Joe G's Running Game Blog

December 29, 2013
Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - GSW 108, CLE 104 ... Kyrie's three-pointer at the end of regulation send the game to overtime, but Stephen Curry's long two at the end of the extra session gave Golden State enough breathing room to hand the Wine and Gold their fifth straight defeat, falling, 108-104, on Saturday evening at The Q. Irving led the Cavaliers with 27 points and CJ MIles and Tristan Thompson added 17 points apiece in the loss.

7.1, OT - GSW 108, CLE 104 ... Curry's long two-pointer gives GSW two-posession lead, he leads everyone w/29 pts - 10-23 FG

2:04, OT - CLE 104, GSW 102 ... Official's reviewing Waiters last drive, called it CAvs way but this could be reversed; Kyrie leads CLE, 27 pts, 9 asst

End 4Q - GSW 99, CLE 99 ... Kyrie Irving's bomb ties the game at 99-apiece, headed to OT again at The Q. Refs meeting at halfcourt. Did the Cavs try to call TO at end of regulation after Curry's runner attempt at buzzer?

16.9, 4Q - GSW 99, CLE 96 ... back and forth in the closing seconds, Draymond Green gives GSW 3-pt lead on trey off David Lee pass; Cavs w/ball but out of TO.

5:31, 4Q - GSW 91, CLE 88 ... Sloppy start to 4Q, both teams cool to start quarter; GSW killing CLE on points in the paint, 40-20; Curry still leads everyone w/27 pts; Kyriel leads CLE w/18 and headed to the stripe.

First half highlight - Earl Clark rejects David Lee ...

End 3Q - CLE 84, GSW 82 ... Cavs head into 4Q in a shootout with Warriors, not the team you want to match shot-for-shot; four Cavs in double-figures, led by MIles (17), then Irving (16), Thompson (13) and Jack (10); Cavs 9-of-13 from long-distance, GSW out-rebounding Cavs, 38-28

1:53, 3Q - CLE 82, GSW 80 ... Cavs trying to hold on to early lead, both teams now shooting 47 pct FG; Curry now w/27 pts; CJ Miles leads Cavs w/17 pts; Kyrie w/16; GSW has outscored Cavs, 25-18, in 3Q; Cavs shooting 75 pct (9-12) on 3pt FG

End 1H - CLE 64, GSW 55 ... Warriors look like a team just starting a seven- game trip (except for a red-hot Stephen Curry) and Cavs look as sharp offensively as they have all year -- top 1st H scoring total of the season; Kyrie leads three Cavs in double-figures w/12 pts, 5 asst; Tristan, Jack - 10 pts apiece; Curry scores 8 pts in final 3 minutes of 1H as GSW cuts 16-point edge to nine, now with 24 pts (5-5 3pt FG) to lead everyone.

5:44, 2Q - CLE 49, GSW 33 ... Cavs still dominating GSW offensively, shooting 52 pct FG; Kyrie leads CLE w/12 pts, 4-5 FG; Zeller, sharp off the bench, 6 pts; Clark, Thompson, 6 pts apiece; Curry leads everyone w/12 pts.

End 1Q - CLE 35, GSW 26 ... Cavs have scored 69 pts in last two quarters and were one off their highest output of the year in 1Q; CLE shooting 52 pct, holding GSW to 35 pct; Kyrie, Varejao, Clark, combined 7-of-7 FG; Irving leads CLE w/9 pts; Curry leads everyone w/10; Varejao, 4 pts, 5 reb, 1 asst.

4:50, 1Q - CLE 30, GSW 18 ... Cavs beating Warriors at their own game, shooting 71 pct FG, all starters in scoring column, led by Kyrie 3-3 FG, 9 pts; CJ Miles, 7 pts, 3-5 FG, Cavs up on the break, 7-2.

Pregame - Coach Brown, in his pregame presser, talks about the opportunity that Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett will now have with the Andrew Bynum situtation still unfolding. Mike Brown deferred all questions about Bynum, instead focusing on Sunday's game. Chris Grant will likely address the situation later this week.

[And to be clear, Andrew Bynum was not "suspended indefinitely," as it had been reported in several outlets yesterday. He was suspended for Saturday's game vs. Boston (without pay) and excused by the team indefinitely (with pay).]

Cavs come into Sunday's matchup looking to snap a four-game skid. They're 3-1 against the Western Conference at The Q this season, holding the west under 40 pct FG shooting in three of four contests. We'll see how the rotation changes affect Cleveland's second unit, which comes into the game vs. Golden State as the highest scoring group in the East. In Dion Waiters' last five games, he's averaging 19.8 ppg on 50 pct FG shooting. In Kyrie Irving's last eight contests, he's averaging 27.8 ppg. He's shot 50 pct FG in four of his last five games.

Starting lineup will remain the same as Saturday's: G Irving, G Miles, F Clark, F Thompson, C Varejao