#CavsGrizzlies Game Preview - December 2, 2017

Quicken Loans Arena 7:30 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (15-7) host the Memphis Grizzlies (7-14) at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night as they aim for their 11th win in a row. Tipoff from The Q is at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

After dropping the Atlanta Hawks, 121-114, on Thursday night, the Wine & Gold continue to roll past opponents as their win streak reaches double digits.

With ten-straight victories, the Cavaliers are a force to be reckoned with thanks to their outstanding shooting. Cleveland has scored at least 100 points in all 10 games during the win streak. The last time the Cavs have won 10 straight games while also scoring at least 100 points was April 4-21, 1993.

In total, the Wine & Gold are averaging 112.5 points over their past ten contests, outscoring opponents by an average of 10.2 points over that stretch. They are also averaging 23.8 assists, while shooting .384 from deep and .800 from the foul line.

Following their win in Atlanta, the Cavs finished the month of November with a 12-3 record (7-1 on road) and had their most wins in a month since January 2016 (13-3).

Against the Hawks, the team shot 41-79 (.519) from the field and set a season-high with 30 assists. The Cavaliers also put on a three-point clinic, posting a season-high 18 treys in Thursday’s win. This increases their streak to 11 straight games with at least 10 triples. They are averaging 13.7 threes per game in that span (.388 3FG%).

Saturday's showdown will be a matchup against two teams trending in opposite directions as Memphis comes to The Land on a nine-game losing streak. On November 27, J.B. Bickerstaff took over for David Fizdale as the club's bench boss after Fizdale was let go by the organization.

While the team is still trying to find its identity, the Grizzlies will look to longtime leader Marc Gasol as they aim to get back on the right path. Gasol, who has played the five spot in Memphis since 2008 and just passed Zach Randolph for most field-goals-made in franchise history in his squad's November 29 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Grizzlies will face the Cavs in the second leg of a back-to-back series tonight after they fell to the Spurs again yesterday by a score of 95-79. In the loss, Gasol led his team in scoring with 16 points as well as 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Ben McLemore followed, notching 14 pts and two rbs.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

Programming Note: On Saturday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Blue Jackets – Capitals (7:00 p.m.) and the Cavs – Grizzlies game (7:30 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#81 - Jose Calderon

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#23 - Ben McLemore

#12 - Tyreke Evans

#24 - Dillon Brooks

#0 - JaMychal Green

#33 - Marc Gasol

Status Update: (Cavs) - Isaiah Thomas, (Right hip, Out), Derrick Rose, (NWT, Out), Tristan Thompson, (Left calf strain, Out), Iman Shumpert, (Left knee effusion, Out)

Status Update: (Grizzlies) - Brandan Wright, (Groin, Out), Mike Conley, (Left achilles, Out), Wayne Selden Jr., (Right quad, Out), Chandler Parsons, (Right ankle, Questionable), Mario Chalmers, (Right ankle, Questionable),

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Saturday's contest between the Cavaliers and Grizzlies will be the first of two during the 2017-18 season. The two clubs split their 2016-17 series with each team picking up a win on their home floor.

Cleveland holds a 16-4 all-time home record against the Grizzlies. Defensively, the Cavs have held Memphis to under 100 points in 13 of the 20 contests at The Q, including nine of the last 11. Also in their 20 home meetings, Cleveland has limited the Grizzlies to an average of 94.0 points on .444 shooting from the field, including .314 from three-point range.

The last time these two teams faced off at The Q, Cleveland picked up a 103-86 win on Dec. 13, 2016. That night, three players had at least 20 points and five rebounds (Kevin Love-29/13, LeBron James-23/6, J.R. Smith-23/5) for the Cavs, who held the Grizzlies to 35-86 (.407) shooting from the field, including just 4-22 (.182) from beyond the arc.

Following Saturday's battle, the Cavs and Grizzlies will meet one more time this year when they tipoff again in Memphis on February 23, 2018.


Game Promotions

12"X17" FATHEAD DECAL GIVEAWAY

TOY DRIVE presented by Step2

With the holiday season upon us, the Cavaliers are donating toys, and encouraging their fans to join them, to help make the holidays special for children in our community. Beginning now through Saturday, December 9th, they will be holding their annual Toy Drive, presented by Step2, as part of the Cavaliers Season of Giving, presented by Nestlé Baking. MORE INFO


On Deck

After the final whistle sounds Saturday night, the Wine & Gold will hit the road on Monday when they travel to the Windy City to battle the Chicago Bulls at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Following Monday's contest, the Cavs will then head back to The Land to tipoff against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

FIND SEATS | FULL SCHEDULE

LeBron James Scores 34 vs Grizzlies | Dec. 2, 2017

LeBron James scores 34 points and dishes out 12 assists against the Grizzlies.

Cavs vs. Grizzlies - December 2, 2017

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LeBron James Scores 34 vs Grizzlies | Dec. 2, 2017

LeBron James scores 34 points and dishes out 12 assists against the Grizzlies.
Dec 2, 2017  |  02:00

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 116, Grizzlies 111

LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers with 34 points to continue their 11th game winning streak by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 116-111.
Dec 2, 2017  |  02:26

#CavsGrizzlies On-Court Postgame: LeBron James - December 2, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton following Saturday’s 116-111 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 2, 2017  |  02:19

#CavsGrizzlies Postgame: Dwyane Wade - December 2, 2017

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Saturday’s 116-111 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 2, 2017  |  04:55

#CavsGrizzlies Postgame: Coach Lue - December 2, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Saturday’s 116-111 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 2, 2017  |  04:15

#CavsGrizzlies Postgame: LeBron James - December 2, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Saturday’s 116-111 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 2, 2017  |  04:41

#CavsGrizzlies Postgame: Kevin Love - December 2, 2017

Cavaliers center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Saturday’s 116-111 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 2, 2017  |  03:47

#CavsGrizzlies Postgame: Channing Frye - December 2, 2017

Cavaliers center Channing Frye spoke with the media following Saturday’s 116-111 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 2, 2017  |  04:55

Highlight in freeD: LBJ's Slam Dunk

Experience LBJ's second-quarter monster jam with this freeD highlight.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:13

Highlight in freeD: JR's Corner Three

Experience JR Smith's deep corner trey with this freeD highlight.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:15

JR Throws the Hammer Down

JR Smith goes for the slam and nails it midway through the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:15

LeBron Buries Second-Quarter Buzzer Beater

LeBron James knocks down a perfect fadeaway shot to beat the buzzer and put the Cavaliers up 66-52 at halftime against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:16

DWade Creates a Beautiful Reverse Layup

Dwyane Wade shakes and bakes a few defenders before throwing up a behind the back layup attempt in the second quarter.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:10

Green Brings Down the House

Jeff Green flies through numerous Memphis defenders as he jams the ball for a huge second-quarter dunk.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:15

Featured Highlight: LeBron Throws Down

LBJ coasts to the rim with a staggering two-handed dunk in the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:12

LBJ Says 'Get That Weak Stuff Outta Here'

LeBron is "More Driven" after denying a Memphis layup in the paint with a huge block Saturday night during the first quarter.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:16

KLove Draws Four-Point Play

Kevin Love is able to get to the charity stripe after taking a foul on a successful three-point attempt.
Dec 2, 2017  |  00:10

#CavsGrizzlies Shootaround: LeBron James - December 2, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Saturday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
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