Game 63: Warriors at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: When scouting the Warriors, the first thing that jumps out at you is their potent-scoring backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.
Ellis has scored 20 or more points in 31 of his last 39 games. He's seventh in the NBA in scoring at 25 points per game. He's topped the 40-point barrier four times.
But if teams concentrate on Ellis, Curry will exploit teams with his perimeter shooting. He's an 18.6-point scorer. His father, Dell, is a former Cavs guard.
They combined for 47 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and five steals. Ellis led all scorers with 24 points.
Ellis and Curry outscored the Cavs' starting backcourt, 47-14. Anthony Parker and Ramon Sessions combined to shoot 4 of 18 from the field (they were both 2 of 9).
The Cavs aren't getting much out of Sessions. It's time to make the move to Davis as their starting point guard.
I'd continue to find some minutes for Manny Harris, even though it's difficult to find time for all their guards.
The Cavs have been playing much better after they snapped their 26-game losing streak. They've won four of their last 10 games.
The team's spirits have been buoyed by the addition of Davis. He's played pretty well in all three games and is averaging 18 points since coming to the Cavs.
Davis said the Cavs are still trying to get used to each other. Some of the miscues happen when he doesn't know where some of his teammates are going to be on the court. For the most part, he's been a breath of fresh air.
Now, whether that continues is not known. Since he's been in Cleveland, however, he's been a joy to cover.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Dorell Wright (6-9, 205)
PF Samardo Samuels (6-9, 260) vs. David Lee (6-9, 240)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Ekpe Udoh (6-10, 245)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Monta Ellis (6-3, 185)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190) vs. Stephen Curry (6-3, 185)
Cavs – F Antawn Jamison, F Joey Graham, C Anderson Varejao.
Warriors – G Charlie Bell, F Jeff Adrien.
Mike Callahan, Eric Dalen, Leon Wood