April 16, 2014

Head Coaching Backgrounds and Early Returns

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There’s no one way to look at and acquire a successful head coach in the NFL. They come from college and pro (and often both) backgrounds. Good head coaches come from both sides of the ball (and even special teams). You can find success stories from first-timers and retreads alike. Age is a relatively small factor with current coaches ranging from 41 to 67 years old. What should be expected of a head coach in his first season? We know Rob Chudzinski’s 4-12 mark didn’t meet this front office’s first-season goals, but what about the next guy? How many years did the most successful head guys have as a coordinator before taking their first job? We’ll discuss these topics, including a little conclusion about what it means in the candidacy of Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, Mike Pettine, Rich Bisaccia, and the rest. There’s a chart below for us to peruse for starters. It covers a lot of the data I just discussed, with offensive background coaches in red, defensive coaches in blue, and John Harbaugh in green for special teams. [Read more...]

Down the Gopher hole: Bucks reeling after third straight loss

thompsonminnyThe Michigan State loss was an understandable loss because of the hostile Breslin Center environment against an experienced top five squad. Buckeye fans were comforted by the valiant comeback and forcing overtime, nearly pulling off the stunner. Then, there was the Iowa game Sunday. In the first major home game of the conference season, Iowa was no slouch to be certain with a large starting lineup and the fourth best offense1. The Buckeyes just don’t lose at home that often, and after sustaining early scorching of the nets by the Hawkeyes, it looked like they were poised to win the game after taking a 9-point lead about halfway through the second half. However, they unraveled due to turnovers and lost their second straight contest. With that rough week behind them, the Buckeyes headed to The Barn last night to take on the Golden Gophers. What ensued was one of the worst efforts from a Thad Matta squad in years. LaQuinton Ross was the only Buckeye consistently capable of offense, and the team’s defense and rebounding failed them due to smaller lineups and poor coaching decisions. Minnesota stunned the Bucks with a 63-53 home win, and the Buckeyes have now lost three straight for the first time in nearly five years and eviscerated any realistic chance at the conference title just five games into the gauntlet of Big Ten basketball.

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  1. That is in terms of adjusted efficiency according to KemPom.com []

Cavaliers vs. Lakers Behind The Boxscore: Deng, Dion, and Delly, but not much D

denglakersI blocked it out of my memory, but I was reminded that the Cavaliers lost to the Kings on Sunday night by 44 points. After that effort, a sight for sore eyes in the depleted Los Angeles Lakers showed up next on the schedule in this 5-game West Coast swing. But, it was anybody’s guess if the Cavaliers would have enough focus or defensive effort to captialize. Well, it was a split decision in that regard, because the offense was pretty spectacular for long stretches, but the defense was atrocious as the Lakers scored out of control in the second and fourth quarters. It was Luol Deng’s impact at both ends as well as a little #DWaitersZone cameo that pulled the Cavaliers through as they eeked out a 120-118 win in Staples Center to improve to 2-1 on the trip. Let’s hit some of the high points.

Offense: not the problem: The wine and gold hit their shots in this game, shooting 47% for the game and a scintillating 13-of-17 (77%!) from the three point arc. They handed out 27 assists (17 of those were in the first half), and they got at least 11 points from six different players. They got to the line 32 times, which is surprising on the road, and they made 25 of them. Five different guys had at least four trips to the charity stripe, and their lowest point total for a quarter came in the first with 28 points. Cleveland hit the offensive boards hard against a mostly-small Laker lineup with 16 of them (11 of those were from Andy and Tristan). [Read more...]

My Cleveland Sportsman of 2013: Ubaldo Jiménez

No player in Cleveland had a bigger turn-around than Ubaldo

No player in Cleveland had a bigger turn-around than Ubaldo
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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Given that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2013′s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by a WFNY writer.

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Cavalier Film Room: The potential that comes with sharing

When we last sat in the film room, it was to talk about Dion Waiters and a stale Mike Brown inbound play. Today, we’re not going to talk about last Sunday nigtht’s game in Sacramento. No, we’re burning the footage of that one so that it may never see the light of day again. As far as I’m concerned, it never happened. It NEVER happened! The Sacramento game? What Sacramento game? Exactly… As always if you have any ideas for film room topics, feel free to drop me a line at kirk@waitingfornextyear.com.

Today, we’re going to talk about the first half of basketball the team played after the Luol Deng trade. It was last Wednesday night against the Sixers in the Q. In that half, the wine and gold dished out a stunning 21 assists on their 27 field goals, on their way to 64 points and 55% shooting. The Cavaliers were high on momentum from the trade, and they play so much better at home. Still, even against an inferior opponent on their home court coupled with C.J. Miles’s franchise-record 10 three-pointers, the Cavaliers displayed passing skills and an unselfishness that would travel if they committed to it. Let’s go to the photos.
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Cavs vs. Jazz Behind The Boxscore: Offense! Honest-to-goodness offense!


Luol Deng made his Cavalier debut tonight in Utah, and it couldn’t have went much better for the Wine and Gold. Deng showed some nice things in a 4-for-8 shooting effort for 10 points in 21 minutes, but it was the Cavaliers’ 39-point third quarter explosion that allowed them to jump out to an insurmountable lead. Seven Cavaliers finished in double figures, and the Cavaliers thumped the Jazz 113-102 in Energy Solutions Arena to improve to 13-23 on the season and 2-0 since the Deng trade.

Let’s dig into some of the stat nuggets from this game, and there is no shortage of them.

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OSU’s second miraculous comeback falls just short

lovingmsuAn outcome assured, I was armed with thoughts of disappointment. The Buckeyes, relatively untested through 15 games, headed to East Lansing for their toughest game on the regular season slate, and they didn’t look ready for it. A season-high 17 turnovers in the game’s first 32 minutes, the team’s two leading scorers in LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. a combined for 4-for-18 for 12 points, a scoreless first half from the starting backcourt of Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott, a run of 11-2 to close the first half, and falling behind by 17 points in the second half were going to be the key barbs to hammer home.

And then, sheer lunacy unfolded. The Bucks erased that 17-point hole to force overtime and nearly pulled off the stunner in the Breslin Center. Sparty on the strength of key threes from Keith Appling and Adreian Payne regrouped to hold on 72-68 in overtime, but it was the comeback and the emergence of new ready-for-primetime players that has me most intrigued moving forward.

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Cavalier Film Room: The D-Waiters Zone and Stale Inbound Plays

When we last gathered in the film room, we talked about the Cavaliers’ woes on the defensive glass. This week, we’re going to look no further than last night’s comeback effort that just fell short against the Indiana Pacers and the role Dion Waiters played in it. We’ll also look at that final failed inbound play. As always, if you have a player or recurring theme that you think I should take a more in-depth look at, feel free to contact me at kirk@waitingfornextyear.com.

WFNY Cavaliers Film Room The Cavaliers faced the Indiana Pacers last night without Kyrie Irving or Jarrett Jack, and as would be expected, they lost. What wasn’t expected, however, was the wine and gold rallying from 16 points down to briefly take the lead and lose a heart-breaker by 4 points, 82-78. Dion Waiters took over the game for a short stretch, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and dishing out a couple of key crunch-time assists. Let’s take a look at what the D-Waiters Zone looked like, and talk about how Dion can live in there more often. [Read more...]

Watkins, costly turnovers too much for Bucks to overcome

clemsonorangeIt was no surprise performance, no jaws were dropped, no eyebrows were raised. Rather, it felt as if the predetermined script played out nearly absolutely as expected. The Orange Bowl got its shootout, with Tajh Boyd and Braxton Miller going back and forth. It looked like Ohio State was on the doorstep of taking control, but Philly Brown’s muffed punt changed everything, and Sammy Watkins shattered school and Orange Bowl records with his receiving as the Tigers held on to win over the Buckeyes 40-35 in South Florida.

In some ways, there was no possible way that Ohio State’s defense had a chance. We had seen it allow 41 points to Michigan followed by 34 to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, and that was with nearly their full complement of players. Already missing safety Christian Bryant who wasn’t able to return in time for the bowl, the team was without defensive end Noah Spence and cornerback Bradley Roby. Sure, there were big plays made by the Buckeye defense, including two interceptions, a safety, and a turnover on downs, but there was not enough pressure to be had, and nobody had an answer for Sammy Watkins. Joey Bosa (5 tackles, 1 sack) played with a gladiator-like effort after injuring and re-injuring his ankle, limping off the field after making plays. It made you wonder how bad Bradley Roby, with his bags packed already for the NFL, and his bone bruise were. [Read more...]

Kyrie Irving day-to-day after MRI on knee

DSC_0551Cavalier fans breathed a huge sigh of relief this afternoon when word broke that Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving’s MRI on his right knee was merely precautionary. Irving is listed as day-to-day and questionable for tomorrow night’s game against the Orlando Magic.

Kyrie injured the knee on a drive to the basket in the third quarter where his leg gave out as he missed the layup. Irving went straight to the locker room after gingerly walking off the floor, but he returned just a few minutes later and saw extensive action in the fourth quarter.

In a season where anything that could go wrong has for the 10-21 Cavs, Irving is leading the team in scoring with 22.2 points and 6.1 assists on 42.8% shooting. He is currently in line to win the fan vote and start in the All-Star game in February. Irving has said on several occasions this year that he is striving to play all 82 games after missing 38 games in his first two seasons.

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

Related: Cavs at NBA’s one-third mark: How much patience is left?

Bucks’ Spence, Roby will not play in Orange Bowl

Bradley-RobyThe tall order of stopping Clemson’s high-powered offense with a suspect defense just got a little taller for the Ohio State Buckeyes. For Friday night’s Orange Bowl, the team will be without both sophomore defensive end Noah Spence and junior cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby, who has already announced his plans to leave Ohio State for the NFL, has a bone bruise in his knee that will prevent him from playing. For Spence, there was an announcement earlier in the week that he did not travel with the team to Miami, and now we know why.

Spence was suspended for three games, beginning with the Orange Bowl, for a violation of Big Ten rules. It’s been reported by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch that said violation was the use of an unapproved dietary supplement. The university reportedly worked with Spence’s parents to appeal the conference’s decision, which they believed they had a chance of winning. However, they were ultimately unsuccessful. Spence will also miss next season’s games against Navy and Virginia Tech.

Roby was third on the team with 70 tackles to go with 3 interceptions, 1 punt block recovered for a touchdown, 13 pass breakups, and 16 passes defended, which led the team. Spence had 52 tackles (14.5 for a loss) and leads the team with 8 sacks.

This will put sophomores corner Armani Reeves and defensive end Adolphus Washington into the starting lineup. The Buckeye defense has been suspect all season long, culminating in allowing 41 points to arch-rival Michigan and 34 points against a mediocre Michigan State offense in the Big Ten Championship game. Clemson’s high-octane offense is led by quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide reciever Sammy Watkins.

(Photo: Buckeyeempire.com)

Related: Buckeyes and the Orange Bowl: an unsatisfying and challenging consoltation prize

While We’re Waiting… Top Buckeye moments of 2013, drinking your favorite Cavaliers, and ranking the NFL head coaching vacancies

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.


Leading off 2014, let’s take a look back at the best the Buckeyes had to offer in 2013 with help from Jason Priestas and the guys at Eleven Warriors, including their top moment, “Ohio State is one of the top-five winningest programs in the history of college football – a veritable blue blood program if there ever was one – and this man matches into town and shatters a 44-year-old record like it was no big deal. The game that secured the mark, Urban’s 23rd win in a row, came against Indiana, in a 42-14 romp on Ohio State’s senior day. He would, of course, add a little room between the new mark and the old mark, by securing No. 24 in dramatic fashion in Ann Arbor when Tyvis Powell intercepted a Devin Gardner pass on a final, desperate two-point conversion from the Wolverines. Sadly, the streak would die against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game the following week, but it was a hell of a ride, every step of the way. Stop for a second to appreciate it. If you think you’ll see another streak like this one, you’re likely wrong (we’d love to be wrong).” [Eleven Warriors]

The Cavaliers’ heart-breaking losses in the past week have probably driven some people to the bottle a little more than usual. Over at Cavs: The Blog, they pair each player up with a beer or two that resemble their qualities, including Alonzo Gee, “You’re a “hard nosed defender” (ha) with a half-decent three pointer.  But it’s time to up your defense game so I can remove those quotes.  Chances are this is the best Alonzo will ever be, but it couldn’t hurt for Alonzo to down a few barley wines – big, strong beers that typically have some dark fruit, licorice, and booze notes.  Great fits would be Anchor’s Old Foghorn and Old Ruffian from Colorado’s Great Divide.  Whatever the choice, the bigger and stronger the better.” [Cavs: The Blog] [Read more...]

Browns have interest in Auburn’s Malzahn, Vanderbilt’s Franklin; could hire Schwartz as DC

malzahnCBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora has been a busy man today. He reports this evening that the Browns have interest surrounding two college head coaches in Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

Malzahn’s Tigers are playing in the title game next week in his first season as head coach at Auburn. The 48-year-old was previously offensive coordinator there for three seasons, including the 2010 season when Cam Newton led the team to the National Championship. Malzahn’s specialty is an up-tempo no-huddle style of offense, about which he’s written a book. It would seem to be an attempt at capturing some of what they missed out on last offseason when Chip Kelly went from Oregon to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Franklin, 41, has been the head man at Vanderbilt for the past three seasons, taking them to bowl games in all three seasons when the school had never made back-to-back bowl appearances previously. He also has stops as offensive coordinator at Maryland and Kansas State as well as one season in the NFL as wide receivers coach in Green Bay in 2005. Interviewing Franklin would satisfy the NFL’s Rooney Rule.

La Canfora adds:

“It’s worth noting how well former Oregon coach Chip Kelly has performed in Philadelphia — Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien were top candidates in Cleveland a year ago — and how much that has resonated with the Browns, particularly with them now very much interested in some college candidates.

Furthermore, McDaniels, Malzahn, Franklin and Schwartz are all represented by agent Jimmy Sexton, a very powerful force in coaching circles who has strong ties to the Browns organization.”

Schwartz was the Lions’ head coach for the past four seasons, accruing a record of 29-47 with one playoff loss. Prior to that, he spent eight seasons as the Tennessee Titans’ defensive coordinator and was a personnel scout with the Browns from 1993-95. It’s interesting that the Browns would have a defensive coordinator already picked out. The front office stressed the importance of having experienced and well-respected coordinators for a first-time NFL head coach last season when they hired Chudzinski, so perhaps that would be a recurring theme if they dip into the college ranks. Schwartz is another 4-3 defensive guy, which would prompt the Browns’ fourth flip between a 3-4 and 4-3 defense since 2009.

The Browns have been reportedly interested in a large number of candidates, including Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. They fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one 4-12 seasons.

(Photo: USATSI)

Related: Haslam and Banner’s media savvy couldn’t save them today

Repeat offenses plague Cavs in another heart-breaking loss

DSC_0469Kyrie Irving is a superstar. He led the Cavaliers with a 40-point effort on 17-of-33 shooting that included 9 assists and a barrage of mid-range jumpers and confident takes to the hole. Mr. Fourth Quarter scored 22 points in the final 22 minutes against one of the best teams that the Eastern Conference has to offer1 In a double overtime loss, there is no one play that truly “loses” the game. However, there were several correctable mistakes in crunch time that could be directly attributed to the Cavaliers’ point guard. Poor shot attempts when better shots can be had with offensive movement, turnovers off extremities when a key possession needs to be secured, and inopportune pick-and-roll switches are listed among the violations. Between their headliner and their director, the Cavaliers have a real problem, and it’s bigger than a 127-125 double overtime loss against a team that’s better than them right now. [Read more...]



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Cavaliers Win Lottery, Select Anthony Bennett – WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2013: No. 6

If you thought that 2012 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2013 proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, and appearances in postseasons and courtrooms. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last five years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the ten biggest sports stories to grace our local sports scene over the last 12 months. Each day through the rest of the year, we will be counting down from ten to one. Do enjoy.

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Since the moment that LeBron James packed his bags for South Beach, the NBA Draft lottery has been the Cavaliers’ proverbial ticket out, a glimmer of hope amid a barrage of lopsided losses and blown leads as part of the #TankStrong three-year movement under fired Coach Byron Scott. For every minute logged by Luke Walton, Jeremy Pargo, and Omri Casspi, for every game missed by Anderson Varejao or Kyrie Irving, there was a wishing star that it would lead to a brighter tomorrow. Finishing at 24-58, the wine and gold had the third best odds at gaining the top pick, behind both the Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic. When their numbers were drawn, celebration ensued, but it was immediately replaced by uncertainty at who the pick would be come June. When the commissioner stepped to the podium on June 27, he read a name that surprised most Cavaliers fans and scribes worldwide, forward Anthony Bennett out of UNLV. [Read more...]

MLB Free Agency: Shin-Soo Choo signs massive 7-year deal with Texas

We knew former Indian outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was due for a huge payday this offseason after playing last season with Cincinnati. We just didn’t know how big until rumors surfaced that Choo turned down a 7-year, $140 million deal from the Yankees. He signed a 7-year deal for $130 million with the Texas Rangers this afternoon, though Texas’s lack of income tax puts more money in his pocket than the Yankee deal would have.

Texas just signed a new cable agreement for $1.6 billion for the next 20 years. Seattle signed a similar lucrative deal, and it explains why these AL West teams have been two of the biggest spenders this offseason. The Rangers acquired Prince Fielder in a trade with the Tigers involving Ian Kinsler, and the Mariners have signed Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and traded for Logan Morrison. The Indians’ deal pays that significantly less annually per Tony Lastoria.

Choo played in Cleveland from 2006-2012. He gets this outrageous free agent deal at age 31, having never hit more than 22 homers, stole more than 22 bases, or drove in more than 90 runs. Choo did hit .285 last season with a .885 OPS in Cincy last year in addition to being a 20-20 guy.

This will likely take Texas out of the big starter market, which leaves one less landing place for the big name starters left on the market, including Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The market is largely waiting for 25-year-old Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to sign, and everyone else will fall in line after that.

Related: Outman in – Tribe bullpen takes shape before the calendar turns

Browns place Davone Bess on season-ending reserve

It was first mentioned earlier in the week that Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was battling some personal issues and was away from the team this week at practice. Now, with two games left, we won’t be seeing Bess suit up against either the Jets or Steelers. Bess was placed on the reserve non-football illness list, which will end his season. Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, this has been an ongoing issue all season with a family member back in Oakland, California. To pile on to his troubles, Bess posted a questionable photo to his Instagram account yesterday afternoon while away from the team which has since been deleted.

The Browns acquired Bess in the offseason on draft weekend, swapping their fourth and fifth round picks in last year’s draft for Bess and Miami’s fourth and seventh round selections. They then signed him to a 3-year, $11.5 million contract extension with about half of that being guaranteed. He has been an overwhelming disappointment this season, catching 42 passes for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns, both of which came in the Baltimore victory. One week earlier, he fumbled a punt return after Travis Benjamin was injured earlier in the game that cost the Browns a chance to tie the game against the Chiefs late in the fourth quarter. He has been a relative non-factor of late, and he ranks 4th in the league in drops with nine.

With Bess out, we’ll likely see more of Josh Cooper and Brian Tyms on Sunday. Tori Gurley is currently on the practice squad as well. With tight end Jordan Cameron ruled out of Sunday’s contest due to concussion symptoms, Jason Campbell’s going to have a few less options in the passing game.

Related: WFNY Roundtable: Barkevious Mingo and Expectations

Backcourt Harmony: Can it be achieved?

Kyrie Irving, Dion WaitersThose of you that follow me on Twitter know that I’m a fan of the Harry Potter franchise. There’s a moment in the series, the unveiling of Sybil Trelawney’s Prophecy, that is among the most dramatic. Among other things, Trelawney says about Harry Potter and Voldemort “for neither can live while the other survives“.

I’ve often thought about this phrase amid disjointed Cavaliers losses, while browsing Twitter to see #TeamKyrie and #TeamDion factions develop. It entered my mind again when trade rumors started to surface about Waiters along with rumors of a locker room brawl and punches thrown1. Can two young, dynamic scorers that need the ball in their hands more often than not live in harmony on the court? On a team chock full of storylines, this is the one that keeps getting shoved to the forefront. Let’s take a look at some numbers as well as some observations and suggestions from watching the two play for parts of two seasons together.
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  1. See what happens when Chris Broussard comes to town? []

While We’re Waiting… Moving To Third, Getting Bynum The Ball, and Forsaken Baseball Teams

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.


Leading off, we know Carlos Santana is playing winter ball to get some reps at third base. But how likely is he to succeed? Grant Brisbee at SB Nation has some examples. “Right now, if you’re an Indians fan, you’re thinking about Miguel Cabrera. He’s rummaging around in your brain like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, even as you’re trying not to think of him. You’re getting sad. And that’s before you consider that Cabrera wasn’t really that bad at his return to third, considering. Then remember that he had a ton of professional experience at the position, and that his conversion was much more likely to succeed than Santana’s. Sorry. But if you’re looking for optimism, think about Pablo Sandoval, who had 105 games at third in the low minors compared to Santana’s 58. There was no reason for Sandoval to work out at third, especially when you get to his … unique physical geometry. But it worked out. Sandoval’s had an up-and-down career at third defensively, but the ups are quite up. He was a Gold Glove finalist in 2011, and he deserved to be.” [SB Nation]

The Cavaliers have had trouble getting Andrew Bynum in the right spots. Alex Raffali at Stepien Rules elaborates, “Bynum has an old school type of game. Big men of his size and skill come once in a generation. He can play on both blocks, even if he seems to prefer being set up on the right side, where he can face up, go over both shoulders for a hook, or spin in the lane.   He can also take a couple dribbles and finish with a nifty layup or a devastating dunk at the rim. This does not make him ineffective on the left block, where he seems to enjoy turning around towards the baseline for a fadeaway jumper that is so sweet you wonder how such a monstruous human being can move so smoothly, or a simple but extremely efficient up and under when he turns towards the paint. His combination of strength, quickness and footwork makes him a complete package guy around whom you want to build a powerful offense.  It is easy to understand why Mike Brown wants to make him the number one threat on that end of the floor.” [Stepien Rules] [Read more...]

Cavs vs. Bucks Behind The Boxscore: Kyrie beats the flu and Milwaukee too

U-G-L-Y. This game certainly had no alibi for the first three and a half quarters. The Bucks, missing nearly half of their roster including three starters, played the Cavaliers hard as both teams struggled to play aesthetically pleasing basketball. What we did see, however, was a thrilling finish that saw huge shots from several different Cavaliers, and they needed every single last one of them to eek out a 114-111 overtime victory over the Bucks in Quicken Loans Arena. Let’s highlight some of the numbers from this much-needed win that keeps the Cavs just one-half game out of the 8 seed in the wide-open East. Cavs Bucks 1 - The Cavaliers had just one turnover in the fourth quarter and did not turn the ball over in overtime. With just 12 miscues for the 53 minutes of action, it’s even more impressive when you point out that nine of those came in the first half of the game. The Bucks only turned it over 11 times themselves, and what that meant was more shots going up. Each team took 100 shots with the Bucks making one more with 40. The single most detrimental thing game in and game out for the Cavaliers is their number of turnovers. Holding them in check allowed them to survive a subpar effort defensively and shooting-wise.

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