Game 59: Warriors at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: TNT, Fox Sports Ohio
1. There was major concern about Kyrie Irving after the game. He didn't travel with the Cavaliers and will have an MRI on his shoulder on Friday. The Cavaliers are praying it's nothing serious. He'll be listed as doubtful for the Pacers game. He's missed just three games this season. Players are dropping all over the league. This would be a devastating blow to the Cavaliers' hopes. Irving had 24 points in Thursday's nationally televised game.
2. The Cavs are now the favorite in the Eastern Conference after Bulls point guard Derrick Rose tore the meniscus in his knee. All that would change drastically if Irving suffered a major injury. It would be a terrible shame, too, as the Cavaliers have won 18 of their last 20 games and are the league's hottest team.
3. One reason for the concern is there's not much behind Irving on the depth chart. Matthew Dellavedova has some major holes in his game. He plays hard, hustles and defends, but he's not in the same class as Irving offensively.
4. Irving must be commended for his defensive effort against Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, one of the top guards in the game. Curry had 18 points and six assists, but shot 5 of 17 from the field. Iman Shumpert also spent time defending him, while teammate J.R. Smith was all over Klay Thompson. "The New York boys did their job tonight," Cavs forward LeBron James said.
5. Speaking of that James guy, he was fabulous. He made big shot after big shot in the game. He made 15 of 25 from the field, 4 of 9 from behind the arc and 8 of 11 from the foul line. His 42 points were a season high for James. I know Curry is among the top three MVP candidates, but everyone saw tonight who the MVP should be.
6. The Cavaliers have figured things out at The Q. They've won 11 games in a row at home. They haven't lost at The Q since Jan. 7 vs. Houston.
7. By the way, James has 15 turnovers in his last two games. He has to find a way to cut down on his miscues. He's turning the ball over a career-high 4.3 times a game.
8. The Warriors had won their last four meetings with the Cavs at The Q before tonight. In addition, they had won seven of the last eight outings vs. the Cavs.
9. Warriors coach Steve Kerr played three-plus seasons with the Cavs from 1989-92. When he left, he was the franchise leader in 3-point percentage at 47.2. Also, one of Kerr's assistants, Luke Walton, played the last 1 1/2 seasons of his career in Cleveland in 2012 and 2013.
10. The Warriors are in the midst of playing 10 of 11 games on the road. They are 1-2 on their current trip. Of course, they are a league-best 20-9 away from home this season. They are now 17-4 vs. the Eastern Conference.
UP NEXT: at Indiana, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Friday
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Harrison Barnes (6-8, 225)
C Timofey Mozgov (7-1, 250) vs. Andrew Bogut (7-0, 260)
SG J.R. Smith (6-6, 220) vs. Klay Thompson (6-7, 215)
Warriors - C Ognjen Kuzmic, F James Michael McAdoo
Bennett Salvatore, Pat Fraher, John Goble