Links To The Present: December 23, 2010

December 23rd, 2010 by Colin McGowan

“When Cavaliers coach Byron Scott made changes to the starting lineup to include three guards — 6-1 Mo Williams, Gibson and 6-6 Anthony Parker — he knew there would be nights like this. That is to say, nights when the Cavaliers are dwarfed by their opponents, particularly in the backcourt.” [Jodie Valade]

“The Hawks were bigger and stronger at almost every starting position. Perhaps the biggest mismatch was at shooting guard, where Johnson was being defended by 6-2, 200-pound Daniel Gibson.” [Bob Finnan]

“It was another solid effort by our guys, but we ran into a little bit of a buzzsaw in the third quarter. They go 10-for-10, and we played some pretty good defense. As good as they are, and as athletic as they are, then obviously it’s an uphill battle. Again, I thought our guys fought to the end. We played another very good basketball team.” [Byron Scott]

“Scott says his Princeton offense would be even more effective if it had a post-up player who drew attention from the movement of guards who control the pace of the game.” [Jodie Valade]

As always, here’s Mary Schmitt Boyer’s weekly podcast. She talks Verajao, Mo Williams, and the possibility of the Cavs making a move for O.J. Mayo.

On The Twitters

“#Cavs given today and tomorrow off for the holiday. First time not playing on Christmas Day since 2006.” [Scott Sargent]

“Let the quotes begin RT @WojYahooNBA: Charles Oakley has officially joined Paul Silas’ coaching staff with the Bobcats” [Kurt Helin]

And Christian Eyenga knows just enough English to love him some trap-hop: “Young jessy and fucci mane go hard with : trap or die 2 i Like That. @Damien23 Check That” [Christian Eyenga]