It's gotta be getting pretty repetitive doing this obligatory pre-game press conference talk, but the Head Coach has to or he'll be fined, so Byron Scott did it again today.
With a smile too I might add.
Below, Byron's talking about Joey Graham's injury (out a couple weeks), Christian Eyenga's play of late in the D-League, and Orlando's trade with Phoenix earlier in the day:
In case you wondered if a team on a 10-game losing streak still did all the pyrotechnics and music video intro stuff...yep, still do:
My thoughts on first half, via video blog update:
Mo Williams' hoop to tie at 93-93 w/ 3.7 seconds in regulation is below.
Quick note, the place I stood to watch the second half was actually an awesome spot to watch the game when the people in front of me were sitting down. Bit of a downgrade in location when they were on their feet though, but still I had a pretty good look at Mo's shot to send it to OT.
Also, worth mentioning if you didn't know, the crowd was exceptionally electric down stretch, which is a tremendous showing for a fanbase urging its club to get its first win in 11 tries...I'm sure it helped too.
The streak ends! Cavs beat Knicks in OT, and Byron Scott talks about it...postgame:
"There isn't another center in the EC right now, other than maybe Dwight, who's playing better than Anderson Varejao." - Byron Scott
Mo Williams - who went for 23 points, 14 assists, 5 rebounds, including converting two at the end of regulation to send it to OT - talks about the game, his role this season as a PG, and Anderson Varejao on Amar'e:
"He [Varejao] showed why he's a 1st Team All Defensive Player in this league tonight." - Mo Williams on Anderson Varejao
It's gotta be getting pretty repetitive doing this obligatory pre-game press conference talk, but the Head Coach has to or he'll be fined, so Byron Scott did it again today.
Couple things been playing out on my mind these past few days, so I thought what better way get them off my chest then by typing them out and boring you guys to tears with them. I’m a start off with our Cavaliers…
I like the effort we put on the floor against the Wade-ettes, I thought on another night against a team not of that caliber we’d have snapped the losing skid for sure. Things don’t exactly ease up over the next 11 days or so – Pacers tonight followed by notable games against the rolling Knicks and MVP candidate Amare Stoudemire, a chance to avenge the drubbing dished out by the Timberwolves and a visit from Superman and the Magic. It’s a tough way to see out 2010 but with four of the next six at home, look for us to end the skid and hopefully steady the ship.
Who would you rather see traded if we were to pull a move out of the woodwork – Mo Williams or Antawn Jamison? According to the always brilliant Sam Amico, the Cavs could “trade Jamison tomorrow”. Also according to Amico, Gibson is the untouchable one in the backcourt. Personally, even though I like the guy a lot, Tawn plus a pick or two, bit of the trade exception should almost certainly get us something back. Maybe take part in a Melo deal that would facilitate others but benefit us.no comments
Daniel Gibson doesn't have as much talent or natural ability as the majority of starting guards in this league. Just doesn't. Talent aside however, there aren't too many other guys - guards or otherwise - who genuinely embrace the big moment more than Gibson does.
We remember him in what might now be our finest hour as Cavs fans going for 30+ to send the Cavaliers to the Finals way back when. I was at the Clevelander with my boy Falvey when he nailed three, after three, after three, after three. The city almost burned that night.
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More recently, he was also the only Cav to get 20 last time out against these guys, and he did all he could tonight too even though there weren't any "fans" in Miami there to witness the performance.
But to the dismay of those empty arena seats, and despite the manufactured "crowd" noise that was being piped in by the Heat in-game staff, Gibson did go for 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting along with dropping four dimes as he led the upset "effort" by the Cavaliers. Oh, and he didn't play patty-cake with any opposing Heat players either, which was appreciated by this guy at least.
He ended up fouling out of the game late, but not before he left it all on the floor, and not before giving everything he could've gave on Wednesday down in South Beach.
And to me, I can't help but think that Daniel Gibson's performance on Wednesday is not only symbolic of what this team is right now, but also kinda like what it "could be" on any given night. Meaning, nobody thinks Daniel Gibson is gonna go out there and be Chris Paul, and nobody thinks it's particularly "easy" for Gibson to get 26 in an NBA game either. We know he - and they - have to work for any success they find on any night, against any team, in the entire league. He has to be mentally focused for a game like Wednesday's. He has to be ready. He has to be prepared. When he is, he can do things like that. When he doesn't try as hard - unlike other players with more ability who can get away with not trying as hard - he looks bad.
Not too much unlike this Cavs team as a whole. When they choose to ball up, they can play with anybody. They might lose - like they did tonight - but if they bring that effort consistently these types of losing streaks that they're currently on shouldn't and won't happen.
Andy played tough too. Actually, he played more than tough. 18 points, used all but one of his fouls himself, and had a game high 15 boards. Combining those two efforts, on most nights, that should be enough. And even on the road, against a team like this one, if Mo does a little better than the 6 of 20 (30%) he finished for from the floor, it almost was enough. Only it wasn't, but what are you gonna do? That team is loaded down there, and Wade was unguardable for the majority of that second half.
Like I said though Cavs, just keep bringing the effort. We don't even really care if you lose, we're numb to that at this point. Just don't disrespect yourselves, or us, anymore. Like you didn't tonight.
*Rest in Peace Mr. Bob Feller...I have a story I wanted to tell about when I met him once which I'll post later this week, but in the meantime Mr. Feller, you will be missed dearly...and forever remembered. *
Things are pretty dim and gloomy right now around the Q. Players are upset about their roles (more on that in a minute), the coach is starting to show signs of the strain brought on by an 8 game losing streak and pundits and “experts” are being made look correct by us failing to play anything that resembles basketball. Of the 8 games we have now lost on the trot, there are truly only four I’m upset about, as there were only four games from this eight game stretch that I had us winning. I had the Celtics, Wade-ettes, Bulls and Thunder beating us. Truth be told, if you were given that 8 game run before it started you’d have said the same thing too. The road losses to the hapless Pistons, inconsistent Rockets, budding 76ers and the fricking Timberwolves are the ones that get under my skin. Wednesday night in Miami will more than likely result in us stretching this unfortunate streak to 9, and it doesn’t get any easier for the remainder of December. There are a lot of things not clicking right now, Coach Scott has some ideas, Brendan has his opinion and I’m sure somewhere Kirk – while obviously elated over the form of Ohio State right now – is cringing. My take on things? It comes down to three words – personality, responsibility and ability.no comments
After a brief holiday statistical hiatus, I have returned to a team in shambles. The worst case scenario Miami Heat debacle, is actually getting worse, as the Heat seem to have found themselves and are riding a hot streak right now and the Cavaliers have lost the little bit of mojo that they might have had at the beginning of the season, losing 6 straight for the first time since 2007.
The Bulls game saw a much needed drastic change in Byron Scott’s rotation. I am going to take a look at the two changes that I like the most. The first one is inserting Boobie Gibson into the starting lineup. The other change is moving Manny Harris into the rotation and giving him quality minutes.
Boobie Gibson has currently played in 271 career games, starting 53 of them. The following is a breakdown of his career statistics in all games, followed by his statistics in games that he has started:
All Career Games (271g): 23.0 mpg, 7.8 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 rpg, 0.57 spg, 42.3% FG, 42.0% 3FG, 78.1% FT
Career Starts (53g): 31.6 mpg, 11.3 ppg, 2.6 apg, 2.6 rpg, 0.70 spg, 48.4% FG, 49.8% 3FG, 74.5% FT
The points, rebounds, assists and steals are all up, mostly due to the increase of almost 9 minutes per game. What stands out is his increase in both FG% and 3FG%. In his starts his FG% rises 6.1 percentage points and his 3-point accuracy rises 7.8 percentage points. As all shooters know the more into the flow of the game you are the better you shoot. Getting the consistent minutes as a starter has greatly increased Gibson’s accuracy, which is already good overall (42.0% - 9th best in NBA history). Additionally, for a player who shoots as many three pointers as Gibson does, the 48.4 field goal percentage is a very good figure. Gibson has been one of the best and most consistent Cavaliers all season, leading the team in FGM (101), FGA (239), 3FG (38), 3FGA (97) and Points Scored (295). He deserves an opportunity to start and this move should be a shot in the arm for the Cavaliers.
Manny Harris started 97 of his 98 career games for Michigan.
I am a person who tries to be positive. I really want to tell you that I was real proud of the Cavaliers for trying so hard against Chicago on Wednesday, but I cannot actually say that without feeling like a soccer mom. So while I'm not suggesting they should be dumping gallons of Sunny Delight on Byron Scott's head post-game, they should feel better about the fact that they did try hard.
They should also snap out of it and realize that when they do put forth effort, they can play with anybody. Chicago is good. So was the Boston team they beat. They had a chance to beat Chicago tonight, but they didn't. The loss is their sixth in a row now, however they did show signs of coming out of the deprression they've been playing in over the last five games.
If they play like this three more times in a row, there is no reason they can't win two games at least. But I am totally stopping short of congratualing an NBA team for effort, I am just not as mad as I am when they lose without giving any. Still a loss though, and right now, the Cavaliers have lost more than twice as many games as they've won (7-15). Need to get a win soon fellas.
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But maybe they can. Antawn Jamison starting is a good idea, and I was glad to see the production he offered from that starting role on Wednesday against the Bulls. I did like him coming off the bench initially, but truth be told the Cavaliers probably do not have enough talent to afford the luxury of a bringing a guy like him off the bench. Jamison logged a season high in minutes tonight (34) and almost went for a season high in points as well. He scored 22 twice this season, and finished tonight 1 point shy of that mark this time, totalling 21 on 8 of 19 from the field. He grabbed 6 boards too.
Another guy who started tonight was Daniel Gibson. He looked shaky some at the PG spot, struggling at times to facilitate the half court offense, and he did turn it over 4 times as compared to 4 assists, but he was productive overall. I'm fine with him starting too going forward. Might as well not save these guys for anything anymore. Jamison and Gibson have been the two most consistently productive players for this team all season, might as well let them play as much as they want.
Which is what Daniel did too on Wednesday, also logging a season high in minutes (37) - actually playing 6 more than his previous season high of the 31 he played twice in October. On the flip side of those line-up changes, Ramon Sessions and Joey Graham - guys who've started some games so far - didn't get in because Byron Scott didn't want to them to play. And after scoring 18 points the night before in Philly, JJ Hickson was relegated to bench duty as well, playing 9 minutes.
Credit Byron Scott for shaking things up. Credit Maurice Williams for his 10 assists along with 13 points, despite the fact that he shot only 27% from the field (5 of 18). See, I am crediting Mo for that, I told you I am trying to be positive.
And I am also not even mentioning the fact that Mo was nowhere near covering Derrick Rose (29-8-4) on any of his I'm-taking-this-game-over-myself-drives to close things out. There was never a second I thought Mo would slow him down in the slightest. That kid's a superstar.
Also, I didn't think Mo would make that off balance jumper late to tie the game either, but I did think Booby's put-back was down. Until it spun back out, and the Cavs lost again. Keep trying though fellas, it's much easier to take this way.
OJ Mayo Update:
I have decided, though, that until the Cavaliers do actually win two games in succession, I will continue to express my interest in the Cavaliers finding a way to trade for OJ Mayo.
In the spirit of this undertaking, I have decided to quote anything I can find that day, posted on the the web, regarding OJ Mayo and/or Cavaliers trade rumors, from a reputable source, in a search that lasts no more than 10 minutes. If I search longer than that one day, I simply won't tell you.
But real quick, this is what I found today:
From the good people over at the ESPN Truehoop Blog, 3 Shades of Blue:
"It seems as if O.J. Mayo or Zach Randolph may not stay with the team in the near future. According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Grizzlies may trade Randolph or Mayo by the trade deadline:
"Michael Heisley came into the season pretty sure he had a playoff contender on his hands. He just extended Gay and Conley and he can't afford to let Gasol go. And Xavier Henry's played well for them. I think Mayo and Randolph have a better than 50 percent chance of being moved by February."
I don't think Memphis would go too far by trading both players away, but they will trade of them, according to the recent from the rumors."
There was no link in the blog back to Ford, so I went scouring through his twitter feed and found the latest tweet of his, which led me to this commentary from Mr. Ford, regarding the state of the Cavaliers (posted Wednesday afternoon):
"They [Cavs] got the crap beat out of them by LeBron. It was humiliating. Up until that moment, I think they were playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. After that beat down, in front of their hometown fans, I think it was over. They looked and still looked demoralized. Dan Gilbert is going to have to clean house and he should. At the very least, someone on the Cavs should've knocked LeBron to the floor after the taunting of their bench. Honestly, the most pathetic performance I think I've ever seen from a pro NBA team. ------> My guess is, by October of next year, virtually every player on the team will be wearing a different uniform."
I put that arrow in myself, if you didn't know that, to highlight that last line. And if that's true Cavs fans, don't get too attached. Oh and to be clear, I am sure Ford did say what 3 Shades of Blue quoted him as saying, they're on the same team. So sure I stopped looking for the place they got it from.
More when we return.
After the Cavaliers took the floor for their fifth straight lifeless performance tonight in their latest humiliating loss, this time to the lowly Sixers, Austin Carr said somethings that caught my attention in the Fox Sports postgame show.
In making the point that "something has to be done to break this cycle that they're in," Carr went on to say that the Cavs "are playing like they think they are putting out effort, but they're not doing it."
He may be right on both points. He is certainly right that this group of Cavaliers are absolutely not putting forth anything remotely resembling effort on a nightly basis. From top to bottom, that includes everybody, nobody is trying at all. It is the type of play that makes me wonder if even his first point is an accurate though.
Could these Cavs actually "think" at this point that they are putting forth any effort? If they do think that, I would hate to see what they look like when they officially decide to pack things in. They might lose by 60, get shut out even possibly.
I mean, if they haven't already packed it in. Never could I imagine a team would pack in an 82-game season after 21 games to be sure, but that's kinda what it looks like. Actually, that's totally what it looks like.
It appears these Cavs are completely demoralized. It looks like a collection of players who have no self pride whatsoever, let alone any pride for the city, organization, or team they "play" for.
I would hate to be the guy who has to pay for this "effort." I even feel sorry for people like you and I who have to watch it. If you don't care, Cavs, then the fans won't care either.
So what's a comic sans typer to do about all this you ask? Figure out a way to get OJ Mayo, for starters. Then go from there. If you trade for Iggy Hop...well just don't do that, Dan. OJ Mayo is the guy, I think.
Whatever you have to trade to get OJ Mayo, even if it's the whole team along with a package including Moon Dog and Ahmad you have to do it. A young shooting guard with franchise type player potential? Only type of move you can make now. These clowns will just keep losing, guaranteed.
Is OJ Mayo actually attainable though? I have no way to know for sure...but it kinda looks like he might be. I'll be revisiting this shortly and offer a further analysis in the days to come I suppose because the only other topic I can think to blog about right now is simply regurgitating the fact that this time deliberately quits on a nightly basis and I don't feel like talking about that over and over again.
So...I'll simply leave you with this random nugget of hope for the future instead. It's never good to go to sleep angry, you know.
OJ Mayo banter: first Hoopshype- a website of whom I was once honestly told by a highly respected NBA agent that GM's, front office people, and NBA player personnel people actually do read and keep up with - posted the following on twitter tonight:
@hoopshype - OJ Mayo is too good to be coming off the bench. Some good NBA teams could use him at the two guard spot
So could some bad ones...like Cleveland. In fact, the bad ones could use him even more, right? Like maybe make him the face of the franchise, let him shoot 100 times a game, and instead of being forced to come off the bench, here he would never actually have to sit on it. Ever.
Because coming off the bench is where Coach Lionel Hollins actually has him right now, and he's not all to pleased about it. In fact, it seems to me he hates it. And the coach is getting quite tired of fielding questions about why he's there.
This via Fanhouse:
"The move looked good at the start as the Grizzlies won their first three and four of their first five, also including a 98-96 upset of the Lakers. Since then, though, they've lost four straight.
He's only averaging nine points,'' said Hollins, getting a bit testy after Monday's 108-107 loss at Denver about a question regarding Mayo coming off the bench. "When we were winning, nobody was asking that question. Now, that we're losing everybody wants to ask that question. Ask me how Xavier is playing starting...
Mayo was asked about speculation he eventually could be dealt.
"I don't know,'' he said. "It's a business. Everyone here (could) get traded. So I guess you'd have to see.''
Dan Gilbert, here's your only move right now...I really don't see any others for you, bud. Go get Mayo.
The wheels are kinda falling off the track right now. The only reason I wouldn't say they're completely off already after watching this "appearance they made in Detroit tonight" is because the Cavaliers are only 20 games into the season at this point.
Seven and thirteen is not at all a good record, but it's not the worst record in the NBA either at the moment.
However, the brand of basketball these Cavs are "playing" right now over the last four games certainly does wreak of a team who is planning to capture the worst record in the NBA by season's end. They're real bad.
The encore to the Debacle - is that what we're calling Thursday now btw? I've seen and heard this used a couple times, not sure who coined it, but I think it works - on both Saturday and Sunday night, against two teams who stink (MIN, DET), is an extremely depressing response from this team.
They are playing like a collection of guys who have no heart, no pride, and no talent. They don't appear to care at all about that either.
The causal Cavs fans are gone now as a result, if they didn't already leave on Thursday. So all that's left here in Cavaliers nation are diehard Cavs fans like you who are making a much appreciated stop by this blog of ours. Count me amongst this group of Cavaliers diehards, and count Glenn Moore amongst them as well.
He speaks for all of us, sort of, when he poses the question in the video below - what should I do?
From the post game press conference with LeBron on Thursday:
Glenn never did get a microphone passed his way during the presser, so his hard hitting question did not end up being asked. Unfortunately.
To conclude, I don't really know what we're supposed to do about this dose of reality these last four games have forced us to swallow either, if you're wondering. That's why I'm asking. Keep moving forward I suppose. However, I am all for blowing this roster completely up though, now. I've accepted that recently.
And suggested the application of dynamite on Saturday morning over at Waiting For Next Year in order to do so. An excerpt if you missed that:
On paper, I really thought they could win 41 games. Maybe I was just trying to make myself believe that. Maybe I thought that if they did respond that way on the basketball court this season, after all that’s transpired off it, the Cavaliers organization would send some type of message about Cleveland. A message sent by actions as opposed to words, which reads: we’re still here, we’re still fighting. For some reason I thought that would matter. Only this team doesn’t fight, and it’s tough to believe that bothers them. [Read full entry]
All for now...hope your week gets off to a great start.
Years ago, the remotely negative critiques of a certain small forward offered by Charles Barkley were enough for his picture to be used to generate boos on the jumbotron at Quicken Loans Arena. That was years ago though, now he's a legend.
I shot this video standing courtside on Thursday, just behind the TNT set.
Charles Barkley is rock star...
The Cavs had the opportunity to be rock stars too for a minute.
Standing by the Cavs tunnel awaiting the squad to take the floor, I still can't believe the energy level in that building. It was crazy loud. P-Diddy and the fam bumping Victory in the background, towels waving everywhere, twenty some odd thousand screaming, untill...welll...anyways.
It was still cool in the beginning...
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Below is video I shot last night of Mo Williams and LeBron James arriving at the metal detectors to enter the Q last night at the exact same time. A number of Cavaliers had already walked by at this point. Ryan Hollins, Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, all by themselves. Z had already arrived about the same time as Bosh, Coach Spo walked through by himself as well at this point.
Now as a sidenote, for some reason I felt it necessary to talk kinda to the guy next to me and kinda to myself as I was taping this. First night out with the Flip Cam, it's a learning process, I'll be quiet next time.
Anyways, at this point everybody knew it was LeBron that was coming through next. Security had tightened up significantly. So I knew he was coming, and was surprised to see Mo enter at the same time. If it's unclear, what I said is below the video.
So I said: "And he's with Mo Williams. That's bizarre."
I have no idea whatsoever if they actually came together or what. I just know they walked in together. So by bizarre, it is either a bizarre coincidence that these two guys specifically arrived at the same time, or it is bizarre that Mo would accompany him into the building on this night.
I also mumbled to myself "LeBron don't look ready for it." Ummmmm, yeah, good call ace. I was sorta wrong about that. Definitely need to get working on that silent thing while "filming."
Later on though I did just that. No comments to be heard from me on this one. I also cannot type out the transcript of LeBron's friendly exchange with Chris Jent and the fellas either due to the fact that this is a family site. Here it is though.
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