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)


Who’s On First?

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

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. 


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.

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

Cavs Beat the Timberwolves with the Chicago Bulls Next Up

Tonight, the Cavs beat the Minnesota Timberwolves (92-84), are now 2-2 since the trade deal, and looking to improve.

The Cavs next challenge:  Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and the Chicago Bulls.  This will be the two teams 1st meeting since the trade that sent four Cavs players to Chicago and two Bulls players to Cleveland

It will be interesting to see the match-ups and the competitiveness of the players, as these reorganized teams reunite for the first time.  Tune in to ABC on Sunday at 1 pm ET or stream it live through your computer

Catch the recap of the game here as, Carolyn Hastings, Writer of And One for, will be breaking it all down.

Huh??? The Cavs Make a Trade…You Must Be Kidding

In a three-way trade involving 11 players, Danny Ferry made a move before the 3 pm deadline today.  Here’s how it works out:

Ben Wallace (Bulls Forward/Center) 
Joe Smith (Bulls Forward)
2009 2nd Round pick (Bulls)
Wally Szcerbiak (Seattle Forward)
Delonte West (Seattle Guard)

Larry Hughes (Cavs Guard)
Drew Gooden (Cavs Forward)
Cedric Simmons (Cavs Forward)
Shannon Brown (Cavs Guard)

Ira Newble (Cavs Forward)
Donyell Marshall (Cavs Forward)
Adrian Griffin (Bulls Forward)

Details here!!!

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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

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

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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

    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
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