Posts Tagged ‘Tristan Thompson’

The Point Four-ward: Flat Tops and Crazy Eyes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Four points I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) Two separate reports Tuesday could have bearing on the Cavs’ current search for a perimeter defender. First, Chris Haynes from Northeast Ohio Media Group (via The Plain Dealer) reported that the Cavs had moved on from attempts to trade for Minnesota swingman Corey Brewer. The Timberwolves, hit with injuries to key wing players Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio, are now reticent to move Brewer, their best perimeter defender (though Andrew Wiggins might have something to say about that soon).

The other bit came from Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, who reported that basically the entire New York Knicks roster has been put on the trading block. While the Knicks would prefer to part ways with J.R. Smith (Really?? Nooooo….), the Knick who might actually be a good fit with the wine and gold is fourth year shooting guard, Iman Shumpert.

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The Point Four-ward: Sputter, Sputter, Sputter, Vroom

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA…

1.) As recently as last year, people were describing LeBron James as being one of the fastest players in the NBA. While perhaps not tops in terms of sheer speed, James’s ability to cover large swaths of the court in precious few strides made him one of the quickest players his size ever. That’s why so much is being made of the relative snail’s pace of his play this season. What Cavs fans have seen thus far is one of the most athletic players in league history running and jumping like he’d added 20 pounds in the off-season rather than dropped it.

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Fantasy Notebook: Fantasy Bad

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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In fantasy basketball, there is almost always a silver lining to be found on the NBA’s bad teams. On even the worst teams, someone has to score the points, grab the rebounds and fill up even the most uninspiring of box scores.

A great example of this right now is Tony Wroten of the Philadelphia 76ers. In spite of the Sixers’ 0-6 start, Wroten has been fantasy gold turning in 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7 assists in 33.8 minutes a game. Wroten is benefiting from the same quick Sixers pace that buffed Michael Carter Williams to a shine last season, as well as from being the only Philadelphia starter (my apologies to former Cav Henry Sims) with even the slightest track record of putting a ball through a basket.

As historical context, think what kind of numbers Ricky Davis would have put up on the 2002-03 Cavs if the rest of his team had been composed of slightly-better-than-D-Leaguers instead of…

Okay, maybe not the best example. Still, if you were out in front of Wroten-mania, you’re sitting back and reaping the fantasy benefits at least until MCW returns (he’s practicing now). Even then, it’s likely that Wroten will continue to be a useful fantasy player because… well, historically teams have occasionally fielded more than one effective player at a time.

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The Point Four-ward: O-Boards Don’t Lie

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

 

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First, if you haven’t checked out Ben’s excellent recap of the Cavs/Blazers game, it’s right here.

And now: Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) It’s tough to believe, but these Cavs — the Cavs of the most highly anticipated offense in years coming into this season — are shooting just 42% from the floor so far this season. LeBron James continued a cold start to the season going 4-12 for 11 points against Portland. That included going 1-6 in the paint, a ridiculous number for a finisher as good as number 23.

Against Portland, though, everyone caught the cold hand. The team shot just 36.5% for the game. Kyrie Irving was 3-17 and (in a disturbing trend) was thoroughly outplayed by slumping-until-yesterday Damian Lillard. Dion Waiters was 3-11 and didn’t attempt a three-pointer. Only Kevin Love, who led the team with 22 points and 10 rebounds, managed a remotely efficient offensive game.

I know it’s early, but the team’s stagnancy and passivity on offense is a little disturbing. There’s been precious little of the weak side action that we saw freeing up so many good looks in the preseason and the ball’s been more of a moderately warm potato than a hot one.

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The Bench’s Bird Rights

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson are the Cavs bench. Big T is even pushing starter minutes and Matty D is finishing fourth quarters, while both Shawn Marion and Mike Miller are failing to log just fifteen minutes a game. TT has played around 55 minutes this season while Anderson Varejao has played about 56 minutes. Delly finished the game against the Bulls playing more time than Dion Waiters, and he has the best plus/minus of anyone on the Cavs this season. He’s +21 for the year and other people, at least people outside of the Cavs:The Blog writing staff, are noticing. Jason Lloyd penned a piece for the Akron Beacon Journal with lots of praise for the Australian wonder after just two games.

Delly is in many ways the perfect complementary piece to the Cavs’ Big Three. He is a chameleon who can fit with most any other player on the floor. He keeps the ball moving offensively. He’s a gritty defender (something the Cavs sorely need right now) and he doesn’t feel an overwhelming need to shoot. In 48 minutes, he has taken just six shots (four 3-pointers).

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Recap: Cavs 114, Bulls 108 (Or, ALL THE REBOUNDS!!!)

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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See ball get ball, Tina.

The Cavs won!  They survived NBA-JAM-FIRE Kirk Hinrich, and Tristan Thompson had a Dagger OBoard+Flush in the waning moments of OT.  LeBron looked bad and still 100x better than last night.  Derrick Rose sprained his ankle, stayed in the game, left later, and never came back.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the rebounding prowess of the Cavs.  They finished with a 52-42 edge in rebounding, dominating a good frontcourt despite fighting through the second night of an exhausting back to back.

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Recap: New York 95, Cleveland 90 (or “In Northeast Ohio, Nothing is Given. Everything is Earned.”)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The words from “The Letter” came back to haunt LeBron James and the Cavaliers in this game: a game that no one in Northeast Ohio thought the Cavs could lose. LeBron looked nervous. David Blatt looked overwhelmed. And the Cavs looked like they’d bought stock in the seriously ill-conceived “big three” narrative. Honestly, there could have been about a dozen more subtitles to this recap. Examples include: “Andrew Wiggins would have blocked that shot,” “LeBron has terrible games too,” “Defense matters,” “That crowd sucked,” “Go back to Hollywood, Biebs,” or “Oh that’s right, Carmelo Anthony’s pretty good.” Ultimately though, the Knicks just played with more energy, intelligence, and focus. The energy that had infused the entirety of the city of Cleveland throughout the day seemed to drain the Cavs instead of fuel them.

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Thompson Talks

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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Talks with Tristan Thompson about a contract extension before the Halloween deadline have stalled according to ESPN and Brian Windhorst. The talks represent more than keeping the “big man who specializes in offensive rebounding.”

Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and James’ agent and business partner Rich Paul, who has worked with Thompson since he was drafted in 2011.

Both league executives and agents are closely watching how the Thompson talks play out as a gauge for how involved James is making himself in the team’s front-office moves. James signed a one-year contract with a second-year player option over the summer to try to take advantage of a rising salary cap. But it had the ancillary effect of keeping the team a little uncomfortable about the future.

If Tristan isn’t re-signed, it will allow people to comfortably say LeBron is not performing as quasi general manager for the Cavs. If TT is re-signed, people will speculate about what influence The King had on the decision to re-up him and the resulting contract. Gossip will be inevitable. (more…)

Links To The Present: TV Deal Edition + Kyrie in a Walking Boot + Updates

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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The NBA has announced their new media deal with Turner Sports and ESPN.  From the 2015-2016 season all the way through the 2024-2025 season, the league will receive $24 billion.  The last deal only paid $7.5 billion, and it was over eight years.  The new deal means one thing for certain.  The cap is going to go up a large amount at some point; however, it isn’t clear when.  Larry Coon, the NBA salary cap professor, explained the new deal’s implications.

Since the salary cap is directly tied to revenues, this means we would expect the cap to increase significantly. The league sets the cap each year based on its projected revenues for the upcoming season. By the league’s convoluted salary-cap math, a $1.1 billion increase in national TV revenues would equate to a nearly $16 million jump in the 2015-16 salary cap, above and beyond its expected increase without the infusion of new TV money.

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ALL THE REBOUNDS!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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If you tuned into the Cavs preseason opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra (pretty sweet name…Electra) you may have noticed the Cavs dominated the boards.  I mean, completely and utterly dominated.  The final disparity was 64-36.  Varejao, Love, and Thompson all had double-digit rebounds and they had 15 offensive rebounds between them.  If a preseason game against a non-NBA opponent isn’t piquing your interest, I’ll just cut to the chase: Love, Varejao, and Thompson, are ELITE rebounders.

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