August 26, 2014

NBA Previews – Central Division and Northwest Division links

Kyrie Irving shoots over the Thunder's Serge Ibaka during the second quarter Saturday in Cleveland. Irving had 35 points in the Cavs' 115-110 victory. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The start of October represents the start of NBA Training Camp and Preseason. And with those come our annual NBA Blogger Previews. The Cavaliers’ preview was last week and now here are the links for the rest of the Central and Northwest Divisions. Check out the links and let us know in the comments which teams are your favorites to win each division.

Central Division

Chicago Bulls: Blog a Bull
Cleveland Cavaliers: Fear the Sword | Waiting For Next Year
Detroit Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys
Indiana Pacers: Indy Cornrows
Milwaukee Bucks: Brew Hoop

Northwest Division

Denver Nuggets: Denver Stiffs
Minnesota Timberwolves: Canis Hoopus
Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome to Loud City
Portland Trail Blazers: Blazer’s Edge
Utah Jazz: SLC Dunk

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Box Score: Cavaliers 100, Nuggets 99

Mr. 4th Quarter, indeed.

For the first 3 quarters of this game, Antawn Jamison and Alonzo Gee carried the Cavaliers. Jamison’s monster game will probably be overlooked, but Antawn was essential in making sure the Cavaliers got off to a good start. Jamison had 33 points to lead all scorers and without his and Gee’s offense, the Cavaliers would have fallen behind early.

But this game will be remembered for what Kyrie Irving did in the 4th quarter again. As Fred McLeod was annointing Kyrie as “Mr. 4th Quarter”, the Cavs rookie was living up to the name. Irving had 10 points in the 4th quarter, including a coast to coast drive to give the Cavs the lead for good on their last possession. Irving then got just enough body on Ty Lawson to force the Nuggets’ PG to miss the would be game winning drive.

Irving finished with 18 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals to help the Cavaliers snap their losing streak. Remember, the kid is just a 19 year old rookie. And already he is showing time and time and time again that when the game is on the line, Kyrie will do what it takes to lead the Cavaliers to victory.

Impressive win for the Cavaliers in what was a riveting, exciting game.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 32:48 8-16 0-3 2-2 +15 1 5 8 3 3 0 1 5 18
A. Parker G 27:36 2-5 1-1 0-0 +1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 5
R. Hollins C 18:25 1-2 0-0 0-0 +5 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 2
A. Jamison F 36:55 11-21 3-6 8-9 +5 2 9 1 1 0 0 2 4 33
A. Gee F 31:32 7-12 1-3 4-6 +20 1 7 3 3 4 1 0 2 19
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-82 7-23 19-23 5 36 23 13 11 1 5 26 100
Percentages .451 .304 .826 Team Rebounds: 9
T. Thompson 24:34 1-2 0-0 1-2 -5 0 3 2 0 1 0 1 1 3
R. Sessions 21:16 2-7 0-2 2-2 -9 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 1 6
D. Gibson 19:21 2-9 1-5 0-0 -4 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 5
O. Casspi 16:28 2-4 1-3 0-0 -19 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
S. Samuels 10:36 1-4 0-0 2-2 -4 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 4
M. Harris 0:29 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Erden DNP – Coach’s Decision
B. Uzoh DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision

Denver

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
T. Lawson G 40:59 6-14 1-4 5-5 -6 0 5 6 7 2 1 0 1 18
A. Afflalo G 39:37 4-8 1-3 4-6 -5 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 13
N. Hilario C 21:43 5-10 0-0 3-5 -9 2 5 1 4 2 1 0 4 13
C. Brewer F 20:12 2-10 0-4 0-0 -1 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 1 4
K. Faried F 19:44 2-2 0-0 1-2 -7 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 4 5
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-81 4-20 25-32 10 46 23 17 7 5 1 19 99
Percentages .432 .200 .781 Team Rebounds: 11
A. Harrington 33:14 10-20 1-6 1-2 +6 2 8 1 2 1 0 0 2 22
A. Miller 24:05 5-7 0-0 6-6 0 1 2 4 4 0 0 0 2 16
D. Gallinari 22:14 1-7 1-3 2-2 +10 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 5
C. Andersen 18:12 0-3 0-0 3-4 +7 1 7 1 0 1 3 0 2 3
J. Hamilton DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Koufos DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Mozgov DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Stone DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Just Might Match Up Ok with Denver

Cavs will try to snap streak against Ty Lawson and the Nuggets

It’s time for this losing streak to stop. The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23, 10th in the East) head west to take on the Denver Nuggets (22-17, 7th in the East).

Denver is a really solid team. The Nuggets managed to somehow look like a better team, in many ways, after trading their franchise superstar. They look like a really good team that will give someone a tough run in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. But you know what? Matchup-wise, I think the Cavaliers have a shot to snap the streak tonight.

The Nuggets will feature a projected starting lineup of Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Corey Brewer, Kenneth Faried, and Timofey Mozgov. Denver is a fascinating team. Their leading scorer is Danilo Gallinari off the bench. They have 7 players who average double digit scoring per game. They have 2 PGs averaging almost 7 assists per game each (Lawson and Andre Miller). They score the most points per game in the NBA and they give up the 3rd most points per game. Based on Basketball Reference’s Simple Rating System (adapted from Pro Football Reference’s algorithm), Denver is the 8th best team in the NBA. [Read more...]

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But today is Friday, the weekend is upon us, and it’s time for us to take stock, have a little fun at other teams’ expense, and realize that things could always be worse. You know the stats for this year. You’re surely aware that the Cavaliers are attempting to become the lowest rated team in the NBA in both offensive and defensive efficiency; you know that their average margin of victory is twice as bad as anyone else’s; you know that this offense is 27th in points per game despite being 11th in the NBA in pace, meaning it takes them an inordinate number of possessions to score their pathetic 93.4 ppg. You know this hasn’t always been fun. [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Northwest 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.

Next up is the Northwest 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. As a reminder, our preview of the Cavaliers’ upcoming season can be found here.

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Detroit Series Story Being Told in Denver (Again)

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Last night (err this morning. Thanks NBA!) Chauncey Billups did to the Hornets what he used to do to the Eastern Conference.  He dominating while facilitating.  Last night Billups had 31 points on 8-15 shooting including 4-6 from three point land.  All the while, he had 4 assists and 4 rebounds.  His ability to finish off the ball as a spot up shooter allowed Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin to get 15 assists last night combined. [Read more...]