August 27, 2014

Should The Lakers Be Worried?


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Depleted Cavaliers Find A Way To Win

Cavaliers vs HornetsNew Orleans 78 Cleveland 92 [box]

It wasn’t always pretty. It certainly wasn’t easy. It was anything but conventional. But in the end, the one thing it was, was a win. On Friday night, the Cavaliers fought through all of their issues and circumstances to knock off the New Orleans Hornets 92-78. The win allowed the Cavaliers to remain the only team in the NBA to do 2 things. First, they’re the only team in the NBA who has not lost 2 games in a row yet, and second, they’re the only team undefeated at home. The Cavaliers’ 20-0 start at home marks the first time a team has won their first 20 at home since the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, a team that went on to win the NBA Championship.   [Read more...]

Follow Me, Following Cavs vs. Hornets

Considered a live blog for tonight, but opting for a different avenue.  I’ll be watching the Cavaliers take on the Hornets.  I’ll be pulling for the perfect record at home.  I’ll be playing the Austin Carr drinking game.  But I’ll be doing it all on Twitter.  Feel free to assist me through all three @WFNYScott.  Or just click on the image below.

All @WFNYScott replies during tonight’s game will be eligible to win a $5 gift card to the WFNY Swag shop for the t-shirt of your choosing.  So, come keep me company, and go Cavs!

(image politely borrowed from Brian’s Thoughts About Airplanes)

Southwest Division Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers played their first preseason game at home on October 7th against the Toronto Raptors and their first regular season game is October 28th against the Celtics in Boston. That gives us a less than a month until the season is officially underway, and so we will use the next week or two previewing the NBA season making predictions that will surely not even be remotely close to coming true.

First up is the Western Conference, and next we look at the Southwest Division.     [Read more...]

NBA Blogger Previews – Southwest Division

While we are doing our own NBA divisional previews here at WFNY, CelticsBlog (one of the absolute best in the business) is also hosting their annual Blogger Previews, and this year we were invited to participate. Our preview of the Cavaliers, along with all the other Central Division teams will be coming this week, but for now, the Southwest Division previews are up. Feel free to click around and check out some of the predictions and insight from some of the absolute best NBA writers you will find on the internet.   [Read more...]

So Long, Devin Brown

In an unfortunate turn of events, guard Devin Brown went from one of our Diamond in the Rough to 11th man in a matter of months.  Falling out of favor with Mike Brown, Devin was used primarily as a seat-warmer in the playoffs as the Cavaliers took on the best in the East.  Thus, it comes as no surprise that Brown will not be joining the Cavaliers come the 2008-09 season.

Despite nearly 54 percent of you wanting Brown to return, this one comes from the Hornets Beat:

The Hornets brought back a somewhat familiar face on Friday when the club signed swingman Devin Brown, who played with the team during its last exile season in Oklahoma City.

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Call Off the Posey Watch

ESPN’s Mark Stein is reporting that James Posey has signed a four year deal with the New Orleans Hornets. The deal is worth approximately $25 million. The Cavs were in the hunt to acquire the defensive specialist who spent last season in Boston. Posey was holding out hope that a team would offer more than the two or three year deal that was being offered by the Celtics, Cavs, Spurs and just about everyone with a mid-level exception. New Orleans decided the 31 year old was worth the risk of the extra year.

I’m glad they took that risk instead of the Cavaliers. The Posey auction demonstrated how ridiculous the NBA salary structure is. Posey got a deal for probably 2 years too many because 4 teams were willing to bid the same MLE contract amount for him. This is how teams end up tied to contracts that are not able to be traded, and players sitting on the bench that can’t help the team anymore. Not that we have seen that before in Cleveland…

He scored too fast…

lebronhornets.jpgAs soon as the ball left LeBron’s hand and went through the rim I knew it. This game was over. But not in a good way. Let’s backtrack and see how we got here first.

The story of the game for the Hornets was MVP candidate Chris Paul. (Yes, I will hear arguments for Paul to win the award this year, anyone else not named LeBron need not apply.) All Paul did was score 15 points and record 20 assists. That is not a typo. Paul drove to the lane at will in the first half and found David West or Tyson Chandler for easy baskets time and time again. The Cavaliers completely collapsed on Paul, leaving the backdoor wide open for New Orleans’ athletic big men. Delonte West simply could not keep Paul in front of him, or would not back off of him far enough to do so. Delonte played right on top of the quicker Paul and found himself unable to get around screens or picks. Damon Jones did a slightly better job of that in the second half, but gave Paul the room he needed to pick the Cavs apart.

David West had a decent game with 20 points and 6 boards, but was kept in check particularly when Joe Smith was in the ballgame. Smith finished the game +9, but got himself in foul trouble and wasn’t able to stay on the floor. The Hornets big men could not stop Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who had a season high 29 points to go with 15 rebounds. Z was tapping in shots (yes, Austin I know…best tip drill man in the league) and hitting from his spot on the left wing. Big Z was 13 for 19 from the field, and carried the Cavaliers at times offensively. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #72

New Orleans Hornets logoNew Orleans Hornets (48-21) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (40-31)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
7:00 PM EST

The Cavaliers are kind of getting close to being healthy. Daniel Gibson is starting to practice and should (hopefully) return to the lineup soon…possibly even for this game. But of course as soon as one is coming back, another one goes down. This time, it’s Ben Wallace’s turn as his back spasms are getting worse and he will likely miss this game. It won’t be an easy one with or without Wallace, as the Cavaliers take on one of the 3 best teams in the league in the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets feature one of the most exciting players to watch in the entire NBA in Chris Paul. CP3 is playing the point guard position better than perhaps any other PG in the history of the NBA this season. His numbers are through the roof, and the only person with a better PER this year than CP3 is our own LeBron. Hopefully it will be a fun matchup and the Cavaliers can start to find their groove, which is seeming so unattainable these days. [Read more...]