Statistical observations following another non-playoffs Cavs season

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers

Remember how much fun the playoffs were? From 2005-2010, spring time basketball in Cleveland was fun and exciting. If you recall, there were chants of “Eric Snow for MVP” one year – perhaps my favorite sports memory ever – and that’s how in love we once were with playoff basketball. If the past few days

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Numbers Don’t Lie: Cavs took huge steps defensively in 2013-14

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Across from the coach’s office within the Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room is a poster-sized sheet that serves as a reminder for what this team had set out to accomplish heading into the season. All 30 NBA teams, listed in order by opponent field goal percentage—a widely-used gauge to determine defensive prowess in a game that

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The Diff: Byron Scott, blown leads and the second-half Cavs

The Diff

Last week in The Diff, I brought you inside the numbers of the Sweet 16. With no more March and no more college basketball for Ohio sports fans, it’s time to move back to the pros. Although the current excitement surrounds the Tribe’s Opening Day win, I’m back for Cavs talk today. During the Cleveland

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The Diff: Cavalier notes on Tristan, turnovers, trades, etc

The Diff

Thanks so much to all of our WFNY readers (even my friend Terry Pluto) for sharing, liking and commenting on last week’s edition of The Diff about Michael Bourn. I’m heading back to basketball this week to share an assortment of thoughts as the team begins the second half tonight. Tristan Thompson’s progress One of

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The Diff: Young guards and high usage rates

The Diff

Thanks for indulging me with our little strikeout side trip last week. Now, I’m back at it with more basketball stats craziness. Hope you enjoy. In my first-ever edition of The Diff, I wrote about the potential of new All-Star Kyrie Irving. It started with a simple question: “Will Irving ever be a top 10 player

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WFNY Stats & Info: Placing Cavs’ youth in historical context

Everyone knows that the 2012-13 version of the Cleveland Cavaliers is quite young. Four recent draft picks (who all are heading to Houston) all are regulars, which means the average age of the team has to be one of the youngest in the NBA. In fact, that’s true. According to Basketball-Reference.com‘s age statistic, which averages

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WFNY Stats & Info: Luke Walton’s passing excellence

Here’s your mind-blowing stat of the day: Among all non-guards in the NBA with at least 75+ minutes played this season, Luke Walton ranks 2nd in assist percentage at 21.8%. He’s only trailing LeBron James, while outpacing Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce. According to Basketball-Reference.com, the definition of assist percentage is “an estimate of the

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WFNY Stats & Info: Marreese Speights with extended minutes

New Cavalier F/C Marreese Speights made quite a splash in his debut on Friday night against Milwaukee. In the incredible comeback victory, the 25-year-old Florida Gator provided 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting with 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 18 minutes. He played the entirety of the fourth quarter and also had some big defensive

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WFNY Stats & Info: Comparing Cavs’ momentum to the Thunder’s

Yesterday, we started off a new series in the WFNY Stats & Info column. Today, I follow up on some of the same themes. After looking at breakdown of the Cavs relatively improved play in their last 15 games, I couldn’t resist looking into how it compared to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008-09. As

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WFNY Stats & Info: Cavs’ efficiency up despite Anderson Varejao being out

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have had a rough stretch of games out west, and while it may not exactly be leading to a significant difference in the win column, the Wine and Gold have been playing markedly better when on the floor. Let’s take a look… Cavs’ efficiency in first 28 games (record: 5-23): 99.1-105.9 (-6.8)

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and a Study on Free Throw Shooting

(Disclaimer: All statistics in this article are updated as of the NBA games on Wednesday, March 31st.) The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the distinct honor of being the worst team in the NBA at free throw shooting percentage. Get excited folks, but you probably shouldn’t be too surprised about this by now. With Antawn Jamison struggling

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Around the NBA: The Debate on the Diff and Larry Hughes in Charlotte

What is more important in the NBA today: beating all your opponents by 20 points or continuously finding ways to win close games? It’s an argument that has been around in all sports in the country for years now, and it has jumped back into the spotlight recently. The main reason why is with stat-man

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The NBA’s Race for Home Court Advantage

It’s that time of the year again where the top teams in the NBA are battling for playoff positioning. Last season, the Cavs were able to secure the top-seed in the East as well as the entire league with their 66-16 record. Setting the pace for the league yet again this season, here is a

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Guest Post: A Second Look at the Eastern Conference Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers had another statement victory last night to improve to 45-14 and now own a decent lead in the Eastern Conference as well as the NBA. Last night was fun to see how the new-look Cavs match up against the Celtics, but what about the other Eastern powers? That is the topic for

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NBA Trade Rumors: Comparing Jamison, Murphy, Stoudemire, Z and Hickson

With rumors all around, it is time to stop the conspiracy theories and start to analyze what the different options bring to the table. Certainly there are various financial reasons to make particular moves or another, but this article will focus on what the most commonly mentioned trade pieces bring to the court. The individuals

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Grading the Cavaliers: J.J. Hickson

While the Cavaliers use the All-Star break to rest up (well most of them anyways) we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the season so far, and issue some grades. In addition, we will detail what the Cavaliers will need from each player in order to hoist some team hardware this

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How the Lakers and Cavaliers Have Reversed Roles in the NBA’s Top Tier

One year ago, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title for the 15th time in their historic franchise history. This occurred in June despite the fact the Lakers actually finished the regular season with one fewer victory than the Cleveland Cavaliers. What this means is that there there was something else more important than

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Cleveland Haters: John Hollinger Ranks Cavs as #3 in NBA

The NBA stats guru at ESPN strikes yet again with his latest blow to the Cavaliers franchise. Despite the fact Cleveland is currently on an 11-game winning streak, has the best record in the league at 41-11 and is directly on par with their 66-win mark a year ago, John Hollinger ranks them as the

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Shaquille O’Neal Starting to “Heat” Up

Get the joke, everyone? The Cavaliers continue their home stand hosting the Miami Heat tonight at the Q. Shaq used to play for Miami and even won a title with that team several years ago. Their nickname is the Heat and has been so since they entered the league in 1988. Shaquille “The Big Shaqtus”

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Guest Post: A First Look at the Eastern Conference Playoffs

With a stellar 38-11 record, the Cleveland Cavaliers currently lead the Eastern Conference by a large margin as well as hold the top mark in the NBA. But before we get way too ahead of ourselves, who could Cleveland realistically play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs? That is the topic for today’s

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