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And just after the high from the Boston win, the Cavs lose miserably to Toronto: “I’ll be brief tonight, because that was awful and terrifying. The Cavs’ offense was horrible. Beyond horrible. I mean, this was the Raptors the Cavs were playing. Ramon Sessions drove recklessly into the lane without any real plan approximately 200 times, and it didn’t really work out for him.” [John Krolik/Cavs: The Blog]
Trying to rationalize the epic meltdown: “If the Cavaliers are down two starters – especially two out of the trio of Mo / Andy / Hickson – on any given night this season they will most likely get blown out just like they did on Friday in Toronto. That doesn’t mean they’re a bad team though. They just aren’t good enough to replace two starters, on the road, and get a win.” [Brendan Bowers/Stepien Rules]
Asking the inevitable LeBron question to the Cavs owner: “First there was the letter – which Dan Gilbert has said on numerous occasions that he does not regret – and now this. When the Cavs owner was asked this week if the franchise would ever consider retiring LeBron’s No. 23 jersey in Cleveland, he said he hasn’t discussed retiring any player’s jersey during his five years of ownership.” [Aron Phillips/Dime Magazine]
Speaking of that former Cavalier, only one picture of him remains at the Q at all. Go check it out folks, especially the jersey he is wearing. [Vince Grzegorek/’64 and Counting]
Appreciating the honesty from this second-year Browns receiver: “‘Looking at this point in the season, I definitely wish that my production would be a little bit better,’ Mohamed Massaquoi said. ‘But, I’m going to go back and look at some of the things that I can do to better myself to try to have a bigger second half and try to learn from the little things that didn’t go so right in the first half. Just try to get on the same page with everybody and make sure I can do some things differently to be as productive as possible in the second part of the season.'” [Don Delco/The OBR]
Is this the start of an impressive second half, or will the Browns fade away again? “Questions must be answered before the season resumes Nov. 7, primarily, will quarterback Colt McCoy start again or will Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme recover from ankle injuries and be ready to play? Coach Eric Mangini can’t answer that yet. Likewise, how will the next nine games affect Mangini’s future as Browns head coach? Mangini tells his players to concentrate on one game at a time.” [The Sports Xchange/The OBR]
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Just to prove that I don’t just feature articles I agree with.. Just read this. Please: “I hate commenting on baseless rumors and inane message board posts. People get all worked up about it when there’s never any truth behind the rumors or ideas. It’s usually best to ignore them. However on an Indians message board that I used to frequent, I saw an interesting trade idea that made me pause. It seems like a trade both sides would agree is fair. But that doesn’t necessarily mean both sides would agree to the deal.” [Ed Carroll/Deep Left Field]
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