April 24, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins rumors fading, so what’s next for Cavs?

cousins kingsAlthough absolutely nothing has happened for the Cavaliers in the 12 days since winning the NBA Draft Lottery, it has seemed like an eternity to fans. There’s still another 26 days remaining until the actual draft — showing how all of the team’s options can start to wear on an exhausted Twitter base.

But most notably in the past week, Cleveland Twitter has been electric with the allure and mystique of 22-year-old Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. One of the most polarizing players in the NBA, Cousins was “potentially” on the block with the Kings being sold and changing their leadership structure.

Alas, as of last night, it now appears that Cousins will not be anywhere close to the trade block. Would this have been a fruitful exploration? Moving forward after that fantasy, what can Cavaliers fans do now? What’s next on the horizon? Let’s take a look through the stats and the narratives. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast – 2013-02-19 – Ryan Jones talking all stars, pop stars and former NFL stars

WFNY Podcast LogoOne of the younger, newer WFNY’ers, Ryan Jones, came on the podcast to give the young man’s perspective on the NBA All Star game and a bunch of other stuff. Overall there were a few rough audio moments where Ryan sounded like Max Headroom, but I think we survived.

  • Kyrie Irving and the all star break
  • Live music vs. the album
  • Ryan quotes a Kesha song (No, really.)
  • The VMAs and how old you have to be to still watch them
  • John Legend and his great National Anthem
  • Rookie Sophomore game
  • Muggsy Bogues and Brook Lopez doing a buddy cop film
  • NBA Pictures vs. WWE pictures
  • “Breaking Ankles” and how common NBA language confuses regular people
  • The Cavaliers and tanking
  • Dan Gilbert’s ability to sell a rebuild and how long he has to “finish”
  • What if it doesn’t work?
  • Will the Cavs have an asterisk next to them until the day LeBron retires?
  • NBA vs. Branding vs. older fans
  • Drew Carey’s sports ownership and fans voting on the fate of the GM
  • Seattle Sounders draw 50,000 fans a game

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Box Score: Nets 103, Cavaliers 100

Brook Lopez was just too much for the depleted and young Cavalier frontcourt. The Brooklyn big man had a game-high 35 points and fouled Tyler Zeller out as the Cavaliers used a late surge to close the gap against the Nets, but Kyrie Irving’s game-tying three-point attempt misfired as time expired, giving the Nets a 103-100 win at the Barclays Center. C.J. Miles led the team with a season-high 33 points which included 8-of-10 three pointers. Tristan Thompson added another double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Irving scored 13 on just 5-of-16 shooting. For Brooklyn, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each added 15 points of their own. The Cavaliers just could not keep the Nets off the foul line as they were outnumbered in that department 39-19 in attempts. After three days off, the 7-25 Cavaliers next face the Sacramento Kings at home.

Cleveland

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

K. Irving G 34:54 5-16 1-6 2-2 -1 0 4 7 2 1 0 0 3 13
D. Waiters G 32:24 2-8 0-1 1-2 -9 0 2 4 4 3 0 0 1 5
T. Zeller C 27:25 6-14 0-0 0-0 -20 4 7 1 2 0 0 2 6 12
T. Thompson F 36:04 5-11 0-0 7-8 +8 9 15 1 2 0 2 0 4 17
A. Gee F 32:04 4-9 0-1 2-2 -7 0 4 1 4 3 0 0 1 10

Bench

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Totals 38-82 9-20 15-19 13 40 21 18 7 2 4 24 100
Percentages .463 .450 .789 Team Rebounds: 7
C.J. Miles 34:13 11-15 8-10 3-3 +7 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 33
L. Walton 29:50 2-4 0-2 0-2 +9 0 4 6 2 0 0 0 3 4
J. Pargo 13:06 3-5 0-0 0-0 -2 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 6
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Inactive
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Livingston DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Inactive
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

Brooklyn

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

J. Johnson G 41:22 6-13 1-4 2-2 +14 1 2 2 1 3 0 0 1 15
D. Williams G 39:58 5-12 0-3 5-6 +5 0 4 7 1 2 0 0 2 15
B. Lopez C 35:35 13-20 0-0 9-11 +15 5 11 1 2 0 1 0 5 35
G. Wallace F 37:04 1-6 0-2 5-8 -2 2 10 3 2 2 1 0 1 7
K. Bogans F 19:14 1-3 1-2 0-0 +5 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 3

Bench

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Totals 35-75 4-15 29-39 12 39 15 12 12 4 2 16 103
Percentages .467 .267 .744 Team Rebounds: 12
R. Evans 21:42 1-5 0-0 5-6 -8 3 10 0 1 3 0 2 3 7
J. Stackhouse 17:49 3-5 1-2 1-2 -7 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8
A. Blatche 11:49 2-5 1-1 2-4 -10 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 7
C.J. Watson 8:58 1-2 0-1 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
M. Brooks 6:29 2-4 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
J. Childress DNP – Inactive
K. Humphries DNP – Inactive
T. Shengelia DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Taylor DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Teletovic DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Box Score: Cavaliers 101, Nets 114

Anderson Varejao started this game on fire, setting the tone for what would be a monster game for him. He ends this one with a career high 35 points and added 18 rebounds to go with it. Kyrie Irving was huge in the 2nd half and he finished with 34 points of his own to go with his 8 assists. It wouldn’t be enough for the Cavaliers, though.

The Cavaliers were actually winning after the 1st quarter, 30-29. They would follow with a 12 point second quarter, though, and they were never within single digits of the Nets from there. Kyrie and Anderson’s combined 69 points was impressive, but there just wasn’t enough help in this one.

The Nets routinely were able to get seemingly whatever basket they wanted inside the paint, taking advantage of some poor defense and countering with excellent ball movement all night. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez looked the part of a Big 3 in this one, scoring 26, 25, and 23 points respectively  Andre Blatche scored 13 points off the bench to easily outscore the Cavaliers bench by himself. Jon Leuer had 4 points, Donald Sloan hit 2 FTs, and nobody else off the bench scored a single point. In almost 18 minutes Daniel Gibson attempted one shot, a 3 pointer he missed.

A lot of recurring themes in this game for the Cavaliers, and Anderson Varejao’s frustration with the team’s performance was palpable. To their credit, though, the Cavaliers never gave up and fought with everything they had to close the deficit to 10 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Nets simply had too much down the stretch and the Cavaliers just aren’t a team capable of getting enough big stops when they need them at this point.

The Cavaliers now have 3 days off to work on defense and maybe find something to help the bench performance before they return home to face the Mavericks on Saturday.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:44 9-19 2-6 14-14 -1 1 4 8 4 3 0 2 2 34
D. Waiters G 35:48 3-16 1-5 1-2 -10 0 4 2 2 2 0 1 2 8
A. Varejao C 37:29 16-21 0-0 3-3 +4 11 18 3 1 2 0 1 2 35
A. Gee F 37:57 2-7 0-1 0-0 +6 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 4 4
T. Thompson F 30:49 6-11 0-0 2-5 -5 3 5 0 1 1 0 3 4 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-87 3-14 22-26 16 35 16 12 10 0 10 26 101
Percentages .437 .214 .846 Team Rebounds: 13
D. Gibson 17:45 0-1 0-1 0-0 -9 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 0
J. Leuer 17:05 2-7 0-0 0-0 -13 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 4
S. Samuels 10:37 0-3 0-0 0-0 -12 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
L. Walton 5:57 0-0 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
D. Sloan 5:44 0-2 0-1 2-2 -9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
O. Casspi 3:05 0-0 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
C.J. Miles DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision

Brooklyn

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Johnson G 38:37 9-16 3-9 4-5 +18 0 5 6 3 1 1 0 2 25
D. Williams G 35:55 10-20 1-6 5-5 -7 1 2 10 3 1 0 0 2 26
B. Lopez C 28:47 10-14 0-0 3-5 -2 2 7 1 2 1 4 0 4 23
K. Humphries F 27:13 4-5 0-0 4-6 +4 3 6 1 1 0 1 0 5 12
K. Bogans F 10:49 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 42-77 5-22 25-31 12 39 27 13 5 10 0 23 114
Percentages .545 .227 .806 Team Rebounds: 7
C.J. Watson 28:16 2-7 1-3 2-2 +10 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 7
R. Evans 20:47 0-0 0-0 2-2 +9 3 8 1 1 1 0 0 1 2
A. Blatche 19:13 4-7 0-0 5-6 +15 1 5 1 2 0 3 0 2 13
J. Childress 15:01 1-2 0-0 0-0 +6 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 2
J. Stackhouse 14:52 2-3 0-1 0-0 +10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4
T. Shengelia 0:30 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Taylor DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Teletovic DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Head to Brooklyn to Finish First Road Trip of the Season

The bad news for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-5, 12th in the East) is that once again, they are playing on the road. The good news is the game is in the Eastern Time Zone and closer to home. The even better news is that this one is  this is the final game of a debilitating and demoralizing road trip.

Yes, mercy comes to the Cavaliers as they head to Brooklyn to check out the Nets’ (3-2, 4th in the East) new digs. This road trip has seen heartbreaking buzzer beaters, tough injuries, bouts with sickness and food poisoning, bitter collapses, and in general, lots of losing. I won’t be sad to see it come to an end. I’m eager to see MGK’s face on my TV again1.

This may be broken record time here again, but if you want to know why the Cavaliers are 2-5 despite playing what seems like better basketball, look no further than the defense. The Cavaliers are dead last in opponents eFG% and 23rd in the NBA in opponents FTs per FGA. Essentially, the 2 most important factors on defense (not letting the other team get good shots and not fouling them) are the 2 areas the Cavaliers have been terrible at. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg_TZk45b84 []

Losing Streak Hits 17 as Cavs Let One Slip Away to Nets

With 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock, Daniel Gibson ran off of a screen and was open in the near-side corner.  Teammate Joey Graham hit him with the pass, Gibson squared, released and watched.

In what could have been slow motion, the ball rotated perfectly, was in line, but caught just enough of the back of the rim and bounced out.  The end result was a New Jersey Nets win, 103-101, and the Cavalier’s 17th straight loss.

“I had the range,” said Gibson. “When I let it go, I thought it was good. I really thought it was good. It caught a little bit of the back rim.”

Following the miss, Gibson crumbled to the floor and sat with his head on his wrists, both resting on his knees.  The purveyor of many past three-point conversions (10th in the NBA in threes made, seventh in three-point percentage), Gibson said that all he could think about was how making that shot would have brought smiles to the faces of his teammates and the fans back in Cleveland.  [Read more...]

Cavs 111, Nets 92: Strong First Half Paces LeBron, Cavs past New Jersey

90043790JM018_Cleveland_CavThat was quite a show LeBron James put on in the first half. He had 18 points and 10 assists, but the numbers themselves don’t really do it justice. James was dominant in all phases. He commanded New Jersey’s defense to collapse on him with drives to the rack, and then found open teammates with amazing passes. His bounce pass to Andy Varejao in the lane was beautiful.

This one one of those games that Craig talked about a while back. It was one of those games to sit back and enjoy the fact that the greatest basketball player on the planet is wearing Cleveland across his chest.

So you forgive the slight dip in focus in the second half. It’s a long season. Yeah, they let the lead slip from 20 to 9 in the fourth, forcing LeBron to play 40 minutes in a game that he should have played 33.

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Cavaliers Preview Game #53: Nets at Cavs

Cavaliers vs NetsNew Jersey Nets (4-46) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (41-11)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

The Nets come into this game 42 games under .500 while the Cavaliers are 30 games over .500. I can’t recall the last time I saw a game with 2 teams so distantly separated by wins and losses. I guess this is how the Nets are going to make their best pitch to lure LeBron this summer. “Come join a team with a core of players who won 8 games last season. Hey look, we even have John Wall!!!!” Good luck with that. As for tonight’s game, there was some optimism yesterday that Delonte West would be making his return tonight, but the Cavaliers’ head honchos don’t feel the need to bring him back this early. Windhorst says they may not even bring him back against Orlando on Thursday and may instead let him rest through the All-Star Break. We’ll see what happens.   [Read more...]

“I’m Gonna Be Like What’s His Name…”

Some of the best moments from last night’s draft occurred any time that Brook Lopez was giving audio clips to the rest of the world. During a segment that was glorifying the fact that he slipped down the draft board a bit further than anticipated, Brook gave us all a quick flashback to last season’s NFL draft.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vcG8XilxRo[/youtube]

While I have a feeling that Brady’s situation was a little worse given the amount of time between picks in his draft, it’s safe to say that Quinn will forever be linked to any player who doesn’t get selected in the top 10, yet is invited to the “green room” of his respective sport.

(Fist pump to Odenized for the grab)