Links to the Present: Trouble in the Paint Edition

January 4th, 2014 by Tom Pestak


“This season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting a horrific 51.1% from the restricted area. If it lasts, that mark would be the worst in at least 17 years per that site’s data. The Bulls are second-worst this year at 56.0%. If you want a single telling sign of this Cleveland team’s terrible offense, this might be it.” [Jacob Rosen (The Diff) – WFNY]

I participated in a Cavs Blogger Roundtable Podcast with friends from FearTheSword, DefendClevelandShow, and RealCavsFans.  A decent portion of the conversations included the Cavaliers troubles finishing at the rim.  [RealCavsFans]

“Cleveland’s desire to make the playoffs and demonstrate progress to its fans, potential free agents and star guard Irving (eligible for an extension next fall) is understandable. If the Cavaliers could guarantee that a Gasol trade would translate into a playoff spot, it might justify the hit to their draft pick and benching their young big men. But acquiring Gasol offers no such certainty, and dropping three or four spots without even making the playoffs would be a lose-lose situation.” [Kevin Pelton – ESPN Insider]

““It’s hard to explain his importance,” Brown said. “He’s like a right guard on the offensive line. He does grunt work, grunt work, grunt work, then the running back busts through the hole and gets a touchdown and does a little dance. Andy goes to the sideline, gets his rest and then goes back in and does it again. His importance to us is huge.”” [Jason Lloyd – Akron Beacon Journal]