April 24, 2014

Byron Scott: Clock started late on Brandon Jennings’ game-winner (Video)

I felt we came out ready to play. I don’t want to get fined, so I’m not going to say anything about the clock starting late on the last shot. They have to figure out a way to do something about that. Bottom line is it doesn’t count or you have to take it out again. Looking at it again in the locker room a couple of times, the shot shouldn’t have counted. The clock started too late.

– Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott, Saturday, following a three-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks via a game-winning three-point shot by guard Brandon Jennings. Kyrie Irving tied the game with 0.7 seconds remaining.

[Related: The reality of the James Harden deal in Cleveland]

Insult to Injury: Bucks Blast Cavs, Irving Injures Shoulder

Last night will go down as one of the more difficult evenings to swallow in this condensed 66-game campaign. The Cavaliers chipped paint off the rim at their end while they were helpless to stop the onslaught that was the Milwaukee Bucks offense. Milwaukee overwhelmed the Cavaliers right out of the gate, and other than Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers were unable to get anything going before it was far too late as the Bucks pushed to a 29-point lead at one point in the first half. The Bucks took this one 121-84, led by Brandon Jennings’s 28 points and Ersan Ilyasova’s 20, but this dismantling was entirely a team effort.

The best way I could describe the Cavaliers’ defense was “indifferent”. They did little to stop Milwaukee’s incredibly hot shooting (61% in the first half), especially from three-point range,where the Bucks hit 10-of-16. The Cavs were down just 29-22, but the Bucks pulled away with a 37-15 run that spanned the late first and nearly the entire second quarter. During that time, Mike Dunleavy Jr. came off the bench to hit four three pointers. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis carved up the defense with dribble penetration. Ersan Ilyasova scored on every person that tried to guard him. The Bucks are talented, especially with the addition of Ellis, make no mistake about it. However, they should not have been able to storm the Cavaliers like this on their home floor. Both Dan Gilbert and Byron Scott expressed frustration post-game with how the team has been playing at home. The wine and gold are now just 9-17 at home losing their last five with most of their signature wins coming on the road (Oklahoma City, Denver, Boston, etc.) [Read more...]

Box Score: Bucks 113, Cavaliers 112 OT

Anderson Varejao left the game in the third quarter with a sprained wrist (x-rays were negative) and the Cavaliers (already playing without Kyrie Irving) ran out of steam, allowing the Bucks to complete a come-back win.Check out the minute totals for the Cavaliers. Sixers in town tomorrow!

Milwaukee

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Jennings G 42:32 8-23 2-8 6-7 -3 1 5 8 1 2 0 1 0 24
S. Livingston G 26:11 6-11 0-0 1-1 +1 1 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 13
D. Gooden C 31:11 6-13 2-3 5-6 -9 1 6 2 3 1 2 2 3 19
C. Delfino F 32:55 2-12 1-3 0-0 +5 2 7 3 0 1 1 1 2 5
L. Mbah a Moute F 24:36 2-4 0-1 3-3 0 2 6 1 1 1 2 0 6 7
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 40-98 8-24 25-31 16 51 26 14 7 8 5 25 113
Percentages .408 .333 .806 Team Rebounds: 11
E. Ilyasova 30:07 4-8 2-2 2-2 +13 3 6 1 1 1 0 0 5 12
M. Dunleavy 24:37 4-9 0-2 4-5 +4 2 6 2 0 1 1 0 4 12
S. Jackson 23:10 4-11 0-3 2-3 +3 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 1 10
J. Brockman 14:01 0-1 0-0 1-2 +2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
B. Udrih 9:35 2-3 1-2 0-0 -7 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 5
J. Leuer 6:05 2-3 0-0 1-2 -4 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 5

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
R. Sessions G 45:19 4-16 0-1 4-4 -4 1 5 16 5 0 0 2 5 12
D. Gibson G 42:14 7-12 2-4 1-2 +6 0 6 8 4 0 0 1 6 17
A. Varejao C 19:45 4-5 0-0 0-0 +5 2 4 1 1 3 0 1 0 8
A. Jamison F 43:35 14-21 2-3 4-8 +2 2 11 3 0 0 1 1 3 34
O. Casspi F 26:34 5-7 1-3 1-2 +16 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 2 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 43-88 8-17 18-32 11 48 33 17 6 5 8 26 112
Percentages .489 .471 .562 Team Rebounds: 13
A. Gee 31:11 6-11 3-5 3-5 -6 1 2 1 4 0 1 0 5 18
T. Thompson 28:27 2-8 0-0 1-3 +7 4 13 0 2 1 3 2 1 5
S. Samuels 14:13 0-3 0-0 4-6 -16 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 4
C. Eyenga 13:42 1-5 0-1 0-2 -15 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2

 

Kyrie-less Cavaliers Play Milwaukee In Battle of Could-be 8-seeds

Jackson and Jennings, the Odd Couple?

The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-14, 10th in the East) will once again try to win without the services of Kyrie Irving. The rookie PG and growing team leader and developing impact player will miss all of this weekend’s games as he tries to recover from his concussion.

Friday night, it will be the Milwaukee Bucks (11-14, 8th in the East) who will visit The Q to try to do what the LA Clippers could not. The Cavaliers will once again be without Irving and starting SG Anthony Parker, but they will certainly be relieved to welcome Tristan Thompson back into the lineup. [Read more...]

NBA News: Brandon Jennings Discusses Free Agency Rumors

An ESPN report circulated late Thursday which reflected Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings discussing alleged big-market desires despite more than one year remaining on his current contract. Jennings, an All-Star snub in 2012, took to Bucks shootaround with the two latest news items creating entirely new story lines for a team in the playoff hunt.

Though the Chris Broussard report stated that Jennings has been looking into “big market teams” upon the expiration of his contract, citing players like Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the Bucks guard back-tracked a bit on Friday morning, stating that market size may not play as big of a role as reported.

“To tell you the truth,” said Jennings on Friday morning following the team’s shootaround session, “it really doesn’t matter what market it’s in. I’m just keeping my options open. That’s just the main thing. I’m not saying I’m unhappy in Milwaukee, Milwaukee has been very good to me. It’s just one of those things, when the time is coming up, you start thinking.  You just never know.”

Milwaukee’s last big-named free agent was the 2005 first-overall pick in Andrew Bogut who decided to extend his rookie contract with the Bucks. Oklahoma City, another small-to-mid-market franchise, has been able to extend both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.  On the other end of the spectrum, Cleveland lost LeBron James to Miami while the abovementioned Paul was recently traded to the Clippers.

“Of course [Milwaukee is still an option],” Jennings said. “I never said I’m leaving Milwaukee. That’s one thing I want to get cleared up – I never said that I’m leaving.

“It’s not like we’ve been losing season after season, so I can’t say there are any negatives [with Milwuakee] right now.”

Bucks coach Scott Skiles says that he does not have a problem with the report nor his player discussing his post-contract options.

“There’s a system that is in place,” said Skiles. “The players operate under the system. If people are worried about players exercising their right to do that, they should have changed it when they had the chance. I don’t know why anyone would complain about it – you play the cards you’re dealt.”

Jennings is currently in the midst of a career year, averaging 18.9 points and 5.3 assists per game. The Bucks are presently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They will play the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night with tip-off slated for 7:30pm EST.

Mo Williams, Cavs Drop Bucks at Buzzer

There was not an exact play drawn up, but with 5.8 seconds remaining, Cavaliers guard Mo Williams was forced to create. What started with a jab step at the left elbow ended in Williams jumping on to the scorers table in celebration as the high-arking jump shot caught nothing but net.

Williams’ game-winning shot at the buzzer was the perfect end to a game that was marred by ebbs, but had just enough flows for the Cavaliers to come back from their worst first half of the 2010-11 season and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-81.

“I’ve always been comfortable taking the final shot,” said Williams.  “Being in position to take them, I’m not afraid to miss them.”

But as big as that final shot was, being a game-winner against his former team, Williams was quick to redirect the attention to the Cavs’ work on the defensive end, the part that truly kept the team in the game until the final 5.8 seconds. [Read more...]

Cavs 101, Bucks 98: Free Throws Deciding Edge

No matter who came out on top in this one, the difference was going to be from the free throw line. The Cavaliers ended up winning because Mo Williams was able to knock down four crucial freebies to seal the game. (LeBron’s steal didn’t hurt either.) Had the Cavs lost, free throws would have been the reason also because of another dismal performance from the stripe. The Cavs made only 29 of the 45 foul shots they attempted. I emphasize here that they shot 64% without Shaq in uniform.

There was a comment left after the game in the preview about whether the officiating was fair as the Bucks only attempted nine free throws. Truth be told, Milwaukee probably intentionally fouled Cleveland 10 times for 20 of those shots. The Cavs also played a more aggressive attacking game, where as the Bucks took and made a good amount of jump shots. When they did get to the rim it usually wasn’t contested well because of defensive lapses. [Read more...]

Game Preview: Bucks vs. Cavs – Cavs Out For Revenge?

Tonight the Cavs welcome Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks to Cleveland.  The Bucks represent one of two losses for the Cavs so far in the month of March, with the other being against the Spurs.  In that loss in Milwaukee, Antawn Jamison exploded for 30 points and 11 rebounds as the Cavs lost 85-92.   Oh, there was an asterisk on that one though.  LeBron James did not play.

Still, Milwaukee has been hot for the month of March.  They have only lost three games so far, with highlight victories over Cleveland, Boston, and Denver.  They have been paced all month by John Salmons and Brandon Jennings with Andrew Bogut providing the defense and rebounding.  The big story out of Milwaukee today is how their last victory over the Clippers clinched a 0.500 record for the first time in Andrew Bogut’s five-year career.   [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Worldwide Wes, Big Ten Tourney and Brandon Jennings’ Shimmy

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William Wesley Worldwide Wes_med

More World-Wide: “Sports Illustrated had an interesting report Friday that had plenty of NBA and college basketball insiders scratching their heads and sending e-mails and texts around. SI.com’s Seth Davis reported that a confidant of LeBron James and a well-known behind-the-scenes operator in player recruitment and management circles, William “Wes” Wesley, is in talks to become an agent. Davis reported said Wesley is close to joining the massive Creative Artists Agency, which represents top actors and athletes, to represent NBA and college coaches.” [Brian Windhorst]

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Cavs Lose To Bucks: Or, NBA Jam Was Wrong, Two Guys Can’t Win An NBA Game On Their Own

Mo Williams Brandon JenningsI know what you’re all wondering. Sixers fans were wondering the same thing last month. As Rick tweeted, air horns are officially not allowed, but apparently the folks in Milliwalkay are not aware of this.

The Cavs dropped an ugly game 85-92 last night to the surging Bucks. The team was without LeBron, who sat out with an ankle injury because Mike Brown sat him out for reasons completely unrelated to his ankle. In addition to no LeBron, the Cavs were also sans Daniel Gibson and Shaquille O’Neal. Despite the best efforts of Antawn Jamison (30 pts, 11 reb) and Delonte West (27 points), the Cavs couldn’t pull out a win. Largely because the efforts from everyone else on the team were not their best.

Jeff at the BBC at Fear The Sword (what?) breaks down how the rest of the team did: [Read more...]

Game Preview: Cavs @ Bucks [UPDATE: LeBron Out]

Cavs BucksThe Basketball Cavaliers look to keep their 6-game win streak rolling in Milwaukee tonight, playing the sixth-placed Bucks at 8:30 PM EST. The Bucks have been playing well as of late, going 8-2 in their last 10 games, currently on a two-game win streak.

The big test in this game for the Cavs will be matching the inside game of Andrew Bogut. The Cavs still are thin in the frontcourt, though we may see Leon Powe some tonight. The Bucks also have Gumby-haircut-aficionado/rookie guard Brandon Jennings, who can go boom-boom and drop a ton of buckets on any given night.

The Cavs should match up just fine against the Bucks, who are currently 16 games behind the Cavs in the Central Division. While there have been no updates as of 3 PM regarding LeBron’s ankle that was bothering him last night, it is likely that he will play. LeBron’s out, coach’s decision.

With that, we come to the pertinent statisticals: [Read more...]

Cavs Edge Bucks Before Daunting West Coast Trip

Cavs-BucksThere is no such thing as a must-win in the NBA at this point in the season but the Cavs really needed to take care of business at the Q Friday night before heading out for the first of two West Coast swings this season.  They play four games in six nights and all four Western Conference teams are playing well at home.  Thus it would have been a blow to take a loss at home last night against a game Bucks squad that has showed lots of life this year after a major cost-cutting offseason.  The Bucks were coming off an OT loss to the Lakers, who received some favorable treatment from the officials, in which they showed lots of fight and looked very impressive against the league’s best team.  It was the second meeting of the season between the two teams, as the Cavs won at the Bradley Center nearly two weeks ago in a game which featured a 29-0 run by the Wine & Gold.

There would be no such run in this game.  It would have been nice to get a comfortable lead and rest some of the starters before the trip out West but that is not how things work this year with the Cavaliers.  They had a few sustained cold streaks on the offensive end which amazingly included only two points scored in the final 6+ minutes of the game.  As has been the case in the Mike Brown era, defense was the Cavaliers saving grace which propelled them through the cold streaks.  An efficient game from LeBron and energy off the bench from Andy and Delonte led to a narrow 85-82 win.

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Bucks vs. Cavs Open Thread

The Cavaliers are playing the Bucks tonight, and this is your open thread.  Everyone will be talking about Brandon Jennings and LeBron James.  The Cavs have a four game winning streak currently.  Talk about it here!

Is Mo Williams an All-Star This Year?

Celtics Cavaliers BasketballThis may come off as a bit reactive due to the shot that Mo Williams drained last night, but it is actually just perfect timing.  Last week, the first batch of NBA All-Star results came out, which means we get to see a few things: 1) Who is China voting for (A: Tracy McGrady), and 2) Who looks to be on the outside looking in?

Williams was named to his first All-Star team of his career last season in a year that was his first with the Cavaliers.  There are undoubtedly a strong number of guards in the Eastern conference pool, and Mo’s body of work has not declined from last season.  But what are the odds that he gets the nod yet again?  Let’s take a look at the current standings for guards in the East. [Read more...]

Cavs 101, Bucks 86: Complete With Hot Sauce

delontebucks copyThe Bucks scored the first 11 points in this one. If you tuned in late you might be surprised to hear that because the Cavaliers dominated the rest of the first half. Sparked by the second unit, the Cavs scored an obscene 29 straight points, and Milwaukee missed on 17 consecutive shots. It was pretty ugly.

Delonte West was your POG, finishing with 21 points, 3 helpers and some timely defense on rookie of the year Brandon Jennings. West and James got key blocks on the rookie after he started to heat up. Jennings finished the game with 24 points on 22 shots. Mo Williams wanted to shut him down. You could see it in his intensity and read it all over his face. But he couldn’t. Jennings was a little too quick for Mo on Sunday. Somewhere in the third quarter Jennings realized the only person on Milwaukee’s roster capable of scoring was going to be him and he started going at Mo. This led to a sick behind the back move into the paint to shake Mo, but LeBron was there waiting on the rookie and swatted his ball a few rows deep. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting – Old Browns video, Robaire not giving up, Titus’ post-high school advice, Evan Turner update, and LeBron on Brandon Jennings

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Some old Browns highlights, with a solid soundtrack. [The OBR] [Read more...]

NBA Summer League: First Review of Cavs’ Christian Eyenga

Christian EyengaLast week, we mentioned that the summer league was rolling around that this would be our shot to see what Christian Eyenga was packing.  Our most recent first-round draft choice has plenty of upside, but given his competition overseas, he also came with a lot of doubt. 

With two games in thus far, we have a few box scores that we can disect.  However, let’s start with a review that Eyenga receivedwhile playing in the now infamous five-on-five pick-up games that will be known more for the whole LeBron James/Nike confiscation. 

The roster: LeBron, his high school teammate Romeo Travis (now playing pro ball in Germany), Cavs’ reserve Tarence Kinsey, and Cleveland draft picks Danny Green and Christian Eyenga — or, as I write in my notebook because I can’t remember his name, “#30.”

I’m not alone. Seated near me is a prominent unofficial member of the extended Nike fam, and he spends pretty much the entire game talking sh*t on Eyenga — though, granted, some of it is deserved. The quick scouting report: [Read more...]