It took a little bit, as the Cavs started slow for what felt like the 82nd straight game this season against the Nets’ second string. However, after allowing the Nets to go into halftime down just two points, the Cavs put on a fun 30-15 display in the third quarter, and never let up on Brooklyn, putting the Nets down to the sixth seed in the East, and ending the season on a high note with a 114-85 win.
Key Play to the Game:
The third quarter began with a 16-4 run for the Cavs, and it was capped off in style by Spencer Hawes. After an Alonzo Gee jumper was bricked, Hawes pulled down a big rebound and tipped the ball in to cap off the run, causing a Nets timeout and the crowd to go nuts, and from that point on, the Nets called off the dogs and the Cavs cruised to victory.
Wine & Gold MVP:
The last game of the season is always a dumb one. At least one bit player on each team is almost destined for a monster night. Tonight, that player for the Cavs was Tyler Zeller. 9-11 shooting, 22 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks for Zeller tonight, a great line that was mostly garnered during the second half run. He even roughed up Jason Collins for a bit, which was fun because Zeller is kinda soft and Collins is a typhoon of elbows in the post. Good ending night for Zelly.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) April 17, 2014
Crowd EXPLODES for Anthony Bennett on that dunk. THEY WANT TO LOVE YOU.
— WayneEmbrysKids (@WayneEmbrysKids) April 17, 2014
He went out doing what he loved RT @realcavsfans That was the most Alonzo Gee play I have ever seen.
— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) April 17, 2014
Matthew Dellavedova still needs 6 points to pass Kevin Ollie for 162nd place on #Cavs all-time scoring list. Lot on the line in 2nd half
— Brendan Bowers (@BowersCLE) April 17, 2014
We have a Felix sighting.
— realcavsfans.com (@realcavsfans) April 17, 2014
Cavs season ends with Jarrett Jack barrel rolling off the court. Perfect.
— Nominataur (@Nominataur) April 17, 2014
Coach Brown Breakdown:
I really don’t think there’s a way to adequately evaluate a coach’s performance when his opponent punts a game like Brooklyn did tonight. I thought allowing Bennett and Carrick Felix to get time was excellent, and he pulled the starters at exactly the right time in a blowout. I could take this time to discuss Brown’s future with the Cavs; I won’t, because I don’t know what I want Brown’s future to be here yet. However, he closed the season on a high note.
The NBA Draft is June 26th. In the meantime, expect some fun breakdowns in the coming weeks, as we try to eulogize this cluster of a season.