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The Cavaliers season is just about over.

It’s end-of-season time for the Cavs, and their goods offered are looking just about as appealing as a J.C. Penney sale rack. Here’s some links. By the way, it’s Latin in the title. In case you were wondering. Anyways, links.

– Byron Scott continues to fight until the end. Defense is the real problem here, Byron, and why you’re going to lose your job. I don’t think pre-game shootarounds are going to do much. But Byron is a human, just like the rest of us! Just kidding; Byron is a cyborg sent from space to befuddle Cavs fans into submission.

– Ooh, ESPN thinks the Cavs have a bright future. Sweet! No surprise here, of course. Chris Quinn has superstar potential. Never mind, that’s Kyrie. But at least Quinn tries on defense.

– The Cavs ended the season ranked 28th in the ESPN (Stein) Power Rankings. Hey, at least Otto Porter, Victor Oladipo, Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad, and Ben McLemore declared for the NBA Draft. #OKCmodel

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TV63
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TV63
5 years 6 months ago

Brightest highlight was Varejao talking to Carr. WIsh the ball went to Tristan in the last seconds for the main reason he deserved the last shot than anyone else. . This guy improved, worked his butt off, produced double doubles, best attitude and probably the most consistent player. You can all argue this and that all you want. Just seem fitting for the last play to end with him at this last home game. Cole looked like he knew exactly what to do with Kyrie’s predictable spin -a-roo move , Buzz Game over just like that. Just the way Kyrie’s shot has been so bad for whatever the real reason; wanted the ball to be in Tristan’s hands. I think because he has become a determined leader in his play especially in these last 2 months or so. Well One more game and the misery will end once and for all this season.

RickOH
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RickOH
5 years 6 months ago

Cols, no reason for you to keeping coming here with your misery then is there?

zeek
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zeek
5 years 6 months ago

@Cols714

Let’s be serious; ESPN’s analysis of non-playoff teams is woefully lacking.

Your example is just about as superficial a look as possible.

But it provides no analysis of the offensive/defensive strengths of the Cavs’ core and whether/how they will grow over the coming year with the addition of two first round draft picks and changes among the veterans on the roster.

There are plenty of good cores around the league. Detroit and Washington can also claim to have good young cores behind Drummond/Monroe and Wall/Beal. A good young nucleus is just a starting point; it’s no guarantee. Just as OKC had a good young nucleus at some point a few years ago, so did Sacramento; yet the went in completely opposite directions. Many a time, a good young nucleus doesn’t pan out; it’s not the fault of the players, sometimes they hit different ceilings at different times.

That’s not to suggest the glass is half-empty rather than half-full; but it’s just superficial difference if you’re talking about where young cores can go in the future.

Increasing the odds that the Cavs’ core pans out is what this is all about…

Whamwiththerighthand
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Whamwiththerighthand
5 years 6 months ago

I believe Colin’s well balanced previous post.

Cols714
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Cols714
5 years 6 months ago

So the Cavs have a good young nucleus with one major star and a high draft pick plus an owner willing to spend the money and cap flexibility.

Sports Illustrated and ESPN look at this and say “wow, the Cavs have a great future ahead of them”. Cavs the Blog looks at this and decides they are doomed.

Hmm, I wonder which one I’ll choose to believe?

zeek
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zeek
5 years 6 months ago
When you think about what teams have a “bright future”, you’re talking about addition/subtraction from the playoff field. There’s 4 groups: 1) Locks to make next year’s playoffs: Miami, New York, Indiana, Brooklyn, Chicago. (That’s 5 out of 8 spots locked up) 2) Current playoff teams that will have to fight for a playoff spot: Boston and Atlanta. Milwaukee and Atlanta may lose top players to free agency and are likely to take a step back due to that (that’s why Milwaukee is in the 4 group). Boston is basically a 0.500 team at this point and will be the same next year even accounting for Rondo’s injury, so they’ll have to fight for a spot. 3) Teams that will try to make the playoff field next year from being outside: Toronto, Washington, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland. 4) Teams that are extremely likely to be back in the lottery next year barring surprise developments/trades: Charlotte, Orlando, Milwaukee – possibly going to lose most of their top players to free agency. So that’s 7 teams fighting for 3 playoff spots, this is how I see the fight ending up. Spot #1) Boston. They’ll likely make the playoffs with Rondo coming back from… Read more »
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