Joe G's Running Game Blog
Final - The Cavs trailed by just four after three quarters at The Q, but the Pacers used a 19-3 run to start the fourth quarter and pulled away to hand the Wine and Gold the 102-79 loss on Saturday. The Cavs shots just 31 percent from the floor -- including 15 percent from long-distance -- and had three players in double-figures. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 15 points. Anthony Bennett added 11 off the bench.
5:50 3Q - This one got away from Cleveland late in the third quarter -- Cavs now trail, 88-68. Mike Brown has emptied his bench -- all rookies and Jermaine Taylor. Guys like Kenny Kadji, Taylor can use this time to impress coaches with roster cuts looming.
End 3Q - If this game has been looking a little ugly and pre-season-y, it's because it is. Cavs now down, 69-65. Cleveland shooting just 33 percent FG and there have been 49 combined PFs. Three Cavs in double-figures -- Kyrie (15 pts), Thompson (11), Waiters (10). Teams combined 5-of-31 from 3pt range. As Joe Tait used to say, "They won't be sending this game tape to Springfield."
2:53, 3Q - Cavs still up, 59-55. Mike Brown giving his starters a longer look tonight, as he talked about pregame. Everyone but Earl Clark is already 20-plus minutes. Kyrie w/15pts, 5reb, 5asst, 5 PF -- one of three starters (along w/Andy, Tristan) with 5 PF. Tristan, 11pts, 8reb; Waiters 10pts.
First half highlight - Anthony Bennett throws the hammer down ...
End 1H - Cavs up, 39-36. Both teams picking up the pace in 2Q, but still shooting poorly - CLE (33 pct) IND (37). Kyrie leads CLE w/11pts, 4asst; Tristan, 9pts, 5reb; Varejao, 6pts, 7reb, 2asst. Cavs still dominating boards, 30-15. Teams are a combined 3-for-21 from 3pt range. D. West leads Indy with 10pts.
First half highlight - Tristan Thompson rejects the Pacers' Roy Hibbert ...
5:49, 2Q - Cavs up, 26-19, holding the Pacers to 23 percent shooting and killing them on the boards, 26-12. Bennett with 4pts, 5reb off the bench; Dellavedova, 4 assists off the bench.
End 1Q - Cavs up, 17-15. Neither team shooting well - CLE, 28 percent; IND, 24 pct. Mike Brown taking a look at several combinations in 1Q. Tristan Thompson, 7pts, 3reb; Kyrie, 5pts, 4asst; Varejao, 6 reb. Both teams, combined 1-10 from 3pt.
2:34, 1Q - Sergey Karasev, Hank Sims and Alonzo Gee check in for the Cavs. Anderson Varejao leaves with six boards -- half of which he had no business grabbing. Pacers shooting 21 percent.
4:22, 1Q - Cavs up, 13-5. They aren't shooting the lights out, but they're holding Indiana to 18 percent shooting. Kyrie has assisted on four of the Cavs' six buckets.
Pregame - Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles are both active tonight after getting the previous game off to rest some minor injuries. Earl Clark gets the start at small forward; Alonzo Gee will start the second half. Tyler Zeller was in the Cavaliers locker room before the game and is dressed on the bench, but there's still no timetable for his return.