April 23, 2014

The Diff: Projecting the Cavs’ 2013-2014 rotation

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about how Kyrie Irving might actually be over-rated. This week, I’m writing about typical NBA rotations.

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The Cavs have had some strange players take the court over the three years of the Byron Scott era. I’ve shared this chart before many times that breaks down the minutes of those three seasons. It’s dreadful. You’ll see players like Samardo Samuels, Ryan Hollins, Manny Harris and Christian Eyenga with over 1,000 minutes! Alonzo Gee is the overall minutes leader! Anthony Parker and Ramon Sessions are in the top seven! That’s the biggest change for the 2013-14 season: The entire bench has been remodeled and fans will see a very, very new Cavs rotation. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Anderson Varejao the key for Cavs

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com

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Opposing scouts analyze NBA teams. Here’s one take on the Cavs: “Anderson Varejao is the Cavs’ second-most-important player. He plays unselfishly at both ends of the floor. He is an improved shooter, not a great shooter, but he can move the ball. He’s an unbelievable pick-and-roll defender, and he makes up for other people’s mistakes because he’s in the right place. He’s one of those guys you don’t like to play against, but you like to have him on your team.” [SI.com] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Uncle Drew coming back soon

While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Looks like Uncle Drew will be back again shortly. Check out Pepsi Max’s teaser YouTube and Instagram videos from the other day. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Browns can’t trade Josh Gordon

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Video analysis on why Josh Gordon is untradeable: “While Gordon is one step away from being suspended for an entire season under the NFL’s substance abuse policy, he is also one step away from being an elite receiver in the league. The Browns should accept nothing less than a first-round or high second-round draft pick for Gordon. He is that good.” [Will Burge/Bleacher Report] [Read more...]

Cavs Wine & Gold Scrimmage canceled mid-way due to slick floor

The Cleveland Cavaliers called their annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage during the third quarter today due to a slick floor at the Baldwin-Wallace University gymnasium. The slick floor was reportedly due to a humidity issue.

Head coach Mike Brown canceled the rest of the scrimmage after Tyler Zeller slipped and fell following a free throw, injuring himself when Anderson Varejao also landed on top of him. Zeller is listed as day-to-day with a strained left hip. He remains hopeful to play in the team’s preseason opener on Tuesday.

For the first time , the Cavs did not open their Wine & Gold Scrimmage to the public. Instead, it was hosted at Baldwin-Wallace and was only open to military members and their families.

The game ended with a 45-36 victory for Wine. Play stopped with 6:10 left in the third quarter of the 10-minute four-quarter contest. Wine’s Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 17 points and Gold’s Zeller finished with 13.

The Cavs will have a day off Sunday before resuming practice on Monday. Cavs.com has videos and photos from this afternoon’s event.

[Related: CJ the Great, Masfresco the Mentor]

Earl Clark on Mike Brown: ‘He’s really strict on defense’

“He’s really strict on defense. We have a young team, so he’s just trying to teach the guys the positions to be in so we can play the right way. He wants it done right. Like I said, we’ve got a young team, so it’s the first time where they may have a coach like that. He’s never going to change. That’s the way he coaches. I think he’s doing a great job.”

– New Cavaliers forward Earl Clark on returning coach Mike Brown, per The News-Herald’s Bob Finnan. Clark, 25, played under Brown for the Los Angeles Lakers during the start of the 2012-13 season. Brown was fired and replaced by Mike D’Antoni after just five games.

Last season, Cleveland finished 27th in defensive rating, often struggling to keep up with most squads on the defensive side. Brown brings back decades of defensive experience and these early comments are certainly promising as the Cavs hope to compete for one of the last available playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Regular season tickets went on sale this morning for the team at www.cavs.com. The team’s annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage is TODAY at 1 p.m. (you can watch it here). The Cavs then begin preseason action on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m.

[Related: Everything you need to know about new Cavs forward Earl Clark]

While We’re Waiting … Browns Hope for First Win, Dion Waiters’ Improvement, Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2012

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.

I sensationally agree with all of these points about the Brownies: “So the Browns keep losing. The Cincinnati Bengals are coming up in Week Six and they’re not nearly as bad as fans hope they are. As we’re accustomed to, our anti-heroes are finding creative and exhilarating ways to lose, yet the fans who have spent fourteen years saying ‘I just wish they were competitive’ are now complaining even harder about losing (side note: did you really expect the Browns to beat the New York Giants? Really? If yes, why? How? Don’t be dumb.).

But from a fan’s standpoint, what now? You’re upset, sure. You’re a little disappointed, of course. Do we chalk this season up as a failure? Do we complain about virtually everything we can think of? Do we continue to act like the front office enjoys losing? If we do that, I’m going to hate all of you. A lot.” [Kevin Nye/Dawg Pound Daily] [Read more...]

Box Score: Wizards 99, Cavaliers 95

Another rough game for the Cavs backcourt as they lost Saturday night to one of their closest comparable teams in the Eastern Conference at home. Poor shooting games from both Dion and Kyrie, while Jan Vesely and the Wizards frontcourt were able to score effectively throughout the contest.

 

Washington

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
B. Beal G 28:00 4-8 1-2 5-7 -1 2 4 3 1 1 0 0 2 14
J. Pargo G 16:15 1-5 0-3 1-2 -8 0 1 2 6 1 0 0 2 3
K. Seraphin C 5:33 1-2 0-0 0-0 -1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
J. Vesely F 32:19 5-5 0-0 3-4 +4 1 5 2 0 0 2 0 3 13
M. Webster F 16:27 2-5 0-2 3-4 -11 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 7
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-75 8-24 23-34   16 43 26 16 10 4 6 26 99
Percentages .453 .333 .676   Team Rebounds: 10
J. Crawford 31:10 5-16 1-4 3-4 +14 0 2 7 5 0 0 1 1 14
B. Cook 21:26 5-9 3-6 1-2 +2 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 14
T. Ariza 20:24 2-6 1-2 2-2 +6 1 5 1 1 2 0 1 2 7
E. Barron 20:13 1-2 0-0 2-3 -4 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 5 4
S. Mack 20:09 4-6 1-2 0-1 +1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 9
S. Randolph 16:29 2-7 0-0 1-2 +7 3 9 4 0 1 2 4 5 5
A.J. Price 11:36 2-4 1-3 2-3 +11 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 3 7
T. Booker DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Gray DNP – Coach’s Decision
N. Hilario DNP – Plantar Fasciitis (left Foot)
C. Martin DNP – Coach’s Decision
E. Okafor DNP – Coach’s Decision
C. Singleton DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Wall DNP – Inactive

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 24:59 3-13 0-2 3-4 -1 0 1 7 1 2 0 0 1 9
D. Waiters G 22:13 2-9 0-2 0-0 +5 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 4
A. Varejao C 25:05 5-9 0-0 1-3 +1 6 10 1 0 0 0 1 4 11
T. Thompson F 24:03 6-11 0-0 6-7 +7 8 10 0 1 0 4 1 0 18
C.J. Miles F 21:58 3-10 2-3 2-2 +6 1 3 2 2 3 0 0 2 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-85 6-18 21-28   20 44 20 16 8 6 4 25 95
Percentages .400 .333 .750   Team Rebounds: 13
A. Gee 26:02 4-7 0-1 5-7 -10 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 2 13
D. Gibson 25:47 4-12 2-7 1-1 -9 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 3 11
T. Zeller 23:33 3-6 0-0 3-4 -10 1 5 1 3 0 1 0 6 9
D. Sloan 23:01 3-5 2-2 0-0 -3 0 0 5 4 0 0 0 3 8
J. Leuer 22:55 1-3 0-1 0-0 -5 2 10 1 2 0 0 0 3 2
S. Samuels 0:24 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Azubuike DNP – Coach’s Decision
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Eric DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Harangody DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision
 

Portland Trail Blazers Claim Justin Holiday Off Waivers

One of the great stories of this year’s NBA Summer League for the Cavaliers was a forward from the University of Washington. Well, even though he signed on to be on the team’s preseason roster, he is now heading back west to join a new team. Here’s the report from The Oregonian:

Justin Holiday, a former University of Washington player, will join the Trail Blazers after they claimed him off waivers, the team announced Friday.

Holiday was waived by Cleveland on Wednesday, and Portland got him during the 48-hour waiver period. The Blazers say Holiday will join them Sunday, when they practice at their Tualatin facility before leaving for a Monday preseason game at Sacramento.

Holiday, 23, is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward who gained the reputation of being a good defender for the Huskies. In four years at Washington, he averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebound, including 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11. He is the younger brother of Philadelphia starting point guard Jrue Holiday.

Even though Holiday is an intriguing young wing, there likely was never going to be space on the Cavs’ final roster for him. Hopefully he can get some more opportunities in Portland and maybe we’ll see him back in Cleveland when the Blazers come to visit on Dec. 1.

[Related: Cavs Add Kevin Anderson, Justin Holiday to Training Camp Roster]

Box Score: Cavs 86, Bulls 83

A very impressive first half turned into a way-too-close finish at the University of Illinois tonight for the Cavs in their second preseason game.

Dion Waiters was the team’s leading scorer, finishing 7-for-12 from the field for 18 points. He looked much more impressive in this contest, especially in that first half, where he led the way along with fellow rookie Tyler Zeller (10 points on 4 field goal attempts).

Notably, the Cavs bench way out-performed the Bulls second unit throughout this contest. Lots of positives for the team moving forward from this one.

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
CLE 27 23 13 23 86
CHI 19 10 32 22 83
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 26:07 2-15 0-3 4-6 -10 2 2 0 2 1 0 3 1 8
C.J. Miles G 20:35 3-9 1-4 2-2 -3 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 3 9
A. Varejao C 25:14 3-8 0-0 2-4 +7 4 10 3 0 1 1 1 2 8
A. Gee F 25:25 1-3 0-0 0-0 -8 0 6 2 1 1 0 0 2 2
T. Thompson F 18:55 2-4 0-0 0-1 -2 1 3 0 5 0 1 1 3 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-73 10-20 16-24 10 34 17 24 10 3 9 28 86
Percentages .411 .500 .667 Team Rebounds: 15
D. Waiters 26:51 7-12 4-4 0-0 +6 0 1 3 4 0 0 2 4 18
T. Zeller 25:30 3-4 0-0 4-6 -1 1 4 3 2 1 1 0 4 10
O. Casspi 22:35 3-5 3-5 0-0 +11 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 9
D. Gibson 22:27 2-8 1-3 1-1 +13 0 2 4 3 2 0 1 5 6
S. Samuels 17:05 1-2 0-0 1-2 -12 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 2 3
L. Harangody 9:16 3-3 1-1 2-2 +14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 9
K. Anderson DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Azubuike DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Eric DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Holiday DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Chicago Chicago

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Hinrich G 27:00 6-12 1-5 1-1 +13 2 4 8 4 1 2 1 4 14
R. Hamilton G 24:25 4-10 0-0 2-3 +19 0 3 1 1 2 0 0 4 10
J. Noah C 21:34 1-2 0-0 2-4 -2 3 8 2 3 0 2 0 4 4
C. Boozer F 19:32 5-11 0-0 0-2 +4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 10
L. Deng F 18:40 2-6 0-3 0-0 +1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-86 1-19 22-29 24 53 17 22 11 9 3 28 83
Percentages .349 .053 .759 Team Rebounds: 12
N. Mohammed 26:26 2-7 0-0 0-0 -1 7 11 0 0 0 1 1 3 4
J. Butler 26:02 2-7 0-3 5-6 -1 3 7 2 2 2 1 0 2 9
M. Belinelli 23:35 2-6 0-3 4-4 -22 3 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 8
T. Gibson 18:48 4-8 0-0 4-4 -4 4 7 0 4 2 2 0 3 12
N. Robinson 16:28 1-11 0-4 3-3 -8 1 3 2 4 2 0 0 0 5
V. Radmanovic 9:40 1-2 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 2
M. Teague 4:32 0-3 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Emmett 3:18 0-1 0-0 1-2 -3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
R. Allen DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Fesenko DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Jaric DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Rose DNP – Coach’s Decision

Kyrie Irving: ‘I’ll Be Back by September 1st’

“My hand’s alright. I’ve had the surgery, and I’m just rehabbing right now. The way it happened was a freak accident, it wasn’t an anger play or anything like that. It was just like dang, I messed up, and slapped the wall. I’ll be back on the court by September 1st, and I’ll be 150-percent by the start of the season”.

The latest update on the condition of Kyrie Irving’s right hand is via a Q-and-A with former WFNY scribe and Stepien Rules editor Brendan Bowers. Of course, Irving injured the hand during a summer league practice on July 14 and underwent surgery on July 18.

In the Q-and-A, Irving also discussed whether he thinks the Cavs are a playoff team, how the offseason went overall and if the rest of the team will be ready for Camp Scott (which will be preceded by Camp Kyrie). He also shared his excitement for the addition of forward C.J. Miles and how the overall experience of being a part of the USA Select Team was this summer.

That announced target date certainly is good news for Cavs fans, as the preseason is set to begin October 8 and the regular season tips off October 30 against Washington at the Q.

[Related: Random Cavaliers Off-Season Thoughts]

Cavaliers to Host Preseason Game in Canton

Helping bridge the gap between the NBA franchise and the D-League affiliate, the Cleveland Cavaliers will play host to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in a preseason contest.

“This is an exciting situation for us to be able to bring a Cavaliers preseason game to Canton and continue to build and develop the deeper, long term relationship we want to have with our fans here and the community at large,” said Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski.

The Charge’s innaugural season was in 2011-12 where the team rostered 27 different players including Cavaliers’ Manny Harris, Christian Eyenga and Luke Haragody. Their season ended in the league semifinals, falling victim to the Austin Toros, one game shy of the NBDL championship series.

The remainder of the Cavaliers’ 2012-13 preseason schedule will be announced at a later date. All preseason games will be broadcast live on the Cavaliers’ Radio Flagship WTAM 1100 AM and WHBC 1480 AM in Canton.

[Related: Andy Murray is so Cleveland]