August 17, 2014

Cavalier Tidbits As The Season Winds Down

A sect of Cavalier fans would like their favorite NBA team to cut the engines for the rest of the season right about now (this writer has at least one foot in on that proposition).

The Cavaliers were having none of that, however, as they soundly defeated the New York Knicks for the tenth straight time in Quicken Loans Arena by the score of 98-90. They did so with their star Kyrie Irving back to his old self (21 points) and the bench playing scrappy and bringing it home down the stretch. The Knicks with Stoudemire back in the fold looked like a team still searching for how they want to play as they will now be the 7th or 8th seed which brings an unfavorable matchup in either Miami or Chicago. Factor all that in, and the #TankStrong initiative was put on hold for one night.With that in mind, I have some thoughts on the Cavaliers with the season coming to a close.

  • Let me start by saying that if you let me choose, I’d prefer that the Cavaliers would lose their four remaining games and improve their odds to what could still be the third best heading into the NBA Draft Lottery, guaranteeing a top six pick. But, I’m also not going to be someone who can’t take solace in positive takeaway points from an enjoyable basketball game. The people who are upset that the Cavaliers win games are the same ones that complain the loudest when they completely fail to compete at all (see: Detroit, 50 point deficit). You can’t have it both ways all the time, and with all the injuries and coming and going, the Cavaliers have been wildly unpredictable and inconsistent. [Read more...]

Box Score: Cavaliers 98, Knicks 90

I’m betting this version of the New York Knicks would prefer to never enter Quicken Loans Arena again. The Knicks lost their 10th straight in The Q as the Cavaliers looked much more focused and determined against a playoff team that had plenty more to lose. Kyrie Irving shook some rust off and finished with  21 points on 6-of-15 shooting, while Manny Harris added 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, with a halfcourt heave and bank three with the shot clock winding down to cap his evening. New York was led by Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Novak’s 15 points each as Stoudemire returned from a back injury. Carmelo Anthony was held to 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The Cavaliers are now 21-41 and face the Spurs next on Sunday night.

New York

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
I. Shumpert G 26:27 3-9 0-2 0-0 -6 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 6
M. Bibby G 23:25 4-7 4-5 0-0 -7 0 2 4 1 2 1 0 2 12
T. Chandler C 25:09 2-3 0-0 0-0 -11 1 8 0 2 0 1 1 0 4
C. Anthony F 28:43 5-13 1-2 1-1 -11 0 1 4 4 0 0 1 4 12
A. Stoudemire F 27:29 5-11 0-0 5-8 -4 1 3 0 3 1 4 2 5 15
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-83 12-33 8-15 11 32 26 12 7 6 6 17 90
Percentages .422 .364 .533 Team Rebounds: 13
J.R. Smith 36:26 4-12 2-6 1-2 -3 0 3 6 0 3 0 0 1 11
S. Novak 24:10 5-12 5-12 0-0 +4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 15
L. Fields 21:49 4-10 0-3 0-2 -3 2 5 1 0 1 0 1 1 8
T. Douglas 20:39 3-6 0-3 0-0 0 6 9 6 1 0 0 0 1 6
J. Harrellson 5:43 0-0 0-0 1-2 +1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
B. Davis DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gadzuric DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Jordan DNP – Coach’s Decision
B. Walker DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
M. Harris G 40:52 6-12 3-5 4-5 +4 0 12 2 2 1 1 0 3 19
K. Irving G 25:41 6-15 1-7 8-8 +7 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 21
T. Thompson C 23:42 4-7 0-0 2-2 +8 2 6 1 2 0 0 1 3 10
A. Jamison F 29:05 3-9 0-2 2-6 +12 4 8 5 0 1 1 0 2 8
A. Parker F 24:19 4-6 1-1 0-0 +5 1 5 0 3 0 0 1 1 9
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-79 6-19 20-27 16 52 15 15 5 6 6 15 98
Percentages .456 .316 .741 Team Rebounds: 8
O. Casspi 30:49 2-7 0-1 3-4 +7 3 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 7
S. Samuels 24:18 7-12 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 1 2 3 4 15
D. Sloan 22:19 3-9 0-1 0-0 +1 1 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 6
L. Harangody 18:55 1-2 1-2 0-0 -4 2 6 0 1 1 2 0 1 3
A. Gee DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision
+/-:
Team net points while player in game
TO:
Turnovers
PF:
Personal Fouls
BS:
Blocked Shots
BA:
Blocks Against

Game Info

Technical Fouls:
None
Arena:
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

Cavaliers Head to NY to Face Jeremy Lin and the Surging Knicks

Cavaliers hope to beat NY again, as they did in January

Let’s be honest, this is the matchup everyone’s been waiting for, right? Kyrie Irving vs the PG who puts the Lin in Linsanity. That’s right, the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-19, 10th in the East) travel to “basketball mecca” to take on the Jeremy Lin and the New York Knickerbockers (17-18, 7th in the East).

The Cavaliers will be looking to bounce back from a very tough loss last night against the Celtics. If there’s any team for the Cavaliers to bounce back against, it would seemingly be the Knicks. In their last 20 matchups, the Cavaliers hold a 16-4 edge. Last April when the Knicks beat the Cavaliers, it snapped a 11 game win streak by the Cavaliers. The Knicks haven’t won consecutive matchups against the Cavaliers since they had a 4 game streak against Cleveland in 2005-06.

Of course, most of those wins came with LeBron James wearing the wine and gold. Now it’s Kyrie Irving’s turn to carve a legacy with Cleveland against the Knicks. Standing in his way is the story of all stories, Mr. Jeremy Lin. [Read more...]

A great night in the Garden for your Cleveland Cavaliers

This one had to leave you almost as pumped up as Byron Scott was when Baron Davis’ three pointer secured the Cavs victory in New York last night with 10 seconds left.  It had everything you could ever want in a Cavs game. 

The Cavaliers rallied from multiple double digit deficits, and eventually erased a 12-point fourth quarter lead on their way to beating the New York Knicks  for the third time this season.  Carmelo called it a grudge match, and that’s the same way the young Cavaliers and their new lead guard treated it.

Nobody was trying to friend anybody out there, just a bunch of guys trying to not only intimidate each other but simply beat each other as well.  In a vaccuum, the type of effort on display in Friday night’s game was all we ever asked for as Cavs fans.  The fact that it was at the Garden, with Spike Lee and his Elmer Fudd looking hat sitting courtside, just made the victory that much sweeter.   [Read more...]

NBA’s Potential Talent Shift is Worthy of the Cavaliers’ Attention

It’s not even the All-Star break yet in the NBA. I’m not sure what exactly a fair expectation would have been for the Cleveland Cavaliers at this point in the season, but “full on rebuild” is something few people thought would set in so soon for this franchise.

Yet, as we mercifully draw ever closer to the end of the brutal December/January schedules and into the slightly more friendly February/March schedules, the discourse surrounding this team centers on one topic and one topic only, rebuilding. Some may have been hoping for talk of trade exceptions and playoff runs, but that scenario turned out to be a mere pipe dream. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Letting LeBron Go, Remembering Robertson and Free Agent Summits

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Let him go: “The Chosen One might not choose Cleveland, and the suffering that would ensue has been dissected everywhere. [...] Take a moment to whisk off two years’ worth of ten-cent predictions of doom, and you might just notice that we’ll be better off without him here.

It’s all well and good to love LeBron the ballplayer and pine for his return to the Q. But somewhere on our way to idol worship we’ve lost our collective stones to groveling, in hopes he won’t leave us as so many others have. LeBron in Cleveland validates our place on the map; LeBron anywhere else wipes us out. It’s sad, but no more so than our false belief that the guy ever loved us in the first place.” [Vince Grzegorek/Scene]

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LeBron James’ Vision Impaired After Garnett Eye Gouge

As Rick mentioned in the recap of yesterday’s Cavaliers-Celtics contest, it was definitely a physical battle.  While the Celtics are considered to be one of the best defensive teams in the NBA – with evidence of said stout defense above – the big scare came when LeBron James took a shot to his eye at the hands of Kevin Garnett.

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Jamsion Trade FAQs

jerseycavs-copyThe emails and tweets started trickling in right after the deal was first reported. You had questions. Lots of questions. I try to answer as many emails as I can, and I know the other guys do the same. I thought perhaps a frequently asked questions post might be in order, since so many more probably are wondering the same things, but didn’t ask. Here goes-

Will Zydrunas be back?

It’s funny, but no matter how many times it has been written that the Cavs were trying to acquire Jamison or Amar’e or whoever, Ilgauskas’ name is always the one that comes up. But when the deal finally happens it was like some sort of shock that Z is gone.

I really like Zydrunas. I think he is one of the best Cavaliers ever. I think he is one of the nicest pro athletes I’ve ever met. And like we’ve all been saying- his contract will be bought out, and he will be back in 30 days. Is that a 100% certainty? No, but not much aside from death and taxes is. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… What Others Are Saying About Antawn Jamison

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Jamison to Cavs“After four seasons of toying with package deals of mediocre support, the Cavs pulled the trigger on acquiring a legitimate top-flight player to pair with the King. Though names like Wally Szczerbiak, Ben Wallace and Delonte West are all considerable talents who have done good work for the Cavs, they’re not the players the Cavs needed to put them in position for a title. The Cavs needed, more than ever this season, to show LeBron James they were willing to do anything to win a title. They needed to give James the equivalent of the Gasol trade. And Wednesday night, they did.” [Matt Moore/NBA FanHouse]

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NBA Trade Deadline Day: Cavs Trade for Antawn Jamison – Timeline

Antawn JamisonThe Cavaliers have dominated nearly every minute of the Cleveland headlines for the past week without playing a game.  The week was one of the more hectic and tense weeks of the LeBron James era as the Cavs sought a trade to improve for their championship run this spring while also considering the underlying specter of LeBron’s impending free agency.  At 6PM Wednesday, the week came to a climax when the Cavs completed a trade for Antawn Jamison.  Let’s take a look at how the trade for Jamison developed and materialized over the course of Wednesday.

By Tuesday night, things had seemingly reached a plateau of serenity relative to the rest of this past week.  The Cavs had allegedly put their cards on the table and were waiting for a call back from Steve Kerr and the Phoenix Suns.  The Cavs were believed to have offered Z, JJ Hickson, one other peripheral player, and a draft pick for Amar’e Stoudemire. 

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NBA Trade Dealine Approaches: Is Danny Ferry Getting Used?

Ferry

This is completely an opinion piece. I have no source. Thank you.

We’re all familiar with what happened at the trade deadline for the Cavaliers last year- nothing. The Cavaliers and Suns were in discussions about swapping expiring contracts and players for Shaq, but no deal was made. The final decision on that deal came from Steve Kerr, not Danny Ferry. Ferry wanted to make the deal, but we’re told Phoenix backed out. Fast forward 6 months and the Cavaliers were able to make the swap during the offseason, after a painful exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Magic.

This year, Danny Ferry is once again waiting on Steve Kerr to make up his mind. Sure, he’s talking about other deals in the meantime, but it seems that he has lost negotiating leverage. Last week Ferry tried to gain the advantage by saying that the Cavaliers weren’t going to wait until the last minute to deal. They were going to make a move early on if one made sense or else stand pat. That bluff failed miserably.

So now the question is when does Ferry give up waiting for good friend Steve Kerr to make up his mind? Will he allow Stall-de-mire (clever huh?) talks to go into Thursday morning? Will Jamison still be available at noon tomorrow? [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Last Resort Maggette, Amare Pros and Cons, and Gladiator Football

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Corey Maggette Cavs Freethrow

A little on Maggs: “Look, I understand that the Cavs want to firm up their roster heading into the playoffs, but I don’t think {Corey] Maggette is the answer. He thrives in a half-court offense like Cleveland, but he also eats up possessions and grinds everything to a halt. The Cavs have had enough problems with their offensive fluidity in the playoffs as it is — they don’t need Maggette there too.” [Eric Freeman/The Baseline

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NBA Trade Rumors: Comparing Jamison, Murphy, Stoudemire, Z and Hickson

Numbers.001With rumors all around, it is time to stop the conspiracy theories and start to analyze what the different options bring to the table. Certainly there are various financial reasons to make particular moves or another, but this article will focus on what the most commonly mentioned trade pieces bring to the court. The individuals under examination in this article are Washington’s Antawn Jamison, Indiana’s Troy Murphy and Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.

In order to grasp what these players would really bring to a title contender in Cleveland, it is also necessary to see how their style of play contrasts that provided currently by Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson. These two individuals are the main pieces of any package in a trade offered by Cleveland, with Z expected to return back to the team in a buyout. So how much better are these players than what the Cavs have right now? What are these differences and what do all of the statistics show us in the end?
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NBA Trade Rumors: Crazy Night Brings Amar’e Stoudemire Closer to Cleveland

Amare StoudemireMonday night February 15th was quite the evening for everyone to give their take on the NBA trade front. I honestly do not know how much more trade talk I can take. From the Corey Maggette conversation yesterday to the supposed deal with the Pacers for Troy Murphy and now back to Amar’e Stoudemire, the talks are as chaotic as ever right now.

For our loyal readers and everyone else out there, this post will serve as a recap of where we are right now and what we learned last night. We had well-regarded journalists directly contradicting their peers, fishy as well as phenomenal usage of the Twitter medium and finally, overall confusion for everyone. Without any more introductory prose, here is what happened specifically last night in chronological order: [Read more...]

NBA Trade Rumors: The Troy Murphy Back-Up Plan

troy MurphyThe Los Angeles Times is currently reporting that the Cavaliers have a backup agreement for Indiana’s Troy Murphy. Thanks to commenter PayDaMan for pointing this out earlier in the day and it now looks like the proposed deal for Murphy is identical to the one mentioned for either Amare Stoudemire or Antawn Jamison.

The trade deadline is now officially less than three days away and with the games about set to resume following the All-Star Break, rumors will be flying all over the place. The 29-year-old Murphy, who is currently averaging 14.0 points and 9.9 rebounds in 31.5 minutes per game this season, does have a better contract than the older Jamison. His contract pays him about $11 million this season and then just under $12.0 million in the final year of his deal next season. He is commonly criticized for his defensive struggles around the rim.

Ben Bolch of the LA Times provides this dandy of a paragraph towards the beginning of his article today about trade rumors and the current state of the Lakers (after the jump):
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NBA Trade Rumors: No Amar’e Deal Today, lateral moves possible?

chessAs much as we’re all going brain-crazy as the All-Star Weekend continues, it seems as though the Cavaliers have set their sights on Amar’e Stoudemire. In a radio interview with WKNR (Update: Link – thanks Anthony), Plain Dealer beat writer Brian Windhorst discussed the trade moves that the Cavs are going through.

In discussing the two potential power forwards, Windhorst said that Antawn Jamison would be an immediate fit in the Cavs’ system. Adding Amar’e Stoudemire would require a period of adaptation, much like Shaquille O’Neal required early in this season.

He followed up his radio interview with a tweet, stating that the deal will not likely be finalized today.

Sources say no Stoudemire trade today, he’s playing in All-Star Gm for PHX after all. But Cavs hoping for yes or no by early in week.

In the past 12 hours we’ve gone from skeptical about Stoudemire, to some people talking as though it’s seemingly a foregone conclusion. The early results of our polls (there’s three of them, after all) indicate that most voters (approx 50%) think that the Stoudemire move would be best for the team this season and for the future. [Read more...]

Polls: What should the Cavaliers do?

With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching and so many opinions about what the Cavs should do (and who they may be targeting), commenter JimKanicki suggested a poll. Here you are sir. Many thanks to Rick for helping me out with this business.

First – What rumored player (if any) would be best to put the Cavs over the top to win THIS SEASON?


online casino Web Poll

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Grading the Cavaliers: J.J. Hickson

JJ Report Card.001 While the Cavaliers use the All-Star break to rest up (well most of them anyways) we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the season so far, and issue some grades. In addition, we will detail what the Cavaliers will need from each player in order to hoist some team hardware this summer. Next up? J.J. Hickson

He is the subject of trade rumors galore and one of the very few prized prospects on the roster. The young forward out of North Carolina State might not be on the team by the end of the next week, but it is still intriguing to look back at what he did so far this season. Starting 48 out of 54 games, here are his box score statistics:

Relevant Stats:

Min Pts Reb BPG FG% FT%
19.3 7.4 4.4 0.5 55.3 68.8

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Amare Stoudemire To Cleveland Rumor Makes More Sense Now Than Ever

Amare StoudemireGet ready for one crazy rumor-fueled weekend of NBA Trade Speculation. With All-Star Break here, the NBA will now see most owners, GMs, and agents converging in Dallas for the festivities. With both sides expected to meet to discuss the impending Collective Bargaining negotiations, it creates an atmosphere conducive to GMs and owners to meet face to face and talk about getting certain deals done.

The biggest deal everyone is talking about now, of course, is the Amare Stoudemire rumor. Whether or not Amare is the right fit for Cleveland is a fair question. I’ll touch on that briefly in a minute, but first I wanted to talk a little bit about the timing of this rumor as well as about what the Cavs are really risking in losing JJ Hickson.

Lets start right there with JJ. Some of the comments on this site and other Cleveland sports sites is getting a little out of control here. I understand everyone is excited because JJ is finally beginning to show slight signs of consistency.  This excites me as well, and I would really like to see what kind of player Hickson can develop into. But any notion that Hickson’s ceiling is in Amare’s ballpark is more than just a little bit of a stretch.   [Read more...]

NBA Trade Rumors – Cavs, Suns, Wizards, Mavs

So, this won’t be a really substantial post, but thanks to one of the best beat writers in the NBA, we have some updated trade info.  First, before getting to the Cavs, let us first talk about the Wizards.  Word has it that the Wizards are very very close to unloading Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood to Dallas for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden and some other salary matching pieces.  As a result, it appears that Antawn Jamison will not be going anywhere.  At least that is the prevailing thought right now.  Remember that the prevailing thought this morning had us all terrified that Boston was going to land Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler in a deal that would have made Pau Gasol blush.

So, according to Brian Windhorst, the Cavs are going heavily after Amar’e Stoudemire.  It appears that in order to pull off the deal, the Cavs might also have to come up with enough salary to also take Jason Richardson in the deal.  Combined, that means the Cavs need to find just under $30 million in salaries.  According to Windy, the Cavs might need to use both Wally Szczerbiak and Lorenzen Wright.  I also assume the Cavs would have to give up Zydrunas and JJ Hickson should the deal go down as described on this late Friday night.

We will continue to cover all the news and rumors throughout the weekend, but keep in mind that no deals can be announced over the all-star break.