Archive for July, 2013

Recap: Cavs 62, Pelicans 66 (Or “You remember losing, right?”)

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

On a Monday afternoon in Las Vegas, the Cavaliers saw their undefeated Summer League jag come to an end as the team dropped its match-up with a team that now has “Pelicans” on its jerseys 62-66 in what became a tough, exciting, competitive game down the stretch.

Much of that competitiveness was the result of the Cavs’ second-half defense. In case you’ve only been watching this team for the last three years, “defense” refers to what one team does to prevent the other team from scoring. While New Orleans shot 46.6% for the game, the Cavs nearly cut their opponent’s first half scoring in half, allowing the Pelicans 24 points in the second half after giving up 42 in the first.

1st quarter: Once again, Dion Waiters starts off the game by getting to the free throw line. This time, though, rather than his shots being short misses, his first is long and he hits his second. Promising. (more…)

Recap: Cavs 69, Grizzlies 58 (Or “Don’t leave early or you’ll miss the Dion Waiters show”)

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

In their second course of NBA Summer League action, the Cavaliers no doubt set out to shoot the ball a little better, show a similar level of defensive intensity to their first dip and… well, basically get their prized second-year two-guard on track after his woeful 1-11 shooting display against the Lakers.

Check, check and … it depends how you want to look at it. Waiters finished with 23 points on 7-17 shooting, including 1-4 from three and 8-12 from the foul line. He also added four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.

Oh, did I mention he was 3-12 entering the fourth quarter? Well, it was that kind of game. (more…)

Recap: Cavs 70, Lakers 62 (Or “We Are The 9%”)

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

My goodness, my Summer League…

Welcome back to competitive(ish) basketball, ladies and gentlemen. This time it’s the “Dion Waiters shoots 9%” party.

Yes, the Cavs’ second-year shooting guard (and former number four overall pick) went an underwhelming 1-11 from the field (0-3 from deep) to finish with 3 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists as the Cavs edged the Lakers 70-62 on Friday night in Las Vegas. It was both teams’ first game of Summer League play. (more…)

Random Thoughts on Bynum, Remaining Summer Moves, and Team Defense

Friday, July 12th, 2013

So…Andrew Bynum!  It’s a wild acquisition with a wide range of potential outcomes.  Let’s briefly run through a good, a (that’s too) bad, and an ugly scenario, then a few other random thoughts, not necessary tied to Bynum.

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What Happens In Vegas… is an admittedly tired joke

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

…and is of little lasting consequence, but, kids, it is still technically competitive basketball.

Tomorrow, the Cavaliers kick off their 2013 NBA Summer League campaign in Las Vegas. In an attempt to manufacture some meaning beyond “player development”isms, this year’s games will culminate in tournament play between all the participating teams. So, yes, there is still the chance that Samardo Samuels will lead some team to a championship… of sorts.

The Cavs play the Knicks Friday at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. EST) then play the Grizzlies on Sunday at 5 p.m. and the Pelicans on Monday at 3 p.m. Cavs: The Blog will be reporting live from the Grizzlies and Pelicans game and, from what I understand, there’s no telling who you might run into at Summer League.

The tournament starts on July 17 and will crown its winner on Monday, July 22. Dion, bring the trophy home, baby!

Summer Lovin’…

Summer League is a fickle mistress. She both gives (most of these guys we’re watching are/will be NBA players, after all) and takes away (viewers are constantly reminded how little success on the Summer League level means to the games that count). But, hey, we just spent months watching highlight reels for guys who got drafted by other teams so, really, Summer League gives us cause for two things: 1.) We now have a team with “Cleveland Cavaliers” on their jerseys. This is no small matter. Mid-July is the first opportunity we’ve had to cheer for such a collection in a while. There’s no reason not to enjoy that. 2.) Many of those guys we developed our draft-crushes on will be there as well. So, Vegas is our chance to say our good-byes to the Otto Porters and Ben McLemores of the world, to let them let us down easy with a slew of 3-17 shooting nights or to keep that fire going with some amazing displays of skill, athleticism or shooting touch. This is Summer League and Vegas; this basketball’s got “consequence free” written all over it. Lap it up!

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Cavs: The Podcast 0037 – Buyin’ Em!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Whoa baby!  We, as Cavs fans, wanted a splash, and boy oh boy did we get one.

After just a few days of speculation, the Cavaliers have successfully signed Andrew Bynum to a 2 year, $24M contract.  Of course only $6M is guaranteed for year one, and the second year is a team option.  Basically, Chris Grant rocked it.

On today’s podcast Colin and I discuss the Cavs’ signing of Andrew Bynum.  We touch on his value to the team, new expectations for 2013-2014, and how this changes our perception of Chris Grant.  It should be noted that we neglected to mention his injury history in concrete terms: he’s averaged less than 60 games a year over his career.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0037-buyin-em

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Broussard: Andrew Bynum Signs with Cavs

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

According to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard, Andrew Bynum has verbally agreed (remember that free agents can’t put pen to paper just yet) to that two-year, $24M deal the Cavs offered him on Monday:

Bynum and the Cavaliers agreed to an incentive-laden, two-year contract that could be worth up to $24 million, sources told ESPN. The Cavs hold a team option for the second year of the deal, and only $6 million of the contract is guaranteed, according to sources.

You’ll remember that last offseason, the Cavs kicked the tires on playing the same facilitating role the Sixers ended up filling in a four-team Dwight Howard-to-LA blockbuster. Bynum never played a game for Philly, and a year later, he’s in wine and gold on a redemption contract. Chris Grant is kind of an infuriating GM—the surprising draft selections, the dense smoke screens, his insistence on trying to fleece the other team in every trade—but let it be said he’s never seen a low-risk, high-reward opportunity he didn’t like. Here’s hoping this Bynum move is more like when Grant traded for Baron Davis and the Clippers’ lottery pick and less like Christian Eyenga’s entire career.

Links to the Present: “I’m the Next AB” Edition

Monday, July 8th, 2013

UPDATED (July 9): Cavaliers extend 2 year, 24 Million dollar offer to Andrew Bynum. [Wojnarowski]

Andrew Bynum is in town for a face to face meeting with the Cavs brass.  The word is the Cavaliers are only willing to commit to a one year deal to preserve cap space for 2014.  Marc Stein of ESPN also tweets that Bynum has meetings schedule in Atlanta and Dallas later this week.

In other news, Daniel Gibson’s house is for sale.  It’s safe to assume he doesn’t think he’s coming back to Cleveland.  Inside the house?  A trophy room of which includes a random collection of Texas U player jerseys, a bejeweled basketball, and a life-sized cutout of himself.  After that, the rest of the house (for all you stalkers out there) seems pretty mundane.

Bob Finnan of the News Herald notes in his rundown on Jarrett Jack, Bynum, and all things Cavs, that Boobie could be back if he agreed to take a minimum salary contract.

Checking in with Dion, this illustration magically appeared today on his twitter feed.  It really deserves a caption contest, because frankly, I have no words.

Introducing… Anthony Bennett’s youtube channel.  Here’s the video of Bennett returning to the Jane and Finch Boys and Girls’ club in Bennet’s old neighborhood in Toronto.  It’s beyond cool — it’s inspiring.  If you click any link from this article, click this one.

I don’t know know if you’ve seen this, but here’s my current favorite Cavs commercial: some acrobatic wunderkinds dunking off trampolines on an outdoor court somewhere in Cleveland while wearing Cavs jerseys.  What’s not to love?

Cavs: The Podcast 0036 – The Cavs Get JACKED

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

FINALLY!  A free agent signing we can honestly, genuinely celebrate!  Jarrett Jack is a Cavalier!

Between Jack and Earl Clark, the Cavaliers have had a busy week.  What better way to celebrate it than a podcast?

Colin, Tom, and I hopped on the line to discuss Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack, the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture, The Atlanta Hawks, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Washington Wizards, and the Detroit Pistons.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0036-cavs-get-jacked

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Links to the Present: Bynum or Sellin’ em?

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

According to ESPN, the Cavaliers are one of three teams interested in Andrew Bynum, the others being the Mavericks and the Hawks.  They are only interested in a short term contract, perhaps selling Bynum on the prospect of playing for Mike Brown again (where he thrived) and rebuilding his status to that of a max-contract player (in the event Dallas doesn’t already think that).  I could see Brown reaching out to Bynum – promising him lots of touches in exchange for a hard-ban on 3 pointers.

If true, then the Cavs fully intend to improve at C this season one way or the other.  Other available centers include Chris Kaman (reportedly being suited by the Lakers), Samuel Dalembert, and 6’9″ 205lb Brandan Wright (a C:tB favorite).