Posts Tagged ‘anderson varejao’

We’re Coming for You, Shabazz

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I miss this.

PHOENIX 91, CLEVELAND 78

Well, if we can take one  positive out of tonight, it’s that Anderson Varejao is amazing. That’s about it. Every other Cavs player mixed whatever good they did with a healthy helping of bad. A few were perhaps quasi-effective, but the individual performances tonight did not add up to a winning team performance. Not even close, in fact. This Cavs-Suns tilt was ugly on both ends of the floor, and it hurts my brain to even attempt to attempt at establishing a narrative for the game other than “Wow, the Cavs without Kyrie suck a little more than the Suns.” As such, I’ll go ahead and talk about the game by way of bullet point.

- Tristan Thomspon wasn’t impressive. Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola are a solid post duo, but they looked like Sampson and Olajuwon when defending Tristan down low. He has no offensive repertoire to speak of. Tigger shot 1-7 from the field for 5 points, and had no blocks or steals. However, I’d like to point out that he shot 3-4 from the free throw line. That’s not bad at all.

- Alonzo Gee was solid. He played some good defense, though that sort of thing is hard to quantify against the Suns, especially in a game like tonight’s- either they were scoring every time down the floor on an array of difficult shots, or they were missing an unconscionable amount of layups and corner threes. But we got the kind of ball we’ve come to both expect and treasure from Alonzo: 3-7 from the field for 12 points, a killer dunk, and a few steals and assists to go along with his constant flight around the floor. All NBA D-League players should take notes from Alonzo on how to make the NBA. The main thing is to play harder than anyone else on the floor.

- Jeremy Pargo played like Donald Sloan. 3-12 for 8 points. 5 points, 5 turnovers. Against Goran Dragic, who isn’t exactly a lock-down defender. He also had 5 fouls, playing the point guard position. How is that even possible? Let’s just move on.

-  C.J. Miles straight-up dominated a 35-second stretch of this game, dropping six straight points. Unfortunately, it was the last 35 seconds of the game, and he sucked for the rest of the game. He missed a bunch of jumpers, and didn’t do anything else particularly well. It’s hard to believe that Byron Scott continues to play him over Omri Casspi, who looked at least mildly effective in 13 minutes and hit a couple of shots.

- Anderson Varejao is a monster, 20 points, 18 boards. The fifth straight 15+ rebound game in a row for Andy. He was  on fire in the 3rd quarter, when he hit a flurry of mid-range jumpers on his way to 14 in the quarter. Without Wild Thing, the Cavs would have lost this game by 30. At the beginning of the season, I was all for trading Andy. But he’s played himself out of trade talks. There’s nothing of equal value that we could get in return.

-Dion Waiters actually had a decent game, despite another mediocre shooting night (7-20 from the field). He dished out 7 assists, and some of them were beauties. His play-making ability seemed almost Harden-esque at times, as he put the ball on the floor and whipped cross-court passes with ease. When Dion learns how to finish at the rim and hit his jumper regularly, he’ll be a real star in this league.

- Pretty much everyone else on the team sucked. I would love to blame this loss on Luke Walton, but he didn’t play. It was weird to see Tyler Zeller playing for the Suns. Or was that his brother, Luke? I couldn’t tell. Tough loss. Goodnight, folks.

Andy’s a Star, and Dan’s Sorry

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Courtesy of Cavs the Blog commenter Tsunami, we have some context for Andy’s stat line last night. It appears he is the first player to put up 9 points, 23 rebounds and 9 assists in a game since Charles Barkley. And anyone who watched the game last night knows Wild Thing could’ve got  another 7 or 8 rebounds last night easily. Here’s the link.

Also, if anyone cares, Dan Gilbert admitted that he feels like an idiot about the title-before-Lebron guarantee. I’m one of the few staunch defenders of Gilbert that remains; I’ve always found his raw sentimentality and braggadocio very refreshing in a mostly emotionless modern sports world. Here’s the link.

Varejao: Center?

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

The Cavs have an interesting situation at hand with the addition of Tyler Zeller. Anderson Varejao has been playing center in recent years, but Zeller’s legitimacy and history at the 5 should move Andy back to the 4. Will he produce at the same level? Will he be better? A nice piece from Hoopsworld attempts to answer the questions surrounding this move. Here’s the link.

Andy Here to Stay? Long Live Waltonia!

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Ladies love him, and so does Byron Scott, apparently.

Anderson Varejao is virtually always the subject of some trade rumors. But he isn’t worried, saying he’ll play as he always does. It speaks well for Andy’s trade value that he’s always rumored to be part of a trade- he is really a valuable asset. Wild Thing has always been a fan favorite, but if the Cavs aren’t in playoff contention and Grant can get a draft pick or two, a trade involving  Varejao could be a great thing. Here’s the link.

Apparently Byron Scott is pleased with Luke Walton’s practice performance. Interesting. It’s hard to believe he’ll have any sort of impact this year, but it’s always nice to hear about Cavs doing well. Here’s the link.

Wine v. Gold Scrimmage

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Dion to the hoop!

The Cavaliers played an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday, pitting Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Jeremy Pargo, Omri Casspi and C.J. Miles on the Gold team against Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, Alonzo Gee and Jon Leuer on the Wine team. The Gold team won 52-44, despite a combined 25 points on 9-22 shooting from Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. What does this mean? Absolutely nothing. But it’s nice to see the young guns going at it in practice. Here’s the link.

Small Forwards and Health

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

That goatee is fantastic.

The Chronicle Online wrote a nice piece about the Cavs’ depth at the small forward position this year. I don’t really think that Omri Casspi counts as depth, exactly, but hey- to each man his own. And C.J. Miles just keeps coming through on the quotes. Here’s the link.

Also, a promising article from the Plain Dealer about the health of the team this year going into training camp. From Kyrie: “I’m 110 percent. No problems. I’ve been playing since the 15th of September. I’m just really excited to start training camp.” That’s nice to hear, isn’t it? Here’s the link.

On a side note, I think we can all agree that Kyrie NEEDS to maintain that goatee. It’s perfect. For all we know, this is the adjustment he needed to make “The Leap.”

10 Awful Things from 11-12

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Luke Harangody has no place on an NBA roster. Here’s the link.

TT’s development, and Terry’s Talking

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Over at Fear the Sword, Conrad Kaczmarek wrote a great piece on what to expect from Tristan Thompson this year. How about being blocked less often on put-back dunks? It’s getting embarrassing. Here’s the link.

Terry Pluto wrote about the Cavs in his latest edition of “Terry’s Talking.” You have to scroll about halfway down the page to find it, but he says some interesting stuff. If Luke Walton doesn’t make the active roster, Anderson Varejao will be the oldest player on the team…at 30. Here’s the link.