NBA

99
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Cleveland 25 16 32 26 99
Brooklyn 31 31 19 28 109
109
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 17, 2021
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York  Attendance: 16,922

Cavaliers minus key players heading into matchup with Nets

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets

  1. Cleveland went 2-1 versus Brooklyn last year, posting its first winning season over the Nets since 2017-18 (3-1). Brooklyn has won the last two meetings it has hosted between the teams, giving it consecutive home wins over the Cavs for the first time since 2014.
  2. The Cavaliers have held opponents to under 100 points in four straight games, their longest such streak since the 2014-15 season. The Cavs rank second in the NBA in scoring defense this year at 101.1 points per game (Denver -- 98.9) after ranking 17th a season ago at 112.3.
  3. Ricky Rubio led the Cavs with 28 points on Monday, his second 25-point game of the year after having one all last season. He is averaging 21.2 points over his last five games, the second-highest five-game average of his career (24.0 from January 30 -- February 7, 2018).
  4. The Nets had their three-game win streak snapped with a 117-99 defeat to the Warriors on Tuesday. Brooklyn shot a season-low 38.6 percent from the field in the loss after shooting a combined 50.4 percent on field goals during its three-game win streak.
  5. Kevin Durant, who failed to reach the 20-point plateau for the first time this season against Golden State, has played 50 games with the Nets and scored 1377 points. That is the third most by any player through 50 career games with a team in the last 40 years, bested only by Michael Jordan (1394-Bulls) and Kyrie Irving (1391-Nets).
  6. In nine games against the Cavs since 2016-17, James Harden is averaging 34.2 points, 11.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game with seven double-doubles and four triple-doubles. He has scored at least 35 points in six of those nine games, and at least 40 in four of them.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a respectable start; and, as their schedule gets tougher, they will need to figure out how to compensate for the absence of standout rookie Evan Mobley.

On Tuesday, the Cavaliers announced that Mobley will miss two to four weeks with a right elbow sprain. Cleveland's first game without him will be a visit to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

Mobley was injured while jostling for position with Boston's Enes Kanter in the third quarter of a 98-92 loss to the visiting Celtics on Monday. He finished the third quarter before getting lifted less than a minute into the fourth.

"It was a freak thing that happened," Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters after the team practiced on Tuesday. "It happens a lot. Guys get tangled up. It wasn't a dirty play or anything like that. Just two guys playing basketball. You hurt for all the guys that get injured the same way."

Mobley was off to a quick start for a team that heads into Brooklyn with nine wins in its first 15 games. Besides contributing to a defense that is allowing 101.1 points per game, Mobley is averaging 14.6 points, eight rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 blocks while shooting 49.4 percent.

Mobley's absence begins on the front end of a back-to-back that sees Cleveland host Golden State on Thursday before hosting Brooklyn on Monday and the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 24.

Cleveland has another key absence to fill as well.

Collin Sexton is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a torn meniscus on Nov. 7 in a win over the Knicks.

Also, former Brooklyn center Jarrett Allen did not travel with the team due to a non-COVID illness, and Lauri Markkanen is still getting his conditioning back from being in the health and safety protocols and is not expected to play.

Cleveland could get Kevin Love back from an eight-game absence while in the health and safety protocols, but his status likely will be determined Wednesday.

"Everybody's got to do their part," Bickerstaff said. "We're down (Mobley) and other bodies. That's the NBA in 82 games. At some point in time, everybody is going to get an opportunity. Everybody has to take a step up and do a little more."

The Nets are coming off one of their worst showings of the season, a 117-99 loss to the visiting Golden State Warriors. After winning five of six on their longest road trip of the season, the Nets lost the lead late in the second quarter before missing 17 of 22 shots and getting outscored 35-18 in the third quarter.

"It obviously fell apart a little bit in the third," Nets coach Steve Nash said. "We got stagnant with the ball. Our energy dropped.

"We got too stagnant, too iso-happy, didn't move and didn't attack the basket. It was a good lesson for us."

Nash's team shot a season-worst 38.6 percent and got outrebounded 53-38. It also occurred during Kevin Durant's worst night of the season, after he averaged 31.5 points during the trip.

Durant is coming off a season-low 19 points when he shot 6 of 19 from the field. The Nets also missed 26 of 36 3-pointers and were without Joe Harris (sprained left ankle), who is not expected to play Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 17, 2021


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