April 23, 2014

Cavs vs Bulls Behind the Box Score–A Broken Team with No Solution

BtBS Bulls

The Cleveland Cavaliers endured their 5 game road trip and came back with a 3-2 record. It seemed like a real positive….a sign that perhaps this team was finally starting to figure things out and turn their season around.

Coming back home for a 5 game home stand against 5 very beatable teams, this was supposed to be the time the Cavaliers took control of their season and got themselves back into serious playoff contention.

That was the theory, but none of it was true. The Cavaliers once again showed their true colors in the first two games of this home stand. It’s time to face reality. This is a bad basketball team. Poorly constructed, poorly coached, and consistently giving poor effort. The stark contrast between the Cavs and the Bulls is palpable. The Bulls, who lost Derrick Rose to injury, just traded the heart and soul of their team to Cleveland, and were without Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich…all they’ve done is continue to play tough defense, give great effort, and have won 6 of 8 since trading Deng and 12 of their last 16 overall. That’s what a basketball team with heart and determination does. [Read more...]

Cavs trade for Deng a win for the present, but a question for the future

Luol Deng

While many of us were sound asleep on Monday night, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant was still hard at work. Glasses on, Grant was looking to capitalize on the flexibility he gave the team in structuring Andrew Bynum’s contract in a way that not only protected the team, but also served as a valuable trade item should Bynum not work out in Cleveland.

Needless to say, Andrew Bynum didn’t work out. So late Monday night, Grant finally found the trade partner he was looking for in the Chicago Bulls. At 12:54 am, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert officially welcomed Luol Deng to the team via Twitter.

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Game 8: Cavaliers vs Bulls Behind The Box Score

They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game.

Kyrie Irving Derrick Rose BullsThere are different degrees of losses for sure. Some losses are better than others. I’m not sure I would go so far as calling something a good loss. That would imply value in losing, and that’s such a dangerous proposition. I certainly don’t want to be back in a position where losing games is a good thing, especially this early in the season. But on the sliding scale of losses, this loss to the Bulls wasn’t as bad as some of the other losses.

It’s not that the Cavaliers played particularly well. In general, this was an ugly game with a lot of bad basketball being played. But the Cavaliers showed a lot of spirit and heart in this game, coming back from a 2nd half deficit to get within 1 point in the 4th quarter before things fell apart a bit. But playing Chicago hard on the road really is progress. After seeing so many 20+ point blowouts over the years, it was just nice to see the Cavaliers come out and play the Bulls tough for once.

Now lets get into the numbers: [Read more...]

Kyrie vs Rose: (Almost) The Matchup We’ve All Been Waiting For

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago BullsIt’s the matchup three years in the making that all of us have been waiting to see. Well, sort of. On Monday night in Chicago, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose will play against one another in an NBA game for the first time. That’s the good news. The bad news is that neither player is really playing like themselves so far this young season.

Rose is certainly struggling more than Irving this season, and perhaps that’s to be expected. After not playing in more than a year recovering from his ACL tear and surgery, Rose has a lot of rust to dispose of. After averaging more than 21.8 points and 7.7 assists per game in his previous two seasons, Rose is down to just 14.4 points and 4 assists per game this season. Rose is averaging more turnovers per game than any other player in the league (5.0 turnovers per game) and his PER is a staggering 5.271. A career 46.1% FG shooter, he’s shooting just 32.0% this season. Never one to struggle going at the rim (he’s never shot worse than 52% from inside 8 feet), he’s suddenly shooting just 35.9% from inside 8 feet this year. In other words, getting back to his form has been a bit of a struggle for Rose.

Irving, on the other hand, is experiencing some troubles of his own, but very different struggles from Rose.

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Footnotes:

  1. the previous two seasons he had PERs of 23.62 and 23.10 []

NBA Previews – Central Division and Northwest Division links

Kyrie Irving shoots over the Thunder's Serge Ibaka during the second quarter Saturday in Cleveland. Irving had 35 points in the Cavs' 115-110 victory. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The start of October represents the start of NBA Training Camp and Preseason. And with those come our annual NBA Blogger Previews. The Cavaliers’ preview was last week and now here are the links for the rest of the Central and Northwest Divisions. Check out the links and let us know in the comments which teams are your favorites to win each division.

Central Division

Chicago Bulls: Blog a Bull
Cleveland Cavaliers: Fear the Sword | Waiting For Next Year
Detroit Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys
Indiana Pacers: Indy Cornrows
Milwaukee Bucks: Brew Hoop

Northwest Division

Denver Nuggets: Denver Stiffs
Minnesota Timberwolves: Canis Hoopus
Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome to Loud City
Portland Trail Blazers: Blazer’s Edge
Utah Jazz: SLC Dunk

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Box Score: Cavaliers 92, Bulls 118

Instant analysis: I’m sick and tired of watching the Cavaliers get blown out by the Bulls without Derrick Rose.

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 30 20 22 20 92
CHI 22 31 35 30 118

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 28:55 4-11 2-2 5-6 -7 1 3 6 3 0 0 1 2 15
C.J. Miles G 24:03 5-11 4-7 1-1 -3 0 3 0 1 2 0 1 5 15
T. Zeller C 34:45 2-8 0-0 2-4 -25 2 6 3 2 0 2 2 3 6
T. Thompson F 32:02 6-12 0-0 2-2 -11 4 8 3 2 1 1 3 2 14
A. Gee F 27:14 2-7 1-2 3-4 -14 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 4 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 33-78 7-14 19-23 11 31 19 16 8 5 9 24 92
Percentages .423 .500 .826 Team Rebounds: 5
D. Waiters 27:46 6-11 0-1 6-6 -18 0 6 1 2 1 0 0 4 18
K. Jones 20:20 2-3 0-0 0-0 -12 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 4
S. Livingston 15:35 2-4 0-0 0-0 -17 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 4
O. Casspi 15:31 2-5 0-1 0-0 -15 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 4
J. Leuer 8:53 2-4 0-1 0-0 -4 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 4
J. Pargo 4:56 0-2 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Chicago

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
R. Hamilton G 20:44 3-7 0-0 2-4 +4 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 8
K. Hinrich G 20:11 2-4 2-3 0-0 +4 1 3 3 1 0 0 0 4 6
J. Noah C 32:20 5-13 0-0 1-1 +5 7 11 4 5 0 4 0 2 11
L. Deng F 38:24 7-12 2-2 3-3 +20 2 5 7 3 4 0 3 2 19
C. Boozer F 29:24 8-16 0-0 8-8 +17 2 11 4 1 1 1 2 3 24
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 44-82 10-14 20-24 16 47 34 20 10 9 5 21 118
Percentages .537 .714 .833 Team Rebounds: 8
M. Belinelli 25:09 5-8 3-4 2-2 +24 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 15
N. Robinson 24:14 5-8 3-4 1-1 +24 0 1 7 2 1 0 0 2 14
T. Gibson 23:26 8-9 0-0 2-3 +23 2 7 0 3 1 2 0 2 18
J. Butler 10:03 1-2 0-0 1-2 +6 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 3
N. Mohammed 8:43 0-2 0-0 0-0 +9 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
M. Teague 3:08 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cook 2:07 0-1 0-1 0-0 -2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
V. Radmanovic 2:07 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Box Score: Bulls 95, Cavaliers 85

Well, this was pretty much a standard Cavs vs Bulls game. That makes 10 straight losses to the Bulls and the Cavaliers were never truly in this game.

Cleveland fell behind by 15 early in this one. They did make things interesting a bit midway through the 4th quarter, but the Bulls never really let this one get in doubt and as we’ve seen happen lately, the Cavaliers’ comeback bid was pushed aside down the stretch.

Another double-double from Varejao was nice and Donald Sloan was the surprising points leader with 14 off the bench. But the Cavaliers defense had no answer for Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng.

Chicago

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
M. Belinelli G 39:39 7-15 2-8 7-8 +18 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 5 23
K. Hinrich G 34:37 4-7 1-2 2-2 +10 0 1 8 2 2 1 0 4 11
J. Noah C 44:18 5-13 0-0 3-4 +11 5 15 5 1 1 2 1 3 13
L. Deng F 42:23 8-13 1-2 5-5 +7 1 7 2 4 0 0 0 0 22
C. Boozer F 32:07 4-9 0-0 2-4 0 2 12 4 2 0 1 0 3 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-72 4-15 23-27 10 45 22 15 5 6 2 24 95
Percentages .472 .267 .852 Team Rebounds: 7
T. Gibson 15:53 1-2 0-0 0-0 +10 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 5 2
J. Butler 13:58 2-5 0-1 2-2 -5 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 6
N. Robinson 13:23 2-7 0-2 2-2 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 2 6
N. Mohammed 3:42 1-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
V. Radmanovic DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Teague DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Pargo G 28:55 3-12 0-4 3-4 -11 0 2 4 2 1 0 1 0 9
D. Gibson G 28:19 3-7 2-3 2-2 -13 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 5 10
A. Varejao C 36:13 4-16 0-0 3-4 -15 5 15 3 3 3 0 0 3 11
T. Thompson F 32:15 5-9 0-0 1-2 -11 5 5 0 2 1 2 1 2 11
A. Gee F 30:27 4-10 0-4 0-0 -12 1 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 31-85 5-16 18-25 14 41 15 10 8 2 6 18 85
Percentages .365 .312 .720 Team Rebounds: 10
T. Zeller 24:48 4-12 0-0 2-2 -1 3 7 0 1 1 0 1 2 10
D. Sloan 23:33 4-8 2-3 4-4 +2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 14
O. Casspi 17:33 0-2 0-1 1-4 +2 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
C.J. Miles 15:13 4-8 1-1 1-1 +2 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 10
S. Samuels 2:44 0-1 0-0 1-2 +7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

The Cavaliers Continue to Grind Through Injuries

Is it better to play poorly and win or to play well and lose? The Cleveland Cavaliers (4-14, 13th in the East) have lost quite a few games I’m not sure they deserved to lose this season. The Cavaliers are going through something of an identity crisis at the moment. Or they are a pretty good bad team, or a pretty bad good team?

One of the games they most certainly deserved to lose was the 2nd game of the season against the Chicago Bulls. Tonight the Cavaliers will try to avenge that loss when they host the Bulls (8-8, 4th in the East) at The Q.

The Cavaliers will once again be sans-starting backcourt. PG Kyrie Irving is still out with the finger injury and Dion Waiters is expected to miss this game with an ankle injury. The Bulls know the feeling. They too are missing their starting backcourt as PG Derrick Rose and SG Richard Hamilton are both out as well. [Read more...]

Cleveland Cavaliers Look to Move to 2-0 on the Season

On opening night, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave us all a glimpse of some of the highlights, and just a few of the lowlights, that we can expect to see this season. Friday night, as the Cavaliers host the Chicago Bulls, the question will be about consistency.

Against the Wizards on Tuesday, we what the Cavaliers can be. A persistent team capable of outworking their opponents in the paint with a strong backcourt duo to keep opponents honest. We saw some crisp passing, some good cuts off the ball, and just a fun style of team oriented basketball. [Read more...]

Tonight We Say Farewell to the 2011-12 Cleveland Cavaliers

Media Day seems like just last week

The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played on a Thursday was January 12th, the 3rd week of the season. You see, Thursday nights are typically the big matchup nights. It’s the night TNT has TV rights and other than their premiere games, there’s usually only one or two overflow games.

So it’s fitting, then, that the Cavaliers finish the season on a Thursday night in Chicago, buried underneath the hype and excitement of the NFL Draft. While Browns fans are anxiously greeting the newest members of their team, Cavaliers fans are saying goodbye to their players.

In a season in which the Cavaliers were mostly ignored outside of Cleveland, save for a handful of people who occasionally flipped over on League Pass to see what that Kyrie Irving guy was doing, the season comes to an end much in the same way it started…quiet, unassuming, and with more questions than answers.

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Cavaliers Host Bulls as Kyrie Irving Prepares for Derrick Rose

Cavaliers hope to avoid another thrashing from the Bulls

Once again, a point guard matchup will be the focus of all eyes.

Kyrie Irving, #1 pick, Rookie of the Year candidate, and hope of a rebuilding franchise squares off with Derrick Rose, former #1 pick, former Rookie of the Year, and former hope of a rebuilding franchise.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-20, 10th in the East) return home to the Q where they will host the Chicago Bulls (29-8, 2nd in the East). The last time these teams played, the Bulls (without Rose) dismantled the Cavaliers. It might take a miracle to avoid that fate once more.

The Cavaliers are slipping. The loss of Anderson Varejao really seems to be catching up to them now, teams seem to be adjusting to Kyrie Irving, the momentum Antawn Jamison seemed to be developing before the All-Star break has gone, and there simply aren’t enough players stepping up right now. [Read more...]

Cavaliers’ Schedule Gets Tougher With Chicago Bulls In Town

Joakim Noah, Cleveland-hater

The Cleveland Cavaliers (6-7) officially kick off the most brutal part of their schedule Friday night when they host the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls (13-3) to the Q.

This game is naturally being billed as the first showdown between Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving, a pair of young PGs who will be playing a lot of games against each other in the next few years. Of course Rose, the reigning MVP and one of the absolute best players in the game today has a pretty healthy head start on Irving. But it would still be fun to see how Irving matches up with Rose at this early stage in his career.

Unfortunately, we may not get to see that matchup. Rose has been battling a toe injury and will be a game time decision. He did not participate in shootaround this morning, though, and in my opinion it might be a long shot to see him play tonight. [Read more...]

On the Bright Side for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Things Could Always Be Worse

Chin up, Cavs fans. As the Cavaliers head into tonight’s game with the Denver Nuggets, the team is hoping to avoid their 19th straight loss and 29th of their last 30 games, I know many are feeling fatigued with the epic failures of the team this year.

But today is Friday, the weekend is upon us, and it’s time for us to take stock, have a little fun at other teams’ expense, and realize that things could always be worse. You know the stats for this year. You’re surely aware that the Cavaliers are attempting to become the lowest rated team in the NBA in both offensive and defensive efficiency; you know that their average margin of victory is twice as bad as anyone else’s; you know that this offense is 27th in points per game despite being 11th in the NBA in pace, meaning it takes them an inordinate number of possessions to score their pathetic 93.4 ppg. You know this hasn’t always been fun. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #22: Bulls at Cavs

Chicago Bulls (11-8) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (7-14)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

………….Um, ok, then. Yesterday I tried to throw some power of positive thinking into the mix, and got rewarded with yet another 20 point beat down. Folks, I don’t know what tell you, but the Cavaliers are the worst team in the NBA right now. This is a team that has had at least an 18 point deficit in 5 straight games (thank you, Milwaukee). This is getting bleak, and I don’t have any answers to offer. I’m at a complete loss over how this has happened. I don’t know where the winners mentality and band of brothers focus went. Did this team quit? Man, I hate using that Q word on those who don’t deserve it, but to my eyes, it really does look like at this moment in time these players have given up on running Byron Scott’s offense and had stopped giving any effort whatsoever on the defensive end. And so my ultimate nightmare is happening. Fan support is already waning, as fans feel justified to give up on the team that appears to have given up on them. It’s a brutal cycle. All I can do is continue to ask fans to take the high road and keep supporting this franchise. Dan Gilbert, Chris Grant, and Byron Scott didn’t do this to the franchise and in my opinion they still deserve the fans’ support. But it’s going to be interesting for sure to see how the fans react to the team tonight in the first home game since the Miami debacle. [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Central Division

Yep, it’s that time of year again already. Once again, CleticsBlog are hosting the annual Blogger Previews for every team in the NBA. How this works is simple, every day a certain NBA team is up and bloggers who write about said team will offer their previews for that team in the upcoming season. Then, once a division is completed, all the bloggers throughout the NBA who are participating will post links for all the previews for that division.

Next up is the Central Division. All the previews are linked below, and I encourage everyone to take a few minutes, click on the links, and check out what writers from across the nation are saying about their own teams.

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Can The Cavaliers Exceed Expected Results in 2010-11?

By now we all know the Cavaliers are going to be a worse basketball team this year. That much is obvious, but what many of us are wondering is, just how much worse will they really be. The common guess I’ve heard repeatedly has been somewhere in the 35 win vicinity. But is there any historical precedent for unexpectedly losing your franchise superstar in the middle of his prime?

Neil Paine points out an interesting case on the Basketball-Reference.com Blog in the form of the 1994 Chicago Bulls. If you recall, in the 1992-93 season, the Bulls won 57 games and took home their 3rd consecutive NBA Championship, and then Michael Jordan walked away from the sport. Everyone expected the Bulls to have a major setback, but in the 1993-94 season, the Bulls still won 55 games, although they fell short of winning a 4th straight Championship.

Is there any chance of the Cleveland Cavaliers repeating this kind of resilient bounce back in 2010-11? [Read more...]

David Letterman Has Cleveland’s Back

I don’t normally watch late night talk shows. To be honest, these days, I’m usually in bed before 11:35 pm anyway. So it’s not every night that I watch David Letterman. However, I generally look at the late night shows in the guide and see if there’s going to be an interesting guest on, and if there is, I set my DVR to record it.

When I saw that Eminem and Jay-Z were set to perform, I decided it might be worthwhile to record. What I didn’t know was that Jay-Z was going to actually be a guest on the show as well. Once I saw that, I was really happy I had it recorded.

The interview started out boring enough. Frankly, Jay-Z may be a great entertainer, but the guy gives lousy interviews. He had quite literally nothing interesting to say whatsoever, and Dave could barely get more than 2 sentences out of him. It was a train wreck, as Dave tried to ask Jay-Z about his relationship with Eminem and why they were choosing to do their 2 shows in Detroit and New York City. Once the topic switched to basketball, though, things got a little more interesting as you can see in the video below:  [Read more...]

Bulls Trade Hinrich, Heat Maneuvering, Cavs?

Well, it is still all quiet on the Cavalier front.  Obviously, we didn’t expect that to change until the draft actually begins, if at all.  But things are not quiet around the rest of the league.  The Chicago Bulls have traded Kirk Hinrich to the Washington Wizards in an attempt to have enough cap space to sign two giant free agents.  The deal will reportedly get the Bulls from the $20 million free range to the $30 million range according to ESPN. But that’s not all.

The Miami Heat, are emerging as the free agency dark horse all of a sudden.  The Heat traded their pick and Daequan Cook yesterday to Oklahoma City to save cap space.  Now, ESPN is reporting that Miami is also looking to buy out James Jones’ deal, which could give the Heat just under $30 million to spend on free agents.  Oh, and they can of course bring back Dwyane Wade too. [Read more...]

Cavaliers vs Bulls: Round One, Game Four Numbers and Words

For a quarter and a half, watching the Cavaliers take on the Bulls was once again like pulling teeth. Finally, at long last, with 4:52 left in the first half and the Cavaliers trailing 43-40, the team flipped the switch. The defensive intensity rose, the rebounding effort peaked, and even free throws started going in. The Bulls would only make 3 more FGs that half, and the Cavaliers would ride the momentum to a 121-98 statement over the Bulls. What follows is my analysis in numbers and words.

-  Today’s quote comes from former German president Richard von Weizsäcker who once said “Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.” This pretty much sums up what happened in this game. The prospect of exile from the NBA Playoffs was becoming more real the longer the Cavaliers tried to ignore their problems. In this game, they finally seemed to accept what was happening, and they proactively did something about it. It was refreshing to see as a fan, and I can only imagine the relief Mike Brown must feel as his team finally played a full game and exerted their will on a game. I was extremely critical of the team after Game 3, so I must give them equal credit for the way they played in Game 4.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers vs Bulls: Round One, Game Three Numbers and Words

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Right now the Cavaliers are absolutely insane. A lack of urgency and being ok with letting their opponent dictate the style of play caught up to the Cavaliers in this game as the Bulls won 108-106 to get themselves back into the series. What follows is my analysis in numbers and words.

- This game reminded me of the Steven Wright quote “Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time.” At this point I’m pretty sure the Cavaliers are incapable of learning lessons and lack the desire needed to win the NBA Championship. And before you think this is a reaction to just one game, I remind you to look back at some of the things we’ve been saying about this team for the last few weeks. The habits they picked up while sleepwalking through March have ingrained themselves into the team’s DNA. The Cavaliers have forgotten who they are and how to give full effort, and they just keep playing this sloppy, lethargic style of basketball game in and game out. We thought it was just effort and a lack of interest in the regular season. I don’t know how to explain this series away. With the exception of the 1st quarter of game one, the Cavs look like an average basketball team at best.  [Read more...]