Cavs' disappointing 2017 campaign continues to trudge along
The NBA season has less than 30 games left in the season and is less than two weeks away from the All-Star break.Monday, Jan. 29, fans saw the Philadelphia 76ers go into Milwaukee to play the Bucks. Joel Embiid was inactive for the game, so this led the way for Giannis Antetokounmpo to do his thing. The Boston Celtics traveled to play the Denver Nuggets; the entirety of the game was competitive. With 34 seconds left, Jaylen Brown hit the go ahead 3-pointer to put the Celtics up 111-110, which would prove to be the final score. The Celtics’ Kyrie Irving finished with 27 points and Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic finished with a double-double. Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets traveled to Manhattan to play the New York Knicks in the cross-town rivalry. The Knicks were on a bit of a skid, but great play by Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter led to a dominating 111-95 win over the Nets. DeMarre Carroll led the Nets in scoring with 13 points. The Golden State Warriors looked to go into Utah with an easy win, but it did not turn out to be what they thought. Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant shot only 12-37 in their 129-99 blowout loss, while Jazz’s Ricky Rubio, Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell all had 20 plus points in their big win. Wednesday, Dwight Howard and the Charlotte Hornets visited the Atlanta Hawks. Howard and his teammates Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum dominated, as Howard finished with a strong double-double, Walker finished with 38 points and Batum finished with a triple-double. They steamrolled the Hawks 123-110. That night, the Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Chicago Bulls, where CJ McCollum dominated his entire time on the court — in the first quarter alone, he scored 28 points. He only played in the first three quarters and finished with 50 points. With the help from McCollum, the Blazers easily won 124-108. Thursday marked the debut for Blake Griffin for the Detroit Pistons after being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pistons were at home against the Memphis Grizzlies, and Griffin seemed to fit right into the Pistons scheme. He finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds as he was able to lead his new team to a win. The Rockets looked to continue surging as they faced off against the San Antonio Spurs. James Harden continued prove himself to be a strong candidate for MVP as he led the Rockets to a 102-91 win, finishing with 28 points and 11 assists. Friday, the New Orleans Pelicans continued their fight for a playoff spot even after losing star DeMarcus Cousins. In their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anthony Davis was the answer. He finished with 43 points and 10 rebounds as he dominated the Thunder’s “Big Three.” He led to a 114-110 win over the Thunder. Steven Adams finished with a strong 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Utah Jazz continue to have a big week where they destroy their opponents. They faced the Phoenix Suns, and their star rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 40 points. The Suns continued to plummet and the Jazz hoped to keep their four-game win streak alive. Saturday, the Houston Rockets marched into Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, where the Cavs continued their rough season. This nationally televised game was supposed to be a good one, but ended up being a blowout by the Rockets. The Cavs continue to look like they do not want to compete as they play almost no defense. Chris Paul led the Rockets with 22 points in the 120-88 blowout. JR Smith and Isaiah Thomas both led the Cavs with 12 points. The Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings faced off in a matchup of the two worst teams in the Western Conference. Harrison Barnes led the way for the Mavs with 18 points in their 106-99 win. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Kings. Sunday had a good list of games air before the Super Bowl. The Toronto Raptors hosted the Memphis Grizzlies, where the Raptors were able to get a 101-86 win. The Raptors had six players with more than 10 points, giving them a steady amount of scoring for a victory. Memphis had good scoring from its starters, but the team was not able to get any scoring from its bench. The Thunder hoped to end its three-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers. Russell Westbrook went off for 36 points and nine assists, but his efforts were not enough as the Thunder dropped its fourth straight game to a score of 108-104. Brook Lopez led the Lakers in scoring and assists with 20 points and five assists.