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“Walton was awful after his initial three possessions on the court in the second quarter. Playing out of position at the power forward spot, he received minutes over more qualified players (I’ll get into that later). During his time on the floor, Walton made me long for the glory days of Ryan Hollins, Semih Erden and a one-legged Leon Powe. He was slow on defense. He wasn’t big or strong enough to guard Earl Barron, Jan Vesely, or Chris Singleton (hardly players with polished offensive games who went 9-17 from the floor combined last night). He had two atrocious turnovers that anyone with any semblance of NBA-level athleticism would have avoided. It is clear at this point that Walton simply cannot play at the NBA level anymore. So to refer back to the beginning of this post: why is he getting minutes?
Byron Scott answered that in the press conference after the game. He said that he thinks the second unit feels more comfortable with Walton on the floor and runs the offense better. However, in the 10 minutes Walton was on the court without Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers scored a grand total of seven points.” [Vecenie/Fear the Sword]
Predicting where the top 50 baseball free agents end up. Guess how many presumed to be Indians. [Dierks/MLB Trade Rumors]
“You think of Anderson Varejao, you think of the goofy 7 foot sideshow Bob who used to clown with Bron back in the day. Not anymore. Not when he’s the first NBA’er to go 23 boards and 9 assists since Sir Charles did it a quarter of a center ago. Sir Andy was the most dominant player on the floor and even had teammate Tristan Thompson going equine on him: “Andy is a horse, man. He might win the Kentucky Derby himself. I might have to saddle up and try to ride him to victory.” [Rome/Jim Rome Show]
“The fullback and tight ends position aren’t glorified blockers in an Urban Meyer-coached offense, though. They are pass catchers and ball carriers, in addition to blockers. Nine games into the season, Boren and Stoneburner have each seen an uptick in production. But Boren is starting at linebacker and Stoneburner is starting at wide receiver.
Who’da thunk it?
Boren’s move was out of necessity. Ohio State had an emergency at linebacker when Etienne Sabino suffered a broken fibula against Nebraska and the replacements struggled to adapt. So in came Boren and tackles appeared. In his first game on defense since high school, Boren led the team with eight tackles at Indiana. He has 20 in three starts.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
Finally, former Cavs guard Delonte West is begging for a job on twitter. [Mahoney/Point Forward]