April 21, 2014

Box Score: Cavaliers 96 Warriors 106

The Cavaliers were without two of their most important frontcourt players. Tyler Zeller is out indefinitely with a fractured cheekbone and is subject to the league’s concussion protocol. More importantly  Anderson Varejao missed the game with a sore knee.

The shorthanded Cavaliers certainly missed their inside presence, as the Cavaliers dropped one to an improving Warriors team. Despite experiencing some flu like symptoms, David Lee feasted on the wounded frontcourt, putting up 22 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Steph Curry added 21 points and Carl Landry chipped in 19 off the bench.

The Warriors got off to a fast start, but the Cavaliers battled back in the 2nd quarter. Down the stretch, the Warriors just had too much offense for the Cavs defense and the Cavaliers could never close the gap. Kyrie Irving lead all scorers with 28 points, going 4-8 from three point range. Kyrie also had 7 assists and 3 rebounds. The Cavaliers’ next leading scorers were Dion Waiters and Daniel Gibson, who had 12 points each.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 35:47 10-22 4-8 4-4 -10 1 6 7 3 0 0 0 3 28
D. Waiters G 30:39 5-15 2-5 0-0 +1 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 3 12
T. Thompson C 35:47 4-8 0-0 3-8 +10 4 10 1 3 0 0 1 4 11
S. Samuels F 37:57 5-9 0-0 1-2 -11 2 7 2 1 0 1 1 3 11
A. Gee F 21:13 2-4 0-2 3-3 -2 0 3 1 4 3 0 0 3 7
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-86 11-32 13-21 11 39 20 16 7 1 4 26 96
Percentages .419 .344 .619 Team Rebounds: 10
J. Leuer 21:48 3-5 0-0 1-2 -19 2 4 1 2 1 0 0 4 7
D. Gibson 21:40 4-8 4-8 0-0 -9 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 1 12
C.J. Miles 17:16 3-11 1-7 0-0 -15 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 5 7
O. Casspi 9:59 0-1 0-1 0-0 +7 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Sloan 7:54 0-3 0-1 1-2 -2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
L. Harangody DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Zeller DNP – Inactive

Golden State

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
S. Curry G 36:28 8-14 2-6 3-3 +7 0 5 6 3 2 0 0 3 21
K. Thompson G 22:20 4-10 1-5 4-6 +2 1 2 1 4 1 0 0 4 13
A. Bogut C 17:24 0-2 0-0 0-0 +3 1 3 5 1 1 1 0 0 0
D. Lee F 37:52 10-16 0-0 2-2 +7 2 14 6 1 3 0 1 4 22
H. Barnes F 30:24 5-9 1-2 3-5 -6 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 3 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 42-78 5-18 17-23 7 44 28 16 11 4 1 22 106
Percentages .538 .278 .739 Team Rebounds: 7
C. Landry 26:24 8-10 0-0 3-3 +3 1 9 0 2 0 1 0 4 19
J. Jack 25:42 4-8 0-0 2-2 +11 0 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 10
R. Jefferson 23:37 3-7 1-4 0-0 +14 0 2 3 1 0 1 0 2 7
F. Ezeli 12:15 0-0 0-0 0-2 +5 1 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
D. Green 7:34 0-2 0-1 0-0 +4 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
K. Bazemore DNP – Inactive
A. Biedrins DNP – Coach’s Decision
C. Jenkins DNP – Coach’s Decision
B. Rush DNP – Inactive
J. Tyler DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Road Trip Takes Them to Golden State

The Cleveland Cavaliers have played 4 games this season, and sit at 2-2. In 3 of the 4 games, the Cavaliers were able to feel good about the way they played. Only in the Chicago game last week could their effort and desire really be challenged. This is a good sign for the early season.

Tonight, as they continue their road trip by playing against the Golden State Warriors (2-2), the Cavaliers will try to keep the momentum going. One of the biggest positive for the Cavaliers is that 3 of their 4 opponents have been very good defensive teams this season. In terms of defensive efficiency, the Bulls are 1st, the Bucks are 3rd, and the Wizards are 12th. Only the Clippers (19th) fall in the bottom half of the league.

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Semih Productive

My wife and I had company over for dinner and games during Tuesday night’s Cavaliers game, which meant the DVR was on duty and I would be watching later. (Had a great time by the way, FANTASTIC steak fajitas and then Ticket to Ride, if you are curious.)

After seeing the final score I wasn’t sure that I’d get around to watching this game. Seriously, did I really want to watch a game knowing we turned the ball over 25 times? And then I saw in the box score something that made me do a double take.

Semih Erden- 14 points. Wait, what? Erden with 6 field goals? That would be 6 more than his season total.

I have been watching intently, trying to figure out what exactly the Cavaliers’ front office sees in Erden that makes them think he has a future in this league, other than being tall. So far this season, I have seen nothing. So in the interest of getting some sort of positive perspective I had to go back and watch, at least his 15 minutes of playing time. [Read more...]

Warriors 116, Cavs 98: Losing Streak Reaches Nine Again

The short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers, missing five players to the injured list at the start of a five-game West Coast road trip, fell again to the Golden State Warriors 116-98 Friday night. A brief third quarter run was the extent of the optimism from the young players under head coach Byron Scott, as the defensive woes continued for the current worst team in the NBA.

After starting the year 7-9, the Cavs are now on a second losing streak of at least nine games and hold a 1-19 since November 30th. The fast-paced Warriors took full advantage of the team that is allowing 106.5 points per game over this stretch, scoring at will and extending its lead to 16 points by halftime. From there, it was yet another brutal loss for Cleveland fans and click below the jump for more analysis of the game.

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Summer Free Agents 2010: Are NBA Teams Relying Upon This Too Much?

95705409JM187_2010_NBA_All_This Web site has yet to directly address the impending doom that is the salary cap space of the several teams in the Summer of 2010 until right now. Analyzing how recent NBA finalists have reached the promised land however, it shows how planning through and relying upon the free agency period is not common at all.

What I did for this study was to look at the past 10 franchises that made the journey to the NBA Finals. Franchises that did not make the Finals are not worthy of this discussion since that is certainly the goal of the Cleveland Cavaliers currently as well as the teams aiming to spend big in the summer of 2010. From these 10 teams, I analyzed all of the various players on their playoff roster as well as the number of minutes each one of these individuals played. What this does is to get an introductory look into how successful playoff teams are built over the course of time. The results give us a hint about how successful teams in the NBA generally treat free agency.
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Cavs 113, Knicks 106: Question Marks Arise Despite Historic Win Streak

Lebron KnicksThe Cavaliers utilized yet another massive first quarter run and held on for dear life last night in their 113-106 victory over the NY Knicks. The win pushed their current streak of W’s out to 11 games, tied for the best in the NBA this season and the team looks to break the mark Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets.

It was a tale of two Cleveland teams as much as it was a tale of two LeBron’s tonight. The Cavs first came out dominating the paint, including a quick eight-point burst by J.J. Hickson and some nice moves by Shaq to take a 28-21 lead with 3:28 to go in the first quarter. That was the end of the silence however, as just under six minutes later in the ball game, LeBron James had accomplished the feat of providing 24 straight points for his Cavaliers team.
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Cavs 100, Knicks 91: Circus Doesn’t Prove Much

Cavaliers Knicks BasketballIt was over by the end of the first quarter as LeBron James lit up the scoreboard at the Garden en route to a 100-91 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) victory. It will always be difficult to follow up a disappointing loss to one of Cleveland’s most bitter rivals. The Bulls are a team we all love to hate because of those epic match-ups in the 90s and last night’s loss had to sting a little bit. James and company aimed to build back some of the optimism of their earlier three-game winning streak, but it collectively ended in a meh as the team held on at the end to salvage their nine-point victory.

For those following along with the open thread, you noticed a bizarre trend where individuals were ranting more about the ESPN commentators than the game itself. Well I think we are all used to it by now, but that is the annual spectacle that is the Cavs against the New York Knicks (1-5) at Madison Square Garden these days.

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NBA Rumors: Odom, Boozer and Chris Paul?

lebronpaulMore things that are floating around cyberspace that will probably never happen! Yeah rumors! I wish there was more to report on the Cavaliers, but alas…

The Miami Heat are said to be in pursuit of FA Lamar Odom, which would be a tad strange since they had him before. That move alone wouldn’t be enough to put them in the same company as the elite in the East, but there is also talk of bringing Carlos Boozer to the party as well. ESPN’s Marc Stein isn’t as convinced that the Jazz will trade Boozer before the season begins, however. If there is truth to the rumor, it certainly would put Miami back on the Eastern Conference superpower map. Wade, Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, Lamar Odom and Carlos Boozer would be an interesting group. You could argue that O’Neal, Boozer and Odom essentially play the same position, but try getting rebounds against that group.

In the wild rumor department- Chris Tomasson of Pro Basketball News talked with Hornets star Chris Paul who believe it or not could see a scenario in which he was traded: [Read more...]

NBA Free Agency Update: Villanueva to DET?

While we anxiously await the addition of a “stretch” power forward, a defensive stopper on the wing or anything of that ilk, I thought it would be best to update you all on the most recent grumblings around the league regarding the top-billed free agents.

smugly-hedo-turkogluHedo Turkoglu

Listening to WKNR last night, “J-Fed” kept mentioning the 12:01 call, and who it would be if said listener was in charge.  Well, it turns out that Hedo Turkoglu did receive a call at 12:01, and it was from the Portland Trailblazers.  Shortly thereafter, he was contacted by the names you will likely see a lot of given their ability to spend: Detroit, Memphis, Sacramento, and Toronto.  Noticeably missing is Orlando, but many of us saw this coming with the addition of Vince Carter coupled with the fact that the forward is looking for about $10 million per season.  There were talks of a sign-and-trade with the Raptors, which may not be out of the question, but for now, it looks like Turk will be out west next season.  Not necessarily a bad thing given that we’ll see a lot less of his smirk thanks to 10PM starts.  [Read more...]

Dan Gilbert Sounds Off on Mo’s All-Star Snub

Mo Williams - AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Mo Williams - AP Photo/Tony Dejak

When Allen Iverson was named a starter for the All-Star team along side fellow shooting guard Dwyane Wade, many people knew that it would be very difficult for all of the deserving point guards to make the Eastern Conference team.  The coaches had their say, and New Jersey’s Devin Harris made it along side Orlando’s Jameer Nelson.  But once Nelson went down with a season-ending injury, many felt that this opened a door for David Stern to name Mo Williams – a point guard – to team.

After yesterday’s news that Boston got their third player in Ray Allen – not a point guard – you can understand the frustration around Cleveland.

When Ben Wallace called the original snub a “shamockery,” (a clever blend of sham and mockery), many had a good laugh.  When LeBron James dropped the “disrespect” card, many got out their collective violins and used this as yet another reason why LeBron could bolt in 2010.  But after the second snub, team owner Dan Gilbert jumped all over it with an email to the Plain Dealer. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #14

Cavaliers vs KnicksCleveland Cavaliers (10-3) vs
New York Knicks (7-6)
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
7:30 PM EST
FSNOH/NBATV/WTAM

Tonight LeBron James steps onto the biggest stage in NBA basketball – Madison Square Garden. To be sure, LeBron loves playing in MSG. In his career he’s averaging 27.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.3 rebounds in New York, and if you just look at his last 2 years there, LeBron is averaging 33.7 points, 7.25 assists, and 6.5 rebounds. The Cavaliers are in the midst of another awfully winable stretch of games right now, and it would be nice to get things kicked off with a solid road win.    [Read more...]

Cavs/Knicks Trade Rumors Redux

A report from the Morning Journal has a lot of Cavaliers fans stirring. While the entire piece focuses on the ball-dropping summer of Delonte West, the last few bullet points were easily the most intriguing pieces to the off-season puzzle.

Rumor mill
* The rumor mill has been churning after the Williams deal. The Cavs could be talking to the Knicks about a big man.
* Technically, the Cavs can still trade point guard Eric Snow, but they wouldn’t be able to use the injury exception. There is no update on his injury settlement with the insurance company.
* A source said the Cavs could have gotten forward/center Dan Gadzuric from the Bucks in the Williams deal, but declined.

Mighty interesting. We have news about Danny Ferry turning down a possible big man. An update on Eric Snow. And most important, a rumor of possible dealing with the New York Knicks – The 2010 Enemy.

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David Lee, Anyone?

David LeeIt was only two days ago that we were told that the Cavaliers would look to get better through trades as opposed to the draft.  Given the selection of J.J. Hickson in last night’s draft, I think it’s safe to say that the team’s “last resort” isn’t going to put an end to the off-season moves for this team.

At one point in time, the Knicks’ David Lee was the only untouchable player on the roster.  Now, with the selection of Danilo Gallinari (booooooo!), the New York Post is hinting that Lee could be on the move.

Gallinari’s addition means the Knicks likely will trade Lee this summer for a point guard. Charlotte reportedly is interested, with Raymond Felton. The Knicks nearly dealt Lee to Memphis for their fifth pick, with Walsh saying a deal was “close.” [Read more...]