The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to show up in big time games as Kevin Love scored 29 points in the blowout win against the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-92.
”I would like to say that,” Coach Tyronn Lue said according to Yahoo Sports. ”I hope so. When we play teams that are great teams, we always seem to rise for the challenge.”
They certainly rise to the challenge as they continue to play at an up-tempo offense. The Cavaliers beat the San Antonio Spurs, second best team in the NBA at home. On the road against the fourth best team in the league, they played a complete basketball without Kyrie Irving, Mo Williams and Iman Shumpert. Irving left the game at the end of the first quarter with flu-like symptoms.
Shumpert is dealing with a left shoulder sprain and Williams has a sore left knee. It didn’t matter as Love took over the game, giving Lebron James the point guard duties for the team. He finished the game with 25 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds as they came over injuries against a great OKC team.
”It just shows our team is willing to step up when guys go down,” Lue said. ”Same situation last year. When guys went down, we were able to make it to the Finals. These guys step up. They play hard, they play for each other. If they continue to do that, they’ll be fine.”
The Cavaliers hope they continue this trend in the second half of the season as they host the Detroit Pistons tonight.