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Monday, November 4, 2013

Game 4: Timberwolves at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: This could have been a devastating loss if Kevin Love's last-second shot had fallen. Luckily for the Cavs, it didn't.

They held Love in check for most of the night. He still had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. He was 0 of 7 from the 3-point line.

Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao took turns on Love. 

The Timberwolves come to town riding a three-game winning streak. Love came into the game leading the NBA in scoring at 29.7 points per game. The 6-10, 243-pounder is a load to handle.

Not only does he score inside, he can take his defender out to the 3-point line, as well. 

Love isn't their only weapon. Point guard Ricky Rubio is playing at a high level for the Wolves. However, he missed all seven shots from the field and had just five assists and five steals.

We're still waiting on a breakthrough game by Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving. He had decent numbers across the board until you come to his career-high nine turnovers. Nine. 

He ended with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Poor Anthony Bennett. The rookie forward missed all three shots from the field, including two from the 3-point line. The first pick in the 2013 draft is now 0 of 15 from the field, 0 of 8 from behind the arc. He's just pressing beyond belief right now. Yes, he'll eventually score, but people are starting to take bets on when the ball will go through the basket.

Forward Alonzo Gee missed a layup on a fastbreak. At that point, Coach Mike Brown knew it was going to be one of those nights. 

The Wolves went on a 17-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull within one point.

Brown chose to take the positive approach after the game, but this one would have stung. The Cavs lost four games last year when they had at least a 20-point lead. If this were last year, Brown said they would have lost, perhaps by double digits. I don't know if that was a dig at Byron Scott or not, but he's probably right.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bradley Center.

SF Earl Clark (6-10, 235) vs. Corey Brewer (6-9, 185)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Kevin Love (6-10, 243)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Nikola Pekovic (6-11, 285)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 225) vs. Kevin Martin (6-7, 197)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Ricky Rubio (6-4, 185)
Cavs - F Sergey Karasev, G Carrick Felix
Timerwolves - F Chase Budinger, F/C Ronny Turiaf
James Capers, Derek Richardson, Gary Zielinski


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