April 24, 2014

A user’s guide to the Luol Deng trade draft picks

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The Luol Deng trade was over six weeks ago. Yet it seems to still be a major point of confusion for many in the national media. With today’s trade deadline fast approaching, I felt it would be prudent to review the assets exchanged in that Jan. 7 deal.

[Update: Cavs have traded two second-rounders to Philadelphia for center Spencer Hawes. They're reportedly also shopping Tyler Zeller. We'll keep you updated.]

Both teams involved in the deal have been playing better over the past six weeks. Chicago is a very surprising 14-7 since dealing their beloved small forward, moving closer and closer to a safe spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Cavs have now win six straight, their longest stretch in four years, and are 10-10 since Deng’s debut.

For help in reviewing the trade, let’s go back to the official Cavs press release that was sent out around 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Here we go: [Read more...]

The Diff: How the Cavs lost momentum during home losses

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about C.J. Miles’ oddly impressive plus-minus data. This week, I’m logging terrible recent runs against the Cavaliers.

The Diff

This Cleveland Cavaliers season has not gone according to plan. That’s the understatement of the year. Heading into this five-game home stand, the team appeared to be turning a corner. With Luol Deng in tow, they were 4-2, including a very solid five-game road swing. But with just one win – against the NBA’s worst team – over the past nine days, the Cavs season has perhaps hit its crescendo. And these losses weren’t just any boring defeat; no, they went down in the most Cleveland way possible. [Read more...]

Joakim Noah on losing Luol Deng: “The trade definitely hurt”

“The trade definitely hurt. But we’ve got to move on. I feel confident in this team. We’re working really hard. A lot of people say this is a business and all that. This game is more than a business to me. I put everything I got into this. So … I feel like Lu is the same way, so it was hard for me to digest. That’s just my perspective. Everybody has a job. I’m not mad at anybody. I’m not mad at the organization or anything like that. It’s just, my brother’s not here no more. I just needed a little bit of time to digest that.”

Joakim-Noah2-200x300– Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah on the trade that sent his teammate Luol Deng to Cleveland earlier in the week, per NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner. Noah was a fellow All-Star last season and has spent all seven of his NBA seasons with the Bulls and Deng.

The 28-year-old big man had not spoken to the media for five days and eight possible media sessions since the move. He added “There’s no tanking. There’s none of that.” and “I want people to be proud of their team” in reference to the Bulls’ possible strategy with Derrick Rose’s injury and moving Deng.

Noah is likely the best remaining player on the Bulls, who surprisingly have won three straight since the trade and five in a row overall. Since 2009-10, he’s averaged a consistent 11.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 blocks per game. But during the previous four seasons, he missed 70 regular season games. Power forward Carlos Boozer remains, but is a possible amnesty target, per multiple rumors.

Deng was a clear fan favorite in Chicago throughout his career. WFNY’s Scott Sargent compared the move to when the Indians were forced to deal Victor Martinez back in 2009. You’re almost left feeling bad for Noah, despite all of his well-known Cleveland hate. Although he did have somewhat reassuring words to say about the Cavs and Anthony Bennett in November.

[Related: Cavs trade for Deng a win for the present, but a question for the future]

Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

WFNY Stats & Info: Assessing Luol Deng’s value in Cleveland

deng bulls2Luol Deng, 28 years old, represents a tremendous upgrade at small forward for the 11-23 Cavs. He’s a back-to-back All-Star scoring the most points in his career this season. He’ll take away minutes from Alonzo Gee et al in the team’s rotation. While the future ramifications of this move are up in the air, here are my four favorite statistic-based notes when it comes to showing Deng’s worth and his value with this team.

1. Cavs SFs have a 9.2 PER this season. Yes, that’s astoundingly correct, per the mathematical minds at 82Games.com. As you may recall, PER is normalized to be an average of 15.0 for all NBA players, not position-adjusted. On the season, Alonzo Gee has a 6.3 mark in 564 minutes and Earl Clark is at 9.7 in 551 minutes. I’m not a huge fan of PER, but at the extremes, I think it tells a pretty decent story: Gee is a near-replacement level player and Clark is a below average starter. Luol Deng has a 15.9 career PER and is at 17.4 this year; more than Gee and Clark combined and clearly a valuable starter in the NBA. He has a far higher usage than either Gee or Clark, inflating his numbers, but is undoubtedly a far better all-around player. [Read more...]

NBA News: Cavs reportedly trade for Chicago’s Luol Deng

deng bullsAfter weeks of speculation, the Cavs have reportedly acquired Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst first tweeted out the news very late on Monday night. The Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd also has confirmed the story. (Windhorst has since acknowledged that young RealGM reporter Shams Charania actually was first to tweet.)

We’ll fill in all of the details here shortly. Stay tuned. Presumably, the deal is indeed for center Andrew Bynum for cap relief in Chicago.

Update 12:58 a.m. – Well, that didn’t take long. The Cavs have officially announced the terms of the deal, complete with Deng in uniform.

Chicago will indeed receive Bynum along with three future draft picks and the right to swap 2015 picks (lottery protected for the Cavs).

The three future picks are: 1) The Kings convoluted first-rounder1 acquired back in 2011; 2) Portland’s 2015 second-rounder; 3) Portland 2016 second-rounder. Both of the Trail Blazers selections were acquired during this year’s draft.

Trade Analysis — Wow. So nobody really saw that one coming at all. Within seconds, the Cavs had confirmed the reports and posted the exact terms. Luol Deng, 28, is a legitimate starter at small forward. He’s in the final year of his contract, which is worth $14.3 million this season. He is averaging a career-high 19 points and 6.9 rebounds in just over 37 minutes per game.

Deng will easily be the best small forward in the post-LeBron James era for the Cavaliers. He gives them a do-it-all presence on the wing, albeit one that’s not known for his outside shooting. He’ll certainly step in immediately and get 30 minutes per game, taking away wasted time from Alonzo Gee, Earl Clark, Anthony Bennett and those dreaded three-guard lineups.

There’s no doubt that adding Deng makes the Cleveland Cavaliers a better team today than they were yesterday. That’s all this move really is. The three draft picks and the swap are a relatively light price. The two Portland second-rounders could be meaningless, the theoretical Sacramento pick might never be actualized in the first round and a 2015 swap might not even happen in the Cavs do indeed struggle next season anyway.

The biggest issue is whether you preferred the Cavs to tank in 2013-14. Obviously, that was never a option for GM Chris Grant. So he pulled off a big move for the biggest possible upgrade. Deng is an old 28, but he’ll make this Cavs team undoubtedly better this season. After that? It’s anybody’s guess what might happen.

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

Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports

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Footnotes:

  1. The intense protection: top 13 in 2013; top 12 in 2014; top 10 in 2015-17; else 2017 second round pick, also protected 56-60 []

Cavs offense comes back to reality: Behind the Box Score

After squeaking out an ugly win on Friday against one of the league’s worst team in the Bucks, the Cavaliers failed to show up at the United Center on Saturday, losing to the Bulls 100-84. The Bulls were without several key players thanks to injury, including Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, and Luol Deng in addition to star Derek Rose who is out for the year, but in the end still had plenty to get past the Cavs. Chicago jumped out to an early lead, scoring 33 points in the first quarter which was followed up by another 27 in the second, giving Chicago a 17 point lead at the break.  The Cavs cut the lead to single digits briefly, but never really threatened Chicago’s coast to coast lead.

cavs jack7 - The closest the Cavaliers would come to Chicago in the second half. They managed to claw back into the game thanks to a two minute stretch involving 8 straight combined points scored by Jarret Jack and Andrew Bynum.  At that point Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau called timeout which managed to kill all positive momentum the Cavs had created. Out of the timeout the Bulls would score on four out five of their next possessions, stretching the lead back to 16.

-17 – While Kyrie Irving was on the court Chicago outscored the Cavs by 17 points. On paper last night’s game appeared to be a promising match up for the Cavs’ superstar. No Derek Rose, no Kirk Hinrich, but it didn’t seem to matter Irving and the starters were embarrassed in the United Center. Kyrie managed just 5 assists and was a horrid 5-16 from the floor against D.J. Augustin.

18 - The number of rebounds Joakim Noah terrorized the Cavs for on the glass. While Noah and Varejao often draw comparisons thanks to their maniac styles and striking appearance to the band LMFAO, Noah was a class above Varejao on Saturday. The pesky Noah was relentless, earning the bulls 5 extra possessions, including a key offensive rebound late in the third quarter that led to a Tony Snell 3-pointer which brought the trimmed Bulls’ lead from 10 to 13. Varejao managed just 6 points and 6 rebounds in his 22 minutes and was a miserable -22 while on the court compared to the +20 of Noah. [Read more...]

Cavs 97, Bulls 93: The Andrew Bynum Game

Andrew-Bynum_bullsThis is the best-case scenario. This is the All-Star.

Cavs center Andrew Bynum dominated for the first time in Cleveland, showcasing his talents with a 20-10-5 performance and leading the charge for a 97-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Bynum played a season-high 30 minutes and also contributed three assists to go along with his points, rebounds and blocks. With Kyrie Irving still in the midst of a season-long funk, Bynum was the key for preventing yet another fourth-quarter meltdown.

The Cavs nearly led coast-to-coast and had a 12-point lead with 10 minutes left when the usual comeback began. Chicago was led by 27 points and 11 assists from veteran Luol Deng — rumored trade target — plus 18 points from rookie Tony Snell. They used an 18-5 run to lead by one with four minutes left.

But that’s when Bynum made a jumper, the Bulls made a few mistakes offensively and the Cavs somehow held on for victory. They improved to 5-12 on the young season, including a somewhat impressive 4-3 at home. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Buckeyes BCS bonanza

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.

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The Buckeyes knew about that exact two-point conversion play: “As Ohio State fans shook with nervous energy, a calm came over the sideline. All week, the third-ranked Buckeyes had prepared for Michigan’s two-point conversion plays and, now, with the most important play of the season arriving, cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs told his players he knew what was coming. He alerted Tyvis Powell that the Wolverines were going to motion triple stack and Michigan wide receiver Bo Dever would run an angle route.” [Kyle Rowland/Eleven Warriors] [Read more...]

Cavs thoughts on Dion’s success, trades, Kyrie’s struggles and more

Kyrie Irving, Dion WaitersDuring Thanksgiving eve and the actual holiday itself, I got a lot of questions from family and friends about those pesky 4-11 Cleveland Cavaliers. I’m sure you did too. Here are my assorted takes on the hottest of Cavs topics at the moment.

On the Dion Waiters trade options listed so far … meh. That’s what I have to say. The three main options rumored via ESPN’s Chris Broussard: Chicago’s Luol Deng, New York’s Iman Shumpert and Philadelphia’s Evan Turner. Don’t get me wrong; Deng and Turner would be excellent fits on this small forward-lacking roster. But both are free agents on the verge of big paydays in summer 2014.

Deng is an old 28 because he has nearly 25,000 career NBA minutes including playoffs. He never has been a major offensive weapon, but has been a consistent piece for Chicago for the last decade. Turner, on the other hand, is having a breakout season at still only 25. He’s averaging 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the overachieving 76ers. Which means his agents will make some unfortunate team pay massive money for his services next year. [Read more...]

NBA Trade Rumor: Cavaliers ‘shopping’ Dion Waiters

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “shopping” second-year guard Dion Waiters, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. He later expanded upon his initial tweet with an article over at ESPN.com.

The rumor comes prior to tonight’s showdown against the two-time defending champs from Miami. Broussard reports, via a source, that the Cavs have spoken with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and possibly other clubs. No trade is necessarily imminent. Broussard writers that Waiters did not demand a trade, but brought up the subject in a three-hour meeting with GM Chris Grant and Mike Brown last week.

Waiters, who turns 22 in two weeks, has averaged 14.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in his brief 75-game NBA career thus far. He’s been benched in favor of C.J. Miles and now undrafted rookie free agent Matthew Dellavedova already this season. Broussard added more details on the infamous players-only meeting as well, introducing the idea that Waiters and Tristan Thompson got into an altercation during the session.

The future of the former Syracuse guard has been a hot topic almost constantly since the Cavs surprised the NBA community in drafting him No. 4 overall 17 months ago. The team had only been linked to Waiters in the final day leading up to the draft.

Now, with the Cavaliers still mired in sub-par play and off to a disappointing 4-10 start, Broussard reports that the Cavs are interested in a roster shake-up. Certainly, this echoes back to the playoff hopes before the season, although the team only remains two games out of the No. 8 seed in the terrible Eastern Conference.

The only trade target explicitly mentioned by Broussard is Chicago forward Luol Deng, who is a free agent after this season.

Update at 5:48 p.m – As expected, the Cavs insist they’re not shopping Waiters, but have received calls about him, per the Plain Dealer’s Cavs writers.

[Related: The Diff: Making sense of Dion Waiters’ present and future]

Joakim Noah on Anthony Bennett: “People are talking without a lot of experience”

A lot of people are talking without a lot of experience. When it comes to being in that position, it’s rough. You’re 21, 22. Everyone has something to say. When things aren’t going well, they’re usually not very nice. You’ve got to be mentally very strong.

— Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah in regard to Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Anthony Bennett. Bennet has been a focal point through the first two weeks of the NBA season as he has struggled on the offensive end despite being the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Cavaliers—similar to a certain WFNY scribe—have since referred to Bennett as a “luxury” due to having an established frontcourt in place. “Coming in No. 1 from the Draft, everybody has high expectations,” said Bennett. “This situation, I don’t have to produce right away. I feel like there’s a lot of other players, young talented players in my position and on the team who can help me out along the way. I’m just here for the learning experience and then later on in the season, hopefully I can do my thing.” On the season, Bennet is  averaging 0.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 10.9 minutes in seven games played.

[Related: Whither Anthony Bennett]

(Source: Steve Aschburner, NBA.com)

Perception versus reality: The ever-evolving relationship between Mike Brown and Kyrie Irving

Mike Brown Kyrie IrvingIt won’t get much traction in the way of traditional game recaps, but the interactions between Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will be, for better or worse, placed under a microscope of scrutiny for at least the next several games if not the duration of this very season. While the legitimacy is debatable, the narrative claims that Brown, a highly successful head coach if measured by overall record and playoff appearances, has an ill handle on star players—this obviously hits close to home due to Brown’s previous tenure in Cleveland and how the team, for all intents and purposes, was run by his small forward LeBron James. During Brown’s tenure in Los Angeles, the defensive-minded head coach was relieved of his duties five games into this second season, leading many on the east coast, and especially Cleveland, to conflate this with the inability to “coach” one Kobe Bryant. The truth, however, shows that Brown had learned from his mistakes, he had grown as an individual and refused to let the inmates run the asylum, for lack of a better term.

Brown’s relationship with Irving—the point guard crowned superstar during his first season in the league, the player who notoriously bolted on Fan Appreciation Night while all of his teammates were handing their jerseys and shoes over to paying fans on the night of the team’s 58th loss—is firmly in the Bryant column when it comes to give-and-take, and it appears as if the student has a hint of resentment toward the teacher.

In the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ recent loss to the Chicago Bulls, Brown had an earful for his starting point guard. Brown stated that “there was a lot going on,” but refused to limit it to just Irving. Irving attempted to pass off the incident as nothing more than a “conversation with his coach.” What the discussion was about is unknown. It can reasonably be assumed that Brown was unhappy with how little Andrew Bynum was being used on offense in the wake of his first start with the team, but this would also force us to assume that a team-leading four field goal attempts was not sufficient. Of course, there’s always defense. That said, it wasn’t Irving who was willing Jarrett Jack to hoist two mid-range jump shots in the matter of nine seconds; it wasn’t Kyrie who caused Dion Waiters to commit four turnovers in under nine minutes of play. Nevertheless, it was the third-year guard who was being undressed in front of an entire arena, not to mention his 11 teammates.

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Will Leitch talks Trent Richardson, Cleveland sports and an Indians Cardinals World Series – WFNY Podcast – 2013-09-23

WFNY Podcast LogoWe showed Will Leitch around when he was in Cleveland and now I got him to come talk on the podcast. This was scheduled for a while, and it was just dumb luck that there was something big like the Trent Richardson trade to talk about.

The USMNT and the hipster patriotism
Lee Greenwood and how that song sucks
The Trent Richardson trade after Will Leitch visited
The value of the trade and making that choice
The tone deafness of Trent Richardson trade
“It’s a business” for everyone but sports fans
The tone deafness of the Indians and the Thome statue
Rebranding the championship the Super Bowl
The dead jersey graveyard in Cleveland vs. the dead jersey graveyard in Indianapolis
The accountability punted down the road for Joe Banner
The parity of the NFL and how everyone gets a turn [Read more...]

NBA Rumors: Cavs interested in trading for Luol Deng; No. 1 pick in play?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of two teams who are reportedly expressing high levels of interest in Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Cavaliers join the Washington Wizards as teams who could potentially acquire the All-Star small forward. The Wizards, owner of the No. 3 pick, would reportedly have to move it to Chicago along with center Emeka Okafor due to salary-matching reasons.

While there is no word on what, if anything, the Cavaliers have offered Chicago for Deng’s services, acquiring the swingman would provide at least a one-year upgrade at the small forward position. Given that the Wizards would be trading away the No. 3 pick, and the Cavaliers have reportedly received calls regarding their No. 1 selection, it is not far-fetched to imagine that the first-overall pick is in play. The team has also reportedly been in talks for Boston small forward Paul Pierce.

Deng, 28, is coming off of a solid season where he averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Bulls. In the last year of his contract, Deng is set to make $14.3 million. The notoriously tight Bulls have dangled his name out in the trade market for several seasons, but have yet to execute a deal.

[Related: The Worst Case Scenarios for the Cavs’ Offseason]

2013 NBA Draft: Lakers receive 19th pick; will go to Cavs

While the Cleveland Cavaliers received initial good news with the Los Angeles Lakers officially making the playoffs Wednesday night (thus earning the right to swap with Miami’s No. 30 first-round pick), it was previously undetermined what pick that might be in the first round.

Per the NBA draft rules, playoff teams are sorted by regular season record alone. The Lakers, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls were all tied at 45-37 at the end of the season, thus tying for the 18-20 picks in the first.

Finally then, the NBA hosted a tiebreaking coin flip today. Per the Cavs’ Fred McLeod on Twitter:

Overall, the Houston Rockets were awarded pick No. 18 and the Bulls will receive No. 20.

Thus, along with the Lakers’ No. 19 pick, the Cavaliers also are in formal possession of the No. 3 lottery slot1 and two other second-round picks: No. 31 (via Orlando) and No. 33 (CLE’s).

It’s potentially expected that the team might look into packaging multiple picks to move up in the draft, as they did in 2012. In order to acquire the rights to Tyler Zeller (No. 17 pick) from the Dallas Mavericks, the Cavaliers traded away picks No. 24 (Jared Cunningham), No. 33 (Bernard James) and No. 34 (Jae Crowder).

For folks with long enough memories as well, they might also remember that Cleveland was on the winning side of a couple other coin-flip tiebreakers in the 2012 draft as well. “What’s not to like,” eh?

[Related: Fair or not, it was time for the Cavaliers to move on]

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Footnotes:

  1. Here are the exact lottery odds for that slot: 15.6% of No. 1; 15.7% of No. 2; 15.6% of No. 3; 22.6% of No. 4; 26.5% of No. 5; 4.0% of No. 6. []

The Diff: Franchise comparisons for the Cavaliers

Thanks to all for your really positive feedback about my first-ever edition of The Diff last week about Kyrie Irving’s potential. I’m back today with more talk about the Cavs. Hope you enjoy yet again.

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For weeks and weeks, one of my favorite NBA topics has been exploring and researching possible franchise comparisons for the Cavaliers and where they stand right now. I believe my mini-obsession with this topic started with Andrew’s excellent article last month titled “Is There Any Hope Beneath the Frustration for the Cavaliers?” This post really got my stats-focused brain a-churning. [Read more...]

Bulls show Cavaliers what a contender looks like yet again

It’s tough to imagine the pure carnage that would be the fallout of a Cavaliers-Bulls contest with a healthy Derrick Rose leading the charge. With the former MVP still rehabilitating from ACL surgery, his teammates continue to treat the Cavs as five rag dolls with which they have the fortune of toying for 48 minutes per contest.

Like a game of cat-and-mouse where the feline allows the prey to have a glimmer of hope, the Bulls let the Cavaliers storm out to a 30-20 lead in the first quarter, only to dismantle them every step of the way before the final buzzer rang loud and the Rose-less ones had a final margin of 26 and a season-best 118 points. The Cavaliers were punished every step of the way over the last three quarters, the Bulls shooting an embarrassing 85 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter alone.

The Bulls’ previous season-high in terms of a point total was 115, set against — naturally – the Cavaliers earlier this season. When the two teams locked horns in Cleveland roughly one month ago, it was Marco Belinelli who looked like the All-Star. On Monday night, it was any member of the Chicago frontcourt who deserved MVP chants each time they stepped to the foul line. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting … Browns Hope for First Win, Dion Waiters’ Improvement, Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2012

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

I sensationally agree with all of these points about the Brownies: “So the Browns keep losing. The Cincinnati Bengals are coming up in Week Six and they’re not nearly as bad as fans hope they are. As we’re accustomed to, our anti-heroes are finding creative and exhilarating ways to lose, yet the fans who have spent fourteen years saying ‘I just wish they were competitive’ are now complaining even harder about losing (side note: did you really expect the Browns to beat the New York Giants? Really? If yes, why? How? Don’t be dumb.).

But from a fan’s standpoint, what now? You’re upset, sure. You’re a little disappointed, of course. Do we chalk this season up as a failure? Do we complain about virtually everything we can think of? Do we continue to act like the front office enjoys losing? If we do that, I’m going to hate all of you. A lot.” [Kevin Nye/Dawg Pound Daily] [Read more...]

Box Score: Cavs 86, Bulls 83

A very impressive first half turned into a way-too-close finish at the University of Illinois tonight for the Cavs in their second preseason game.

Dion Waiters was the team’s leading scorer, finishing 7-for-12 from the field for 18 points. He looked much more impressive in this contest, especially in that first half, where he led the way along with fellow rookie Tyler Zeller (10 points on 4 field goal attempts).

Notably, the Cavs bench way out-performed the Bulls second unit throughout this contest. Lots of positives for the team moving forward from this one.

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
CLE 27 23 13 23 86
CHI 19 10 32 22 83
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 26:07 2-15 0-3 4-6 -10 2 2 0 2 1 0 3 1 8
C.J. Miles G 20:35 3-9 1-4 2-2 -3 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 3 9
A. Varejao C 25:14 3-8 0-0 2-4 +7 4 10 3 0 1 1 1 2 8
A. Gee F 25:25 1-3 0-0 0-0 -8 0 6 2 1 1 0 0 2 2
T. Thompson F 18:55 2-4 0-0 0-1 -2 1 3 0 5 0 1 1 3 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-73 10-20 16-24 10 34 17 24 10 3 9 28 86
Percentages .411 .500 .667 Team Rebounds: 15
D. Waiters 26:51 7-12 4-4 0-0 +6 0 1 3 4 0 0 2 4 18
T. Zeller 25:30 3-4 0-0 4-6 -1 1 4 3 2 1 1 0 4 10
O. Casspi 22:35 3-5 3-5 0-0 +11 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 9
D. Gibson 22:27 2-8 1-3 1-1 +13 0 2 4 3 2 0 1 5 6
S. Samuels 17:05 1-2 0-0 1-2 -12 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 2 3
L. Harangody 9:16 3-3 1-1 2-2 +14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 9
K. Anderson DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Azubuike DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Eric DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Holiday DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

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Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Hinrich G 27:00 6-12 1-5 1-1 +13 2 4 8 4 1 2 1 4 14
R. Hamilton G 24:25 4-10 0-0 2-3 +19 0 3 1 1 2 0 0 4 10
J. Noah C 21:34 1-2 0-0 2-4 -2 3 8 2 3 0 2 0 4 4
C. Boozer F 19:32 5-11 0-0 0-2 +4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 10
L. Deng F 18:40 2-6 0-3 0-0 +1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-86 1-19 22-29 24 53 17 22 11 9 3 28 83
Percentages .349 .053 .759 Team Rebounds: 12
N. Mohammed 26:26 2-7 0-0 0-0 -1 7 11 0 0 0 1 1 3 4
J. Butler 26:02 2-7 0-3 5-6 -1 3 7 2 2 2 1 0 2 9
M. Belinelli 23:35 2-6 0-3 4-4 -22 3 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 8
T. Gibson 18:48 4-8 0-0 4-4 -4 4 7 0 4 2 2 0 3 12
N. Robinson 16:28 1-11 0-4 3-3 -8 1 3 2 4 2 0 0 0 5
V. Radmanovic 9:40 1-2 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 2
M. Teague 4:32 0-3 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Emmett 3:18 0-1 0-0 1-2 -3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
R. Allen DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Fesenko DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Jaric DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Rose DNP – Coach’s Decision

What kinds of fans is the NBA catering to now?

I want to root for the Cavaliers and the Cavaliers only. I’ve stated that a lot of times over the past year. I don’t want to watch superstar matchups on TNT and crack about Craig Sager and the boys back in the studio unless the Cavaliers are playing. This season that meant that I didn’t watch a TNT broadcast all year long.1 More and more though, I think those TNT fans are the target market of the NBA. And now, I have proof, albeit anecdotal.

I was walking around Aurora Farms the other day and I ran into a pack of dudes who were probably high school seniors. Certainly old enough to drive themselves to the conglomeration of stores. They were white kids, walking around talking about the NBA all wearing jerseys.2 One had Kevin Durant. One had Derrick Rose. One had the Houston Rockets iteration of Tracy McGrady and one had Raptors Vince Carter.3 They were quizzing each other on facts about their respective guys as I happened to run into them in both the Nike and Under Armour stores.

“Hey. Do you know what number Durant wears for the Olympics?”4 They were really having a lot of fun talking about the NBA while wearing their jerseys in a clear Cavaliers market with nary a Cavalier represented among them. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. OK. I watched one game when my family and I were driving to Orlando for vacation and it was on in the hotel bar somewhere in Georgia while I was unwinding with a beer. But I didn’t control the TV and I couldn’t hear the sound, so I don’t think it counts, really. []
  2. They had neither sleeves nor the proverbial “guns” to justify going sleeveless, but that’s irrelevant to the story. []
  3. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the McGrady and Carter duo were cousins just like McGrady and Vince Carter are? []
  4. The answer is 5, BTW. []