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Friday, October 31, 2014

Cavs at Bulls

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (0-1) at CHICAGO BULLS (1-0)
United Center
8 p.m. Friday
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7
TV: ESPN, Fox Sports Ohio

QUICK SHOTS: 1. The Cavaliers could drop to 0-2 unless they find a way to make shots. The Bulls have a way of imposing their defensive will on teams. That could be what happens tonight. Say what you want about Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. He's not an exciting interview, I can attest. But he is a defensive genius. Expect the Bulls' defense to cause major problems for the Cavaliers.

2. I really couldn't believe how passive LeBron James was on offense. When he's attacking, he's practically unstoppable. Last night, he was very guardable. With a player like Carmelo Anthony, he shoots almost every time he touches the ball. But he finished with 25 points and might have been the difference in the game. James just passed the ball, often times out of bounds against the Knicks. His eight turnovers were very uncharacteristic. I bet he rebounds in a big way against Chicago.

3. I keep waiting to be blown away by Coach David Blatt's borderline genius offense. Against New York, the ball stuck. Ideally, it's supposed to move, along with bodies, in Blatt's offense. 

4. Expect Blatt to tinker with his rotation against Chicago. He went nine players deep against the Knicks, but swingman Mike Miller played just 2:55. I keep waiting for Miller and forward Shawn Marion to make plays. I haven't seen anything from either of them for much of the preseason and the first game. If they don't come through, it's going to be a big blow to the Cavaliers.

5. Keep a close eye on Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. In the preseason matchup against the Cavs, he was fantastic with 30 points. He blew by defenders are will and make jump shots. He'll be the focus of Blatt's defensive game plan. The Cavs' guards need to keep Rose in front of them. That's not an easy task, either.

UP NEXT: at Portland, Rose Garden, Tuesday, 10 p.m.

PROBABLE STARTERS
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Mike Dunleavy (6-9, 230)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Pau Gasol (7-0, 255)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 225) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-4, 190)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Derrick Rose (6-3, 190)
PROJECTED INACTIVE LIST
Cavs - F/C Lou Amundson, G A.J. Price
Bulls - G Jimmy Butler
OFFICIALS
Scott Foster, Matt Boland, Scott Wall

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Together | LeBron James 2014

Game 1: Knicks at Cavs

NEW YORK KNICKS (1-1) 95, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (0-1) 90
Quicken Loans Arena
Thursday
Radio/TV: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7)/TNT

QUICK SHOTS: 1. This is going to be the start of a wild ride this season. Embrace it because it doesn't happen very often in Cleveland. The Cavaliers hope the season ends in the NBA Finals with them hoisting up a championship trophy. Of course, they'll have to play a lot better than they did on Thursday. The players thought the emotions of the game caught up with them. That kind of pressure is only going to keep building.

2. That was about as bad as LeBron James is going to play. The eight turnovers were very uncharacteristic. Everyone expected him to take over the game at some point. That never happened. He just kept coughing up the basketball.

3. Power forward Kevin Love was fantastic on the boards with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. It was the 257th double-double of his career. I'm almost in awe of his rebounding and outlet passes. I just love the way this guy hits the boards.

4. The Knicks are coming off a 24-point loss to the Bulls on Wednesday. I don't expect them to make the playoffs. They were missing two key performers in Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani. Then explain how they came onto the Cavs' home court and kicked their butts? I can't. I will say forward Carmelo Anthony was pretty good with 25 points. He had a dagger shot late in the game over James. Melo is still dangerous and loves to play against James. They were both in the 2003 draft class.

5. Normally, I don't get too excited about scoreboards, but the Cavs' new jumbotron is fascinating. The old scoreboard wasn't in HD. This one is clearer than your TV set at home. The sound system is also loud and crystal clear. You'll be impressed. I've love to know how much it cost. It had a black spot on the screen for much of the second half. Someone's head probably rolled over that one.

UP NEXT: Cavs at Chicago, United Center, Friday, 8 p.m.

STARTERS
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Carmelo Anthony (6-8, 240)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Quincy Acy (6-7, 240)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Samuel Dalembert (6-11, 255)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 225) vs. Iman Shumpert (6-5, 220)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Shane Larkin (5-11, 175)
INACTIVE LIST
Cavs - F/C Lou Amundson, G A.J. Price
Knicks - C Andrea Bargnani, G Jose Calderon
OFFICIALS
Tom Washington, Curtis Blair, David Guthrie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lee Jenkins on LeBron James 'Coming Home'

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cavs meet with LeBron's agent

The Cavaliers were one of four teams that met with LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, according to several reports. The others were Dallas, Phoenix and Houston. The Los Angeles Lakers were next in line to make their pitch.
ESPN reported that the Cavs' contingent met with Paul and tried to sell them on the team's virtues. The Cavs' young talent that would fit in nicely around James. With him on the team, they would be a contender.

It's not known whether Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert was part of the team's contingent that met with Paul.
James has yet to meet any team face-to-face. He's been on vacation. He could conceivably meet with possible suitors in the next round of talks. Those finalists have yet to be named.
He played seven years in Cleveland before leaving in 2010. The Cavs have hit rock bottom since he left. 
When James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh opted out of their contracts with Miami on July 1, it appeared as if they would all return to the Heat. That doesn't seem to be a lock any longer. The fact that his agent is talking to other teams could mean James is at least entertaining the thought of leaving.

James wants a maximum contract.

Check back to www.news-herald.com or www.morningjournal.com on Friday for an update on this developing story.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

18 underclassman pull out of draft

NEW YORK, June 17, 2014  Eighteen players who had declared as early-entry candidates for the 2014 NBA draft have withdrawn. There are 44 collegiate and 13 international prospects that remain eary-entry candidates.
The 2014 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 
The following player from a U.S. college has withdrawn his name from consideration:
PLAYER                                              SCHOOL
Mychal Ammons                                   South Alabama

Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2014 NBA draft:

PLAYER                                              TEAM (COUNTRY*)
Eleftherios Bochoridis                           Aris (Greece)
Matías Bortolin                                      Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
Nedim Buza                                          Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)
Berkay Candan                                     TED Kolejliler (Turkey)
Joonas Cavén                                        Joventut (Spain)
Moussa Diagne                                      Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Tomas Dimša                                        Zalgiris (Lithuania)
Marcus Eriksson                                    Manresa (Spain)
Ilja Gromovs                                         Ventspils (Latvia)
Rasmus Larsen                                      Manresa (Spain)
Mateusz Ponitka                                    Oostende (Belgium)
Kristaps Porzingis                                  Cajasol (Spain)
Marko Ramljak                                     Zadar (Croatia)
Alejandro Suarez                                   Joventut (Spain)
Devon Van Oostrum                             Vitoria (Spain)
Guillem Vives                                       Joventut (Spain) 
Adin Vrabac                                          Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)
                                   

Following is a list of players from colleges who remain early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft:

PLAYER                                              SCHOOL
Jordan Adams                                       UCLA
William Alston                                      CC of Baltimore County Dundalk
Kyle Anderson                                      UCLA
Isaiah Austin                                         Baylor
Chane Behanan                                     Louisville
Sim Bhullar                                           New Mexico State
Khem Birch                                           UNLV
Jabari Brown                                         Missouri
Jahii Carson                                          Arizona State
Semaj Christon                                      Xavier
Jordan Clarkson                                    Missouri
DeAndre Daniels                                   Connecticut
Spencer Dinwiddie                                Colorado 
Joel Embiid                                           Kansas
Tyler Ennis                                            Syracuse
Aaron Gordon                                       Arizona
Jerami Grant                                          Syracuse 
P.J. Hairston                                          Texas (NBA D-League)/North Carolina
Gary Harris                                           Michigan State
Rodney Hood                                        Duke
Nick Johnson                                        Arizona
Alex Kirk                                              New Mexico
Zach LaVine                                         UCLA
James Michael McAdoo                        North Carolina
K.J. McDaniels                                      Clemson
Mitch McGary                                       Michigan
Eric Moreland                                       Oregon State
Johnny O’Bryant III                              LSU
Jabari Parker                                         Duke
Elfrid Payton                                         Louisiana-Lafayette
Julius Randle                                         Kentucky
Glenn Robinson III                               Michigan
LaQuinton Ross                                    Ohio State
Antonio Rucker                                     Clinton JC (SC) 
JaKarr Sampson                                    St. John’s 
Marcus Smart                                        Oklahoma State
Roscoe Smith                                        UNLV
Nik Stauskas                                         Michigan
Jarnell Stokes                                        Tennessee
Noah Vonleh                                         Indiana
T.J. Warren                                           North Carolina State
Andrew Wiggins                                    Kansas
James Young                                         Kentucky
Ta’Quan Zimmerman                            Thompson Rivers (Canada)


Following is a list of international players who remain early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft:

PLAYER                                              TEAM (COUNTRY*)
Bruno Caboclo                                      Pinheiros (Brazil)
Clint Capela                                          Chalon (France)
Nemanja Dangubic                                Mega Vizura (Serbia)
Danté Exum                                          Australia
Damien Inglis                                        Roanne (France)
Nikola Jokic                                          Mega Vizura (Serbia)
Michalis Kamperidis                             Filathlitikos (Greece)
Artem Klimenko                                   Avtodor (Russia)
Lucas Mariano                                      Vivo Franca (Brazil)
Vasilije Micic                                        Mega Vizura (Serbia)
Jusuf Nurkic                                         Cedevita (Croatia)
Dario Šaric                                            Cibona (Croatia)
Ojars Silinš                                            Reggio Emilia (Italy)

                       
*Country indicates where team plays, not country of nationality



Sunday, June 1, 2014

NBA Finals

Both of these teams appear to be on a mission. This is the fourth consecutive trip to the Finals for the Heat. Can they win three titles in a row? I have to say yes.

The Spurs, obviously, are so well-coached and might have three Hall of Famers of their own. Is this their last run together? Perhaps.

I'm picking the Heat in seven.

NBA FINALS
                                                                          National
                                                   Local    EDT    Broadcast

San Antonio vs. Miami

Game 1 – Thu  June  5 Miami at San Antonio               8:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 2 – Sun  June  8 Miami at San Antonio               7:00PM   8:00PM     ABC/R
Game 3 – Tue  June 10 San Antonio at Miami               9:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 4 – Thu  June 12 San Antonio at Miami               9:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 5 * Sun  June 15 Miami at San Antonio               7:00PM   8:00PM     ABC/R
Game 6 * Tue  June 17 San Antonio at Miami               9:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 7 * Fri  June 20 Miami at San Antonio               8:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R

*If necessary

R - ESPN Radio