The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their roughest stretch of the season as they took on MVP favorite Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at the Q. Adding to the Cavaliers’ woes were the absences of Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, and C.J. Miles due to various injuries. The Cavaliers continued their excellent effort from Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat and led for much of the first half until a 17-6 Thunder run gave them control of the game. OKC continued to pull away in the second half, and even fourth quarter comeback (and 21-2 run) by the Cavaliers only served to cut a 24 point Thunder lead to five with 1:12 left, as the Thunder held on to win by a final score of 102-95.
Key Play of the Game
An amazing dunk by Kevin Durant late in the second quarter gave all the momentum to the Thunder in what had been a back-and-forth game until that point. The Thunder took complete control from that point in the second quarter until the middle of the fourth, and the Cavaliers didn’t threaten again until late in the fourth quarter, and by then it was too late.
Wine & Gold MVP
Dion Waiters continued to show his potential as a scorer in this league with a 30 point effort tonight, but he still shot just 11-25 from the floor and 6-12 from the line. The real MVP tonight was another young guard, Matthew Dellavedova. The Austrailian rookie had his first career double-double with 11 points to go along with a career high 10 assists. “Delly” also played some amazing defense on Kevin Durant early in the game while Alonzo Gee was in foul trouble. For Cavaliers fans clamoring for Aaron Craft, what does he bring to the table that the Cavaliers aren’t getting from Matthew Dellavedova?
First NBA points for Shane Edwards. He’s taking over the game (just kidding)
— Bob Finnan (@BobCavsinsider) March 20, 2014
Shane Edwards caught the ball out of bounds. He’s fitting in well
— Ryan Mourton (@Ryan_Mourton) March 20, 2014
Jarrett Jack should file a police report. Just got hit by a bus. Surprised his shoulder is still functioning.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) March 21, 2014
That rumble you hear downtown are fans trying to get back to their seats; #Cavs rallying late, Thompson splits FTs 97-90 OKC
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) March 21, 2014
The Cavaliers’ murder week continues as James Harden Dwight Howard, and the Houston Rockets come to town on Saturday. While the Rockets are an exciting team who will be a threat to anyone they play in the playoffs, they do occasionally have a garbage game in them. As the Cavaliers move further into lottery territory their young players can still develop with the solid efforts they have given lately, and a win is not entirely out of the question.