The Cavaliers will play eight of their next 10 games at home. That's going to be nice. But before they made their way back to the friendly environment surrounding and within Quicken Loans Arena, the team was hoping to get a win on an early west coast swing. They started in Portland, and played the next night in Utah. Without a deep rotation of players that David Blatt trusts, it was a tough back to back with heavy minutes to the starters. And the Cavaliers played like it was a tough back to back, losing both games.
Cleveland came out with energy against the Denver Nuggets on the last leg of their trip, building a huge first quarter lead. They held on and won 110-101.
The Cavs went 2-2 on a road trip against Chicago, Portland, Utah and Denver, two on B2B. That is acceptable.— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) November 8, 2014
This was your quintessential NBA game of runs. Cavaliers players that looked bad in one quarter looked great in another. Dion Waiters and Kevin Love had tough stretches in the third quarter, but ultimately played crucial roles in the last few minutes that led to a team victory. Kyrie Irving didn't look for his own offense in the first half, but gave the team some comfort with their lead with early three pointers in the third quarter.
And, you know, LeBron James plays for this team. He found ways to impact this game with all of the skill that he possesses. He distributed early, getting Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love solid scoring opportunities. In the second half, though, he showed how unstoppable he can be off the dribble and scored at will when he put his head down.
The box score indicates some weird things tonight. Shawn Marion was amazing in the first quarter in helping the Cavs build an early lead. Every Cavalier starter had a postive +/-. Tristan Thompson, who had a pretty efficient and solid game in my eyes, had a -10 mark. It's after 1 am ET so I'm going to wrap this up. The Cavaliers played well for stretches, struggled for others. But they got a win and get to head home. That's a good thing.