If you tuned into the Cavs preseason opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra (pretty sweet name…Electra) you may have noticed the Cavs dominated the boards. I mean, completely and utterly dominated. The final disparity was 64-36. Varejao, Love, and Thompson all had double-digit rebounds and they had 15 offensive rebounds between them. If a preseason game against a non-NBA opponent isn’t piquing your interest, I’ll just cut to the chase: Love, Varejao, and Thompson, are ELITE rebounders.
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No Cheating. Take the Final Exam and see (honestly) how well you know the Trends, Ranks, and Outliers of our beloved wine and gold.
1.) The Cavaliers ended the season with a block differential of:
a.) -82 (or, 1 less block per game)
d.) +30 (Stop being so negative!)
2.) The Cavaliers finished last in the NBA in accumulating what basic box score stat:
b.) Forcing Turnovers
c.) Defensive Rebounds
d.) Free Throw Attempts
3.) The Cavaliers finished 1st in the NBA in differential for what basic box score stat:
a.) Turnovers (“Take what you can! Give nothing back!”)
b.) Blocks (they see me trolling)
c.) Technical Fouls (ain’t misbehavin’)
d.) Field Goal Attempts (Keep on chuckin’)
4.) The Cavaliers’ leader(s) in technical fouls was(were):
a.) Marreese Speights and Anderson Varejao with 4 each
b.) Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, and Boobie Gibson, with 3 each
c.) Moondog with OVER 9000?!?
d.) Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Marreese Speights with 2 each
5.) Rank the following players by # of Double-Doubles in 2012-2013: Tristan Thompson, Blake Griffin, J.J. Hickson, and Greg Monroe
a.) 1 Griffin, 2 Thompson, 3 Hickson, 4 Monroe
b.) 1 Griffin, 2 Monroe, 3 Thompson, 4 Hickson
c.) 1 Hickson, 2 Monroe, 3 Thompson, 4 Griffin
d.) 1 Thompson, 2 Griffin, 3 Monroe, 4 Hickson
6.) How many players did the Cavaliers have with a PER over 15 and how does that compare with the 2008-2009 team that won 66 games.
a.) 3 Players, and thus 3 less than the 6 on the 09 team
b.) 4 Players, and only 1 less than the 5 on the 09 team
c.) 5 players, and as it turns out, 2 more than the 3 on the 09 team
d.) 6 Players, which gave them 2 more than the 4 on the 09 team
7.) Choose the correct order of these Cavaliers by number of tweets: C.J. Miles, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson, Tristan Thompson
a.) Gibson, Waiters, Irving, Miles, Thompson
b.) Irving, Gibson, Waiters, Thompson, Miles
c.) Miles, Irving, Gibson, Waiters, Thompson
d.) Waiters, Gibson, Thompson, Irving, Miles
8.) Dion Waiters shot 100 more free throws than he committed personal fouls. (+100) How did Tyler Zeller fare at this made up stat?
9.) (Of players that played more than 500 minutes) Luke Walton led the Cavaliers in a number of dichotomous statistical categories. Which ones?
a.) First in assist rate, last in Usage%
b.) First in assist/turnover ratio, last in ORtg
c.) First in steal rate, last in % of points coming from fast breaks
d.) All of these.
10.) Rank these Cavaliers by improved WS/48 from last season: Irving, Thompson, Varejao, Gee, Livingston, Miles.
a.) Thompson, Livingston, Varejao, Miles, Irving, Gee
b.) Thompson, Varejao, Irving, Livingston, Miles, Gee
c.) Varejao, Thompson, Livingston, Miles, Irving, Gee
d.) Livingston, Varejao, Thompson, Irving, Miles, Gee
11.) Rank these in order of how expensive (amount/salary) they were this season:
a.) TT shots outside 15 feet
b.) Kyrie Irving All-Star Points
c.) Anderson Varejao Double-Doubles
d.) Luke Walton Free Throws
12.) Apply the following rankings (based on +/-‘s) to the below lineups: Great = +53 in 190m, Good = +13 in 153m, Good =+7 in 99m, Awful = -62 in 421m, Putrid = -66 in 185m
a.) Irving – Waiters – Gee – Thompson – Varejao
b.) Irving – Waiters – Gee – Thompson – Zeller
c.) Pargo – Waiters – Gee – Thompson – Varejao
d.) Irving – Gee – Miles – Thompson – Zeller
e.) Irving – Ellington – Gee – Thompson – Zeller
13.) Of opponent shooting splits, the Cavaliers placed in the top 6 at defending what?
a.) Field Goals
b.) Corner 3s
c.) The Paint
d.) Free Throws
14.) The Cavaliers were 4th in the NBA in point differential against this team:
15.) What percentage of Shaun Livingston’s assisted baskets resulted from Luke Walton?
16.) The Cavalier players with the best Adjusted Plus Minus numbers this season were:
a.) Thompson, Irving, Varejao
b.) Jones, Livingston, Varejao
c.) Waiters, Ellington, Speights
d.) Irving, Ellington, Livingston (more…)