The Cavaliers came out atop the latest Bloguin BlogPoll Power Rankings for the second straight time, and if you missed the complete rankings and commentary from the esteemed bloggers of this network, go here.The primary reason the Cavs were able to maintain their top spot is due to the fact that LeBron is no longer forced to hang out with these guys pictured below... no comments
The legend behind the microphone had an interesting comment prior to Thursday night’s Cavs vs. Celtics tilt in Beantown. Tait rarely gets into the analytical side of the broadcast, and wasn’t prompted, so it was a bit surprising to hear his take: The Cavaliers need to focus less on the pre game handshakes between themselves and their opponent, and instead turn their attention to working hard on the basketball court.
Tait has seen his share of basketball games, and knows when a team needs to turn things up on the defensive end. Personally I could care less about the pre game hugs, handshakes, and rituals, but I’ve heard Tait speak out against this multiple times this season. I think Joe’s a good 40 years older than I am, so that may explain our difference of opinion. However, we are on the same page when it comes to bringing the hard hats and lunch pails more consistently. While the first half was disappointing on the defensive end, the 2nd half was played extremely well. Rondo got trapped, Allen got smothered, and KG, Big Baby and Rasheed got neutralized.
That’s what Joe Tait’s talking about.
Have a GOOD NIGHT, everybody!
If LBJ stays over 50% FG he will be the 3rd person in NBA history to finish the season with 25+ PPG, .500+ FG% and 8+ APG.
That group would then include:
LeBron James (2009-10): 29.8 PPG, .502 FG%, 8.5 APG
Michael Jordan (1988-89): 32.5 PPG, .538 FG%, 8.0 APG
and the guy who did it twice...
Oscar Robertson (1969-70): 25.3 PPG, .511 FG%, 8.1 APG
Oscar Robertson (1962-63): 28.5 PPG, .518 FG%, 9.5 APG
Editor's note: Dave Wooley is a statistical guru who's works include a detailed history of CWRU football stats, both team and individual. Look for more from Dave in the future as the 'Cavs Stat of the Day' series continues.
Well that game was… interesting.After watching the Cavs get manhandled in the first half, they come back to win it in Boston 108-88, outscoring Boston 60-32. As surprising as the outcome was, the game played out like a lot of Boston’s games this year. The Celtics couldn’t keep up with a small, spry, long, athletic lineup. They were 0-4 against the Hawks this year, and this athletic Cavs lineup gave them fits. I’ve been advocating a 5-Forward lineup for a little while now, and the Cavs essentially employed one all 2nd half tonight. no comments
While it seemed like the Cleveland Cavaliers were about to let the Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo run away with a victory, LeBron James stepped in and made sure that was not the case.
The Cavaliers (45-14) held the Celtics to only 32 points in the second half and scored 35 points themselves in the fourth as they beat the Celtics in Boston 108-88 Thursday night.LeBron James had 36 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, Mo Williams scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers to put away Boston for good. While Boston was without Paul Pierce, out with a right thumb injury, Rajon Rondo led the way in the first quarter. Rondo had 19 points and 11 assists while Ray Allen scored 21 points. The Celtics cooled off as the game progressed and shot 3-for-21 in the fourth quarter as Cleveland snapped a nine-game losing streak in Boston, counting the playoffs. no comments
The first name you think of when you hear New Orleans Hornets is Chris Paul. You may have to change that to three names after tonight. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New Orleans Hornets 105-95 and while the Cavaliers played lackadaisical at times on defense, you can’t ignore the fact that the Hornets have two young stars in the making in Marcus Thornton and Darren Collison. no comments
As Cavs fans, we can't have everything we want all the time. If we want a team that can rip off a 13-game winning streak, we're going to have to be able to handle a 3-game slide every couple years. If we want a team that's willing to add a significant piece at the deadline, we're going to have to be patient enough to allow that guy to get acclimated. Additionally, for the time being it seems, if we want the five best players on the floor at the same time, we're going to have to wait until the last five minutes of games to see it...because they still don't start.Antawn Jamison was a step in the right direction though tonight, don't get me wrong, but I'd like to see the Cavs take one more in starting Delonte as well.
The fourth installment of our series Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods checks in with ex-Cavaliers guard Smush Parker. For part one of our series featuring Damon Jones, click here. For part two, featuring Luke Jackson, click here. For part three featuring Ira Newble, click here.
Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods: William Henry "Smush" Parker
Smush Parker was signed by the Cavaliers as a free agent during his rookie year in September of 2002. He played 66 games for the Cavs during the '02-03 season, and started 18 of them. During that year - his only one as a Cavalier - he scored 6 points per game to go along with 2.5 assists over an average of 18 minutes per night.
He would continue to bounce around the NBA for another handful of seasons, and the highlight of his career would be the stretch of games - starting in 2005 - where Smush started 162 straight games for the Lakers and averaged 11.5 ppg. He ended up making a couple more NBA stops before going overseas after a contract dispute with the Heat sent him looking for work elsewhere.Elsewhere for Smush would be China, and he signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in January of last year.
I'm by no means worried about the Cavaliers current three game losing streak. The Cavs beat the Magic the first two times they played this season, and to expect a season sweep of Orlando would be a bit greedy, especially while trying to work Jamison in on the fly. And while the loss today was disappointing, there were certainly some positive developments, of which I'll get to below. But first, I have to say this: its time for Anthony Parker to do what he was brought in to do for this team - provide depth at the guard position...off the bench.
Delonte for Parker:
With all this change going on as the Cavaliers re-assmeble for the stretch-run, you might as well make one more now and go with it: re-insert Delonte West into the starting line-up. He played 35 minutes a game last season, and if the Cavaliers are going to get where they need to go this time, he needs to play those minutes again...and play them like he did last year.
The Magic bigs didn't beat the Cavaliers today - like they did in the ECF - the guards did.
Editor's note: Not much we wanted to say about Friday's loss to the Bobcats. For a reaction to last night's game, check out KingJamesGospel's right here, or WFNY's here. And while we are confident the Cavs will right the ship, we thought the NBA needed some help on the dunk contest...
1.) Let the fans vote in 4 dunkers...
Pros of this are that they get to see who they want dunk. Obviously, this needs to be limited by the NBA to a realistic number of interested options, and the players need to have a drop dead date where they can pull out of the event.
The cons are that the fans are stupid enough to vote Iverson and McGrady onto the all star team, can’t wait to see who they vote in to dunk!
2.) Have an online dunker get to enter, would be voted in based on youtube videos...
Videos would have to be qualified: court, hoop height, date, etc. to be legit and to be entered. Playgrounds and gyms all over the place would be hopping with dunkers and their camera crews.
3.) Up the ante for the competition...
Give a legitimate amount of cash to the winner. I don’t care if it comes from a sponsor, or David Stern’s pocket. All NBA players are money hungry, so this might give them some incentive to dunk.
4.) Get involvement from elsewhere...
Olympic High Jumpers, Professional volleyball players (although Karch Kiraly already nailed the spike-dunk), NFL guys, Euroleague players, NBDL players, whoever. The more people in the contest, the more originality it will bring.
5.) In the finals have a type of follow the leader sequence...
First dunk, player, no props. Second dunk, player with props (teammate or wardrobe).
Third dunk, follow the leader, just like horse. Winner of first 2 rounds to lead round three. Judging happens after each round, not after each dunk.