It’s tough to be a Cavalier fan these days. Real tough. They could very well be the worst team in all of the Association. Sure, their 4-8 record puts them only a half game behind Detroit for the 8 seed, but as I sat in The Q and looked up to see The Diff read -26 against a 3-7 Wizards team coming off a back to back while the Cavs had just enjoyed three days off I found it hard to imagine things could get much worse. Honestly they really can’t. Either the team gets better and creeps back in the playoff race or they tank and earn themselves a shot at landing a franchise changing lottery pick. [Read more...]
It’s a little late, but I can’t stop thinking about this play from Saturday night. I discussed it with Scott Raab because it would have seemed so inconceivable that Matthew Dellavedova might have factored into the Cavaliers game on Saturday night… in overtime… in a positive way…
Anyway, he doesn’t get the worship that Kyrie gets for scoring all those points against the Wizards, but he should get some major contributing kudos for his efforts. They didn’t go unnoticed at WFNY.
We’ll see on Wednesday against those same Wizards if Dellavedova impressed Mike Brown enough to come anywhere close to playing as much as he did on Saturday when he logged an overtime-extended 31 minutes. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t mind seeing a bit more.
The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I had a rare hiatus. Two weeks ago, I wrote about fun Cleveland Cavs facts that we keep forgetting. Now, it’s more NBA playoffs talk.
When we talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013-14, it’s important to note their improvements in the context of the bourgeoning NBA Eastern Conference. Not only are the Cavs expected to improve, but so are several other teams. The Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and others all could claim that they are the franchise most expected to take a leap in the downtrodden East. But before anyone can do so, it’s necessary, from a statistical perspective, to describe what historically has been the expectation for a playoff team in the NBA’s lesser conference. The numbers tell a fascinating tale.
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.
1. Damian Lillard (Last Week: 1)
The mid season rookie of the year had another strong week, averaging just over 21 points and 7 assists in 3 games, including a win against Indiana that snapped the Blazers’ 6 game losing streak. Lillard has received praise from the media, coaches, and even LeBron, but now we can add future hall of famer, Gary Payton to that list.
In an interview with Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk, Payton gave his endorsement of Lillard for Rookie of the Year. “I like Damian Lillard because he’s from Oakland, California, and he’s a phenomenal basketball player,” Payton said. “He should be the rookie of the year, he’s playing very well right now for Portland and I love his game.” [Read more...]
A significant portion of greater Cleveland is without power, but the Cavaliers say that ‘proper precautions’ are in place and the game will be played as scheduled tonight. Tip is at 7:05. You can see it on FSO or listen on WTAM 1100.
Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer John Michael also tweeted out a reminder today that you can stream audio for every game on NBA.com. You have to sign up for an account, but the audio streams are free.
Another rough game for the Cavs backcourt as they lost Saturday night to one of their closest comparable teams in the Eastern Conference at home. Poor shooting games from both Dion and Kyrie, while Jan Vesely and the Wizards frontcourt were able to score effectively throughout the contest.
|Percentages||.453||.333||.676||Team Rebounds: 10|
|T. Booker||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|S. Gray||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|N. Hilario||DNP – Plantar Fasciitis (left Foot)|
|C. Martin||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|E. Okafor||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|C. Singleton||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|J. Wall||DNP – Inactive|
|Percentages||.400||.333||.750||Team Rebounds: 13|
|K. Azubuike||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|O. Casspi||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|M. Eric||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|L. Harangody||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|K. Jones||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|J. Pargo||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|L. Walton||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
The Cavaliers have been rumored to be feeling out the Hornets for a trade at the number ten spot. New Orleans was insisting that any deal made would have to include the contracts of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.
That deal is out of the question now.
The Hornets traded Okafor and Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick in the draft.
It could also signal that the Wizards are ready to use the third pick on Florida G Bradley Beal. This is good or bad news depending on who you would rather see the Cavaliers get at four. It could mean that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will fall to four. It could also mean the top three are Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Beal.
It was fan appreciation night at the Q, and Kyrie Irving did play despite having the flu. Well, he played the first half. At least nine minutes of it. Antawn Jamison came up gimpy in this one as well. Check out the Cavaliers’ leader in minutes played.
|Percentages||.440||.250||.750||Team Rebounds: 5|
|T. Booker||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Percentages||.442||.235||.722||Team Rebounds: 6|
I’m fairly certain that no player has ever led his team in both points and rebounds during an NBA game one night, and then been sent immediately down to the NBA’s Developmental League that following morning.
That is until Luke Harangody did as much for the Cleveland Cavaliers this weekend.
Harangody played for the Canton Charge on Friday. He was called up Saturday to start in place of Antawn Jamison, who was ruled out of last night’s game so he could take a break or something, and now Luke is on a plane back to Springfield to help push the Charge further towards D-League playoff glory.
No matter what happens from here though, there’s no undoing the chapter he wrote last night in the legendary tale of Gody.
I set the over/under for total points scored by Luke Harangody at 13.5 last night just prior to tip-off. I had a feeling that Gody was about to get 14, and after I put that out on Twitter I received ten over picks and nine unders. Needless to say, Luke proved at least nine people wrong last night.
He scored an efficient 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting in 37 minutes of work, going way over that line of 13.5. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, had 2 steals, and his big league team go the 98-89 road win. Pretty solid work for the first start of your NBA career. [Read more...]
|Percentages||.515||.375||.818||Team Rebounds: 14|
|S. Erden||DNP – Inactive|
|D. Gibson||DNP – Torn Tendon, Left Foot/ankle|
|K. Irving||DNP – Contused/sprain Right Shoulder|
|A. Jamison||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|A. Varejao||DNP – Inactive|
|Percentages||.437||.286||.750||Team Rebounds: 8|
|A. Blatche||DNP – Inactive|
|T. Booker||DNP – Plantar Fasicitis – Left Foot|
|B. Cook||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|N. Hilario||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|R. Lewis||DNP – Inactive|
- +/-: Team net points while player in game
- TO: Turnovers
- PF: Personal Fouls
- BS: Blocked Shots
- BA: Blocks Against
- Technical Fouls:None
- Arena: Verizon Center, Washington
- Attendance: 17,200
- Officials: Ken Mauer, Eli Roe, Michael Smith
- Duration: 2:19
Head coach Byron Scott mixed up the lineups on Friday night against the lowly Washington Wizards but unfortunately for Cavs fans, the end result was still the same as Cleveland dropped its fifth straight game. Ryan Hollins and Alonzo Gee got the start in place of Omri Casspi and Semih Erden. Amazingly, this was Antawn Jamison’s first game at the Verizon Center since he was traded for Zydrunas Ilgauskas in 2010. Jamison felt right at home, chucking up 24 shot and leading the Cavaliers with 29 points. The Cavs will now host the Jazz on Monday night, looking to end this five-game skid.
|Percentages||.446||.381||.615||Team Rebounds: 10|
|S. Erden||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|L. Harangody||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|M. Harris||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|A. Varejao||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|Percentages||.460||.381||.619||Team Rebounds: 6|
|R. Lewis||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|K. Seraphin||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|N. Young||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
The Cavs had an opportunity, albeit slim, to have an undefeated weekend on the road. The schedule featured a terrible Wizards team without star PG John Wall and a Knicks team that the Cavs have owned this season – owned.
One of the Cavaliers’ five road wins came in Washington earlier this season – part of a 3 game road winning streak. But that game preceded the departures of Mo Williams, Andy Varejao, and the scorched earth campaign of this winter. Also during the intervening season of woe, the Wizards blew the doors off the Q for their first road win of the season – reinforcing the gulf between the Cavs and their own particular brand of horrendous hooping.
Last night, the Wiz came out firing and looking to avoid a home loss in what they knew was a winnable game. Most notably, Andray Blatche, the face of everything that’s wrong with the Wizards, was determined to chuck, and career highs, along with a W, resulted.
After Cavalier fans celebrated Friday night’s win as if it were a Game 7 of a playoff series, the winless-on-the-road Washingon Wizards promptly came into town and pulled the celebration rug out from underneath the Cavs’ collective feet.
Fortunately, Cleveland can only sit here and ponder the potential for the consecutive loss streak continuing on through this day as it took an overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers (another woeful road team who just so happened to be in the middle of a 10-game trip). But following Sunday night’s 115-100 loss to the Wizards, it’s fairly evident that this team has inner battles with entitlement that could be deeply rooted to some point in the last seven years.
Yep, it’s that time of year again already. Once again, CelticsBlog 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 Southeast 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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[Shakes fist] Washington!!! “The Washington Wizards may have lost a few battles against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they most certainly won the war. Think about it…the first salvo was Jamison to the Cavs, a talented, but defensively impotent player who was abused routinely by Kevin Garnett in the Cavs’ beatdown at the hands of the Celtics. Now, the Cavs are stuck with an exorbitant salary for a player with a clear, defined weakness on a roster that’s inspiring nobody.
But that wasn’t enough for Washington…oh, no. They could’ve been content with implanting a tumor on their once rivals, but instead, they had to go ahead with the water torture…an agonizing week long period where, thanks to the Wiz’ trade with the Bulls for the cap killing Kirk Hinrich, Cavs fans everywhere have to watch their team squrim and gasp for air.” [Major League Jerk]
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Some comments from Michael Jordan’s agent about the future of LeBron James: “‘I am a big LeBron James fan. But he needs to decide what he wants to do. He has all of the power. If he doesn’t want to stay, fine. If he wants to go, then go. But tell Cleveland that and work with them to make it happen in the best fashion for everybody. The lack of dialogue is, to me, confusing and illogical.’
‘I don’t think the people around him understand that. I don’t think they understand that if LeBron James leaves Cleveland he will be a pariah, he will be a Benedict Arnold. I don’t think he understands the implications of his decision. If he leaves, Cleveland’s economy is going to tank, he is that important.”‘ [Frank Hughes/SI.com] [Read more...]
Once the Cavaliers decided to trade for Antawn Jamison and the two years, $23 million left on his contract beyond the 2009-10 season, the veteran power forward appeared to be well on his way to be calling Cleveland home. Being a member of the Wizards since 2004, Jamison grew some roots right outside of the DC metro area, building a home in 2008.
And with his trade to Cleveland, Jamison has decided to put the six-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom dwelling up for sale.
Deemed a “custom beauty,” this 12,000-square foot home allegedly comes with an elevator, a four-car garage, library, hot tub, and the requisite home theater. The basement also features a wine cellar and poker room. All of it can be yours for a cool $4.5 million. [Read more...]
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Boot Up: Joakim Noah’s Future – If there was one thing that I learned in the series victory against Chicago, it is that Joakim Noah is the real deal. The agitating former Florida Gator averaged 14.8 points and 13.0 rebounds during those five games, and was clearly the leader of that mediocre team on both sides of the ball.
Derrick Rose did average an impressive 26.8 points per game, but required 25 field goal attempts per contest to put up those numbers. The 25-year-old Noah was efficient and relatively consistent against the Cavs throughout the series. Rose surely has a higher overall ceiling as a prospect, but Noah definitely had a breakout season in 2009-2010. Combining Luol Deng, Rose and Noah with another fringe All-Star could make for an awfully good team in another year or two.
The NBA Playoffs are hardly ever short on story lines and talking points. It can be dangerous to look too far ahead toward potential story lines, though, and so we tend to stick to focusing on the matter at hand.
I’m tired of first round matchups, though. This is the 5th year in a row the Cavaliers have been in the playoffs, and LeBron has never lost in the first round. Heck, the Cavs have never been pushed to 7 games in the first round with LeBron at the helm, and I would argue that the first round matchup hasn’t felt truly up for grabs since 2006.
This isn’t to say that this year’s matchup is 100% over. I predicted this to be a 6 game series, and I still think it could possibly get there, although I now feel 5 games is much more likely. So you never really want to get ahead of yourself, but you’ll forgive me if for one second I allow myself to look ahead. [Read more...]
While We’re Waiting…Holmgren on Peppers, Z’s Tenure, Tait critiques Cavs routine, Bradford Impresses
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Mike Holmgren admits the Browns are interested in Julius Peppers but the current price may be too high: “Certainly Julius is one of the guys we talk about, but then I have to put on my other hat a little bit, because there are some financial ramifications there…I’d be reluctant, as great a player as Julius is, to compare anybody with Reggie White. We did it for Reggie. If you remember at the time, we bonused Reggie, I think we bonused him for $8 million…Everyone thought we were nuts. It was numbers off the charts, and think of that today. You toss around stuff like it’s nothing. If I thought there was a Reggie White out there, or if I thought there was a Brett Favre out there I could trade for, I’d be seriously interested.” [Aaron Wilson/National Football Post]