August 26, 2014

Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings host suddenly streaking Cavaliers

Cavaliers vs KingsThe Cleveland Cavaliers are suddenly an exciting team to watch. Just like that, after a trade for a two-time All-Star and a double-digit road win – just the third in four seasons – and the season has turned around again.

Tonight, they continue their five-game Western Conference road trip in Sacramento. The Kings are 12-22, even with the 13-23 Cavaliers in the overall NBA standings, and they also had a major trade for a small forward earlier this season. They’ll likely have a much more difficult road to postseason contention over in the West, however.

On the year, Cleveland remains just 3-15 on the road. They have just five three-game winning streaks in four seasons and zero four-gamers. Here’s a preview of what to watch over at the humorously named Sleep Train Arena.
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Cleveland Cavaliers End Latest Road Trip in Memphis Tonight

The Cleveland Cavaliers had an interesting Thanksgiving weekend. Last Wednesday they got things started with a big win at home against Philadelphia to end their losing streak. Jeremy Pargo had an absolutely insane breakout game in filling in for Kyrie Irving.

Unfortunately, the Cavaliers had to follow that up with another road trip. This one a three-game trip, and they have already lost the first two. Now they have to recover and try to beat one of the best teams in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies.

The good news for the Cavaliers is that they’ve been playing pretty decent basketball without Kyrie. I know, giving up 108+ points in consecutive losses hardly sounds like decent basketball, but really, it hasn’t been so bad. The team has stepped up and been able to get really even scoring distribution and have had their chances to win each of the last two games.

In fact, against the Heat the Cavaliers had eight (EIGHT!) players score in double digits and picked up 21 assists to just 10 turnovers. The problem, as always, is defense. The Cavaliers just can’t help themselves and routinely give up 50%+ from the field and 100+ points like it was nothing. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Cavs Should Stand Pat, Camp Colt, West Coast Offense Primer

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Your NBA Finals t-shirt courtesy of Darren Rovell.
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Avoiding a knee-jerk trade: “The 2011-12 season is when the embers stir, and Cavs fans should be able to envision what might be. There will be no playoff push this season, but there should be a palpable future.

It is imperative for Dan Gilbert to understand this. He was justifiably elated when the Cavaliers snagged the number one pick in the NBA Lottery, but one worries he might allow that elation to consume him, skipping past the “new beginning” of which he spoke and forcing roster moves that favor minor, short-term successes. This week, Memphis rejected a trade proposal in which the Cavs offered the number four selection in the 2011 draft and a Rudy Gay-sized chunk of their trade exception in exchange for the Grizzlies’ injured star. Andre Iguodala’s name keeps floating around in unsubstantiated trade rumors; presumably the Cavs would offer or have already offered Philadelphia the same type of deal. These whispers sketch an unsettling picture: I sense Gilbert’s giddy tentacles creeping into the frame and meddling with the Cavaliers’ future.” [Colin McGowan/Cavs:TheBlog]

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Memphis Grizzlies Have No Interest In Trading Rudy Gay To Cleveland

We’ve heard plenty of rumors regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers recently, some of them legit, some of them downright laughable. The one that has seem to stuck the most, though, is the rumor that the Cavs were interested in trading for Memphis Grizzlies’ SF Rudy Gay.

Perhaps the Cavaliers did have some interest, but it was always questionable whether the Grizzlies would be interested in trading Gay. The common thought was that the Grizzlies’ playoff run without Gay made him expendable and that they would be open to shedding the giant contract they gave him last year. Dan Gilbert has proven he will spare no expense, so a deal actually kind of made sense.

But according to Grizzlies owner Mike Heisley, we can stop all that talk right now. In a phone interview with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Heisley makes it clear that the Grizzlies are not trading Gay: [Read more...]

Delonte West Sits Out Cavaliers Victory

Cavaliers 94, Memphis 79 (Box)

The wrist was sore enough for Delonte West to miss his 17th game of the season. The Cavaliers say there is nothing to worry about and they were just being cautious. I have to imagine those 15 wins Memphis came into town with weren’t intimidating enough for the Cavs to allow Delonte to push himself. Hey, why are the numbers bold? Ah, it must be time to break down a Cavs win by the numbers

9- As in blocked shots. The Cavaliers were business like early in the game, especially on the defensive end contesting every shot and recording several blocks in the first few minutes of the game. Ben Wallace was getting off the floor to erase shots, and LeBron and Z combined on one play to block consecutive shots. The early defensive pressure set the tone for the game and got the Cavs a secure lead. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #55

Cavaliers vs GrizzliesMemphis Grizzlies (15-40) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (43-11)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
7:00 PM EST
FSNOH/WTAM

Say goodbye to the Q, Cavaliers, because after tonight’s game, 8 of the next 10 games will be on the road. After tonight, the next 7 games will be against teams who would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. These things will balance out, as the Cavaliers will play 8 of 9 at home in the Q after this stretch of 8 out of 10 on the road, but regardless, a game like tonight’s, at home against a weak team, is a game the Cavaliers absolutely cannot slip up in if they want to secure the #1 seed. This game just screams trap game, but the good news is that so far this year the Cavaliers have been able to resist being lulled to sleep by trap games, and tonight they will try to once more find the motivation to come out strong and put away a team they should be able to beat soundly.    [Read more...]