The Cleveland Cavaliers came into today’s game against the Indiana Pacers (the Eastern Conference’s best team) three games back of the Atlanta Hawks and the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed. They came out a half game closer to that playoff spot and did so by convincingly taking down the Pacers by 14 points. The Cavaliers led wire to wire in this game and played perhaps one of their best overall games of the season.
Key Play to the Game
With 1:40 left in the game, Pacers coach Frank Vogel took out his starters left on the floor and put in several members of his bench that normally don’t see playoff time. The Pacers had been down by double-digits for several minutes at this point, but Vogel had still left Paul George and company in the game. This was the moment that Vogel threw up the proverbial white flag and ceded victory to the Cavalier.
Wine & Gold MVP
Dion Waiters was again excellent. He came out hot, went cold for a short stretch, but ultimately carried the Cavaliers’ offense down the stretch. He hit several key shots and continues to looked locked in on both ends.
Some other players also deserving of praise: Matthew Dellavedova (Who took a huge elbow from David West and hit some key shots), Tristan Thompson (Who had six second-half offense rebounds) and Spencer Hawes (Waiters’ partner in crime down the stretch).
What the hell, Pacers.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) March 30, 2014
Kyrie Irving busting some moves https://t.co/97Fty3SJoV
— The Traveling Crab (@crabdribbles) March 30, 2014
With this win, the Cavs finished 6-9 in the “Month of Death”. Pretty amazing.
— Andrew Schnitkey (@RockWFNY) March 30, 2014
Somewhat shocked that West elbow didn’t shatter Delly’s sternum
— Trevor Magnotti (@Tmagnotti) March 30, 2014
The Cavaliers will have two days off before taking on the lowly Orlando Magic on Wednesday. The Cavaliers are 3-0 versus the Magic this season and this is a game that could be essential to a potential playoff birth. A win against the Magic could give the Cavaliers momentum for the rest of the season and into Cleveland’s first playoff birth since 2010.