August 16, 2014

Box Score: Suns 91, Cavaliers 78

The Cavaliers were playing the 2nd night of a back to back and their 4th game in 5 days. And they played like it, too.

Not a whole lot to say about this one. The Cavaliers, without guards Kyrie Irving and Daniel Gibson, were simply flat from start to finish. Lost in all the gloom and monotony of this game was another great double-double effort from Anderson Varejao who finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds. The Cavaliers also held their opponents to below 50% from the field for the 2nd consecutive game. So, if you want to focus on positives, there were at least a couple nice things to take away from this one.

1 2 3 4 T
PHX 19 18 34 20 91
CLE 13 19 27 19 78



Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Dragic G 30:35 6-11 3-5 4-4 +19 1 5 7 5 2 1 1 1 19
S. Brown G 23:54 4-9 1-3 0-0 -7 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 3 9
M. Gortat C 23:51 3-7 0-1 0-4 -3 0 3 2 2 1 1 1 2 6
M. Beasley F 28:45 6-8 1-1 2-2 +9 1 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 15
M. Morris F 23:59 2-5 0-1 0-0 -10 0 2 0 1 2 1 0 1 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-79 6-17 11-18 7 39 22 15 10 8 4 19 91
Percentages .468 .353 .611 Team Rebounds: 9
L. Scola 24:01 6-10 0-0 2-3 +23 1 4 2 2 1 1 0 3 14
J. Dudley 21:33 5-7 1-3 0-0 +27 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 11
J. O’Neal 20:55 4-9 0-0 1-2 +24 0 6 0 2 0 2 1 1 9
P.J. Tucker 19:15 0-3 0-0 2-2 +4 1 5 2 0 1 0 1 0 2
S. Telfair 14:52 1-6 0-2 0-1 +1 0 2 5 0 1 1 0 1 2
L. Zeller 3:14 0-1 0-0 0-0 -8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
W. Johnson 2:33 0-2 0-1 0-0 -7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Marshall 2:33 0-1 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Waiters G 37:55 7-20 0-4 2-3 -8 1 3 7 3 2 1 3 2 16
J. Pargo G 35:47 3-12 1-4 1-2 -18 2 4 5 5 1 0 2 5 8
A. Varejao C 37:53 10-15 0-0 0-0 -14 6 18 3 2 1 1 0 3 20
A. Gee F 34:56 3-7 0-0 6-7 -18 2 3 3 3 2 0 0 3 12
T. Thompson F 23:47 1-7 0-0 3-4 -7 2 6 0 3 0 0 2 3 5
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-84 2-15 16-22 14 45 21 18 9 4 8 21 78
Percentages .357 .133 .727 Team Rebounds: 16
T. Zeller 19:47 1-4 0-0 0-0 -17 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
C.J. Miles 19:25 3-11 0-5 2-2 -5 1 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 8
O. Casspi 13:08 2-4 1-2 0-0 -14 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 5
S. Samuels 8:21 0-4 0-0 1-2 +13 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1
J. Leuer 3:14 0-0 0-0 1-2 +8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
D. Sloan 3:14 0-0 0-0 0-0 +8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Walton 2:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 +7 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision

2012-13 NBA Blogger Previews: Pacific Division

For the past several years, the great Boston Celtics blog has hosted an annual NBA Bloggers Preview. Basically, every day leading up to the start of the season, one team is previewed by some 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 tomorrow, 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 Andrew Bogut stay healthy this season, and if so, what will his impact on the Warriors be?

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Cavalier Road Trip Sends Them to Phoenix

The Cleveland Cavaliers are about to experience the most trying two game stretch of this young season.

On Friday the Cavaliers must travel to Staples Center to take on former coach Mike Brown. But before that, the Cavaliers (4-5) must first take on the Phoenix Suns (4-5) on Thursday night.

Typically, Thursday night NBA action belongs to TNT. In the past, a Thursday night Cavs-Suns game would definitely be on TNT. Not this year. In fact, this is the first Thursday night game of the season for Cleveland, and their last Thursday night game until April 26 against the Chicago Bulls (also not on TNT, duh).

This isn’t the same Phoenix Suns we used to know, though. [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Pacific 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 Pacific 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 later today, so stay tuned. [Read more...]

Amare Stoudemire To Cleveland Rumor Makes More Sense Now Than Ever

Amare StoudemireGet ready for one crazy rumor-fueled weekend of NBA Trade Speculation. With All-Star Break here, the NBA will now see most owners, GMs, and agents converging in Dallas for the festivities. With both sides expected to meet to discuss the impending Collective Bargaining negotiations, it creates an atmosphere conducive to GMs and owners to meet face to face and talk about getting certain deals done.

The biggest deal everyone is talking about now, of course, is the Amare Stoudemire rumor. Whether or not Amare is the right fit for Cleveland is a fair question. I’ll touch on that briefly in a minute, but first I wanted to talk a little bit about the timing of this rumor as well as about what the Cavs are really risking in losing JJ Hickson.

Lets start right there with JJ. Some of the comments on this site and other Cleveland sports sites is getting a little out of control here. I understand everyone is excited because JJ is finally beginning to show slight signs of consistency.  This excites me as well, and I would really like to see what kind of player Hickson can develop into. But any notion that Hickson’s ceiling is in Amare’s ballpark is more than just a little bit of a stretch.   [Read more...]

NBA Trade Rumors – Cavs, Suns, Wizards, Mavs

So, this won’t be a really substantial post, but thanks to one of the best beat writers in the NBA, we have some updated trade info.  First, before getting to the Cavs, let us first talk about the Wizards.  Word has it that the Wizards are very very close to unloading Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood to Dallas for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden and some other salary matching pieces.  As a result, it appears that Antawn Jamison will not be going anywhere.  At least that is the prevailing thought right now.  Remember that the prevailing thought this morning had us all terrified that Boston was going to land Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler in a deal that would have made Pau Gasol blush.

So, according to Brian Windhorst, the Cavs are going heavily after Amar’e Stoudemire.  It appears that in order to pull off the deal, the Cavs might also have to come up with enough salary to also take Jason Richardson in the deal.  Combined, that means the Cavs need to find just under $30 million in salaries.  According to Windy, the Cavs might need to use both Wally Szczerbiak and Lorenzen Wright.  I also assume the Cavs would have to give up Zydrunas and JJ Hickson should the deal go down as described on this late Friday night.

We will continue to cover all the news and rumors throughout the weekend, but keep in mind that no deals can be announced over the all-star break.

NBA Trade Rumors: Cavaliers Talking To Suns About Amare Stoudemire

Amare StoudemireThe NBA trade rumors are only going to heat up from here, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are sure to be included in many/most of the rumors out there. We’ve seen beat writers across the country report time and again that the Cavaliers are being the most active team in seeking out a trade to improve this team before the playoffs. The Cavaliers have the assets (expiring contracts) and the desire to get something done, and now they just need to find a willing trade partner. And that’s where Danny Ferry may once again look no further than his good friend Steve Kerr.

Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer first brought this to our attention in Ohio last night via Twitter, but Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic is reporting the Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns have had some discussions about a trade to send Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #29: Cavs at Suns

Cavaliers vs SunsCleveland Cavaliers (20-8) vs
Phoenix Suns (18-9)
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Monday, December 21, 2009
9:00 PM EST

After dropping a game against the Dirk-less Mavericks last night, the Cavaliers must now play game #2 of this 4 game Western Conference road swing against one of the best offenses in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns. It would be nice to be heading into this game with some confidence after taking care of business in Dallas, but as is routinely the case with this years team, they got lazy and careless on offense and let a chance to get a big road win slip away. So now, with an insanely difficult matchup in Los Angeles on Christmas Day looming on the horizon (not to mention a game against the Kings, who are excellent at home), the Cavaliers instead face a must win game if they want any chance of salvaging their pride on this road trip. I would love to talk about all the things the Cavaliers are doing great and why they should win this game tonight, but if we’re being honest, the Cavaliers continue to just limp along lifelessly through this season, almost as if they don’t care. It’s hard to feel good about this game. But if there’s one ray of hope, it’s that the Cavaliers thrash the Suns in Cleveland earlier this year. We’ll see if they can muster the same motivation tonight.    [Read more...]

LeBron and Shaq – A Match Made In Purgatory

Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James

I was tired last night, and I went to bed at 10:45 pm. I had no clue a Cavaliers trade was imminent. So when I woke up this morning, I looked at my phone and was surprised to see a bunch of texts and emails waiting for me. I knew something had happened. Before I could even check the first text message, I heard the news on ESPN. The Cavaliers made waves overnight as they traded Sasha Pavlovic, Ben Wallace, a 2nd round pick, and some benjamins to the Suns for Shaquille O’Neal.

It’s hard to even know where to begin when thinking about this deal. I mean, on face value Danny Ferry just shipped off 2 players who offered nothing to the Cavs and who were barely even part of the rotation by the end of the season, for a player Slam Magazine just last month named as the 4th best player of all time. Nobody would have you believe the version of Shaq the Cavaliers are getting is the same player as the guy listed as #4 on that list, but this is still a player who just last season averaged 17.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, shot 60.9% from the field, and had a PER of 22.3. So yeah, the Cavaliers just got a little bit better. You could add Pavlovic and Wallace’s production together, double it (maybe even triple it), and still not get the numbers Shaq put up last year as a 36 year old veteran. But what will the Cavs be getting in this 37 year old version of Shaq, and how will he fit on this team? Is this really the missing piece of the puzzle? Was this really the best Danny Ferry could get for Wallace’s expiring contract and for Pavlovic’s super-savings contract? There are really 2 sides of this to look at….on court issues and off court issues.    [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #64: Cavs at Suns

Cavaliers vs SunsCleveland Cavaliers (50-13) vs
Phoenix Suns (34-30)
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, March 12, 2009
10:30 PM EST

Since the All-Star break, the Cavaliers are 10-2. They’ve played 7 games on the road over that span and have gone 5-2 in those games. A nice way to come out of the break, for sure, but some of these road games could very easily have been losses. With Boston’s loss to the Heat last night, the Cavaliers are now 3 games up on Boston in the loss column. This is huge when you consider the Cavaliers upcoming schedule. After tonight and tomorrow’s games on the road, the Cavaliers then play 8 of their next 9 games at home (albeit 7 of those 8 home games are against pretty good teams) to close out March. If the Cavaliers can find a way to win tonight in Phoenix, and then take care of business tomorrow in Sacramento, then the Cavaliers actually will find themselves in a very favorable situation. You can’t ask for much more than playing 8 out of 9 games at home to put a stranglehold on the conference’s (and possibly even the Association’s) best record. So needless to say, tonight’s game is the table setter for the Cavaliers, and that makes this game a very big opportunity for the team.  [Read more...]

Cavs vs. Suns – Open Thread Etc.

"Dunk you very much, Phoenix"The Cavs and Suns will go at it tonight at the Q.  The Cavs are coming off of a tough night in Indy where they dropped a game to the Pacers.  Rock and I may not agree on the last two calls of the game, but we both agreed on the fact that the Cavs never should have put themselves in a position to be fighting for inbound alley-oops to tie the game to send it into overtime.

Anyway, onto tonight’s game with a disappointing Phoenix team.  It got me to thinking.

How cool would it be if the Wizard of Hughes, Danny Ferry managed to pull off something spectacular.  What if tonight when the game started, Wally walks out of the visitor’s locker room wearing a Suns jersey and Stoudemire walks out of the Cavs locker room to play for the Cavs?  Could you imagine any more high drama in the Q in your life (short of clinching an NBA title?)  I know it is about as likely to happen as me winning the Mega Millions this week, but it put a smile on my face.

Yes, I know the Cavs would have to give more than just Wally to do the deal.  Blah blah blah.  Just let me sit and dream about this possibility between now and game time.  Ok?