After outscoring the Raptors by thirteen in the first quarter because of ball movement, passable defense, and transition play, the Cavs abandoned most of those things for the next three quarters. This helped the Raptors claw their way to a two point lead by halftime and a seventeen point win at the end of 48 minutes. The Canadian guard were led by Lou Williams who insta-offensed himself to 36 points and lots of smiles from Dwane Casey. Let’s jump right into the game.
The Raptors come to town tonight after feasting on the Bucks yesterday to earn a 41 point win. Toronto currently looks like one of the top teams in the East, and they have both a top five defense and offense. The Cavs, however, aren’t looking too hot after being beat soundly by the Wizards less than 24 hours ago. The rotation inconsistencies, defensive lapses, and lack of ball movement make me worry that Mike Brown has somehow hacked into David Blatt’s body and is trying to make Cleveland fans re-experience last season. Hopefully I’m wrong about that, and this game changes my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »
Well that game sucked. Cleveland passed poorly, shot poorly, defended poorly, rebounded poorly, were poorly coached, and generally played selfish basketball. I’m sure I left some things out that the Cavs did poorly that game, but it’s hard to list them all. The game was not nearly as close as the 13 point deficit might indicate, either. Cleveland had a 13-8 lead about halfway through the first quarter, after a sequence where LeBron scored off a Kyrie fast break assist, and then Irving stole the inbound, missed a three, and LeBron cleaned up the trash. That was as good as it got for the Cavs for the rest of the game. Cavs made two stupid turnovers and Bradley Beal stole the ball twice and fed John Wall for two straight far too easy baskets to tie it up at 13. Washington never looked back after the first quarter.
In a season where every game is becoming a test, this one really is a test. A loss tonight, and the Cavs drop below .500 and will have lost three straight: the narrative vultures really will be swirling. Meanwhile, the Wizards are 7-3 despite only having Bradley Beal back for one game. The Wiz are winning with defense. They rank 21st in pace adjusted offense, but eighth in pace adjusted defense. They are stout around the basket, and at limiting field goal attempts, but if there’s a spot they’re vulnerable from, it’s at the three point line, where they give up 38.6%, good for 25th in the league. This matchup has no shortage of storylines either: the rekindled rivalry from the mid aughts, Brendan Haywood returning to his long time stomping grounds (in the uniform of an enemy), and a Waiters/Beal off-season brouhaha. Remember? Bradley said, that he and John Wall are “definitely the best backcourt in the league.” Dion Waiters responded:
(And Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili just rolled their eyes). It should be a good one Cavs fans!
In a press release for Citizen Kane, Orson Welles described the film as an examination of one man’s character. That “six or more people could have as many widely divergent opinions concerning the nature of a single personality. Clearly such a notion could not be worked out if it would apply to an ordinary American citizen.” Dan Gilbert is everything but ordinary, and few owners in sports create such divergent opinions.
As a litmus test for this article, I posted a question on my Facebook asking for opinions on Gilbert. Good and bad. The anti-Gilbert responses ranged from “he’s a classless cry-baby,” and “a giant tool,” to him being the primary reason that former commissioner David Stern vetoed the Chris Paul deal to the Lakers, as if he were the Illuminati puppet master who secretly pulls the strings behind the leagues moves. The pro-Gilbert side defended his investments in the Rust Belt, the open pocket book he runs his franchise with and his commitment to charity. Either way, people knew who Gilbert was. If I would have asked a similar question about Peter Holt or Wyc Grousbeck, there probably wouldn’t have been a single response.
“Really Charles, people will think-” – Emily Monroe Norton
“-What I tell them to think.” – Charles Foster Kane
In this episode we discuss the Spurs game, the Cavs upcoming schedule, and the early returns on the 2014-2015 season.
Overview: After four hard-fought quarters, the Cavaliers fell short against the defending champion Spurs when LeBron James turned the ball over at half-court with Cleveland down by two and just seconds on the clock. Anderson Varejao led all scorers with 23 points on 16 shots, while James and Kevin Love combined for just 25 points on a combined 10-29 shooting night.
Tough assignment tonight as the Spurs come to town. 5-4 Cleveland tries to right the ship against a Spurs team that has been struggling in their own right at 6-4. Hulk Hogan is courtside, so eat your vitamins before you post, Hulkamaniacs…
Four points I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers…
1.) Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the Cavs were interested in trading for Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavs have the trade exception they acquired in the Keith Bogans merry-go-round and, therefore, would not have to include a player in the trade. The Wolves are said to be looking for “future assets” in exchange for freeing up their glut on the wing and the Houston Rockets have also been listed as a potential trade partner. The Cavs roster stands at 15 right now, so if they don’t include a player in the trade, one would have to be released.
If this trade happens, Brewer likely slides right into the starting lineup, moving Shawn Marion back to the bench. At 6-9, Brewer brings tremendous length to both the shooting guard and small forward spots. Outside of being Kevin Love’s preferred touchdown target for his outlet passes, Brewer has never been known for his offense. He’s never developed into even an average three-point shooter (29% for his career), but he has a tendency to find ways to contribute across the box score.
2.) The Cavs interest in Brewer seems to come down to two things: a.) his relationship with Love and b.) the Cavs front office realizing that their defense is even worse off than they thought coming into the season.