Posts Tagged ‘Kyrie Irving’

Feeling Cavalier in Spain; Opening Weekend

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The inaugural FIBA World Cup is officially underway. Two days of group play has yielded relatively expected results: USA and Spain look dominant, Goran Dragic is hilariously fun to watch, Iran isn’t very good at bringing the ball up and the talented Brazilian frontline will challenge Spain’s for bigman bragging rights. That is all very good. But, as stated in the preview, this series is dedicated to the Cavaliers.

Kyrie Irving PG, USA, Group C

Being a shadow of one’s former self can be a good thing.

Kyrie got the start and played solid ball against Finland. The Finnish guards are so weak that Irving didn’t really have to break out his Team USA defensive stance. To be honest, he looked “regular season Cavs” in this one, but it’s hard to blame him. Kyrie was a totally different player against Turkey. For large stretches of this heavily contested game, Kyrie controlled pace, (perhaps to fault; he still loves walking that ball up) and played hard-nosed all around ball.

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Links to the Present: Labor Day Edition

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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The news today is going to be short and simple.  Read it with your coffee before heading outside to enjoy some grilled delights and cold beers with family and friends. I’ll start with the “Not A (Team USA) Recap: Team USA 98, Turkey 77.”  The US team faced their first scare of the tournament when they entered the locker room down five at halftime.  Sekou Smith of NBA.com has a good summary of the game up if you missed it.  Kyrie Irving continued adding to his international resume; he had 13 points on 5-9 shots to go with five assists and four rebounds.  The other guards struggled.  Derrick Rose shot 0-4 for two points while Stephen Curry shot 3-9 for nine points.  Curry also had five steals. (more…)

Feeling Cavalier in Spain; FIBA World Cup

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As Spain is rather famous for swashbuckling and suave cavaliers, it seems only fitting that the Cleveland Cavaliers will play important roles for their respective international teams in the Inaugural FIBA World Cup. Let’s hope the young Cavs (let’s just pretend Andy is young) will focus more on crisp ball swings and active defense than seducing a Zerlina or taking out a troublesome commendatore. (Cavs: The Blog: your random source of operatic entertainment.)

In this series of FIBA coverage, I will focus predominantly on the performance of the Cavaliers participating in the Cup. You don’t need me to remind you that Spain’s front court is ridiculously stacked with the Gasols and Ibaka dwarfing the USA bigmen, or that Greece’s backcourt will be ridiculously entertaining with the Greek Freak and Nick Calathes handling the ball. (For more on that, read Grantland’s preview). Instead, this space will be devoted to Cleveland Cavalier performance.

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The Point Four-ward: The Great American Lineup Buffet

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) The Cavaliers recent signing of Shawn Marion continues an off-season theme for the team. No, it’s not “sign guys nearly as old as Robert,” though I do appreciate David Griffin’s signings allowing me to talk knowledgeably about the late-90s with some degree of relevance for a change. It’s this: from LeBron James to Kevin Love to Mike Miller and rookies Joe Harris and Dwight Powell, Griffin has been limbering up his roster to give head coach David Blatt lineup flexibility that could, Griffin hopes, put your bikram yoga instructor to shame.

While Blatt may tinker a little in training camp, the bulk of the regular season will probably feature some pretty conventional lineups and there’s no telling at this point what this team’s most successful version of itself will be. Still, it’s difficult to look up and down this roster of players who can play multiple positions and not see some fun potential five-man units. Here are some of my favorite combos:

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This is the Cavs’ presumptive “best” lineup should you happen to fall on the positive side of the Waiters conversation. This is the line-up that, if it does not start games, will likely finish them. What it lacks in paint-bullying rim protecting it more than makes up for with a.) well-documented chronicling of how this team lacks a rim protector and b.) an offensive unit that features five outstanding passers, enough shooting (probably), four guys who can create their own shot and pick-and-roll pairings galore.

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Not a (Team USA) Recap: Team USA 95, Brazil 78 (or, Yes Please!)

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

We have finally reached the point in the NBA dead season that the venerable Zach Lowe is breaking down Space Jam. I love cartoon Muggsy Bogues as much as the next guy, but I would much rather watch our very own Sideshow Bob take on Uncle Drew, albeit in a game with much smaller ramifications. The friendly scrimmage between Team USA and Brazil provided some real basketball relief and a delightful peak into 2014-2015 Cavalier ball.

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Arise, Blatt-imus Prime!

Friday, June 20th, 2014

TheTransformersTheMoviemkv_snapshot_011701_20130424_201541The Cavaliers five-week long coaching search finally came to an end Thursday with the team offering the position to former Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach, David Blatt. An agreement has not yet been reached, but is expected soon.

General Manager, David Griffin, and Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, were pressed to make a decision Thursday before Blatt could meet with the Golden State Warriors, who were interested in bringing Blatt aboard as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant. Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach, Tyronn Lue, also impressed the Cavs in his two interviews with the team and was reported to be the other front-runner for the job. But, in the end, the Cavs chose Blatt, who will become the first coach to go directly from coaching overseas to a head coaching job in the NBA.

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Mega Links to the Present: Memorial Day Madness

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Welcome to a special Memorial Day links edition of CtB.  We’ve a lot to get to. First off, let’s thank our service members whose sacrifices we are eternally grateful for. Second, we still have no idea who the Cavs are drafting. I’ve seen mock drafts with each of the three wunderkinds going first. This collection of mock drafts from Cavs.com has six sites picking Wiggins, three picking Embiid, and two picking Parker. And I’ve heard more than a little talk about the pick being moved. We may not know anything till June 26th.

Draft Madness

Joel Embiid:

First off, Trevor Magnotti from Right Down Euclid breaks down the medical details about Joel Embiid’s back injury. After a lot of fascinating technical details, he comes to an optimistic conclusion.

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Links to the Present: L.A. Edition

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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The Cavs are being talked about today because of their connections to Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, the talk is anything but positive.  Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, is reporting on a video Ric Bucher put out on Bleacher Report saying that there is a chance the Lakers hire Byron Scott.  Scott might be able to pull Kyrie to Los Angeles according to Bucher.

Irving has said he would like to stay in Cleveland, “but the fact of the matter is with Scott in LA with the Lakers, that could be very appealing, and that would bring in a great building block for the Lakers moving forward,” Bucher said of Irving.

I’m calling shenanigans on this situation.  I have never been under the impression that Byron and Kyrie were close enough to intertwine their career choices.

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Links to the Present: Accepting Blame Edition

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

The Cavs season comes to a much needed end tomorrow against the Brooklyn Nets;  the team has looked sluggish the past two games against the Bucks and Celtics.  The amount of effort exhibited by Kyrie Irving and the team as a whole has me wondering about the future.  Maybe, the Cavs are still another season away from the playoffs if effort has anything to do with results.

Kyrie Irving has been very truthful about his effort.  Bob Finnan of The News-Herald & The Morning Journal has some of Irving’s quote on the topic.

“It’s disappointing based on our effort,” Irving said. “Our fans definitely don’t deserve it, especially at the end of the season. We preached it and said we wanted to finish strong, but teams are just getting the best of us. Just our effort level wasn’t there. It’s disappointing, and we have to be disappointed in ourselves. The last two games, the fans don’t deserve it.”

The type of effort being displayed scares me, especially when it is from the Cavs’ supposed star.  However, it’s refreshing to see him own up to and address the topic.

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Links to the Present: Other People Edition

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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One of the the hardest things to deal with in life is someone saying something about your feelings that you know is absolutely wrong.  Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters are dealing with that type of situation right now.  During an interview on ESPN’s “First Take,” Josh Gordon let it be known that he thought Kyrie and Dion were not overly friendly with each other.

“[Dion Waiters is] my neighbor in my building, so we hang out all the time. I’m aware of the rift in the locker room. That’s just alpha males and supreme athletes trying to share the spotlight.”.

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