Tag:J.J. Hickson
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:33 pm

Video: Vegas Impact Basketball Day 2 Highlights

By Matt Moore

As the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series continues in Las Vegas, where Ben Golliver is talking to players and geting their reaction to the lockout news, there is actual basketball being played by NBA players. Yesterday featured one particularly nasty dunk from J.J. Hickson. Here's video, via IAmAGM.com


Austin Daye and Josh Selby both showed why people have raved about their conditioning and work this summer. Those two may be players to watch next season. Because, you know, highlight videos from an exhibition game is a good indication.  
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 2:21 pm

Kings trade Omri Casspi to Cavs for J.J. Hickson

Posted by Matt Moore j-j-hickson

Update 2:14 p.m.: The Kings and Cavs have both announced the deal

Multiple reports surfaced Thursday of a deal being finalized by the Cleveland Cavaliers to send J.J. Hickson to Sacramento for forward Omri Casspi and a conditional first-round pick. 

Both ESPN and Yahoo! are reporting the deal, with ESPN slightly quicker with the news. The Sacramento Bee also confirms the setup of the deal involving the pick, which will allow the Kings to keep the 2012 pick unless they make the playoffs. 

Winner: Cavs. The Cavaliers traded an asset who had never jelled with Byron Scott and hadn't lived up to expectations for a versatile forward on the cheap and a conditional first-rounder. That's a nice haul for Hickson. The Cavs drafted Tristan Thompson who can't play the five but will work well at the four. He'll play next to Anderson Varejao and bring the athleticism Hickson was on board for. Getting the first-rounder is gravy, even if it's unlikely to develop unless the Kings make huge strides. 

Loser: We'll technically say the Kings, only for surrendering the conditional first-rounder. Casspi was caught in a logjam after the acquisition of John Salmons, which just makes the Salmons trade look worse (they could have gotten Jimmer Fredette all the same at their original seven spot). It's not a terrible trade, as they can use Hickson's size and athleticism off the bench, but he and DeMarcus Cousins along with Donte Green makes for a pretty tricky bulge at the four spot. Not a big loss here, though, considering. Pretty good deal for both clubs.
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:20 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 2:27 am

Report: Sessions and Hickson available from Cavs

Posted by Matt Moore

ESPN reports on Twitter:  
2 players you can talk to Cavs about now: Ramon Sessions & JJ Hickson. Andy Varejao not available for just a draft pick.
via Twitter / @WindhorstESPN: 2 players you can talk to ....

Sessions we knew about, as his agent has been talking about how there's not room in Cleveland if the Cavs take Kyrie Iving with the first pick next week. But Hickson is a different matter, and moving him could be a difference maker as the Cavs try and make substantial changes to their roster in a rebuilding effort.  

Hickson was at one point considered a major building block for the Cavs, but he struggled under Byron Scott, especially at the offensive end where he shot 46 percent, a significant drop off from previous seasons once he was given more minutes. Hickson is still young, though, and on a team that isn't, you know, hemorrhaging like roadkill, he could be a useful frontcourt rotation player. Maybe Cleveland can ship him to a contender needing talented big men who aren't aging, somewhere that needs depth. Oh. like Miam....oh. Nevermind.

If the Cavs are liquidating assets, though, that's a good plan. Keeping Varejao for more than a draft pick isn't a terrible idea, considering he was a defensive player of the year until his injury. But the Cavs need to be keeping an eye out for acceptable offers and still keeping the bar low. The objective needs to be to move every veteran contract that is on the books after this year. Varejao can help a contender, but there's not much he can do for the Cavs and they need to fully commit to a rebuilding era. Moving Sessions and Hickson, who are both younger pieces, is still a good start.
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 10:17 pm

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat Tuesday night, getting revenge on the player who left them in free agency last summer. 
Posted by Matt Moore

That's why they play the games. 

The now-15-58 Cleveland Cavaliers got revenge on the player who left them in the most devastating way possible as the Cavs beat LeBron James and the Heat 102-90 in Cleveland Tuesday night. 

You couldn't have scripted the performance any better for the Cavs. LeBron James finished 10-21 with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, with three turnovers. And he had probably the best night of any Heat player. The Cavs played the kind of game you need to play to win a game like this, getting out in transition and knocking down threes. Anthony Parker was 4-4 from downtown, Ryan Hollins and Alonzo Gee received multiple alley-oops from Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson had a double-double with 21 and 12, and Ramon Sessions spelled Baron Davis (who had a throw-back night) with a solid 11-6-6 in 26 minutes.

For the Heat? 

The box score is actually kinder to them than the game would suggest... and the box score is an autopsy report. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to shoot 13-34, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 4 turnovers. Bosh, in particular, had yet another in a very long line of disappointing performances inside. The game actually turned back in the Cavs' favor after a Heat run when Ryan Hollins blocked Bosh twice on one possession. It was that kind of game. Bosh fell down repeatedly, failed to finish at the rim, and was completely outmuscled by Hickson and Hollins. You know, those dominant beasts of the paint. 

This game speaks to the high level of play in the NBA across teams. The worst team in the NBA at the moment, record-wise, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have knocked off the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, and now the Miami Heat. The Cavs have a long way to go to rebuild and find themselves back in a place of contention. But until then, Tuesday night will stand as the high point of the season, when the fans got to rally behind a total team effort, against the individual-centric Heat offense and deliver a blow for their pride, for their city, and for the hurt they suffered after "the Decision." Baron Davis wasn't in Cleveland for that, but he was a hero. Ramon Sessions wasn't there, but he was a hero. 

The Cavs still lost twice to the Heat this season, once in Cleveland. The Cavs are still the worst team, record-wise, in the NBA. The Heat are still headed to the playoffs and the Cavs to the lottery, James to the second-round, most likely, and the Cavs to vacation in May. But for a night, the Cavs proved that they are professionals, and on any given night, they can compete with the best. That's what makes sports great. 

Enjoy the win, Cleveland. You earned it. 

Just don't publish the headlines in Comic Sans, okay? 


  • Bizarre that Mike Bibby would hit 7-11 from the arc for 20 points and the Heat would lose. Usually if they get any contribution like that from a  supporting player, they're golden. But then, that doesn't make up for Bosh's 5-14 performance for ten points. 
  • Also on the bad list? The Heat bench, which contributed just six points on 3-12 shooting, with two turnovers. They were outscored 32-6 by the Cavs' supporting players. 
  • Anthony Parker, J.J. Hickson, Ramon Sessions, and Daniel Gibson all had more rebounds than Chris Bosh in this game. The Cavs won the rebounding game 44-30. Again, 44-30. Aren't the playoffs all about defense and rebounding? 
  • The Heat showed that same lack of effort that's doomed them time and time again this season, which they had started to shed recently. Again, the dreaded beast rears its head. 
  • Dan Gilbert was courtside. And happy. As you'd imagine. 
  • Though James will (rightfully) get most of the blame and flak from this game, especially after vanishing before the game for introductions, the only real push the Heat made all night was when James starting pressing on the drive. Once he abandoned that strategy, it was over. 
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:01 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 11:02 pm

And on the 27th try, the Cavaliers won

Posted by Royce Young

The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally discovering the key to success. Just take every game to overtime.

Finally, the Cavs have snapped their historic 26-game losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime, 126-119. The Cavs last win came against the New York Knicks, in overtime, which snapped a 10-game losing streak.

Eerily similar to the last win too, was the way the game got to the extra frame. Just like against the Knicks, Mo Williams -- who was making his much needed return to the team after missing 13 games with a left hip flexor injury -- made a big shot with 6.3 seconds left to tie the game at 110-110.

Of course everyone could feel it coming. A somehow packed arena was anticipating yet another letdown. When you lose 26 straight, you start inventing new ways to come up short. And everyone could sense yet another heartbreak.

Except this time, the Cavs got a big play. Baron Davis drove left and had a decent left-handed runner at the rim, but J.J. Hickson denied the shot at the buzzer. It was almost definitely goaltending, but finally, this Cleveland team got a few breaks. Almost like it was meant to be, naturally those breaks went against the Clippers. Oh, how so very fitting.

In overtime, the Cavs went up six, 120-114 with a minute left. Everything appeared to be in the bag. But then the Clips ripped off five quick points, punctuated by a Randy Foye 3-pointer. Again, here we go again. The Cavs needed a basket badly because the Clips were coming and it almost seemed like Cleveland could do anything but lose.

Instead, good fortune struck again. Williams drove baseline and caught all air on a layup attempt. Ryan Gomes appeared to have the rebound secured for L.A., but Hickson came flying over his back, forcing the ball out of bounds off Gomes. Instead of a huge foul on Hickson, the Cavs had possession and a big break. The ball went in to Antwan Jamison who calmly drilled a 3, essentially locking things up for Cleveland.

It had been 55 days since the last Cavalier win. Think about that. Fifty-five days since this team had experienced how it felt to win. The Cavs own the NBA's longest losing streak in history, but have avoided setting a new mark for longest losing streak for all four major American professional sports. They now share that distinction with the 1976-77 Tampa Bat Buccaneers.

A few notes about the losing streak:
  • Now with nine wins on the season, we can end all talk about the Cavs tying the 76ers worst record of all time of 9-73
  • The Cavs lost by an average of 13.6 points per game during the 26-game streak
  • The Cavs lost just one game by one point and only five games by six or less.
  • The Lakers beat the Cavs by 55 points in one game during the streak.
  • Cleveland was defeated by at least double-digits 14 times. 
  • Here's how bad the bottom of the East is: The Cavs are just 15 games out of eighth. And I don't think anyone is completely certain it couldn't happen.
Because of this win, we avoid the "Toilet Bowl" with the Wizards, who are 0-25 on the road, versus the Cavs. Now it's just another bad NBA game between a 14-37 team and a 9-45 team. Way to ruin it Clippers.

There was a lot made about LeBron James' return to Cleveland and following that, this team dropped 10 straight. Then they won, but lost 26 more. It's hard to deny that LeBron's return had some kind of affect on the team, but on top of that, injuries to Anderson Varejao and Mo Williams killed them. Losing your two best players when your team lacks talent in general, really hurts.

Now the next step for this team is winning a game in regulation. Because that hasn't happened since Nov. 27. The Cavs have lost 36 straight in the first 48 minutes. Ouch.

But don't you dare go to overtime with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Because you've got no chance.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 10:53 pm

Cavaliers tie NBA record with 23rd straight loss

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, marking their 23rd straight loss, which ties an NBA record. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The Cleveland Cavaliers tied a single-season NBA record by losing their 23rd consecutive game on Friday night, a 112-105 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. While their recent play resembles a car crash the losses aren't coming by accident.

The Cavaliers tied the Vancouver Grizzlies -- who lost 23 straight games in the 1995-1996 season -- and have a chance to tie the all-time record for consecutive losses overall, set by the Cavaliers during the 1981-1982 and 1982-1983 seasons. Their last win came on Dec. 18 against the New York Knicks. Incredibly, that was the only game the team has won during a 1-33 streak dating back to Nov. 30.

Friday's loss was fairly typical for Cleveland, as the undersized, undermanned Cavaliers couldn't keep pace with a bigger, stronger, more talented opponent. The Cavs disintegrated down the stretch as they were virtually unable to score in the fourth quarter. It was a particularly demoralizing end to the night as they had played energetically through the first three quarters, trailing the Grizzlies just 84-83 entering the final period. 

The fourth quarter started ugly and stayed ugly for Cleveland, as they managed just a pair of Antawn Jamison free throws in the first 4:33 of the period while Memphis went on a 13-2 run to begin the period and push out its lead to double digits. On the evening, Cleveland played just eight players, due to the excused absence of guard Daniel Gibson, who has also been dealing with a quad injury recently, and that lack of depth showed down the stretch.

By the end of it, the Grizzlies looked fairly relieved to have escaped the FedEx Forum with the win; Dropping the game and snapping Cleveland's streak would have been another black mark on a season that already has included an in-game fight between teammates and a positive drug test for guard O.J. Mayo.

Memphis was a fairly tough opponent for the Cavaliers, as the pair of near All-Stars Zach Randolph (31 points and 13 rebounds) and Rudy Gay (26 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks) represent big-time match-up problems for Cleveland, who couldn't hope to keep pace on the boards for four quarters. The Grizzlies, now 27-24 on the season, have also been playing solid basketball of late, winners of five in a row and eight of their last nine. 

J.J. Hickson led the way for Cleveland with 31 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Ramon Sessions added 20 points and 11 assists.

Next up for Cleveland is what would appear to be a more favorable match-up: the Portland Trail Blazers. While the Blazers are just 1/2 game behind the Grizzlies in the Western Conference, they've been dogged by injuries recently and will not possess much of a height advantage down low.  Portland is also not playing its best basketball of the season, as a 100-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night gave the Blazers their fourth loss in five games. 

What's more, while the Cavaliers are dead last in the league in offensive efficiency, the Blazers have struggled to score lately, unable to top 100 points since a Jan. 20 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The team has been anemic from outside and unable to provide power forward LaMarcus Aldridge with much offensive support in the paint. Portland's front court rotation, aside from Aldridge, consists of the undersized Dante Cunningham, the still-rehabbing Joel Przybilla and the ineffective Sean Marks, as center Marcus Camby is out following knee surgery and D-League call-up Chris Johnson was not retained after a 10-day contract.

Put all of that together, and the Cavaliers, having lost franchise player LeBron James last summer and Anderson Varejao to injury earlier this year, really can't ask for a much better opponent than the cold-shooting, under-manned, under-sized Blazers, who will be coming into Cleveland to play on the second half of a back-to-back. 

Should the Cavaliers lose to the Blazers, they will have the opportunity to set the NBA's all-time record for consecutive losses (regardless of whether it stretched over multiple seasons) during a Monday night game against the Mavericks in Dallas. The Mavericks, 34-15 on the year and in second place in the Southwest Division, would be the prohibitive favorites to help the Cavaliers make history.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:11 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm

The Game Changer: Amar'e owns the Big Apple

The Knicks triumph over Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs reaches a milestone, the Oklahoma City Thunder get highlights from their players and a fan during a blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and plenty more. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.


After Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets finished their date with the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, it felt like, maybe, the tables have finally turned for the home team.  The Knicks narrowly prevailed in a shootout, 129-125, but they won the war of the words after the game by a landslide, when it became known that Anthony has his heart set on joining MVP candidate Amar'e Stoudemire in making New York his next basketball home. For the Knicks, it must feel like a quick reversal: so much winning so soon -- they have taken nine of their last 10 games -- and a new role as hot spot rather than also-ran suitor of top talent.  The 16-9 start for New York, which has them just four games behind conference-leading Boston, may have Knicks fans reevaluating their "get stars at any cost" strategy. A bird in hand (especially one that wins and plays exciting basketball) can be worth more than 'Melo and CP3 in a bush next year, with a potential lockout making it difficult for teams like the Knicks to bank on anything in the long-term future.  Now that it is clear that Anthony wants New York, it is negotiation time. How much of their current roster and future assets will the Knicks feel comfortable parting with? Names like Wilson Chandler, Danilo Galinari and Landry Fields are often tossed around, and while each presents reasons for Knicks fans to want to keep them around, this is a great example of how outside eyes are able to more clearly evaluate players' worth. The Knicks should feel no hesitation in trading any of those players for Anthony, and that includes Fields, the steal of the 2010 draft and one of the best values in the NBA. Hot streaks have the tendency of making the players involved look better than they are over the long haul, and 82 games of Stoudemire and Anthony makes New York a more fearsome, dynamic team, not to mention a force in the playoffs, as both players can parade to the free throw line. Falling in love with role players (Landry Fields is untouchable!) and counting eggs before they hatch (we'll just sign Carmelo this summer!) are two of the easiest ways to lose sight of the big picture when it comes to roster building. Do what it takes to secure Anthony now, and then get to work on filling in the smaller holes that a trade for him would create.


Raymond Felton: 19 points, 17 assists, three rebounds on 7-15 shooting in 45 minutes in a New York Knicks home win over the Denver Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony: 31 points, 13 rebounds, three assists on 11-27 shooting in 37 minutes in a Denver Nuggets road loss to the New York Knicks. Devin Harris: 16 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists in 37 minutes in a New Jersey Nets home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Blake Griffin: 27 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block in 42 minutes in a Los Angeles Clippers home loss to the Orlando Magic.



The San Antonio Spurs rolled off a methodical dismantling of the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, pulling away for an easy 95-78 home win. There wasn't much unusual about the event: the Spurs played tight, aggressive defense and they moved the ball well, supplementing their team-first attack with some points in transition. It was so thorough a victory that the Spurs were able to rest franchise big man Tim Duncan late, a nice cherry on top of San Antonio's league-leading 20th victory of the season. Duncan hit a milestone on Sunday, playing in the 1,000th regular season game. And in quotes from MySanAntonio.com, he sounds a bit wistful in his old age when he was made aware of the feat. “I would rather not be told that," Duncan was quoted as saying. "I’ve played for a long time and I’m getting really old. I wish I’d only played 10 (games) and still have 1,000 more in front of me.” The rest of the league shudders at the thought of Duncan playing another 1,000 games, given that he won 707 of his first 1,000 games, an astonishing total. While his production has declined ever so slightly in recent years owing to fewer minutes -- this could be the first year of his career that Duncan doesn't average a double-double and he's averaging a career-low 28.8 minutes pr game -- the wins continue to pile up. The Spurs are shaping up to be a serious contender, health permitting.  Not bad for a team lead by a really old guy.


New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee is the happiest man in the world: the Knicks are winning, Carmelo Anthony wants in and MSG is rocking like the good old days. spike-lee


Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden catches Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson about as flush as it gets. Harden throws down a vicious left-handed dunk right on Harden's head in transition, earning the and-one in the process and causing teammate Russell Westbrook to geek out on the sideline.


Oklahoma City Thunder fan Robert Yanders hit the shot of the weekend, nailing a halfcourt heave between the first and second quarters of OKC's Sunday win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win $20,000. Turns out Yanders is a bit of a ringer, but still an amazing shot.


Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen is the only NBA player to win more games in his first 1,000 than Duncan. Pippen won 715, barely besting Duncan's 707. Via MySanAntonio.com.
Posted on: December 12, 2010 3:18 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:32 pm

J.J. Hickson is unhappy, no longer untouchable?

Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson is unhappy with his role and the team reportedly might be open to trading him. Posted by Ben Golliverjj-hickson

When LeBron James left Cleveland last summer, the Cavaliers immediately transformed from perennial title contender to rebuilding hope-seller. To make matters worse, no one on the roster really inspires much hope, save young, athletic forward J.J. Hickson, who showed out at this year's Las Vegas Summer League and looked primed to step into a role as team centerpiece in the short-term.

Hickson's overall numbers -- 23.6 minutes, 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 field goal attempts -- are up this season, but his shooting percentage has dipped dramatically -- from 55% last season to 44% -- and Cavaliers coach Byron Scott reportedly hasn't seen the level of consistency that he is looking for, benching Hickson last week. 
Cleveland.com reports that Hickson has struggled with the move to the bench and wasn't pleased with how Scott is treating him.
"I'm not adjusting very good," he said. "I don't think it's any secret. Coach [Byron Scott] knows I'm not happy. My teammates know I'm not happy. But as a professional basketball player, you deal with it as a pro."
Hickson wasn't particularly pleased with how the demotion was handled. "The night I didn't start I didn't know I wasn't going to start until 30 seconds before we went out to go warm up," he said. And he wasn't thrilled with how Scott explained what he has to do to change the situation. "[Scott] said, 'Play with energy,' which I think I do, and that was about it," he said. 
Meanwhile, News-Herald.com reports that the Cavaliers may be reconsidering their position on Hickson when it comes to trades.
Up until now, forward J.J. Hickson has been untouchable in any trade talks. The Cavs might be close to including his name in possible deals. He doesn't seem like a happy camper right now.
Nothing in the NBA tests you mentally like losing, and the Cavaliers have lost six straight games and are 2-10 in their last 12. That discord between new coach and young player should surface at this time is no huge surprise, and this feels like a classic coach/player conflict.  You can easily see where both sides are coming from. Scott, former NBA champion, looks at Hickson as a young player who should be playing to earn every second of his playing time because he hasn't proven anything in the NBA yet. Hickson looks around at his teammates, realizes how bad they are, and concludes that he should be afforded a certain level of respect given his talent, relative to the rest of the group. Eventually, the sides will meet in the middle: Scott will have made his point about effort level, and Hickson will return to the starting lineup, ideally playing with an extra edge. The idea that Hickson was truly "untouchable" in trade talks is a misnomer. Sure, as a promising young big man on a rookie deal, Hickson was a top priority from a roster construction standpoint. But a team as desperate as the Cavaliers with an owner as desperate as Dan Gilbert would trade any and everybody if it made the team relevant, which it isn't right now.  While Hickson needs to work through his issues with Scott, he remains the best asset on the Cavs roster. Cleveland would be foolish to move him, unless it was as part of a larger package for a marquee name. 
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