August 26, 2014

Box Score: Pistons 104 Cavs 97

After holding a three point lead at half time, the Cavaliers fell behind shortly in the third quarter and could never quite catch up. Cleveland made a strong push in the fourth quarter, getting stop after stop on the defensive end, but continously came up empty on the offensive side of the ball.

The Cavs were led by another strong showing from Jeremy Pargo who finished with 24 points, and Anderson Varejao who recorded his 14th double-double in 15 games.

Tyler Zeller had maybe his strongest game as a Cavalier, scoring 13 points, and pulling down 5 offensive rebounds.

Detroit was led by second year point guard Brandon Knight who finished with a game high 29 points.

The Cavs are now 4-17 and get back into action on Tuesday when they host the Lakers.

Detroit

Team Statistics: Starters for Detroit Pistons
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Knight G 38:25 10-20 5-6 5-6 +13 2 7 5 1 1 1 2 3 30
K. Singler G 35:05 2-4 0-1 5-5 +1 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 4 9
G. Monroe C 29:05 2-8 0-0 7-9 -1 1 4 3 3 1 0 2 2 11
T. Prince F 34:23 5-11 0-0 4-4 +3 0 8 1 1 0 0 1 1 14
J. Maxiell F 30:00 4-7 0-0 2-4 +13 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 4 10
Team Statistics: Bench for Detroit Pistons
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-75 9-15 25-33   10 35 17 9 5 5 8 22 104
Percentages .467 .600 .758   Team Rebounds: 11
R. Stuckey 29:08 4-10 2-4 0-0 +11 0 2 6 0 1 1 2 1 10
A. Drummond 21:08 4-6 0-0 1-3 +10 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 4 9
C. Villanueva 15:47 2-5 2-4 0-0 -8 1 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 6
C. Maggette 6:59 2-4 0-0 1-2 -7 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 5
W. Bynum DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Daye DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. English DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Jerebko DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Team Statistics: Starters for Cleveland Cavaliers
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Gibson G 32:56 2-11 2-9 0-0 -1 0 1 6 3 1 0 0 4 6
J. Pargo G 27:30 10-18 2-4 2-3 +3 0 2 4 1 0 1 2 3 24
A. Varejao C 36:14 7-13 0-0 2-3 -2 7 13 5 3 0 2 1 5 16
A. Gee F 38:05 4-12 1-6 3-3 -6 3 9 0 1 1 1 0 2 12
T. Thompson F 24:14 4-6 0-0 1-2 +7 4 5 0 0 1 1 0 3 9
Team Statistics: Bench for Cleveland Cavaliers
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 39-91 6-27 13-17   20 46 19 14 3 8 5 27 97
Percentages .429 .222 .765   Team Rebounds: 12
T. Zeller 28:54 6-11 0-1 1-2 -9 5 8 0 2 0 3 1 3 13
D. Sloan 20:30 1-6 0-1 0-0 -10 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
C.J. Miles 15:04 5-11 1-4 4-4 -6 1 2 1 3 0 0 0 3 15
O. Casspi 9:55 0-3 0-2 0-0 -1 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
K. Jones 6:38 0-0 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Arena:
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

[Related: Scott hopefull Waiters & Irving will return Tuesday vs. LAL]

Cavaliers’ Backcourt Shines, Gee’s Putback Snaps 4-Game Losing Streak

The Hawks have been almost entirely retooled. Gone are Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, and Flip Murray from that 2009 team the Cavaliers swept in the second round of the playoffs. In are Lou Williams, Jeff Teague, and Devin Harris and a faster paced style. One of the few remaining players, Josh Smith, led all scorers last night, but it was his failure to prevent Alonzo Gee from leaping up to grab Dion Waiters’s misfired three and putting it back in with 0.4 seconds remaining that helped propel the Cavaliers to victory 113-111 in Atlanta. Smith, primarily because of his attitude, inconsistency, lack of focus, and desire to play outside his strengths, has always been one player I’d never want on my team despite the talent.

The Hawks are an up-tempo team now as they have gotten much smaller in their backcourt. About every turnover the Cavaliers had in the first half was converted into an Atlanta bucket. The Hawks turned 9 Cavalier miscues into 13 points. Two unlikable characters from the past led the charge for the Hawks in Smith, who had 15 in the first half and Deshawn Stevenson, who was perfect on four three-point attempts. The Cavaliers got some nice output from their bench, though, especially Tyler Zeller. The rookie center had a quick eight in the first quarter including a smash over the top of Lou Williams in transition. While Tyler has shown some issues defending larger centers, it’s also clear that he gives the Cavs a boost offensively off the bench.  [Read more...]

Box Score: Heat 110, Cavaliers 108

Win or lose, at the end of this game I couldn’t help but be proud of my beloved Cavaliers. Without Kyrie Irving, they were competing with the reigning NBA Champs on their home court — although, the advantage isn’t really a notable one.

But yet, a loss like this still hurts. The most prolific three-point shooter in NBA history, Ray Allen, made the game-winner, Dwyane Wade was all over Jeremy Pargo on the Cavs’ next possession and despite then having 0.6 seconds left, the Cavs couldn’t even get off a final shot attempt.

Lots of positives, again, though. The Cavs shot 10-for-19 from threes in the first half, Pargo finished with 16 points and 7 assists, and Omri Casspi had his best game of the season with 15 points and 4 threes. Can’t hang your head too much about this late loss without your best closer.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
3-10 (Lost last 2)
MIAMI HEAT
10-3 (Won last 4)
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
CLE 29 30 20 29 108
MIA 26 22 29 33 110

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Waiters G 37:33 5-14 3-9 3-4 -4 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 16
J. Pargo G 33:14 4-13 2-4 6-8 +11 0 1 7 4 1 0 2 4 16
A. Varejao C 35:05 2-9 0-1 6-7 -9 5 15 4 1 4 0 0 4 10
A. Gee F 28:48 4-8 1-2 3-5 -14 1 5 1 2 1 0 1 5 12
T. Thompson F 22:39 6-7 0-0 1-2 -2 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 13
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-79 14-31 24-33 10 32 21 10 9 0 5 29 108
Percentages .443 .452 .727 Team Rebounds: 11
D. Gibson 28:22 4-9 2-7 1-1 -13 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 5 11
T. Zeller 21:03 2-6 0-0 1-2 +4 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 5
C.J. Miles 17:59 4-7 2-4 0-0 +4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 10
O. Casspi 15:17 4-6 4-4 3-4 +13 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 15
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Miami

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Wade G 34:15 6-15 0-0 6-10 +9 1 7 4 4 1 2 0 5 18
M. Chalmers G 32:31 1-3 0-1 2-2 +13 1 4 3 1 3 0 0 2 4
C. Bosh C 36:43 6-11 0-0 11-13 +8 3 7 1 1 0 1 0 2 23
L. James F 39:58 10-16 2-5 8-9 +7 1 6 5 7 0 1 0 3 30
S. Battier F 21:07 3-5 3-5 0-0 +2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 9
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-69 9-19 29-37 9 39 21 18 5 5 0 25 110
Percentages .522 .474 .784 Team Rebounds: 12
R. Allen 22:58 6-11 3-5 2-3 +2 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 17
U. Haslem 19:35 1-1 0-0 0-0 -12 2 5 3 2 0 0 0 2 2
M. Miller 14:35 2-4 1-3 0-0 -7 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 5
N. Cole 13:09 1-3 0-0 0-0 -9 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
J. Anthony 5:09 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
J. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Lewis DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Pittman DNP – Coach’s Decision

While We’re Waiting… More Love for Pargo

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.

Long-term takeaways from the Cavs’ surprising win over the 76ers: “Jeremy Pargo could be the backup point guard the Cavs have been looking for. Obviously we can’t expect him to score like this on a nightly basis, but anything near this type of offensive punch might be just what the Cavs need off the bench when Kyrie comes back. His jumper was clearly falling tonight (4-8 on 3-pointers) at an unsustainable rate, but that’s not really what matters. He was getting to the hole with remarkable consistency against a solid defensive team, and an athletic backcourt.” [Dani Socher/Cavs: The Blog] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Thankful for Jeremy Pargo

Today, as a special version of While We’re Waiting, I wanted to go team-by-team as I share what I’m thankful for here in November 2012. For more WFNY thanks, stay tuned at 10 a.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers

I’m thankful for a very pleasant Thanksgiving Eve surprise in new Cavs point guard Jeremy Pargo: “Pargo’s 28 points was surprising enough, but it was doubly impressive considering that he was matched up against Jrue Holiday, who is one of the better point guard defenders in the NBA. Pargo had no trouble getting his shot, though, as he shot 11-19 from the field and 4-8 from three. He also added four assists and five rebounds.” [Jordan Sargent/SB Nation Cleveland] [Read more...]

Pargo’s 28-point Outburst Snaps Cavs’ Six-Game Losing Streak

“Tonight, we talk about opportunities, and he took advantage of it.”

That was Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, talking about his point guard, his recently third-string point guard Jeremy Pargo, he of eight total points over three games this season. Pargo got the start tonight, and 39 minutes later, Jeremy had turned in a career-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists as the Cavaliers defended, got key bench contributions, and led by the unexpected showing of Pargo, beat the Sixers 92-83 in Quicken Loans Arena.

The 26-year-old second-year player made the most of his opportunity from the outset, attacking the bucket and leaving Jrue Holiday in his wake. Instead of forcing anything, Pargo really only took open shots with the exception of a couple of deep balls with the shot clock winding down. Pargo set the tone early in the game as Dion Waiters attacked the bucket as well with Alonzo Gee posting up in the corner and knocking down a pair of key threes early.

Twelve of Pargo’s points came in the fourth quarter, with the best being a 26-footer that seemingly dropped out of the sky and put the game out of reach with two minutes remaining. Pargo did an admirable job on the defensive end as well, holding Holiday to 16 points on 16 shots. It’s impossible to ask Pargo to consistently fill Kyrie’s scoring output as he did tonight, but if he continues to take what the defense gives him and attack the basket, perhaps we could have the second coming of Lester Hudson that sweeps the city for the month the Cavs will be without No. 2.

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Box Score: Cavaliers 92, 76ers 83

#Pargonanza, #Pargosanity, #Pargomania, or whatever else you want to call it. Jeremy Pargo took over this game and Twitter a la Jeremy Lin or Lester Hudson as the Cavaliers fended off a few late Philadelphia rallies for their third win of the season, 92-83.

Pargo scored 28, Dion Waiters had 16, Alonzo Gee added 14 and C.J. Miles poured in 13, as the four combined to shoot 13-for-23 from three-point range — all of the team’s attempts — in the surprising victory. Anderson Varejao had a quietly stellar performance as well, posting 10 points and 19 rebounds, with Cleveland improving to 1-0 without Kyrie Irving in the 2012-13 season. Who saw this coming??

Philadelphia 76ers 7-5 (Lost last 1)
Cleveland Cavaliers 3-8 (Won last 1)
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
PHI 15 20 23 25 83
CLE 28 19 21 24 92

Philadelphia

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Holiday G 38:33 6-16 2-3 2-2 -9 1 1 5 4 1 1 2 3 16
J. Richardson G 28:27 6-13 2-6 2-2 -15 1 2 0 0 3 2 0 2 16
K. Brown C 20:43 2-3 0-0 1-2 -1 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 5
T. Young F 36:13 5-12 0-0 1-2 0 3 11 2 1 2 1 1 2 11
E. Turner F 35:54 5-13 0-1 2-3 +4 1 10 7 2 2 1 0 3 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 31-86 4-17 17-22 11 39 18 7 12 11 6 16 83
Percentages .360 .235 .773 Team Rebounds: 12
N. Young 31:36 4-13 0-2 5-6 -2 1 5 0 0 2 1 1 0 13
S. Hawes 18:41 2-5 0-1 0-1 -4 3 5 2 0 1 2 0 0 4
D. Wright 17:06 1-7 0-3 4-4 -7 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 6
R. Ivey 7:39 0-2 0-1 0-0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wilkins 2:46 0-2 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
L. Allen 2:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
A. Moultrie DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Wayns DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Waiters G 38:56 7-22 2-5 0-0 +11 0 4 6 2 0 0 3 1 16
J. Pargo G 38:52 11-19 4-8 2-4 +2 0 5 4 3 1 0 0 3 28
A. Varejao C 34:23 3-10 0-0 4-5 +10 7 19 2 4 1 0 1 1 10
A. Gee F 38:50 5-9 4-6 0-0 +7 1 6 2 2 1 3 1 3 14
T. Thompson F 24:53 1-7 0-0 2-3 +2 3 11 2 0 0 1 3 1 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-86 13-23 9-14 15 55 17 16 3 6 11 14 92
Percentages .407 .565 .643 Team Rebounds: 10
C.J. Miles 26:46 5-9 3-4 0-0 +8 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 13
T. Zeller 21:26 1-7 0-0 0-0 +3 3 6 1 1 0 0 3 3 2
O. Casspi 15:54 2-3 0-0 1-2 +2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 5
D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Report: Waiters to get more minutes because of Irving’s injury

Yesterday, we received word that Jeremy Pargo will be the new starter at the point for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the absence of star Kyrie Irving. Today, we’re learning more about how exactly Byron Scott plans to manage Irving’s lost minutes.

Scott said that rookie guard Dion Waiters, who already has averaged 29.2 minutes per night in the first 10 games, will probably receive 6-8 more minutes per game, according to a tweet tonight from ESPN Cleveland’s Kenny Roda. Waiters will split this time between point guard and shooting guard. Our very own Scott, who’s at the game, then sent this follow-up:

Of Waiters’ 292 minutes — according to Basketball-Reference.com — he’s played just over 36 of those minutes without Irving. Backups Pargo or Donald Sloan usually were at the point during those brief times. We’ll see how things work specifically on the court tonight as the Cavs return to action to play the Philadelphia 76ers again.

[Related: Kyrie-less Cavaliers Hope for Different Results In Second Sixers Showdown]

Jeremy Pargo to start for injured Kyrie Irving

First-year Cavalier Jeremy Pargo will draw the start in Wednesday night’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers, replacing the injured Kyrie Irving at the point guard spot.

Addressing the media at Cleveland Clinic Courts following the team’s shootaround sesssion, head coach Byron Scott stated that he opted for Pargo due to his efforts and communication on the defensive end of the floor. Scott admitted on Tuesday that Donald Sloan, his other option to replace Irving, is a better facilitator on the offensive side of the floor, but it appears that defense has won out, at least in the interim.

“Offensively I’m not asking him to do nothing he can’t do,” Scott said. “I know he can run the show and push the tempo. I know he makes good decisions and if he has open shots, I want him to take them. The game plan doesn’t necessarily change, we just want to do it better.”

Pargo, through three games this season, is averaging 2.7 points and 1.3 assists. The 26-year old was acquired this off-season in a trade with Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for DJ Kennedy. He will likely split time with Sloan as well as a combination of Daniel “Boobie” Gibson and rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters when it comes to primary ball-handling.

[Related: Protecting Kyrie]

Report: Point Guards Pargo, Sloan Battling for One Roster Spot

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal has been all over training camp roster news this week, and his latest blurb last night featured a battle at the guard position:

With about a week left in training camp, one of the looming decisions is whether to carry two or three point guards. The Cavs must release two more players before the start of the season, but those cuts aren’t expected to come until after Tuesday’s preseason finale.

Scott is willing to carry three point guards, but it’s becoming clear that either Sloan or Pargo will likely be released at the end of training camp.

In the article, Lloyd reported straight from Scott that Dion Waiters will play shooting guard exclusively during his rookie season, saying that “He has enough on his plate.” Thus, this battle is for Kyrie Irving’s main backup and the hopeful 12 minutes per game.

Of course, the 26-year-old Pargo was a more “high-profile” offseason acquisition, arriving in a July trade with Memphis along with a future second-round pick for D.J. Kennedy. The Gonzaga product’s older brother Jannero also had a journeyman career in the NBA.

Meanwhile, Sloan, 24, who was a D-League call-up last season, shined in garbage spots last season behind Irving. A product of Texas A&M, he has a nonguaranteed contract this year. Pargo’s contract is worth $1 million, but Lloyd said the Cavs likely would have no problem parting ways with him if he lost the battle.

[Related: Could Dion Waiters fill the James Harden role?]

Byron Scott: Only Varejao and Irving are Guaranteed Starters

“If you look at our team, Kyrie (Irving) and Andy (Varejao) are the only starters,” he said. “Tristan (Thompson), C.J. (Miles) and Dion (Waiters) will have to earn it.”

That’s the latest on the starting lineup thinking process from Cavs head coach Byron Scott, via Bob Finnan’s report for the News-Herald. Scott shared his excitement about the Miles signing with Finnan, even though the young small forward won’t be a shoe-in for the starting position just yet.

Possible candidates also could include Alonzo Gee and Tyler Zeller, depending upon the size and shape of the eventual starting five. Regardless, these two would figure to be the first two guys off the bench if the first five names end up beginning games. Other remaining bench contributors would also be Omri Casspi, Samardo Samuels, Daniel Gibson, Jeremy Pargo and Luke Walton.

[Related: Random Cavaliers Off-Season Thoughts]

NBA Trade News: Cavaliers Acquire PG Jeremy Pargo

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired point guard Jeremy Pargo, Memphis’ 2014 second round draft pick and cash considerations from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard/forward D.J. Kennedy.

“Our approach remains consistent as we try to bring in young talent, create future opportunity with draft picks as potential assets and maintain flexibility,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “Jeremy adds depth to our backcourt. He is a young, aggressive, athletic guard who we feel fits well with our style of play, both defensively and offensively. We look forward to welcoming him to Cleveland.”

Likely serving as a back-up to reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving going forward, Pargo, 26, played in 44 games (five starts) with Memphis last season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.3 assists in 9.7 minutes per game after signing with the Grizzlies as an undrafted free agent. In the 2010-11 season, Pargo appeared in 32 games for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv of the Israel Premier League and averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 27.1 minutes per game. He also appeared in 22 Euroleague games, averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game.

He also did this roughly one week ago.

Kennedy appeared in two game for the Cavs last season and averaged 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 29.5 minutes per game after being signed by Cleveland on April 21, 2012.

[Related: NBA Trade Rumors And The Dan Gilbert Narrative]

Expect The Unexpected

Joey DorseyWith Cleveland Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry, you never really know what’s about to happen. The 2008 NBA Draft could be no exception as Ferry prepares to work out plenty of 2nd round caliber prospects.

Danny Ferry is short on NBA drafting experience. Thanks to moves of his predecessors such as trades involving Milt Palacio, Jiri Welsh, Wes Person, etc, the Cavaliers have been short on picks in the Ferry regime. For just the 2nd time in his career, Danny Ferry will get to make a selection in the first round of the NBA Draft. I talked a little bit last week about some of the Cavaliers’ options. But is it possible that spending all that time without picking first round guys Danny Ferry has forgotten what first round talent looks like?

According to Bob Finnan in The News-Herald on Sunday, there are a handful of guys that Danny Ferry is expected to bring in for workouts. One such guys is Memphis PF Joey Dorsey. Finnan writes,   [Read more...]