The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to lock down the second seed in the Eastern Conference and the Central Division title Wednesday night. Which means it's time for epilitic seizures!!!!
The game itself was a good one. The Cavaliers looked to be playing with the Bucks for certain portions of the game. However they did not look sloppy during that time. The passing was crisp and they got a lot of good looks. While the Cavs were able to create a decent lead in the third quarter, the Bucks showed a lot of resilience and battled back to take a three point lead.
The Bucks didn't give up down the stretch either. They played with a ton of passion and refused to roll over and die. They played great defensively and executed well on offense. You can see how this team could give someone a lot of headaches in the playoffs. All that being said, the Cavaliers just proved to be too talented and wanted it more. They secured a lot of clutch second chance opportunities and didn't give up many on the defensive side of the floor.
At the end of the day, no matter who the Bucks have, the Cavs have this guy:
And he wins games.
Thoughts from the game:
- Fred McLeod noted this in the game, but Kyrie Irving appears to be playing a lot sharper as the playoffs approach. You can tell he is mentally preparing for what is ahead and he looks as sharp as ever. With all the change that's happened over the past year, sometimes it's fun to think back to Doc Rivers saying "and then Kyrie Irving happened" back in his rookie year and realizing that the presence of Irving helped make everything that followed possible. He's really good.
- LeBron James and Kevin Love were rolling tonight. When the Cavs stars play like this, they are one of the toughest teams to defend in the entire league. Love in particular looked to be moving around well and making good decisions on the court. David Blatt appears to be getting him more touches between the paint and the three point line. This may be a product of his improving health, as his increased mobility allows him to blow by players on closeouts or capitalize if they don't get out in time. Whatever the reasoning might be, it's a look I really enjoy seeing.
- Micheal Carter-Williams was really good tonight. I'm not the biggest fan of his game and I don't think it means anything. But it's worth mentioning (I'm a little salty).
- Tristan Thompson had another quiet, but solid, game tonight with eleven points and ten rebounds in twenty four minutes. He was a perfect three for three from the floor and five for five from the free throw line and threw in some pretty good defense. It can be easy to take his consistent impact off the bench for granted, but tonight seemed like it was worth mentioning.
- Zaza Pachulia has been a beast for the Bucks down the stretch and once again was a monster tonight with nineteen points and ten rebounds. He was a great pickup for Milwaukee and a perfect fit for their roster.
- The Cavs play again Friday when they take on the Boston Celtics at the Q. Will the Cavs concede the home and home in order to play Boston round one? Only time will tell.