Cleveland Cavaliers Weekly Recap: Nov. 3 - Nov. 9

Ryan Loftis By Ryan Loftis, 11th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A recap of the second week of the NBA season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cavaliers Win Three Straight Despite Injury to LeBron James

Nov. 3: The Cavaliers announced that guard J.R. Smith, who suffered a knee injury during the previous night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, would miss the team's next two games and was doubtful to play on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Nov. 4: The Cavaliers wore black, sleeved jerseys when they hosted the New York Knicks. After missing seven of his first 11 shots in the game's first 24 minutes, forward LeBron James ripped the sleeves off his jersey. Whether the sleeves had impaired his performance or not, he played better in the second half, scoring 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers trailed the Knicks by 15 points in the first quarter but outscored them 58-40 in the second half and won 98-86. As for the jerseys, which the Cavaliers will wear three to six times during the season, James said, "If the fans love them, I love them."

Nov. 6: The Cavaliers defeated the visiting 76ers 108-102 for their fifth straight win. James had season highs in points (31) and assists (13) and became the 20th player in NBA history to record 9,000 field goals but took a knee in his left thigh with just over nine minutes left in the game. He left the game for good with 2:31 remaining and the Cavaliers up by 14. "I know many of you know that's a painful thing," Cavaliers coach David Blatt said afterwards. "And we let him go with it so he wouldn't stiffen up, and when we took him out we didn't want to put him back in unless we absolutely had to, which fortunately we didn't." Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson had collided with Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel in the first half and required three stitches in his right eyelid.

Nov. 8: Despite his injury, James scored 29 points and moved into 19th place on the career field goal list as the Cavaliers topped the visiting Indiana Pacers 101-97. Forward Kevin Love was also dominant for Cleveland with 22 points and 19 rebounds.


Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Lebron James, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76Ers

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