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Cavs Show Encouraging Signs in Loss

Posted on: October 29, 2008 12:59 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2008 2:03 pm

A loss is a loss, so it is hard to get too excited about the way the Cavs started the season. However, there were some encouraging signs that this could turn out to be a special season. Keep in mind Cavs fans, starting the season playing the defending champion Celtics on the road is no simple take the loss in stride because it is a loooooooooooong season.

What is encouraging is that they took the Celtics down to the wire in their own building despite a somewhat off night from Lebron. And although the team had a short stint in the third period where their offense got bogged down....for the most part, the Cavs moved the ball well and had very good floor spacing - which was a major reason for some of their struggles last year. Moe Williams looks like he will be a very good compliment to Lebron and Big Z...stroking a couple open jumpers and having the ability to break down defenders with his ball-handling. The fact that he is able to handle the ball (as opposed to last years point guards Boobie Gibson and Eric Snow) will enable the Cavs to drop Lebron down in the post on occasion where his size and speed create a tough matchup for any team. That is something the Cavs did very little of last year and looks to be an added component of their half-court offense this year. This will be especially important come playoff time when games slow to a snails pace.

The other noticable difference to this team is the added depth. Right now, based upon matchups, they can play Pavlovic, Szczerbiak, Delonte West or Gibson at the 2-guard, and Williams, Gibson or West at the point. Wallace, Ilgauskas, Verejao, Hickson and Lorenzan Wright make a nice rotation at the 4-5 and when they go small, add Lebron to the list. Last years' mid-(late)season trades and holdouts gave the Cavs very little time to grow acclimated to one another. Having training camp together, along with the addition of Williams, will go a long way towards not only having a higher playoff seed (and potentially home court advantage), but may put put them over the top in the East.

The bottem line is Mike Browns' teams always play defense, so they will be in every game to the end. Lebron is usually there to save them in close games. But this team shows the ability to run away from some teams on some nights, which has not been the case in past years. I don't think they will get "trapped" by some lower echelon teams like they did last year, which led to a lower playoff seed and a more difficult road in the playoffs.

Its early....but I'm excited this year.


Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2008 6:38 pm

Cavs Show Encouraging Signs in Loss

I know what you're sayin',and I'm in total agreement with you on that. The funny thing about him was he might not of known where he was supposed to be,but he always seemed to know where everyone else was supposed to be. I'm hoping that we play a good game tonight. It seems like we are starting off with tough teams to me which i don't really like. But then again,it's good to get them out the way.

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2008 12:08 pm

Cavs Show Encouraging Signs in Loss

I was a Gooden fan too. But consistency was not exactly his strong suit (offensively nor defensively). For better or got to know your defensive assignments to play for Mike Brown. There were times when you could see Brown's head ready to pop off he was so mad at the guy...not because of lack of effort, but because he (Gooden) didn't always know where he was supposed to be on the court.

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2008 5:00 pm

Cavs Show Encouraging Signs in Loss

Starting off with the team we left off crazy is that? However I think they played alot better & tougher last night in Boston than we did in the playoffs. They finally started to show signs that they are clicking as a team for the first time since the trade last year. I have to say it though,I still hated to see Gooden go.

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