The Cavs were -13 with Mozgov on the court & Motiejunas ate him for dinner in the post.
Also, there are going to be other matchups where Mozgov is more useful, valuable. Today's matchup seemed to favor Thompson.
The Cavs can't play Thompson & Mozgov together IMO because the spacing would be horrendous. James Jones and Kevin Love provided the spacing
Tristan Thompson was sensational for Cavs. He was active, setting screens and rebounding. He earned the minutes over Mozgov. He was better
Since there have been a lot of questions about the lack of Timofey Mozgov late in the game, here's my guess...
Second straight game that Blatt has gone with Tristan Thompson over Mozgov at the 5 in a tight one down the stretch.
Watching Cavs and Rockets reminds me how much I enjoyed having Mozgov in Denver. Doesn't back down from anyone.
Trevor Ariza right in Mozgov's face after hard foul on Harden, got T'ed up. Things getting VERY chippy here in Houston.
Now Ariza is chirping at Timo and the Cavs' bench. He gets T'd up.
It’s heated in here. Now Ariza has some words for Mozgov - Ariza earns himself a technical foul.
Getting rowdy in here. Now Mozgov and Ariza are chirping. Ariza T'd up.
Now Mozgov & Ariza getting into it. J.R. Smith is the guy trying to keep Mozgov cool.
Call on floor is double-technical fouls on Beverley and LeBron. Looked like LeBron kept hand on James' throat, Mozgov was third man in.
McHale immediately instructing Motiejunas about defending Mozgov. Mozgov 4 of 5, dominating inside. But Rockets need Motiejunas' scoring.
Dwight Howard's absence felt early. Mozgov having his way inside, LeBron with no fear of attacking.
Tristan Thompson on the court now for Mozgov, no more fireworks to look out for.
Mozgov has been salty last two offensive possessions bc Hibbert has held him. Last time, the possession resulted in a turnover.
Heading to timeout, Roy Hibbert had some words with Mozgov.
Mozgov blocked Roy Hibbert's shot and started flexing for a minute
Cavs win 110-99 for 18th W in last 20 games, improve to 37-22. LeBron season-high 42p 11r; Kyrie 24p; Love 16p 8r; Mozgov 10p 10r
Cavs up 90-78 through 3Q. LeBron 38p on 13-for-21 5r 4a; Kyrie 20p; Mozgov 10p 10r; Love 10p; T.Thompson 8p 7r.
Those seem to be MVP chants for Mozgov
GSW at CLE starters: GSW -- Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green, Bogut; CLE -- Irving, Smith, James, Love, Mozgov. Out: Varejao, Marion.
Mozgov going out with 3 fouls has allowed Pistons to start working middle, finding shooters. Detroit now 6-of-8 from deep, up 5.
Three fouls now on Mozgov in the first half.
What a difference when Mozgov catches the ball
Timofey Mozgov's athleticism, on both ends, is a factor in Detroit. Extremely coordinated for a guy his size. Cavs up 39-33.
Quietly, Kevin Love's rim protection numbers (per @NBAstats) have improved dramatically. Was allowing 59.9% at Mozgov trade. Now 53.8%.