Links To The Present: January 11, 2011

January 11th, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“The Cavaliers are on pace to be the worst defenders of the three-point shot in league history. As we reach the midway point of the season, Cleveland’s opponents have hit 42.4 percent of their threes — by far the highest mark in the league.” [Zach Lowe]

“Cavaliers rookie forward Christian Eyenga sat out practice Monday at UCLA, with his right foot in a walking boot as a precautionary measure after he twisted his ankle late in his first NBA start on Sunday at Phoenix.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“An NBA-worst 8-29 after losing to Phoenix on Sunday — it was their 10th straight defeat and 20th in the last 21 games — the Cavs are No. 1 in one regard: If the season ended today and not 45 games from now , they would have the best odds in the league of winning the lottery.” [Rick Noland]

“Ryan Hollins will start at center, with J.J. Hickson at power forward and Antawn Jamison at small forward, along with Mo Williams at point guard and rookie Manny Harris at shooting guard.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“It will be interesting to watch the interaction between Kobe Bryant and Manny Harris tonight. Scott said if Bryant respects the rookie, if Harris is physical with him and doesn’t back down, he’ll give him a pat and let Harris know it during the second or third quarters. But if he totally ignores him, that means Kobe is having his way with him. ‘I hope there’s conversation, but I don’t want it to be where Manny is pi—-g him off, either. Because I’ve seen that happen, too, and (Bryant) goes for big, big numbers.'” [Jason Lloyd]

On The Twitters

“Shootaround at UCLA. I was walking with Ryan Hollins, don’t nobody recognize him…lol lol” [Mo Williams]

“If Ryan Hollins is starting by the time the #cavsget home, it’s time to cancel the pregame pyrotechnic show.” [Dan Labbe]