I’ve been on the ground, restricted part of the floor,
And, no one’s ever gonna stop my threes again!”
Kyrie started the night 0-7 and then proceeded to shoot 17-29 from the field on his way to a career high 55 points. He willed in 11 three pointers on 19 attempts, and had 16 of the Cavs final 20 points. And, boy is his back sore. Kevin Love scored ten points in the first quarter and nothing the rest of the game. Timofey was the second leading scoring getting just 12 points. The craziest stat of all is the fact the Irving had just three turnovers. The Blazers really put up a fight led by LaMarcus Aldridge. He scored 38 points on 13-23 shooting and had 11 rebounds. He even made two threes. Read the rest of this entry »
The Cavs come home tonight for the second game of a back-to-back against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers will be unusually rested because their game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday was postponed due to snow. Portland last played on Saturday and beat the Wizards. Read the rest of this entry »
Right now, I’m reading the book Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – the Creators of Superman by Cleveland-based author Brad Ricca. Now, “amazing” might be overselling the adventures of these two Depression Era chums who, over the course of several years of self-publishing, unrequited submissions and trial and error, go on to create one of the most iconic characters of the 20th century, but it does paint an interesting picture of the slow shaping and reshaping that it often takes before even the best ideas take hold.
For instance, did you know that one of Siegel’s early pitches for the comic that would become Superman had its hero come not from the Planet Krypton but from Earth’s distant future? His father sent the young would-be hero back in time to help save the planet Earth which, much like Krypton in the story we all know, is on the brink of destruction.
The Cavs defeated the Pistons to win their seventh straight game. This one was the definition of an uneven game. The Cavs were about as lethargic as I’ve seen them in the opening minutes before LeBron decided to push the tempo off every miss, taking over the game in spurts. Cleveland couldn’t hit 3s no matter how open until they hit four straight to push their lead to 15 points in the third. (They finished 9-34 from downtown.) Shawn Marion gave an inspired two-way effort in the first half and barely saw the court in the second. LeBron, for all his spurious wizardry was downright horrific in the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving had one of his best games as a Cavalier. There were periods were the only offense the Cavs could generate was on the heels of Kyrie’s defense and in the 4th quarter he alone kept the Pistons at arms-length. The Pistons had moments where they completely dominated the Cavs with dribble drive penetration and individual post moves from Greg Monroe. Andre Drummond dominated the defensive glass and sent six shots back from whence they came. But he finished an abysmal 6-17 from the field and missed a handful of point-blank bunnies, including an uncontested one in the final moments that would have made the game much more interesting. A win is a win, but the Cavs played like the 25th best team in the league outlasting the 27th best team. That both teams shot 42% and the Pistons had zero defensive answers for LeBron dribble drives while the Cavs defensive effort was Swiss cheesian tells you how poorly these teams executed on offense.
Detroit drubbed the good guys 103-80 the 28th of December, and tonight Cleveland seeks revenge. Lots has happened for both teams since. Brandon Jennings was lost for the season to an achilles injury last week, and D.J. Augustin started in his stead on Sunday. He scored 35 in 37 minutes against the Raptors, with 77% True Shooting. So shutting him down is a priority. Detroit features balanced scoring (five guys average double features), a dynamic duo of Monroe and Drummond in the middle, glue guy Kyle Singler, and solid coaching from Stan Van Gundy. Hopefully, the Cavs are revenge minded and can shut down the Pistons in the Motor City. Go Cavs!
The Cavs have been linked to quite a few different players of late, from the recently released Nate Robinson and Jordan Farmar to China’s Bobby Brown and Will Bynum. Heck, there’s even been talk about bringing in Golden Buckeye candidates, Tayshaun Prince and Ray Allen. The Cavs, though, should resist any temptation to mess with the roster right now. I know, I know. This from the guy who said about a dozen times that you can never have too many “bullets in the gun,” but after my lamentations about roster construction earlier this year, David Griffin went out and brought in three rotation players that have markedly changed the talent level of the starting lineup and the bench. Those moves worked, LeBron got healthy, and now the team is winning. So don’t screw it up! The Cavs brass should resist the urge to mess with the roster. They should respect the streak, learn from team history, and not sacrifice the team’s future.
Cavs fans, here’s five questions for five Cavs the Bloggers. And when you’re done with this, head on over to Red94.net, for a peak at the newly created weekly TrueHoop Network Roundup. We’re really trying hard to create an “ESPN TrueHoop Network Revival.” Please take a minute or ten to check out the great content on our sister sites. In the mean time, here are the questions that have been burning a hole in our brains.
1. How are you feelings about the Wiggins/Love trade now?
Tom: I hadn’t slept in weeks so I decided to check myself into therapy. Now I realize this is all my parents fault. If they hadn’t nurtured me and put up that basketball hoop in my driveway I never would have fallen in love with this God-forsaken sport. [Reaches for pills…hands shaking]
In a not a very emphatic win, the Wine & Gold hit 16 threes, gave up only ten points off turnovers, and allowed the Thunder to shoot just 39% from the field. Notice, I said allowed and not held. This was a game where the team that wanted to win probably could have asserted themselves and got the “W” very easily. Fortunately, the Thunder didn’t buckle down, and the Cavs had the edge from the three point line. Read the rest of this entry »
Dion Waiters is coming to Cleveland to battle against LeBron James and the Cavaliers today. Except, Dion probably wouldn’t phrase it that way. He would say Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going into the King’s house.
Waiters seems to have found a spot on the Thunder. He knows he isn’t better than their two stars. On the Cavs, Dion often stated and showed in subtle ways he thought he was better than Kyrie Irving. He may have been at times, but the way he manifested this attitude was by taking ill-thought shots, sulking, and demanding the ball from everyone to make up for perceived slights.
I’m not sure why Dion has fallen in line. Even in his first game with the Thunder against the Jazz, he did what he was asked to do so well that Scott Brooks praised his defense and tenacity. How often did that happen in Cleveland outside of myself and a few bloggers really wanting a legitimate reason to love Dion so much?
This game was an evisceration, a deconstruction, an immolation, a validation. Cleveland came out engulfed in flames on offense and defense, and eliminated any chance of Charlotte winning by midway through the second quarter. As Phil Hubbard noted, “The JR half-court lob to LeBron for a 60-27 lead with 4 or 5 minutes left in the second quarter was probably the earliest dagger in NBA history.” It happened at less than six minutes in, Phil. Unfortunately, no CtBers were available to watch all of the first half, and thus we had to rely on some of our most dedicated readers to help us recap this one. Just a warning, we might go a little long, tonight. We want to savor every second of this game.
1st Quarter (brought to you by EvilGenius)
Charlotte came to town winners of 8 of their last 9, and without allowing a team to drop a hundo on them since the calendar turned 2015. They were looking to provide the Cavs with the “inevitable trap game” but the Cavs were having none of that from the jump. Even though Mozilla lost the opening tip to Bismack Biyombo, that would be the LAST thing the Cavs would lose on this long, glorious, jailbreak of a night at the Q.
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