Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 88, IND 74 ... Cavs simply domianted Indy all night -- jumped out to nice lead and never looked back, held Pacers to 38 pct FG; all starters notched double-figures with very even scoring - no player topped 20 pts; Tristan Thompson, doubled-up with 12 pts and 16 reb; Dion Waiters led everyone w/19 pts; Delly and Jack combined for 14 assts, each netted 11 pts; Hawes finishes with 13 pts in the win -- one of Cleveland's most impressive at The Q this season.
2:37, 4Q - CLE 88, IND 74 ... Cavs close to putting this one on ice, one of the most impressive performances of the year, have gone essentially wire-to-wire over East's top team; six Cavs in double-figures - Waiters leads everyone w/19 pts; Tristan 12 pts, 14 reb; Deng, Hawes, 13 pts apiece; Delly, Jack, 11 pts apiece and combined 14 assists.
First half highlights ...
Watch Highlights: First Half
6:52, 4Q - CLE 80, IND 63 ... David West plants an elbow right in Delly's ribs and Hawes comes to his defense -- T's for both West and Hawes, but looks like West might get tossed for shove to Hawes' throat; refs at the table reviewing it; Cavs have a frustrated Indy team that much more frustrated; Dion now leads CLE w/15 pts; Deng, 13 pts; Hawes, 11 pts, 5 reb.
Game highlight - Luol Dent to Tristan ...
Watch Highlight: Deng Oops Thompson
End 3Q - CLE 73, IND 58 ... Cavs very sharp through 3Q, ball movement excellent, CLE has brought more energy, been more physical all afternoon; Deng leads all scorers w/13 pts; Tristan, double-double, 12 pts, game-high 13 reb; J.Jack, 11 pts, 8 reb; Indiana, 13 TO leads to 16 Cavs points; IND, shooting just 45 pct from the line.
3:29, 3Q - CLE 62, IND 49 ... Pacers continue to look disjointed, Cavs the more active, physical team all afternoon; Deng leads CLE w/11 pts; Waiters, 10 pts; Tristan, en route to another double-double -- 8 pts, game-high 11 reb; Jack, 8 pts, game-high 8 asst; Pacers shooting just 36 pct FG; Cavs, 3-5 3 pt FG.
Injury Update - 7:48, 3Q ... Anderson Varejao will NOT return to action tonight after straining his right shoulder late in 1H ...
Game highlight - Dion Waiters with the breakaway dunk ...
Watch Highlight: Waiters Fastbreak Slam
Injury Update ... Anderson Varejao suffered a right shoulder strain late in the first half, his return is doubtful. Updates if necessary ...
End 1H - CLE 49, IND 36 ... excellent 1H for CLE -- depending on new out of the locker room on Varejao; CLE gets off to strong start, shoots 51 pct FG, holds struggling Pacers to 34 pct FG; Waiters leads everyone w/10 pts, 5-8 FG; Delly, 7 pts off bench; Andy, 6 pts, 6 reb before banging right shoulder at end of 1H; Deng, 8 pts, 3 reb, 3 asst; Cavs led by as many as 13 in 1H; Cavs beating Indy on the FG -- 9-4.
1:51, 2Q - CLE 47, IND 34 ... On an entry pass to Deng, Andy did something to his right shoulder, then banged it against Tristan on a rebound; Cavs call T.O. and Varejao goes right to the locker room; updates as they're available ...
5:35, 2Q - CLE 35, IND 32 ... CLE misses a couple of opportunities, but still playing well, Waiters w/10 pts, 5-8 FG; Jack, 6 pts, 4 asst, 2 reb, 1 stl; Andy, 4 pts, already 6 reb off bench; Cavs shooting 48 pct FG, IND, 41 pct.
End 1Q - CLE 25, IND 20 ... Cavs very sharp in 1Q, shoot 55 pct FG to IND's 35 pct; Jack, strong 1Q -- 4 pts, 6 asst, 2 reb; Dion, 3-4 FG, 6 pts; Delly, 4 pts off bench; Cavs led by as many as 8 in first period.
2:14, 1Q - CLE 21, IND 18 ... Indiana back in it, but Cavs still sharp; Waiters still leads CLE w/6 pts; Jack, 4 pts, 4 asst; Tristan, 4 pts but 2 PF; Cavs, 5 pts off bench -- Andy, 2 pts, 2 reb.
6:41, 1Q - CLE 14, IND 7 ... Cavs flip the tables from their previous few games, jump all over Indy to start game, look to have fresher legs; Waiters already with 6 pts; Cavs shooting scorching 78 pct FG (7-9 FG) to start, Indy, 33 pct. In an unrelated note -- yes, that's Pauly Shore at the arena. He's at the Improv tonight.
PREGAME ... Cavs wrap up the month of March this afternoon against Indiana -- the two teams' fourth and final meeting this year. The Cavaliers dropped Friday's decision in Brooklyn, but have still won three of four -- including two straight against Central Divison foes. Cleveland comes into this afternoon's game 3.0 games behind Atlanta with eight games to play in the season.
Dion Waiters and Luol Deng, each coming off 20-point games for CLE. It was Deng's eighth 20-plus-point game as a Cavalier; for Waiters it was his 20th of the season. Andy grabbed 13 boards and a steal on Friday night vs. Brooklyn and he's now just three steals away from becoming the eighth Cavalier player in team history to tally 500 steals. Jarrett Jack has been very good for the Cavs of late -- averaging 15.6 points on .506 shooting over his plast seven games.Here's Coach's pregame -- talking about Kyrie Irving's injury evaluation, Andrew Bynum's tenure with Cleveland and what it'll take to top the Pacers.
Starting lineup: G Jack, G Waiters, F Deng, F Thompson, F Hawes