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Cavaliers of New, Look Like Cavaliers of Old

Posted on: November 12, 2008 4:11 pm

Last night the Cavs beat Milwaukee 99-93 but something just did not sit right with me.  LeBron scored 41 points on 16-24 shooting so that was well within his normal shot selection.  What was it?  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, until I glanced at the box score.  If you take LeBron out of the stats the rest of the team shot 39.5% on 19 from 48 from the field.  This will not get it done against teams of higher caliber.  If you add LeBron into the stats then they were 35-72 for 48.6%.

Breaking it down if you look at the front court they are doing their part of the scoring.  Z shot 6 for 10 and put up his usual average of about 15 points per game.  Looking at Ben Wallace…0-3 not going to comment on that, he isn’t supposed to score.  As per Anderson Varejao, another nice effort off of the bench shooting 5-5.  J.J. Hickson also put up one shot which was blocked easily by the opposing defender. Together they shot a combined 11-19 for a shooting percentage of 57.9%.

Looking at the back court is a whole different ball game.  Delonte West was the only bright spot from these guys putting up 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting.  Mo Williams did not look too comfortable last night going 3-11 from the field.  The sharpshooters for the team (Wally Szcerbiak and Daniel Gibson) shot a combined 0-11 for 27.6%.

It turned into the LeBron show as usual.  As seen in the playoffs last year against Boston this will just not get it done.  What happens when LeBron gets double teamed and one of our players can’t hit a wide open shot?  If this continues to occur I see the Cavs sputtering in the playoffs against a defensive minded team.  On the plus side Anderson Varejao seems to love the amount of playing time he is getting.  He has been a pleasant surprise so far.

LeBron apparently weighs 275lbs and is 6’9” according to one of the reporters on ESPN’s Coast 2 Coast.  Talk about a big boy.

Category: NBA

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 11:27 am

Cavaliers of New, Look Like Cavaliers of Old

I agree. Add the game against Denver, though on Thursday, and you'll c that the rest of the team is catching the beat, too! I'm a Clevelander    
     (and proud of it!!) and I hate to see people criticizing the Cavs because Lebron is so good... u wish u had him in ur home town!! He's a leader of a team  that has some awesome potential, the Cavs are the only team we can get excited about in Cleveland, give "em a chance!!!

As far as the playoffs last year-they played the CELTICS-come on!!!! It was a good fight.

The Cavs are coming off a lot stronger this year, AS A TEAM, they have leaders like LeBron & Booby that can give the whole team a boost when they need it.
I look forward to laughing in ur faces when the Cavs do amaing in the playoffs!!

Cleveland needs a party, and I think the Cavs are that party!!

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 8:30 pm

Cavaliers of New, Look Like Cavaliers of Old

Nice Post M1ghty.

I agree with what you are saying. The Cavaliers always seem a trade away from being a top 5 team. Mo Williams is not the answer. Larry Hughes was not the answer. Sadly the answer was Boozer and Miller. If they only would of held on to those two.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2008 1:53 am

Cavaliers of New, Look Like Cavaliers of Old

I am definitely happy with the 6-2 start even if most of it has been vintage Cavalier basketball.  I agree with you on the point of not being satisfied DeeJay, I think everyone in the locker room was unhappy with their performance.  The difference between last year and this year is that we actually won the game so we have something going for us.  My money is on Daniel Gibson warming up soon, he is pressing a little bit too much with Delonte doing so well.

I know if I was LeBron I would start thinking about taking all the shots.  Now of course LeBron is smarter then that and knows it wouldn't win enough games.  What is nice about the guards for the team is there are so many of them.  Usually one or two will have an off night but the other will have a great game.  If all the guys have a bad night at the same time the Cavs are in major trouble. 

I see LeBron leaving Cleveland after 2010, I hate to admit it but I do.  Now if the Cavs can win a championship in the next 2 years I would change my mind and say he will stay.  Everyone will be throwing money at him and the other big name stars in 2010 (biggest FA year in a while). 

Believe it or not but LeBron is going into his 6th season with the Cavs.  You are right that Jordan had one more year of basketball before winning his first championship.  Jordan also had time in college so it isn't exactly fair to compare.  If LeBron can't win a championship in 7 years then people can harass him about not being as good as Jordan.  

The Cavs have a lot of pieces to the puzzle at the moment but in my opinion are still missing one guy.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Cavs traded Wally for someone if the season isn't going like it is supposed to. 

The Cavs picked up a plethora of big men this year in the draft.  J.J. Hickson was their first round pick and looks promising.  He is still very raw but the energy and desire is definitely there.  He is still young so his frame still needs to fill in some to be able to bang inside.  They also drafted Darnell Jackson who has seen no playing time but had a decent summer league.  My surprise big man is Sasha Kaun, the Cavs own the rights to him but he is currently playing for CSKA Moscow.  I see him fine tuning his skills and coming back over to be able to help the cause.  Out of these 3 guys I am sure there is someone who can step in.  None of them however can hit a 15-17ft "jumper&qu
ot; like Z though.  

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 10:45 pm

Cavaliers of New, Look Like Cavaliers of Old

I'm concerned on many fronts, MightyMouse.

Aside from the general health and success of the team, LeBron James has to be frustrated with such mediocre play around him. Sure everyone is entitled to a bad night here or there, but this is too much. Wally and Boobie combining for an 0-11 FG%? Mo Williams going 3 for 11 from the field?

Last weeks' rumors about the Pistons clearing space to make a run at LeBron makes me worry. Not because Detroit has a legitimate shot at him, but because the possibility other teams may bend over backwards to obtain his services. If this team can't make a deep run at the playoffs, LeBron may fear for his reputation and decide to go elsewhere.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but LeBron is heading into his 5th season with the team. The MJ comparisons are not fair, but I believe Michael Jordan was a year away from his first of many championships at this stage in his development.

I don't know about you, but I'm not sure the Cavs have those "golden five" in place to make consistent runs at the title. I'm not even sure those "golden five" are all even on the roster.

An unrelated question: do you know who is poised to take over the center spot for Zydrunas Illgauskas when he decides to hang it up?

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2008 4:41 pm

Cavaliers of New, Look Like Cavaliers of Old

Couldn't agree more.  Check out my thread from earlier today, I made some of the same observations more-less.  A few superstars have already been in  there disagreeing and being satisfied with our 6-2 record.  Its a false representation so far.

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