Statistics and Dreamscapes: December 15th, 2010

December 15th, 2010 by John Krolik

– I’ll start things off with some “what is this team going to do at the deadline” conjecture. From where I’m standing, the team’s best trade chip is Boobie. He plays good defense, he’s a dead-eye shooter who knows how to get open, he can handle the ball and make some plays, and he doesn’t do dumb things. He’s also got an easy contract to live with, which you can’t really say about Andy. Every contender with an iffy point guard or no real backup should be calling to ask about this guy. Here’s the issue — when Boobie has been on the floor, the team has been mildly competitive/fairly bad. The second he steps off the floor, the team is downright abysmal. (Sessions has a promising +/- as well, but I attribute a lot of that to his garbage-time prowess.)

He’s also young, and has the¬†aforementioned manageable contract. I don’t feel like any team would give up a lottery pick or legit long-term asset for Boobie, but he’ll definitely draw interest and give the front office a chance to blow the thing up — what do you guys think? Should the team be shopping Boobie, or should he be a part of the Cavs’ long-term plans? (Also, if we can sucker a team into giving up an actual asset for Mo, I’m absolutely on board.)

– So, the Cavs play the Heat again tomorrow! And the two teams couldn’t be going in more different directions! In their last 10 games, the Heat have outscored their opponents by 14.3 points per game. The Cavs have lost their last 10 games by an average of 16.5 points per game. That’s a difference of 30.8 points per game. I do not think this will end well, although the part of me that liked wrestling as a kid always telling me that something unexpected will happen in these kind of games. Probably not, though. Can we even call this a trap game for the Heat? It’s more of a “don’t trip over that old lady’s walker after you get done beating her” game. (By the way, the spread for this game has the Heat winning by 17.5 points — hat tip to Scott Sargent.)

– That’s all for me tonight. It sure would be a nice change of pace if the Cavs manage to win tomorrow — if not, all that happens is that they lose another game, right? At this point, that can’t be a very big deal.