#CavsWarriors Game Preview - January 15, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena 8:00 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (26-16) return to The Land on Monday for a Martin Luther King Day showdown with the Golden State Warriors (35-9). Tipoff from The Q is at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Cleveland will aim to get back on track following a tough road trip and get off to a strong start to their upcoming three-game homestand.

The Cavaliers have proven that they can turn things around when they play at The Q this season. In fact, Cleveland has won 13 consecutive games at The Q (since November 7), their longest home win streak in a single season since the 2014-15 season (18-straight, 1/19/15-4/5/15). Over this stretch, the Cavs are averaging 114.3 points (.506 FG%, .411 3FG%) and 25.9 assists and have shot at least .500 from the field in each of their last five home games.

When it comes to playing on MLK Day, the Cavaliers have also done well at home. When the holiday became nationally recognized in 1986, Cleveland has played on MLK Day 16 times (9-7 record). Tomorrow is the 11th time the Cavs will play on the holiday at home and will just be the fifth time the Cavs have played on MLK Day at Quicken Loans Arena (2002 vs. Miami, 2014 vs. Dallas, 2015 vs. Chicago, 2016 vs. Golden State).

Another important factor to the club's success at home, and all season long, comes off the bench. The Cavs' reserves are on pace to set single season franchise records in bench points per game at 41.1 (36.9 in 1991-92) and free throw percentage at .806 (.805 in 1991-92).

A win over the Warriors won't come easy, however. Golden State has won 11 of their past 13 contests since they topped the Cavs on Christmas Day, 99-92, at Oracle Arena in San Francisco. Additionally, they tallied five-straight wins from December 30 to January 8.

Heading into Monday night's showdown in The Land, the Warriors are currently riding a two-game win streak with their most recent victory coming against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

In the high-scoring affair, the Warriors tallied 127 total points with three separate players notching 24-plus points (Thompson-26, Durant-25, Curry-24). Klay Thompson, the squad's leading scorer, hit 11 of 16 shots, while also posting two three pointers on five attempts. Coming off an sprained ankle injury, Steph Curry tallied six rebounds and nine assists to go along with his 24 points.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: TNT

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

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


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#3 - Isaiah Thomas

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#30 - Stephen Curry

#11 - Klay Thompson

#23 - Draymond Green

#35 - Kevin Durant

#27 - Zaza Pachulia

Status Update: (Cavs) - Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain, Out), Iman Shumpert, (Left knee effusion, Out)

Status Update: (Warriors) - Omri Casspi, (Low back soreness, Questionable)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

As already stated, the Cavs and Warriors are somewhat familiar with each other. The two clubs battled on Christmas afternoon last month with GS taking the "W".

In the loss, Cleveland was led by Kevin Love in points with 31, while LBJ and Jae Crowder notched 20 and 15 points, respectively. Dwyane Wade came of the bench, tallying 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Of course, fans from both ends of the spectrum realize these two teams have a much deeper history than their dual on December 25. The two teams have met in the NBA Finals the each of the last three seasons with the Warriors taking the 2015 and 2017 titles and the Cavaliers grabbing their first NBA Championship in franchise history in 2016.

The Cavaliers have excelled against the entire Western Conference this season, especially at Quicken Loans Arena; the Cavs are undefeated against Western Conference opponents at home this season (6-0). Going back to January 21, 2015, the Cavs are 37-6 in their home games against the West.


Game Promotions

MLK DAY OBSERVANCE + T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY PRESENTED BY FIRSTENERGY


On Deck

As the Cavs continue their three-game homestand, they'll battle the Orlando Magic on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. before taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. matinee showdown. The Wine & Gold will then hit the road on Tuesday January 23 against the San Antonio Spurs before coming back to The Land on January 26 to finish off their seasons series with the Indiana Pacers.

FIND SEATS | FULL SCHEDULE

Tavaris Brings the House Down

Tavaris from the Ellen Show performs with the Cavaliers Scream Team during a timeout on Monday, January 15 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavs vs. Warriors - January 15, 2018

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Tavaris Brings the House Down

Tavaris from the Ellen Show performs with the Cavaliers Scream Team during a timeout on Monday, January 15 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 16, 2018  |  01:50

Paying Respects to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Members of the Wine & Gold give their thoughts and reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this special day.
Jan 16, 2018  |  01:00

MLK's 1967 Speech in Glenville Remembered at Halftime

Martin Luther King Jr's 1967 speech at Glenville High School is remembered at halftime.
Jan 16, 2018  |  05:40

#CavsWarriors Postgame: Coach Lue - January 15, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 15, 2018  |  06:06

#CavsWarriors Postgame: LeBron James - January 15, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 15, 2018  |  03:07

#CavsWarriors Postgame: Isaiah Thomas - January 15, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 15, 2018  |  02:24

#CavsWarriors Postgame: Kevin Love - January 15, 2018

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 15, 2018  |  03:29

LeBron James Scores 32 in Loss vs. Warriors

LeBron James scores 32 points to go along with 8 rebounds but the Cavaliers fall to the Warriors.
Jan 15, 2018  |  02:00

GAME RECAP: Warriors 118, Cavaliers 108

Kevin Durant scores 32 points to lead the Warriors to a win over the Cavaliers, 118-108.
Jan 15, 2018  |  02:27

IT Pops Up Sky-High Basket

Isaiah Thomas throws up a towering layup attempt for two points in the third quarter vs. the Warriors.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:09

Wade Tosses Oop to Green to Close First Half

With the final seconds winding down, Dwyane Wade finds Jeff Green underneath the basket for an alley-oop to end the first half against the Warriors.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:09

Highlight in freeD: LBJ Hammers Second Oop

Experience LBJ's second alley-oop jam with this freeD highlight.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:11

Highlight in freeD: IT Shakes and Bakes

Experience IT's pretty drive to the lane with this highlight in freeD.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:12

Highlight in freeD: LBJ Knocks Down First Alley-Oop

Experience LBJ's first alley-oop jam with this freeD highlight.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:13

LBJ Says 'Get That Weak Stuff Outta Here'

LBJ zones in on the Warriors' Kevin Durant before going up for one his signature blocks late in the second half.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:11

Featured Highlight: IT Tosses Pretty Oop to LBJ

LBJ goes up for his third alley-oop of the first half after snagging a beautiful pass from a heavily-guarded Isaiah Thomas.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:11

Jeff Green Cleans Up beneath the Hoop

After a long possession, Jeff Green is able to clean up the mess underneath the basket by grabbing the rebound and hitting the layup.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:10

LBJ Grabs Second Alley-Oop of Quarter

LBJ is "More Driven" after grabbing his second alley-oop of the first quarter, this time from Isaiah Thomas.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:17

LBJ Spins Past Defender for Bucket

LBJ shakes and bakes a Warriors defender in the first quarter and lays in an easy bucket.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:09

LBJ Throws Down Alley-Oop

LBJ tosses the inbound pass to Kevin Love before snagging a beautiful assist and throwing down the alley-oop in the first quarter.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:10

Channing Frye Addresses the Crowd on MLK Day

Cavaliers center Channing Frye addresses the crowd prior to their MLK Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors.
Jan 15, 2018  |  00:36

Watch MLK Day National Anthem

Check out this special MLK Day National Anthem performed by retired Navy first class officer Genarold Wilson.
Jan 15, 2018  |  01:53

#CavsWarriors Shootaround: LeBron James - January 15, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the following Monday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 15, 2018  |  09:20

Cavaliers vs. Warriors Rematch on MLK Day

The GameTime crew previews the Warriors and Cavaliers game on TNT at 8pm on January 15th.
Jan 15, 2018  |  03:59

Practice: Isaiah Thomas - January 14, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Sunday’s practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 14, 2018  |  09:27

Practice: Coach Lue - January 14, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Sunday’s practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 14, 2018  |  04:53

The West is Coming to The Q

Join the Wine & Gold as they host some of the Western Conference's top contenders for three marquee matchups at The Q. Great seats are still available, so act NOW!
Jan 13, 2018  |  00:30

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