Carter Rodriguez kicked off the top 20 of #Cavsrank today at realcavsfans. Click on his name for the link. Nate Thurmond and Mo Williams share the first spot.
It was a rout for the Cavs with little to note besides a ferocious dunk by Dion and a hyper-extended knee on the landing. The dunk and the scary moment are illustrated above. Though he missed the second half, Dion is thankfully claiming he’s ok. Whew! After taking the lead, 7-5 in the first, the Cavs led the rest of the way and cruised to a blowout over the Sixers, to claim their fifth straight win. The Cavs were engaged, energetic, and performed like they were playing for something, and Philadelphia… did not.
Philly’s lone highlight came in the form of a ceremonial two day contract that they signed Monday with area high-schooler, Kevin Grow, a young man with Down syndrome, who scored 14 points in his final two varsity basketball games. It was a touching moment when Kevin was introduced to the arena tonight, and he was the highlight of the game for Philly fans. The story took a sad turn after the game, though, when Grow called his agent and demanded a trade.
I am privileged to introduce something big today. Recently, eighteen of your favorite Cavs bloggers, plus another writer, combined forces to rank the best Cavaliers in franchise history. We’re calling it #CavsRank. The guidelines were that the rankings should only consider the players’ time spent in Cleveland. Each writer had the freedom to prioritize whatever criterion they wished: short runs of brilliance; many years of solid play; critical impact to the franchise’s winningest teams; or awesome hair.
Each blogger submitted a list of his top twenty Cavaliers, with 20 points awarded for a #1 ranking, down to one point awarded for the player ranked 20th. All the numbers were tallied and a composite Top 20 list was derived.
- Mallory, Robert, Tom and me from Cavs:the Blog
- Carter Rodriguez and Josh Lockwood from realcavsfans.com
- Ryan Mourton, David Zavac, Patrick Elder and Justin Rowan from fearthesword.com
- Andrew Schnitkey, Scott Sargent, Jacob Rosen, Ben Cox, and Kirk Lammers of waitingfornextyear.com
- Cleveland Jackson of stepienrules.com
- Amin Vafa and Eric Maroun of hardwoodparoxysm.com, and
- Scott Raab, writer of The Whore of Akron and a contributor to Esquire.
Over the next month, articles will rotate amongst the sites, counting down from #20 to #1. We are all excited, whether it is reliving the Zydrunas Ilgauskas teams of the 2000′s; remembering the Price – Daugherty – Nance squads of the late 80′s and early 90′s; basking in the glow of individual stars like World B Free, Shawn Kemp and Terrell Brandon; or even talking about guys from the 1970′s that most of us never witnessed. Fortunately, several of those early greats continue to make an impact on Cavalier basketball, including Mr. Cavalier himself, Austin Carr.
The top twenty will start tomorrow, but first, a look at the “others receiving votes”.
It’s been a WHILE! Like three months a while. And with Kyrie playing in the All Star Game (and winning MVP, which we obviously all knew was coming…) Tom, Nate, and I decided to hop on the line and chat.
On today’s podcast we discuss the ASG, Kyrie’s recent improvements, Dion’s game, Chris Grant’s firing, and expectations for the rest of the season.
As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog
And on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2
Sorry in advance about the brevity…behind 15 fourth quarter points and totalling 31 with 14 assists, Kyrie Irving lead the Eastern Conference to an All-Star victory, winning MVP for his efforts. Awesome work, Kyrie!
He and Dion dominated the Friday and Sunday night events of the weekend. Hopefully that level of fun and excellent play carries over into tomorrow night against Philly.
John Krolik wrote about the game for NBC Sports.
It’s a frigid, snowy NYC Saturday in February. I’ve got two sixers of a wide selection of beers (more on that later!), a fridge full of snacks, and I’m about to order Chinese. That can only mean one thing…
It’s ALL STAR SATURDAY!
As some of you may remember from last year, I absolutely love this night. Old timers taking half court shots? Giannis showing off his ball handling skillz (with a z)? Kyrie draining threes? High flying dunks? COUNT. ME. IN.
So lets get started, folks!
Dion Waiters played on Team Hill last night, winning the Rising Stars challenge on Night One of All-Star weekend. Dion lead Team Hill with 31 points on 10 of 14 shooting (4 of 6 from deep, 7 of 8 from the line), 7 assists and 3 steals. Andre Drummond edged Dion for MVP though, with 30 points and 25 rebounds; that is a travesty.
ESPN awarded Dion an “A”, saying among other things “The most entertaining stretch of the game came in the second half, when Waiters and Hardaway Jr. engaged in a prolific shootout.”
The esteemed John Krolik wrote about the game for NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk, with the story of the game being the Waiters versus Hardaway matchup, of which “Ultimately, Waiters got the better of (Hardaway)…”
There is never a ton of defense in these game, but Waiters was the story of the game and represented the Cavs amazingly. Awesome stuff, Dion!
The 2013-2014 Cavaliers are a silly team. Their silliness oscillates between comical and sinister at unhealthy speeds. One month, Andrew Bynum is acting like a full-on Wes Anderson villain and indeterminately throwing objects, and the next month Anthony Bennett is teasing DeMarcus Cousins, the first post-LeBron four game winning streak has everyone smiling, and Kyrie is starting an all-star game this weekend. This season is entertaining in the same way that eating three bags of cheetos in one sitting is entertaining: fun in the moment, but it might leave you with a body ache afterwards.
Overview: Led by 25 points on 12-16 shooting and 15 rebounds from Tristan Thompson, the Cavs were able to come back from an early deficit and outscore the Pistons 34-23 in the fourth quarter of a 93-89 win. This is the Cavaliers’ first four-game winning streak since March of 2010.
Well, that’s the way to go into the All-Star Break Bullets:
Definitely a game to write home about from Tristan Thompson. The Pistons’ pick-and-roll defense is some of the worst in the league, and Kyrie and Thompson used everything in their bag of tricks to exploit it. Thompson was absolutely wonderful out there–he was finding space, always moving, and finishing with both hands with confidence. He even sprinkled in a jumper from the baseline, but this was mostly about Thompson stepping up in Varejao’s absence — in fact, he looked more like LeBron-era Varejao cutting to the basket and finishing tonight than Current Anderson Varejao has in the last year or two.
Not Kyrie’s best game, but he didn’t do much crazy, and rarely strangled the offense. He really let the game come to him, and while he struggled with his shot, he was able to make some beautiful passes, got himself into the paint and to the line, and did put the Cavs up four with a pull-up 26-footer with 27 seconds to go, which was nice.
Very quiet game from Dion — not a lot of penetration from him, and just 9 points, as he made everything from inside the arc and none of his threes.
I liked that Deng was aggressive taking the ball to the basket. So did Detroit’s gigantic frontline. The results were ugly: four points in 36 minutes on 0-9 shooting from the field. Yikes.
No real time for the Dellavedova love corner tonight — Will Bynum was just too fast for him, and his abuse of Dellavedova early in the fourth quarter almost put the Cavs in a hole they couldn’t get out of.
Anthony Bennett’s breakout game didn’t have much of a follow-up, with him getting just two points in 15 minutes on 1-4 shooting. I think it’s safe to say that with Bennett’s sleep apnea and asthma, and his overall physical condition, that back-to-backs are not going to be Bennett’s strength this year. I’m willing to ride high on Tuesday’s performance going into the All-Star break.
I’m saying a lot of negative things, so just take this away: This was an ugly game, the defense was solid, and Thompson was really, really good. JONAS THAT.
Bullets of Randomness:
This is a Pistons team with some serious issues. As much as I’ve complained about Kyrie this season, Brandon Jennings is just kinda wandering. 3-14 from the floor, and 11 of his shots were threes. At least three of his shots were LAUGHABLY bad ideas. There’s no sense that he’s setting up any kind of an offense. Andre Drummond is a load and Monroe has skill, but there’s no spacing when they share the floor, and the pick-and-roll defense is horrendous. I was going to rip Josh Smith for his effort, but he played a team-high 40 minutes tonight, so is it surprising that he ran out of gas defensively in the fourth quarter? And he took some bad shots, but HE’S JOSH SMITH AND YOU KNEW THAT WHEN YOU SIGNED HIM AS A SMALL FORWARD.
WINNING STREAK! See you guys after the All-Star Break.