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While We’re Waiting… Koufos goes off, CHUD, Tribe walks the tightrope and an ankle saving shoe.

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Ohio State alum Kosta Koufos had such a good game, we’re in for  a week of “trade for Koufos!” calls on sports talk radio. “The Cavs started the game off on a good note.  They led by a score of 30-23 by the time the first quarter was over.  In fact, there were multiple times in the second quarter where the Cavs were up by 11 points.  Once again, the big early lead did not matter.  The Cavs often times find themselves outclassed and facing teams with more talent.  It Is possible for them to sneak a win or two against elite teams throughout the season, but they do not stand much of a chance in winning if they do not play a near perfect game.

For example, Kosta Koufos scored his career high against Cleveland.  This is a guy who has been in the league for 5 years and who has played 219 games.  In nont of those games did he ever score 21 points.

The most interesting matchup with Tristan Thompson and Kenneth Faried.  They are both similar players.  Thompson’s defense is superior to Faried’s, but the latter is better on the offensive end of the court.  Faried plays with a lot of energy, is constantly boxing guys out and going after every single rebound.  It is not outlandish to say that he may eventually lead the league in rebounding.  Faried had 17 points on only 7 shots.  The Nuggets average 1.20 points per shot and Faried had 2.42 points per shot against the Cavs.  Thompson played reasonably well himself, but his 16 points and 7 rebounds are overshadowed by Kenneth Faried. “ [Demetri Inembolidis / The Cleveland Fan].

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This is pretty cool. Lord knows how many times I’ve busted my ankles while playing hoops. “[Jon] Starks believes that “The Breakaway” model will not only set the standard for maximum performance and ankle protection in basketball, but also in tennis, volleyball and other sports, as well.  ”We’ve taken our product to a whole new level,” Starks said.  ”We’re always striving to improve the product, and we’ve certainly done that with the Breakaway.”

A byproduct of an increase in ankle support is balance and stability for the foot and ankle, which is important for consistent outside shooting on the basketball court.  Interestingly, a recent survey done by Ektio revealed that 42% of players felt that Ektio shoes improved their outside shooting efficiency compared to their prior sneakers.  Not one subject in the study indicated that he lost any accuracy on his shot since wearing the Ektio shoe.

There is nothing traditional about the look and feel of The Breakaway shoe.  It contains two inner straps, which bring a person’s foot and the shoe together as a single unit, minimizing movement occurring within the shoe, and in turn, attempting to minimize the chances of an ankle sprain.  The Breakaway is not a shoe that one can just slip on; it is more difficult to place on a foot than competing basketball shoes.  But comfort is not sacrificed.  Once feet are placed inside the clinically-tested athletic shoes, which are easily adjustable (after a few times of wearing them), the comfortable, snug fit is appreciated. [Darren Heitner/Forbes]

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It is a kinda weird that Chud’s former HC could be his new OC, no? “Being in San Diego prepared me and allowed me to see the day-to-day things head coaches deal with that come across their desk,” Chudzinski said. “I got a good sense of what this job would entail.”

Turner’s job would be a role reversal, as the former boss becomes the underling. Turner never succeeded as a head coach and, the narrative was, he could never take advantage of a talented roster and get his teams into — advance far into — the playoffs.

But it was his role as the Cowboys offensive coordinator during the early 90s that has carried his NFL career.

Chudzinski has never been a head coach before. It makes sense from his point of view to hire someone he’s worked with, he likes and he is on the same page with from an offensive philosophy standpoint. [Don Delco/Orange & Brown Report]

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I feel this way about all Cleveland teams. Screw ups have long term consequences. “We’re in that area – somewhat familiar to folks in Cleveland – where we point out all the things that would have to go right in order for the Indians to hang around in the AL Central. By “hang around” we mean “finish well behind the Detroit Tigers but not embarrassingly so.” Also, close enough that Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez aren’t being shopped on June 1.

The Indians haven’t posted a winning record since 2007. Then they bounded from 81 wins to 65 to 69 to 80 to 68. Like most franchises in their class, they’re especially vulnerable to poor trades, injuries, poor trades, depth limitations and, um, poor trades.

Look, the Indians have gotten better. Swisher is a consistent, reasonably productive player. Reynolds plays a mean first base and could hit 35 home runs. Stubbs has to find his offensive center sometime, doesn’t he? (Granted, we could be talking 400 strikeouts between Reynolds and Stubbs alone.)

Just two years ago, Myers was coming off a 14-win season. And no one’s ever doubted Bauer’s stuff or talent.” [Tim Brown/Yahoo].

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I expect the Cavs to be “involved” in a bunch of talks, but, with Varejao out, I’d be surprised if they made a move at the deadline. “A list of players whose names were mentioned this week as availables, with more surely to come, alongside the long-available Andrea Bargnani in Toronto: Cleveland’s Omri Casspi, Houston’s Cole Aldrich, Milwaukee’s Samuel Dalembert, Drew Gooden and Beno Udrih and San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair.

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Because Anderson Varejao lost more than half of his team’s games to injury over the previous two seasons, Cleveland is being openly second-guessed for not trading Varejao weeks ago, based on the premise that the Cavs should have known that the Brazilian double-double machine would eventually get hurt again. The Cavs’ counter is that Varejao, who was averaging 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds before his latest leg injury requiring surgery, was not only playing the best ball of his career but had also established a strong on-court chemistry with new face of the franchise Kyrie Irving. Backing up the widespread notion that Cavs officials were asking for a lot in return for Varejao in trade talks with various teams, recent Hall of Fame inducteePeter Vecsey reported this week that Cleveland told the Clippers it would take DeAndre Jordanand prized reserve guard Eric Bledsoe to get him.” [Marc Stein/ESPN Daily Dime]

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  • boomhauertjs

    How much better off is the Tribe that Victorino didn’t take their money? I’d take Swisher over Victorino any day, especially at comparable contracts.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I like Victorino but his skillset is completely different then Swish’s. Swish for all his enthusiasm was probably the better siging though BUT lets see what he does on the field. I like the guy I loved seeing his excitement at his introduction but lets not forget this guy was like the fifth, sixth maybe even seventh option in NY. It’s not like he has a track record of being the guy.