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...]

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...]

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...]

While We’re Waiting…Benches Clear, Indians Win, and Cavs beat Wizards

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.

Shin-Soo Choo wins it late for Tribe:  “The Indians stood up for Shin-Soo Choo on Saturday and Choo reciprocated by standing up for his teammates as well. Choo’s game-winning, two-run double off Greg Holland snapped a 10th-inning tie and lifted the Indians to an 11-9 victory on a wild night that had the Cleveland right fielder cast as the central character in a topsy-turvy plot.

When Choo was hit by Jonathan Sanchez pitch in the third inning, it triggered a crazy chain of events, which included both benches emptying twice, three Cleveland ejections and a Kansas City rally from a seven-run deficit to force extra innings. But in the end, Choo’s bat proved the difference in keeping the Indians from the growing possibility of a demoralizing loss.

Cleveland led 9-2 when the Royals gained momentum against a bullpen that faced a long night after starter Jeanmar Gomez was ejected for hitting Mike Moustakas in the third. That development came after Sanchez had hit Choo. Last year, Choo was hit by a Sanchez pitch in San Francisco and suffered a broken left thumb.

Yuniesky Betencourt’s solo homer off Vinnie Pestano tied it at 9 in the eighth, but Choo saved the night with his big blow against Holland. Chris Perez worked a clean ninth for the save.

“Always we try to win the game, but especially tonight,” Choo said. “We have to win the game.”  [MLB.com / Robert Falkoff]

Gody and Casspi fuel win for Cavs over Wizards:  “James Singleton’s 19-foot jumper to start the fourth quarter tied the game at 73, the first tie since the score was knotted at 22 at the end of the opening quarter. The Cavaliers responded to the pressure on consecutive possessions with a corner 3-pointer from Luke Harangody and a 3-point play from Omri Casspi, who made the hoop with the harm. Those buckets sparked a 16-7 Cleveland run, giving the Cavs an insurmountable 89-80 lead with under six minutes to play.”  [Truth About It / John Converse Townsend]

On Johnny Damon and the Indians:  “Strange as it may be to acknowledge, here we are in mid-April (a little over 7 months after making the Ubaldo deal that seemed to signal a new aggressiveness at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario) talking about a Johnny Damon signing that still hasn’t been formally announced, with a wildly player-friendly contract attached to it. It was merely five games into the 2012 season when the team reached out to a 38-year-old player, essentially as a rental for about a month or so, that hadn’t been signed and who is willing to accept a base salary of $1.25M because he represented something potentially better than anything else they had in the system or brought in during the off-season.

Now, don’t take that to mean that Damon isn’t an upgrade to the Tribe roster as it exists right now, but it certainly conveys the idea that the Indians are (still) unsatisfied (and rightfully so) with their LF configuration. They hate the internal options enough (both top-side and in AAA) that we’re talking about Johnny Damon, after wasting a couple of days earlier in the off-season dissecting Bobby Abreu…and I’m glad we have Damon instead of Abreu. While this signing shouldn’t come as a total surprise as we watched talk and Tweets for the latter part of Spring Training that the Tribe was attempting to find an OF anywhere, actually bringing in a player like Damon is telling about what the Indians think of the internal options and how his signing brings the organizational failure to come up with a “Plan B” past Grady this off-season and to draft/develop a suitable corner OF for too long under some pretty hot lights.

In terms of how it affects the current roster, I can’t decide if this signing is an indictment of Brantley and what they think of him, a continuation of the search to find an OF not named Shelley Duncan, or an instance of throwing something up against the wall and hoping it sticks. Regardless, it smacks of desperation and when you throw the alleged contract terms on top of that stink of desperation, as well as possibility that he won’t even be ready to play for a couple of weeks and you start to see the corner that the Indians had painted themselves into by not coming up with a “Plan B” for the inevitable Sizemore injury during the off-season.”  [The DiaTribe / Paul Cousineu]

Indians ejected early last night against Royals:  “The Cleveland Indians opened up an early lead and chased Kansas City pitcher Jonathan Sanchez from the mound after just 2.2 innings pitched, but because of a wild inning, will now be forced to play without three vital cogs for the remainder of the night.Cleveland manager Manny Acta, third baseman Jack Hannahan and starting pitcher Jenmar Gomez were each tossed from the game by umpire Gary Darling in the bottom of the third inning after Gomez hit Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas with a pitch. Gomez left the game without yielding a hit and throwing just 20 pitches.

The altercation on the field came a mere minutes after the Indians knocked home five runs in the the top half of the inning and forced Sanchez to the bench. Designated hitter Jose Lopez was the catalyst, and plated a pair of runs on a double in just his second game in the starting lineup this season. With Gomez forced to the locker room, Cleveland is hoping that last year’s 12-game winner Josh Tomlin will be able to protect a slight lead into the middle innings.” [SB Nation / Dave Ryan]

Rock and Roll legends in CLE last night:  “Green Day, there to induct GNR, got things off to a crushing start with “American Idiot’s” “Letterbomb” as Billie Joe Armstrong exhorted the crowd to “stand up…This is f—ing rock ‘n’ roll! This is not a f—ing party — this is a celebration, motherf—ers!” That set the tone for a night that mixed musical fireworks with warm and emotional speeches, putting plenty of heart in rock ‘n’ roll and reveling in past glories to, as Armstrong also said, “know where you f—ing come from.”

So Bette Midler choked up as she remembered the late Laura Nyro as “the very essence of New York City, really, not in the gritty, real sense but in the passionate, romantic, ethereal, maternal sense. She would take the most ordinary people in the most ordinary situations and spin them into heroic figures…” Carole King noted that the “most fervent wish” of the late Don Kirshner, receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers, “was to be inducted in this iconic institution”; his widow, Sheila, noted that Kirshner would have turned 77 on April 17 and considered the induction “the best present he could’ve received.” Fortunately, Johnny Meeks of Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps — one of the six backing bands/vocal groups being inducted years after their frontmen — was there to be inducted the day before he turned 75.

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea let the tears flow freely as he thanks his mother, producer Rick Rubin and others — and recalled playing street football with former GNR drummer Steven Adler when they were teenagers together in Los Angeles. Bandmate Anthony Kiedis, meanwhile, thanked his longtime friend and cohort for helping him to get clean. And Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones each paid tribute to the late Small Faces members Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane.”  [Billboard Music / Gary Graff]

 

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Southeast Division

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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Bulls Trade Hinrich, Heat Maneuvering, Cavs?

Well, it is still all quiet on the Cavalier front.  Obviously, we didn’t expect that to change until the draft actually begins, if at all.  But things are not quiet around the rest of the league.  The Chicago Bulls have traded Kirk Hinrich to the Washington Wizards in an attempt to have enough cap space to sign two giant free agents.  The deal will reportedly get the Bulls from the $20 million free range to the $30 million range according to ESPN. But that’s not all.

The Miami Heat, are emerging as the free agency dark horse all of a sudden.  The Heat traded their pick and Daequan Cook yesterday to Oklahoma City to save cap space.  Now, ESPN is reporting that Miami is also looking to buy out James Jones’ deal, which could give the Heat just under $30 million to spend on free agents.  Oh, and they can of course bring back Dwyane Wade too. [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.

On LeBron James and Sports Hate

LeBron Crybaby T-ShirtThis might be the most obvious post I ever write.  Then again, I think it might be time to really talk about this a little bit.  With all the problems that the Wizards have today with Gilbert Arenas and the fact that their “big three” of Arenas, Jamison and Butler have failed to materialize as a force to be reckoned with in the NBA, there seems to be a lot of sniping at LeBron James.  Yes, there is a history between the teams in the playoffs and the situation with LeBron and DeShawn Stevenson.  Some of the reason that the Wizards never got over the hump is because LeBron is just that good.  Then again, I don’t think we ever truly saw this Wizards roster at its best due to injuries.  Regardless, what ends up being tangible out of the whole situation in the NBA is the hate directed at LeBron James, and it isn’t just from Wizards fans.  I think it is worth exploring a bit, because as Cleveland fans, we know a lot about sports hate.

Sports hate isn’t truly hate, for the record.  When I say I hate someone in the sports world it isn’t meant to be as ugly as if I hated my neighbor who I know and could potentially interact with.  So let’s get that out of the way first.  I can’t stand Braylon Edwards, but if he was trapped under a wrecked car, I would certainly do everything I could to try and help him.  In that respect sports hate is far from real hate in my opinion.

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Cavs History Book – Mark Price Trade

Mark PriceYesterday on Twitter, I got into a conversation with some bloggers for the Washington Wizards.  (TruthAboutIt and BulletsForever) As anyone who has ever surfed YouTube knows, one thing leads to another and you eventually end up in a completely foreign place from where you started.  Somehow talking about the Cavs eventually led to talking about how the Cavs inadvertently ruined the Bullets by trading an old, injury-prone Mark Price to them. I say that in jest of course, because someone in the Bullets obviously decided it was a good enough deal to pull the trigger.

That led me to wonder what, exactly, did the Bullets send to the Cavaliers for Mark Price?  After failing miserably finding the answer on Wikipedia and other places, I found it exactly where I should have looked in the first place.  It was in a post on BulletsForever that was exploring their own history books remembering Robert Pack.  Then I was linked to another post on TruthAboutIt that also goes into detail on it.  I found my answer . [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...]

Cavs Drop Game to Wizards

the-wizWizards 109, Cavs 101 (box)

Nice to know that the Wizards show up when it matters most.  Wait a minute.  This was a regular season game?  Never mind.  The Cavs played a bad game against the Wizards last night.  The Cavs still managed to come back on the Wizards in the second half as they knocked down the Wiz’s 14 point lead.  In the end, the Cavs were unable to hold off the Wizards and they broke up the Cavs’ 13 game winning streak.  Now, the particulars.

  • The player of the night was apparently Darnell Jackson.  His +/- was +12.  He had two points and five rebounds.  He and Mo Williams (+4) were the only players who had +s in the box score.
  • There was much talk about this being the return of Gilbert Arenas, but he looked really rusty.  He was 3-11 shooting and shot a couple real clunkers from beyond the three point line.  It will be interesting to see what kind of player he turns out to be the rest of his career after the knee problems.  Despite the rivalry, I have always enjoyed Gilbert Arenas’ game and how he goes about his business. [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?

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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...]