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“I do not want to overvalue pre-season games, but in Cleveland’s two victories, Dion took the mantle of crunch-time-king. Between 4:41 and 1:55 to go in the fourth quarter of his first game, he tallied seven points and one assist to stretch a four-point lead to nine. In the final stanza of his third professional tilt, he scored ten points and threaded two assists while Cleveland stretched a two point lead to ten. Certainly, the waning minutes of pre-season affairs lack top-line talent, but each of the guys on the court are battling for a roster or rotation spot, and D-Wait managed to separate himself from the pack.” [Hetrick/Cavs the Blog]
What in the world is wrong with people? [Deadspin]
CSU getting some love in preseason publications- “Anton Grady, Cleveland State: Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters has called Anton Grady his future, and he’s right. He was incredibly productive — 8.5 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 blocks, the team lead in offensive and defensive rebounding percentages — in limited minutes as a freshman, and with so much of Cleveland State’s production from last season graduating, Grady will have plenty of opportunities. Even without Butler in the league, the Horizon has quite a bit of talent. Grady might be the best player in the league.” [Dauster/NBC Sports]
Gordon gets some love for his one handed catch Sunday- “Josh Gordon’s One-Handed Catch: The Cleveland Browns selected former Baylor and Utah receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft after off-field troubles limited Gordon’s ability to stay on NCAA rosters. Nobody ever doubted the kid’s talent, though, and he certainly made a big play here in the Browns’ first win of the season.” [Farrar/Shutdown Corner]
“Meyer called it “absurd” how many big gainers his defense surrendered and vowed to get more involved on that side of the ball. It sounded for all the world like an “or else” to both the current defensive starters — who may find themselves not playing unless the new head man sees change soon — or his assistants on that side of the ball.
“We’re going to demand 4 to 6 seconds of relentless pursuit and effort,” Meyer said. Then, he added, “If you don’t, I’ll be involved in that.”
Meyer declined to offer excuses, even though several players are out with injuries. The Buckeyes don’t have linebacker Etienne Sabino, sidelined for several weeks with a broken leg, and didn’t have defensive lineman/outside linebacker Nathan Williams at Indiana. He didn’t make the trip but is expected to return this week for the game against Purdue at Ohio Stadium.” [FSO]