On Friday night, the Golden State Warriors jumped out to a 20-4 lead. But the Cavaliers fought back and eventually won that game. On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Clippers jumped out to a 19-5 lead. There was no comeback for the Cavs this time. The Clippers continued their dominance and cruised to a wire-to-wire win, topping the Cleveland Cavaliers by a final score of 102-80.
The big story from this game was Kyrie Irving's injury. He left the game in the first half with a bicep injury and it was quickly announced that he would not return. My initial reaction is "OH SHIT CRAP AHHHHHH NO" because that doesn't sound good.
How bad does a bicep injury need to be for them to immediately decide that you aren't coming back to the game? I'm not a doctor, I just play one on the internet. But it doesn't sound good. Kyrie will have an MRI on Monday and we'll learn more. It seems as though there's a decent chance that he is done for the year. It's a shame because Kyrie has done a nice job staying healthy this year and I know that was a big goal of his. Cross your fingers, do a rain dance, wear your hats inside out or whatever else you think might bring good luck and hope it's nothing serious.
Aside from that, this game was pretty uneventful. As I pointed out, the Cavs went down big to start the game and just never recovered. Nobody on the Clippers had a monster game, but they got really solid contributions all around. Blake Griffin was Blake Griffin and Tristan Thompson had no chance at stopping him consistently. Chris Paul was masterful as always and finished with 16 points and 15 assists (and zero turnovers!)
- The Cavs' offense was brutal. They shot 34.9% from the field and had just 19 assists. The Clippers had 32 assists. It probably helps to have your starting point guard, but even Kyrie couldn't have won this game for Cleveland. The Clippers outclassed the Cavs in virtually every facet of the game.
- One of the facets in which the Clippers outclassed the Cavs was the jersey-facet (yes, that's a thing). LA wore their baby blue sleeved jerseys that look like pajamas. Apparently, the Clippers are really good when they wear their pajama jerseys.
The last time the Clippers played in their pajaniforms it was a massacre... This one starting the same, 9-0 after 2 minutes— Steve Perrin (@clippersteve) March 17, 2014
- Shane Edwards played a minute! Or at least that's what my box score tells me. It was a blowout and I was already playing Call of Duty by the time he game into the game.
- Tristan Thompson had a brutal night. He couldn't defend Blake Griffin (who can?) and he only managed to go 1 for 6 from the field and grab 1 rebound in his 20 minutes of game time. Tough road trip for TT.