#CavsThunder Game Preview - January 20, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena at 3:30 p.m. ET

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (27-17) round out their three-game homestand with a matinee matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-20) on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff from The Q is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET).

The Wine & Gold head into Saturday's contest with the Thunder after notching their first win in five games, edging the Orlando Magic on Thursday night, 104-103, to give the Cavs a 14-1 record in their last 15 games at The Q.

Over that 15-game stretch at home, Cleveland is averaging 113.2 points (.498 FG%, .393 3FG%) and 25.7 assists).

From an individual perspective, a number of Cavalier players have been showing off their exceptional talent, especially when it comes to playing in front of the home crowd.

Isaiah Thomas, who had a season-high 21 points in 30 minutes against the Magic on Thursday, is averaging 19.0 points and 3.7 assists in 27.0 minutes over his three appearances at The Q.

Dwyane Wade (11.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 23.4 MPG) is one of only two players in the NBA this season (minimum 20 games off bench) to average at least 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a reserve player along with Denver’s Will Barton.

LeBron James (29,975 PTS) is 25 points away from becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points, as well as the youngest to do so at 33 years and 21 days of age (Kobe Bryant, 34 years and 104 days). James (1,546 3FGM) is also one three-pointer away from passing Eddie Jones (1,546 3FGM) for sole possession of 22nd place in career three-pointers.

As the Wine & Gold look to build off their most recent win, the Thunder are eyeing a four-game winning streak by the time they leave Quicken Loans Arena this weekend.

Winners of three-straight, OKC has been playing exceptional at both ends of the court, especially on defense. In fact, in their last three contests the Thunder have kept their opponents under an average of 90 points (89.9).

Led by the NBA's reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, OKC is stacked with former all-stars including Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, both of whom were acquired via offseason trades. With this new-look squad, the Thunder are averaging 104.3 points per game with four individuals averaging double-digit points through the midway point (Westbrook-24.8, George-20.4, Anthony-17.6, Adams-13.6).

For their third-straight win, Oklahoma City topped the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-90, at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night. In the win, four of five Thunder starters scored in double digits (Anthony-27, Adams-21, Westbrook-19, George-13). In terms of plus/minus, all five starters were in the positive with a plus-17 or higher.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: ABC

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

#0 - Russell Westbrook

#21 - Andre Roberson

#7 - Carmelo Anthony

#13 - Paul George

#12 - Steven Adams

Status Update: (Cavs) - Iman Shumpert, (Left knee effusion, Out)

Status Update: (Thunder) - None to report.

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Saturday's afternoon battle between the Cavs and Thunder is the first of two contests to be played between the clubs this season. Their final contest will take place on February 13 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Wine & Gold are 4-1 in their last five games against Oklahoma City, which includes a 107-91 victory the last time they faced off at The Q (January 29, 2017). In that win, Cleveland limited the Thunder to 37-100 (.370) shooting from the field, including a 6-23 (.231) mark from the three-point line.

Over the last five meetings, Cleveland has outscored Oklahoma City by an average of 8.8 points (108.6-99.8), while holding them to .422 shooting from the field and just .282 (35-124) from the three-point line.

The Cavs have also won three straight home games over the Thunder and are 9-2 versus their franchise at The Q since 2005-06.

In total, the Cavaliers are 6-1 against Western Conference opponents at The Q this season and 38-7 against the West at home since January 21, 2015.


Game Promotions

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On Deck

Following Saturday afternoon's matinee contest with the Thunder, the Cavaliers hit the road against the Western Conference's San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, January 23. The club will then return home on Friday, January 26 to battle the Indiana Pacers before tipping off against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, January 28.

FIND SEATS | FULL SCHEDULE

Gloria James on LBJ 30K

LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, reflects on her son's impending accomplishment of reaching the 30,000 point plateau (courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio).

Cavs vs. Thunder - January 20, 2018

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Gloria James on LBJ 30K

LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, reflects on her son's impending accomplishment of reaching the 30,000 point plateau (courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio).
Jan 21, 2018  |  00:46

#CavsThunder Postgame: Isaiah Thomas - January 20, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 20, 2018  |  03:56

#CavsThunder Postgame: Dwyane Wade - January 20, 2018

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 20, 2018  |  06:15

#CavsThunder Postgame: Coach Lue - January 20, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 20, 2018  |  07:28

#CavsThunder Postgame: LeBron James - January 20, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 20, 2018  |  06:19

GAME RECAP: Thunder 148, Cavaliers 124

Paul George goes off for 36 points and seven rebounds as the Thunder defeat the Cavaliers 148-124.
Jan 20, 2018  |  02:17

I.T. with the Tough Finish

Isaiah Thomas weaves his way inside and comes up with the tough finish.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:15

Featured Highlight: DWade Lobs LBJ

Dwyane Wade gets the steal and goes down the other end to feed LeBron James for the monster alley-oop finish.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:10

DWade with the Tough And-One

Dwyane Wade throws up the shot in transition and gets it to fall, plus the foul.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:10

LBJ Hustles Over for the Block

LeBron James provides great help-side defense and comes up with the block.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:10

DRose with the Fastbreak Finish

The Wine & Gold get loose on the break as LeBron James throws the nice bounce pass to Derrick Rose for the fancy reverse finish.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:09

Jeff Green with the Hoop and the Harm

Jeff Green takes it strong into the paint and gets the bucket to fall, plus the foul, in this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:24

Highlight in freeD: DWade with the Jumper

Experience freeD with this highlight of Dwyane Wade shaking the defense for the jumper.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:11

LBJ Lobs Tristan

LeBron James finds Tristan Thompson on the pretty high-handoff.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:09

Highlight in freeD: Crowder And-One

Experience freeD with this highlight of Isaiah Thomas finding Jae Crowder for the layup, plus one.
Jan 20, 2018  |  00:14

#CavsThunder Practice: Derrick Rose - January 19, 2018

Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose spoke with the media following Friday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 19, 2018  |  05:35

#CavsThunder Practice: Dwyane Wade - January 19, 2018

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Friday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 19, 2018  |  10:18

#CavsThunder Practice: Coach Lue - January 19, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Friday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 19, 2018  |  10:06

Marquee Matchups Against the West's Best

The West is coming! Join the Wine & Gold as they host some of the Western Conference's top contenders for two marquee matchups at The Q. Great seats are still available, so act NOW!
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:30