Joe G's Running Game Blog

October 23, 2013 - Cavaliers vs. Sixers

Final - The Cavs led by seven with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter, but Washington took over from there -- outscoring the Wine and Gold, 39-13, from that point forward and handing Cleveland the 101-82 loss on Wednesday night in Cincinnati. Kyrie Irving finished with 19 points; Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 17 points and 14 boards.

First half highlights Tristan, Kyrie both big in 1H ...

3:23, 4Q - Cavs trail, 91-78. Before Elliot Williams' 3-pointer at the 4:35 mark, the Cavaliers' last points were Kenny Kadji's free throws at the 10:11 mark. The last 11 minutes of this game have belonged to the Wizards, have outscored Cleveland, 18-6 in 4Q. DeSagana Diop enters the game for the first time for Cleveland.

6:29, 4Q - Cavs trail, 81-74. Anthony Bennett just whistled for a flagrant foul, Vesely shooting FT and misses both. Earl Clark, the only starter back in the contest for Cleveland, just checked in. Wizards now shooting 48 percent FG, Cavs down to 35 percent.

End 3Q - Cavs trail for the first time, 73-72 on Trevor Ariza 3-pointer at end of period. Kyrie leads Cleveland with 19 pts, 7-14 FG; Tristan, monster game in the making, 17 pts (7-13 FG), 14 reb; Wizards close 3Q on a 14-4 run to take the lead. Coach empties bench to start 4Q - Delly, J. Taylor, Kadji, Elliot Williams, Sims on the floor.

4:00, 3Q - Cavs still up, 68-60. Kyrie (18 pts, 8-14 FG) again playing off the ball -- something Coach said he wanted to see more of. Delly running the point. Cavs still shooting even 50 percent FG.

8:46, 3Q - Cavs up, 61-48. Again, Coach tinkering with lineups -- Alonzo Gee gets the second-half start at the 2, Kyrie back to point. Tristan Thompson continues to eat up T. Booker, now leads everyone with 16 points.

End IH - Cavs up, 53-41, have led entire way. Class of 2011 killing it again: Kyrie with 13 points in his start at SG; Tristan 12 points, 10 reb, 3 asst; Jack, 5 points, 5 assists. Looks like Mike Brown taking a good look at invitees fighting for roster spots, and all have impressed. Jermaine Taylor, 7 pts, 3-4 FG; Dellavedova, 2 assists, but has run team well; Henry Sims, 4pts, shooting 18-of-23 over last six preseason games.

First half highlight Nice pass from Anthony Bennett to Jermaine Taylor ...

1:35, 1Q - Cavs up, 50-37. Tristan already with a double-double, 12pts, 10reb, 3 asst. Kyrie, 13 pts, 3-of-3 3pt FG; Cavs shooting an even 50 percent from the floor, Washington, 40 pct. Jermaine Taylor, scrapping for a roster spot, 3-4 FG, 7 pts off the bench.

7:12, 1Q - Sitting next to the Cavs bench further illustrates Mike Brown's hands-on coaching style. He never stops barking, teaching, encouraging -- whether it's staters he'll have all year or camp invitees he won't. Some coaches prefer the laid-back approach. The Cavs' bench boss ain't one of them. Starters - T. Thompson and Clark, checking in next dead ball.

End 1Q - Cavs lead, 32-21. Great play by Delly to Jermaine Taylor to end 1Q. After a Beal dunk, Delly pushes the action, flattens the defense and finds Taylor in the corner for the quarter-ending 3-pointer. Kyrie leads CLE with 10 points; Tristan with 10 boards (in just 8 minutes). Jarrett Jack with 5 points and 5 assists.

3:40, 1Q - Cavs lead, 22-13. Kyrie, at the 2 and adjusting, leads everyone with 8 pts, Tristan right behind with 6 and leading everyone with 10 boards. Varejao picks up his second foul early. First subs - Gee for Clark; Bennett for Tristan. Delly, Sims, Jermaine Taylor will check in next dead ball.

Pregame - Jarrett Jack will get the start at the point against Washington; Kyrie Irving moves to the 2. As Coach Brown continues to tinker with his lineups, Earl Clark will start at SF tonight. The big men, as usual, will be Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao.

Before the game, Coach Brown was asked if Anderson Varejao is a better passer currently than he was during Brown's first stint with the Cavs. (Brown talked last week about Andy's shooting being better than it was, and that it used to make him "uptight.") Coach's response was priceless.

"He could pass before and he’s a good passer now. His passes are a little crazier than I prefer, but you kind of live with those types of things coming from him because he plays so hard. But his passing ability has always been a strong point for him, offensively. Yeah, it does get me uptight. But he just plays and it doesn’t matter what you say to him, he just looks at you and says, ‘Yes, coach.’ And then he goes out and throws another behind-the-back pass. So, you can coach some guys. He’s one guy you can’t. "