April 24, 2014

Box Score: Cavaliers 91, Celtics 103

Anderson Varejao missed this game due to a knee injury and without his services the Celtics were simply too much for the Cavaliers to contend with.

This one looked like a blowout with the Celtics opening up a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Cavaliers went on a nice 20-2 run to close out the quarter and the start of the 4th to pull within 2 points of the Celtics. The Cavaliers had no answer for Paul Pierce down the stretch though. Pierce scored 25 of his game high 40 points in the 2nd half and the Celtics walked away with the relatively easy win.

Kyrie Irving lead the Cavaliers with 22 points but had just 2 assists to 3 turnovers. Tyler Zeller started in Varejao’s place and scored a career high 20 points. In fact all 5 Cavalier starters scored in the double digits. Dion Waiters had 8 first quarter points but finished the game with just 13 total. Just another frustrating evening for the wine and gold who are continuing to search for answers to this funk they find themselves in.

 

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CLE 25 21 26 19 91
BOS 27 27 28 21 103

 

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:27 9-17 2-5 2-4 -12 1 4 2 3 2 0 1 4 22
D. Waiters G 35:12 6-15 0-4 1-2 -15 2 4 4 3 1 0 1 2 13
T. Zeller C 36:15 9-15 0-0 2-3 -17 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 3 20
T. Thompson F 38:29 2-10 0-0 7-9 -16 6 12 2 1 2 2 3 2 11
A. Gee F 34:00 5-12 1-3 0-0 -21 0 3 2 2 1 0 1 2 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-88 5-18 14-21 13 35 16 9 7 2 7 22 91
Percentages .409 .278 .667 Team Rebounds: 13
C.J. Miles 16:52 1-5 1-4 0-0 +7 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 3
L. Walton 14:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 +9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
K. Jones 11:09 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
S. Samuels 10:07 1-5 0-0 1-2 +9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3
D. Sloan 6:29 1-2 0-0 1-1 -4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Right Ankle Sprain
J. Leuer DNP – Inactive
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

Boston

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
R. Rondo G 37:28 7-11 0-1 6-10 +22 0 4 8 4 2 1 0 5 20
J. Terry G 34:54 6-9 3-5 0-0 +18 0 3 4 2 1 0 0 1 15
K. Garnett C 30:50 5-9 0-1 2-3 +1 0 6 3 2 1 3 0 3 12
P. Pierce F 33:36 13-16 6-7 8-8 +29 0 8 5 1 3 1 0 2 40
J. Collins F 23:16 0-0 0-0 1-2 +23 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 6 1
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-62 9-17 20-27 2 35 23 14 9 7 2 24 103
Percentages .597 .529 .741 Team Rebounds: 8
B. Bass 26:48 2-7 0-1 0-0 +3 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 4
C. Lee 20:20 2-3 0-0 2-2 -9 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 6
J. Sullinger 15:06 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 2 5 1 1 1 0 1 4 2
J. Green 14:24 1-4 0-2 1-2 -17 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
L. Barbosa 3:18 0-1 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Bradley DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Joseph DNP – Inactive
F. Melo DNP – Inactive
C. Wilcox DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

 

 

Is There Any Hope Beneath the Frustration for the Cavaliers?

I keep trying to tell myself to remember that it’s still early in the season. And then I quickly try to forget that fact.

It’s far too early in the season to be this frustrated. Particularly when none of us expected the Cavaliers to be any good this season anyway. I predicted before the season that this Cavaliers team would be absolutely atrocious on the defensive end. So why am I so frustrated and angry when my watching it come to fruition on the court? I don’t know.

Here’s what we do know, though. The Cavaliers are 5-21 on the season. In his 2+ years at the helm, Byron Scott now has a record of 45-129. That’s a win percentage of 25.86%. The Cavaliers’ win percentage this season is 19.2%. Only one team in the NBA has a worse record than Cleveland. The Cavaliers are 23rd in scoring, and 23rd in opponents’ scoring. 26th in offensive efficiency and 27th in defensive efficiency. 27th in eFG% and dead last in opponents eFG%. They have exactly two players with an Efficiency Rating about 13 (where 15.0 is average). [Read more...]

Box Score: Lakers 94, Cavaliers 100

What a night for Cleveland sports.

First, Kyrie Irving came back for the Cavaliers.

Then, while the game was going on, the Indians made what appears to be a stellar trade.

And then, just for good measure, the Cavaliers beat the Lakers.

It was evident from the beginning just how much Irving was missed. Kyrie wasted no time in making his impact felt and the Cavaliers opened up a huge 54-39 lead at the half. The Lakers would fight and claw their way back into this game, and they set up an awesome 4th quarter showdown between Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant. In the end, the Cavaliers made just enough plays down the stretch to hang on and get the win.

Anderson Varejao fell 1 rebound short of yet another double-double but finished with 20 points. CJ Miles, starting for the still injured Dion Waiters, had by far the best game of his career with 28 points. And Kyrie tied Miles for the team high with 28 of his own to go with his 11 assists and 6 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant was incredible as always with 42 points, but it really did feel like Kobe was playing by himself against the Cavaliers. Credit to Tristan Thompson for some good defense on Dwight Howard, and Tyler Zeller was especially impressive on defense in this game as the Cavaliers were content to force Kobe to do everything himself.

Huge win for the Cavaliers and a huge morale boost to do it with Kyrie Irving back in the lineup.

 

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LAL 23 16 23 32 94
CLE 29 25 14 32 100

 

LA Lakers

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Bryant G 40:43 16-28 3-9 7-10 -7 1 5 2 5 1 1 0 1 42
C. Duhon G 33:02 1-2 0-1 0-0 -2 0 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 2
D. Howard C 41:06 3-9 0-0 13-22 -10 6 20 3 4 0 0 1 5 19
M. World Peace F 35:37 5-12 2-6 1-4 -9 3 9 0 3 1 1 2 3 13
J. Hill F 25:33 1-6 0-0 0-0 -9 5 10 1 2 1 1 1 5 2
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 31-75 7-27 25-40 15 54 11 18 7 3 4 22 94
Percentages .413 .259 .625 Team Rebounds: 9
A. Jamison 29:21 3-10 1-6 2-2 +7 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 9
J. Meeks 21:17 2-6 1-4 2-2 -5 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 2 7
D. Morris 6:52 0-1 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
D. Ebanks 6:29 0-1 0-1 0-0 +7 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Clark DNP – Coach’s Decision
P. Gasol DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Sacre DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 38:14 11-21 4-6 2-3 +12 2 6 11 4 1 0 1 3 28
C.J. Miles G 37:11 10-18 5-10 3-4 +7 0 5 0 1 1 1 0 5 28
A. Varejao C 34:51 8-13 0-1 4-7 +9 2 9 5 1 3 1 1 4 20
A. Gee F 39:59 6-14 2-5 3-4 +5 1 5 3 3 1 1 0 4 17
T. Thompson F 33:36 0-3 0-0 1-4 +1 2 10 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-84 11-27 15-26 8 43 24 12 8 4 3 26 100
Percentages .440 .407 .577 Team Rebounds: 11
T. Zeller 27:08 2-6 0-0 2-2 +2 1 6 3 0 2 0 0 3 6
O. Casspi 11:50 0-3 0-1 0-2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
J. Pargo 9:46 0-3 0-2 0-0 -6 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0
D. Gibson 7:00 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Samuels 0:25 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Welcome Kyrie Irving Back as they Host the Los Angeles Lakers

Life without Kyrie Irving has not been fun. It was hard. How hard? The Cleveland Cavaliers (4-17, 13th in the East) went 2-9 without him. Sure, the Cavaliers are 2-8 with him, so there’s no evidence of the team being worse without him. But if you watched the 11 games he missed, you know the truth.

The Cavaliers score 108.3 points per 100 possessions with Kyrie on the floor. They score just 98.4 without him. It has been painfully obvious over the course of the past few weeks that without Kyrie Irving the Cavaliers just do not have the offensive firepower to win games.

There is a flipside, though. The Cavaliers’ defense has unquestionably been better since Kyrie has been out. Indeed, in the 10 games Kyrie played, the Cavaliers gave up 100+ points 8 times. They’ve given up that many just 5 times in the 11 games without him. With Kyrie, the Cavaliers allowed opponents to average 50.32% from the field and score 102.70 points per game. Without him, opponents shot 46.15% from the field and scored 98.55 points per game. [Read more...]

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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Cavaliers Look to Shake Off Rough Weekend with First West Coast Game of the Season

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

It was a rough weekend for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as they dropped both of their games Friday and Saturday night.

The Cavaliers showed us two very different types of losses, though. Friday night against Chicago was a reprise of the song we heard so many times last season. The Cavaliers fell behind by 16 in the first quarter and never really appeared too interested in playing and fighting back.

Here’s an example of how bad things were Friday night. With 4:41 left in the 1st, Kyrie Irving hit a 10 foot jumper to pull the Cavaliers to a 19-15 deficit. Here’s how the remaining first quarter possessions for the Cavaliers went:

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ESPN Future Power Rankings: Cavaliers’ Future Is Looking Better

Back in February, ESPN’s Chad Ford and John Hollinger released the latest (at that time) Future Power Rankings. For those unfamiliar, the FPR examines every team’s roster strength, cap situation, front office prowess, market desirability, and future draft picks to decide which teams have the brightest future.

In that installment, the Cavaliers jumped all the way from 29th in the previous version to 18th. Obviously that jump was mostly1 thanks to Kyrie Irving. Now that Irving has taken home Rookie of the Year honors and the Cavaliers added a couple more first round draft picks, the future in Cleveland should look even brighter.

Hollinger and Ford agree with that sentiment and they have moved the Cavaliers all the way up to 12th in today’s update to the Future Power Rankings:

It’s getting better, Cavs fans. After spending a season in the FPR basement following the loss of LeBron James, Cleveland suddenly sports one of the brightest futures of any team in the league.

Much of that has to do with the addition of Kyrie Irving. The top overall selection in the 2011 draft showed enough potential in his rookie season to make us believe the Cavs may have a future All-Star on their hands. The long-term futures of fellow second-year player Tristan Thompson and rookie Dion Waiters also look promising, and we believe Anderson Varejao still has enough juice to man the middle for the Cavs the next few seasons.

The team also has plenty of draft picks coming its way. The Cavs will likely have another lottery pick in 2013, and possibly again in 2014, and they own future picks from both the Kings and Heat.

They also have such a good cap situation going forward that we’ve ranked them second in money heading into the summer of 2013. Cleveland isn’t a top destination for free agents, but there’s no question the team has the flexibility to continue to add to its roster.

For the record, the Cavaliers rank 21st in players, 14th in management, 2nd in money, 20th in market, and 5th in future draft.

In many ways, the speed with which Dion Waiters gets in shape and acclimates to the NBA game will largely determine when the Cavaliers return to contention. Based on Hollinger’s schedule, the Cavaliers are sill 2 years away from being in the playoffs, which likely places them 4-5 years away from Championship contending.

No matter how far away the Cavaliers are, the good news for Cavs fans is that the rebuilding plan is in place, is being followed with patience by the front office, and according to ESPN, the future is looking good for our Cavaliers.

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Random Cavaliers Off-Season Thoughts

Now that Summer League has come and gone, things are probably going to be mostly quiet on the Cleveland Cavaliers homefront until training camp starts in late September/early October. Sure, the Cavaliers will likely sing restricted free agent Alonzo Gee at some point, they still have to decide whether or not to pick up Daniel Gibson’s team option (they probably will), and there’s always the chance of the Cavaliers being involved in some kind of trade. But for the most part, this is the quiet period for the team.

So in the meantime, while football is getting ready to start and baseball is going through all their trade deadline hoopla, here’s some random basketball thoughts to pass the time. [Read more...]

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Cleveland Far From a Sure Thing

Is the sequel to this photo getting closer to reality? Perhaps.

On Wednesday, as word broke of the New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards trade, there was a lot of instant analysis being done in the media and in social media outlets as well.

One of the main assumptions everyone seemed to jump to was that this trade signaled Washington’s intent to draft Bradley Beal at #3. On Twitter in particular, Cavalier fans erupted in celebration. With so many whispers out of Charlotte indicating that Thomas Robinson was the direction they are leaning, this meant Michael Kidd-Gilchrist appeared to be falling into Cleveland’s lap at #4.

Could this really be happening? Could the player so many Cavs fans1 coveted all along really be sliding down to Cleveland? A cause for celebration indeed! [Read more...]

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the Cavaliers Is the Stuff of Dreams

MKG and Kyrie have been teammates before

Next Wednesday, in New York City, 14 ping pong balls are going to be placed into a lottery style hopper. A series of 4 number combinations are going to be drawn, and those numbers will determine the selection order of the 2012 NBA Draft. With nothing else of substance going on with the Cavaliers right now, most fans are left with just their dreams of how the lottery might play out for our beloved wine and gold.

The lottery isn’t quite as important this year for the Cavaliers as it was last year. Last year, with 2 lottery picks and a complete lack of talent on the roster, the lottery felt like a do or die scenario. Now, the Cavaliers already have their franchise player, which alleviates much pressure.

Never the less, the lottery will be important in determining how quickly Cleveland can get this thing turned around. [Read more...]

Kyrie Irving Makes 1st Team NBA All-Rookie, Tristan Thompson 2nd Team

Not exactly breaking news here, but the NBA announced it’s All-Rookie teams today with Kyrie Irving leading the way in votes. The teams are selected by votes from NBA coaches and Kyrie Irving earned 58 points, most among all rookies. That total placed him on the 1st-team list where he was joined by Ricky Rubio, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kawhi Leond, and Brandon Knight. Yes, that’s 7 players, but the last 3 all tied for 5th place, so they all get 1st-team nods.

Fellow top 5 pick Tristan Thompson earned enough points to make the 2nd-team. He is joined there by Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas, MarShon Brooks, and Derrick Williams. Thompson was tied for last on the All-Rookie teams with Derrick Williams, the player many pegged as the best player in the draft prior to selection night. Interestingly enough, though, were it not for the 3 way tie on the 1st-team, neither player would have made 1st or 2nd team selections.

Irving’s 1st team selection is hardly a surprise, but a nice cherry on the top of a rookie campaign that was everything fans in Cleveland hoped it could be. Having Tristan Thompson also making All-Rookie designation only adds to the hope Cleveland has for its future.

[Related: Kyrie Irving Named to USA Basketball's Men's Select Team]

Kyrie Irving’s Rookie of the Year Award Hopefully Just the Beginning for the Cavaliers

People talk about the worst kept secrets all the time. I’m not sure if this counts as a secret necessarily, but in what should be a surprise to absolutely no one, news leaked Sunday that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving is going to be named NBA Rookie of the Year.

The official announcement isn’t going to come until Tuesday, and we can talk about Kyrie and what this award means to him at that time. Meanwhile, rather than waiting for the inevitable, now is a good time to talk about what this award means to the Cavaliers.

When LeBron James left Cleveland, we knew it was an end of an era. More than that, it was the end of the winning. No more playoffs, no more championship aspirations. Instead of playing with the trade machine trying to figure out who the Cavs could acquire to put them over the top, it was on to adapt and survive mode. The rebuilding process began almost as fast as the winning came to a stop. [Read more...]

Stein: Kyrie Irving Could Make Team USA Roster

With the summer Olympics drawing nearer, things are heating up for Team USA’s men’s basketball team. Last week Team USA received their Olympic draw (oh joy, they drew Argentina). Now they are in the process of finalizing their roster.

The current roster includes Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. However, with injuries to Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chauncey Billups, and Dwight Howard, the roster may need some tweaking before it needs to be finalized on June 18th.

With Rose’s torn ACL, he certainly will miss the Olypmics, opening the need for a PG. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, via Twitter, while the Wizards are lobbying hard for John Wall, he believes Irving may get the nod:

Some Team USA scuttle: Hearing Wiz lobbying hard to get John Wall added to roster, but have to believe Kyrie Irving is the guy IF a PG added

There is a bit of a twist here as Irving has previously said he would consider playing for Australia. Irving, whose father was playing professionally in Australia when Kyrie was born there, holds dual citizenship. After previously hinting at playing for Australia, Kyrie did say later in the season that he would focus instead on playing for Team USA. Originally aiming for the 2016 team, Irving’s Olympic dreams just might be realized sooner than he thought. It will be interesting to see what Team USA GM Jerry Colangelo decides to do with the roster over the next 5 weeks.

[Related: Sporting News names Kyrie Irving Rookie of the Year]

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 and Wizards Renew Rivalry, Only Over Draft Position Now

What a lovely tank you have there

It’s time to say goodbye to the men in Wine and Gold. For this season, anyway.

Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Washington Wizards in the final home of the season. What once was a fierce rivalry of sorts is now renewed as a Premier League-esque relegation battle. Although, instead of relegation, these teams are fighting for lottery position.

For Washington, the hard part is over. With New Orleans’ win last night, moving them alongside Cleveland and Sacramento with 21 wins, the Wizards, at 18 wins with two games to go, have locked up 2nd place in the lottery derby. They can win out and not harm their lottery position. [Read more...]

Box Score: Cavaliers 101, Grizzlies 109

Tough loss tonight in Memphis, but the Cavaliers shouldn’t hang their heads. Playing one of the better teams in the West, the Cavaliers hung in there for pretty much the whole game, even holding the lead for much of the first half.

Kyrie Irving was simply terrific tonight for the wine and gold, scoring 25 points in 29 minutes of play. It was certainly curious to see Irving sitting for much of the 4th quarter despite being the hot hand in this game. Was Byron Scott tanking? I’m sure he’ll just say they’re limiting Kyrie’s minutes as he works his way back into game shape, but the Cavaliers might have won this game had he played more in the 4th quarter.

None of which is to say the Cavaliers did the wrong thing. They showed a lot of spirit in this game and had a chance to win, but in the end they maintained their position in the bottom of the standings. Sort of a best case scenario for the tanking mentality.

Kudos to both Donald Sloan and Manny Harris who both stepped up and did some of the things I was hoping to see from them in this game. Manny provided some offense off the bench, and Sloan looked steady in the backup PG role. The more I see from Sloan, the more I feel comfortable with the idea of bringing him back next season to try handling the backup PG role from day one.

From a defensive standpoint, 6 Grizzlies were in double digit points including all 5 starters. The Grizzlies did a nice job moving the ball around and getting scoring from every spot, but the Cavaliers defended pretty poorly in this game and allowed the Grizzlies to control the rebounds a little too easily.

It’s never fun to lose, but as far as losing goes, this is the kind of loss you can live with in a learning season such as this.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 29:28 10-16 2-6 3-5 +3 0 2 4 3 3 0 0 2 25
A. Parker G 22:38 1-4 1-3 2-2 +3 1 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 5
T. Thompson C 29:33 3-10 0-0 6-10 -4 4 9 0 1 0 4 2 6 12
A. Jamison F 32:52 6-14 3-6 2-2 +6 4 9 3 0 0 0 2 2 17
A. Gee F 22:04 3-7 2-3 0-0 0 1 2 2 3 0 0 2 1 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-80 11-24 16-22   13 36 19 17 8 5 8 21 101
Percentages .462 .458 .727   Team Rebounds: 8
O. Casspi 25:56 2-6 1-2 0-0 -8 0 4 0 3 1 1 1 3 5
M. Harris 25:22 5-9 1-1 0-0 -11 2 3 2 1 3 0 1 1 11
D. Sloan 18:46 3-6 0-1 3-3 -9 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 9
S. Samuels 18:27 3-4 0-0 0-0 -4 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 6
L. Walton 14:54 1-4 1-2 0-0 -16 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 3
L. Harangody DNP – Coach’s Decision
D.J. Kennedy DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision

Memphis

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
T. Allen G 30:53 6-9 0-0 1-2 +9 4 8 1 1 8 1 0 2 13
M. Conley G 23:37 4-8 2-3 2-2 +6 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 5 12
M. Gasol C 24:12 5-13 0-0 7-8 +3 2 4 2 1 1 3 1 0 17
R. Gay F 34:07 4-10 0-2 7-8 -1 2 6 4 2 0 2 0 2 15
M. Speights F 30:47 6-9 0-0 5-8 +3 4 10 0 2 1 1 0 2 17
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-81 5-13 28-36   17 42 18 13 14 8 5 19 109
Percentages .469 .385 .778   Team Rebounds: 14
O.J. Mayo 25:39 6-14 2-5 0-0 +6 0 2 5 1 1 0 1 1 14
D. Cunningham 21:47 2-4 0-0 3-3 +22 3 4 0 1 2 1 1 1 7
Z. Randolph 19:14 1-5 0-0 1-2 -12 2 5 1 3 0 0 1 3 3
L. Hudson 12:14 3-6 1-3 2-3 +7 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9
J. Selby 11:35 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Q. Pondexter 5:55 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
H. Haddadi DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Continue Final Week of Season in Memphis

Only 3 more chances to watch Kyrie Irving this season

Here we are, three games left in this shortened NBA season for our beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. This 66 game season has been interesting. It feels like the Cavaliers play pretty much every night, which has been amazing as a fan of this team but has to have been incredibly trying on the players.

I’ve maintained all year long that I kind of liked the lockout shortened season. I’ve liked being able to turn on League Pass any given night and having literally like 10 games to watch. It was cool having the league kick off on Christmas, giving the already important holidays game even more importance. Sure, the play at times this season was sloppy due to the hectic struggle, but it was a non stop basketball assault of the sense, and I loved almost every minute of it.

But the problem with a compressed 66 game season is that it’s over just as soon as it begins. It’s hard to believe that this is the final week for the Cavaliers. That after Thursday night in Chicago, we won’t see Kyrie Irving and the rest of our Cavaliers play a real game until late October. [Read more...]

Thorpe: Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson Rookies With Most Upside

When the Cavaliers landed the #1 and #4 picks in the draft, it was imperative they land two impact players with those picks. We know Kyrie Irving has lived up to the top pick and then some, but there’s a fair debate as to whether or not Tristan Thompson was the right pick at #4.

ESPN’s David Thorpe, one of the sharpest talent evaluators in the media, think the Cavaliers might have nailed this draft. In his rankings of the rookies with the most upside, he obviously lists Kyrie #1 on the list, but surprising to some might be Tristan ranking #2 on his list.

2. Tristan Thompson

Take a look at the top 10 rookie rebounders (based on rebound rate). You’ll see guys who played four years of college, guys who have been pros overseas for years, and guys with huge, wide bodies that make it easy to soak up boards. And then there’s Thompson, who played one year in college and is still much weaker than most of his opponents. But that has not mattered.

Thompson really has very little clue how to play yet, especially around the rim, but he has been a very effective player on many nights. Given a few more years to figure things out, and considering he’ll be a long and elite athlete for a decade or so, it’s easy to imagine just how good he can be. He has All-Star potential.

Obviously there are a lot of ifs in there, but it’s exciting for Cavalier fans to know that Thorpe thinks so highly of Thompson’s potential. If Thompson even comes close to reaching that peak as a potential All-Star, the Cavaliers will be in good shape in a few years.

[Related: ESPN NBA Redraft: Irving and Thompson go in Top Two]

Cavaliers Will Try to Lose By Less Than 39 Points at Home Against Philly

I’m furious with the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-40, 13th in the East). And I hate being mad at the Cavaliers. I love this franchise and I can’t wait for the day when they return to the playoffs and give us fun, rewarding, exciting, meaningful basketball to watch.

What we got last night was the polar opposite of that. The Cavaliers lost by 39 points to a team that was 22-38 going into that game. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers were losing 100-50. Thank goodness they weren’t playing at the Q where “The Diff” would have probably fried the whole jumbotron for lack of ability to comprehend a 50 point deficit. Does anyone know if “The Diff” even goes that high (or, rather, that low)?

Look, I don’t care where you fall on the spectrum of this whole tanking issue. Some people like to cheer for lottery position, some people don’t. It doesn’t matter to me. We are all Cavs fans and we all want what’s best for this franchise going forward. We’re on the same team here. But I have to believe that a 39 point loss to Detroit, the Cavaliers’ fourth loss by 35+ points in just 60 games this season, is completely unacceptable for all of us. [Read more...]

Spurs Will Provide Formidable Challenge For Cavaliers

I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that Kyrie Irving will be back in the starting lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-33, 12th in the East) tonight. The bad news is the Cavaliers are playing the San Antonio Spurs (36-14, 2nd in the East).

It’s funny that the Spurs can continue to fly under everyone’s radar. Hardly anyone seems to be talking about them or taking them seriously. Maybe it’s because they lost the opening round as a #1 seed last year. Maybe it’s because people think that because Tim Duncan is old the Spurs are finished. Maybe it’s because the Spurs are just there every year and everyone just kind of got used to seeing them at the top.

Whatever the case may be, the Spurs are sitting just 2.5 games back of Oklahoma City for the top spot in the West. It’s no fluke or happenstance. The Spurs are one of, if not the, best coached teams in the NBA, they have a smart, savvy, veteran core who know how to win Championships, and they sprinkle in the right kind of young players who can learn how to play their role. [Read more...]