August 26, 2014

C.J. Miles to meet with Pacers, likely to leave Cavs in free agency

miles_mediadaySwingman C.J. Miles will meet with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, the first day of free agency, reports Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico. The 27-year-old is likely going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and seek a larger role elsewhere, Amico later added.

Miles was an efficient shooter with the Cavs the past two seasons, averaging 10.6 points in 116 games with 38.8% three-point shooting. He was signed to a very reasonable two-year $4.45 million deal back in 2012. The signing was likely the best contract handed out by the Cleveland organization in the post-LeBron James era.

Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Cavs played very well with Miles’ much-needed floor-spacing. Although he only played 984 minutes, the Cavs were +2.4 per 48 with him on the court. He battled a handful of injuries and played in only three games after the All-Star Break.

In Indiana (or nearly anywhere else), Miles could provide excellent bench scoring. The Pacers offense stagnated throughout the year and he’d play a nice complementary shooting role alongside the scrappy Lance Stephenson, if he re-signs.

There’s no doubt going to be a market for C.J. Miles in the shooting-crazed NBA world of 2014. I’m a bit disheartened that the Cavaliers don’t seem to be that interested just yet. His $2.89 million cap hold is currently on the team’s books. The Cavs have expressed early interest in Washington’s Trevor Ariza, another active shooter who should have a much more expensive price tag.

Andrew Bynum is no longer with the Indiana Pacers

DSC_0396The Indiana Pacers’ meltdown has been one of the biggest stories of the NBA’s second-half and playoffs thus far. After a 33-7 start to the year, the Pacers limped to the playoffs, barely squeaked past the weak 8-seed Atlanta Hawks and lost at home in Game 1 to the Washington Wizards.

Almost quietly, if you recall, the Pacers added Andrew Bynum back on Jan. 31. The excommunicated former Cavs center played in 36 minutes over two games in mid-March, but primarily continued to rehab and get back to a healthy state from his various physical ailments.

Thus far in the playoffs, he has continued to sit on the bench. But now today, the team has confirmed that Andrew Bynum will not play in the remainder of the playoffs and is no longer with the team.

“We want to thank Andrew and our medical staff for trying to get the issues with his knee resolved,” said Larry Bird, the Pacers President of Basketball Operations. “We wish him the best in the future.”

In total, it appears that Bynum will have earned $7 million for the 2013-14 season. Of that, $6 million was from the deal he signed with the Cavs last July. He was traded to Chicago for Luol Deng just before the rest of the deal kicked in, then Indiana reportedly signed him to a $1 million contract.

After not playing at all last season with the Philadelphia 76ers organization, Bynum’s NBA future certainly looks murky. The 26-year-old looked decent in a handful of games this season, but his presence undoubtedly had a factor in the team’s noted #seasonofhuh.

Andrew Bynum to Indianapolis, “I want to play”

The Luol Deng era in Cleveland will last longer than the Andrew Bynum era ever did, but that’s not saying much. Bynum was traded to Chicago for Deng and subsequently cut. The stories started to come out about the end of Bynum’s time in Cleveland shortly thereafter. Bynum had been suspended by the team and told to stay away after he started undermining the coaching staff. Now that Bynum is looking for yet another fresh start, this time in Indianapolis, he admitted some of the things he did to earn his suspension and exit.

Also, Bynum raged against the shoot-first guards. During a practice, Bynum said that he launched a shot from midcourt, clearly out of the rhythm of the offensive play. Another day during a scrimmage, he did not like a call from assistant coach Phil Handy and mocked him as “a horrible referee.”

“Those are the two things I did,” Bynum says. “I did them on purpose because it was over there for me.”

Of course, Bynum couldn’t possibly take the blame without blaming the “shoot-first” guards. And of course Andrew Bynum just wants “a championship.”

Andrew Bynum wants a championship? Am I supposed to be impressed by that? Does that make me think that Andrew Bynum is somehow operating under an understandable missive that allows him to petulantly push his way out of Cleveland?

Bynum wants a championship? Get in line.

And speaking of getting in line, Bynum better try it soon. He’s running out of places to have colorful articles written about a misunderstood player featuring artistic photos in a new jersey with a basketball on his shoulder.

I wonder if Bynum felt even the tiniest bit fraudulent while posing for this photo with the Indianapolis Star.

Andrew Bynum Indy Star

Probably not.

For Cleveland, it doesn’t really matter that much. Bynum wasn’t a part of whatever solution the Cavs were looking for. The Cavs got at least part of a season of Luol Deng out of the experiment, so all’s just as well without Andrew Bynum on the team today.

Still, the Bynum career arc is a crazy one that just happened to have a brief intersection with the city of Cleveland. We’ll see if it turns out to be longer than the flowery column that another city has spent time writing about the weak-kneed seven-footer.

 

Indiana Pacers planning to sign former Cavs center Andrew Bynum

DSC_0475The Indiana Pacers are planning on signing former Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Friday night.

Windhorst, the former Plain Dealer star beat writer, later added that the Indianapolis Star was first to report of the Pacers meeting today with Bynum. There is no deal in place yet but talks are serious.

Bynum, 26, was traded to the Chicago Bulls back on Jan. 7 along with a handful of future draft picks for small forward Luol Deng. The Bulls promptly released him and he later cleared waivers.

The two-time All-Star last played for the Cavs on Dec. 26. He was reportedly in Cleveland earlier on Friday, as shared by The Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer. At the time, he was boarding a flight for Indianapolis, was still looking for any NBA work and was not following the Cavaliers drama of the past week.

Although the Bynum signing resulted in Deng, his play for the Cavaliers this season left much to be desired. He shot just 41.9% from the field. The Cavs offense had an abysmal 93.9 offensive rating with him on the court in his 480 minutes.

The Pacers are led by All-Stars Roy Hibbert and Paul George. Ian Mahinmi backs up the center Hibbert and averages 16 minutes per game. Considering Bynum played at a sub-average level in Cleveland, it would be surprising to see him make any substantial difference this season. But crazier things have certainly happened. After all, not many people expected him to play as early as he did this season.

[Related: Know your CBA: Kyrie Irving unlikely to leave Cleveland soon]

Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY

Pacers prove to be too much, overpower Cavs 89-74

This... this is a mismatch.

This… this is a mismatch.

The Indiana Pacers are pretty damn good at basketball. The Pacers lead the league in defensive efficiency last season and they took LeBron and the Heat to a seventh game in the Eastern Conference Finals. This year, they look even better. Paul George has matured (and allegedly grown two inches), Lance Stephens0n has improved and Roy Hibbert continues to expand his game (now with a jumper!). The Pacers are really really good.

And they gave the Cavs fits.

Paul George finished with 21 points and 13 boards, Lance Stephenson led everyone with 22 points and the Pacers methodically put away the Cavaliers, 89-74. The Pacers dominated the glass, holding the Cavaliers to just six offensive boards (the Cavs had 16 and 11 against the Nets and Bobcats, respectively) and out rebounded Cleveland  by a margin of 51-37.

The Pacers held the Cavs to 38% shooting and their length frustrated the Cavalier backcourt. Both Irving and Waiters finished with more shots than points. Irving went 6-17 and finished with 15 points and Dion shot 7-21 for 17 points. The front court was bothered by Indy’s strong D as well; Thompson went 1-5 and Earl Clark was 0-4. Anderson Varejao was the only Cavalier to shoot decently well (6-9 from the floor), but the Pacers were more than happy to give Andy that 15 elbow jumper. To his credit, Andy knocked ‘em down, but I imagine Indiana coach Frank Vogel will live with those results.

Also, they did all this without starting point guard George Hill.

The Cavs are clearly out of sync in this early part of the season. When the ball isn’t stagnating, the Cavaliers are over passing. They’ll forego decent-to-good looks and try to make the perfect pass. Varejao, in particular, is really forcing the issue, often forcing interior bounce passes that, should they make it through the defense, doesn’t allow his teammate a particularly good look (and I won’t even his alley oop to Earl Clark). The Cavs will eventually figure themselves out and get on the same page but the Pacers are not the team you want to face when you’re out of sorts.

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NBA News: Andrew Bynum likely out Saturday against Indiana

In unsurprising news, Cavs center Andrew Bynum is likely to sit out tonight’s game on the road in Indiana. It’s the second half of a back-to-back, so it’s a natural move as Bynum continues with his recovery from multiple knee issues.

The Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd wrote in his game recap that Bynum is not expected to play.

Oddly, on the NBA.com game notes, it was stated that “Coach Mike Brown indicated that it would be highly unlikely Bynum would play games on back to back days due to a stress fracture in his left foot.” As of 1 p.m. Saturday, the stress fracture news had not yet been corroborated by other Cavs media.

The Cavaliers will look to recover tonight against the 2-0 Pacers. Having Bynum on the court could have been a huge advantage in facing off against center Roy Hibbert. But the team, for likely good reasons, continues to be cautious.

[Related: Cavs come out flat, fall to Bobcats 90-84]

Preseason rolls on, Cavs fall to Pacers 102-79

bennet pacers

the big fella likes to shoot

To say I’m excited for the Cavaliers first post-Decision, non-tanking season would be an understatement. I have probably watched more preseason NBA basketball this year than at any other point in my life. Sure, 2013 marks the first time that every preseason game has been televised (about friggin time) but I snuck in a road trip to Canton to watch the Cavs face the Bobcats (not to mention the obligatory trip to Swenson’s).

With a young roster feature two intriguing rookies and a coach who is implementing this thing called “defense”, I’ve been soaking up as much preseason Cavaliers basketball as I possibly can. And while this preseason has been a lot of fun, it’s kinda hard to draw many conclusions from October basketball.

The Cavs lost to the Pacers 102-79 in Cleveland on Saturday night. What does that tell us? Could the young Cavs, after beating up on teams like Orlando, Philly and Milwaukee, not handle a top team like the Pacers? Or did Mike Brown simply let his bench go against Indiana’s starters for much of the third and fourth quarters? (It… did not go well).

Even though I’m cautiously optimistic about Cleveland’s 3-2 preseason record, knowing that the Pacer victory improved Indiana’s preseason record to a paltry 1-5 is a bit of a wake up call.

Huh. The Pacers, a team who took Miami to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, were winless in four preaseason games before Saturday. Oh ya, that’s right. These games don’t matter.

Sure, that should probably be obvious given the fact that someone named Matthew Dellavedova got the most court time of any Cavalier. But still. As much as I’ve enjoyed flashes from Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev, I’m beyond ready for the real games to start.

David West led all scorers with 20 points, and Lance Stephenson added 13, as the Pacers took care of the Cavs by a final score of 102-79. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 15 points and five assists and top pick Anthony Bennett notched his first double-double, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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Dunks do not make a winner. Defense, however…

201303182046748174644-p2A bizarre thing occurred through the duration of Monday night’s telecast of the Cleveland Cavaliers and their home contest against the Indiana Pacers: The wonderful individuals at FOX Sports Ohio began tabulating how many dunks had been executed by each team. Dunks have become the go-to highlight for NBA fans; above-the-rim play is the reason why driveway-ready basketball hoops come with adjustable heights. But in the same, said shot type is worth two points. Kyrie Irving’s 416 field goals this season carry no less individual weight than any converted by Blake Griffin or LeBron James simply because Irving has only been credited with two dunks on the season.

Yet every time the Clippers come to town, someone — obviously fascinated by “Lob City” — inquires as to who on the Cavaliers could replicate such a feat. And each time, Byron Scott is forced to say that outside of Alonzo Gee, his team is comprised of face-up players who thrive on ball movement and positioning rather than mid-air theatrics and exclamation point conversions. Nevertheless, as the Pacers recorded dunk after dunk — transition slams, a posterization of Tyler Zeller by All-Star forward Paul George — the ticker kept inching upward as if signaling that one team is better than the other simply because they had made physical contact with the rim more often than their opponent.

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Cavs can’t find answers, fall to Pacers 99-89

Yuck.

The Cavs just can’t seem to string together four good quarters.  Versus the Bucks a week ago, the Cavs started flat, scoring just 17 points in the first quarter and forced themselves to play catch-up the rest of the night. On Tuesday night against the Raptors, Cleveland gave up 35 points in the fourth quarter, turning a one-point game into a double-digit laugher.

Against the Pacers on Friday night, it was the third quarter that doomed our young Cavaliers.

The wheels actually didn’t fall off until midway through the third period. Six minutes after halftime, the Cavs trailed just 59-54. With four minutes to play in the period, they were down 71-57. Tyler Zeller, starting in place of Anderson Varejao, played a large part in that two minute implosion. Twice Zeller grabbed defensive board and immediately threw the ball away off the outlet pass, leading to two easy baskets by Paul George. Those turnovers just killed the Cavs and destroyed whatever energy was left in the crowd (not that the atrocious offense and the whole giving-up-offensive-boards-off-of-free-throws thing helped either). After heading into halftime with a 45-44 lead, the Cavs were down double-digits after three quarters and never got closer than eight during the fourth.

Despite having six players score in double figures, no one looked good in the wine and gold. Kyrie Irving needed 16 shots to get his 17 points and finished with more turnovers (6) than assists (5).  Dion Waiters was 4-12 for 11 points and CJ Miles backed him up with a 4-11 for 10 points. Alonzo Gee managed to play 32 minutes without grabbing a rebound. And while Tristan Thompson finished with a double-double (12 points, 13 boards), his +/- was a team worst -21.

No doubt about it, this was an ugly game. The offense was disjointed (too many jumpers), the defense came and went (Indiana consistently fed their bigs, overwhelming Cleveland’s inside D) and the body language was… not encouraging. The Cavs lost their sixth in a row and have now lost 17 straight versus the Central Division (you know, that murder’s row of a division with the Bulls, Pistons, Bucks and Pacers… yeesh).

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Box Score: Cavaliers 83, Pacers 102

The Cavaliers made a game of this one- for a half anyway. Dominated in the paint, and cold outside shooting were recipes for a loss in this one.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Sloan G 31:19 5-9 0-1 2-2 -29 1 4 5 4 0 0 0 2 12
A. Parker G 18:12 3-6 1-1 0-0 -16 1 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 7
T. Thompson C 19:25 1-3 0-0 1-2 -22 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 3
A. Gee F 26:01 2-12 0-4 0-0 -22 2 4 1 1 1 1 2 1 4
A. Jamison F 24:10 5-12 1-4 1-2 -23 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 28-79 7-21 20-22 12 43 16 18 7 4 6 29 83
Percentages .354 .333 .909 Team Rebounds: 5
S. Samuels 28:35 2-7 0-0 6-6 +3 4 10 2 2 0 2 0 6 10
M. Harris 27:17 0-5 0-0 6-6 -5 1 3 3 2 1 0 1 3 6
L. Walton 23:50 3-7 2-3 0-0 +4 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 5 8
O. Casspi 21:59 5-12 2-5 2-2 +3 1 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 14
L. Hudson 19:12 2-6 1-3 2-2 +12 0 3 1 5 2 0 0 2 7
S. Erden DNP – Right Ankle Sprain
D. Gibson DNP – Torn Tendon, Left Foot/ankle
L. Harangody DNP – Inactive
K. Irving DNP – Contused/sprain Right Shoulder
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

 

Indiana

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Hill G 26:18 4-11 2-7 5-5 +19 1 4 7 1 0 0 0 2 15
P. George G 21:00 0-6 0-1 0-0 +14 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 3 0
R. Hibbert C 25:16 6-10 0-0 0-0 +24 6 10 2 1 1 2 1 0 12
D. Granger F 26:30 7-15 1-4 3-3 +20 1 4 3 3 2 1 1 2 18
D. West F 22:03 4-7 0-0 2-2 +17 2 6 1 1 1 0 0 3 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-90 6-20 22-26 16 48 23 14 9 6 4 22 102
Percentages .411 .300 .846 Team Rebounds: 14
L. Barbosa 24:14 5-8 3-3 0-0 +3 0 2 4 2 2 0 0 2 13
T. Hansbrough 23:11 4-10 0-0 8-8 0 1 1 0 2 3 0 0 3 16
A.J. Price 21:42 2-8 0-4 0-0 0 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 4
D. Jones 21:30 1-6 0-0 1-2 -1 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 3
L. Amundson 15:45 3-5 0-0 0-0 -7 4 9 0 2 0 1 0 6 6
K. Fesenko 6:59 0-1 0-0 2-4 +2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
J. Pendergraph 2:46 1-1 0-0 1-2 +2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
L. Stephenson 2:46 0-2 0-1 0-0 +2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Collison DNP – Inactive

 

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.

Cleveland

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

 

Indiana

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

Well-Rested Cavaliers Face Tired and Beaten-Down Pacers

Kyrie Irving will look for redemption vs Indiana

The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16, 10th in the East) will welcome Kyrie Irving back to the lineup Wednesday when they take on the reeling Indiana Pacers (17-11, 6th in the East).

The Pacers come in on a 4 game losing streak, the last loss coming in a complete annihilation at the hands of the Miami Heat, a game in which the Pacers lost Danny Granger to injury. So yeah, they come into Cleveland licking their wounds and looking for a bounce back win.

For Kyrie Irving, this is a shot at redemption, going against the very team which he missed his potential game winning layup. That was our first glimpse of what Irving could be, now he comes into this game a more fully realized version of himself. The question for the Cavalier coaches (and fans) is just how well can Kyrie hold up coming off the scary concussion injury.

The Cavaliers will be without Anderson Varejao and Anthony Parker again. Daniel Gibson will likely get the nod at SG while, I don’t know, probably Semih Erden will get the starting nod at center again (maybe?). Without Varejao to match up with all the size Indiana has, this game is going to be a tough one for the Cavaliers to win. [Read more...]

Cavaliers To Try To Continue To Grow Against Indiana

The Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) head into Indianapolis tonight to take on the Indiana Pacers (2-0). For the Cavaliers, this will be their first test against a very good basketball team. Looking to build their first win streak of the season, the Cavaliers will need to not only match the effort they gave against the Pistons, but they will have to likely play even better.

The Pacers are off to a great start this year, playing pretty solid basketball in wins against the Pistons and Raptors. Head coach Frank Vogel will feature a starting lineup of Darren Collison, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West, and Roy Hibbert. The Pacers have also have quality bench guys like Tyler Hansbrough, George Hill, Dahntay Jones, and Lou Amundson. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…NFL Lockout Impacts on Browns, LaPorta Competing at 1B, Fired Cleveland Coaches

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.

One man’s opinion of the lockout impact on the Browns: “The Browns are among the most affected teams in this impasse. Cleveland has a rookie head coach (Pat Shurmur), a young quarterback (Colt McCoy) and will switch systems on both offense and defense.  Cleveland hasn’t run a 4-3 defense since 2004. The team also has to make alterations in personnel to fit the scheme. With free agency delayed, the draft becomes even more important for the Browns to fix weaknesses, particularly on the defensive line.  A West Coast offense is all about timing, and McCoy will not get the usual amount of offseason preparation to learn the new playbook and work with his coaches and teammates. Whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, Cleveland needs to make up for lost time ASAP.”  [James Walker/ESPN AFC North Blog]

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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...]

Cavs Drop Five of Six, But “Not Close to Rock Bottom”

The Cavaliers trotted out new starting small forward and a new-look defense, but the result was something that has become more and more similar with each passing game.

With Cleveland’s head coach Byron Scott mixing things up a bit by starting Joey Graham in the place of Jamario Moon at small forward, thinking was (hopes were?) that Graham would provide some life on the scoring front – a desperate one as the Cavaliers starting lineup has been outscored regularly this season – as well as some tough defense as the Pacers have one of the better small forwards in the game in Danny Granger.  The result was an 11-point loss that was not nearly as close as the 100-89 final score would show.

The Cavs would come out clanking, missing their first eight shots and turning the ball over 11 times in the first half alone.  While they would buckle down, primarily via the reserve units in the second and fourth quarters, the Pacers put up a point differential – leading by as many as 34 points midway through the third quarter – that would prove to be insurmountable.

“We have to understand that we have to come out with a sense of urgency and do that for 48 minutes,” said Coach Scott.  “This isn’t even close to rock bottom. It’s a good test for us. This team and this franchise have not had to play through adversity in the last seven years.”

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Cavaliers Preview Game #13: Cavs at Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-7) vs
Indiana Pacers (6-6)
Conseco Field House, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

Did you see that Pacers-Heat game last night? Sure, the Heat did a lot of that damage to themselves, but never the less, that was a whooping that turned some heads. So the Indiana Pacers will definitely be riding high with confidence as they get ready to welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers into Conseco Field House tonight. The Cavaliers already got a first hand taste of just how good the Pacers can be when they are clicking a couple Saturdays ago, and the hope tonight will be that a new starting lineup for the Cavaliers plus a letdown type game on the Pacers’ part will lead to another strong road victory. [Read more...]

The Boots: Short-Handed Cavs Fall, Colt McCoy Clips and More

The Boots are my form of reporting current information from around the sports world. Boot Ups and Boot Downs are assigned to various events, people or stories as I now use for the University of Dayton’s Flyer News. For possible topics in future articles, e-mail us at Tips@WaitingForNextYear.com.

Boot Down: Home Play – The Cavs fell again at the Q Saturday night, dropping their fourth straight home game by the final count of 99-85 against the Indiana Pacers. Ever since the season-opening victory against the Boston Celtics, Cleveland is winless in the state of Ohio, but has impressively surprised many folks on the road.

On the flip side, not many people expect Cleveland to be competitive without either Mo Williams or Anderson Varejao. The duo missed last night’s game, but shooting struggles and a weak second half plagued the team again. It’s still rough to see the team fall again, and here’s to hoping the losing streak ends Tuesday against Philadelphia. [Read more...]

Cavs Offbeat: On Potential Life Without Anderson Varejao and Mo Williams

The Cavaliers will look to get back on track Saturday night as the Indiana Pacers (3-4) come to town.  And while the days of LeBron James’ battles with Pacers forward Danny Granger are no longer, the Cavaliers may have to attempt to top their central division rival without starters and statistical leaders in Mo Williams (groin) and Anderson Varejao (ribs).

Following Saturday morning’s shootaround, coach Byron Scott stated that the two players have been re-evealuated by the team’s physicians and both are currently listed as gametime decisions.  And despite the unlikelihood of Williams playing, Byron Scott says that he has to prepare as if both players will be missing time.

“I have to take it as worst-case scenario,” said Scott. “If one or both can play, that’s fantastic, but I have to prepare is if both will be out.  We are going to be very cautious with their situations to make sure that they are right when they do come back.”

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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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