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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wine & Gold = Drunk & Rich: Cavs' Game Notes 1/29

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

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So much for the first four-game winning streak since the LeBron era. The Cavs suffered a frustrating 108-95 loss to the Golden State Warriors at the Q last night. And it was frustrating because for the most part, we played with energy and poise and tended to distribute on the offensive end.

But the Warriors' second-year stud Klay Thompson was shooting the absolute skin off the basketball, and momentum was impossible to redirect.

For the majority of the second and third quarters, every time we'd begin to claw back, Thompson would hit a preposterous 3-point shot like it was no big deal. I mean he was sinking them with the casual confidence of layup drills.

At the beginning of the 3rd quarter, the Cavs were 0-7 from downtown. The Warriors were 7-7. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT FROM 3-POINT LAND??? Come on! The group from Golden State was just in a deep groove last night, and the Cavs' piecemeal efforts (valiant though they were), couldn't sway the tide.

Some notes:
—When the Warriors' Festus Ezeli and Andris Biedrins were out there, they resembled tall, ungainly versions of Tyler Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio.
—Warriors bruiser David Lee had a weird black eye situation going on, and I'd like to formally apologize to the folks at Nano Brew when I exclaimed, midway through the first quarter: "Is David Lee wearing eye-liner?"
—New acquisition Wayne Ellington was a non-contributor. Looked like he hadn't fully internalized the offense yet. He had one really buffoonish turnover and zero points.
—Tyler Zeller was shooting the ball from 18-20 feet pretty consistently. Strong offensive night from the rookie big man.
—Kyrie, on the other hand, had a harder time finding the bucket. As always, he was electrifying with the ball in his hands, but he was dribbling in circles among the Warrior defenders with precious few providential alleys to the rim. He did have a pretty sick behind-the-back pass to C.J. Miles, who promptly missed a three-pointer.

STAT ATTACK: Dion Waiters matched his season/career-high with seven assists. This is the fifth time he's reached the seven-assist mark this year, and only the second time since he's been of legal drinking age. Tyler Zeller also matched his season/career-high in assists, with five. This is the second time he's done it this year, but only the first time since he's been 23.

Next up: Detroit Pistons on Friday, February 1, in Detroit.

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