offensive foul call against Tristan, Andy bails Cavs out again -- hits a jumper late in the shot-clock as Kyrie ran out of options.

1:43, 4Q ... CLE 91, BKN 86 - MUCH-needed bucket from Varejao, nice wraparound feed from Kyrie. Waiters & Irving, now 11pts apiece; Tristan 8-13 FG, 18pts, 8reb. Andy, 8pts, 8reb, 3asst, 1blk.

7:33, 4Q ... CLE 82, BKN 82 - Jason Terry cans two straight 3's and BKN goes on a 12-3 run to tie the game. Cavs, four tunovers in last four minutes to let Nets back into it. Tristan, leading scorer (18) and rebounder (7). Kyrie, not shooting well (3-12 FG), but leads CLE w/7 asst.

End 3Q ... CLE 79, BKN 70 - Anthony Bennet finally got off the shneid late in the third, canning his second free throw. The rookie has looked like one tonight, is 0-4 FG (0-3 3pt FG). Tristan leads CLE w/18 pts (8-12 FG, 2-2 FG), 7reb. Starting backcourt just 7-22 FG (combined 18pts), but J. Jack an efficient 12pts off bench. Cavs outrebounding BKN, 35-28, and have committed just 6 turnovers. Cavs open 3Q with Zeller, Miles, Bennett, Gee & Jack.

First half highlights ...

5:52, 3Q ... CLE 67, BKN 62 - Cavs start second half on 7-0 run, Kyrie starting to heat up, now with 7pts to go with 5asst, 3reb. Tristan leads all starters, 14pts, 7reb.

End 1H ... CLE 49, BKN 48 - Strong end to 1H for Kyrie and Dion Waiters -- combined 6 pts in final 2 min+ of the quarter. Jarrett Jack leads team w/12pts; Tristan, CJ Miles, 10 pts apiece. Brook Lopez leads all scorers with 15. Bynum's line: 1-5 FG, 3pts, 2blk, 2asst, 3 reb. BKN shooting 44%, Cavs, 38%.

2:01, 2Q ... BKN 47, CLE 47 - Kind of a surprise here at the end of 1H, Tyler Zeller enters the game in place of Anderson Varejao. His first action since the Wine and Gold Scrimmage. Didn't see any action in the preseason.

3:09, 2Q ... BKN 44, CLE 41 - Mike Brown has to feel good about this - his starting backcourt is a combined 0-8 FG and his squad is only down 3. Cavs starters, 14 pts; bench, 27 pts.

Here's a look at the new player intro video ...

8:06, 2Q ... CLE 34, BKN 32 - Bynum has been very active, but J. Jack has been the Cavs catalyst -- now with 12pts, 2reb, 2asst. Cavs starters haven't been back in the game since late in 2Q - Tristan and Andy both just check back in. Bynum, 3pts, 2blk, 3reb, 2asst. Big man's been everywhere.

End 1Q ... CLE 27, BKN 26 - Cavs overcome a rough start to take lead on Jarrett Jack's two free throws, part of his game-high 10 pts, 2-3 FG, 5-6 FT. CJ Miles, 2-2 FG, 5pts. Bynum, 3:40 of action, no points, 2 boards. BKN, 43% FG, CLE, 41%.

3:40, 1Q ... BKN 21, CLE 15 - The big man has just checked in. Andrew Bynum enters the game for the Wine and Gold to a standing ovation.

6:04, 1Q ... BKN 14, CLE 10 - Kyrie picks up his second foul and Jarrett Jack makes his first regular season appearance in a Cavs uniform. Tristan and Andy with 4pts apiece.

9:46, 1Q ... BKN 10, CLE 2 - Paul Pierce scores 6 quick points and Brooklyn's 4-of-5 from the floor in the early-going. Cavs get their points on a follow-up dunk from Earl Clark.

Pregame ... And yes, that is Usher sitting next to Dan Gilbert along the baseline in front of Cleveland's bench.

Pregame ... New Cavaliers video open was incredible and the arena is thumping. The song, by Armin van Buuren, is “We Are Here To Make Some Noise” and includes a song lyric from Bones Thugs n Harmony’s song titled East 1999… “Cleveland is the city where we come from so run.” It was produced by the Cavaliers in-house QTV production team in conjunction with local video production company Think Media Studios.

Pregame ... More to follow, but here are just the shoes that Sergey Karasev and Carrick Felix wore into the arena. It just gets more ridiculous from there ...

Pregame ... Tonight's starters: Irving, Waiters, Thompson, Varejao, Clark. The inactives for tonight are rookies Sergey Karasev and Carrick Felix. Andrew Bynum will be active tonight ... the Cavs come into tonight's home opener as the second-youngest team in the NBA ... Cavaliers rookies entered the arena wearing some funky outfits as punishment for forgetting to pick up donuts for the veterans (photos and video to follow) ...

Coach Mike Brown talks pregame about his return to the sideline in Cleveland, his young squad becoming a "no-excuses" team and, of course, the availability of center Andrew Bynum in tonight's home opener vs. Brooklyn ...