What We Learned: Cavs vs Thunder

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(cleveland.com)
(cleveland.com)

All good things must come to an end. The Cavs impressive 8 game winning streak came to an end after the Cavs were beaten by the Thunder without LeBron. Here’s a couple things we can take away from the game.

  • We don’t know how we watched the Cavs for 4 years without LeBron. This is a game that the Cavs most likely would have won if he had played. The Cavs couldn’t get the open looks they’re accustomed to when playing with LBJ and shot a dismal 37% from the field. The wine and gold needed LeBron to close the game out for the Cavs like he did against Toronto and like Durant did for the Thunder.
  •  James Jones doesn’t actually make every 3 he takes. I thought he did.
  •  Tristan Thompson looked impressive again off the bench. He finished the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He is turning into a double-double machine. He also did a great job of getting to the line and knocking down 6 of his 8 free throws. If TT continues to play like this the Cavs may have to give him the money he was asking for or someone else will. And maybe he can play more than 25 MPG.
  • Matthew Dellavedova deserves to start at shooting guard over Marion. Delly put together another solid game after coming back from his injury. He has shown he’s an efficient scorer and has the ability to get hot behind the arc. He hit 4-6 3’s and finished the game with 14 points and 4 assists. He’s also an above average defender and will not be a liability there. On the other side of the equation, Marion has still not found his rhythm. He looks out of place and hesitant with the ball. He finished the game with only 2 points, 3 boards, and 0 assists. It’s time to make a change.
  • We never want Kyrie Irving to scare us like that again! Kyrie left the game momentarily with what looked like a terrible ankle injury. The Cavs can’t afford to lose Kyrie, and we’re glad we didn’t.
  • As great as Kyrie is, he won’t be able to put up the same numbers he does without LeBron. Kyrie finished the game 7-21 from the field. He wasn’t able to get the shots he is used to getting with LeBron out there. It was evident that his game benefits greatly from the King.

@CST_JacksonF


 


 

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