Joe G's Running Game Blog

November 4, 2013
by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

FINAL - CLE 93, MIN 92 ... The Timberwolves went on an 8-2 run in the final two minutes to get to within one, but Kevin Love's three-point attempt drew back iron and the Cavaliers -- who once led by 23 -- held on for the win. CJ Miles led Cleveland with 19 points; Kyrie Irving followed up with 15 points, 8 reb, and 6 asst.

3:50, 4Q - CLE 91, MIN 82 ... Back to back turnovers by CLE is allowing MIN to stay in the game. Andy, Tristan, Kyrie, Jack, Gee on the floor for the stretch.

7:05, 4Q - CLE 84, MIN 69 ... CJ Miles has been huge on both ends tonight, 7-11 FG, 2-3 3pt FG, 16 pts, but also 2 blk, 1 stl, 4 reb. Cavs bench outscoring MIN's, 35-15.

End 3Q - CLE 76, MIN 61 ... Cavs a little sloppy to end 3Q after being up 23, but still looking strong -- 51 pct FG, MIN, 30 pct FG. Kyrie leads four Cavs in double-figs with 13 pts.

Check out some First half highlights ...

6:14, 3Q - CLE 69, MIN 47 ... Cavs still rolling, four guys in double-figures: Miles (5-6 FG) 12 pts; Varejao (6-7 FG) 12 pts; Kyrie, 11 pts, 7 reb, 6asst, 1 stl, 1 blk; Tristan (5-7 FG) 10 pts and heading to the stripe ...

First half highlight: C.J. Miles cuts through a pair of defenders and throws down ...

End 1H - CLE 55, MIN 38 ... Kyrie Irving well on his way to first career triple-double, now with 9 pts, 7 reb, 5 asst. CJ Miles, 5-6 FG, leads CLE with 12 pts; Varejao, 5-5 FG, 10 pts, 5 reb. Cavs shooting 55 percent FG, holding MIN to 29 pct. Kevin Martin, only T-Wolf doing damage - 16 pts, 5-10 FG.

7:32, 2Q - CLE 43, MIN 29 ... CJ Miles has been a one-man wrecking crew since entering the game. In five minutes of action, he's 4-4 FG, 2-2 3pt FG for 10 pts and just stripped Jose Berea and hit Gee for the breakaway dunk.

End 1Q - CLE 31, MIN 23 ... Cavs came into game shooting just 38 percent as a team and are at 62 pct after 1Q. Kyrie leading the way with 7 pts, Clark & Bynum w/6 pts apiece. Cavs 11 reb, T-Wolves, 6. Zanesville's Kevin Martin leads all scorers with 13 pts.

1:18, 1Q - CLE 27, MIN 23 ... Cavs offense sharp so far -- 65 percent FG. Kyrie 3-6 FG, 7 pts; Clark 3-4 FG, 6 pts. Other three starters, 6-10 FG. Bynum hits a turnaround baseline hook over Pekovic and made it look easy.

Pregame - Same starting lineup for tonight -- G Irving, G Waiters, F Clark, F Thompson, C Varejao. Andrew Bynum is active tonight and expected to see some action. He might even start to see his minutes get bumped up.

Below is Coach Brown's pregame presser. In it, he spoke about several things, but most notably about rookie Anthony Bennett's struggles. Brown said he urged the youngster to "go out there and have fun and be the animal you were in college."

As usual, Brown's entire presser was insightful and partly-humorous. But scroll to the 11-minute mark to hear his comments on Bennett and an anecdote about his experience with him before he was even drafted last June. The rookie's taken a little bit of heat through three games, but check out Coach's comments and it becomes obvious why Mike Brown was the right guy for this job ....