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The Cavs are Getting a Piece of Russia — Updated

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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ESPN reporters Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein said the Cavs were engaged in talks with the Denver Nuggets to aquire center Timofey Mozgov at 4:03 PM. The Cavs would supposedly be parting with two protected first round picks, one from Memphis and one from Oklahoma that was acquired just Monday night.

Fourteen minutes later Adrian Wojnarowski swooped in and confirmed the trade as originally stated by ESPN.

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Report: Varejao has torn Achilles, likely done for the season

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

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Some very bad news, via ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst:

Tests Wednesday morning confirmed the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ fears that center Anderson Varejao has torn his Achilles tendon, sources told ESPN.com.

This has become sadly commonplace for the beloved big man — in the past four seasons, Varejao has played only 31, 25, 25, and 65 games, and it looks like he will only play 26 games this season, with no real guarantee that he will come back at 100% from this injury by the start of next season.

Obviously, this is a bummer, as Andy’s presence on the floor made LeBron far more comfortable due to the pick-and-roll ESP the two share with each other and Andy’s growing set of tools, including a nice passing game and an ugly but effective mid-range jumper he’d finally gotten comfortable with.

The pressure is now on Tristan Thompson and David Griffin. Thompson will take over Varejao’s starting spot, and while +/- numbers that say the Cavaliers have been significantly better with Thompson on the floor than Varejao this season, that hypothesis will now be fully tested. As for Griffin, the Cavs were thought to be in the market for an additional rim protector before, with Kostas Koufos and Timofey Mozgov being the names most often linked to the Cavs — the Cavs will now desperately need an extra center to have a chance at being serious finals contenders, because I don’t see this thing working with Lou Amundson and Brendan Haywood getting significant minutes. We’ll see how this shakes out in the coming weeks.

Magic Mike Is Out

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Mike Miller, the man who sort of won the Bucks game for the Cavs the other night, received a concussion against the Knicks less than twenty-four hours ago. Dave McMenamin is reporting that Miller will miss the game against Toronto tonight and then will undergo some more tests to reevaluate his playing status for the Monday game against Brooklyn. There is no certain timeline for his return. Miller hasn’t been contributing much for the team on the floor, but he has been very active talking to guys when they come to the bench. If he doesn’t get to travel with the team or hangout, he will surely be missed.

The concussion happened after he was whistled for an offensive foul while shooting a three pointer with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony hit him with his arm closing out on the shot. You can watch the play here. It didn’t look like Miller was too shaken up at time of the play because he managed to walk it off and stay on the floor for another two minutes. Hopefully, Mike is okay and doesn’t shy away from trying to draw contact on the three shot in the future.

Attack of the Mid-Top

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Yesterday, it was revealed that the Cavs own Kyrie Irving is going to have a signature shoe drop from Nike on December 23rd. He is the only player outside of Kevin Durant to earn a shoe line from the Swoosh in the past ten years. This is just one more sign that the Wine & Gold franchise has really turned a corner. How many other teams have two guys with signature sneakers from one of the major companies?  (more…)

Cavs drop Cherry, add Price

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

In a reversal of the move they made at the beginning of the season, the Cavs waived Will Cherry in order to claim A.J. Price off waivers, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports. Price was released by the Indiana Pacers. Price averaged over 10.5 points and 2.7 assists for the Pacers, but was deemed expendable with C.J. Watson returning from injury.

Cherry was unable to make much of his time in Cleveland, averaging 1.9 points and one assist in 8.6 minutes a game, white shooting only 5-19 in his eight games in a Cavs uniform. Meanwhile, Price has shown he can be a legit bench scorer, posting an 18 PER, with a 54TS%, and scoring in double figures despite only playing 19.3 minutes a game.  I’m surprised the Pacers let him go, and even more surprised that the Cavs were able to claim him. Let’s hope he can add some the same scoring punch we saw him exhibit for the Pacers and for the Cavs in preseason.

The Celebration Critics and Shotcharts

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Make sure you check out Robert Attenweiler’s Point Four-Ward piece from today.

Less than a day ago, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love faced criticism for their celebration after the Cavs victory against the Pelicans. In their celebration, the two buddies did an elaborate handshake and broke down the doors of decent households all over America by appearing to mime the activity of smoking a marijuana cigarette. However, this was not what they were doing. Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has the official Cavs released statement on the perceived illegal activity.

“To clarify, they are quickly sharpening the end of an imaginary mustache at the end of their exchange with each other. It has nothing to do with smoking a joint as some blogs (and even some mainstream folks now) are suggesting/reporting.”

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The Cavs and Anthony Davis

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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Brian Windhorst posted a video previewing the Cavs matchup against the Pelicans for ESPN. He touches on the obvious stuff about the Wine & Gold needing to pass the ball and play defense. However, he brings up a very interesting point about covering Anthony Davis. Who on the Cavs can do it? Will LeBron James be forced to cover the Brow if the game is close in the fourth quarter?

Tristan Thompson is toast if AD drags him out of the paint and makes one pump fake, and Anderson Varejao will get really tired if he is forced to cover the blocking machine the entire game on pick and rolls and regular possessions. And, Kevin Love would need some of AD’s love in order to avoid being posterized. The Pelican’s Omer Asik is also a handful to boxout. No matter what, the Cavs bigs will have a tough night to keep Davis from tiring out the box score writer’s hand.

The video post is titled “Cavaliers Building Chemistry.” Chemistry wasn’t really talked about, but after watching the video, I can conclude that chemistry for the Cavs is going to be all about James covering the opposition’s best guy or any effective guy Love has to cover. Makes sense, who doesn’t want to be around a guy that does the dirty/hard part of their job? (more…)

Trouble In No Assist Land

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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Make sure to check out my recap of the Cavs Vs. Jazz here.

Brian Windhorst is reporting that LeBron James had words with Kyrie Irving not only after the game against Portland but also after the game against Utah. The King is upset that Irving isn’t playing like a point guard. He acknowledged the fact that Kyrie hasn’t had an assist in more than forty-five minutes.

“There’s a lot of bad habits, a lot of bad habits been built up the past couple years,” James said to the media moments after the exchange. “When you play that style of basketball, it takes a lot to get it up out of you.”

Irving said this about the Utah game:

“For us, it was a growing process that we have to go through,” Irving said Wednesday. “It sucks right now. For us, we’re still young, and I’m still learning what’s going on.”

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Wild Re-Signing

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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The Wild Thing, Anderson Varejao, is going to be extending his contract with the Cavaliers. David Griffin announced this news earlier today; however, he was not allowed to give any details of the contract because of NBA league rules. Sideshow Bob has played his entire career with the Cavs and witnessed LeBron James leave for Miami. Last season he played 65 games and averaged 9.7 rebounds to go with 2.2 assists and 8.4 points. Andy has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career; however, he managed to go into last summer uninjured and used his free time to get into wonderful shape. He then played on Brazil’s national team and looked better than fellow Brazilian teammate/NBA center Nene throughout the 2014 FIBA tournament. (more…)

On the Same Page, Again

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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Dan Gilbert and LeBron James are officially on the same page again according to the the press conference from earlier today. Actually, everything and everyone in the organization is on the same super positive, happy, and cooperative page. Gilbert commented on David Blatt, LeBron James, and David Griffin as he fielded questions from reporters for about twenty minutes. It was an opportunity for Cavs fans to see an owner on the podium that has clearly gone through as many emotions as they have during the time since James’ departure. It was an opportunity to see a man that has grown immensely since publishing a rage inspired letter.

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