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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:44 am

Player Review 2014-2015


I give a run down of every player from 1 to 15 and a bit of insight into their contract situations (if applicable).


Kyrie Irving
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82 games (80 starts)
25.4ppg 4.6rpg 8.2apg 3.1spg .542 FG .353 3pt


A case could be made that Kyrie Irving lost the MVP trophy thanks to the woeful April the Cavaliers had. He was first in the league in steals, and second in scoring. He made his second All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive Team (although let's face it, it was because of his steals category).

Amongst having career highs in just about everything, it was also the first season Kyrie Irving played the full 82 game schedule. Fans of Cleveland and the NBA got to see what Kyrie can do when he's unaffected by injury. What they saw was a man lead an unheralded Cleveland team back into the playoffs for the first time since LeBron James left.

His highly anticipated first playoff will finally be a reality.

Dion Waiters
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66 games (66 starts)
14.7ppg 3.9rpg 3.6apg .481 FG .323 3pt


What a terrible month April ended up being; and it all started when Dion Waiters went down against the Wizards. He wasn't the most consistent scorer, but when your second best offensive player is taken out of the equation, there's a void that needs to be filled.

But it wasn't just scoring. With Hinrich and Bibby being underwhelming backups for Kyrie, Waiters got a lot of minutes at the point. With him out, the Cavs had to rely on the services of the retiring Hinrich and Bibby more, which has been to the detriment of the team.

Unless the Cavaliers make it past the Bulls, Dion might have to play through at least another regular season before he makes his playoff debut.

Paul Pierce
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81 games (54 starts)
14.9ppg 3.2rpg .439 FG .324 3pt


Unless he wins the improbable championship with the Cavaliers, it's likely that Paul Pierce's stint in Cleveland will be compared to Michael Jordan's stint in Washington. At a glance, the numbers are reasonable (perhaps a little inefficient), but fans of the Truth will see his swansong with the Cavs as an aberration on an otherwise one team career.

The Cavs were looking for a reliable second or third scorer when they acquired him. Unfortunately he was unable to deliver that stability for the most part. With Dion Waiters out of the first round of the playoffs, it will at least be interesting to see if Pierce can step up for one last time.

Tristan Thompson
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56 games (55 starts)
10.3ppg 6.6rpg 1.1bpg .596FG


At this stage of his career, it's easy to see that Tristan Thompson was definitely a reach as the 4th overall selection in 2011. With that being said, he's still one of my favourite players on this team. He gets his 10 points per game purely from effort and has become a poor man's Kenneth Faried. His numbers might note support that claim, but keep in mind that his season was also stifled by injury.

As an upcoming restricted free agent, a good playoff performance could earn him an inflated offer sheet, which is something I'm a little torn about.

Steven Adams
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73 games (24 starts)
5.6ppg 5.7rpg 1.1bpg .604FG


Adams was labeled a project going into his NBA career, but he surprised everyone with how quickly he was able to contribute to the Cavs franchise.

A lot of people attribute the Cavaliers disasterous April to the Dion Waiters injury. While that played a big part, it can't be underestimated how much Adams' plantar fasciitis injury impacted the franchise as well. When Adams sat out, Cleveland lost a lot of their defensive presense and overall effort. His blocks per game average isn't that high (1.1) but he manages to alter a lot of shots and is the scrappy player that every team needs.

On the offensive end, Steven Adams is still very raw. Much like Blake Griffin in his rookie year, a lot of Steven Adams' points come off athletic plays and offensive rebounds. Developing a mid-range game would help him become one of the elite centres in the league, because he seems to have everything else in his favour.

J.J. Redick
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68 games (2 starts)
13.9ppg 2.4apg .424 FG .364 3PT


At times when Paul Pierce or Dion Waiters couldn't get going, Redick came off the bench and gave the Cavaliers the offensive spark they needed. This is the main reason he won the 6th man award for the second straight season.

Redick has a player option next season. I'm hoping he will pick it up and continue to be the team's leader off the bench.

Andrei Kirilenko
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80 games (25 starts)
6.1ppg 4.2rpg 1bpg .492 FG


As far as roles are concerned, AK47 probably took the biggest step back out of everyone this season. He became an integral role player for the majority of the season. Even in April, he was one of the better players for the Cavaliers. I know his versatility gets mentioned a lot, but it really does help, especially when a team gets hit by injuries.

Kirilenko is one of the many players hitting the free agency this off-season. No matter how the season ends for Cleveland, he's likely to be one of the few players on the bench that will be offered a new contract.

Carl Landry
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68 games (22 starts)
6.5ppg 3.3rpg .582 FG


Seen as a major upgrade over Charlie Villanueva; but only ended up being a marginal upgrade. With his lack of three point shooting, some might even consider it a downgrade. But since Landry knows how to rebound, I will say it's a marginal upgrade.

His contract is on the books for next season, but he's likely to be shopped around as a potential draft day/preseason trade.

Thabo Sefolosha
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57 games (18 starts)
4.6ppg 2.6rpg .429 FG


Thabo will never be the envy of any NBA player with his stats, but that doesn't mean he's not a valuable guy to have on the bench. Earlier in the season when Cleveland played defense, he was one of the guys setting the example for the rest of the team. Although the Cavaliers have lost 9 of their last 10 games, Sefolosha has also done a pretty decent job at filling in for Dion Waiters in the starting lineup.

He comes off contract at the end of the season, but he could find himself in a Cavaliers uniform once again next season.

Timofey Mozgov
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79 games
4.8ppg 2.8rpg .545 FG


Mozgov has emerged as a decent rotation centre, and will probably stay in the NBA a long time because of his size (see Kwame Brown).

He's not a scrub by any means, he's just kind of in the mediocre Drew Gooden category. He does everything you need a centre to do fairly adequately, but doesn't command any major attention. His contract is on the books for next season, which isn't a bad thing. The Cavaliers could do a lot worse.

Channing Frye
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15 games (9 starts)
10.6ppg 4.3rpg .395 FG .286 3pt


The late season Channing Frye signing was a good one in theory, and to his credit, the initial games he played showed a lot of promise. The problem was that he ended up getting too many minutes in the rotation too soon. As the season progressed, the rust from being out of the game for over a season became more evident. His shooting touch started to wane and he was basically bullied by Jason Thompson in the Orlando game.

When your three point shooting centre is hitting below 30 percent from beyond the arc, he isn't doing his job. But at the moment, he's filling the starting centre role because of Cleveland's lack of options.

Kirk Hinrich
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24 games
4.2ppg 2apg .374 FG


I honestly don't know what to say about Hinrich. Since his stint with the Cavaliers has been rather forgetable, his retirement at the end of the season is probably for the best.

Adam Morrison
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57 games
6.2ppg 1.5rpg .411 FG


The player I was hoping to be the feel good story of the season ended up being, well, Adam Morrison.

The stache showed glimpses of the guy who was such a force for Gonzaga, but there are too many deficiencies in his game to get regular minutes in the NBA.

One more season?

Mike Bibby
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26 games
1.1ppg 1apg .481 FG


Bibby came to life in the final game against Orlando, which makes me believe he could play some meaningful minutes in the first round against Chicago. But we can't go crazy with our expectations of Mike. He only played 26 games during the regular season and he's on his way out of the league.

Mouphtaou Yarou
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16 games
1ppg 0.8rpg .304 FG


Second rounders are hit-and-miss when it comes to panning out in the NBA. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Yarou was the latter.
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:33 am

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(1) Chicago Bulls Vs Cleveland Cavaliers (8)

At a Glance


On current form, the Cavaliers are easily the worst team in the playoffs. But if any team is capable of a first round let down, recent history would say it's the Chicago Bulls.


Chicago Bulls

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Derrick Rose | Jimmy Butler | Luol Deng | Carlos Boozer | Joakim Noah

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Bench: Taj Gibson | Anderson Varejao | Marquis Teague | Pierre Jackson | Harold Bayless | Daequan Cook | Jordan McInnis |


Cleveland Cavaliers

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Kyrie Irving | Thabo Sefolosha | Paul Pierce | Tristan Thompson | Channing Frye

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Bench: J.J. Redick | Andrei Kirilenko | Timofey Mozgov | Carl Landry | Adam Morrison | Mike Bibby | Kirk Hinrich

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IR: Mouphtaou Yarou | Steven Adams | Dion Waiters


Injuries

Bulls: none
Cavaliers: Dion Waiters - Broken Ankle (4-6 weeks), Channing Frye - Twisted Ankle (Day-to-day), Steven Adams - Plantar Fasciitis (1-2 weeks)


Keys

Derrick Rose Vs Kyrie Irving


Two of the most exciting, franchise-leader point guards will be facing off against each other. Forget the series; this is possibly the matchup of the entire first round of the playoffs. Normally I'd say whoever has the better series out of these two will progress to the next round, but that would be selling short the players Derrick Rose has around him.

The Bulls Bigs


The Chicago Bulls have arguably the big best man rotation in the league. Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, and former Cavalier Anderson Varejao are all capable of big nights. This appears to be the biggest advantage for the Bulls, as Cleveland have to neutralise them with Channing Frye, Tristan Thompson, Carl Landry and Timofey Mozgov.



Other Matchups Around the League

East

(4) Washington Wizards Vs Toronto Raptors (5)

Wall and Beal should trump Gay and DeRozan... but 2k does love Rudy Gay.

(3) Detroit Pistons Vs New York Knicks (6)

Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond will probably be too strong for New York's front court, and Chris Paul is far superior to Raymond Felton. Iman Shumpert and Amar'e Stoudemire are the Knicks' two best players...

(2) Philadelphia 76ers Vs Milwaukee Bucks (7)

Bynum and Bogut Vs Howard and Sanders will be the matchup to watch.

West

(1) Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Golden State Warriors (8)

The Warriors did the opposite of the Cavaliers and snuck into the playoffs. However, they will be facing the league's MVP. Curry Vs Westbrook will be a great matchup.

(4) Sacramento Kings Vs Minnesota Timberwolves (5)

The Kings are back! But they have to face Kevin Love. Flip a coin on this one.

(3) Denver Nuggets Vs Los Angeles Clippers

The Nuggets have a tough task against the Clippers big three (Griffin, Bledsoe, Jordan), particularly since Ty Lawson is injured.

(2) Houston Rockets Vs Portland Trail Blazers (7)

A fully fit Blazers take on a Houston Rockets team without James Harden. Could an upset be looming?
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:40 pm

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The Bulls won the first game in Chicago, beating the Cavaliers 110-103.

Derrick Rose was the standout for the home side. He was just 3 rebounds away from a triple-double with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Luol Deng (16) and Jimmy Butler (14) provided solid support from the wings, while Taj Gibson (14) and Carlos Boozer (11) were influential inside the paint.

On a losing side, Kyrie Irving almost had an identical stat line to Derrick Rose. He was also 3 rebounds away from a triple-double, as he had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists on his debut post-season game. Tristan Thompson also had a great playoff debut. He registered a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Experienced campaigner Paul Pierce added 17, while Thabo Sefolosha (15) and J.J. Redick (10) also had notable contributors.

Depite their losing streak going into this game, the Cavaliers were competitive right to the end. They were even within two points as Kyrie Irving had a clutch three within the last minute. But the Bulls closed out the game from the free throw line.


CLE@CHI

CHI: 110
Rose 24, Deng 16, Butler 14
CLE: 103
Irving 24, Thompson 22, Pierce 17

Jordan Performer of the Game: Derrick Rose 24 points (9-24 FG) 7 rebounds 12 assists 5 steals

Rebounds
CHI: Boozer 8
CLE: Thompson 12

Assists
CHI: Rose 12
CLE: Irving 14


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Cleveland were on the end of a 107-86 blowout in Chicago.

Derrick Rose was on his game again, achieving another double-double with 26 points and 11 assists. Luol Deng was lethal behind the arc, scoring 23 points, while Jimmy Butler (13) and Joakim Noah (10 points, 11 rebounds) also had solid games.

The Cavaliers had to rely on J.J. Redick to give them a spark from the bench. He top scored with 19 points. Paul Pierce added 16, while Kyrie Irving was sub-par, scoring only 15 points. Thabo Sefolosha chipped in with 10.

The series now heads to Cleveland, where the Cavaliers hope halt the Bulls' momentum.


CLE@CHI

CHI: 107
Rose 26, Deng 23, Butler 13
CLE: 86
Redick 19, Pierce 16, Irving 15

Jordan Performer of the Game: Derrick Rose 26 points 4 rebounds 11 assists 2 steals

Rebounds
CHI: Noah 11
CLE: Mozgov 9

Assists
CHI: Rose 11
CLE: Irving 8
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Lamrock on Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:54 am

Tough break dropping the first two in Chi-Town. Hoping for a comeback!
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Martti. on Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:15 pm

Maybe you can force the series back to Chicago, but you really don't have enough to beat them, especially if Irving is struggling like in game #2.
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Kenny on Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:43 pm

Lamrock, I honestly don't know what's worse; getting torched by the guy who has barely played the last couple of seasons, or by the guy who is actually playing for Cleveland IRL.

Martti., Kyrie really does need to score 25+ in order for the team to remain competitive. It's generally not how I like to use my point guards, but as you said, he doesn't have much around him at the moment.
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Kenny on Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:49 pm

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The Cavaliers were unable to make up any ground in the series, as they lost 105-86 to the Bulls in Cleveland.

Derrick Rose was outstanding once again, leading his team with 28 points. But the standout for the Bulls was Carlos Boozer. He was in vintage form as he scored 24 points off 12-17 shooting. He also grabbed 7 rebounds. Anderson Varejao was a pest against his old team, scoring the majority of his 14 points off second chance opportunities. Jimmy Butler added 10.

For the Cavaliers, no player scored over 20 points on the night. The closest was Paul Pierce, who top scored for Cleveland with 17 points. Kyrie Irving had another sub-par night, with 15 points, while Tristan Thompson scored 11 points despite having the flu.

The Cavaliers have to win their next game in Cleveland to avoid the sweep.


CHI@CLE

CHI: 105
Rose 28, Boozer 24, Varejao 14
CLE: 86
Pierce 17, Irving 15, Thompson 11

Jordan Performer of the Game: Carlos Boozer 24 points (12-17 FG) 7 rebounds 1 assist 1 steal

Rebounds
CHI: Deng 9
CLE: Mozgov 8

Assists
CHI: Rose 5
CLE: Irving, Pierce 3


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The Cavaliers were unable to avoid a first round sweep, losing to the Bulls 106-94.

At one stage, the Cavs had a 4 point lead in the 4th quarter, but superstar point guard Derrick Rose took over the game for the visiting team. Rose ended up with 34 points. Carlos Boozer was dominant once again, with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng both scored 12 points each.

For Cleveland, Kyrie Irving fought off a slow start to end up 4 rebounds off a triple-double. He had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Thabo Sefolosha was solid once again, with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Paul Pierce netted 11. Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye ended up with 10 points each.


CHI@CLE

CHI: 106
Rose 34, Boozer 16, Butler 12
CLE: 94
Irving 26, Sefolosha 12, Pierce 11

Jordan Performer of the Game: Derrick Rose 34 points (16-30 FG) 5 rebounds 5 assists 3 steals 4 blocks

Rebounds
CHI: Boozer 11
CLE: Irving, Thompson 6

Assists
CHI: Rose 5
CLE: Irving 10


Chicago Bulls Win the Series 4-0
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Kenny on Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:50 pm

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were the bridesmaids once again as the Chicago Bulls won their 7th championship. Most notably, it's the first without some guy named Michael Jordan.

The Bulls won the series 4-1.


Finals MVP: Derrick Rose

25.7ppg 4.7rpg 6.7apg 1.6spg 0.8bpg .500 FG% .348 3PT% .853 FT%


Retiring Players

[PHI] Manu Ginobili (13 years pro)
[CLE] Kirk Hinrich (12 years pro)
[CLE] Mike Bibby (16 years pro)
[MIA] Kenyon Martin (15 years pro)
[MIA] Shawn Marion (16 years pro)
[UTA] Corey Maggette (16 years pro)
[LAL] Chauncey Billups (18 years pro)
[ORL] Al Harrington (17 years pro)
[DAL] Dahntay Jones (12 years pro)


Byron Scott Retires From Coaching


Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott decided to call it quits on his coaching career. It is believed that the Cavaliers end of season collapse was pivotal in his decision.
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [PLAYOFFS!]

Postby Phil89 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:52 pm

So I'm not the only one who Rose thrives against. Sucks that you had those injuries and got swept by the Bulls. At least you lost against the eventual champions and not some rubbish team.

Look forward to seeing what you do during the off-season to make your team stronger.
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [2015 Off-season

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:35 pm

Phil89, I think it's just point guards in general. I get complacent and think that Steven Adams, AK47 or Tristan Thompson is going to block the shot at the rim. Kyrie Irving is an even worse on-ball defender when I'm controlling him.

I have 3 first round picks, so hopefully that'll lead to some good pieces :)
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [2015 Off-season

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:38 pm

Off-Season Headlines


Kevin McHale Announced as Cavs New Coach


The Cavaliers have signed former Boston great Kevin McHale to a 3 year deal. He will replace the recently retired Byron Scott.


Cavaliers Pick Up Waiters, Sefolosha Options


The Cavaliers front office have accepted the team option on both Dion Waiters and Thabo Sefolosha.


J.J. Decides to Stay


J.J. Redick will remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015-2016 season, as he accepted the player option on his contract.


Seven Players to Test Free Agency


Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson headline the players from last season's Cavaliers lineup to test the free agent market. They do so as restricted free agents.

Andrei Kirilenko, Channing Frye, and Adam Morrison also informed the Cavaliers front office that they will try their luck as well, however, they will do so as unrestricted free agents. Paul Pierce and Mouphtaou Yarou will also be unrestricted free agents.
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [2015 Off-season

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:40 pm

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Cavaliers Win the Draft Lottery


The Cavaliers have won another Draft Lottery, beating the Orlando Magic. This pick was a part of the deal that sent C.J. Miles to the Memphis Grizzlies for Austin Daye. The Cavaliers will also get picks number 15 (via Golden State) and 19.

With a clear need at the small forward position, it is likely that Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker will be taken with the first overall pick.
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Re: What's So Good About Cleveland? (43-39) [2015 Off-season

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:21 pm

2015 NLSC Prospects


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Age: 19
School: Houston


The NBA is full of outspoken, polarizing figures that like to talk as big as the flashy moves in their highlight reels. Then you have guys like Axel Gomez; the point guard out of Houston, Texas.

Gomez was the quiet achiever of the NCAA tournament. Instead of using flashy dunks or his Twitter account, he built his reputation with gritty, physical play. He is now one of the top point guard prospects in the draft.

Strengths


What most people love about Axel Gomez is his ability, and willingness, to play tough defense. As an on-ball defender, he was one of the elite players in the NCAA system at the point guard position. His quickness on the court is a big part of this. He might not be mentioned with the likes of John Wall or Ty Lawson, but he has shown the ability to stay in front of guys who possess similar quickness because of his own deceptive speed.

As much as Gomez' stature has been built with his defensive prowess, he's also extremely effective on the offensive end. He has range out to the NBA three point line, and he's a consistent double-double threat with his ability to find the open man.

All these positive traits and he's only 19. The potential for Gomez is seemingly limitless.

Weaknesses


Turnovers; the common affliction with young, inexperienced point guards. While Axel Gomez is one of the better point guards in the draft, this is an issue he tends to have.

Despite having great quickness, he doesn't utilise it with a great driving game. He can have the tendency to lose the ball when in traffic, and often looks awkward when he's going to the rim. At this stage of his career, he tends to be more of a spot up shooter. Improving his ball security is the biggest step Gomez will have to take in order to make the All-Star leap.

Summary


Most of the weaknesses in Axel's game can be ironed out with more experience at the elite level. Even though the NBA has a plethora of talented point guards, Axel Gomez will find a niche in the league with his tough, gritty style. Defensive minded coaches will love him, and 29 other teams will probably hate him.

ESPN Draft Board: 6



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Age: 21
School: Florida State


A native of Estonia, Martti Must was recognised as a prodigious basketball talent at a young age. He moved to Florida with his parents in the hope that he would be recruited into the college system and get closer to his dream of playing in the best league in the world.

After playing his college ball with the Seminoles, Must enters the 2015 NBA Draft with the opportunity to be the first Estonian born basketball player to be drafted since Martin Müürsepp in 1996.

Strengths


Martti has obvious similarities to Chandler Parsons; he's roughly the same build and he play collegiately in Florida. He is also one of the best shooters in the draft. His deadeye shooting will make him an immediate contributor in the league. But he's not just a guy who launches from the perimeter, he also does a lot of good work in the paint. With Florida State, he got a lot of points from put backs.

Must is also a smart defender. His defensive awareness is well developed, and his quickness makes him an excellent chasedown artist. He has the shot altering ability of a prime Andrei Kirilenko, which seperates him from the average marksman.

Weaknesses


A lot of his problems are on perimeter defense. While he possesses great awareness and speed, he currently lacks the strength to stay in front of the more physical wing players in the league.

Somehow, a deadeye shooter like Martti Must has had his troubles from the charity stripe. He currently shoots in the 60's from the line, which is astounding, considering he shoots from the 40's beyond the arc. With his shooting touch, this is something that can be improved down the line.

Summary


Once you look past Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, Martti Must is probably the best wing player in the draft. His ability to shoot and block shots could also make him a great stretch forward in the league. Once he adds more strength to his game, he should be at least a fringe All-Star for most of his career.

ESPN Draft Board: 7


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Age: 19
School: Florida


Being a 6'8 small forward out of Akron, Ohio, who played his high school ball with St Vincent - St Mary's High School, Chris Bridges has been compared to LeBron James since day one. While being compared to the best player in the world has been a bit of a curse for Bridges, it also helped him become a heavily recruited player out of high school.

Strengths


Like LeBron, he's an incredible finisher around the rim. He's likely to become a fan favourite in the NBA and will probably make a lot of highlight reels. While we're comparing him to LeBron, he's also a great chasedown blocker and an excellent passer - when he wants to be.

To go with his athleticism, he also has NBA 3-point range, and he's not afraid to take the big shot in crunch time.

Weaknesses


Despite all his gifts, the biggest knock on Bridges at this point of his career is his attitude and overall basketball IQ. This was a part of his game that was exposed at the collegiate level. Even though he has the ability to hit clutch shots, his decision making is often questionable and he can be as much of a liability in big moments as he is an asset.

While he possesses the abilities of the elite, he can also turn into J.R. Smith at the drop of a hat. This in turn has GM's a little weary of drafting him too high.

Summary


If old draft rules applied, Chris Bridges would have went to the NBA straight out of high school and would have been a top 5 pick in 2014. However, entering into the best draft of the last decade, as well as being under the national microscope in college, has made his stock fall considerably. He could be a reach in the top 10, but will most likely to go late in the lottery.

ESPN Draft Board: 13


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Age: 21
School: Georgia


Da'Vonte Hughes enters into the 2015 NBA Draft after a stellar career in Georgia. Despite lacking the athleticism of the modern point guard, he was consistently one of the best guards at the collegiate level due to his shooting ability.

Strengths


As far as his jumpshot is concerned, he has no real weaknesses anywhere on the floor. He can shoot from three, or step in and hit that mid range shot. If he can continue to shoot well in the pros, there will always be a spot for him.

Hughes is also a savvy defender. For Georgia, he made some clutch plays on the defensive end, thanks to his speed and awareness. Although it might be hard for him to become a starter in this league, he could contribute straight away by becoming a team's lock down defender on the perimeter.

Weaknesses


Da'Vonte Hughes isn't an athletic player. He basically relies on his shooting touch and defensive IQ. Hughes is essentially the point guard version of Zach Randolph when it comes to his vertical leap. There's nothing overly wrong about that; Andre Miller was able to have a solid career without the athletic gifts possessed by other point guards. But in a draft with so many athletes, he could potentially fall a few places.

For a point guard as big as Hughes is, he doesn't really force shorter players to defend him on the post. The fact that he's 6'4 and has basically no post offense is quite bizarre.

While he's known as a great clutch player on the defensive end, on offense he still has a long way to go. At this point of his career, he's not a good option for last second plays.

Summary


Da'Vonte Hughes is likely to fall under the radar in this year's NBA Draft and become a steal late in the first round. The league is full of explosive point guards, so at this point, he would be a solid backup.

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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [2015 Off-season + NLSC Prospects]

Postby Martti. on Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:00 pm

Chandler Parsons 2.0 is gonna be a top 5 pick. (Y) And take Wiggins!
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [2015 Off-season + NLSC Prospects]

Postby Phil89 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:43 pm

Congrats on winning the lottery! Clearly Dan Gilbert took his son again, for good luck. :wink:

Looks like you will have some cap space to work with seeing as several of your key players are out of contract. I hope Kyrie stays.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [2015 Off-season + NLSC Prospects]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:11 am

Martti. where you got drafted and whether I got Wiggins will be up in the next post :)

Phil89, who would have thought the Austin Daye acquisition would have been a key part of the franchise.

Since they are restricted free agents, it's going to be another conservative free agency so I can re-sign them.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [2015 Off-season + NLSC Prospects]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:11 am

NBA Draft 2015


Jabari Picked at #1


The Cleveland Cavaliers have picked another player from Duke with their number 1 pick, as they drafted Jabari Parker.

Parker, along with Andrew Wiggins, was one of the headline prospects of the 2015 draft and many expected him to be picked with the second pick. However, the Cavaliers front office decided to take the more refined Parker over the athletic Andrew Wiggins.


Cavaliers Get Smart with #15


With the last pick of the lottery, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted combo guard Marcus Smart.

Smart was projected to be a top 5 pick, but with teams in the top 5 reaching for centres, he was left on the board up until Cleveland got their second pick.


Cavs Steal Must at #19


Martti Must was another prospect that fell in the draft rankings, as he was selected at 19 by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Like Smart, Must was expected to fall within the top 10 of the draft.


NLSC Picks


#19 Cleveland Cavaliers: Martti Must [Florida State]


With the amount of centres that went in the top 10, Must was one of the highly touted players that fell in the draft. The Cavaliers arguably got the steal of the draft here, as Martti Must will further strengthen a once weak position in the roster.

#24 Washington Wizards: Axel Gomez [Houston]


Axel Gomez was another player who fell in the draft because of the centre infatuation in the top 10. Gomez will find it hard to get minutes initially, as he'll be playing behind both John Wall and Bradley Beal. Still, he's a great pick at 24.

#27 Houston Rockets: Chris Bridges [Florida]


Chris Bridges fell even further than expected. As a point forward, he will add a lot of versatility to the Rockets - if they decide to give him playing time.

#30 Chicago Bulls: Da'Vonte Hughes [Georgia]


Hughes is actually a good fit for the Bulls. He should be able to play for the defensive mind Tom Thibodeau, and will most likely be a better backup than Marquis Teague.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [2015 Off-season + NLSC Prospects]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:12 am

NBA Draft 2015


FIRST ROUND

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers: Jabari Parker [Duke]
#2 Orlando Magic: Andrew Wiggins [Kansas]
#3 Toronto Raptors: Willie Cauley-Stein [Kentucky]
#4 Boston Celtics: A.J. Hammons [Purdue]
#5 Charlotte Bobcats: Zhelin Wang [China]

***TRADE: Lakers send pick #6 and Raul Cruz to the Kings for Jimmer Fredette and the Kings 2016 First Round Pick***

#6 Sacramento Kings: Noah Vonleh [Indiana]
#7 Atlanta Hawks: Glenn Robinson III [Michigan]
#8 Brooklyn Nets: Julius Randle [Kentucky]
#9 Dallas Mavericks: Ilimane Diop [Senegal]
#10 Utah Jazz: Aaron Gordon [Arizona]

***TRADE: Suns send pick #11 to the Celtics for A.J. Hammons***

#11 Boston Celtics: Mitch McGary [Michigan]
#12 New Orleans Hornets: Wayne Selden [Kansas]
#13 Indiana Pacers: James Young [Kentucky]
#14 Miami Heat: Chane Behanan [Louisville]
#15 Cleveland Cavaliers: Marcus Smart [Oklahoma State]
#16 Portland Trail Blazers: Luol Garnett [Kentucky]
#17 Charlotte Bobcats: Kaleb Tarczewski [Arizona]
#18 Los Angeles Clippers: Aaron Harrison [Kentucky]
#19 Cleveland Cavaliers: Martti Must [Florida State]
#20 Milwaukee Bucks: Mario Hezonja [Croatia]

***THREE TEAM TRADE: The Warriors receive Corey Brewer from the Nuggets and Jared Sullinger from the Celtics, the Celtics receive pick #21 from the Nuggets and Arnett Moultrie from the Warriors, The Nuggets receive Seth Curry and Timmy Adrien from the Warriors***

#21 Boston Celtics: P.J. Hairston [North Carolina]
#22 New York Knicks: Gary Harris [Michigan State]
#23 Sacramento Kings: B.J. Young [Arkansas]
#24 Washington Wizards: Axel Gomez [Houston]
#25 Detroit Pistons: Chris Walker [Florida]

***TRADE: The Suns send picks #26 and #56 to the Celtics for Amir Johnson***

#26 Boston Celtics: Austin Hollins [Minnesota]
#27 Houston Rockets: Chris Bridges [Florida]
#28 Philadelphia 76ers: Jerami Grant [Syracuse]
#29 Oklahoma City Thunder: Andrew Harrison [Kentucky]
#30 Chicago Bulls: Da'Vonte Hughes [Georgia]


SECOND ROUND

#31 Orlando Magic: Kyle Anderson [UCLA]
#32 Memphis Grizzlies: Semaj Christon [Xavier (OH)]
#33 Los Angeles Lakers: Rodney Purvis [North Carolina State]
#34 Los Angeles Lakers: Dwight Powell [Stanford]
#35 Charlotte Bobcats: Spencer Dinwiddie [Colorado]
#36 Atlanta Hawks: Lebryan Nash [Oklahoma State]
#37 Brooklyn Nets: C.J. Fair [Syracuse]
#38 Dallas Mavericks: Jamil Wilson [Marquette]
#39 Phoenix Suns: Aaron Craft [Ohio State]
#40 San Antonio Spurs: Amric Fields [TCU]
#41 Utah Jazz: Jerian Grant [Notre Dame]
#42 New Orleans Hornets: Shabazz Napier [Connecticut]
#43 Detroit Pistons: Augusto Lima [Brazil]
#44 Indiana Pacers: Kasey Hill [Florida]
#45 Portland Trail Blazers: Russ Smith [Louisville]
#46 Miami Heat: Jarnell Stokes [Tennessee]
#47 Minnesota Timberwolves: Andre Hollins [Minnesota]
#48 Los Angeles Clippers: Ole Wendt [Germany]
#49 Golden State Warriors: Khem Birch [UNLV]
#50 Milwaukee Bucks: Adreian Payne [Michigan State]
#51 Sacramento Kings: Alec Brown [Wisconsin-Green Bay]
#52 New York Knicks: Patric Young [Florida]
#53 Denver Nuggets: Ruslan Guolla [Russia]
#54 Atlanta Hawks: Jahii Carson [Arizona State]

***TRADE: Pistons send pick #55 and their 2016 first round pick to the Knicks for Tyson Chandler***

#55 New York Knicks: Johnny O'Bryant [LSU]
#56 Boston Celtics: Chuck Cummings [Utah]
#57 Houston Rockets: Victor Simpson [Arizona]
#58 Philadelphia 76ers: Fred York [South Carolina]
#59 Oklahoma City Thunder: Nwankwo N'Diaye [Nigeria]
#60 Chicago Bulls: Julian Cole [UNLV]
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker?]

Postby Lamrock on Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:28 am

With Parker in tow, you should be perennial contenders. Bummed I missed out on a draftee - let me know if you end up doing a 2016 class
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker?]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:51 am

Lamrock, I'm hoping so. I think he's going to be a good pro in real life - possibly favourite for ROY if he declares.

As for the 2016 Draft, I can definitely put you in. I accidentally loaded up the 2014 class again for the 2016, so I need to do a complete overhaul of it anyway. I was thinking bad names and porno mustaches as an homage to Live 10.

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[b]5 Strengths:[/b]
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker?]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:55 am

Free Agency 2015


Kyrie and Tristan Stay in Cleveland


The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to re-sign their star point guard to a long term deal. Kyrie Irving inked a 5 year deal worth 102.7M.

Tristan Thompson signed a 4 year deal with the Cavaliers. His is worth 26.56M, and includes a team option for a 5th season.


AK-47 Re-Signs


Andrei Kirilenko signed for another season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He will earn just over 800k and has a player option for a second season.


Magic Guard to Back Up Kyrie


The Cavaliers signed veteran point guard Jameer Nelson to a one year deal.


Chuck Lands in Cleveland


Chuck Hayes signed a one year deal with the Cavaliers.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker?]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:07 pm

Free Agency 2015: Who Went Where?


Amongst the big movers in this free agency were Amar'e Stoudemire (Bobcats), Carlos Boozer (Magic), Wilson Chandler (Heat) and Michael Beasley (Lakers). Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the other hand were big names to re-sign major deals with their draft teams.

There also seemed to be a sense of nostalgia in this free agency. After being traded to the Raptors, Rudy Gay finds himself back in Memphis, while both Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields go back to New York.


76ers
Jerami Grant (1st Round Pick)
Fred York (2nd Round Pick)

Bobcats
Amar'e Stoudemire 1yr/8.81M
Khris Middleton 1yr/2.64M
Zhelin Wang (1st Round Pick)
Kaleb Tarczewski (1st Round Pick)
Spencer Dinwiddie (2nd Round Pick)

Bucks
Caron Butler 1yr/1.66M
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 4yr/6.44M
Mario Hezonja (1st Round Pick)
Adreian Payne (2nd Round Pick)

Bulls
Orlando Johnson 3yr/14.20M
Anderson Varejao 2yr/2.28M
Da'Vonte Hughes (1st Round Pick)
Julian Cole (2nd Round Pick)

Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving 5yr/102.7M
Tristan Thompson 4yr/26.56M
Jabari Parker (1st Round Pick)
Marcus Smart (1st Round Pick)
Martti Must (1st Round Pick)
Andrei Kirilenko (1yr/900k)
Jameer Nelson (1yr/1.05M)
Chuck Hayes (1yr/600k)

Celtics
Mitch McGary (1st Round Pick)
PJ Hairston (1st Round Pick)
Austin Hollins (1st Round Pick)
Arnett Moultrie (via Golden State)
Chuck Cummings (2nd Round Pick)

Clippers
Aaron Harrison (1st Round Pick)
Ole Wendt (2nd Round Pick)

Grizzlies
Rudy Gay 4yr/57.48M
Darington Hobson 1yr/1.76M
Semaj Christon (2nd Round Pick)

Hawks
Michael Carter-Williams (1yr/771K)
Glenn Robinson III (1st Round Pick)
LeBryan Nash (2nd Round Pick)
Jahii Carson (2nd Round Pick)

Heat
Wilson Chandler 3yr/21.48M
Omer Asik 3yr/7.31M
Greg Smith 2yr/4.72M
Chane Behanan (1st Round Pick)
Jarnell Stokes (2nd Round Pick)

Hornets
Wayne Selden (1st Round Pick)

Jazz
C.J. Miles 1yr/3.03M
Aaron Gordon (1st Round Pick)
Jerian Grant (2nd Round Pick)

Kings
Raul Cruz (via Los Angeles Lakers)
Noah Vonleh (1st Round Pick)
BJ Young (1st Round Pick)
Alec Brown (2nd Round Pick)

Knicks
Jeremy Lin 4yr/45.52M
Landry Fields 3yr/21.05M
Marcus Thornton 3yr/21.4M
Gary Harris (1st Round Pick)
Johnny O'Bryant (2nd Round Pick)
Patric Young (2nd Round Pick)

Lakers
Kobe Bryant 2yr/18.33M
Michael Beasley 3yr/40.53M
Wesley Matthews 3yr/28.44M
Jimmer Fredette (via Sacramento)
Rodney Purvis (2nd Round Pick)
Dwight Powell (2nd Round Pick)

Magic
Andrew Wiggins (1st Round Pick)
Carlos Boozer 1yr/3.79M
Elijah Johnson 1yr/1.73M
Kyle Anderson (2nd Round Pick)

Mavericks
Paul Pierce 1yr/2.34M
Ilimane Diop (1st Round Pick)
Jamil Wilson (2nd Round Pick)

Nets
Julius Randle (1st Round Pick)
CJ Fair (2nd Round Pick)

Nuggets
Kenneth Faried 4yr/50.04M
Seth Curry (via Golden State)
Timmy Adrien (via Golden State)
Billy Richmond (1st Round Pick)

Pacers
James Young (1st Round Pick)
Kasey Hill (2nd Round Pick)

Pistons
Danny Green 1yr/2.74M
Tyson Chandler (via New York)
Chris Walker (1st Round Pick)
Augusto Lima (2nd Round Pick)

Raptors
Willie Cauley-Stein (1st Round Pick)

Rockets
Chris Bridges (1st Round Pick)
Victor Simpson (2nd Round Pick)

Spurs
Kawhi Leonard 3yr/23.99M
Corey Joseph 1yr/3.2M
Amric Fields (2nd Round Pick)

Suns
Alonzo Gee 1yr/4.32M
Amir Johnson (via Boston)
AJ Hammons (1st Round Pick via Boston)
Aaron Craft (2nd Round Pick)

Thunder
Andrew Harrison (1st Round Pick)
Nwankwo N'Diaye (2nd Round Pick)


Timberwolves
Kevin Love 5yr/102.4M
Andre Hollins (2nd Round Pick)

Trail Blazers
Luol Garnett (1st Round Pick)

Warriors
Jared Sullinger (via Boston)
Corey Brewer (via Denver)
Khem Birch (2nd Round Pick)

Wizards
Axel Gomez (1st Round Pick)
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker? + Free Agency]

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:43 pm

Damn, Kyrie got paid. :shock: A good investment though. Especially if he can lead you to a title or two. (Y)

Looks like you nailed the draft as well. I like the Parker selection. Will he be a starter now that Pierce is gone?
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker? + Free Agency]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:50 pm

Phil89, he sure did. I figured that with Parker and Waiters/Smart around for the foreseeable future, giving Kyrie that contract would ensure a fairly large window to contend for a title (in theory - it is the Cavs after all).

Parker was a great pick up, but I was equally happy with the other two picks as well. They were both labelled as top 5 on the draft screen, yet they fell to the teens because of the CPU wanting to draft centres. In any case, it's a win for me. And Parker will be starting.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker? + Free Agency]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:52 pm

Waiters Ruled Out For Opening Night


The comeback for Dion Waiters will be put on hold for a few weeks after he sustained a groin injury in the preseason. Waiters hasn't played since April after he broke his ankle in a game against the Washington Wizards.

This loss represents a great opportunity for rookie guard Marcus Smart, who will start at shooting guard.



2015-2016 Opening Night Roster

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Kyrie Irving | Marcus Smart | Jabari Parker | Tristan Thompson | Steven Adams

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J.J. Redick | Martti Must | Andrei Kirilenko | Timofey Mozgov | Carl Landry | Thabo Sefolosha | Jameer Nelson

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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker? + Free Agency]

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:31 pm

No problem with giving star players big money to keep them around. Especially with a team like Cleveland.

You've got a nice young core for the next few years and a bunch of veteran role players for the short term. As long as Waiters can avoid further injuries once he returns, you should be a lock for the playoffs. (Y)
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker? + Free Agency]

Postby Martti. on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:01 pm

Excellent draft! I'd have taken Wiggins, but Parker's a great pick too. And screw the teams that passed on me, make sure I get a lot of minutes to make them pay for it.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker? + Free Agency]

Postby Kenny on Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:27 am

Phil89, I like the balance I have. I managed to draft 3 guys who can contribute right now and that's ultimately what I'm looking for. I'm looking forward to Waiters coming back, just to see how I'm going to distribute the minutes without people getting pissed off.

Martti., I was happy with how the draft went. I was extremely lucky that the CPU decided it was a centre lottery. I'm looking forward to seeing how the picks are going to pan out.. and I won't lie, I'm looking forward to playing some pick-n-pop with your guy.
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Postby Kenny on Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:28 am

Hornets Spoil Halloween for Cavs

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Jabari Parker's first game was impressive.


Impressive performances by Eric Gordon and D.J. Augustin helped the Hornets to a 125-113 win over the Cavaliers.

Eric Gordon was unstoppable, scoring 37 points in the season opener. However, D.J. Augustin managed to beat him to the Jordan Performer of the Game award, with 16 points (5-8 FG) and 12 assists. W Selden had a solid debut, with 14 points. Along with their impressive guard play, Anthony Davis (13 points, 14 rebounds), Spencer Hawes (12), Pau Gasol (10) and Clark Samuel (10) all provided great scoring options for the Hornets inside the paint as well.

Despite what the scoreline says, there were some promosing signs for the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving reminded everyone how close he was to the MVP trophy, as he scored 27 points. Jabari Parker (25) and Marcus Smart (18 points) both had great debut games for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Martti Must also showed a lot of promise in his first game, scoring 9 points in just 10 minutes of play.


NOH@CLE

NOH: 125 (Gordon 37, Augustin 16, Selden 14)
CLE: 113 (Irving 27, Parker 25, Smart 18)

Jordan Performer of the Game: D.J. Augustin 16 points (5-8 FG) 5 rebounds 12 assists 1 steal 1 block

Rebounds

NOH: Davis 14
CLE: Thompson 10

Assists

NOH: Augustin 12
CLE: Irving 6


Cavs Break Losing Streak

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Jabari Parker is quickly becoming a star in the league.

The Cleveland Cavaliers ended their losing streak at 11 with a 113-101 win over the Kings.

Jabari Parker followed up his impressive debut performance with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. But it was Kyrie Irving once again who stole the show. He had 26 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Even though Jabari Parker's getting all the headlines, Marcus Smart and Martti Must are proving to be great prospects as well. Smart recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, while Must had 13 points off the bench.

All-Star centre DeMarcus Cousins did his best to carry his team. Boogie had an ultra efficient night, scoring 32 points off 15-21 shooting. Tyreke Evans also starred for the Kings, as he was just one rebound off a double-double. He had 24 points and 9 rebounds. Walt Rice (12 points, 9 assists) was one assist from his own double-double, and Dorell Wright scored 10.


CLE@SAC

CLE: 113
Parker 30, Irving 26, Smart 20
SAC: 101
Cousins 32, Evans 24, Rice 12

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 26 points (12-22 FG) 4 rebounds 6 assists 6 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 11
SAC: Evans 9

Assists
CLE: Parker 8
SAC: Rice 9


Redick Leads Duke Domination in LA

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J.J. was hot from the moment he stepped onto the court.


An hot shooting J.J. Redick led the Cavaliers to a 115-100 over a Clippers side without Blake Griffin.

Redick's radar was on the entire night, as he nailed 6-9 from beyond the arc and scored 28 points. Jabari Parker again showed why he was the number 1 pick with a great all round performance. He had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Kyrie had the best stat line of the night though, as he registered 22 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Andrei Kirilenko (11) and Martti Must (10) both had minor contributions off the bench.

For the Clippers, Austin Rivers did most of the scoring, with 29 points on the night. Otto Porter added 19, while DeAndre Jordan (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Eric Bledsoe (14 points, 8 assists) did their best without Blake Griffin.


CLE@LAC

CLE: 115
Redick 28, Parker 25, Irving 22
LAC: 100
Rivers 29, Porter 19, Jordan 16

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 22 points (9-19 FG) 7 rebounds 8 assists 3 steals 3 blocks

Rebounds
CLE: Irving, Thompson 7
LAC: Jordan 13

Assists
CLE: Irving 8
LAC: Bledsoe 8


Overall: 2-1


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers [Wiggins or Parker? + Free Agency]

Postby Kenny on Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:30 am

Thunder Storm Home Against the Cavs

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Jabari still had a great game.


The Thunder pulled away from the Cavs in the second half and ended up winning 127-110. At half time, the Cavs were behind by only 4 points, but a 34-21 3rd quarter in the Thunder's favour was enough to win the game.

Jabari Parker got his first look at Kevin Durant, who scored a game high 37 points for OKC. Russell Westbrook was also dominant, with 25 points and 8 assists. Serge Ibaka was just one rebound away from a double-double, with 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Jeremy Lamb added 13.

It wasn't all bad news for Jabari Parker however. The first overall pick did his share of damage against the reigning MVP, with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks. Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving did well in the backcourt, scoring 19 each, while Tristan Thompson scored 18 points off 8-9 shooting. J.J. Redick contributed 11 off the bench.


CLE@OKC

OKC: 127
Durant 37, Westbrook 25, Ibaka 15
CLE: 110
Parker 27, Irving 19, Smart 19

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kevin Durant 37 points (17-27 FG) 6 rebounds 1 assist 5 steals 1 block

Rebounds
OKC: Ibaka 9
CLE: Thompson 8

Assists
OKC: Harrison 9
CLE: Irving 8


Suns Burn Cavs in Double Overtime

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Kyrie Irving is still ballin'.


The Suns won an epic double overtime encounter against the Cavaliers by 144-134.

Carmelo Anthony came up huge for the Suns, as he had 40 points and 11 rebounds. Louis Williams was also a big time contributor for Phoenix, with 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. But it was Toby Robins who won the performer of the game. He had 25 points off 12-17 shooting, while grabbing 11 rebounds as well. Goran Dragic was another player with huge numbers, recording a double-double with 21 points and 13 assists, while Cody Zeller flirted with a triple-double, as he tallied 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

The top scoring honours for the Cavaliers were shared by Jabari Parker and Kyrie Irving, who scored 31 points each. Steven Adams had a big game on offense, scoring 18 points off 8-9 from the field. J.J. Redick scored 16; 5 of which were scored to send the game into double overtime, while Tristan Thompson registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


CLE@PHX
(2OT)
PHX: 144
Anthony 40, Williams 34, Robins 25
CLE: 134
Irving 31, Parker 31, Adams 18

Jordan Performer of the Game: Toby Robins 25 points (12-17 FG) 11 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals

Rebounds
PHX: Anthony, Robins 11
CLE: Thompson 11

Assists
PHX: Dragic 13
CLE: Smart 10


Cavs Overwhelm Jazz in 4th

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The Cleveland Cavaliers came up with an incredible come from behind win, as they beat the Jazz 108-100. After trailing by as many as 20 in the 3rd, Cleveland outscored Utah 32-13 in the final quarter.

Jabari Parker led the scoring once again with 24 points, but it was Kyrie Irving who was credited as the most influential player in the win. He had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals on the night. Tristan Thompson recorded another double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), while rookies Marcus Smart (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Martti Must (11) also gave solid contributions.

For the Jazz, they lived and died off the shooting of C.J. Miles. He top scored with 18 points, but shot a subpar 6-18 from the field. Ryan Harrow added 15 off 7-17 shooting. The Cavaliers got their first look at Aaron Gordon, who added 14 off a perfect 7-7. Mo Williams also added 14, while Derrick Favors (11 points, 10 rebounds) registered a double-double.


CLE@UTA

CLE: 108 (Parker 24, Irving 22, Thompson 15)
UTA: 100 (Miles 18, Harrow 15, Gordon 14)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 22 points (9-16 FG) 5 rebounds 9 assists 4 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 11
UTA: Favors 10

Assists
CLE: Irving 9
UTA: Mo. Williams 6


Overall: 3-3


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers S3: 3-3

Postby Martti. on Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:19 am

Wow, Jabari's reminding me another Cavaliers top pick from 11 years ago with his stats. Also glad my guy's doing well, in double-figures quite often. Sixth man of the year maybe? :P
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers S3: 3-3

Postby Lamrock on Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:33 am

You're roster is pretty loaded, but you may want to consider dealing for a rim protector - how is Adams doing?
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers S3: 3-3

Postby Phil89 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:09 pm

Tough start to the season, but the form of Parker and Irving is a big positive. Waiters should be a big help once he returns.

Parker is living up to his first overall pick status nicely. I'm calling ROTY right now :P
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers S3: 3-3

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:09 am

Martti., I was thinking that myself. I'm hoping he can continue that trajectory. As for your guy, he could be a great 6-man and I'd consider using him more full time in that role if he continues his form (and if J.J. falls off)

Lamrock, Adams does a pretty good job at protecting the rim and rebounding. I think the biggest problem in my opinion is perimeter defense. I constantly get lit up by guys like Eric Gordon, Monta Ellis and Joe Johnson. Hence why I tried giving more time to a guy like Thabo Sefolosha last season.

Phil89, unless he falls off majorly or gets injured, I dare say Parker is a lock for ROY this season (at least so far). In fact, when it comes to scoring, I have 3 of the top 5 rookies at the moment. I know it's not just about that, but it does help.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers S3: 3-3

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:11 am

Hornets Sweep Cavs

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Martti Must was ridiculous off the bench.


The New Orleans Hornets completed the regular season sweep over the Cavaliers with a 113-92 win. The Cavaliers capitulated in the 3rd, giving up a 3 point half time lead and losing the quarter 36-17.

Jordan Crawford gave the Hornets the much needed spark, scoring 24 points off the bench. Eric Gordon was dangerous once again, adding 20, while Anthony Davis (18 points, 8 rebounds) and Wayne Selden (13 points) also contributed to the blowout.

If there was one positive from the night, it was the emergence of Martti Must. The Estonian rookie was 1 rebound away from a double-double, putting up an incredible 29 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. In contrast, Jabari Parker had his first bad game of the season, scoring only 6 points off 2-10 shooting.

Aside from Must, Cleveland had only two scorers in double figures. Kyrie Irving was slightly below par, with 16 points and 8 assists, while Marcus Smart added 13.


CLE@NOH

NOH: 113
Crawford 24, Gordon 20, Davis 18
CLE: 92
Must 29, Irving 16, Smart 13

Jordan Performer of the Game: Jordan Crawford 24 points (10-18 FG) 5 rebounds 3 assists 2 steals

Rebounds
NOH: Samuel 10
CLE: Must 9

Assists
NOH: Augustin 8
CLE: Irving 8


Cavaliers Sweep Jazz

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After their 21 points loss to the Hornets, the Cavaliers continued to perplex NBA pundits with a 110-92 win over the Jazz.

Jabari Parker was back to his best form, scoring 30 points. But it was Kyrie Irving with the best game for the Cavaliers. The All-Star point guard was involved in everything, filling up the stat sheet with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 steals and 2 blocks. Martti Must burned another team that overlooked him the draft, dropping 21 points on the Jazz, while Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

For the Jazz, Jerian Grant was their best performer, scoring 15 points off 7-10 shooting. Ryan Harrow on the otherhand had an inefficient night, scoring 14 points off 7-19 shooting. Mo Williams added 13 off the bench, while Paul Millsap and C.J. Miles contributed 12 points each. Al Jefferson had one of his quieter games, with 10 points.


UTA@CLE

CLE : 110
Parker 30, Irving 22, Must 21
UTA: 92
Grant 15, Harrow 14, Mo. Williams 13

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 22 points (8-19 FG) 4 rebounds 10 assists 6 steals 2 blocks

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 12
UTA: Favors 8

Assists
CLE: Irving 10
UTA: Harrow 5


Overall: 4-4


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers S3: 3-3

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:12 am

Cavs Lose in Dying Seconds

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Trusty Thompson came up big.


Deron Williams hit two clutch free throws to give the Brooklyn Nets a 105-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was sent to the charity stripe after he was fouled on a driving play by Steven Adams, with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Martti Must hit a three pointer at the end of the game, but it was waved off, as it was released after the buzzer.

Williams was the performer of the game, registering a double-double with 27 points and 10 assists.

The Nets highest scorer was the NBA's highest paid man. Joe Johnson proved why he's worthy of such a paycheck, as he put up 29 points, which included 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Although the Nets offense was dominated by Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, MarShon Brooks (11) and Brook Lopez (10) also had solid contributions.

With Jabari Parker struggling (9 points off 4-15), Cleveland had to rely more on Tristan Thompson; and he didn't disappoint. Thompson was the top scorer for the Cavs, tallying 29 points off an outstanding 13-17 from the field. Kyrie Irving also had a strong night, with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, while Martti Must continued to impress, scoring 20 off the bench.


CLE@BKN

BKN: 105
Johnson 29, Williams 27, Brooks 11
CLE: 103
Thompson 29, Irving 20, Must 20

Jordan Performer of the Game: Deron Williams 27 points (12-24 FG) 4 rebounds 10 assists

Rebounds
BKN: Randle 13
CLE: Thompson 7

Assists
BKN: Williams 10
CLE: Smart 8


Cavs Hold Off Wizards

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Jabari Parker shrugged off his poor game against the Nets to be the performer of the game. He proved to be too much for Jan Vesely to handle, scoring 26 points off 12-16 shooting. Martti Must made the most of his first career start, scoring 22 points. Kyrie Irving (17 points, 7 assists) seemed willing to let Parker and Must dismantle the Wizards from the wing, while Tristan Thompson registered another double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds). J.J. Redick returned to the lineup and iced the game from the free throw line. He ended up with 13 points.

For the Wizards, Bradley Beal (29) and John Wall (28 points, 12 assists) did their best to try and carry the Wizards. Jan Vesely scored 14 points, but it wasn't the most convincing performance. He was constantly out-matched by Jabari Parker and Martti Must, and missed all four of his three point attempts. Nerlens Noel added 11 points.


WAS@CLE

CLE: 112
Parker 26, Must 22, Irving 17
WAS: 108
Beal 29, Wall 28, Vesely 14

Jordan Performer of the Game: Jabari Parker 26 points (12-16 FG) 4 rebounds 1 assist 1 steal

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 11
WAS: Seraphin 7

Assists
CLE: Irving 7
WAS: Wall 12


Overall: 5-5


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [5-5]

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:26 am

10 Game Player Review


The Cavaliers are once again struggling to get out of the middle of the pack. However, with the amount of talent the roster has, it may just be a matter of time before the team clicks.


Kyrie Irving
10 games (10 starts)
22.2ppg 4.1rpg 7.7apg .549 FG%


While most of the talk has been about Jabari Parker, Kyrie has been quietly chipping away at another MVP caliber season. One of the reasons why he has flown a little under the radar has been because he hasn't been as heavily relied upon to be the team's playmaker. He has a lot more opportunities to work off the ball and get himself open shots.

Martti Must
10 games (1 start)
14.4ppg 3.3rpg 2.4apg .440 3pt%


What a story Martti Must has been so far. He dropped to the 19th selection in the draft and has since played with a chip on his shoulder. A couple of big performances earned him a start at shooting guard over Marcus Smart and so far, it looks like he could keep the spot - at least until we see what happens with Dion Waiters.

Jabari Parker
10 games (10 starts)
23.3ppg 4.1rpg 3.3apg 1.2bpg .568 FG%


Jabari's numbers in the first five games of his career suggested he could win a rare Rookie of the Year/MVP double. Since then, he's had a couple of down games, but he still remains to be the best rookie of the bunch so far. He's generally at his best when he's attacking the basket and shooting from midrange. His three point shooting percentage isn't great (just over 30%), but that's something he can definitely improve down the line.

Tristan Thompson
10 games (10 starts)
12.9ppg 9.4rpg 1.3bpg .670 FG %


Thompson is as reliable as they come in the front court. On most nights, you can put him down for a modest double-double, while also adding a shot changing presense in the middle. He probably won't get mentioned in the All-Star ballot, but there's not a lot he does wrong on the court.

Steven Adams
10 games (10 starts)
6.1ppg 5.9rpg 1.4bpg .778 FG%


As long as he's with the Cavs, I think this is generally what the numbers are going to look like for Steven Adams. He's a much improved player on offense, and he can even hit a few midrange shots now. But he's probably going to be pidgeonholed into a role that mainly sees him be a guy who sets screens and be a defensive force. He's a pretty good rebounder too when Tristan Thompson isn't in the game.

Marcus Smart
10 games (9 starts)
11.8ppg 3.6rpg 4.6apg 0.8bpg .450 FG% .400 FT%


Smart was a pretty good replacement for Dion Waiters, before Martti Must took over the reigns. Although he plays more like a point guard, he can hold the two down well, and provides the Cavs a good rebounder for his position. He isn't a good shooter, and his free throw numbers are diabolical, but he has his moments on the offensive end.

J.J. Redick
9 games
10.2ppg 2.1apg 1spg .421 3pt%


After having his worst season as a pro from beyond the arc, Redick is back to having the numbers you'd expect from him at three point range. But despite this great shooting performance, his spot as the team's 6-man could be under siege. The Cavs may be struggling at the moment, but they're a team loaded with talent, particularly when it comes to guards. Redick might not see the minutes he has received in the past two seasons, but he's still a big part of what Cleveland are trying to achieve.

Andrei Kirilenko
10 games
5.5ppg 2.2rpg 1.4apg


With Thompson getting more minutes, Kirilenko is seeing less game time. He's still an effective sub though. Need I harp on again about the guy's versatility?

Timofey Mozgov
9 games
4.1ppg 3rpg 1bpg .867 FG%


The underappreciated Timofey Mozgov is quietly having a pretty good season off the bench. The Cavaliers don't lose much when he subs on for Steven Adams. He's one of the unsung heroes of the roster really. He rebounds well, he blocks shots, and he barely misses when he takes his own shots (although, to be fair, he generally gets dunks, layups and tip ins). The Cavaliers just seem to like Steven Adams just a little bit more.

Chuck Hayes
6 games
2.2ppg 1.2rpg .429 FG% .250 FT%


Don't tell Chuck Hayes that garbage time doesn't matter. He earned a rotation spot over Timofey Mozgov for a game because of the effort he showed during a blowout. But the coaching staff of the Cavs quickly learned that even though Hayes provides a lot of effort off the bench, his limitations, both physically and skill-wise, can hinder the team as much as it can help. Still, it's fun to see him go to the free throw line.

Jameer Nelson
5 games
1.2ppg 0.4apg .333 FG%


Jameer Nelson went from being a starter on the league's worst team last season, to being the 12th man on the .500 Cavaliers. And he's not happy. Nelson is towards the end of a huge depth chart when it comes to guards; even when Dion Waiters is injured. He may get some playing time if Kyrie Irving or Marcus Smart get injured, but aside from that, he will have to be content with being on the end of the bench.

Thabo Sefolosha
5 games
0.2rpg 0.4apg


Like Jameer Nelson, a lot has changed for Thabo Sefolosha since last season. In the Playoffs, he was the team's starting shooting guard when Dion Waiters was injured. Since then, the Cavs have drafted Marcus Smart, who has had a solid rookie season. Now, Thabo gets minutes when the Cavaliers are looking to make a defensive play. This isn't likely to change, unless there's a catastrophic number of injuries to the guards in the roster.

Carl Landry
2 games
0.5mpg


Landry has played a total of one minute in his two games this season and hasn't registered a stat in any of the major categories. This has been mainly because of a minor injury he had, plus the solid play of Tristan Thompson and Andrei Kirilenko. Don't be surprised if Landry asks for a trade.

Dion Waiters
Yet to play


We haven't seen Dion Waiters yet this season, but hopefully that will change soon.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [5-5]

Postby Martti. on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:29 am

20+ in 4 straight games! Damn, spoke too soon, Parker may not be ROY after all. :P
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [5-5]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:41 pm

Martti., you're definitely a darkhorse in the ROY race. Who knows; a long term injury to Jabari Parker could even see you as the favourite.
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [5-5]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:42 pm

5 Simmed Games


TOR@CLE

CLE: 95
Irving 16, Smart 15, Parker 14
TOR: 77
Morris 17, DeRozan 15, Lowry 13

Jordan Performer of the Game: Marcus Smart 15 points (6-9 FG) 1 rebound 6 assists 3 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Adams 9
TOR: Morris, Williams 9

Assists
CLE: Irving 8
TOR: Lowry 5


CLE@WAS

WAS: 90
Seraphin 22, Beal 19, Wall 18
CLE: 81
Irving 31, Smart 15, Thompson 10

Jordan Performer of the Game: John Wall 18 points (8-14 FG) 5 rebounds 8 assists 1 steal

Rebounds
WAS: Noel 10
CLE: Thompson 10

Assists
WAS: Wall 8
CLE: Irving 6


BOS@CLE

BOS: 101
Shaw 26, McGary 22, Rondo 16
CLE: 99
Irving 24, Thompson 24, Parker 15

Jordan Performer of the Game: Chuck Shaw 26 points (10-19 FG) 10 rebounds 1 assist 1 steal 1 block

Rebounds
BOS: McGary 11
CLE: Adams 12

Assists
BOS: Rondo 7
CLE: Smart 9


CLE@NYK

CLE: 112
Irving 33, Waiters 17, Adams 16
NYK: 79
Fields 18, Thornton 17, Shumpert 9

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 33 points (14-27 FG) 9 rebounds 3 assists 3 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Must 10
NYK: Brown 8

Assists
CLE: Smart 6
NYK: Harris, Pressey, Shumpert 3

Note: Dion Waiters played his first game back from injury. Tristan Thompson was rested.


DEN@CLE

CLE: 117
Irving 32, Smart 23, Parker 21
DEN: 91
McGee 22, Lawson 19, Gallinari 18

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 32 points (13-19 FG) 9 rebounds 7 assists 4 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Irving 9
DEN: Singleton 8

Assists
CLE: Irving 7
DEN: Lawson 7

Note: Tristan Thompson sat again with a hamstring strain.


Overall: 8-7


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [5-5]

Postby Kenny on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:44 pm

Kings Hold Off Cavaliers

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The team with the best record in the West, the Sacramento Kings, avoided a season sweep by the Cavs by winning game two 103-100.

Walt Rice (34) and Isaiah Thomas (26) both had big performances from the backcourt. DeMarcus Cousins had one of his quieter games, but was a great complement for Rice and Thomas, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavaliers had 5 double figure scorers, led by Kyrie Irving, who scored 32. Martti Must was inefficient (6-16), but still managed 15 points and 5 rebounds. Tristan Thompson courageously played through his injury and scored 12 points, while J.J. Redick and Jabari Parker (7 rebounds, 8 assists) scored 10 each.


SAC@CLE

SAC: 103
Rice 34, Thomas 26, Cousins 11
CLE: 100
Irving 32, Must 15, Thompson 12

Jordan Performer of the Game: Walt Rice 34 points (14-22 FG) 7 rebounds 4 assists 1 steal 1 block

Rebounds
SAC: Cousins 10
CLE: Adams, Parker 7

Assists
SAC: Thomas 7
CLE: Parker 8


Cavaliers Survive Fourth Quarter Mauling

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Irving was a major headache for Conley.


The Cavaliers held on for a 109-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies managed to claw their way back in the 4th, outscoring the Cavs 35-24, but the deficit proved to be too much.

Kyrie Irving (29) and Jabari Parker (28) both did the bulk of the Cavaliers scoring, while Martti Must and Marcus Smart scored 13 each.

The Memphis resurgence in the fourth was led by Rudy Gay, who was huge with 40 points and 8 rebounds. Ed Davis (12 points, 13 rebounds) registered a double-double, while Ian Miller scored 11. Rodney Stuckey, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley scored 10 points each.


CLE@MEM

CLE: 109
Irving 29, Parker 28, Must 13
MEM: 101
Gay 40, Davis 12, Miller 11

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 29 points (11-17 FG) 5 rebounds 11 assists 4 steals 1 block

Rebounds
CLE: Adams 11
MEM: Davis 13

Assists
CLE: Irving 11
MEM: Conley 6


Overall: 9-8


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [9-8]

Postby Kenny on Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:25 am

November 2015 Summary


Although they hired a new coach and got some highly talented first round picks, November was a reminder that it's going to take time for the Cavaliers to become a contending team.

The long suffering fans saw glimpses of what could be with this team, as Kyrie Irving, Jabari Parker, and Martti Must have all put in huge performances at one point or another. But almost instantly, they were also reminded of the team's inconsistency.

Dion Waiters made his long awaited comeback, and he showed what the Cavaliers have missed during his stint on the sidelines. Unfortunately after just two games, he reinjured his ankle. Luckily, the prognosis isn't as grim as it was last season.

At the beginning of December, The Cavaliers sit in the middle of the pack once again. Can they climb their way up the ladder and end 2015 with a bang?


Standings

East

Bucks 11-5
Bulls 9-5
Heat 9-5
Knicks 9-6
Pacers 9-7
Raptors 9-7
Bobcats 8-7
Cavaliers 9-8
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Hawks 7-7
Nets 7-9
Magic 6-8
76ers 6-9
Pistons 5-9
Celtics 6-11
Wizards 5-10

West

Suns 12-3
Timberwolves 12-3
Kings 13-4
Thunder 11-6
Trail Blazers 11-6
Spurs 10-7
Hornets 8-7
Jazz 8-9
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Nuggets 7-9
Mavericks 7-9
Lakers 6-9
Rockets 4-10
Clippers 4-12
Grizzlies 2-12
Warriors 2-13


Monthly Awards

Player

East: [MIA] LeBron James
West: [OKC] Kevin Durant

Rookie

East: [ATL] Glenn Robinson III
West: [OKC] Andrew Harrison


League Leaders

Points

[OKC] Kevin Durant 26.4
[CHI] Derrick Rose 25.2
[PHX] Lou Williams 25.1
[CLE] Kyrie Irving 24.6
[MIA] LeBron James 24.4

Rebounds

[NOH] Anthony Davis 11.7
[DAL] Anthony Randolph 11.4
[MIN] Kevin Love 10.9
[ATL] Al Horford 10.6
[SAC] DeMarcus Cousins 10.1

Assists

[MIL] Brandon Jennings 10.1
[DET] Chris Paul 9.4
[MIN] Ricky Rubio 8.6
[BKN] Deron Williams 8.6
[CHA] Kemba Walker 8.5

Steals

[CLE] Kyrie Irving 3.9
[MIL] Brandon Jennings 2.9
[LAL] Rodrigue Beaubois 2.6
[DET] Chris Paul 2.5
[LAC] Eric Bledsoe 2.5

Blocks

[LAL] Robin Lopez 2.6
[NOH] Anthony Davis 2.5
[DEN] JaVale McGee 2.3
[LAC] DeAndre Jordan 2.1
[MIL] Dwight Howard 1.9

PER

[OKC] Kevin Durant 28.7
[NYK] Marcus Thornton 27.2
[PHI] Evan Turner 25.5
[POR] Damian Lillard 25.4
[MIA] LeBron James 25.3


Transactions


Signings

Clippers: Damion James - 1yr/1.69M
Hawks: David West - 1yr/2.52M
Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson 1yr/2.15M


Extensions

76ers: Thaddeus Young - 4yr/32.56M
Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - 4yr/38.55M
Clippers: Austin Rivers - 4r/18.14M
Grizzlies: Mike Conley - 5yr/67.62M
Hornets: Eric Gordon - 5yr/98.23M
Knicks: Raymond Felton - 3yr/16.72M
Lakers: Ryan Anderson -3yr/17.58M
Lakers: Tyler Zeller - 5yr/25.53M
Nets: Deron Williams - 4yr/71.85M
Nets: Joe Johnson - 1yr/5.73M
Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari - 5yr/69.42M
Pistons: Harrison Barnes 5yr/66.83M
Pistons: Andre Drummond - 5yr/83.66M
Rockets: Terrence Jones - 3yr/8.18M
Rockets: Donatas Motiejunas - 4yr/7.62M
Suns: Goran Dragic - 5yr/32.25M
Suns: Kendall Marshall - 3yr/15.22M
Thunder: Cole Aldrich - 2yr/5.18M
Thunder: Perry Jones - 4yr/13.53M
Trail Blazers: Nicolas Batum - 5yr/58.09M
Trail Blazers: Jeff Green - 4yr/34.97M
Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard - 4yr/62.97M
Wizards: Bradley Beal - 5yr/85.65M


Trades

Pistons receive: Glen Davis, '17 2nd round pick
Kings receive: Ekpe Udoh

Celtics receive: '17 1st round pick, Louie Ellis
Hawks receive: Doron Lamb, '17 2nd round pick

76ers receive: Norris Cole, '16 2nd round pick
Heat receive: Ishmael Smith

Raptors receive: Jodie Meeks
Hornets receive: Andrea Bargnani, '16 2nd round pick

Pacers receive: Spencer Hawes
Hornets receive: Brandan Wright, Jason Richardson


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First All-Star Ballot Results: Kyrie Leads East Voting Amongst Guards


Kyrie Irving is on course for another All-Star start with the Eastern All-Stars. He currently leads all guards in the NBA for votes, and is third overall behind LeBron James (862,716) and Kevin Durant (811,862).

Irving wasn't the only Cavalier to receive a substantial amount of votes. Rookie Jabari Parker is ranked 5th amongst forwards in the Eastern Conference, while Tristan Thompson is 10th.


East

Guards

[CLE] Kyrie Irving 681,348
[DET] Chris Paul 667,995
[MIL] Brandon Jennings 608,247
[CHI] Derrick Rose 520,691
[WAS] John Wall 515,083
[BKN] Deron Williams 506,340
[BOS] Rajon Rondo 463,658
[CHA] Kemba Walker 422,102
[PHI] Jrue Holiday 402,519
[MIA] Dwyane Wade 399,847

Forwards

[MIA] LeBron James 862,716
[ATL] Josh Smith 424,107
[BOS] Chuck Shaw 417,973
[PHI] Evan Turner 351,509
[CLE] Jabari Parker 323,463
[CHI] Luol Deng 300,737
[CHA] Amar'e Stoudemire 276,332
[DET] Harrison Barnes 245,755
[ORL] Andrew Wiggins 239,086
[CLE] Tristan Thompson 219,128

Centres

[MIL] Dwight Howard 487,859
[PHI] Andrew Bynum 331,469
[ATL] Al Horford 310,910
[BKN] Brook Lopez 297,667
[DET] Greg Monroe 280,131
[TOR] Jonas Valanciunas 251,522
[IND] Roy Hibbert 240,092
[NYK] Marcin Gortat 188,611
[CHA] Nikola Pekovic 175,892
[CHI] Joakim Noah 173,812


West

Guards

[OKC] Russell Westbrook 594,386
[SAC] Tyreke Evans 540,180
[HOU] James Harden 540,175
[POR] Damian Lillard 539,428
[SAC] Walt Rice 476,389
[NOH] Eric Gordon 473,484
[MIN] Ricky Rubio 454,187
[GSW] Stephen Curry 441,903
[UTA] Gordon Hayward 430,440
[POR] Andre Iguodala 378,810

Forwards

[OKC] Kevin Durant 811,862
[MIN] Kevin Love 457,800
[LAC] Blake Griffin 435,469
[MEM] Rudy Gay 435,323
[POR] LaMarcus Aldridge 428,104
[DEN] Danillo Gallinari 427,460
[UTA] Derrick Favors 423,401
[NOH] Anthony Davis 418,425
[PHX] Carmelo Anthony 403,457
[DAL] Anthony Randolph 389,799

Centres

[SAC] DeMarcus Cousins 515,978
[UTA] Al Jefferson 348,230
[DEN] JaVale McGee 280,824
[MIN] Chris Bosh 279,714
[PHX] Cody Zeller 268,127
[MEM] Marc Gasol 197,181
[NOH] Brandan Wright 180,057
[LAC] DeAndre Jordan 177,338
[HOU] J.J. Hickson 160,914
[LAL] Robin Lopez 135,480
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [9-8]

Postby Kenny on Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:26 am

Mavs Edge Out Cavs

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AK was productive.


The short-handed Cavaliers came close against the Mavericks, losing 101-98. Without Tristan Thompson and Jabari Parker, the Cavaliers got within one point of the Dallas Mavericks in the dying seconds, thanks to a Kyrie Irving 3. However, Dirk Nowitzki was sent to the line sunk both free throws with 0.3 left on the clock.

Anthony Randolph and O.J. Mayo led the way for the Mavericks, scoring 24 each. Former Cavalier Paul Pierce had a point to prove against his old team, and his statement was made with 17 points. Dirk Nowitzki added 14.

For the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving was the top scorer with 23 points. Andrei Kirilenko made the most of his additional minutes, as he was two assists away from a double-double with 17 points and 8 assists. J.J. Redick added 12 off the bench,while Martti Must scored 10.


CLE@DAL

DAL: 101
Mayo 24, Randolph 24, Pierce 17
CLE: 98
Irving 23, Kirilenko 17, Redick 12

Jordan Performer of the Game: O.J. Mayo 24 points (11-17 FG) 7 rebounds 3 assists 2 steals

Rebounds
DAL: Randolph 13
CLE: Adams 11

Assists
DAL: Collison 9
CLE: Kirilenko 8


Bucks Outlast Cavs

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Carl Landry may have earned more playing time.


The Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the 4th quarter to win 107-99 against the Cavaliers.

Monta Ellis was an absolute menace off the bench, coming up with 31 points and 8 assists to be the Bucks best player. Brandon Jennings also caused Cleveland a lot of problems, with 24 points and 9 assists. Larry Sanders (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Dwight Howard (10 points, 9 rebounds) were both solid in the paint, while Caron Butler added 10.

Kyrie Irving led the short-handed Cavs once again, scoring 18 points. Andrei Kirilenko again made the most of his starting promotion, scoring 16 points. Carl Landry on the other hand looked happy just to be playing. He scored 15 points and reminded Kevin McHale that he's a viable option. Martti Must (5-15 FG) had a game he'd rather forget, but still scored 13 points. J.J. Redick and Marcus Smart (12 assists) scored 11 each.


MIL@CLE

MIL: 107
Ellis 31, Jennings 24, Sanders 16
CLE: 99
Irving 18, Kirilenko 16, Landry 15

Jordan Performer of the Game: Monta Ellis 31 points (14-22 FG) 2 rebounds 8 assists

Rebounds
MIL: Ilyasova 10
CLE: Adams 6

Assists
MIL: Jennings 9
CLE: Smart 12


Warriors Lose 15th Straight Against Cavs

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Jabari led the block party.


The Cavaliers added to the Warriors miserable season, as they came away with a 117-100 win.

After being demoted to the bench to make way for Jabari Parker, Martti Must top scored for the Cavaliers. His 22 points included 6 made threes from 11 attempts. Kyrie Irving once again had a great all round game, filling up the stat sheet with 18 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks. Jabari Parker also had a big night statisically. He only scored 16 points, but he registered his first career double-double with 10 assists, as well as reaching a career high in blocks (5). J.J. Redick also provided a spark off the bench, scoring 15, while Andrei Kirilenko (12), Steven Adams (11), Marcus Smart (11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) and Carl Landry (10) all contributed to the winning cause.

The Warriors were led by Andray Blatche, who scored 19 points. Stephen Curry shot efficiently for his 17 points, but turned the ball over 8 times. David Lee (16 points, 13 rebounds) recorded his usual double-double, while Nate Robinson was 2 assists away from a triple-double, with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Kyle Singler added 13 points.


GSW@CLE

CLE: 117
Must 22, Irving 18, Parker 16
GSW: 100
Blatche 19, Curry 17, Lee 16

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 18 points (7-13 FG) 2 rebounds 8 assists 5 steals 2 blocks

Rebounds
CLE: Adams, Kirilenko, Smart 6
GSW: Lee 13

Assists
CLE: Parker 10
GSW: Curry, Robinson 8


Overall: 10-10
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [9-8]

Postby Kenny on Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:27 am

5 Simmed Games


DET@CLE

CLE: 99
Irving 38, Smart 17, Parker 10
DET: 89
Knight 25, Barnes 22, Paul 13

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 38 points (14-17 FG) 3 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Adams, Thompson 9
DET: Barnes 12

Assists
CLE: Must 7
DET: Baker 7


CLE@MIL

MIL: 115
Jennings 33, Howard 28, Butler 13
CLE: 93
Waiters 18, Irving 13, Thompson 11

Jordan Performer of the Game: Brandon Jennings 33 points (12-23 FG) 5 rebounds 7 assists 2 steals 1 block

Rebounds
MIL: Howard 14
CLE: Must 8

Assists
MIL: Jennings 7
CLE: Irving 7


CLE@BKN

BKN: 105
Lopez 26, Johnson 17, Arthur 12
CLE: 88
Irving 17, Parker 11, Thompson 10

Jordan Performer of the Game: Joe Johnson 17 points (6-12 FG) 8 rebounds 9 assists 2 steals

Rebounds
BKN: Randle 13
CLE: Thompson 6

Assists
BKN: Johnson 9
CLE: Irving 6


OKC@CLE

CLE: 107
Irving 17, Waiters 16, Parker 15
OKC: 93
Durant 32, Westbrook 14, Martin 11

Jordan Performer of the Game: Dion Waiters 16 points (6-12 FG) 8 rebounds 4 assists

Rebounds
CLE: Adams 9
OKC: Durant 10

Assists
CLE: Irving 10
OKC: Westbrook 7


CLE@PHI

CLE: 116
Irving 37, Parker 18, Waiters 18
PHI: 105
Bynum 23, Cole 18, Young 16

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 37 points (12-18 FG) 1 rebound 4 assists 1 steal

Rebounds
CLE: Adams 11
PHI: Bynum 14

Assists
CLE: Waiters 9
PHI: Ariza 6


Overall: 13-12
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [16-12]

Postby Kenny on Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:46 am

Cleveland Out-Pace Indiana in Fourth

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The Cavaliers closed out the Pacers in the fourth quarter to win 124-114.

Dion Waiters had his best game back from his run of injuries, as he scored 31 points. J.J. Redick also had a big night, scoring 25 points off the bench. With Waiters and Redick in great form, Kyrie Irving managed to get his 20 points and 9 assists with little fuss. Jabari Parker added 18 points, while Tristan Thompson (11 points, 8 rebounds) was reliable on both ends once again.

The Cavaliers had a lot of trouble stopping Danny Granger and Paul George. Both players were productive for the Pacers, as they scored 26 and 23 respectively. George Hill also proved to be a handful at the point, recording a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists. Roy Hibbert added 14, but was kept off the glass rather effectively, as he grabbed just 2 rebounds for the entire game.


IND@CLE

CLE: 124
Waiters 31, Redick 25, Irving 20
IND: 114
Granger 26, George 23, Hill 19

Jordan Performer of the Game: Dion Waiters 31 points (14-20 FG) 4 rebounds 2 assists

Rebounds
CLE: Adams 9
IND: George 11

Assists
CLE: Irving 9
IND: Hill 11


Cavaliers Keep Rolling Against the Lakers

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"Once a shooter, always a shooter." - Steve Kerr


The Cavaliers continued their winning ways with a 116-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dion Waiters once again reminded the Cavs fans what they were missing when he was injured, scoring 24 points. J.J. Redick also scorched the Lakers. His 23 points included 5-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Jabari Parker (20) added his points rather effortlessly, while Kyrie Irving (16 points, 9 assists) and Martti Must (15) were also effective on the offensive end.

The Cavaliers great night on offense luckily combatted the vintage performance of Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba proved that he's still the driving force behind Lakers basketball, filling up the stat sheet with 32 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and a block. He had great help by new recruit Michael Beasley, who scored 26 points off 11-19 shooting. Wesley Matthews and Rodrigue Beaubois both added 14 points each.

The Lakers held a one point lead at the end of the third, but the Cavaliers managed to win the fourth quarter 33-22.


LAL@CLE

CLE: 116
Waiters 24, Redick 23, Parker 20
LAL: 106
Bryant 32, Beasley 26, Beaubois 14

Jordan Performer of the Game: J.J. Redick 23 points (8-16 FG) 3 rebounds 3 assists 3 steals 1 block

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 11
LAL: McAdoo 13

Assists
CLE: Irving 9
LAL: Bryant 10


Cavs Blowout Celtics in Boston

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Carl Landry has been a real factor in Cleveland's streak.


The Cavaliers extended their winning streak to five after a 118-87 demolition of the Boston Celtics.

Cleveland were led by Kyrie Irving (7 assists) and Carl Landry, who both scored 22 points each. Despite Landry's big night, Tristan Thompson's starting position remains safe, as he was equally as effective with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Martti Must played the 6th man role with J.J. Redick out injured, and once again he excelled with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Jabari Parker added 13, while Dion Waiters had one of the most modest almost-five-by-fives you'll see. He shot the ball poorly (5-13), but managed a stat line of 11 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.

While the Cavaliers enjoyed a healthy list of players in double figures, the Boston Celtics only had one; and he's a former Cavalier. Chuck Shaw was the only player who arrived offensively for the Celtics, as he scored 24 points. Mitch McGary (9 points, 8 rebounds) and Xavier Henry (8) were the closest the rest of the Celtics came to double digits.


CLE@BOS

CLE: 118
Irving 22, Landry 22, Thompson 21
BOS: 87
Shaw 24, McGary 9, Henry 8

Jordan Performer of the Game: Dion Waiters 11 points (5-13 FG) 6 rebounds 12 assists 3 steals 3 blocks

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 8
BOS: McGary 8

Assists
CLE: Waiters 12
BOS: Rondo 8


Overall: 16-12


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [19-12]

Postby Kenny on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:50 am

Cavaliers Fly Past Hawks in OT

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Steven Adams came up with some big plays.


The Cavaliers maintained their winning ways, coming up with a 122-115 overtime win against the Hawks.

Dion Waiters (29 points, 8 rebounds) and Jabari Parker (26 points) both had big scoring games for the Cavaliers, but arguably the most influential player of the game was Steven Adams. The Kiwi centre not only scored the game tying basket, but came up with the game saving block on Devin Harris at the basket. Adams had 16 points, 11 assists and 4 blocks. Marcus Smart filled up the sheet off the bench, with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and a block, while Carl Landry, Tristan Thompson (7 rebounds) and Kyrie Irving (8 rebounds, 12 assists) scored 10 each.

For the Hawks, Doron Lamb was the go-to-guy, as he scored 33 points. Jeff Teague had a huge game as well, getting a double-double of 18 points and 13 assists. Glenn Robinson III showed why he's one of the top rookies of the class, with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Al Horford tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds.


ATL@CLE
(OT)
CLE: 122
Waiters 29, Parker 26, Adams 16
ATL: 115
Lamb 33, Teague 18, Robinson 17

Jordan Performer of the Game: Dion Waiters 29 points (13-22 FG) 8 rebounds 3 assists 1 steal 1 block

Rebounds
CLE: Adams 11
ATL: Horford, Robinson 7

Assists
CLE: Irving 12
ATL: Teague 13


Cavs Complete Hawks Double

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Kyrie had a better game.


The Cavaliers almost squandered a 13 point lead, but they managed to win their second game of their back-to-back against the Hawks 104-101.

Jabari Parker had another great game against the Hawks, top scoring with 23 points, while Kyrie Irving shook off his poor shooting the night before and scored 20 points. He also tallied 14 assists on the night. Dion Waiters (13 points, 7 assists) almost registered his own double-double, while Carl Landry (12) and Marcus Smart (11) both had solid games off the bench.

Doron Lamb was once again the top scorer of the Hawks, albeit at a less efficient rate than the game before. He scored 26 points off 9-22 shooting. Devin Harris provided a spark off the bench, scoring 17 points and 4 steals. Al Horford (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Jeff Teague (14 points, 12 assists) both registered double-doubles, while Glenn Robinson III had a quieter night with 10 points and 6 rebounds.


CLE@ATL

CLE: 104
Parker 23, Irving 20, Waiters 13
ATL: 101
Lamb 26, Harris 17, Horford 16

Jordan Performer of the Game: Kyrie Irving 20 points (5-10 FG) 5 rebounds 14 assists 3 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 9
ATL: Horford 10

Assists
CLE: Irving 14
ATL: Teague 12


Cavs Surge to 8th Straight Win

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Jameer Nelson back at the Amway Center.


The Cavaliers fought off a spirited Magic team to win 109-103 in Orlando.

While the game was dubbed as "Parker Vs Wiggins", Martti Must was the top scoring rookie. He had 22 points off the bench. Dion Waiters continued his stellar for, contributing 19 points and 5 assists. Jabari Parker scored 17, while Jameer Nelson enjoyed his first game back in Orlando with his best performance of the season. After Kyrie Irving was fouled out early in the 4th, Jameer stepped up and hit the game sealing free throws. He had 12 points and 7 assists. Steven Adams and Tristan Thompson both provided a great inside presense on both ends, as they registered 12 points and 3 blocks each.

Andrew Wiggins top scored for the Magic, with 21 points on 9-13 shooting. But once again, the Magic were killed by J.R. Smith's poor shot selection. Smith scored 19, but shot a woeful 8-26 from the field. Jason Thompson (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (10 points, 9 rebounds) were both strong on the boards, while Elijah Thompson was one assist off a double-double, with 10 points and 9 assists.


CLE@ORL

CLE: 109
Must 22, Waiters 19, Parker 17
ORL: 103
Wiggins 21, Smith 19, J Thompson 12

Jordan Performer of the Game: Dion Waiters 19 points (7-12 FG) 3 rebounds 5 assists 1 steal

Rebounds
CLE: Mozgov, T Thompson 7
ORL: J Thompson 12

Assists
CLE: Nelson 7
ORL: Johnson 9


Overall: 19-12


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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [19-12]

Postby Kenny on Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:28 pm

Cleveland Hold Off Miami

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Parker had a point to prove against LeBron.


With the game even at three quarter time, the Cavaliers managed to outlast the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter to win 120-114.

Jabari Parker showed off his skills against a former number one pick of the Cavaliers, scoring 25 points. Martti Must and Tristan Thompson (9 rebounds) were also productive on the night, scoring 22 points each, while J.J. Redick added 11 off the bench.

The former king of Cleveland had an impeccable night. LeBron scored 30 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Dwyane Wade showed some vintage form as well, with 26 points and 7 assists. Wilson Chandler (14) and Archie Goodwin (12) were solid, while Jordan Hill tallied 10 points and 6 rebounds.


MIA@CLE

CLE: 120
Parker 25, Must 22, Thompson 22
MIA: 114
James 30, Wade 26, Chandler 14

Jordan Performer of the Game: Jabari Parker 25 points (11-17 FG) 1 rebound 4 assists 1 steal 2 blocks

Rebounds
CLE: Thompson 9
MIA: James 9

Assists
CLE: Nelson 7
MIA: Chalmers 8


Cavs Get Revenge Against Bulls; Extend Streak to 10

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Marcus Smart almost had a triple-double.


The Cleveland Cavaliers were overwhelming 114-83 victors against the Chicago Bulls, to extend their winning streak to 10 games. Both Chicago and Cleveland started rookie point guards, as Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving missed the game through injury.

Marcus Smart easily won the night against Da'Vonte Hughes. He was the Cavaliers best performer, as he had a career night with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals. Carl Landry had another big night off the bench, with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Jameer Nelson didn't shoot the ball well (4-13 FG) but had a pretty good night statiscally off the bench. He had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jabari Parker (11) and Dion Waiters (10) had relatively quiet nights, while Tristan Thompson added 10 points.

For the Bulls, Orlando Johnson was the high point man. He scored 19, but had an average night from the floor, shooting 8-25. Joakim Noah on the other hand made the most of his attempts, as he scored 13 points off a perfect 5-5. With Da'Vonte Hughes struggling from the floor (3-10), Marquis Teague had to play a bigger role. He ended up with 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Harold Bayless added 11.

Despite the fact point guards from both teams led their team's rebounding, the most bizarre stat of the night came from J.J. Redick. He shot poorly (2-9) but had a huge night on defense, with 4 blocks. "J.J. Redick led the block party" is now a searchable term.


CHI@CLE

CLE: 114
Smart 25, Landry 20, Nelson 11
CHI: 83
Johnson 19, Noah 13, Teague 12

Jordan Performer of the Game: Marcus Smart 25 points (11-13 FG) 4 rebounds 10 assists 8 steals

Rebounds
CLE: Nelson 7
CHI: Cole, Teague 8

Assists
CLE: Smart 10
CHI: Butler 4


Overall: 21-12


Injury Update
Kyrie Irving - Twisted Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [19-12]

Postby Kenny on Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:29 pm

December 2015 Summary


It's amazing how much can change in a month of basketball. At the end of November, the Cavaliers were on the bubble as the 8th team in the Eastern Conference. Now, after a 10 game winning streak (and counting, with any luck), the Cavaliers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

While there were some great individual performances in November, December was the month that saw every player work cohesively as a team. No individual has carried the team, which became evident when the Cavaliers managed to win their last two games without Kyrie Irving.

There are exciting times ahead for the Cleveland franchise!


Standings

East

Raptors 20-10
Cavaliers 21-12
Bucks 20-12
Bulls 18-11
Bobcats 19-12
Knicks 18-12
Pacers 17-15
Heat 15-14
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76ers 14-17
Wizards 14-17
Nets 13-18
Magic 9-20
Pistons 8-22
Celtics 8-23

West

Thunder 23-9
Timberwolves 20-7
Trail Blazers 22-10
Kings 21-11
Suns 18-12
Hornets 16-15
Mavericks 16-15
Spurs 16-17
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Lakers 15-16
Nuggets 14-15
Jazz 14-16
Rockets 12-18
Clippers 9-21
Grizzlies 8-20
Warriors 6-25


Monthly Awards

Player

East: [MIL] Brandon Jennings
West: [SAC] Tyreke Evans

Rookie

East: [ORL] Andrew Wiggins
West: [NOH] Wayne Selden


Transactions

Extensions

[BKN] Brook Lopez - 5yr/78.75M
[CHI] Joakim Noah - 5yr/30.49M
[IND] Roy Hibbert - 5yr/64.92M
[OKC] Kevin Durant - 5yr/102.23M
[WAS] Nene - 2yr/3.53M

Signings

[MIN] Wesley Johnson - 1yr/2.15M
[PHI] Jared Dudley - 1yr/1.64M

Trades

Clippers received: Trevor Booker
Wizards received: Marreese Speights

Lakers received: Taj Gibson, '16 2nd round pick
Bulls received: Ryan Anderson
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [19-12]

Postby Kenny on Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:30 pm

Award Races 2016


MVP


No surprises here; Kevin Durant is still the best player in the NBA. Kyrie Irving is a close second on the MVP list, as Cleveland have been one of the surprise teams of the league.

[OKC] Kevin Durant
27.5ppg 9.1rpg 5.5apg 1.7spg 1.6bpg .537 FG% .427 3PT% .913 FT%

[CLE] Kyrie Irving
22.5ppg 4.4rpg 7.2apg 3.5spg 0.6bpg .541 FG% .384 3PT% .831 FT%

[SAC] Tyreke Evans
20.7ppg 5.9rpg 7.3apg 1.8spg 0.6bpg .514 FG% .261 3PT% .803 FT%

[POR] Damian Lillard
20.8ppg 4.6rpg 7apg 1.6spg 0.1bpg .498 FG% .454 3PT% .868 FT%

[OKC] Russell Westbrook
21.7ppg 4.5rpg 6.6apg 1.7spg 0.1bpg .516 FG% .394 3PT% .783 FT%


Rookie of the Year


Overall picks one and two are ranked exactly where they were picked in the draft. But no sign of Willie Cauley-Stein or Zhelin Wang...

[CLE] Jabari Parker
18.5ppg 4.1rpg 4.1apg 1.1bpg .539 FG% .313 3PT% .833 FT%

[ORL] Andrew Wiggins
14.6ppg 6.7rpg 2.7apg 1.8spg 1.2bpg .481 FG% .439 3PT% .794 FT%

[ATL] Glenn Robinson III
16.8ppg 6rpg 1.2spg 1.3bpg 1. .544 FG% .373 3PT% .746 FT%

[CLE] Marcus Smart
10.8ppg 3.5rpg 5.2apg 1.8spg .485 FG% .250 3PT% .524 FT%

[BOS] Mitch McGary
12.4ppg 8.6rpg 1.9apg 1.2bpg .474 FG% .500 3PT% .581 FT%


Sixth Man of the Year


J.J. Redick is currently on track to threepeat as the 6th man of the year. But he has some interesting company.

[CLE] J.J. Redick
10.4ppg 2rpg 2apg .481 FG% .427 3PT% .914 FT%

[CHA] Byron Mullens
10.1ppg 3.9rpg 1spg .496 FG% .393 3PT% .755 FT%

[SAN] Jerryd Bayless
10.9ppg 2.4rpg 2.2apg .451 FG% .462 3PT% .813 FT%

[BKN] MarShon Brooks
10.6ppg 2.5rpg 2.2apg .464 FG% .422 3PT% .701 FT%

[BOS] Myck Kabongo
9.3ppg 1.9rpg 3.4apg .523 FG% .469 3PT% .810 FT%


Defensive Player of the Year


The two Anthony's top the list, as well as the reigning MVP and a perenial winner of the award. And for some reason, DeMarcus Cousins...

[DAL] Anthony Randolph
1.6spg 1.8bpg

[NOH] Anthony Davis
1.4spg 2.3bpg

[OKC] Kevin Durant
1.7spg 1.6bpg

[MIL] Dwight Howard
0.9spg 1.8bpg

[SAC] DeMarcus Cousins
1.2spg 1.6bpg


Most Improved Player


With Jeremy Lin gone, Trey Burke has climbed up the point guard rotation for the Rockets and has florished. Despite having some poor shooting numbers, Jan Vesely also makes the list, while Michael Beasley is finally becoming a regular contributor in the NBA.

[HOU] Trey Burke
13.8ppg 2.7rpg 5.6apg .416 FG% .453 3PT% .671 FT%

[ORL] Elijah Johnson
13.8ppg 3.3rpg 6apg 1.5spg .437 FG% .295 3PT% .772 FT%

[WAS] Jan Vesely
10.6ppg 5.5rpg 3.8apg 1.1spg .417 FG% .097 3PT% .698 FT%

[UTA] Ryan Harrow
11.9ppg 4.5rpg 7.7apg 1.4spg .416 FG% .306 3PT% .779 FT%

[LAL] Michael Beasley
19.4ppg 9rpg 3.2apg 1spg .459 FG% .356 3PT% .766 FT%
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Re: Cleveland Cavaliers (S3): [19-12]

Postby Kenny on Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:31 pm

The 2015 Draft Class So Far...


As expected, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are in the top tier. The January Rookie of the Year race has them at their respective draft positions; 1 and 2. Glenn Robinson III, Marcus Smart and Martti Must are proving to be effective pros as well.

Willie Cauley-Stein was always going to be a project offensively, and at the moment he's averaging just 1.5 points per game off .429 shooting in 28.9 minutes per game. It's worth noting though that he leads all rookies in both blocks, second in rebounds, and is the defensive anchor for the East's top team. Cauley-Stein was the highest drafted amongst all the centres, and so far, he's one of the best... at least defensively.


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Martti Must (Martti) - SF - Cleveland Cavaliers
33 games (10 starts)
11.6ppg 4.1rpg 2.4apg 0.7bpg .475 FG% .400 3PT% .585 FT%


Must has contributed straight away to one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Off the bench, he's currently fifth in the NBA in three pointers made. But for someone who has such an impressive spot up jumpshot, it's perplexing to see how much he struggles at the free throw line. Those struggles aside, Martti has been a great addition to the Cavaliers.


Axel Gomez (Axel.) - PG/SG - Washington Wizards
31 games (5 starts)
4.6ppg 1.1rpg 2.7apg .435 FG% .556 3PT% .914 FT%


Axel Gomez is a strange case study. He's having a 50-40-90 season, only the 50 and the 40 are the other way around. He's been an efficient option off the bench for the Wizards so far and also provides them a hard defender on the perimeter. Get this guy more playing time, coach!

Chris Bridges (blue1803) - SF/PG - Houston Rockets
30 games
3.2ppg 1.1rpg 2apg .407 FG% .333 3PT% .733 FT%


Bridges is only averaging 8.4 minutes per game, but he's gradually improving the more time he spends with the pros. He's on a team with a logjam at the 3, as he is currently sharing minutes with Chandler Parsons, Shabazz Muhammad, and James Anderson. But Bridges has a lot of potential, so hopefully he can either see more minutes or get traded to a team that can use him more.

Da'Vonte Hughes (Dmastawwe) - PG/SG - Chicago Bulls
21 games (6 starts)
7.7ppg 2.3rpg 3.4apg .388 FG% .000 3PT% .575 FT%


Injury struck Derrick Rose once again, which means DaVonte Hughes has gotten a great chance to prove his credentials at the NBA level. So far, his game hasn't really translated over. The zero percent three point percentage is deceptive, since he's only had one attempt the entire season. A sub-400 field goal and a terrible free throw percentage for a point guard are a little distressing though. Luckily there isn't much behind him at the moment (Pierre Jackson and Marquis Teague), so Hughes will have plenty of chances to improve these numbers while Rose is hurt.


Rookie Leaders

PPG

[CLE] Jabari Parker 18.5
[ATL] Glenn Robinson III 16.8
[ORL] Andrew Wiggins 14.6
[BOS] Mitch McGary 12.4
[CLE] Martti Must 11.6

RPG

[BOS] Mitch McGary 8.6
[TOR] Willie Cauley-Stein 8.1
[BKN] Julius Randle 8
[ORL] Andrew Wiggins 6.7
[ATL] Glenn Robinson III 6

APG

[CLE] Marcus Smart 5.2
[OKC] Andrew Harrison 4.6
[CLE] Jabari Parker 4.1
[CHI] DaVonte Hughes 3.4
[CHA] Spencer Dinwiddie 3.3

SPG

[CLE] Marcus Smart 1.8
[ORL] Andrew Wiggins 1.8
[BKN] Julius Randle 1.3
[ATL] Glenn Robinson III 1.2
[BOS] PJ Hairston 1

BPG

[TOR] Willie Cauley-Stein 1.5
[ATL] Glenn Robinson III 1.3
[BKN] Julius Randle 1.2
[BOS] Mitch McGary 1.2
[ORL] Andrew Wiggins 1.2
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