Post mortem: Cavs win 111-97 Raise your hand if you thought the Cavs were toying with the Golden State Warriors for the briefest moments tonight? Yeah, me too. It felt like a poke-poke, let’s see what you have type of affair. The Cavs took their best shot and knocked them back. After beginning the game down 12-2, they scrapped back to take a 58-52 lead at halftime. Then the dam burst. The key? Once again – defense. The Warriors like to run. The Cavs wanted to keep them in a half court game and succeeded in the second half. In the third quarter, the Warriors shot a pathetic 23 percent from the field, the Cavs forced six turnovers and had four steals. The score game should have ended with the Cavs winning by a wider margin, but with the starters on the getting a break, the bench took on a greater role, a fact that should be valuable as the season progresses. Quotable: Coach Mike Brown on third quarter defense: They play a funky style of basketball that we’re not used to and because of that, it gives us a ton of problems,’’ Coach Mike Brown said. ‘’I thought that in the third quarter we locked down defensively and tried to make them work for everything they had. LeBron James on the offense: We’re flowing the same way – every game. It’s that same constant flow offensively and defensively. It never changes. It never changes when we make a substitution. It never changes in the second half. In the past we’ve been a bad third quarter team, but lately we’ve just been taking care of business. Game: Cavaliers (12-3) vs. Golden State Warriors (5-10)
Cavs win 111-97
Yeah, me too.
Coach Mike Brown on third quarter defense:
LeBron James on the offense:
Game: Cavaliers (12-3) vs. Golden State Warriors (5-10)
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Yes, one week later the Cavaliers return to New York City and just when Cavs fans don't think that the salivating over the possibility of LeBron James can't get any worse on the part of the New York media, they're proven wrong.
Why? As I tried to take a nap after having to awaken at 4:30 a.m. to take a 6:30 a.m. flight, a sound from my cell phone pulled me from a soft slumber. Who was it some may ask? Hell, I'm sure many of you don't care. But in case you do, it was a NYC scribe asking me what happened at shootaround.
I politely returned the call and said that I was stuck on one of NYC's beautiful blue vans known as the Super Shuttle for the better part of two hours as the van driver delivered his cargo - meaning human bodies. Yes, two hours. I could have napped there for chrissakes. In short: I didn't get to shootaround. James rarely speaks after them anyhow. But in the spirit of cooperation, I checked with the Cavs hoops communication honchos to confirm this and passed it on. The next question: Was there a lot of press there? Ahem...Yes, this is what it's like in the Big Apple.
In fairness, much has changed because the Knicks managed to unload a boatload of lousy contracts to clear up serious cap room for a run at James in 2010. This is what is what it's come to - NYC hoops fans hoping for the coming of the basketball Messiah in 2010. It may happen, it may not. But in NYC hope springs eternal:
From Newsday's Alan Hahn:
Personally, I've never read so much blather about two trades a team makes to rid themselves of cap room by getting rid of Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford and clearing tons of cap space.
What's it do? A team that had no legitimate shot at making a run at James 48 hours ago, has one now. My guess is James is probably intrigued by the prospect of playing in a Mike D'Antoni offense. My guess is the prospect of playing in NYC is even more intriguing.
Let's hear it for the worst kept secret in professional basketball - the New York Knicks covet LeBron James. Wow! Shock. Dismay. I'm MORTIFIED, I tell you. Mortified.
Here's some of the stuff coming out of the Big Apple:
Well, someone is taking notice of what the Cavaliers are doing. One thing that has been noticeable duing the first couple of weeks of the season is that this Cavaliers team is far more balanced and the bench has more depth. Consider if you will the fact that a couple years ago, Mike Brown often called Sasha Pavlovic's number first off the bench. He has virtually vanished thus far this year.
He supported the candidate of his choice, which is his right. He appreciated the emotions of his family, which is to be respected. And he understood the impact of Obama's election.To read more or comment...
DALLAS – The Cavaliers’ lone visit to Dallas this year. The Mavericks split their first two games, but Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard have come out strong to start the season. Nowitzki will get his, as will Howard, but look for the Cavs to come out strong in this one.To read more or comment...
Many apologies for a lack of a gameblog Saturday night - you got that grumpy ol' muppets Alan and John? To say that the New Orleans Arena had wireless issues would be kind. Onward, however.
I never thought I'd get to New Orleans twice in a year - I was last there in January for the massacre known as the BCS National Championship Game. But that city will forever leave one impression on me - it's a city - at least in its downtown area - of strip club and liquor bulletin boards. What's hilarious is the juxtaposition of some of those boards - occasionally you'll see a couple right near a church, begging a person to question themselves: am I a saint or sinner? No comments on that please.
It was interesting to talk with former Cav Devin Brown who despite putting up decent numbers last year, wasn't re-signed by the club during the offseason. He was guarded in his comments, but you can tell that there's something simmering beneath the surface there.
From there it was on to Dallas where I witnessed something firsthand that I'd only heard about before. Let's call it the LeBron effect. What is it? The Cavaliers practiced at Southern Methodist University Sunday at that school's lush practice facility. The SMU women's volleyball team was playing Rice at the time. Myself and colleagues Brian Windhorst (now of the PD) and Bob Finnan (of the News-Herald) stopped to look as well.
It took a while, but it happened, slowly but surely someone saw a group of tall, muscular guys hangin' in the corner of the gym. You could see the look of astonishment come over one student's face as he realizes one of the guys is James - the jaw hits the floor yada, yada, yada. But it's what he did next that caused more than a few chuckles. The kid grabbed a volleyball and made this weird, frantic side-to-side, up-and-down motion with his hand that looked as if...well, if you're a guy you know what it looked like. And had anyone seen James' reaction, it was easy to tell that's what he thought.
Of course, he was just looking for an autograph, but it's one of those priceless moments that you can't script.