Cavaliers rout Grizzlies 111-89
The Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night 111-89 in Memphis. The Cavaliers handed the Grizzlies their worst home loss of the season. Kyrie Irving led the rout by scoring 24 points on 9 of 21 shooting. The Cavaliers’ Big Three are looking as good as ever, as all three scored 20 plus points on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers have extended their lead on the Chicago Bulls by 3 games for the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference.
Kevin Love had one of his best games of the year on Wednesday night. Love scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds, but he shot 10 of 13 from the field. Love started off his scoring with a dunk, which gave him that vote of confidence he has been needing. Love was spreading the floor making it difficult for the Grizzlies to defend the Cavaliers a whole. Love has received heavy scrutiny in the media for saying that Russell Westbrook is the MVP over LeBron James. The man is entitled to his opinion, and he actually has a valid point because Westbrook has been a triple-double machine as of late.
Another reason the Cavaliers played so well on Wednesday night was because of the physical play of center Timofey Mozgov. Mozgov scored 14 points and corralled 9 rebounds, but he was giving the Memphis big men a difficult time down low. He held Zach Randolph to 5 points and only 3 rebounds. Mozgov has been one of the biggest additions that the Cavaliers have had because it has solidified the post for the Cavaliers. I have said it and I will say it again, Mozgov is the most important player on the Cavaliers roster because of his ability to defend, corral rebounds, and block shots.
The Cavaliers are looking like they are primed and ready for the playoffs, and the Big Three looks to consistently be on the same page. The Cavaliers will more than likely lock up the No. 2 seed in the East, so I think that it is time to begin to slowly rest players. Blatt needs to think playoffs and just give his guys some rest, so everyone is rested and ready to go come playoff time.