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.

2007-2008 “Predict the Score” Contest – Entry #5

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Jersey Nets – March 12, 2008

Email Your Final Score Predictions!

Entries will be accepted until 8:00 am Eastern Time on March 12, 2008.

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY:

CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL RULES, ENTRY GUIDELINES, AND CASH PRIZE!

Contest Updates:

Total Submissions To Date: 56

Total Drawing Entries To Date: 1

Drawing Entry Names: Josh Davis – Canton, OH

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.

_________________________________________________

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)

The Cavs Take on the New York Knicks Tonight

After reuniting with Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden before the game on Sunday, completely running over Deng, and finishing off the night with a win against Chicago, Lebron James and the Cavs are ready for their next challenge.

Who’s up?  The New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.  Check out the Game Preview over at Waiting For Next Year, and tune in tonight at 7:30pm ET (Locally – FSN Ohio, Nationally – NBA League Pass).   If you can’t watch it on TV, you can stream it live through your computer.

The Franchise – Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Gray & Company recently contacted me regarding one of their latest published books, entitled: “The Franchise – Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers” by Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst.

the-franchise.jpg“When the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the top pick in the 2003 NBA draft, an entire city buzzed with excitement. After all, how often does a LeBron James come along? Especially for Cleveland, a midmarket Rust Belt city without a sports championship in forty years. Especially for the Cavaliers, a long-struggling team that had never reached the NBA finals.

Now, it seems everyone has something riding on LeBron—billionaire team owner Dan Gilbert looking for a return on his investment . . . teammates eager for a championship ring . . . the league in need of the next Michael Jordan to promote . . . the shoe company with its multimillion-dollar endorsement deal . . . even popcorn vendors in the stands of Quicken Loans Arena and servers waiting restaurant tables in a downtown that now booms every game night.

Award-winning sports journalists Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst take an in-depth look at how a team and a city are being rebuilt around LeBron James.”

From the sounds of it, this book will be an interesting read.  The company has offered to send me a copy, and I looking forward to delving into it as soon as I get a chance.  If time permits, I’ll do a quick review of the book once I’m finished…Stay tuned.

For more information, and to purchase your copy of the book, visit their website.

Lebron James Awarded Player of the Month

james_214x321.jpg

In 14 games of play, James averaged 30.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists (leading all Eastern Conference players), and posted nine double-doubles.  He also won the award in the month of January, averaging 32.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.

Over a 3 game span from Feb. 19-22, James pulled in at least 25 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists in each game.  He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only three players to ever reach those levels in all three categories in three consecutive games.

And if that were not enough, on February 27th, James scored 26 points against Boston and became the youngest player in the history of the game to reach 10,000 points.

What an amazing talent we have before us.  Cavs fan or not, you should be enjoying this piece of history that is being carved out right in front of your very eyes.

  • Banner

    cavscourtanimationgrey ____________________________
  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    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)

    December
    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    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
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
    ____________________________
  • Credits

    All photos are property of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA, and their respective owners.

    NBA rules, regulations, and historical data courtesy of the NBA, and Wikipedia.

    Animations courtesy of Cre8ive Juice: cre8ivejuicedesign@gmail.com