April 24, 2014

2013-14 NBA Schedule: Cavaliers open against Nets, host Heat twice

For the fifth-consecutive year, the Cleveland Cavaliers will open up the year at Quicken Loans Arena as they will play host to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, October 30 as the two open up their respective 2013-14 seasons.

Marquee-type highlights of the home schedule include two visits each from the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and the abovementioned Nets. LeBron James and the two-time defending NBA Champion Heat will visit the Cavaliers on Wednesday, November 27 and Tuesday, March 18. The Knicks will come to town on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, March 8. On Monday, January 20th, the Dallas Mavericks will visit The Q for a special MLK Day 1:00 p.m. matinee game. The new-look Nets, complete with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, will make their second appearance on Wednesday, April 16 in the regular season finale.

The Cavaliers will have 20 sets of back-to-back games, including seven home-road sets, nine road-home sets and four road-road set. They will make nine national television appearances including three games on ESPN, one game on TNT and five games on NBA TV. Cleveland will play 17 weekend home dates comprised of four Friday games, seven Saturday games and six Sunday games.

The entire schedule can be found found here via Cavs.com.

[Related: The Boots: Cavs defense, Dion Waiters and the depth chart]

Back-to-back stints proving to be the bane of the Cavaliers

With the Cavaliers’ celebratory win over the Los Angeles Lakers having been short-lived following their second-half free fall in Indiana, there are several causes of concern.

For starters, this marks the sixth-consecutive time this season where the Wine and Gold have dropped the second half of back-to-back stints. A heart-breaking buzzer beater in Milwaukee coupled with a bevy of late-game leads slipping away, and the young Cavaliers are showing that energy is not exactly easy to manufacture when it comes to the 96th minute of play.

The Cavaliers, coincidentally, have five more back-to-back slates between now and the first week of January, having their weekends fully booked. Worse, the second night of each pairing but one is on the road — the Cavs will travel to New York, Milwaukee, Boston, Washington and Brooklyn. Looking for more salt in the scheduling wound? This week and next will provide back-to-back weeks where the Cavaliers play four games in five nights, leaving little time for rest and even less time for practice.

Which leads to the next area of concern in rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters.

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Your Cleveland Cavaliers 2012-13 Schedule Analysis

The Cleveland Cavaliers are officially back in the national spotlight. Sure, it’s only one nationally televised game on ESPN, but after a year of getting blanked by the ratings-hungry, the Wine and Gold (read: Kyrie Irving) will grace flat panels across the country when they host the Chicago Bulls on December 5, 2012. This broadcast, coupled with three other contests which will be aired on NBATV1 provide the baby steps needed to acclimate the non-Cleveland market to the post-LeBron James Cavaliers.

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Footnotes:

  1. Nov. 18th at Philadelphia, Nov. 26th at Memphis and Feb. 23rd at Orlando []

Cavaliers 2011-12 Schedule: Notes and Analysis

The Cleveland Cavaliers may currently not be under contract, but they have officially been made aware of where they will be playing in the event that the current lockout is lifted before the start of the regular season.

Though the NBA will officially tip off one night prior, the Cavaliers will once again open up the regular season against the Boston Celtics, this time on the road as they’ll square off on November 2.  The team’s official home opener will occur on Friday, November 4 as they will play host to the Toronto Raptors.

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Cavs Schedule Difficult in Late December

Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer

Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer

Sitting at 16-7 on the season, there are many ways you can come up with excuses for the Cleveland Cavaliers thus far this season. The big Shaq-uisition would definitely be up on that list, and as linked to in WWW this morning, Stepien Rules had a pretty solid list of other reasons with the schedule. Well what does that mean going forward? Not a whole lot, as the schedule becomes increasingly more difficult starting tonight with their road game at contending Oklahoma City.

In the first 23 games this season, representing just over a quarter of the entire schedule, the average winning percentage of a Cleveland opponent has been .463. Additionally, of their seven losses only two were against teams that currently have records above .500 (Boston and Houston). Those are disappointing signs when looking toward home court advantage for the Cavs in the playoffs this season. Now with the day-to-day importance of the season cranking up ever so slightly, the team needs to crunch down against some key opponents in order to make a push.
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Cavaliers Fortunate Since Loss to Celtics

83009343JD006_CLEVELAND_CAVAlmost three weeks ago, Rick penned a piece titled “Up for Grabs” that discussed the then near future of the Cavaliers and Celtics.  Two teams that were not only combating injuries, but considerably difficult schedules as they long to achieve the very coveted No. 1 seed in the Eastern conference playoffs.

After the Cavaliers lost to the Celtics last Friday, there were a lot of dejected fans.  They were down their best player, and simply abused the wine and gold in the paint and made very few errors for the entire 48 minutes. 

Then the following transgression  took place:

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When Were the Cavs Losing?

Given tonight’s big game against the Toronto Raptors, I thought I would look into when the Cavaliers have been actually losing at any point in a given basketball game.  By now, we know the results of the last month of basketball.  But when you take a look at how dominant this team has been, there is good reason why Raps fans are not really looking forward to tonight’s shindig.

From our friend Cuzoogle:

We suggest going out and getting your Christmas shopping done and avoid checking out the game. The Cavs are hotter than Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel mixed together and the Raptors are about as cold as the god d*mn weather here in Halifax. Add the two up and it will be a miracle if LBJ is still in the game come the final quarter. Cleveland was a hated team before this season thanks to Floppity Flop and Damon Jones but now they are hated because they are a good team. The outcome is going to be brutal and it kills us to be so negative towards the Raps but they have earned it for now.

Aside from the obvious dig at Anderson Varejao, I can’t say I disagree.  This team has been on an absolute mission over the last 30 days.  Losing isn’t something that has been commonplace in the final score.  But even in the midst of a game, there has not been many times that the Cavs have not been in the drivers seat. 

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Cavs Winning Streak Comes to an End

Allen Iverson, Cleveland CavaliersBack-to-back games.  On the road.  Against a top-tier team.  The stars were aligned last night for the 9-2 Cavaliers to become the 9-3 Cavaliers.  Last night’s loss to the Pistons was frustrating given our double-digit lead going into halftime.  But unlike the majority of the games that lead up to yesterday, the wine and gold reverted to the Cavs of old by having a lackluster second half.

Foul trouble, which may or may not have been due to fatigue, plagued the Cavaliers backcourt as Mo Williams and Delonte West combined for nine personal fouls.  In fact, though dropping 25 points and five three-point field goals, Williams played the fewest minutes since opening night against Boston.  Coincidentally, also a game where Mo had foul trouble. 

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