Links To The Present: January 20, 2011

January 20th, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“There was something about this game that made it harder to watch than I was expecting.  There was no point during the game when anyone on the Cavalier bench or in the crowd thought the Cavs were going to win the game.  Even when the Cavs cut the lead to 3 in the fourth quarter, there was no real feeling that this was going to be the night they broke through and ended the losing streak.” [Michael Curry]

“If it was defense Byron Scott was looking for from his Cavaliers, he got it on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns — especially in the fourth quarter. But some untimely errors on offense down the stretch cost the Cavs in their 106-98 loss at The Q.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

Mo Williams will be out at least a few weeks with a hip injury. According to Byron Scott, there is “no timetable” for Williams’ return. When it is better known when Mo will return to action, I’ll be sure to let you guys know. Of course, this means Williams will most likely not be traded before the February 19th deadline.

As Mary Schmitt Boyer states in her weekly podcast, Williams might not have been much of a trade asset regardless, due to both his play and his contract, as he is slated to make about $8.5 million in 2011-12 and 2012-13 (should he exercise his player option in the final year). Among other topics the Cavs beat writer discusses: could the Cavs reposition themselves as the third team in a Carmelo Anthony deal and will we, uh, win a game anytime in the near future.

“Almost everyone in this country plays basketball at one time or other. Few leave their imprint on it. Instead it leaves its ineradicable mark on us, even in the ice and snow and the defeat and desertion of this bitter winter.” [Bill Livingston]

On The Twitters

“Best throw away comment I’ve seen in a long time: Joey Graham’s quad injury must be the worst of all time and I’m including Heather Mills.” [realcavsfans]

“Boobie Gibson says he feels good after 30 minutes tonight. Will see how he feels in the morning after missing the last five games.” [Scott Sargent]