TAKING OUR TALENTS
TO THE MISTAKE
BY THE LAKE
Game Time Start: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Officials: G. Willard, B. Forte, M. Myers
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Cleveland Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
17-11 (Road: 10-7) 10-16 (Home: 5-7)
Upcoming Games: Feb 16 Feb 19 Feb 21 Feb 22 Feb 28 vs vs vs at vs 7:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST JONES GEORGE COLLISON Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG ERDEN JAMISON CASSPI GIBSON IRVING
Danny Granger, sprained left ankle, game-time decision
Jeff Foster, sore lower back, out
George Hill, left ankle chip fracture, out
Anthony Parker, low back strain, day-to-day
Anderson Varejao, right wrist fracture, out
Semi-Relevant Trivia: According to an informal
poll (read: just me),
which former Cavalier
has the greatest name?
A. World B. Free
B. Hot Rod Williams
C. Campy Russell
D. Foots Walker
Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points, Nine Seconds Preview: A Few with Donahue
Jackie Wilson said, "Tim's stat sheets knock me off my feet."
Watch Tim Donahue let it all hang out in his Twitter-lengthed
preview of tonight's game.
FIND TIM'S PREVIEW FACT SHEETS AT 8p9s
There's More than Corn in Indiana...There's Jeremy Cornstock
Let’s turn back the clock a year – actually a little more than a year
– to December 12th, 2010. An Eastern Conference basketball team
is above .500 for the first meaningful time in years and their
resurgence is being led by an awfully tall young man whose stellar
play is garnering all sorts of All-Star and Most Improved Player talk.
He’s averaging 15 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2 blocks per
game. But he and his team are about to take a handbasket ride to
Montana’s capital. We are, of course, talking about Roy Hibbert and
the Indiana Pacers. Over the next 23 games, Hibbert would shoot
36% while averaging 9.8 points, 7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.6
blocks. The team finished this stretch with a 6-17 record and a new
head coach. Needless to say...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Cavs: The Blog Kevin Hetrick's Building A Winner
Since the Cavs descended to the NBA’s bottom last year, everyone
has been thinking about moving back to the top. There are a lot of
ideas: Accumulate draft picks...don’t get too good, too fast...don’t
build a losing culture, etc. Every idea has merits, and leaves me
questioning what moves really build winners in the NBA.
This month I will be posting a five part series on Building a Winner.
The posts will look at most of the signature teams of the last 20
years, looking at the personnel moves that drove their success.
Obviously there is no one rule for constructing a great team, but
these posts basically boil down to:
- There’s no magic associated with picking high in the lottery
for a few years in a row. Continued trips to the lottery are
more likely to result in mediocrity, rather than building a
- Good teams make the right personnel decisions. It’s really
that simple. This happens through all sorts of means, but
the exemplary teams make the most of what they have;
the lesser teams squander it.
In Part one, I’ll start by exploring the first bullet.
Part 1: Why the “OKC plan” is barely a plan
The Thunder are current NBA darlings; they’re young and exciting
and poised to be a contender for at least the next half-decade.
This was accomplished through accumulating draft picks,
maintaining salary cap flexibility, and pulling off shrewd trades
using those assets. This post certainly is not intended to downplay
the brilliance of what OKC has assembled; it’s intended to show
that the plan rarely works this well.
The list of solid role players acquired through excellent scouting
and taking advantage of other team’s cap mismanagement is
impressive: Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, Eric Maynor, Kendrick
Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha, Daequan Cook; each player occupying
valuable roles within the OKC system. Still though, the difference
between the Thunder and any number of 45 win teams is their
back-to-back-to-back high lottery draft picks: Kevin Durant,
Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Unfortunately, this is
where the whole setup fails to be a “plan”...
CONTINUE READING PART ONE & PART TWO AT CAVS: THE BLOG