Links To The Present: March 16, 2011

March 16th, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“It’s a battle of the bottom dwellers in the NBA tonight at the Power Balance Pavilion. With Cleveland and Sacramento both being in the 15th slot in their respective conferences, there is much reason to believe that this should be a close game. Though, the Cav’s have lost 27 of 28 road games, and average allowing 109 opponent points per game in those losses, the Cav’s just might have found themselves a manageable opponent as compared to the Oklahoma City Thunder; assuming the Cav’s shut down Kings guard Marcus Thorton.” [Eddy Jansen]

“It’s tough to do, in the face of his salient argument, but I’m going to have to disagree with Byron [Scott's argument that the Cavs should have been more physical in their loss to the Thunder]. It’s been two days since the game, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the Cavaliers didn’t show a lack of heart or dedication to winning by not knocking Westbrook down as he drove. It was probably just that they didn’t want to be complete and total jerk-holes.” [Kelly Dwyer]

“Almost three weeks ago, Ramon Sessions not only lost his best friend, but he also began to look over his shoulder regularly to see what’s closing in on him.” [Jodie Valade]

“[Samuels and Hickson] are both most effective in the paint. Instead of getting in each other’s way in the lane, Hickson has taken his talents to the perimeter — and it hasn’t been pretty.” [Bob Finnan]

I found this one via our colleagues over at WFNY. This isn’t necessarily Cavs-related, but Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a scathing indictment of David Stern, describing the iron-fisted tactics with which he commissions the league. I’m positive any avid NBA fan has read a Tyrant Stern column or two in their perusal of newspaper pages or the world wide web, but this is one of the more damning I’ve read. Is anyone else incredibly conflicted about David Stern? I usually find him to be charming, informative, and thoughtful in interviews, but you read about the stuff that goes on behind closed doors and he seems like a [jerk] with a Napoleon complex.

On The Twitters

“As a Cavs fan, I’m intrigued by the prospect of Kyrie Irving playing in the tournament. As an OSU fan, I am terrified by this development.” [Andrew Schnitkey]

“Wonder if Byron Scott is trying to scare his young team Bull Durham style? ‘You lollygag your way down to first…'” [realcavsfans]

“First 65 games were what now? RT @SamAmicoFSO Cavaliers coach Byron Scott criticizes team’s approach, calls the final 17 games ‘an audition'” [Michael A. Young]