July 23, 2014

Cavs vs Raptors Behind the Box Score: One ugly way to win a game

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

The Cavaliers started out playing great basketball on both ends of the court. In the 3rd quarter they extended the lead to 18 points at 81-63. Then they turned the offense switch to the “Off” position, and with with just under 7 minutes remaining in the game, Greivis Vasquez hit a three point shot to put the Raptors up 95-94.

The Cavaliers would quickly take the lead back and would lead the rest of the way, but it took a little luck down the stretch. The Raptors missed a couple good looks and the Cavaliers held a three point lead with 12 seconds left. DeMar DeRozan then drove and was fouled by Alonzo Gee. DeRozan only made one of his two free throws and after a Cleveland timeout, the Cavaliers were inbounding at midcourt with 7 seconds left.

This is where the Cavaliers’ inbounding issues would strike yet again. First Luol Deng was handed inbounding duties, and when nobody was able to get open, he called a timeout. Then Varejao was given the job of inbounding, and once again with nothing really developing, he tried to throw it in to Deng along the baseline, but the ball sailed out of bounds. It looked like the refs missed a foul on the play, but regardless, its embarrassing that the Cavaliers still can’t operate an inbound play in late game situations.

Thankfully, though, the Raptors decided to return the favor with a bad turnover of their own on their last possession and the Cavaliers hung on for the 102-100 win over a playoff team in the East. The Cavaliers continue to play hard without Kyrie Irving, CJ Miles, or Anthony Bennett, it’s just a shame it’s happening now that the playoffs are but a minute possibility.

Now lets get into the numbers: [Read more...]

Cavs vs Raptors Behind the Box Score: Shooting Blanks

Kyrie RaptorsThe Cavaliers are banged up and it’s showing. They’ve now accumulated three consecutive losses since the trade deadline and there’s still not set date for the return of CJ Miles, Dion Waiters, and Anderson Varejao. Every team the Cavaliers will face in March is either in the playoffs or sitting just barely outside them. These games are only going to get tougher for.

This particular loss to the Raptors at home Tuesday night hurt for a host of reasons. The Cavs came out shooting all sorts of blanks in the opening quarter and it looked as if the offensive woes from the last few games were going to doom the Cavs to a blowout defeat. They managed to minimize the damage of what looked like a poor second quarter and headed into half  shockingly, to anyone watching, only down by six. An 11 point third quarter from Kyrie Irving pushed the Cavs back into the lead to start the fourth, but some questionable calls and sublime shot making from the Raptors proved to be too much for the shorthanded Wine and Gold as they fell 99-93. [Read more...]

Box Score: Raptors 92 Cavaliers 103

What an interesting game. The Cavaliers started this game off with an unbelievable 1-for-50000000 shooting night. Well, ok, it was really like 1-12, but still, it was awful. The Cavaliers were in danger of being down 20 points in the 1st quarter. But they rallied back to end the quarter with a run to close within 5. Thanks to a 37-23 edge in the 2nd quarter, the Cavaliers went into halftime with a lead and just hung on from there.

This was a tough, gritty performance from the young, improving Cavaliers. Winning a home game against a team fighting for the 8th seed in the East won’t impress many people, but reading between the lines, there’s a lot to like about this win. Falling behind in the 1st quarter in their 4th game in 5 days, it would have been easy to give up. But to their credit, the Cavaliers fought back and played some really nice team basketball to earn this win.

Dion Waiters was pretty impressive again, as the young rookie just continues to get better and better. As a Cavs fan, you have to love his scorer’s mentality and his willingness to take the pressure of leading the team in Kyrie’s absence squarely on his own shoulders. Dion finished this one with a team high 23 points on 7-16 shooting from the field with 6 assists. Tristan Thompson chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Shaun Livingston had a nice, solid 15 point and 6 assist night starting in place of the injured Irving.

DeMar DeRozan paced all scorers with 34 points and Rudy Gay put in 24 points of his own. Jonas Valanciunas, the player who so many have heavily criticized the Cavaliers for going with Tristan Thompson over, finished with 5 points and 8 rebounds.

 

 

Toronto

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
DeMar DeRozan
G 43:42 10-19 0-2 14-15 -3 0 5 2 3 0 0 0 2 34
Kyle Lowry
G 33:41 4-12 1-6 2-5 +12 1 6 8 0 1 0 2 4 11
Jonas Valanciunas
C 24:06 2-4 0-0 1-2 +14 3 8 1 3 1 3 0 3 5
Rudy Gay
F 42:35 10-21 1-5 3-3 0 2 8 6 2 1 0 0 2 24
Amir Johnson
F 40:46 5-8 0-1 0-0 +7 3 9 4 4 0 4 1 5 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 35-78 2-20 20-25 9 38 25 15 3 8 5 25 92
Percentages .449 .100 .800 Team Rebounds: 9
Andrea Bargnani
15:46 0-4 0-2 0-0 -12 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Alan Anderson
13:34 2-5 0-2 0-0 -27 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4
Landry Fields
7:57 2-3 0-0 0-0 -16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4
Sebastian Telfair
7:28 0-0 0-0 0-0 -9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
John Lucas
6:51 0-2 0-2 0-0 -14 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
Aaron Gray
3:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 -7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quincy Acy
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Terrence Ross
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Dion Waiters
G 35:19 7-16 2-3 7-8 +5 0 1 6 3 1 1 2 0 23
Shaun Livingston
G 33:19 4-7 0-0 7-7 -1 2 5 6 1 0 1 0 5 15
Tyler Zeller
C 20:32 3-7 0-0 0-0 +7 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 3 6
Alonzo Gee
F 33:23 3-8 0-2 0-0 0 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 2 6
Tristan Thompson
F 30:45 4-11 0-0 6-6 -5 2 8 2 2 1 0 1 1 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-82 5-13 30-32 13 40 26 10 7 5 8 19 103
Percentages .415 .385 .938 Team Rebounds: 11
Wayne Ellington
27:22 5-8 0-0 3-3 +18 0 3 1 1 3 0 1 1 13
Marreese Speights
23:37 3-12 0-0 5-6 0 5 9 1 1 0 1 1 1 11
Luke Walton
21:06 2-5 1-3 0-0 +20 2 7 7 0 0 0 0 3 5
C.J. Miles
14:37 3-8 2-5 2-2 +11 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 3 10
Omri Casspi
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Daniel Gibson
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kyrie Irving
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision

Box Score: Raptors 113, Cavaliers 99

The Cavaliers welcomed Dion Waiters back to the lineup in this one, but it would make little difference as Cleveland once again lost to Cavalier Kryptonite, the Toronto Raptors.

This one was close through 3 quarters, but the Raptors pulled away in the 4th quarter to snap their 11 game road losing streak. The Cavaliers were lead by Kyrie Irving’s 23 points and Anderson Varejao chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors were lead by Jose Calderon’s 23 points and 4 players scored double digits off the bench.

The Cavaliers also had a brief scare when Varejao had to leave the game with a knee injury. He was able to return, though, and was diagnosed with a bruised knee.

 

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 22 27 29 35 113
CLE 29 24 23 23 99

 

Toronto

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. DeRozan G 36:17 4-9 0-1 8-8 +15 1 5 4 1 2 0 1 2 16
J. Calderon G 32:58 10-15 3-6 0-0 +7 2 5 6 4 2 0 1 2 23
J. Valanciunas C 18:55 3-6 0-0 2-4 -2 0 7 1 0 1 0 2 1 8
E. Davis F 24:23 2-7 0-0 0-0 -1 3 4 3 1 0 0 2 3 4
M. Pietrus F 16:25 1-4 1-3 0-0 -6 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 3
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 39-75 12-24 23-27 13 36 25 14 8 2 7 24 113
Percentages .520 .500 .852 Team Rebounds: 6
A. Anderson 31:35 6-12 5-7 1-2 +20 4 6 2 1 1 0 1 4 18
A. Johnson 29:00 6-7 0-0 5-5 +16 2 6 4 2 1 1 0 5 17
L. Kleiza 20:46 2-6 0-3 6-7 +5 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 10
J. Lucas Iii 15:07 4-7 2-3 1-1 +7 1 1 5 2 0 0 0 2 11
T. Ross 14:34 1-2 1-1 0-0 +9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Q. Acy DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Bargnani DNP – Inactive
L. Fields DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Gray DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Lowry DNP – Inactive

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 37:18 9-16 2-5 3-5 +4 0 3 7 5 3 1 0 2 23
D. Waiters G 28:20 4-13 0-2 0-2 -17 0 0 4 3 0 1 2 4 8
A. Varejao C 38:37 5-12 0-0 12-16 -3 3 10 2 0 1 1 0 0 22
A. Gee F 40:42 6-8 1-1 2-3 -7 1 4 2 2 0 3 0 4 15
T. Thompson F 29:07 5-8 0-0 0-1 -4 7 9 1 2 1 1 0 4 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-70 7-16 20-30 11 33 19 15 6 7 2 26 99
Percentages .514 .438 .667 Team Rebounds: 9
C.J. Miles 30:00 4-7 2-4 3-3 -16 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 6 13
T. Zeller 15:42 1-2 0-0 0-0 -11 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
D. Gibson 14:45 2-3 2-3 0-0 -13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 6
L. Walton 4:20 0-1 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
D. Sloan 1:09 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Inactive
J. Pargo DNP – Inactive
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision

NBA Rookie Rankings: The Brow Returns, Beal Enters the top 5

With the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with the most recent games carrying the most importance, but the whole body of work will be taken into account. Great beards and great celebrations may also play a large factor.

After missing 13 of the Hornets first 19 games, Anthony Davis finally made his return to the court this week in games against Washington and Oklahoma City. Davis was solid, and steady in his extended minutes off the bench in his two games since returning from injury, but it’s another rookie who stole the show this week. Wizards’ guard, Bradley Beal makes his first appearance in the rankings this week thanks to several strong all-around showings, and Waiters being on the shelf.  Lillard holds strong at the top, and looks like he’s going to make someone come take his top spot on the rookie ladder, he won’t be giving it away any time soon.

Let’s jam. [Read more...]

Rookie Rankings: Lillard’s big fear, Waiters keeps chucking

With the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with the most recent games carrying the most importance, but the whole body of work will be taken into account. Great beards and great celebrations may also play a large factor in rankings.

The end of November is upon us. Halloween and Thanksgiving are distant memories as we turn toward the final month of 2012. Basketball and football overwhelm the televeision schedule in December, giving us plenty to watch while spending time with our families on December’s traditional holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. This year, we get the treat of another special day in December because on December 21 the world may or may not end. That means we may or may not only have 21 more days of basketball to watch, 21 more days of arguing team vs. team, or player vs. player. There’ll be plenty of time to talk about Armageddon1, but for now we must talk basketball. More specifically, the NBA. Not just the NBA, but its crop of rookies. We’ve seen the surprise rise of Damian Lillard in Portland, and flashes of what’s to come for Anthony Davis in NOLA. We’ve seen Dion Waiters become allergic to passing, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist be exactly who we thought he was. With so many rookies playing large roles for their teams the first month of the season, it’s important we take a step back and see where the NBA’s fresh meat stands after one month of play. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. Somewhere Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck are training to save us. []

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...]

Short Handed Cavaliers Must Make Most of Opportunities Against Toronto

Can Tristan raise his game and his team in Toronto?

It doesn’t seem like that long ago. It was the day after Christmas, a time  of hope, inspiration, and holiday cheer. And on that Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers walked from the swirl of the unknown into reality. We didn’t know what to expect of this team. Kyrie Irving wasn’t the Irving we know today. He was just an idea, and a hope.

Opening night for the Cavaliers didn’t go as most followers of the wine and gold had hoped. Irving had a rough debut and the Cavaliers played pretty poorly in losing to the Raptors. In the weeks that followed, though, we saw glimpses of what this team could be. We saw Irving grow into the almost certain rookie of the year. We saw a team show a phenomenal spirit, a level of fight that kept them in games against far superior opponents and even lead to some big wins against playoff caliber team.

One other thing became clear, too. The Toronto Raptors are like kryptonite to the Cavaliers. No matter how well the Cavaliers could look at their peak, the Raptors were always there to bring out the worst in the Cavaliers. [Read more...]

Box Score: Raptors 96, Cavaliers 88

The NBA is all about matchups. Some teams you match up well against, others you don’t. The Cavaliers, for whatever reason, just do not match up well with Toronto. Usually it’s obvious to see why a team doesn’t match up well with another. That’s not the case with this one. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that makes the Cavaliers play so poorly against Toronto. Whatever the reason, the Cavaliers are now 0-3 with 1 to go against the Raps.

Jamison and Gee did their part again, and Sessions was huge off the bench. But once again, Kyrie Irving had a rough night. The Cavaliers seemed to keep waiting for him to take over in the 4th quarter, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time. Meanwhile, Jerryd Bayless had a huge night, scoring at will on the Cavs PGs to the tune of 20 points. Bargnani had 19 and Barbosa scored 17 off the bench. As a team the Raptors had 14 offensive rebounds, which continuously hurt the Cavaliers.

All in all, just another brutally frustrating night against Toronto.

Toronto

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Bayless G 36:59 6-13 4-7 4-4 +6 0 4 7 3 0 0 0 3 20
D. DeRozan G 33:04 1-6 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 0 2 4
A. Johnson C 22:56 4-4 0-0 2-4 +9 2 9 3 4 0 1 0 4 10
A. Bargnani F 28:42 8-15 0-1 3-3 +5 1 8 1 3 0 1 1 2 19
J. Johnson F 18:45 3-5 0-0 0-0 +11 3 4 2 0 0 2 0 2 6
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-74 8-19 14-21 14 45 25 14 3 9 3 29 96
Percentages .500 .421 .667 Team Rebounds: 6
E. Davis 25:19 3-6 0-0 2-6 -1 2 4 1 1 0 2 2 4 8
L. Barbosa 24:56 7-14 3-8 0-0 +1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 5 17
L. Kleiza 19:15 3-8 1-3 0-0 +4 1 3 2 3 0 0 0 3 7
A. Gray 19:03 0-0 0-0 1-2 +3 3 7 3 0 0 1 0 3 1
G. Forbes 11:01 2-3 0-0 0-0 +2 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 1 4
S. Alabi DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Butler DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Magloire DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 30:16 5-17 1-4 3-4 -10 1 7 7 1 0 0 2 4 14
A. Parker G 23:32 1-3 0-1 2-2 -5 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 4
R. Hollins C 21:27 1-3 0-0 0-2 -11 1 4 0 0 1 1 2 3 2
A. Jamison F 36:16 8-18 0-2 4-4 -5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 20
A. Gee F 30:04 4-8 1-3 7-7 +1 2 6 1 3 4 0 1 3 16
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 29-76 3-15 27-33 8 34 20 7 7 3 9 22 88
Percentages .382 .200 .818 Team Rebounds: 12
R. Sessions 27:13 6-9 0-1 4-6 +2 0 4 6 2 1 0 0 1 16
T. Thompson 23:00 2-6 0-0 5-6 +5 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 9
D. Gibson 20:27 0-5 0-3 0-0 -11 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
O. Casspi 16:01 1-2 1-1 2-2 -3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
S. Samuels 11:44 1-5 0-0 0-0 -3 3 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 2
S. Erden 2:37 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Host Raptors, Look to Extend Winning Streak to 4

Cavaliers Look For Redemption vs Toronto

The Cleveland Cavaliers (16-23, 10th in the East) will try to keep their 3 game winning streak going Tuesday night when they host the Toronto Raptors (13-28, 13th in the East). The Raptors have lost 2 straight games and have won just 6 of the 19 games they’ve played since February 1.

Before the Cavaliers get to excited, though, they should remember the last two matchups with the Raptors. For whatever reason, Toronto has been Cavalier kryptonite this season, as the Raptors have rather easily taken apart Cleveland in the two previous games. Two of Kyrie Irving’s 3 worst games this year have been against the Raptors. Both times Toronto was able to light up the Cavaliers from three point range, both times Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani were able to orchestrate the pick and roll to perfection, slicing the Cavalier defense apart. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Take on Raptors, Try For 3rd Straight Win

Revenge will be on the mind of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Well, perhaps for everyone except Tristan Thompson. For Thompson, this game will be a homecoming game. The Brampton, Ontario native will be playing his first professional game in his home province when the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2) try to avenge their season opening loss to the Toronto Raptors (2-3) on Wednesday night in Toronto.

The Raptors will likely use a starting lineup of Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Rasual Butler, Andrea Bargnani, and Amir Johnson. Jerryd Bayless (who played well the first time these teams faced), Aaron Gray, and Linas Kleiza are all day-to-day with injuries. It’s highly unlikely Kleiza will be ready to return for this game.

The Cavaliers will continue to use their starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Anthony Parker, Omri Casspi, Antawn Jamison, and Anderson Varejao. Semih Erden is still out with an injury, Christian Eyenga has been sent down to the D-League, and Samardo Samuels is out due to problems with his international visa (not to be confused with his credit card, which I’m sure is fine). This means Ryan Hollins will be the lone backup center tonight, and we all saw how well Hollins matches up with the Raptors in Game 1. So, yeah, we have that to look forward to.  [Read more...]

Cleveland Cavaliers Kick Off Season Against the Toronto Raptors

Normally December 26 is a day for Christmas Hangover. It often involves travelling, unpacking, laundry, shopping/returning, and just in general lamenting that the Christmas holiday is over.

This year, however, we’re lucky. This year, we get to experience the start of the 2011-12 Cleveland Cavaliers season. Things get started at 7:00 at The Q against the Toronto Raptors and I can’t remember the last time I felt this much excitement at starting what will probably be a losing season. I’ve already discussed my general thoughts on the season as a whole, and in that some of the things I’m excited about this season independent of wins and losses. Now it’s time to think about the opening game. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #2: Cavs at Raptors

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) vs
Toronto Raptors (0-1)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Friday, October 29, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

The Cleveland Cavaliers try to keep their momentum going from their emotional win Wednesday night as they travel north to take on the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors can relate to the Cavaliers more than any other team this season. Just like the Cavs, they’re trying to figure out how to replace a star player who was the face of their franchise for 7 years. Unfortunately for the Raptors, though, they were a team that fell short of the playoffs even with Chris Bosh last year, so naturally many pundits expect them to be one of the worst teams in the East this season. The Raptors will surely be using the same doubt as fuel that the Cavaliers are. Without Anderson Varejao and possibly without Mo Williams, the Cavaliers will try to avoid a letdown game against a surely feisty Raptors team. [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...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #77 – Raptors at Cavs

Toronto Raptors (38-38) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (60-16)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

I would give anything to feel as good about losing to the Celtics as the Cavaliers do. Whereas I saw a team that continues to get worse and worse at the FT line, continues to needlessly turn the ball over by making careless and unnecessarily risky passes, continues to shrug their shoulders at the prospect of actually playing defense to the level they are capable of, and continues to be ok with playing bad basketball as long as they still win. Instead, the Cavaliers feel great because they almost beat the Celtics without Shaq and Andy. And here I thought the Cavaliers were beyond the days of moral victories, but what do I know?   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #2: Cavs at Raptors

Cavaliers vs RaptorsCleveland Cavaliers (0-1) vs
Toronto Raptors (0-0)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have to begin their schedule this year with 4 games in the first 5 nights. Normally that would be a bad thing, but after Tuesday night’s loss to the Celtics, it’s clear this team still needs time to gel. The only way that happens is by playing more games, so the quicker the Cavaliers can get back on the court, the quicker they can work on getting better. Wednesday night’s opponent is the much improved Toronto Raptors. In the LeBron James era the Cavaliers are 16-6 against the Raptors, and LeBron James averages 28 pts, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game against them. In the past this has been a team that the Cavaliers have been able to “get healthy” against. This year, though, it’s the Raptors’ home (and season) opener and the Cavaliers will be coming off a tough loss in playing a road game in the tail end of a back to back. Not exactly a recipe for success, but this is still the kind of game NBA Champions win.     [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 Win, Await Trade News

Cavaliers 93 Raptors 76 (Box)

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

It really should have been an easy win for the Cavs. Think about it, the Raptors were playing without Chris Bosh, and with Shawn Marion for the first time, ever. It should have been an easy win, and it was. The Raptors played with energy and fire in the first quarter, but the Cavs overcame it with great defense the rest of the game. Cleveland out-rebounded, out-shot, and out defended Toronto. In the end even the Cavaliers 20 (!) turnovers weren’t enough for the Raptors to force a game of it. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #47

Cavaliers vs RaptorsToronto Raptors (19-30) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (37-9)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
7:00 PM EST
FSNOH/WTAM
box

Tonight the Cavaliers try to make it 23 for 23 at the Q as they take on the struggling Toronto Raptors. This game had the potential to be especially interesting with all the Chris Bosh rumors yesterday, but since that time, both Bosh and Raptor’s GM Bryan Colangelo have called the story a complete fallacy. None the less, the Raptors limp into Cleveland really playing poor basketball. For their part, the Cavaliers have been playing poor basketball as well, but have at least still been finding ways to win. Playing a team that is 11 games under .500 at the Q, combined with tomorrow’s game in New York, should be just the kind of warm-up games the Cavs need as they get ready for Sunday’s showdown with the Lakers. However, as I said yesterday, the Raptors have some very, very good players on their team. Just because they’ve been playing poorly doesn’t mean they aren’t still more than capable of coming out and jumping on the Cavaliers.   [Read more...]

The Rumor That Could Change Everything

Chris Bosh and LeBron JamesScott already touched on this briefly in this morning’s edition of While We’re Waiting, but I wanted to expand on this a little bit. This rumor is going to send shockwaves around the NBA, particularly in any city that houses an NBA title contender. In case you’re unaware of what we’re talking about, according to ESPN’s Stephen A Smith, Chris Bosh has informed the Toronto Raptors’ GM Bryan Colangelo that he will not be re-signing with the Raptors when he becomes a free agent in 2010.

This is a decision that can have a profound impact on the Cavaliers in so many different ways. I think it’s safe to guess that ESPN’s Trade Machine is about to get an insane number of hits as fans throughout the NBA try to figure out ways their teams can get their hand on Bosh. But does this really mean the Raptors will trade Bosh?   [Read more...]