Post-mortem: Cavs 107, Timberwolves 85
Two things won this for the Cavaliers - crashing the boards and shooting:
At the half: Cavs 56, Twolves 39
- The Cavaliers outrebounded the Twolves 47-26, crashing the boards all night and with relative ease. They beat them in second chance points 16-7 . James led the way with 12, but Anderson Varejao proved extremely effective on the glass grabbing nine rebounds.
- Secondly, they worked inside and outside on offense, hitting 53 percent of their shots and outscoring the Twolves 36-32 in the paint. Six players scored in double figures tonight, including the entire starting lineup.
- The Timberwolves came out trying to bomb the Cavaliers out of Quicken Loans Arena. They connected on a ridiculous 54 percent in the first half and the Cavs, for a while, had few answers for it.
- That strategy began to backfire toward the end of the half as the Cavs went on an 11-0 run to put the game at its halftime score. Cleveland cracked back on defense and forced a couple turnovers.
- At the half, LeBron James is close to a double-double (yawn). Here's the oddity: he scored 18 points in the first quarter and nothing in the second, yet the Cavs lead by 17. The rest of the team got involved and should they come out with any type of intensity, they can put this away.
Cavs (58-13) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (20-52)
TV: FSOhio. Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM).
Cavs: LeBron James (F); Anderson Varejao (F); Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G). Timberwolves: Ryan Gomes (F); Keving Love (F); Jason Collins (C); Rodney Carney (G); Kevin Ollie (G).
Cavs: Eric Snow (knee); Ben Wallace (broken leg); Wally Szczerbiak is questionable. Timberwolves: Corey Brewer (knee); Al Jefferson (knee) are out.
The Cavs have won 10 consecutive games; the T-wolves have lost six in a row.
The Cavs won their lone meeting at the Target Center in Minneapolis 93-70 in a game that wasn’t even close.
What to watch:
- Do the T-Wolves have any bite left? It’s questionable at best if reports out of Minnesota are to be believed. Coach Kevin McHale benched his starters for his team’s last game. Guard Randy Foye said in a report that he may have to sit in a tub of ice to keep going the rest of the season. That’s just what you want to say with the season ticking down. In short: perhaps more changes to the starting lineup will be in order.
- Delonte West had been struggling since suffering a lower back contusion on March 13. He finally looked as if he’d snapped out of it against the New Jersey Nets. West is going to be a key piece to the Cavs’ success in the playoffs; he needs to be healthy.