Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Cavaliers will look to pull ahead in the season series when they face the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, March 23. The Cavs are coming off a win over the Denver Nuggets, so their momentum might carry over to this game facing the Bucks. The Cavs, against the Nuggets, shot 48-86 from the field and 15-31 from the 3 point line. Cleveland also dished out a season-high 38 assists and swiped 10 steals. The Cavs recently clinched a playoff spot with their recent wins. The Cavs will come into this game with a ton of energy, so Denver will have their hands full tonight. The Milwaukee Bucks enter tonight's contest having lost three of their last four and are seven games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his 19th double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 boards against the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. He will make sure the Cavs don't have an easy win considering how well he has been playing this season. This game should be a good match up for a Wednesday night. The Cavs have a lot of momentum coming into this game, but Antetokounmpo will most likely keep his high intensity up.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
The big thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers are on is that they need to play better without LeBron James. The Cavs need to rest LeBron for the playoffs with other key players, but they are afraid they will not win the upcoming games without him. In the past 2 seasons the Cavs are 3-12 without him playing. With James on the bench, the Cavs miss 24.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. The points and assists are team highs.Their last game the Cavs pulled off the win without James with lots of help from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. James has played 45,620 minutes in 13 seasons, gone to five consecutive Finals, and has simply played more basketball than anyone in the NBA over the last six years. It is pretty obvious why the Cavs don't play as well without him. So the Cavs are gonna need more nights like this, nights where Irving and Love hold up their ends of the Big 3. Cleveland's trying to fend off the Raptors for the top seed in the East, it's a 2½-game lead right now. This is a big game for the Cavs, so they will need to play well without James to win.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Cavaliers will open up their four-game West Coast road trip this week against the Sacramento Kings. The Cavs are 31-7 in its last 38 regular season games against Western Conference opponents. The Cavs have won 6 of the last 7 on the road against opponents in the Western Conference. Since December 28 the Cavs have the 4th best road record in the NBA at 11-4. The Cavs have been shooting the ball fairly well averaging 10.1 three pointers per game which is the 5th best in the NBA. The last 4 games against the Kings, the Cavs have averaged 12.5 threes per game. In the Cavs last game they shot 24-29 from the free throw line. If they continue this hot shooting streak it will be tough for the Kings to pull this one off. The Cavs look to continue their hot hand to come out with this win. Sacramento enters this game losing 6 of their last 7 games. Even though they are in a slump their all-star, DeMarcus Cousins continues to come up with big numbers every game. Cousins is averaging 27.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. If the Kings want to win this one DeMarcus Cousins can't be the only one to put up big numbers and contribute to the win.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
On March 3, 2016 the Golden State Warriors will play the Oklahoma City Thunder. The last game for the Warriors against Atlanta, Andrew Bogut saved a ball and Draymond Green got the low pass and threw up a shot clock-beating shot in front of the Warriors bench to put them up 109-105. This was the biggest shot of the game, so the Warriors will probably continue that momentum into tonight's game against the Thunder. With the top two scoring teams going head to head for the third time in the last 11 games, there isn’t much the Thunder don’t know about the Warriors going into the game. For the Thunder there's Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook starting and both of them are in the top 10 in scoring in the NBA. The Thunder are coming in to this game losing 5 of their last 7 games, so this game will be a challenging one, but if they can pull it off it'll be a turning point for their season. Andrew Bogut has been playing well for Golden State so the Thunder will have to keep an eye on him. Even though he only averages 5.6 points and 7.3 rebounds he plays a huge part for the Warriors. He protects the paint on defense and sets amazing screens to get his teammates open for shots. Bogut has a great basketball IQ and knows the situation and how to handle it very well. This matchup will be a great one for both the Thunder and Warriors fans tonight.