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Not a Recap: Cleveland 125, Atlanta 127

Friday, December 27th, 2013

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Due to general holiday weariness, no one signed up for a recap last night, so this will be short.  The Cavs lost a tough one to fall to 10 wins and 18 losses on the season.  They led 95 to 91 with two minutes remaining in regulation.  They led 108 to 105 with seven seconds remaining in the first overtime.  They led by five early in the second overtime.  Alas, the Wine & Gold never closed out the win though, as Jeff Teague hit a buzzer beater that rattled around the rim six times.

Kyrie finished with 40 points on 17 of 33 shooting, with 9 assists, 4 steals and 6 turnovers.  There were portions of the game where he was completely unstoppable, but also portions when it would have been nice to see more ball movement.  Tristan tallied 22 points on 66% true shooting, with six rebounds and two blocks.  Dion scored 20 points on 67% true shooting, aside a handful of nice passes generating buckets or free throws.  His five turnovers were ugly, but his plus-10 on-court / off-court was second best on the team…shockingly, the bench is better with Waiters around.  The team’s defense was poor, and never got the stops needed to pull out a victory for the home-court crowd.

The team heads to Boston on Saturday, hopefully to right the ship and pull out a much needed win.

 

PSA: Send Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett to the D-League

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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The early D-League assignments from the Cavs roster have been Sergey Karasev, Henry Sims, and Carrick Felix.  We will see how the season progresses as far as their use of the Charge, but hopefully Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett see time in Canton*.

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What Would a Dion Waiters Trade Look Like?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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First off, I am firmly in the camp that believes the Cavaliers should not trade Waiters. This year’s Cavs offense has been 10 points per possession better with Waiters on the court, and he is part of the most efficient Cavs lineup. Since ESPN reported that he was being hawked on the open market, his play has been stellar. Scoring has ticked up, but what’s been most impressive is how he’s improving his shot selection towards the mostly-layups-and-threes prescription and reducing his tendency to fire away from midrange.

You could examine this cynically and come to the conclusion that he is seizing the opportunity to audition for the rest of the league. There are some rumors (which feel pretty true given the soap opera of the past two weeks) about the iciness of his relationship with Kyrie Irving. Signs may point to his desire to get out of Dodge, but punting the most dynamic player of a frustrating Cavs team would be a mistake. He gets a lot of flak, mostly based on his propensity to shoot everything all the time and who the Cavs passed on to take him, but he has shown noticeable improvement. Waiters’ ability to slash through multiple layers of defense provides precious movement for a stagnant offense. There aren’t any other players on the team besides Kyrie who can impose their will to the degree Waiters can, regardless of his deficiencies. He likely has a way to go as a player, and it feels as if he is on the path to realizing this potential, be it as a sixth man (my money is on this) or as a starter.

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Kyrie & Dion, and the Free Agent Class of 2013

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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Many areas plague the early performance of the Cleveland Cavaliers, particularly on offense.  Those include poor individual play, a lack of team chemistry, potential redundancy of skills between various players, limited implementation of an offensive system…this list could extend for a while.

Today, I will briefly look at two of those problems.  First, the combination of Kyrie and Dion in the backcourt, then the impact of the 2013 free agency haul of Andrew Bynum, Jarrett Jack, and Earl Clark.

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5:34 Remaining in the First Quarter

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Author’s Note:  This article was conceived on Saturday morning, for publishing early Monday.  I hadn’t started as of 7:00 pm Sunday though, as Mallory inquired about posting the podcast Monday.  I replied, “Absolutely”.  Some of the discussion / questions below about the players only meeting and aftermath are slightly dated.  Time moves fast in a basketball hot-spot like Cleveland.

After the fifth game of the season, Dan Gilbert tweeted that if the season were a game, nine minutes remained in the first frame.  Now eleven games in, not much more time ticked off the clock.  Unfortunately, six minutes and twenty-six seconds into this analogical game, the Cavs initially falter 18 to 11.  A Kyrie turnover netted the opposition a transition bucket, as did a long rebound off a Dion brick.  Largely invisible for the first half of the quarter, Earl Clark subbed out for CJ Miles, who mercifully drained a long three.  Other than that, a Tristan put-back, and-one serve as the only highlights.  In this hypothetical game, down ten midway through the first, Kyrie called timeout, where a small tussle appears to break out on the Cavalier bench; upon returning from the brief hiatus, Kyrie spell binds with a dizzying dribbling display into a deep trey.

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Early thoughts on the Season…

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Lacking creativity, and also time between work and family, today I offer a few simple bullets on the early season.

1.  C.J. Miles for Sixth Man of the Year?  Let me take a 5-game sample and dream for a bit.

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Sizing up the Pacific: The Sacramento Kings

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The Sacreattle Superkings were the subject of a protracted and fairly nasty relocation struggle last year, a struggle which highlighted how highly sought after NBA franchises are since the one in the tussle was a fairly terrible one. The Kings, now of Sacramento for the foreseeable future, have been trudging through 6 seasons of awful basketball. Unlike their elite early-2000’s contemporaries, Sacramento flamed out pretty bad after their highest point, even less gracefully than the Suns. However, their ownership group appears to be of a more (read: not actively trying to sabotage their team’s on court fortunes) supportive kind.

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Sizing up the Southeast: The Charlotte Bobcats

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

The Charlotte Bobcats are an NBA team that is probably full of nice guys who try real hard and this might be the nicest thing I can say about them. Hey at least Byron Mullens doesn’t play for them anymore!

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Sizing up the Southeast: The Washington Wizards

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Another “sizing up”, and another time I draw a team on the up-and-up.  Today we’re covering the Washington Wizards!

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Sizing up the Central: The Chicago Bulls

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Yesterday, Robert looked the Pacers up-and-down and concluded they were still top dogs. Today, I’ll be peering west on I-90 and checking out how the Bulls and the Cavs match up with one another.

The Cavs augmented what was already a fun, somewhat strange team with some fun and definitely strange players. All of which theoretically play basketball with each other and then hopefully win games together. Keep in mind there is an opponent involved (this tends to slip through the cracks every offseason, as everyone tends to be overtly optimistic about team prospects), more often than not from the Central Division. Perhaps the most intriguing of this crop is the Chicago Bulls, a team whose ’13-’14 prospects are a genuine mystery.

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