Links to the Present: January 26, 2012

January 26th, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“The Cavs basically played like crap. They went about 8 minutes in the second quarter and scored just 4 points on the New York Knicks defense. Once again, they had way too many turnovers (19) and we just all-around really sloppy. Fortunately, the Knicks are even more dysfunctional. The Knicks committed 23 turnovers and had an even more stagnant offense. Amare Stoudemire led New York with 19 fairly empty points on 19 shots. He had some nice dunks down low as no one on the Cavs can really check him, but he made some careless offensive fouls and for some reason the Knicks refuse to run pick and rolls. If they watched any film from Amare’s time in Phoenix (I loved those teams, I watched them all the time), they would know that he is virtually unguardable as the roll-man on a PnR. The Knicks, however, have zero guards capable of running an effective pick and roll. That’s just one of the reasons why I believe Mike D’Antoni will be fired and also why I believe he will be wrongly fired. It’s not his fault that the front office assembled a roster that doesn’t fit with his offensive schemes at all.” [Conrad Kaczmarek]

“Varejao had 10 points, 16 rebounds and was a pest all night Wednesday as the Cavs continued their dominance over the Knicks with a 91-81 victory. It was the Cavs’ 12th win in the last 13 games against the Knicks, who haven’t won in Cleveland since Nov. 29, 2006.” [Jason Lloyd]

“As the All-Star game draws closer, it will grow increasingly difficult to omit Varejao despite his reputation for flopping and the incredibly misconception regarding his value.  The box score, typically Varejao’s arch-enemy, shows that the Cavaliers’ center is second in the Eastern Conference in rebounds per game (11.2)  and total rebounding percentage (21.0) while possessing a lead over New Jersey’s Kris Humphries in terms of total offensive rebounds and offensive rebounding percentage (16.6).” [Scott Sargent]

“The one thing we talked about before the game (against Miami) was just getting back to playing the way we are capable of playing, especially on the defensive end. I thought we did that (Tuesday) night.  The (22) turnovers cost us dearly against a team like Miami, but tonight the effort on the defensive end was just as good, if not better. I thought the energy was just as good, if not better, and I thought our focus was there for 48 minutes.” [Byron Scott via Tom Reed]

This is a couple days old and almost pure speculation, but I can’t not post a link to an article from a reputable writer like Sam Amico discussing rumors that LeBron could be headed back to the Cavs in a couple of years. No, I don’t think it’ll happen either, but at the very least, it’s fodder for discussion.