June 13, 2016, 11:15 pm
Monday night brought us what could well have been the last game of the 2015-2016 NBA season. LeBron James and his Cavs travelled to Oakland to face a confident Warriors team looking to repeat as champions despite missing their suspended emotional leader. Could the Warriors overcome the loss of Draymond Green and solidify their place in the record books as the greatest team ever, or would the Cavs fight to live another day? Here’s Tuesday’s daily dish.
CAVS 112, WARRIORS 97
The first half of this game was one of the most exciting halves of basketball this season as these two elite squads went toe to toe trading basket for basket. The score was tied at 61 apiece after the first half and many expected this game to go down to the wire, however, the King and his men had other ideas. The Cavs outscored the Dubs by nine points in the third quarter and never looked back, en route to a 15-point victory in Game 5 of the NBA finals.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were absolutely unstoppable in this one combining for 82 points on 33-of-54 shooting from the field. These two put on a show for the ages as this marked the first time in NBA finals history where two teammates scored over 40 points each.
James scored 41 points with four three pointers, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks in one of the most complete lines we’ve seen in these playoffs.
Irving also added 41 points with 5 treys while contributing three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. Irving put on a shooting display and was able to make some tough shots all night despite some very good defense from Klay Thompson.
Tristan Thompson played a strong defensive grabbing 15 rebounds and two blocks. He scored six points but was only able to hit on 4-of-10 from the charity stripe.
For the Warriors, Klay Thompson led the way with 37 points. Thompson shot 11-of-20 from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the line but was limited to only 11 points in the second half. Thompson finished with six treys and three rebounds to round out his evening.
Splash brother number two, Stephen Curry added a quiet 25 points in the Game 5 loss. Although the 25 points don’t jump out as a bad stat, Curry only shot 8-of-21 from the field and 5-of-14 from downtown. He did add seven rebounds, four assists and an uncharacteristic three blocks, but he was unable to guard Kyrie Irving for most of the evening and in the end it cost them dearly.
Andre Iguodala played decently in a spot start for the suspended Draymond Green. Iguodala scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting while adding a team-high 11 rebounds. Iggy will move back to his normal bench role for Game 6 in Cleveland but should continue to have a major role for the Dubs.
The Warriors shot poorly in the second half and only ended up scoring 36 points. They may have lost more than just the game in this one as well as starting center Andrew Bogut left the game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury. Bogut was ruled out for the game shortly afterwards and an MRI is scheduled to examine the extent of the injury.
Harrison Barnes shot an abysmal 2-of-14 from the field for five points. He added five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. The normally efficient Barnes put up a dud when his team needed him the most. Hopefully the return of Draymond Green in Game 6 allows Barnes to get his confidence back.
For the Cavs, starting power forward Kevin Love returned to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in Game 4. Love played 33 minutes but only shot 1-of-5 from the field for two points. The internet has been calling for the insertion of Richard Jefferson into the starting line-up and tonight’s line will not help Love’s cause. James and Irving were spectacular tonight, but it would be unrealistic to assume that they will be able to replicate their efforts in Game 6. The fact remains, Love needs to play better.
The Warriors clearly missed Draymond Green in this one. Green is that defensive specialist that can alter the outcome of a game with a steal or block, but LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had their way both on the perimeter and in the paint tonight. Luckily for the Warriors Green will return for Game 6 in what should be an interesting showdown between LeBron and Draymond. If Kyrie Irving can keep up his offensive prowess, we may be playing “Going back to Cali” by L.L. Cool J on repeat leading up to a potential Sunday night Game 7 showdown.
April 24, 2019, 8:26 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday night.
Griffin's knee obviously dogged him during the final stretch of the regular season and throughout the Pistons' brief playoff run. The Pistons said that he isn't expected to miss any off season training and should be good to go for the start of the 2019-2020 season.
Source: Mark Stein on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 6:54 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
According to head coach Mike D'Antoni, Clint Capela (illness) is feeling much better ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Jazz.
Clint Capela has been struggling ever since he came down with this virus. He seems to be close to 100% according to his head coach. If Capela can get close to his season averages of 16.6 points on 64.8% shooting while grabbing 12.7 rebounds and blocking 1.5 shots per game, then the Jazz will have an even tougher to task to take down the Rockets on Wednesday in order to force a Game 6 back in Utah.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 3:24 pmJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green will remain in the starting lineup in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Green logged 22 minutes in the same role in Game 4, though it's not surprising that the Clippers will stick with the same group considering Ivica Zubac's tough fit in this matchup and Montrezl Harrell's fit in his current role.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:11 pmNate Tibbets - Team - Trail Blazers
The Suns have been given permission to interview Blazers assistants Nate Tibbets and David Vanterpool for their vacant head coaching position.
The Cavs have already been connected to the duo from Portland, and Tibbets interviewed for the Hawks' gig last summer. The Suns reportedly fired Igor Kokoskov so they could make Philadelphia assistant Monty Williams their top target before the Lakers got too deep into talks, but Phoenix will be looking at multiple candidates. It's a nice roster to work with but we can't imagine anyone will be too eager to work with the team's ownership group.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:00 pmDraymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green admitted that his right wrist has been hurt for "a while."
Green added that he got hit there in Game 4 and "it pissed it off" and said that he's going to play through any pain in the postseason. It's not like teams weren't sagging off Green on the perimeter already, but if his wrist continues to hamper him in any way we may see opponents get very aggressive in their defensive efforts on Golden State's other players. Green is going to have lots of open jumpers presented to him for the rest of the postseason.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:57 pmJarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen will work on extending his range to the 3-point line this summer.
Him and every other big man. Allen went 6-for-45 on 3-pointers this season, so he's got some work to do. He's a quality young player who can protect the rim, but Allen isn't quite strong enough to crash and bang with the league's true behemoths and not quite gifted enough offensively to be anything more than a threat on the roll. It's a great base from which to work, however, and it's good to know that Allen is going to be putting in the work to make himself more of a weapon as the Nets look to build on a nice campaign.
Source: Bryan Fonseca on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:55 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
On Wednesday Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (torn oblique) is "doing great."
That's nice, but it's not much of an update. Smart was able to do some light shooting and treadmill work yesterday but we're still not expecting to see him until the tail end of the second round at the earliest. His tenacity and perimeter defense will be missed dearly in Boston's matchup with the Bucks.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:48 pmKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry suffered a dislocated finger on his right hand in the first half of Tuesday's Game 5 but was able to pop it back in and return to the game.
Lowry swiped at the ball and ended up hitting Evan Fournier's leg with his hand, which caused the injury The fact that he was able to return to the game, even in a blowout, bodes well for his status for the second round. It may affect his shooting to some degree but Lowry has been playing facilitator more often anyway, and we wouldn't expect his performance to suffer. After a scoreless Game 1, Lowry was all over the floor for the Raptors as they locked in and simply outclassed Orlando.
Source: The Athletic
April 24, 2019, 11:50 amJeff Hornacek - Team - Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of the Athletic is reporting that former Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek had an interview with the Kings for the lead assistant coach job.
Sacramento has already hired Luke Walton to be their new coach but the news about the sexual assault allegations he faces might put his status in danger. Walton should be able to assemble his coaching staff once he is out of the woods but we should know more once the NBA concludes with their investigation of the matter.
Source: The Athletic
April 24, 2019, 11:11 amLuke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of the Athletic is reporting that Luke Walton still has the Kings’ support, despite the sexual assault allegations the newly-hired coach is facing.
The Kings are working with the NBA to investigate allegations made against Walton by his former colleague at Time Warner Cable, Kelli Tennant. The report adds that the two sides are moving forward with their working relationship and there doesn’t appear to be any momentum toward firing Walton, who was hired earlier this month just three days after he parted ways with the Lakers. The Kings confirmed that they were not aware of the accusations until TMZ reported the news and that they will wait for the facts before making a decision on Walton’s future. The investigation has been delayed because all parties haven’t been able to access Tennant’s lawsuit so more information should merge soon.
Source: The Athletic