August 17, 2014

Box Score: Cavaliers 98, Pacers 87

It was an impressive win for the Cavaliers who got a boost from rookie Kyrie Irving’s return and Semih Erden’s career night. Granger’s absence didn’t hurt either.


Team Statistics: Starters for Cleveland Cavaliers
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving(notes) G 37:11 8-12 3-5 3-4 +6 1 3 5 1 0 1 0 2 22
D. Gibson(notes) G 21:20 3-7 2-3 0-0 +14 1 2 3 3 0 1 1 2 8
S. Erden(notes) C 31:59 7-8 0-0 4-7 +1 2 8 1 0 1 0 0 4 18
A. Jamison(notes) F 35:33 6-18 0-6 1-1 +9 1 8 4 0 1 2 0 4 13
O. Casspi(notes) F 27:32 3-10 3-7 1-2 +8 1 9 3 2 0 0 1 3 10
Team Statistics: Bench for Cleveland Cavaliers
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-77 10-27 16-23 11 46 24 11 5 4 6 25 98
Percentages .468 .370 .696 Team Rebounds: 9
R. Sessions(notes) 29:38 5-5 2-2 1-1 +6 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 13
A. Gee(notes) 28:19 2-11 0-4 4-4 -1 1 5 3 1 1 0 2 2 8
R. Hollins(notes) 15:04 1-3 0-0 2-4 +12 3 4 0 2 0 0 1 4 4
T. Thompson(notes) 12:10 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
L. Harangody(notes) 1:14 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



Team Statistics: Starters for Indiana Pacers
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Collison(notes) G 32:48 7-12 0-1 4-4 -11 1 2 3 2 0 1 0 2 18
P. George(notes) G 24:58 4-14 1-6 2-6 -3 1 8 1 1 0 0 1 4 11
R. Hibbert(notes) C 33:07 7-15 0-0 3-3 -8 7 8 1 0 1 1 0 3 17
D. Jones(notes) F 36:49 1-8 0-0 1-2 -11 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 4 3
D. West(notes) F 26:26 4-15 0-0 2-2 -13 5 10 0 1 0 0 2 1 10
Team Statistics: Bench for Indiana Pacers
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 32-87 5-16 18-27 18 44 9 6 4 6 4 22 87
Percentages .368 .312 .667 Team Rebounds: 13
L. Stephenson(notes) 28:47 4-10 1-4 0-0 -7 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 9
A.J. Price(notes) 20:38 3-5 3-5 2-2 -1 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 11
T. Hansbrough(notes) 19:41 0-3 0-0 4-8 -6 2 4 0 0 1 0 0 5 4
L. Amundson(notes) 13:48 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 1 0 0 3 1 1 4
J. Pendergraph(notes) 2:58 0-0 0-0 0-0 +5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cavs’ Streak Hits 22 in Tough Loss to Pacers

Following the Cavaliers 117-112 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Byron Scott chose to sum the game up with two words: offensive rebounding.

While the Cavaliers allowed the Pacers to pull down more offensive rebounds (16) than most teams would prefer, the decision to point the finger at this facet of the game is odd for a couple of reasons. 

First, Scott was not nearly as adamant about the offensive glass in the recent loss to Orlando wherein the Magic had an offensive rebound rate near 50 percent and dominated the Cavaliers on the boards for a full 48 minutes.  Secondly, the crunch time execution on both ends of the floor were abysmal at best.  Christian Eyenga hit a tough, long two-pointer from the wing and Ramon Sessions hoisted (and hit) a jumper from just beyond the free throw line – both shots were converted, but both were very low-percentage and were not created as much as they were last-ditch efforts to get a shot off prior to the shot clock expiring. [Read more...]

Will LeBron James Grab His Fourth Player of the Month Award?

Cavaliers Raptors BasketballOne month ago, we questioned whether or not LeBron James could continue his sweep of this year’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month awards.  Over that month, James averaged 30.7 points on .503 shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 39.1 minutes per game.  The Wine and Gold went 12-3 over said stretch, and No. 23 took home his third-straight award.

The month of February was not as kind to the Cavaliers.  After all, they did lose three straight games!  Overall, however, the Cavs went 8-3 over the course of February – the fourth straight month where the team lost no more than three games – and the team still sits atop of the NBA with the best record.

But did James do enough over the second month of 2010 to garner yet another Eastern Conference Player of the Month award?

Let’s take a look at some of his competition… [Read more...]

Cavaliers Top Pacers, Lock Up Top Record in NBA

83010100RH014_CAVS_PACERSCavaliers 117, Pacers 109 (box)

Last night’s game had “trap” written all over it.  The Cavaliers, were coming off of one of their biggest wins of the season (at least in terms of point differential).  If any team is gnawing at the bit to have the post season start, it is the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Previous games against the Pacers were ones to watch.  Early in the year, the Cavs had to mount a fairly large comeback.  Not long ago, the Cavs were upset by the team from Indy.  Which is why it was very much in the realm of possibility to travel to Indianapolis and underestimate the competition.

But this didn’t happen.  Though ending the first quarter down by one point and having a third quarter that left a little to be desired, the Cavs executed on both ends of the floor and effectively locked up home court advantage for the entire 2009 NBA playoffs.

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Open Thread: Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers

The second night of a back-to-back.  On the road.  And this Cavaliers team is coming off of one of the more talked about games of the second half, despite the fact that it had no bearing on the standings. 

If you recall, the last game between the Cavs and Pacers ended with Mike Brown getting a hefty fine for calling out Joey Crawford.  But then again, we had no Delonte, no Sasha, and no TK.  NK.  Tonight, they will definitely be without Ben Wallace, however, who may even miss the playoffs with a strained patella tendon in his left knee.

Can they keep it going from yesterday’s high?   How will Andy’s groin respond 24 hours later?  Will Danny Granger be all riled up as he was the last few times that these two teams locked horns? 

All of these questions and more will be answered tonight.  Tip is at 7:00 PM ET.  Game can be seen on Fox Sports Ohio.  Deep…in the (Ozzie) Conseco Fieldhouse.

Go Cavs.

While We’re Waiting… Mangini’s Family Ties, More Amare Trade Rumors and a Look Back at “No Excuses”

While We’re Waiting aims to be the round-up of the recent WFNY-esque information for your morning viewing. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email in the sidebar.


Ron Shapiro, Mark’s father, is releasing a book on his tricks of the trade.  The book document’s Shapiro’s relationship with Browns coach Eric Mangini.  “Mangini said Shapiro has taken preparation – for a football game, a negotiation, a job interview – and turned it into a science. Shapiro’s latest book contains a preparation “checklist” to help people precisely define their goals and strategies.  “He has a way to prepare to prepare. He’s put a process in place to make sure you’re systematic,” Mangini said.

Mangini said he has long been a believer. Shapiro helped his transition after the regular season from coaching the New York Jets to taking over with Cleveland. Shapiro’s book recounts how Mangini, while in New York, had his players practice in a driving rain and surrounded by speakers blaring loud music. He wanted them to be prepared for a game on a sloppy field in front of hostile fans.”  [Baltimore Sun via Eric Musselman]

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Coach – Flipped, Depth – Depleted

Before everyone freaks out over last night’s loss, do not discount the Cavaliers current state. No Delonte West. No Sasha Pavlovic. No Tarance Kinsey. No guard depth, especially in regards to size. Ben Wallace can only be used for 25 minutes at the most. J.J. Hickson cannot be trusted. The current seven man rotation is logging way too many minutes. They played and looked tired in Conseco Fieldhouse last night, that is the bottom line.

Lebron James did all he could to pull this one out, but his 47 points weren’t enough. On the positive side, Lebron’s late fourth quarter game was more of what we want to see. When the Cavs needed a big bucket (other than his three answering Danny Granger’s with his team down seven), he went to the hole and either “threw the hammer down…at Conseco Fieldhouse, ” or got fouled and hit his free throws. 15-21from the floor, 13-14 from the line. Those numbers are as good as you’re are going to get. [Read more...]

So This Is What A Losing Streak Feels Like

LeBron JamesCleveland 95, Indiana 96 [box]

The Cleveland Cavaliers have had all sorts of “firsts” this season. Earlier in the year, it seemed like nothing but the good kind of firsts, but lately, they’ve been going through some of the bad firsts. On Sunday against the Lakers, coming off 3 days rest and playing a Lakers team without Andrew Bynum and with a sick Kobe Bryant and playing their 6th straight road game, the Cavaliers lost their first home game of the season. Tuesday night, the Cavaliers lost to the Indiana Pacers, securing their first streak of consecutive losses this season.

It wasn’t for a lack of effort on LeBron James’ part, though. LeBron was on fire from the field in this game, and seemingly was able to get to the basket at will, a lethal combination. LeBron ended up with 47 points (15-21 from the field, 4-7 from 3pt, and 13-14 on FTs), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. But alas, the incredible effort by LeBron wasn’t enough.  [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #6

Cavaliers vs PacersIndiana Pacers (1-2) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Friday, November 7, 2008
7:30 PM EST

Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to continue their impressive play against a potentially good divisional opponent in the Indiana Pacers. After dropping 2 of their first 3, the Cavaliers have now won 2 straight and will be going for 3 in a row at the Q. The Cavaliers swept all four games against the Pacers last season, and have actually won seven straight against the Pacers overall, but this has a chance to be a much improved Pacers team this year. They’ll face a good test of their progress tonight in Cleveland.     [Read more...]