What We Learned: Cavs vs Grizzlies
The Cavs went on the road and completely dominated a solid Memphis Grizzlies team. Cleveland showed once again that they can beat a very good team on the road. The Grizzlies came into this one 30 games over .500 and are a very good team, but you wouldn’t have guessed that watching this game. Here’s what we learned from the impressive win 111-89 win.
• The Cavs are un-guardable when they’re hitting their 3’s. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, this team is impossible to beat when they’re hitting their 3’s. They shot 41% from behind the arc on Wednesday. They used they’re tremendous shooting to run away with the lead in the 3rd quarter. I love how this team goes for the kill when they have the chance to. That’s something we didn’t see out of them earlier this season.
• All the Cavs starters can finish in double figures. I just love how well this team shares the ball. Cleveland had 30 assists and did an excellent job of making the extra pass. Everyone talks about how the Hawks and Spurs play team basketball, but the Cavs have proven they can also do that.
• Matthew Dellavedova is continuing his strong play. We know backup point guard is probably the weakest area of this team now, but Delly is starting to play better. He is continuing to shoot the ball well from deep and was 3 of 4 from behind the arc against Memphis. Let’s hope he can continue his good play.
• Kyrie Irving can score 24 points, and not be on the top of his game. Kyrie led the team in scoring, and he wasn’t even on his game. That’s how good Kyrie has become.
• The Cavs can embarrass some of the best teams in the league on the road. Cleveland has shown that they aren’t afraid to go on the road and Wednesday’s win is just another example of that. The Cavs are going to be a tough team to beat in a 7 game series, especially when the play this well on the road.
• Kevin Love seems to be fitting in just fine. Love finished with 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting. He also added 4 assists and 10 rebounds to go along with his terrific night. Love even played solid defense against Zach Randolph and only allowed him to get 5 points and 3 boards. Love showed us what he can provide for this team. We’ve heard so much talk this week about how Love doesn’t fit in with this team. He showed us on Wednesday night that he fits in just fine.
It’s time for us to just relax. Love isn’t leaving Cleveland anytime soon (he’s only told us that about 900 times), and he does fit in with this team. He won’t put up the numbers he did in Minnesota, but he can have games like this. I don’t know about you, but I’d take a guy who can give me 20/10 a night. Let’s all just drop the Kevin Love story for a little while. He DOES fit in on this team.
Player of the Game: Kevin Love (22/4/10)
The Cavs will be back in action Friday night in Brooklyn.
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