April 23, 2014

Cavs vs Wizards Behind The Box Score: Too Little, Too Late…Again

BtBS WizardsThey say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game.

For the 2nd time in this young NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers attempted a furious late game comeback. And for the 2nd time, they fell short in the end. In this one, the Cavaliers appeared well on their way to a 30 point home loss to the Washington Wizards. But undrafted free agent rookie Matthew Dellavedova used his effort to spark some life in the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving began taking over.

With 6:35 left in the 3rd quarter, John Wall hit a shot to put the Wizards up 73-46. Mike Brown called a timeout and made wholesale substitutions, bringing in Jarrett Jack, Dion Waiters, Matthew Dellavedova, Anderson Varejao, and Henry Sims. That unit began chipping away at the Wizards’ lead. In the 4th quarter Kyrie Irving came back in and began scoring and attacking and the Cavaliers would climb all the way back to within 4 points at 90-86 with 1:39 left in the game.

The Cavs defense got a big stop on the ensuing Wizards possession, but Earl Clark was called for a brutal loose ball foul that negated the Cavaliers rebound and gave Marcin Gortat a pair of free throws. This was followed up by a Dion Waiters travelling violation and with that the comeback lost steam and the Cavaliers eventually fell 98-91. [Read more...]

Box Score: Wizards 84 Cavaliers 94

It was less than a year ago when Kyrie Irving made his forgettable Cavalier debut. Tonight, we saw what a difference experience and confidence made for Kyrie as the Cavaliers survived a Wizards 4th quarter run to come away with a big opening night win.

Dion Waiters had a stellar debut, making Cavs fans forget about most of their preseason worries. Waiters finished with 17 points. Kyrie played like the blossoming young superstar that he is, leading all scorers with 29 points. But the story of this game was Anderson Varejao, playing his first Cavaliers game since his season ending injury. Andy more than made up for lost time finishing with 9 points, 23 rebounds (12 of them offensive), 9 assists, and 2 blocks.

Sure, this is a depleted Wizards team and without John Wall and Nene to counter Kyrie and Andy, a Cavalier win was to be expected. But never the less, the Cavaliers took care of their business, and they showcased a style of basketball that was just fun to watch (early parts of the 4th quarter not withstanding). The Cavaliers will host the Bulls on Friday before embarking on their first extended road trip of the season.

Washington

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
A.J. Price G 29:24 2-13 2-9 1-1 -11 1 2 6 1 0 0 1 1 7
B. Beal G 21:33 2-8 2-4 2-2 -16 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 8
E. Okafor C 24:35 4-10 0-0 2-4 -5 5 7 0 1 0 4 0 1 10
T. Ariza F 24:35 3-8 2-4 1-2 -9 1 3 4 0 3 2 0 0 9
T. Booker F 16:45 2-9 0-1 0-0 -15 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 4 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 32-90 8-32 12-20 18 39 26 12 11 10 5 19 84
Percentages .356 .250 .600 Team Rebounds: 10
J. Crawford 28:42 4-13 0-6 3-4 0 1 3 5 1 1 1 1 1 11
M. Webster 23:25 4-6 1-3 0-0 -1 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 1 9
J. Vesely 21:14 3-4 0-0 1-4 -2 3 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 7
C. Singleton 17:11 2-7 0-1 0-0 +1 2 4 2 1 2 0 1 2 4
J. Pargo 16:21 2-6 1-4 2-2 +7 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 3 7
E. Barron 16:15 4-6 0-0 0-1 +1 4 8 0 0 1 1 0 2 8
N. Hilario DNP – Inactive
C. Martin DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Seraphin DNP – Inactive
J. Wall DNP – Inactive

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 34:34 11-20 3-6 4-5 +23 0 6 3 4 0 1 1 4 29
D. Waiters G 28:14 6-14 2-5 3-4 +13 0 2 0 3 3 0 2 0 17
A. Varejao C 37:22 3-7 0-0 3-3 +7 12 23 9 1 0 2 1 4 9
A. Gee F 33:53 2-9 0-2 0-0 +14 2 3 2 3 2 0 3 5 4
T. Thompson F 31:31 5-8 0-0 2-4 +20 3 10 5 2 1 0 2 2 12
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-79 7-20 15-22 18 54 22 20 7 5 10 21 94
Percentages .456 .350 .682 Team Rebounds: 13
C.J. Miles 17:42 1-5 0-1 0-0 +2 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 2
D. Gibson 16:11 3-5 2-4 2-4 -9 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 10
T. Zeller 14:53 2-4 0-0 1-2 +4 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 5
D. Sloan 13:26 2-5 0-1 0-0 -13 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 4
L. Walton 12:14 1-2 0-1 0-0 -11 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Harangody DNP – Inactive
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Inactive
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland Cavaliers Welcome Old Friends Washington Wizards For Season Opener

I love opening day of any sport.

I’ve discussed this point ad nauseam, but there’s nothing like that feeling of the unknown. Staring at a blank canvas, and yeah, you’re limited to the colors in your palette, but the possibilities are endless. The season could be anything.

Basketball, of course, is a bit of a different animal though. In baseball, you have a 162 game marathon of a season where injuries, bullpen strength, lucky hitting, etc. are all varying factors that essentially mean anything can happen. In football, you see it happen every year. Some team that is “playoff lock” falters and some team makes a rise from last to first. We just pray that it can be our year1. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. of course, in Cleveland it never is []

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Cleveland Far From a Sure Thing

Is the sequel to this photo getting closer to reality? Perhaps.

On Wednesday, as word broke of the New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards trade, there was a lot of instant analysis being done in the media and in social media outlets as well.

One of the main assumptions everyone seemed to jump to was that this trade signaled Washington’s intent to draft Bradley Beal at #3. On Twitter in particular, Cavalier fans erupted in celebration. With so many whispers out of Charlotte indicating that Thomas Robinson was the direction they are leaning, this meant Michael Kidd-Gilchrist appeared to be falling into Cleveland’s lap at #4.

Could this really be happening? Could the player so many Cavs fans1 coveted all along really be sliding down to Cleveland? A cause for celebration indeed! [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. as well as Cavs writers on this site []

Cavaliers and Wizards Renew Rivalry, Only Over Draft Position Now

What a lovely tank you have there

It’s time to say goodbye to the men in Wine and Gold. For this season, anyway.

Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Washington Wizards in the final home of the season. What once was a fierce rivalry of sorts is now renewed as a Premier League-esque relegation battle. Although, instead of relegation, these teams are fighting for lottery position.

For Washington, the hard part is over. With New Orleans’ win last night, moving them alongside Cleveland and Sacramento with 21 wins, the Wizards, at 18 wins with two games to go, have locked up 2nd place in the lottery derby. They can win out and not harm their lottery position. [Read more...]

NBA Trade Rumors: Jamison Staying Put?

Antawn JamisonI’ve spent the past couple days trying to operate under the assumption that if the Cavaliers are going to trade for someone, that player is going to be someone whose name we haven’t heard mentioned in trade rumors. So I’ve been scouring team rosters, looking at salaries, looking at performance, reading up on rifts between players, etc. So you know who I found? Nobody. I’ve got nothing. If the Cavs don’t trade for either Antawn Jamison or Troy Murphy, I don’t see an obvious deal that makes sense for the Cavaliers.

So with things circling back around to Jamison or Murphy, I began to really hone in on Jamison and to think about what the future holds. And in doing so, I saw the article by Gene Wang in the Washington Post with these quotes:

“I’m not going anywhere until they let my agent know,” Jamison said. “I got a pretty good relationship with [the Wizards' front office], and all things pointing forward is being here until my contract is over with, so that’s my mind-frame.”

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“I’ve been playing for a while, and I know how rumors get started, trade rumors, this and that nature,” Jamison said, “but those guys have been looking at me in my face, and pretty much everything is staying put.” [Read more...]

In Limbo: Cavaliers Trade Plans Still In Neutral…For Now

shaqjamisonBy all accounts, the Cleveland Cavaliers have begun to get serious about trading Zydrunas Ilgauskas. I don’t think there’s a single person in the Cavaliers organization, and precious few individuals in the fan community, who wants to see Ilgauskas play in another uniform. All things being equal, we all would love to see Big Z play his entire career for this franchise. Having said that, though, the reality of the situation is that this is a business, and Big Z’s status as an expiring contract has made him an NBA commodity.

This trade deadline could be the Cavaliers’ final chance to make the needed improvements to make a Championship run. Without getting too deep into this summer, I’ll just state the obvious that nobody knows what LeBron is going to do, and so this is the last year Cleveland is guaranteed to have the game’s best player on their roster. This is why it is imperative that the Cavaliers make their move and turn their commodities into Championship caliber assets.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #37: Wiz at Cavs

Washington Wizards (11-21) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (27-9)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

Oh boy, where do we even begin with this one? Just two months ago the Wiz came into town boasting a 2-1 record while the Cavs had limped to a 2-2 start, and the confidence of Wizards fans was through the roof. Of course, the Cavaliers came away with 102-90 victory that night and really haven’t looked back. For the Wiz, their journey to this point in time has been completely different. I’m not going to get into the Arenas situation  and the fact that everyone on the team is now trade bait, other than just to say I’m thankful right now to follow the Cavaliers and not the Wizards.

Tonight’s game is one of those ones where perhaps the Wizards will band together, bonded by their recent controversies, their uncertain future status, and their hatred of the Cavaliers to create an Us vs World mentality. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers will make their first attempt to adjusting to life without Jamario Moon tonight. Regardless of all the subplots involved in this matchup, I still expect to see a quality game tonight. After all, the Cavaliers will be wearing their CavFanatic 80s style uniforms with the Wine and Gold colors. With uniforms like these, how can they lose?

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Now Is The Time To Pull The Trigger For Jamison

Antawn JamisonYou have to admit that, for being a Cleveland sports site and being “rivals” of the Washington Wizards, we really haven’t taken too many cheap shots at the Wizards over this whole Gilbert Arenas fiasco. Perhaps because in truth, I’ve quietly been watching from afar, just waiting for this thing to spiral out of control to the point that Washington will get serious about moving their pieces.

Well, that time is now. Chris Mannix of SI.com wrote an article about the fallout of the Arenas scandal and how it will affect other teams in the league. In the article, he points out that literally every single player on the Wizards roster can be had, writing:

“According to multiple league sources, Washington is making its entire roster available and is open to all trades, including for players who bring less talent but have shorter contracts.”

That has to be music to Danny Ferry’s ears. As I pointed out earlier today, the Cavaliers offense has not always been what it should be this season. Picking up someone like Antawn Jamison is, as we’ve pointed out time and time again, precisely what the doctor ordered for the Cavaliers. The problem has always been the Cavaliers lack of solid young talent to sweeten any pot. But if the “including for players who bring less talent but have shorter contracts” line is to believed, this trade rumor may heat up sooner than we thought.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #5: Wizards at Cavs

Cavaliers vs WizardsWashington Wizards (2-1) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
7:00 PM EST
FSOH/WTAM

What a first week it’s been. It’s hard to believe it was just one week ago at this time we were ramping up for the regular season to begin, and our confidence in this team was off the charts at all time highs. After a humbling 0-2 start, however, those expectations came crashing down and turned to desperation and panic. Thankfully, the Cavaliers were able to get some much needed medicine in the form of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Bobcats. The team now stands even at 2-2 and looks to move above .500 for the first time this season when they take on their good old friends, the Washington Wizards. I normally play down this mini “rivalry” because I really don’t think the Cavalier players care all that much about it. However, tonight I hope it’s different. This Cavalier team has been lethargic and lifeless for most of this season, and a tough, intense rivalry game could be just what this team needs.  [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #75 Cavs at Wizards

Cavaliers vs WizardsCleveland Cavaliers (61-13) vs
Washington Wizards (17-58)
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Thursday, April 2, 2009
8:00 PM EST
TNT/FSNOH/WUAB/WTAM

Here we go again. Another game where Washington fans can get all excited and worked up and refer to LeBron as “LeBaby” and blah blah blah. I for one, as always, am so sick of this fake “rivalry”. But regardless, it is evidently important to Washington fans, so let them have their fun. One thing that’s certain is that the Cavaliers will unquestionably get the Wizards’ best shot on the court tonight, and with a brutal game in Orlando tomorrow night, this is a game the Cavaliers could easily overlook and take for granted. That would be a huge mistake, though. It was the Washington game on Christmas night that first signaled the end of the Cavaliers impressive tear through November and December and marked the beginning of the middle stretch of the season where the Cavaliers would start to struggle to beat teams. It was just a week and a half after that game that the Wizards did indeed beat the Cavaliers on this very court, so LeBron and company need to be ready for this one.   [Read more...]

Could Cavs Land Antawn Jamison for Wally Szczerbiak?

AP Photo

AP Photo

The trade deadline is coming this Thursday if you didn’t know.  The Cavs’ activity level this week still remains to be seen.  They are still claiming to be satisfied with the current roster.  At the same time, I don’t really think that Danny Ferry’s phone bill is going to be reasonable this month.  I am sure he has talked to pretty much every team in the league who is even remotely interested in swapping players.  So, now that the Amar’e Stoudemire talks have become kind of old, ESPN is firing up the Antawn Jamison to Cleveland rumor again.

In Chad Ford’s mind, the Cavs should do it because Jamison clearly improves the Cavs’ chances this season.  The Wiz should take on Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring deal because nobody has paid more money for a loser since the Cavs signed Larry Hughes to a five-year $70 million contract.  But I don’t think that tells the whole story. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #29

Washington Wizards (4-22) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (24-4)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Thursday, December 25, 2008
8:00 PM EST
TNT/WTAM

Merry Christmas everybody! You know, as we spend this most festive of days with our families and friends and loved ones, the furthest thing from our mind is sports. But as the day grows late, the food starts getting cold, people start getting tired, and the parties start winding down, I can think of no finer way of closing out an evening than watching the Cavaliers play basketball. Christmas is all about spreading joy, and I’ll be perfectly honest with you….few things give me as much joy these days as watching this team play. I’m sure when the schedule was made this was supposed to be a prime game. The Cavaliers taking on their “rivals” on Christmas night. Instead, this game looks like a dud. But the Wizards will not be in a festive mood. They’ve won only 4 games, they’re on the road (in Cleveland, none the less), and they have to spend Christmas away from their homes and their extended families. For the Wizards, the best way to salvage their Christmas would be to beat the Cavaliers, the team they love to hate so much.    [Read more...]

Game Six Numbers And Words

Triumphant LeBronDue to none of us being near computers last night at the start of the game, there was no live blog for it. Our sincerest apologies for that. You can check out Rick’s recap of the game here. What follows is my analysis of the game and series as well as my look at what everyone else is saying about it.

-Lets start with….who else? LeBron James. Just another simply amazing playoff game for us to add to our DVD collections. His stats don’t even really tell the story. Yes, 27 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and just one turnover in 44 minutes played is a great game by anyone’s standards. But beyond the box score, LeBron took complete control of this game. He ran the offense. He defended Caron Butler. He got his teammates involved. It was a masterpiece to watch.

-One of the key points of this game was the end of the 1st quarter. With just 50 seconds left in the first, DeShawn Stevenson hit 2 free throws to put the Wizards up by 8 points at 31-23. The crowd was going nuts, the Wizards were on fire, and it felt like if the Cavaliers weren’t careful, this one was going to get out of control, especially with LeBron due to take his normal trip to the bench to start the 2nd quarter (kudos to Mike Brown, by the way, for changing it up and not actually taking him out yet at that point for once). [Read more...]

Eastern Conference Round One Game Six

Washington Wizards logoCleveland Cavaliers (45-37, 3-2) vs
Washington Wizards (43-39, 2-3)
Verizon Center, Washington DC
Friday, May 2, 2008
7:00 p.m. ET
ESPN2/FSN OH/WUAB, WTAM

Game 5, chance to clinch the series, at home, up 5 points with 90 seconds left to go and the ball in your possession. If offered up that scenario, you’d take it in a heartbeat. Well, that’s exactly what the Cavaliers had on Wednesday night at the Q, and through good defense by Washington, bad decision making by the Cavaliers, and an attacking and efficienct game plan on offense by the Wizards the Cavaliers found themselves now with only a 3-2 advantage in this series and having to now head to the Capital to try to clinch this series. The good news for Cleveland? In the 3 consecutive seasons playing Washington in the playoffs, the Cavaliers are 5-2 in the Verizon Center and have won 3 of their last 4 close out games on the road. The Cavs are used to being in this position, and they have thrived in it. Can they keep this trend alive tonight? [Read more...]

When A Rivalry Isn’t A Rivalry

LeBronI was out of town, so I was unable to live blog the game. But I did watch it, and here’s my recap in numbers and words. You can read Scott’s recap here. In particular, you need to read his spot-on take on DeShawn “Lock Smith” Stevenson.

-When is a rivalry not a rivalry? I don’t know what makes something a rivalry. But I’ve been reading all weekend on Washington newpaper sites and Washington blogs about how heated this rivalry has become. Granted, I don’t like this Wizards team….but I also don’t think Cleveland or their fans feel that this is a rivalry with Washington. Again, I feel this is a lot like Cleveland with Chicago in the late 80s/early 90s, when Michael Jordan consistently humiliated the Cavaliers. We thought of Chicago as our rivals, but there’s no way Chicago thought we were anything but an annoying nuisance. Now we get to see what the other side feels like. Look around at some Cavaliers/Cleveland blogs….see how many of them mention Washington as a rivalry. It’s harder to find than you might think. [Read more...]

Embarrassed

Cavs Sulk On The Bench

Daniel Gibson, LeBron James, and Ben Wallace Sulking

The fact that the Cavaliers lost this game is not surprising. They had won 8 straight playoffs games against Washington. The Wizards were motivated and they were getting some much needed home crowd nourishment. What is surprising, however, is the way in which the Cavaliers lost this game. Even more surprising, was the final margin, 108-72. [Read more...]

Round One Game Three Live Blog

No preview today, because not much has changed. The Cavs are playing the same team, and by now we know the matchups and what to look for. Join us tonight as we live blog the game, and feel free to join in on the discussion.

Playoff Tested

Cavaliers Clamping Down on DefenseCavaliers Show They Are A Team That Knows How To Win In The Playoffs…..So Far

The talk of this first round battle between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers so far has centered around the physicality of the series. The hard fouls, the technicals, the flagrants, the ejections, the introduction of the term “LeBron” foul. The talk has centered around everything but the actual play on the court, which is a shame because the Cavaliers are certainly focusing on just playing and not allowing themselves to get caught up in all the other games, trash talk, and other hoopla. [Read more...]

Round One Game Two Live Blog

Game Two, Wizards at Cavaliers tonight. We’ll get the live blog started around 6:45 pm. Game starts around 7:00 pm. In the meantime, feel free to give us your predictions and/or thoughts on the game tonight in the comments section below.