Lebron James Becomes Cavs All Time Leading Scorer in Win Against Toronto

james-becomes-cavs-leading-scorer_214x284.jpgFriday, March 21, 2008, in a 90-83 win against the Toronto Raptors, James hit a layup to surpass Brad Daugherty as the Cavs leading scorer in franchise history.  This accomplishment came in the 1st quarter of play on a driving layup pass Anthony Parker, giving him his 10,391 career point.

Mike Brown took a quick time-out to let Lebron soak in the emotions of the moment, as fans paid tribute to the Cavs new all-time leading scorer with a standing ovation and screams that rang throughout Quicken Loans Arena. 

Gloria James came out on the floor after the game to congratulate her son and give him a kiss for a job well done.

“I think I made my mom proud,” James said after the game.

James finished the night with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Here’s a nice video recap of the game.

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Just Like Ole Times, Baby!

Coming off a loss to Orlando on Monday, the Cavs came into the Q and handled business against their long-time rivals, the Detroit Pistons.  They played killer instinct defense and held the Pistons to only 73 points in the game, the fewest they’ve allowed all season.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Ben Wallace joked with his former teammates before the game, but frustrated them during it.  He held Rasheed Wallace to 1/7 from the field in the first half and 6/17 for the game.  He blocked shots, altered shots, and even hit few baskets (including a put back jumper to beat the buzzer at the end of the 2nd quarter). 
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  • Mike Brown’s rotations looked fairly solid.  He gave the Pistons a steady dose of big men off the bench, and subbed quickly off mismatches. 
  • The team went on a 9-0 run to end the 2nd quarter, and went into the half up by 7 (45-38).
  • Andy Varejao provided good energy off the bench, and pulled in 6 points and 6 boards.
  • Lebron was just that…Lebron.  He was 11/19 from the field and 6/7 from the freethrow line, pulling in 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
  • The Cavs had a field day in the 4th quarter, shooting 68% from the field.  Lebron hit 11 of his 30 points in that quarter, going 4-5 from the floor.
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas got off to a good start and finished with 20 points and 8 boards.
  • The Cavs held the Pistons to only 39% shooting from the field.  What a difference from the Pistons game the night before against Denver where they shot 60%.
  • Wally Szczerbiak, who has been struggling to find his shot since the trade, pulled in a solid 10 points on 4/7 shooting. 
  • The Cavs got a 89-73 win, tied the season series at one a piece, and extended their home-winning streak to 8.
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Next Up:  The Toronto Raptors on Friday, March 21st. 

Cavs Close Out the Bobcats at the Q

This game was highlighted by the return of the Cavs center, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who had missed 7 games due to an inflamed disk in his lower back.  With him being a central piece to the Cavs inside-outside game, it was good to see Big Z back in stride, and starting back where he finished off before the injury.  He had 16 points and 9 boards.

The Cavs got off to a good start in the game – moving on offense and being aggressive on defense.  They ended the 1st quarter up by 8 (27-19).

In the 2nd quarter, the Cavs seemed to get laxed.  Mike Brown was not happy with the Cavs style of play, particularly on the defensive end, and called a couple of quick timeouts early in the 2nd quarter to send a message to the team that he would not tolerate the defensive mishaps. 

wallace-vs-bobcats.jpgThe Cavs began to play better on defense, but by the 4th quarter (with a little over a minute to play), the Bobcats had pulled the game to within 1 (91-92).  Their comeback was initiated by the 3-point shooting of guard, Jason Richardson, who pulled in 33 points.

Delonte West would hit a jumper off a quick drive to the free throw line to push the lead to 3 (94-91).

Then off a reverse lay up missed by Richardson at the other end, Ben Wallace grabbed the rebound (his 15th and final board of the game).  James drove the lane for a lay up to make it a 5 point, 2 possession lead (96-91) with 10 seconds on the clock. 

James pulled in 33 points, 10 assists, and 7 boards, as the Cavs held on for a 98-91 victory at the Q.

Cavs Pull in 36 in a Loss Against Chicago

Uggh!  What a disgusting game to watch as a Cavs fan, and worse that it was broadcasted on a national station like TNT. 

The Cavs did absolutely nothing except rack up in the “lack of” department on this one.  So, here you go:

  1. Lack of enthusiasm.
  2. Lack of energy.
  3. Lack of putting a body on Luol Deng who scored 23 points.
  4. Lack of teamwork.
  5. Lack of penetration by Lebron.
  6. Lack of maintaining defensive assignments.
  7. Lack of boxing out.
  8. Lack of rebounding.
  9. Lack of allowing D.West to play his role as a point guard.
10. Lack of made put backs on 2nd and 3rd opportunities.
11. Lack of ball movement on offense.
12. Lack of ball protection on offense.
13. Lack of making easy lay ups.
14. Lack of coaching by Mike Brown.
15. Lack of having Drew Gooden.  I miss you! 
16. Lack of urgency.
17. Lack of effort.
18. Lack of taking good shots.
19. Lack of B.Wallace being aggressive in the city where he got booed. 
20. Lack of time outs to stop (or at least temporarily disrupt) momentum.
21. Lack of utilizing proper player rotations.
22. Lack of everything by A. Varejao.
23. Lack of good decision making.
24. Lack of playing Joe Smith more.
25. Lack of having Larry Hughes.  I miss you too!
26. Lack of you being able to take a joke ^^.
27. Lack of fouling players to prevent easy lay-ins.
28. Lack of leadership.
29. Lack of running Ben Gordon off the 3 point line…he also had 23. 
30. Lack of a good solid follow up to the win the day before.
31. Lack of fast-break opportunities.
32. Lack of keeping Joakim Noah off the boards.
33. Lack of assists by Lebron – he only had 1.
34. Lack of unpredictability on the offensive end.
35. Lack of aggressiveness on the defensive end.
36. Lack of (you fill in the blank), cause we lacked in almost every area.

And yes, James did score 39 points.  But that was negated by his, and his teammates, long list of “lack ofs” the entire game.

I hate to be so critical, but that game really pissed me off.  So, if you need an official game review or recap, try this one, this one, or this one.  Guess I can at least give you the final score…96-107 (L)

Lebron Sets the Garden on Fire, and Receives a Standing “O”

lebron_james_219x328.jpgThe game started as usual for the Cavs, with Lebron looking to pass and get his teammates involved.  On his first shot attempt of the quarter, he drained a baseline jumper off a quick dribble.  Taking only 2 other shots, he would end the quarter with 2 points, shooting 1/3 from the field.

With the 1st quarter in the books, and his teammates warmed up, James would go on to score 18 points in the 2nd quarter and 17 points in the 3rd. 

It was in the 4th quarter, however, that he would take over the game…Not with his spectacular dunks in the open court, not with his power-house drives pass 2 and 3 defenders, not from the free throw line.  No.  He would take over the game from behind the arc.

With under 4:30 left on the clock and the Knicks up 99-98,  James turned to the sidelines and mouthed 50 to Spike Lee, who was sitting courtside at the game (as usual), and began his attack from long-range. 

He hit 2 consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Cavs up 105-98.  Then came another with a little over 2 minutes to play to put the Cavs on top 110-99.  Seemingly, to make good on his promise to Spike, James shot 1 more dagger into the heart of the Knicks, wrapping up his relentless 3-point attack.

James ended the game with 50 points (including four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter), 10 assists, and 8 rebounds.  He shot 16-30 from the field, in his second 50-point game of the season.

The fans loved it!  In a packed house at the Garden, he received a standing “O” and a “MVP” chant as he left the game with under 1 minute left. 

One fan, wearing a #23 Cavaliers jersey, ran out of the stands towards the Cleveland bench and said a few words to James, before being quickly turned away and arrested.  James simply turned and smiled.

He had this to say after the game:

“It was a great feeling. You get a fan to come down there to express the way he feels about you … told me I was his favorite player, that never happens,” James said. “I respect him, I respect his pride and for him to come out there and tell me something like that face to face, it’s like the (most) unbelievable thing that ever happened to me.”

When asked whether or not he was afraid when he saw the fan coming towards him, James said,

“I’m 6-9 and 260…I’m all right.”

Damon Jones pulled in 15 points, and Devin Brown rounded out the Cavs leading scorers with 14 points.

With Big Z, Sasha, and Gibson still out, the Cavs pulled out another win.  But having a player like Lebron James definitely eases the shock of losing players to injuries, as he can, and will, bear the load.

The Knicks fell short in their 4th game in a row, while the Cavs increased their record to 4-2 since the trade, and get their 3rd straight win.

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2007-2008 Regular Season: Cavaliers vs. Knicks
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Starters: D. West, D. Brown, L. James, B. Wallace, A. Varejao
Final: 119-105 (W)

Who’s On First?

This is a guest post by Carolyn Hastings, Writer of “And One” for Cleveland.com.
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Chicago Bulls v. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cold Coke.  Check. 

Time? 12:30.  Check. 

Cavs pre-game show.  Che . .  what?  Buckeye Basketball Weekly with Thad Matta

No pre-game but surely the Cavs game at 1?  NegativeLarry, Drew, Shannon, Cedric, Ira and Donyell have already gone missing.  And now we can put out an NBA APB for Fred McLeod, Austin Carr, Campy Russell and Jeff Phelps. 

How extraordinary not to have local coverage of this historical who’s-on-first-routine of a game.

RockKing, over at Waiting for Next Year, tells us:

In the history of the NBA, no divisional rivals have played each other for the first time this late in the year . . .these 2 rivals will play one another 3 more times after today. All 4 games should be bitter . . .

ESPN on ABC is broadcasting the game nationally.  Dramatic music plays, LeBron appears walking into the Q wearing a gorgeous scarf and a voiceover intones, “old friends are new enemies.”

LeBron and Larry Hughes hug while it becomes apparent Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown will call the game.  I love Mike.  I love Hubie.  But do they love Cleveland?  Do they know our story?  They talk and talk and talk about Drew and Larry; what about Shannon and Cedric?  So what if they don’t start.  I want to know what’s going on with them.

Damon rubs Drew’s bald head.  LeBron and Larry and Damon and Drew stand together, making a sort of square; it’s clear they have missed each other. 

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Pre-game co-host Stuart Scott says:

“All that ha,ha, hee, hee; all friendly stuff; man, paint it up and go to war.”

6 minutes to tipoff and Z is nowhere to be seen.  Suffering from back pain, he is not on the bench and did not practice yesterday.  Good news – Wally is here.  Flew in this morning and will fly out “at the buzzer” to be with his wife and new baby.

Speaking of babies, what are the odds that two players on any given team in any sport will have children named Maximus?  LeBron has Bryce Maximus and Wally now has Maximus Jack.  Makes me grateful Gladiator wasn’t around when I was born.

Mike Tirico loves the name, exclaiming:

“Max Jack Szczerbiak…. sounds like a shooter . . . came out of the womb with good rotation on his shot, just like Dad . . .”

Tipoff to the Cavs and LB scores.  Hubie chuckles about LeBron feasting on the Bulls.  Wonder how last week’s team tastes.

Larry Hughes answers for 2 and the game is on.  Larry Hughes scores a 3 and I wonder how we can get him back.  LB answers with 2 while Deng waves his arms defensively and I dismiss the thought.

Mike Tirico mentions an encounter between himself, Hubie and Jim Boylen before the game; Mike asked Jim about defending LeBron:

“We’ll start with Deng . . . you know, we really don’t match up well with anybody to guard LeBron . . . who does?”

LeBron runs by Drew; throws it to no one and reprimands Andy.

Mike Tirico says, “Varejao and Noah, an attractive hair matchup here today” and I want so badly for someone, anyone, to shout “from downtown” or “right down Euclid.”

LB Jimmy elevates and fades for a long swishy 2.  “This is just spectacular,” says Hubie.

Wally for 2; Andy steals the ball, hands it over to LB; LB fakes and hands it over to Wally, Wally scores.

The quarter ends; 17-24 Cavs.

During the 2nd quarter, Joe Smith and Damon play hot potato; tire of the game; throw it to Wally; Wally scores.  The Chicago offense appears to be playing poorly, even to these untrained eyes.

Drew draws a foul from Ben; the fans boo.  Drew to the line; commits line violation.  Didn’t know it was possible for a shooter to commit a line violation. 

33-37 Cavs.  3:40.

Andy slaps the ball away; dives on the floor; whips it to Delonte; Delonte misses the layup; LeBron dunks; cheers all around; timeout Bulls.

Damon and Tyrus Thomas collide and suddenly it’s halftime.  39-42 Cavs.

Lisa Salters corners LeBron and asks him how the new configuration affects his decisions regarding aggression.  LeBron says the cutest thing I think I have ever heard a man say:

” . . .  have to be a little aggressive until we get everything wrinkled out . . .”

Third quarter.  Has the music at the Q always been this loud?  Jarring?  Unnecessary?  Devin hits a long 2.  Drew hits a 2.  Delonte for 2.  Devin feeds Delonte for 2.  43-48 Cavs at 10:02.

Larry Hughes hits a 3.  Deng goes for 3 over LeBron; rebound to Devin to Delonte back to Devin to LeBron.  Hinrich does his best to defend while Hubie instructs:

“You have to spot up . . . force the action . . .”

Andy runs over to set a pick and can’t-stop-being-a-coach-Hubie shouts:

“What are you doing?  Stay on the other side . . .”

LB tosses to Devin; Devin for 3.  All ends well.

LeBron misses with his right; scores two with a shot Hubie calls the “little baby lefty hook.” 

Hinrich travels.  Andy commits a foul; yells at the ref for noticing it and is hit with a T.  The Bulls take full advantage, making all three shots.

Andy for 2 – all is forgiven.  LB for 2, Drew for 2.  Hughes for 2; Hughes to Tyrus for an exciting alley oop.  Final minute of the quarter and the universe stands on its ear.  66-65 Bulls.  Dwayne Jones checks in but can’t stop the trend. 68-65 Bulls.

The quarter ends.  Mike Brown, asked what put the Cavs behind, tells Lisa Salters that when we’re up:

” . . . offensively, we get cute with the basketball . . .”

Fourth quarter.  Larry Hughes steals and scores.  Damon answers with a 3. 

Cut to Jim Boylen announcing he has been “holding back” and is going to get a haircut in the style of Damon Jones.  Maybe he and Fred can carpool to Damon’s barber when we win the championship.

Ben pulls an Andy and gets a charge.  A dozen passes and then LeBron “elevated in the middle of the lane and somehow . . . was outside the lane when he released [the shot].  “Drifting backwards, ” Mike Tirico adds to Hubie’s awestruck description.  LeBron for 2.

Delonte for 2 and it’s 81-81.  4:50.

Lisa Salters tells a great story – Mike Brown called out a play and LeBron yelled back, “they don’t know that one yet.”

Mike Tirico, confused, says “Joe Smith, no, Larry Hughes . . .” and I am reminded that they both wear 32.  A week ago they wore 32 for the opposite teams.

LB and another fabulous dunk.  Cut to Eric Snow who looks gleeful. 

Drew scores; offensive foul; no basket.  Wally for 3.  Standing O. 

Cut to a grinning Boobie.  Hinrich travels.  Cavs ball.

A little bitter but mostly sweet victory.  86-95.  Hugs all around.  No hard feelings.  As Hubie said, “This is good basketball.”  Hopefully everyone gets on the right bus.

See you Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

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This is a guest post by Carolyn Hastings, Writer of “
And One” for Cleveland.com.

James Reaches a Career 10,000 pts in Loss Against Boston

lebron_214x348.jpgGoing into the game, James only needed 19 pts (and we all knew he would get that) to reach the 10,000 mark and be the youngest player to do so, at only 23 years old. 

“I did it in a losing effort and I don’t like that,” said James. “(Personal records) is not what it’s about, but to me, to be in the record books in the biggest league in the world – and all the hard work I put into it, it’s a tribute to my team, myself, my family. And they should all feel good about it.”

The Celtics got off to an early start against the Cavs and won the match each quarter.  Up by 9 after the 1st quarter (25-16)…7 after the 2nd quarter (47-40)…13 after the 3rd quarter (75-62)…and 5 at the close of the game (92-87).

The Cavs new point guard, Delonte West, racked in 20 points, shooting 8/13 from the field, including 2/4 from behind the arc.  He also pulled in 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Still, delonte_167x251.jpgin his best offensive game as a Cav, he couldn’t keep Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, in front of him on defense.  Rondo killed the Cavs with his penetration, hand-offs, and open-court play.

Wally Szczerbiak continued in his struggle to find his shot and maintain any consistency as he went 3/13 from the field, bringing in 12 points. 

Ilgauskas contributed only 8 points and 12 boards as he played through the final stages of the flu after missing Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee, and losing 8 lbs in less than 2 days.  Sasha Pavlovic and Daniel Gibson remained out with injuries.

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    October
    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    November
    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

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    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    January
    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    February
    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    March
    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    April
    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
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