Two games into David Griffin’s tenure as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavaliers are 2-0 and are playing more like the team may expected to make the playoffs before the season than they have any point so far this season.
Last night, although the Grizzlies were without both Mike Conley and Tony Allen, was a highly impressive win. Of late, Memphis has been playing very good basketball and is back into the groove that saw them make a run the Western Conference Finals last season. It was especially impressive that the Cavaliers closed late and got scoring from both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters down the stretch and in overtime. From Mike Schreiner’s game story:
During the fourth, the Cavaliers started out aggressively and were able to build the lead back up to nine, and then James Johnson happened. Johnson channeled his inner Jordan to score 13 straight points for the Grizzlies and Memphis led by four with about a minute left. However the Cavaliers kept up the solid effort they had given all game and Irving was able to tie it on an and-one layup. After he missed the free throw, we were headed to overtime at the Q.
Those five minutes were fairly anticlimactic. Led by a brilliant display from Dion Waiters the Cavaliers scored thirteen points in overtime compared to only five for Memphis. While they shot just under 40 percent, Cleveland held Memphis to 38 percent shooting and won their second game in a row after losing six straight. Hopefully the last two games have shown this team what they are capable of with consistent effort.
If you missed the game, view the full highlights below. In particular, check out Waiters’ thunderous slam and Irving’s game-tying layup. Also, a legitimately good pass by Jarrett Jack.