April 20, 2014

WFNY Podcast – 2013-01-22 – Craig and Andrew Talk All Things NBA

WFNY Podcast LogoCraig has had a pretty long string of guests on who, when talking about the NBA, have prefaced their opinions with a disclaimer that they don’t really follow the NBA much. So I begged Craig to let me come on and talk about the sport. He was nice enough to oblige. Some topics we touched on:

  • Post-LeBron NBA hangovers
  • Did the old system fail?
  • Will the new system work?
  • The disgrace that is the potential move of the Sacramento Kings
  • Will Byron Scott be around when the Cavaliers make the playoffs?
  • Where the Cavaliers are in the rebuilding process
  • And more

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Box Score: Kings 97, Cavaliers 94

This game brought some big changes for the Cavaliers. First of all, Tristan Thompson was playing without his mask. This game also saw Shaun Livingston make his Wine and Gold debut. But the big change was Coach Scott’s decision to start CJ Miles and bring Dion Waiters off the bench. In the first half, the move paid off as CJ Miles had a big first quarter and then Dion Waiters followed with a 14 point 2nd quarter to lead the Cavaliers to a halftime lead.

In the 3rd quarter, though, the Cavaliers’ offense went missing and a slew of bad fouls early in the quarter allowed the Kings to use the free throw line to build a 10 point lead.

The Kings were playing their 2nd road game in two nights, and generally when that happens teams struggle to hang on to leads and keep up the intensity for a full game. It looked that might be happening as the Cavaliers went on a run toward the end of the 3rd quarter and regained the lead early in the 4th.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, though, the Kings weren’t going to just roll over and hand the game to Cleveland. The Cavaliers seemed to be lacking energy for much of this game despite having 2 days off, and it was Cleveland who made bad plays and unfortunate turnovers down the stretch.

Tristan Thompson fell 1 point short of yet another double double, and he struggled with foul trouble, forcing him to sit for much of the game. This opened the door for big minutes for Luke Walton, who, to his credit, made some really nice defensive plays including a big blocked shot and a couple charges drawn. Kyrie Irving lead the Cavaliers with 22 points and Dion Waiters had 20.

Without Anderson Varejao, though, the Kings’ frontcourt was just too much as DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 16 rebounds while Jason Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds. While there were some things to like from Cleveland in this one, particularly some nice scoring distribution, it was not a great start to the New Year for the Cavaliers, as things looked pretty 2012 in this game.

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 28 24 22 23 97
CLE 25 28 18 23 94

 

Sacramento

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Salmons G 31:58 3-6 1-4 0-0 +10 1 3 3 3 1 0 0 5 7
I. Thomas G 19:29 3-8 0-2 2-3 +4 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 8
D. Cousins C 34:22 7-17 0-0 4-4 +13 7 16 6 1 2 1 0 3 18
J. Thompson F 36:23 8-16 0-0 3-4 +4 3 10 2 1 0 3 2 3 19
F. Garcia F 33:35 6-13 2-6 0-0 +11 1 6 2 0 2 2 0 2 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-88 3-16 18-23 15 46 22 10 8 6 4 19 97
Percentages .432 .188 .783 Team Rebounds: 5
A. Brooks 28:34 6-10 0-2 1-2 +1 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 13
C. Hayes 16:48 1-5 0-0 0-0 -9 1 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 2
J. Johnson 16:08 2-6 0-0 4-5 -9 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 8
J. Fredette 14:54 1-5 0-2 4-5 -7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 6
T. Robinson 7:49 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
T. Honeycutt DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Outlaw DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Thornton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 35:03 8-18 1-4 5-6 -7 2 5 6 3 0 0 1 2 22
C.J. Miles G 28:44 4-13 1-7 3-3 -5 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 2 12
T. Zeller C 35:55 3-7 0-0 2-2 -5 3 8 0 3 0 2 2 2 8
A. Gee F 38:33 5-10 1-3 5-6 -3 2 10 6 1 0 0 1 2 16
T. Thompson F 35:22 4-12 0-0 1-2 +4 5 13 0 2 0 0 1 4 9
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-87 5-21 21-24 15 50 19 13 2 4 6 20 94
Percentages .391 .238 .875 Team Rebounds: 10
D. Waiters 29:21 8-19 1-4 3-3 +1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 5 20
L. Walton 17:58 2-7 1-3 0-0 -7 1 7 3 2 1 1 0 3 5
S. Livingston 12:57 0-1 0-0 2-2 +4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
K. Jones 6:07 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

2012-13 NBA Blogger Previews: Pacific Division

For the past several years, the great Boston Celtics blog CelticsBlog.com has hosted an annual NBA Bloggers Preview. Basically, every day leading up to the start of the season, one team is previewed by some of the best writers on their team blogs, and then once the division is done, we will post the links to all the previews.

The Cavaliers preview day is tomorrow, so check back then for our preview of the upcoming season. In the meantime, though, check out all the excellent links below to start getting your fill of NBA goodness before the season starts.

Can Andrew Bogut stay healthy this season, and if so, what will his impact on the Warriors be?

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2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Pacific 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 Pacific 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. We will be posting the Cavaliers preview later today, so stay tuned. [Read more...]

Mo Williams Carries Cavaliers Over Kings

Mo Williams Hugs Gloria James (Tony Dejak - AP)

Mo Williams Hugs Gloria James (Tony Dejak - AP)

Cavaliers 117 – Kings 110 (box)

And the beat goes on with the Cavaliers.  First Ilgauskas goes down.  Then Delonte West follows suit.  Even WFNY writers couldn’t quite come to grips with how the team was going to compete without two of its starters. Last night, deep in the Q (shoutout A.C.) the Cavaliers played an ugly game, completely against their style, and yet found a way to win.

I don’t know if it is more discouraging that the Cavs managed to give up 110 points, or that they allowed 50% shooting to happen on their home court.  The Cavs lost the turnover battle, committing 14 to the Kings 11.  The Cavs allowed the Kings to shoot 12-25 from three last night.  Granted the Kings have some guys who can catch fire and shoot the lights out, but 48%?

Yet, the Cavs found a way to win.  Mo Williams was easily the story of the game for the Cavs.  He put up his most gaudy stat line since donning a Cavaliers uniform.  He scored 43 points on 15-24 shooting, including 7-12 from three.  He was 6-6 from the free throw line and surprisingly enough also accounted for 11 of the Cavs’ 26 assists.  He came up two rebounds short of a triple-double, but if you were wondering whether Mo belongs in the All-Star game or not, I don’t know if you have to wonder any more. [Read more...]

Wally For Brad Miller? Another Bizarre Trade Rumor

Wally SzczerbiakPerhaps I am just overestimating the worth of $13 million of salary cap relief. Especially in this day, when everyone is trying to clear as much space for 2010 as they can, you’d think $13 million was a valuable piece of trade bait. So far, though, the rumors for Wally Szczerbiak and his now famous expiring contract have been pretty underwhelming.

First, there were the rumors of a deal involving Wally and Anderson Varejao going to Miami for Shawn Marion, a trade I wholeheartedly oppose. Now the latest involves another guy who has seemingly has his best days behind him. Bill Ingram for Hoopsworld has the latest. In his evening scoop column last night, he wrote,

“It’s no secret that the Sacramento Kings are in love with Wally Szczerbiak’s ending contract. The Kings are officially rebuilding, and Szczerbiak’s ending deal is exactly the kind of thing the Kings would love to get a hold of. HOOPSWORLD has learned that the Kings would send Brad Miller and a player to the Kings if it would return Szczerbiak and JJ Hickson.” [Read more...]