Archive for March, 2011

Recap: Spurs 109, Cavs 99 (Or, this is what happens when great teams play terrible teams)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

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Overview: The San Antonio Spurs became the first team to win 50 games when they outscored the Cavaliers by 12 points in the 3rd quarter of a 109-99 victory. Samardo Samuels recorded a double-double, and led all scorers with 23 points.

Samardo Samuels owns all of your hope bullets:

- Cavs came out and competed in this one, but the Spurs were simply too much for them. Too much balance, too much execution, too many players that can score. Over time, the cream rises, and that’s what happened on Wednesday.

- Ramon and Hickson both had games to forget. Neither guy looked comfortable on offense, and Ramon got torched by George Hill. Hopefully they can turn it back around soon.

- Samardo Samuels had his best game of the year. I don’t want to get too excited about Samardo, but he showed some good footwork, a lot of strength, some nice touch, and he even worked to get in proper position on pick-and-rolls. He definitely earned another start.

- Alonzo Gee looked like he had something to prove. He forced a few shots, but he was also everywhere on the court, and even hit a few threes.

- Another 1-7 game for AP. I really hope not getting traded didn’t break his spirit.

- Eyenga making all three of his threes isn’t something that will happen again soon, but it was still a promising sign.

Apologies for the short recap, but that’s really all I have for this one. The Cavs can succeed without Jamison, but the Spurs are the Spurs. Hopefully we’ll see the Cavs really compete with teams when they aren’t facing the team with the best record in the league. Until next time.

Links To The Present: March 2, 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

“Alonzo Gee will replace Christian Eyenga as the starting small forward when the Cavaliers play host to the San Antonio Spurs tonight at The Q.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“Scott is hopeful that slowly moving Hickson back to power forward will allow his promising 22-year-old to keep the aggressiveness and rebounding edge that he has acquired since moving to center.” [Jodie Valade]

“All parties involved agree Hickson needs to return to his natural position, he was simply starting at center out of necessity and because of the presence of Jamison. With Jamison now out for the next five to seven weeks, the Cavs can take that time to see if Hickson’s defense and focus on rebounding can translate back to power forward.” [Jason Lloyd]

“Rookie 7-footer Semih Erden, acquired Thursday from Boston, has a bit of a shoulder injury and isn’t in great condition, so Scott said he’s unlikely to play in the next three games.” [Rick Noland]

On The Twitters

“Via @SamAmicoFSO – Hickson on life without Jamison: “We’ll have to adjust. I’ll probably take a few more jumpers.” – Noooooooooo!!!!!! #Cavs” [Michael A. Young]

“BScott says Samardo can play in NBA for 10 yrs, but won’t commit to him w/#Cavs next yr b/c of free agency & 4 draft picks. Lots can change” [Jason Lloyd]

“I don’t know if the #Cavs are trying to find a winning combination of players or a losing combination. I’m leaning towards the latter.” [realcavsfans]

Links To The Present: March 1, 2011

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Not a lot of stuff coming across the wire today, guys.

Antawn Jamison will be out for 5-7 weeks due to his broken finger, which was successfully operated upon yesterday. Byron Scott has not commented yet on who is going to replace Jamison in the starting lineup, but we’ll find out tomorrow night when the Cavs host the Spurs.

Jason Lloyd has some info about tactics the Cavs have employed in order to stay positive in the midst of an abysmal season.

This seems like idle chatter, but there has been a bit of buzz about new Cavalier Luke Harangody’s relentless motor. Of course, words like “relentless” and “hard-working” tend to function as code for “guy with a very limited skill set who tries hard.” At the very least, the Cavs just acquired a guy who will bust his butt in practice.

On The Twitters

“#Cavs center Semih Erden is several games away from playing. He’s out against San Antonio. He’s not in game shape.” [Bob Finnan]

“JJ Hickson says he likes what he sees from Baron Davis in #Cavs practice so far. “Lob city,” is what he called Baron’s offense. He likes it.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“BScott will gradually transition JJ back to 4.” [Jason Lloyd]