The Cavaliers opened a 4 games in 5 nights stretch by hosting the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. The Cavaliers facing a lesser opponent had a chance to put this game away early and get some rest, but the Warriors took advantage of the Cavs turnovers and kept this game competitive till the last minute. Both the Cavaliers and the Warriors were short handed, but that is an understatement for the Warriors. Golden State dressed only 8 players and only 7 were available for action. All 7 Warriors finished in double figures and pushed the Cavaliers to the brink, but it seemed as if the Cavs were toying with the Warriors the entire game. In the end, LeBron, Hickson and Williams were too much for the Warriors, and the Cavaliers beat the depleted Warriors 114 to 108
Crowded Injury List - The Warriors were without Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike, Andrins Beidris, C.J. Watson all due to injury, and Raja Bell only dressed so the Warriors could fulfill the mandatory 8 players dressed rule. The Cavaliers were also down a couple players; starting center, Shaquille O'Neal continued to sit out due to a sore shoulder, and Anderson Varejao also missed Tuesday's game due to a hip contusion. O'Neal will miss Wednesday's game as he did not even make the trip to Washington an Andy is considered doubtful at the moment.
Warriors Come Out to Play - Despite having only 7 active bodies, Golden State started this game ready to play. The Warriors made their first 5 shots and held a 10 to 4 lead over Cleveland. While going 5 for 5 to start out the game, the Warriors also got baskets for 4 different starters. Curry, Ellis, Moore and Radmanovic all hit jump shots in the first 2 and a half minutes.