August 2, 2014

Game One: Cavaliers vs Nets Behind The Box Score

They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game.

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Opening nights are generally fun regardless, but there’s simply nothing better than getting that first win under your belt in game one.

The Cavaliers got off to a slow start, but after a Mike Brown timeout with the Cavs trailing 10-2, both teams settled into a nice groove and for 3 quarters this a pretty solid, well played basketball game. Then the 4th quarter happened.

In the 4th, things devolved into an ugly defensive grind-fest which carried with it an almost playoff like atmosphere. The crowd was into and the game felt like it hinged on every single possession for the last 4 minutes. In the end, though, the Cavaliers were able to make plays to get the needed baskets and they were able to get defensive stops when they needed them.

And defense was the story of this game for the Cavaliers. Lets get into the numbers.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Open the Season with Hope, Excitement, and Something New….Expectations

Cleveland Cavaliers

Season 44 of Cleveland Cavalier basketball tips off tonight at 7:00 at The Q when the Wine and Gold host the new-look Brooklyn Nets. That much we know for sure. Beyond that, so much of this upcoming season is a mystery. But the nice thing about the unknown is that it can offer equal parts hope and excitement.

Hope is nothing new for Cleveland. People often mistakenly assume that Cleveland sports fans are miserable and hopeless. Well, we might be miserable, but for some reason we never let go of hope.

There was hope that the post-LeBron Cavaliers would still make a playoff run with the likes of Mo Williams, JJ Hickson, Antawn Jamison, and Daniel Gibson. There was hope that Byron Scott would bring a fresh, new, exciting brand of basketball to Cleveland. There was hope that Brandon Weeden in his 2nd year would make the leap into a competent QB and lead the Browns to a meaningful season. There was hope that an overachieving Indians team could ride their hot streak into the playoffs and make an improbable run at the World Series.

So maybe our hope isn’t paid off very often. But this unrequited hope is what makes Cleveland sports fans so great. And never is hope more abundant than on opening day of any season. None of this is new. I feel like every year on opening night I write about the hope of a new season and the quality of the unknown and blah, blah, blah. It’s all a fine sentiment, but all it’s ever done recently is precede a gut-wrenching season of miserable basketball. [Read more...]

Box Score: Cavaliers 101, Nets 114

Anderson Varejao started this game on fire, setting the tone for what would be a monster game for him. He ends this one with a career high 35 points and added 18 rebounds to go with it. Kyrie Irving was huge in the 2nd half and he finished with 34 points of his own to go with his 8 assists. It wouldn’t be enough for the Cavaliers, though.

The Cavaliers were actually winning after the 1st quarter, 30-29. They would follow with a 12 point second quarter, though, and they were never within single digits of the Nets from there. Kyrie and Anderson’s combined 69 points was impressive, but there just wasn’t enough help in this one.

The Nets routinely were able to get seemingly whatever basket they wanted inside the paint, taking advantage of some poor defense and countering with excellent ball movement all night. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez looked the part of a Big 3 in this one, scoring 26, 25, and 23 points respectively  Andre Blatche scored 13 points off the bench to easily outscore the Cavaliers bench by himself. Jon Leuer had 4 points, Donald Sloan hit 2 FTs, and nobody else off the bench scored a single point. In almost 18 minutes Daniel Gibson attempted one shot, a 3 pointer he missed.

A lot of recurring themes in this game for the Cavaliers, and Anderson Varejao’s frustration with the team’s performance was palpable. To their credit, though, the Cavaliers never gave up and fought with everything they had to close the deficit to 10 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Nets simply had too much down the stretch and the Cavaliers just aren’t a team capable of getting enough big stops when they need them at this point.

The Cavaliers now have 3 days off to work on defense and maybe find something to help the bench performance before they return home to face the Mavericks on Saturday.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:44 9-19 2-6 14-14 -1 1 4 8 4 3 0 2 2 34
D. Waiters G 35:48 3-16 1-5 1-2 -10 0 4 2 2 2 0 1 2 8
A. Varejao C 37:29 16-21 0-0 3-3 +4 11 18 3 1 2 0 1 2 35
A. Gee F 37:57 2-7 0-1 0-0 +6 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 4 4
T. Thompson F 30:49 6-11 0-0 2-5 -5 3 5 0 1 1 0 3 4 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-87 3-14 22-26 16 35 16 12 10 0 10 26 101
Percentages .437 .214 .846 Team Rebounds: 13
D. Gibson 17:45 0-1 0-1 0-0 -9 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 0
J. Leuer 17:05 2-7 0-0 0-0 -13 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 4
S. Samuels 10:37 0-3 0-0 0-0 -12 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
L. Walton 5:57 0-0 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
D. Sloan 5:44 0-2 0-1 2-2 -9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
O. Casspi 3:05 0-0 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
C.J. Miles DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision

Brooklyn

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Johnson G 38:37 9-16 3-9 4-5 +18 0 5 6 3 1 1 0 2 25
D. Williams G 35:55 10-20 1-6 5-5 -7 1 2 10 3 1 0 0 2 26
B. Lopez C 28:47 10-14 0-0 3-5 -2 2 7 1 2 1 4 0 4 23
K. Humphries F 27:13 4-5 0-0 4-6 +4 3 6 1 1 0 1 0 5 12
K. Bogans F 10:49 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 42-77 5-22 25-31 12 39 27 13 5 10 0 23 114
Percentages .545 .227 .806 Team Rebounds: 7
C.J. Watson 28:16 2-7 1-3 2-2 +10 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 7
R. Evans 20:47 0-0 0-0 2-2 +9 3 8 1 1 1 0 0 1 2
A. Blatche 19:13 4-7 0-0 5-6 +15 1 5 1 2 0 3 0 2 13
J. Childress 15:01 1-2 0-0 0-0 +6 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 2
J. Stackhouse 14:52 2-3 0-1 0-0 +10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4
T. Shengelia 0:30 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Taylor DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Teletovic DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Head to Brooklyn to Finish First Road Trip of the Season

The bad news for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-5, 12th in the East) is that once again, they are playing on the road. The good news is the game is in the Eastern Time Zone and closer to home. The even better news is that this one is  this is the final game of a debilitating and demoralizing road trip.

Yes, mercy comes to the Cavaliers as they head to Brooklyn to check out the Nets’ (3-2, 4th in the East) new digs. This road trip has seen heartbreaking buzzer beaters, tough injuries, bouts with sickness and food poisoning, bitter collapses, and in general, lots of losing. I won’t be sad to see it come to an end. I’m eager to see MGK’s face on my TV again1.

This may be broken record time here again, but if you want to know why the Cavaliers are 2-5 despite playing what seems like better basketball, look no further than the defense. The Cavaliers are dead last in opponents eFG% and 23rd in the NBA in opponents FTs per FGA. Essentially, the 2 most important factors on defense (not letting the other team get good shots and not fouling them) are the 2 areas the Cavaliers have been terrible at. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg_TZk45b84 []

Some Thoughts on the NBA on the Eve of Season Tip-Off

Happy NBA Season Eve everyone!

Tomorrow the NBA season kicks off with a TNT double header featuring prime matchups between the Celtics and Heat, and the Mavericks and Lakers. But there is one other game tomorrow night, and it’s the most anticipated and sure to be the most watched game of the three.

That’s right, tomorrow night one of the great “rivalries” in the NBA resumes when the Washington Wizards visit our beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. Ok, yes, I’m being facetious. Nobody outside Washington and Cleveland cares about this game, and the Wizards and Cavaliers are not “rivals”, and they never were. But that doesn’t mean we Cavalier fans shouldn’t be filled with excitement over another season about to tip off.

We’ll cover more on the Cavaliers specifically tomorrow, but for today, I wanted to kick off general NBA coverage with some overall generic thoughts on the NBA as a whole. There’s been some huge moves in the offseason, and another monumental shift occurred this weekend when the Oklahoma City Thunder traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets. So lets get into some of the main storylines of this NBA season (along with some musical interludes to enjoy as we go along). [Read more...]

2012-13 NBA Blogger Previews: Atlantic 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 s0me 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 Tuesday, October 9th, 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 the Celtics stay healthy and make yet another run? And how will Jason Terry and Courtney Lee do as replacements for the departed Ray Allen? How big of a difference can Joe Johnson make as the Nets make their Brooklyn debut? How badly will the Knicks miss Jeremy Lin and can Jason Kidd make Knicks fans forget about losing Lin? How well can the overhauled 76ers lineup gel? Will Evan Turner step up in Andre Iguodala’s absence, and how will Andrew Bynum fare now that he is out of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol’s shadows in Los Angeles? As Jonas Valanciunas makes his NBA debut for the Raptors, will he make the Cavaliers regret passing on him for Tristan Thompson? [Read more...]

Wojnarowski: Cavaliers Out of the Dwight Howard Trade Situation

Much of the past couple days have been spent focusing on the potential 3-4 team trade to get Dwight Howard from Orlando to Brooklyn. The Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to be the 3rd team involved in the trade, looking to acquire Kris Humphries and a first round pick for their troubles.

According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, though, the Cavaliers are no longer involved in the trade discussions:

Not only is Cleveland out, but it sounds as if the trade itself seems to be falling apart, with the Magic and Nets now trying to focus on a deal just between the two teams:

As always, the Cavaliers have not and will not comment on this trade. Despite some ridiculous speculation that the Cavaliers were looking to facilitate this trade to “stick it” to LeBron by creating another Eastern Conference power, the reality of the situation is the Cavaliers were merely looking to add assets for nothing. When it became clear, though, that Kris Humphries wanted a longer deal than the Cavaliers were comfortable giving him, the Cavaliers walked away from the table.

[Related: Irving, Waiters, Thompson and Zeller Headline Cavs’ Summer League Roster]

Box Score: Cavaliers 105, Nets 100

It was the night of the rookies for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson scored a career high 27 points and Kyrie Irving had 26 points (14 of them in the 4th quarter) as the Cavaliers came away with a nice win in New Jersey.

The Cavaliers got off to a hot start as Tristan Thompson was active in the post and was punishing the Brook Lopez-less Nets with dunk after dunk. The Cavs had an early 15 point lead, but Deron Williams wasn’t about to let the Nets go down without a fight. Williams used some precise shooting and some crafty moves in the lane to bring the Nets all the way back.

The game would be back and forth from then on, before Mr 4th Quarter, Kyrie Irving, took over and did his thing. After Williams blew by Irving for a nice dunk, the rookie showed he wasn’t going to back down and on the subsequent possession Irving drove in for an And-1 opportunity. Then on the next possession Irving hit a 3 pointer to give the Cavaliers a lead they would never relinquish.

Going back to our theme of development, Tristan really did a nice job making his impact felt, going for 27 points and 12 rebounds. Kyrie Irving had 26 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 1 steal. Donald Sloan came off the bench to backup Irving and chipped in 11 points of his own. It’s far too early to proclaim Sloan a future backup candidate, but he did show some excellent composure and did some nice things to help the Cavaliers win.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
A. Parker G 31:51 2-6 0-2 0-2 +10 0 3 5 0 1 1 0 1 4
K. Irving G 31:14 8-20 3-6 7-8 -2 1 5 7 4 1 0 2 5 26
T. Thompson C 37:29 12-16 0-0 3-4 -8 8 12 1 2 0 1 1 3 27
A. Jamison F 39:14 5-20 1-3 2-2 +11 6 13 3 1 0 1 1 2 13
A. Gee F 28:30 3-6 0-0 2-4 -2 0 7 1 2 1 0 1 6 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 41-89 5-15 18-27 21 55 21 11 6 3 6 25 105
Percentages .461 .333 .667 Team Rebounds: 7
D. Sloan 19:33 4-6 1-1 2-2 +7 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 11
S. Samuels 19:17 5-5 0-0 0-3 +7 4 6 2 2 1 0 0 2 10
D. Gibson 17:14 1-5 0-1 2-2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 4
O. Casspi 15:38 1-5 0-2 0-0 +2 1 4 0 0 2 0 0 1 2
S. Erden DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Hollins DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

New Jersey

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Williams G 38:02 8-23 4-10 8-9 +4 0 0 8 5 2 0 2 3 28
M. Brooks G 29:54 3-10 0-2 4-6 -2 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 2 10
S. Williams C 25:46 4-5 0-0 1-2 -5 2 5 2 3 0 1 0 4 9
G. Wallace F 39:58 8-14 1-4 10-11 -5 1 12 1 1 0 1 0 4 27
K. Humphries F 33:12 5-10 0-0 3-3 -8 4 11 2 1 0 1 1 5 13
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-81 6-23 26-31 10 37 15 12 6 6 3 24 100
Percentages .420 .261 .839 Team Rebounds: 10
G. Green 27:29 2-6 1-2 0-0 -7 2 3 0 2 1 2 0 4 5
A. Morrow 19:49 3-10 0-4 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
J. Petro 15:52 1-2 0-0 0-0 +9 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
J. Smith 9:58 0-1 0-1 0-0 -9 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
J. Farmar DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Gaines DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Stevenson DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Williams DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Continue Fitting Puzzle Pieces Together in New Jersey

As hard as it may be to believe, there are only 6 weeks left in the NBA regular season. It feels like this season just started a month or so ago, but here we are hitting the home stretch. Some have said that the Ramon Sessions trade killed the Cavaliers’ playoff chances, but in all honesty, those chances were dead with the way the team opened the 2nd half of the season.

The fact is, the Cavaliers were not a good enough team to make the playoffs. So rather than wasting energy over these final 6 weeks talking about how far out of the playoffs the team is, let’s focus instead on development.

Tonight, the Cavaliers (16-26, 10th in the East) travel to New Jersey to face the Nets (15-31, 13th in the East) in the road finale of a back-to-back. The Cavaliers and Nets have split the first two matchups this year, both in Cleveland. Now the Cavaliers will try to earn at least a split of the two remaining games in New Jersey. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #8: Nets at Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) vs
New Jersey Nets (2-5)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
7:30 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to go for 4 straight wins overall and 2 in a row against the New Jersey Nets. Last night, the Cavaliers got what was easily their ugliest win of the year. They didn’t shoot the ball well at all, for long stretches in the middle of the game they slowed things down and forgot to keep running the offense. But they rebounded well, they racked up the assists, they limited turnovers, and they got just enough production from their bench to win. As predicted, this is becoming a team that is very easy to fall in love with thanks to their toughness, effort, unselfishness, conditioning, and the way someone different seems to step up every night. This is the easy part of the Cavs schedule, and December and January still look to be horribly brutal months for the Cavaliers, but for now, this is fun and the Cavs look to keep up momentum tonight back home at the Q in front of some of the best basketball fans in the league (more on this coming tomorrow). [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #7: Cavs at Nets

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-3) vs
New Jersey Nets (2-4)
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

The Cleveland Cavaliers finish off their 3 game mini road trip tonight with the front end of a home and home with the New Jersey Nets. After winning their first 2 games this year, the Nets ran into a buzz saw of a schedule, having to play the Heat twice and the Magic once, leading to a 4 game losing streak. The Nets are returning home after their brutal Florida trip and they will be hungry for a win at home. As for the Cavaliers, I was slightly concerned, if you recall, with the fact they had to take a 3 game losing streak out on the road. However, a couple strong performances on the road leading to consecutive wins on the back of Mo Williams and this team heads into Jersey running high on confidence. I expect a good game between two teams who will view these next 2 games as extremely winnable. [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Atlantic 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.

First up is the Atlantic 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 on September 29, so stay tuned. [Read more...]

NBA Free Agency: Wade and Bosh To Miami, but What About LeBron?

The plot is beginning to take shape and the end game of the 2010 free agency situation is starting to come into focus. The question everyone wants to know is, will we be happy or will we be devastated?

This morning we might have some more clues to consider. ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are indeed teaming up in Miami. Yes, this is the same Chris Broussard who reported that Wade, Bosh, and LeBron met in Miami (which has since been refuted) and who reported that the Raptors would do a sign and trade with Cleveland if Bosh was on board. He reported that he thought Bosh would eventually warm up to playing in Cleveland before reporting that Bosh was never going to agree to Cleveland. So take it for what it’s worth.  [Read more...]

David Letterman Has Cleveland’s Back

I don’t normally watch late night talk shows. To be honest, these days, I’m usually in bed before 11:35 pm anyway. So it’s not every night that I watch David Letterman. However, I generally look at the late night shows in the guide and see if there’s going to be an interesting guest on, and if there is, I set my DVR to record it.

When I saw that Eminem and Jay-Z were set to perform, I decided it might be worthwhile to record. What I didn’t know was that Jay-Z was going to actually be a guest on the show as well. Once I saw that, I was really happy I had it recorded.

The interview started out boring enough. Frankly, Jay-Z may be a great entertainer, but the guy gives lousy interviews. He had quite literally nothing interesting to say whatsoever, and Dave could barely get more than 2 sentences out of him. It was a train wreck, as Dave tried to ask Jay-Z about his relationship with Eminem and why they were choosing to do their 2 shows in Detroit and New York City. Once the topic switched to basketball, though, things got a little more interesting as you can see in the video below:  [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #53: Nets at Cavs

Cavaliers vs NetsNew Jersey Nets (4-46) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (41-11)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

The Nets come into this game 42 games under .500 while the Cavaliers are 30 games over .500. I can’t recall the last time I saw a game with 2 teams so distantly separated by wins and losses. I guess this is how the Nets are going to make their best pitch to lure LeBron this summer. “Come join a team with a core of players who won 8 games last season. Hey look, we even have John Wall!!!!” Good luck with that. As for tonight’s game, there was some optimism yesterday that Delonte West would be making his return tonight, but the Cavaliers’ head honchos don’t feel the need to bring him back this early. Windhorst says they may not even bring him back against Orlando on Thursday and may instead let him rest through the All-Star Break. We’ll see what happens.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #25: Nets at Cavs

Cavaliers vs NetsNew Jersey Nets (2-22) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (17-7)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
7:00 PM EST
NBATV, FSOH/WTAM

Remember when LeBron James said he wasn’t going to talk about free agency anymore? So far he’s stuck to it like a champ and we haven’t heard a peep out of him about it. Tonight could be a temptation, though. The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the New Jersey Nets in the Q tonight. You know the story by now. LeBron is friends with Jay-Z, Jay-Z is a minority owner of the Nets, the Nets are moving to Brooklyn in 2009 in 2010 someday, Brooklyn is a NY borough, LeBron loves New York, LeBron loves the New York Yankees, CC Sabathia pitches for the Yankees, Sabathia used to pitch in Cleveland, therefore LeBron will play for the Nets next year. So it’s only reasonable to expect the NJ media who travels to Cleveland tonight to want to ask LeBron what it’s going to be like when he’s playing for them next year. We’ll see if LeBron bites.

As for on the court, the Cavaliers are going to be playing one of the worst basketball teams ever assembled. I mean, this team is historically bad. I think we all knew they would be bad, but I don’t know as if anyone knew they were going to be quite this awful. You might be tempted to think this is a trap game, with the Cavs playing a 2-22 team at home before having to travel to Philly tomorrow, but if the Cavaliers allow this game to be even interesting, let alone if they lose this game, then they have no business considering themselves contenders. After a couple solid wins in a row making up for a couple tough losses, it would be an awful shame for the Cavaliers to have another letdown so soon.    [Read more...]

Cavaliers Slow Start Fueling LeBron Rumors

Jay-Z and LeBron JamesIt was bound to happen. Shortly after the buzzer sounded and curtain fell on the Cavaliers’ morose 0-2 start to the season, it was evident that the whispers would be starting the next day. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the mainstream national media is going to see the Cavs struggle as an opportunity, and they will waste no time to pounce. And, of course, who else would get the ball rolling other than Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski? In a column that was intended to either insinuate doom for the Cavaliers or else to chastise owner Dan Gilbert for his overt support for Issue 3, he points out that the Cavaliers 0-2 start means certain peril for the LeBron era in Cleveland.

I could do a whole other post on both the ridiculousness of Dan Gilbert using the Cavaliers as a political platform to push support for Issue 3 and on the needlessness of Wojnarowski throwing this argument in to a column about LeBron’s future plans, but that’s for another day. What is prevalent to today, though, is Wojnarowski’s rather daunting and bleak outlook on what the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s takeover of the New Jersey Nets means to the Cavaliers in the context of this 0-2 start.  [Read more...]

2009-10 NBA Blogger Previews – Atlantic Division

The month of October means three things: 1) all hope and optimism for the Browns has dissipated, 2)  NBA preseason basketball is here, and 3) CelticsBlog is once again hosting their annual NBA Blogger Previews. We will be doing the Cavaliers preview next Monday, but this week the Atlantic Division was on the clock and you can read all the previews below.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #71: Nets at Cavs

Cavaliers vs NetsNew Jersey Nets (30-40) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (57-13)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
7:00 PM EST
FSNOH/WTAM

I wonder if at some point we’ll get tired of writing or reading about all the records that this Cavaliers team keeps breaking. Either way, today is not that day. Today, the Cavaliers go for franchise history. A win tonight would be the 58th win of the season, an amount no team in franchise history has ever reached before. Furthermore, the Cavaliers are looking to maintain their 4 game lead over Boston for top seed in the East as well as their one game lead over the Lakers for the best record in the NBA and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Nets will be fighting for a playoff spot, but they are currently 3 games behind 8th in the East with 2 other teams outside of the playoffs ahead of them in the standings. In other words, this game realistically should mean more to the Cavaliers than to the Nets.   [Read more...]

Eight In A Row

LeBron JamesLeBron James becomes the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 11,000 point mark en route to leading the Cavaliers over the Nets for their eight straight win of the season.

Cleveland 106, New Jersey 82 [box]

Tuesday night was more of the same for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and for once in this franchise’s history, that’s actually a good thing. A great thing, if you will. The Cavaliers walked through the first half only occasionally playing tough defense or running the offense, and found themselves trailing the Nets 52-49 at halftime.

Following the script, the Cavaliers came out and played lights out defense in the 2nd half and took care of the ball themselves and relied on clutch shooting from the backcourt to dominate the 2nd stage 57-30. You read that right. New Jersey had 28 points in the first quarter, and then the Cavaliers held them to just 30 points in the entire 2nd half.    [Read more...]