Links To The Present: February 3, 2011

February 3rd, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“Very simple way to sum up this game: Two words, offensive rebounding. As simple as that. If we’d have taken care of business on the glass, I don’t think the game would have been this close. We did a lot of good things on both ends of the floor, but 16 offensive rebounds is way too many.” [Byron Scott via Jason Lloyd]

“Nearly every fourth quarter ‘stop’ on defense was merely a result of an Indiana Pacers player missing a shot.  Rarely were jump shots contested on pick-and-pops, while Danny Granger (23 points, five rebounds, four assists) and Darren Collison (22 points, nine assists) seemingly had every shot they wanted.” [Scott Sargent]

“What once seemed impossible has become a hot topic of conversation in Cleveland: Could the Cavaliers actually break the NBA record for the worst season in league history, 9-73 by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73?” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“Defense is hard to quantify, but the offensive impact of losing LeBron James is clear. Shots he used to take are falling to other players who are finding themselves less likely to be open and less capable of carrying the team. All eight players who got significant playing time last yearand this year for the Cavs have seen a drop of true shooting percentage (points scored per possession used with a shot, divided by two). The average decline is eight percentage points, which would translate to a drop of 16 points per 100 possessions.” [Carl Bialik]

On The Twitters

“Cavs Keepers: Sessions, Harris, Gibson, Hickson, Eyenga, Samuels, Varejao (+ 2011 NBA Draft + 2011 NBA Free Agency = new start).” [CavsWITNESS]

“It’s 7:27AM and I think the #Cavs are still running high pick-n-roll.” [Michael A. Young]

“That was about as good as its going to get for this version of the Cavaliers and I’ll take it. Was an entertaining game.” [realcavsfans]