Links to the Present: February 8, 2012

February 8th, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“I don’t think anyone affiliated with the Cavs likes what they saw from backups Ryan Hollins and Luke Harangody. Both played hard, but at this level against an elite team, that’s not enough. Hollins grabbed just one rebound and committed four fouls in 10 minutes, while Harangody was a miserable 1-for-9 shooting. And at least two of those misses were within a foot of the basket.” [Sam Amico]

“We need a shooting guard. Badly. With Daniel Gibson and Anthony Parker still hurting, the Cavs had to play Alonzo Gee at SG and it didn’t go particularly well. It’s not that Gee is that terrible at that spot, it’s just that we need him to play elsewhere. When Gee has to play shooting guard, he can’t come off the bench to play small forward behind Omri Casspi. It just creates unfortunate mismatches in other places. It makes Luke Harangody and Christian Eyenga play significant minutes. Nobody wants that. Chris Grant better sign a D-Leaguer who can play shooting guard soon.” [Conrad Kaczmarek]

“With all respect due to their respecitve levels of professional basketball talent, replacing Thompson and Gibson with Luke Harangody and Christian Eyenga — the only two men to have played for Cleveland’s NBDL franchise this season — is rarely going to bear fruit when it comes to the win column. Certainly, Tuesday evening’s final score indicated far worse of a demise, but the Wine and Gold went in to the fourth quarter (typically their best period through this season) down a mere six points. It would only be after the team shot 5-of-23 in the fourth with the Heat continue to trade in transition and dagger-like three-pointers, even a superhuman effort from Kyrie Irving wouldn’t have narrowed the gap.” [Scott Sargent]

“An even tougher snub than Irving, in a way. Varejao is one of the NBA’s great defenders, and he leads the entire league in offensive rebounding rate. He has become a decent pick-and-roll threat, but he’s not quite on Chandler’s level in terms of working as a foundational offensive piece. A great, great player.” [Zach Lowe on Tyson Chandler over Andy V for the All-Star team]

“You have to game-plan for him. He’s not one of those guys you can say, ‘Just box him out.’ You’ve got to do other things. That’s the kind of player you look for. I heard something about role-player slots in the All-Star Game. He would be high on the list.” [Dwyane Wade on Varejao via Jason Lloyd]