Joe G's Running Game Blog

March 14, 2014
Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - CLE 103, GSW 94 ... Another HUGE win on the road for the Wine and Gold, overcoming an early 16-point deficit to take their second straight on the three-game West Coast trip. Spencer Hawes doubled-up with 22 pts and 13 reb; Waiters finished with 18 pts, Kyrie with a strong second half to finish with 16 pts; Luol Deng also notched 16 pts in the win.

1:15, 4Q - CLE103, GSW 94 ... Fans filing out of Oracle Arena as Cavs close in on second straight win on this trip; frustrated Warriors all night; key moment of the game was actually start of second quarter when reserves erased a 16-point lead; Hawes another big game, 22 pts, 13 reb.

5:05, 4Q - CLE 95, GSW 83 ... Cavs starting to put it on GSW, Kyrie cans another long trey to put Cavs up big; Kyrie now w/14 pts; Waiters, 16; Hawes, 18 pts, 13 reb.

End 3Q - CLE 84, GSW 71 ... Cavs get a little separation near end of 3Q, have been really impressive tonight & on West Coast trip, have showed mental toughness in both games; Hawes tip-in at end of 3Q have Cavs up baker's dozen and the crowd is very quiet; Hawes now with 18 pts, 12 reb; Deng, 16 pts, six reb; Kyrie, 9 pts including a LONG trey at end of period; Cavs shooting 53 pct from long-distance.

2:26, 3Q - CLE 74, GSW 68 ... Back and forth we go in 3Q, Hawes and Deng continue to do heavy lifting -- Hawes, 16 pts, 11 reb; Deng, 6-8 FG, 2-2 3pt, 16 pts, 6 reb; Waiters, 12 pts, 5-11 FG -- he and Jack lead CLE w/4 asst each; Cavs 47 pct from three-pt, Warriors, 43 pct.

6:17, 3Q - GSW 62, CLE 60 ... Curry starting to heat up for GSW, now 4-7 3pt FG, leads Warriors w/14; Hawes, 14 pts, 9 reb -- both team-highs for CLE; Waiters, 12 pts off bench; Deng, 10 pts; Cavs shooting 44 pct FG, GSW, 47 pct.

End 1H - GSW 53, CLE 52 ... I can't remember ever coming to this arena and it not being a fun, competitive game between these two teams -- regardless of record. First half didn't disappoint: Cavs fell behind by 16 in 1Q, came back to take a three-point lead behind big push by second unit and it's within a point at intermission. Waiters in the zone, 12 pts, 4 assts; Hawes, Deng, 10 pts apiece; Cavs bench, 28 pts in 1H; David Lee leads GSW w/13 pts; Bogut leads everyone w/10 boards.

5:07, 2Q - CLE 41, GSW 38 ... Waiters cans a three-pointer after stripping Bogut and scoring; Bogut gets T'ed up and Cavs now have the lead after trailing big in the first quarter.

7:15, 2Q - GSW 36, CLE 31 ... Cavs bench to the rescue -- after trailing by as many as 16 in the 1Q, second unit give CLE a big lift -- Delly, 2-2 3pt FG, 6 pts; Zeller, Waiters, 5 pts apiece; second unit already with 19 pts. Cavs on a 15-4 run since start of second period.

End 1Q - GSW 32 CLE 16 ...Warriors come out hot, shoot 52 pct FG in 1Q, Cavs, 33 pct; Hawes leads CLE w/7 pts; Deng, 5 pts, 2-3 FG; Andy, Zeller, 2 pts apiece off bench; David Lee, 9 pts; Crawford, Curry, O'Neal - 5 pts apiece.

2:26, 1Q ... Warriors off to a quick start; Hawes (7 pts), Deng (5 pts) only Cavalier in the boxscore so far. Jarrett Jack picks up two quick PF. Both teams shooting exactly 50 pct so far, but GSW is 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Pregame ... Cavs looking to build off a big win on Wednesday night in Phoenix tonight in Oakland, taking on Steph Curry and the Warriors. The Wine and Gold have done well against the West of late, going 5-2 over their last seven matchups. Cleveland dropped a 108-104 overtime decision to Golden State on Dec. 29 at The Q. Kyrie Irving netted 27 points and nine assists and Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 17 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Mike Brown's defensive system is starting to sink in; since Feb. 8, the Cavs are holding teams to the second-lowest shooting percentage in the NBA -- .431 -- as well as the seventh-lowest points per game -- 97.7. On the season, he Cavs also rank 4th in the NBA in offensive rebounds per contest at 12.6.

Jarrett Jack is a media/fan/arena favorite here in Golden State and Warriors coach Mark Jackson spoke pregame about the veteran guard one day being an assistant coach. Why an assistant and not a head coach?

"I don't know," said Jack. "Some people don't know what lane they fit in. I think I might be a really good assistant coach. I don't know if the head spot if for me. Some people want to sing solo, but you might be a really great backup singer. That might be what's for you."

Jack continued: "There's a lot that comes with that head coaching spot. An assistant lends opinions. I don't know if I'm great at making up an overall game plan for a game. That might not be for me. That's just me talking. There's a lot that goes into that position and people shouldn't take that for granted at all. On the plane sometimes, I turn around and look at coach Brown and it's 2:30 in the morning and we've been on the plane for 3 1/2 hours and his lap top is open, he's writing down notes, he's rewinding, he's looking at our game, he's looking at the next game. To go out and have 15 guys prepared for 82 games, that's not easy. It's managing practice times, how to run a practice. There's a lot that goes into it. It's almost like being a parent. It's not an easy job. But, who knows."

Jack's been very vocal against Western Conference teams this year, especially of late. Against PHX, you could hear him calling out there plays. Even in practice, he's been very vocal with some of the younger players. It's not a stretch to think he'll be on an NBA sideline when his playing days are over.

Starters for tonight: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Hawes