North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes, the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, will return to the Tar Heels for his sophomore season.
Archive for April, 2011
Overview: The Cavs ended their season by picking up their 19th win of the season. Ramon Sessions led all scorers with 27 points, and J.J. Hickson added 15 points and 13 rebounds.
So Long, and Thanks For All the Swish:
The season’s over. It doesn’t really feel right, does it? For the last five seasons, this is the day where the real fun started. Not so this season. It’s over, and there won’t be any more Cavs basketball until the start of next season, and we don’t even know when that will be.
All we know is this: the worst is over. LeBron left. The process went poorly. The team got bad. The team got very bad very fast. The team lost more consecutive games than any other NBA basketball team in the history of the universe.
As much as I’d like to say they were fighting hard during that stretch, the truth is they were not. Everything has to go wrong to lose 26 games in a row, and everything did. There were injuries. There were important role players missing. But most importantly, the team just didn’t seem to compete on most nights. Maybe they didn’t know how to, maybe they didn’t want to, but the fact is that they did not play like anything resembling a basketball team on a lot of those nights.
Slowly, something happened. The light bulb finally went off for J.J. Hickson. Ramon Sessions played like an All-Star in February, and after an adjustment period, he started to look good as a scoring threat off the bench. The team started to care about defense, if only a little bit. Ryan Hollins looked like a competent offensive center when he could dunk at the rim. Baron Davis, to my utter surprise, gave the team a huge shot in the arm and the on-court leadership it needed.
All those players will be back, and more are coming. Varejao will be healthy. The team will, hopefully, have learned from last season’s training camp and focus on implementing a solid defensive system from day one. Two lottery picks are coming. There is something here. It won’t turn around overnight. It might not turn around in one season. It might not turn around for two seasons. But there is something here.
This team is not going anywhere. These fans are not going anywhere. The season is over. The worst is over. There are better times ahead, and the journey to them will be so much fun.
Overview: The Cleveland Cavaliers won their 18th game of the season when they played the Detroit Pistons on Monday. The Cavs will not have the worst record in basketball this season, at least not outright. Also, Charlie Villanueva went insane.
It could have been worse, Charlie Brown Bullets:
- The Cavs came out completely flat on the road, Baron didn’t provide anything, and the team still managed to battle back and win the game. It’s hard to read into games that neither team actually cares very much about too much (with the exception of Charlie V), but that’s not something the Cavs have really showed this season. That’s promising.
The young players are kind of an Island of Misfit Toys, but everybody has something to offer. Hollins can finish around the rim and doesn’t take bad shots, but he gives silly fouls and can’t rebound. Also, he gets into fights sometimes. Eyenga is a shocking athlete who is in love with his jumper and can’t draw a foul. J.J. Hickson can score and rebound, but his defense is an issue. Semih Erden is tall and bad at basketball.
Even though Razor Ramon was legally murdered by Rodney Stuckey on the defensive end, he did a great job running the team on an off night for Baron. Props to him.
So if the Timberwolves lose or the Cavs win the last game of the year, the Timberwolves have the worst record in the league. I wouldn’t have believed it in a million years. Kind of amazing. That said, if the Timberwolves get the #1 pick and take Irving because Beasley couldn’t be bothered to make a free throw with 8 seconds left in a tie game tonight, I will eat a beehive. YOU MADE YOUR BED WITH RUBIO. NOW YOU MUST SLEEP IN IT. ALSO JONNY FLYNN. THE PICKS YOU FORFEITED FOR ILLEGALLY SIGNING JOE SMITH WERE MORE USEFUL TO YOUR FRANCHISE.
Overview: Drew Gooden got a triple-double, and the Cavs are not going to win 20 games this season.
Freaking Drew Gooden bullets:
It’s been a season full of comic misery, but Drew Gooden recording a triple-double against this team may be single most bizarre and ridiculous indication that this team is not good and does not play defense. The Bucks scored 108 points on 50%/40% shooting and 31-10 AST/TO ratio, and their coach hates scoring.
The Cavs actually regressed to their early-season bad habits on defense — they didn’t defend the three-point line, and they were absolutely torched by a good wing scorer. Also, they came out flat and had to try and play catch-up, which is something they have done less frequently in the last part of the regular season.
Hickson had something of a regression game, but he did get his double-double, and you have to remember that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is an absolute monster on defense.
Poor defense, slow start, no chance. In case you’re wondering, one other player has recorded a triple-double with at least 13 rebounds and assists while fouling out since the 1985-86 season. Try and guess who it was, then click the link for the answer.
Two games left to go.