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A Grumpy Man and No Untouchables

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Make sure to go read Robert Attenwieler’s “Point Four-Ward” from earlier today. Play his recreating the 2007 Cavs Finals roster game.

LeBron might be just like a grandpa at the age of 29. He’s griped about Kyrie Irving not getting assists, the team lacking focus, and guys not playing good defense in less than a four week time span. Now, he thinks he’s playing too many minutes. Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has LeBron’s thoughts on playing the third most minutes a night in the NBA.

“For me, I don’t want to do that all year,” James said. “Obviously right now it’s difficult because we’re trying to find a groove and we’re trying to find a rhythm and we’re trying to find something that you can’t really, you don’t want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it.”

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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…)

The Bench’s Bird Rights

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson are the Cavs bench. Big T is even pushing starter minutes and Matty D is finishing fourth quarters, while both Shawn Marion and Mike Miller are failing to log just fifteen minutes a game. TT has played around 55 minutes this season while Anderson Varejao has played about 56 minutes. Delly finished the game against the Bulls playing more time than Dion Waiters, and he has the best plus/minus of anyone on the Cavs this season. He’s +21 for the year and other people, at least people outside of the Cavs:The Blog writing staff, are noticing. Jason Lloyd penned a piece for the Akron Beacon Journal with lots of praise for the Australian wonder after just two games.

Delly is in many ways the perfect complementary piece to the Cavs’ Big Three. He is a chameleon who can fit with most any other player on the floor. He keeps the ball moving offensively. He’s a gritty defender (something the Cavs sorely need right now) and he doesn’t feel an overwhelming need to shoot. In 48 minutes, he has taken just six shots (four 3-pointers).

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Together

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The new LeBron James billboard is being slowly unveiled.  The name on the back of LeBron’s jersey is finally visible.

 

Picture courtesy of the Plain Dealer's Twitter account

Picture courtesy of the Plain Dealer’s Twitter account

Additionally, LeBron just tweeted out his brand new Nike ad.  I might just play this on a loop for a few weeks.  Between The Essay and now this, LeBron has wrapped his arms around the region and is bringing us together.  And for that I can only say thank you.

It’s time.

Links To The Present: Old Point Guard Edition

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Heat vs. Nets Game 2

The Cavs are facing a bit of an injury situation right now.  Jason Lloyd is reporting that Kyrie Irving will probably miss the next two preseason games before returning from his ankle injury while LeBron James will be missing one of the next three preseason games to rest.  LeBron has a sore back.

“Kyrie moved around a good bit today, not in live practice, but in terms of the drills that we had. That’s a good sign,” Cavs coach David Blatt said. “He’s coming along. We’re not going to rush it, we’re being careful because we want him back on his feet full strength. But he did take a step forward today, no question.”

“I haven’t quite figured it out,” James said of which game he would skip. “I’m going to talk with coach and go from there. They’ve been managing it pretty good. I’m feeling pretty good right now and I want to continue that.”

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Links To The Present: TV Deal Edition + Kyrie in a Walking Boot + Updates

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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The NBA has announced their new media deal with Turner Sports and ESPN.  From the 2015-2016 season all the way through the 2024-2025 season, the league will receive $24 billion.  The last deal only paid $7.5 billion, and it was over eight years.  The new deal means one thing for certain.  The cap is going to go up a large amount at some point; however, it isn’t clear when.  Larry Coon, the NBA salary cap professor, explained the new deal’s implications.

Since the salary cap is directly tied to revenues, this means we would expect the cap to increase significantly. The league sets the cap each year based on its projected revenues for the upcoming season. By the league’s convoluted salary-cap math, a $1.1 billion increase in national TV revenues would equate to a nearly $16 million jump in the 2015-16 salary cap, above and beyond its expected increase without the infusion of new TV money.

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Links To The Present: Dion’s Moxie Edition

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Dion Waiters isn’t planning on listening to unkind words this season. After John Wall suggested that the best best backcourt consisted of himself and Bradley Beal, Dion reacted. Waiters just said how he felt and who can blame him.

“That’s nonsense,” Waiters said after practice Tuesday. “(Beal is) supposed to say that, but I know deep down, he’s not messing with me and Ky (Kyrie Irving). I think me and Ky are the best backcourt, young backcourt. That’s all.”

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Links To The Present: Offense and Hair Edition

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Mike Miller and LeBron James have spoken about David Blatt’s offense, and they think it is going to be one of the best in the league.  Chris Fedor of The Northeast Ohio media group talked to Miller and LeBron on Sunday.

“His offensive stuff is borderline genius,” wing Mike Miller said following Monday’s practice. “It takes a little time, but you see why he’s done such a good job leading teams to championships. He’s a good coach.”

“It’s very free flowing and it’s going to be challenging for guys,” James said. “I can see it. Guys are kind of thinking through it a little too much, but I think when we get it there are so many different options. It’s live at every position and there’s a counter to everything a defense can do.”

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Links to the Present: Non-Guaranteed Money

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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The Cavs are still making moves.  This team never stops.  Last night, the organization sent John Lucas, Malcom Thomas, Erik Murphy and Dwight Powell to the Boston Celtics.  The Celtics sent Keith Bogans to the Cavs. Lucas, Thomas, and Murphy all have non-guaranteed contracts; the Keith Bogans contract the Cavs got back is also non-guaranteed for $5.3 million this season and $5.5 million next season.  In addition to players, the Celtics received the two second round picks the Cavs owned from the Kings.  While the Cavs will be over the cap the coming seasons by signing Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving to max extensions, the Bogans contract will allow the team to add another large salary player through trade when it is combined with Brendan Haywood’s $10.5 million non-guaranteed contract.  Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider explains.

Cleveland can combine Bogans and Haywood and acquire a player or players making up to $21 million while instantly taking that same amount off the other team’s cap.

 

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