Links ad Praesens

It’s end-of-season time for the Cavs, and their goods offered are looking just about as appealing as a J.C. Penney sale rack. Here’s some links. By the way, it’s Latin in the title. In case you were wondering. Anyways, links. – Byron Scott continues to fight until the end. Defense is the real problem here, Byron, and why you’re going to lose your job. I don’t think pre-game shootarounds are going to…

2013-04-15
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Late Collapses are Kind of our Thing, Ya Know?

IND 99 > CLE 94 Well, this was rather disappointing. The Cavaliers played three quarters of solid defense and opportunistic offense, gaining a twenty point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. And then it unraveled as it always does, the lead picked apart by George Hill fastbreak after George Hill fastbreak, topped off by a pair of Paul George three-pointers. People will complain about the calls agains the Cavs (the offensive…

2013-04-10
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Des Liens vers le Présent

– Kyrie Irving didn’t exactly take a bullet for Byron Scott when asked about the coach’s future with Cavs. Instead, he declined to speculate at all. He sounded decidedly unenthusiastic, which is in direct contrast to Tristan Thompson’s passionate defense of his coach. What worries me is not Kyrie’s dispassionate response- I don’t like Scott much, either. The greater worry is the clear difference in Tristan and Kyrie’s opinions. A…

2013-04-09
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“Whatever Happens, Happens.”

The Cavaliers are not a very good basketball team. The Cavs lack in star talent and depth at nearly every position other than point guard, and the remarkable Herculoids have faded down the stretch. However, no NBA team should lose games as badly as the Cavs did last night. The final deficit was only 18, but anyone who watched the game would tell you that the game was much worse than that number would indicate….

2013-04-04
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Byron isn’t Sorry

While searching for a Byron Scott-as-coach image to post with this link, I noticed that every single picture looked the same. Stalwart, stoic Byron, standing with his arms firmly folded across his chest. Every Cavaliers fan has that image burned into their head by now, indelible. Throughout it all, close losses and huge defeats alike, Byron has maintained his serious face, and folded his serious arms. This reflects, unfortunately, his…

2013-03-29
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Links to the Present

According to the Israeli web site, Walla Sports (don’t bother clicking unless you can read Hebrew), Omri Casspi is attempting to negotiate a buyout with the Cavaliers.  HoopsHype originally linked/translated this story. Via Twitter, Mark Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that Daniel “Boobie” Gibson has been excused from the team to attend a personal matter, and did not travel to Orlando. Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer’s Jodie Valade discusses Kyrie Irving’s increasing…

2013-02-23
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Kyrie vs. Byron (but in a good way)

Sometimes it seems like all that Cavs fans want to talk about is weighty, depressing stuff: Kyrie’s horrendous defense on the pick-‘n-roll, Dion’s off-balance 22-footers, or Tyler Zeller’s general awfulness. Which makes sense, of course. The Cavs are a pretty terrible basketball team. But with a young team like the Cavs, with a young star like Kyrie Irving, sometimes stories come out about the Cavs that just make you smile,…

2013-02-12
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Where are You?

Where is Anderson Varejao? That’s what everyone wants to know. Wednesday night, Varejao will miss his 11th game in a row with a knee contusion. The contusion, or bruise, was suffered on December 18th against the Toronto Raptors. After expressing pain and coming out for a few minutes, the Brazilian big man returned to the game and finished it out, with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The injury seemed minor,…

2013-01-08
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Links to the Kyrie-Inundated, (Hannukah) Present

He’s back! Finally! Let’s go Cavs! Well, here’s some fun Cavs-related stuff to read about as you go about your daily life. – Kyrie Irving wasn’t the only star young’n to return last night, as Anthony Davis came back as well. I mostly posted this because I was thinking about something: would you trade Kyrie for Davis? In my opinion: too close to call. If it was a pure business…

2012-12-12
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Jeremy Pargo, Woohoo

Jeremy Pargo, offensive maestro and passer extraordinaire, will be starting at the point guard position tonight, the Plain Dealer reports. Apparently Byron Scott considered slotting Boobie in at the 2 and giving Dion Waiters a shot at point guard, but he made the safe choice, and went with the player who’s averaged 2.7 points and 1.3 assists for his career. Ah, well. Here’s the link. P.S. Seriously, though, I don’t want to…

2012-11-21
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Byron’s Problems: Edition #1

This year’s Cavaliers average 22.7 years of age. The oldest player on the roster is Anderson Varejao, and he’s only 30. Admittedly, Luke Walton is 32, but I’m doing my best to pretend he isn’t on this team. Regardless, the Cavs are a young team. Young teams make mistakes. Enter Byron Scott. Occupation: coach. Favorite mode of communication: yelling. Byron Scott is not known for going easy on his players,…

2012-11-09
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Was Jennings’s Shot Good?

Byron Scott certainly doesn’t think that Brandon Jennings’ buzzer-beater should have been counted: “Looking at it again in the locker room, the shot shouldn’t have counted.” The issue is not really about whether or not the shot left his hands before the game was over, but rather if the clock started late on the inbound pass. Looking at the play, it does seem unlikely that .7 seconds was enough time for the play to…

2012-11-04
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