Another national TV game produced another blow out as the Cleveland Cavaliers hit 23 of their first 26 shots on the way to an easy 128-96 win. Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points and LeBron James notched a triple double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
To the tape!
It’s slim pickings to muster up a High or two but we’ll give it a try.
Even as a not-so-in-the-closet LeBron James fan, the above Marcus Morris tackle is perfectly acceptable. It’s a good play and really, the only play Morris could make.
What not to do:
If you commit to fouling James, you can’t let him get a shot off.
Strong take by Mook, no settling for the jump shot.
It was a game to forget for Stanley Johnson but this was a nice dump off:
Not a horrible job of defending James by Aron Baynes:
In this game, it qualifies as a highlight.
Ish Smith got abused on the defensive end:
First, somehow he manages to go over and under the same screen.
Second, a lack of communication with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Third, Irving uses the back door.
Fourth, bites on the pump fake.
Iman Shumpert found little resistance in the Pistons PNR defense:
Stanley’s pass is a candidate for Mophattin’ a Fool.
Ish Smith and Tobais Harris built a nice chemistry and have connected on the drop pass before but Reggie Jackson and Harris fail to do the same.
It’s good to force the turnover but KCP must finish and collect the “and one”.
Those are easy points and J.R. Smith’s wrist slap shouldn’t stop it from happening.
All the night the Pistons had trouble navigating through screens:
Larry Sanders - who hasn’t played meaningful basketball in years - even got some run.
Doesn’t get any easier as Utah pays a trip to the Palace for a tough back-to-back.