Links to the Present: March 1, 2012

March 1st, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“The Cavaliers returned from the All-Star break with a chance to show their fans and management they were legitimate playoff contenders. Beat Boston and New York — teams occupying the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots – and it’s race on. Instead, the Celtics outlasted them 86-83 on Tuesday and the Knicks demoralized them, 120-103 on Wednesday in Madison Square Garden. In one game they couldn’t make a big play in the final minutes; in the other they couldn’t hold a 17-point lead late in the first half. The Cavaliers have the Bulls waiting at The Q and a trip to Denver and Oklahoma City looming next week.” [Tom Reed]

“In the end, there’s no chance I pass on this trade and do ship out Irving for Howard. Too risky with his impending free agency, you say? Call me crazy but I’m one of those guys who doesn’t think anyone is passing on all the extra money one would lose by leaving under the current collective bargaining agreement. Things wouldn’t look great if he called my bluff though, eh?” [John of FTS on a fake Irving-for-Howard swap]

There’s a mini-controversy involving Christian Eyenga, a toe injury, and Twitter. Scott Sargent investigates.

The PD’s Michael Curry breaks down some of Kyrie Irving’s deficiencies, which have become more apparent in recent weeks.