July 23, 2014

The NBA Edition: While We’re Waiting

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My kingdom for a GM! – It’s really not a big deal that Dan Gilbert still hasn’t made any decisions regarding the Cavs’ coaching or front office situations. With the playoffs still going on, the draft is still a long way away and free agency is even further away. No trades can happen right now. For Gilbert, it probably makes a lot of sense to be patient and wait and see what GM and coaching candidates are out there and which ones might yet still become available.

But that doesn’t make it less frustrating for fans (and presumably for acting GM David Griffin). You have to believe Griffin would like to know his fate as soon as possible so he can make appropriate plans. From the fans’ point of view (and by no means should Gilbert take fans’ feelings into account), it’s just tough to look forward and think about what moves the team could make when you don’t know what kind of philosophy the team will have this offseason. [Read more...]

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 81, Pacers 96

Unfortunately Kyrie Irving didn’t do so well on his test.

CJ Miles came into this game picking up right where he left off. He scored 11 of the Cavaliers first 13 points and the Cavs bench played the best quarter of their season in the 2nd quarter. The Cavaliers were up 54-38 with about 4 minutes left in the first half. It looked like the Cavaliers would be cruising to another win.

Then the bottom completely dropped out. Kyrie Irving had one of the worst games of his career, Alonzo Gee was about as bad as he’s ever been, Anderson Varejao wasn’t much of a factor on offense, and the Cavaliers as a team scored 23 points in the 2nd half. Yeah, that’s right….23 points. CJ Miles finished with 28 points as the lone bright spot for the team. Samardo Samuels was the only other Cav in double figures with 10 points. Best to just forget this one and move on to the next one. 4 straight back-to-backs for the Cavaliers, so this isn’t going to get any easier.

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 29 29 12 11 81
IND 25 27 28 16 96

 

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
C.J. Miles G 27:54 8-18 6-9 6-6 -8 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 2 28
K. Irving G 27:49 4-12 0-3 1-2 -20 0 1 4 2 2 0 1 4 9
A. Varejao C 29:17 0-9 0-0 4-4 -13 4 12 3 1 1 2 3 2 4
A. Gee F 30:38 0-7 0-0 1-2 -29 2 4 4 2 0 0 3 3 1
T. Thompson F 24:53 2-4 0-0 0-1 -2 4 9 1 3 0 1 0 3 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 27-81 9-22 18-25 13 40 19 12 7 6 8 28 81
Percentages .333 .409 .720 Team Rebounds: 12
S. Samuels 22:16 5-11 0-1 0-2 -1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 10
D. Sloan 20:11 1-5 1-2 2-2 +5 0 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 5
D. Gibson 17:33 3-8 2-5 0-0 -7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 8
L. Walton 17:22 1-3 0-2 1-2 +14 0 4 2 1 1 2 0 0 3
T. Zeller 17:01 3-3 0-0 2-2 -14 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 8
J. Pargo 2:33 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
K. Jones 2:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision

Indiana

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Hill G 30:35 5-16 1-7 6-7 +21 1 7 3 1 2 0 1 2 17
L. Stephenson G 17:53 4-6 0-1 1-1 +5 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 9
R. Hibbert C 28:32 1-7 0-0 2-2 +15 5 12 1 5 1 3 1 3 4
P. George F 34:34 10-18 3-5 4-5 +19 1 7 3 2 0 0 2 2 27
D. West F 32:50 7-15 0-0 4-4 +22 3 9 7 1 1 2 1 1 18
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-83 5-18 23-28 13 48 23 13 7 8 6 21 96
Percentages .410 .278 .821 Team Rebounds: 15
G. Green 24:28 1-8 0-4 0-0 +9 0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 2
I. Mahinmi 19:28 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 5 3
B. Hansbrough 17:18 1-2 1-1 3-4 -6 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 6
S. Young 16:39 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 2
T. Hansbrough 12:37 3-5 0-0 1-2 -7 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 7
J. Pendergraph 2:33 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
O. Johnson 2:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Augustin DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Pacers 104, Cavaliers 98 (OT)

Whether you believe the Indiana Pacers are for real or not, the fact is right now the Pacers are the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. With the Cavaliers playing the 2nd night of a back to back, this was sure to be a tough challenge for the young Cavs team.

The Cavaliers came out and showed tremendous fight in this game. For most of the contest, this was a closely contested game. In the 4th quarter the Cavaliers went on an 18-1 run to break open a lead, only to go almost 4 minutes without scoring allowing the Pacers to take what seemed like the lead for good.

But the Pacers’ George Hill missed 3 of 4 free throws late to open the door, and Lester Hudson took full advantage, knocking down a floater with 1.2 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Unfortunately the Pacers were just too strong in overtime and the Cavaliers, at the end of the day, just weren’t good enough in this game to pull out the win.

Hudson wasn’t able to find his outside shot in this game, but still managed to score 19 points. Antawn Jamison lead the Cavaliers with 21 points and Samardo Samuels chipped in 13 off the bench, but the Cavaliers couldn’t find enough scoring outside those 3 players to steal a win from the Pacers. This is the kind of loss you can live with, though. Much better than the 25 point blowouts of last week.

Indiana

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Hill G 41:07 7-14 2-5 1-4 +9 0 3 5 1 0 2 0 3 17
P. George G 33:50 3-6 0-2 0-0 +11 0 10 3 2 0 0 0 3 6
R. Hibbert C 38:10 4-9 0-0 3-6 +15 4 11 5 5 2 4 1 2 11
D. Granger F 40:12 8-18 2-5 5-5 +9 0 4 1 1 0 0 3 2 23
D. West F 36:50 6-9 0-0 7-8 +5 1 5 2 3 2 2 0 4 19
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-77 8-20 24-32 9 44 20 19 7 9 4 24 104
Percentages .468 .400 .750 Team Rebounds: 11
L. Barbosa 19:30 3-7 3-4 0-0 -9 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 9
T. Hansbrough 19:02 1-5 0-0 7-7 -5 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 9
D. Jones 13:07 1-2 1-1 0-0 -3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
A.J. Price 11:53 2-6 0-3 1-2 -3 1 2 3 4 2 0 0 1 5
L. Amundson 11:19 1-1 0-0 0-0 +1 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 5 2
D. Collison DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pendergraph DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Stephenson DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
A. Parker G 37:21 2-8 1-2 2-2 -16 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 3 7
D. Sloan G 23:04 4-6 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 8
T. Thompson C 30:06 4-7 0-0 2-3 -18 4 8 0 1 1 1 2 2 10
A. Jamison F 41:05 8-18 0-2 5-8 -16 3 8 3 3 0 0 2 3 21
A. Gee F 35:48 3-11 0-2 1-1 -7 1 5 5 2 0 2 4 3 7
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 40-88 3-21 15-19 12 41 26 17 5 4 9 24 98
Percentages .455 .143 .789 Team Rebounds: 5
L. Hudson 33:36 8-20 1-9 2-2 -5 1 6 2 6 0 1 1 5 19
S. Samuels 18:09 6-7 0-0 1-1 +10 3 5 1 0 1 0 0 3 13
O. Casspi 17:14 1-4 1-3 2-2 +1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 5
M. Harris 11:57 3-4 0-1 0-0 +10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
L. Walton 11:53 0-2 0-2 0-0 +10 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 3 0
S. Erden 4:46 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Irving DNP – Coach’s Decision

Well-Rested Cavaliers Face Tired and Beaten-Down Pacers

Kyrie Irving will look for redemption vs Indiana

The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16, 10th in the East) will welcome Kyrie Irving back to the lineup Wednesday when they take on the reeling Indiana Pacers (17-11, 6th in the East).

The Pacers come in on a 4 game losing streak, the last loss coming in a complete annihilation at the hands of the Miami Heat, a game in which the Pacers lost Danny Granger to injury. So yeah, they come into Cleveland licking their wounds and looking for a bounce back win.

For Kyrie Irving, this is a shot at redemption, going against the very team which he missed his potential game winning layup. That was our first glimpse of what Irving could be, now he comes into this game a more fully realized version of himself. The question for the Cavalier coaches (and fans) is just how well can Kyrie hold up coming off the scary concussion injury.

The Cavaliers will be without Anderson Varejao and Anthony Parker again. Daniel Gibson will likely get the nod at SG while, I don’t know, probably Semih Erden will get the starting nod at center again (maybe?). Without Varejao to match up with all the size Indiana has, this game is going to be a tough one for the Cavaliers to win. [Read more...]

Cavaliers To Try To Continue To Grow Against Indiana

The Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) head into Indianapolis tonight to take on the Indiana Pacers (2-0). For the Cavaliers, this will be their first test against a very good basketball team. Looking to build their first win streak of the season, the Cavaliers will need to not only match the effort they gave against the Pistons, but they will have to likely play even better.

The Pacers are off to a great start this year, playing pretty solid basketball in wins against the Pistons and Raptors. Head coach Frank Vogel will feature a starting lineup of Darren Collison, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West, and Roy Hibbert. The Pacers have also have quality bench guys like Tyler Hansbrough, George Hill, Dahntay Jones, and Lou Amundson. [Read more...]

Cavs culture of losing continues…10 in a row and looking for more

A number of things have come to light recently to prove my previous perceptions of the Cavaliers over the last five years - both individually as players, as well as collectively as an organization - to be quite false.

As I watched the Cavs diligently work towards extending they’re losing streak from 9 to 10 games last night against Indiana, another of these incorrect perceptions hit me squarely in the face.  It might not be a new revelation to some, but it was new to me.

For the last five years, I had completely bought-in to the idea that the Cavaliers were a “winning organization” with a “winning culture”, regardless of who was on the roster.  I basically had accepted it as fact.  I also thought, that despite the challenges this season would undoubtedly involve, the Cavaliers would still compete, and still demonstrate characteristics of an organization with that type of culture - even if they didn’t win at the clip they had over the last five seasons.

What is evident to me now, is there never really was a “winning culture” within the make-up of this organization.  [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Central 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 Central 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.

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Cavaliers Preview Game #69: Pacers at Cavs

Indiana Pacers (22-45) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (53-15)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

This final stretch of games in March is the last little lull for the Cavaliers this season. With games against Atlanta (twice), Orlando, Boston, and Toronto in April, the rest of this month is the last chance to really play around with lineups, give guys rest, and see further get acquainted to what all you can do with Antawn Jamison in your lineup. Tonight’s game is a home against one of the absolute worst teams in the NBA who happen to be without their best player and superstar (and yes, if you’ve seen Danny Granger play, you know he’s a superstar whether the fans and media realize it or not), so it should be an easy win, right? Well, Indiana did just beat the Bobcats, a team the Cavaliers cannot beat, last night with Granger in for most of the game. So just remember, this is still a game between professionals and anyone can win if you let them hang around long enough.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #6

Cavaliers vs PacersIndiana Pacers (1-2) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Friday, November 7, 2008
7:30 PM EST
FSNOH/WTAM

Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to continue their impressive play against a potentially good divisional opponent in the Indiana Pacers. After dropping 2 of their first 3, the Cavaliers have now won 2 straight and will be going for 3 in a row at the Q. The Cavaliers swept all four games against the Pacers last season, and have actually won seven straight against the Pacers overall, but this has a chance to be a much improved Pacers team this year. They’ll face a good test of their progress tonight in Cleveland.     [Read more...]