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What do the Cavs do without Big Ben?

Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:49 am
 

With the news that the Cavaliers have lost Ben Wallace for 4-6 weeks with a broken leg, the obvious questions are:

1) Where do the Cavs turn for inside help down the stretch?

2) Do the Celtics (who signed Mikki Moore) and Magic (who traded for Rafer Alston at the deadline) now have the inside track on a 1-2 battle for homecourt advantage in the East?

As for question No. 1, you had better believe that Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti will be hearing from Cavs GM Danny Ferry -- if he hasn't already. Presti has a former piece of Cavs property, power forward Joe Smith, who many predicted would be traded or released by now. So far, Presti has held onto Smith and his $4.8 million expiring contract. Smith would have to be bought out and waived by Sunday in order to be eligible for the Cavs' playoff roster.

There's no trading for Smith now, but there are such things as favors in the NBA. If Presti releases Smith, he might find a little IOU from Ferry in his mailbox. Stay tuned.

Another option is Drew Gooden, another former Cav who is expected to be bought out by Sacramento. Gooden just returned from a month-long absence due to a groin injury, but was effective Wednesday night with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes against Charlotte.

As for question No. 2, we'll have to wait and see how the Cavs fill the void. But as of now, the answer is a resounding yes.

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2009 2:59 pm
 

What do the Cavs do without Big Ben?

 

Ben Wallace has always been an offensive liability but the Cavaliers have built a hard nosed defense ala the old Pistons.  A great team defense where people know their role.  This allows Lebron to be Lebron.  A defensive presence with more offensive skills would be great.  As brought up if Drew Gooden is bought out, he should be brought in if he can contribute with his nagging groin injury.  He has size, is a decent rebounder and atleast a big body to deter people from the blocks.  He isn't a great defender though.




Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 11:55 am
 

What do the Cavs do without Big Ben?

 

It's easy; you expand the offense.  Big Ben has always been a stellar defender, but teams struggle to win against the best in the playoffs because he lacks offense.  The one year the Pistons won in the Finals with him, he averaged 10.3 points per game and took over 200 shots total.  He actual made a few jump shots and made people pay at least a LITTLE attention to him.  Since then he has had a horrible shot and can't consistently make anything further than a layup or dunk.  This enables teams to virtually always have a double team on someone.

 

Now that he's injured, use Ilgauskas and one of your other big men that can shoot a bit better and expand things to make teams pay attention to your 5th man!!



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