How J.J. Hickson Changed The Landscape Of The NBA

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I’m not a huge cinema fan. Most of the movies that I like have Will Ferrell in them and I rarely fork out $10 to go see it in theaters.  A couple of nights ago I watched Adjustment Bureau, which was chosen because I love watching movies that include at least three shots of [...]

Cavs Acquire A King To Play Small Forward, Deal Hickson

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Just hours before the NBA will enter a lockout period, the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers completed a deal that will send Omri Casspi and a future first round pick (lottery protected only for the first season) to the Cavs for power forward J.J. Hickson.1 This deal seems to work for both sides [...]

The LeBron James Paradox

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When it comes to defending LeBron James for not being able to win an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the argument was always that he never had sufficient help around him to properly combat the likes of the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics. Big Z was only on the team because of [...]

Cavaliers Hit The Lotto

The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t have great odds going into the 2011 NBA Draft lottery last night but lady luck was all they needed. Well, her and Nick Gilbert, who just about won over the hearts of all Clevelanders last night with his noble and uplifting presence as the Cavs’ representative at the lottery.

Technically, [...]

Cavs, Clips Swap Mo Williams And Baron Davis

These are the kinds of deals that make the trade deadline a special time of the year. Much like the Deron Williams to New Jersey deal, there were no rumors about either the Clippers or the Cavs being involved in talks and no more than a word had been written about Mo Williams or [...]

Nick Young Dominates The Toilet Bowl

The Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime on Saturday dampened the hype for yesterday’s match-up between the Washington Wizards and the Cavs. The potential 0-27 streak vs a team with an 0-25 road record was looked forward to by many and while the Cavs were still the same, horrid team [...]

Carmelo’s 50 Not Enough To Defeat Rockets And Other NBA Notes

As the trade deadline nears, Carmelo Anthony is about to re-enter the spotlight of the NBA. After spending a couple weeks at the center of attention earlier in the year because of trade rumors that eventually died down, the Nuggets will likely be shopping Anthony around more than ever as the possibility that the franchise will end up with nothing in exchange for Melo at the end of the season grows larger.

But while there may be much less of a chance that Carmelo ends up staying in Denver for the remainder of the season, it’s time to start looking at the Nuggets as they are currently constructed to determine whether or not this will just be a lost cause for both Anthony and the Nuggets if they end up sticking together until the end of the year.

Denver is currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference with the same record as the Utah Jazz (30-22) but with a superior head-to-head record. This a team that beat the Heat by 28 earlier in the season (though they were without LeBron James, that’s still impressive) but also a club that got smashed by the Clippers and recently lost back-to-back games to the 76ers and Nets by the scores of 110-99 and 115-99.

Whether the Anthony drama has this team disinterested or in spite of their teammate, there is clearly something missing from this team that it had over the past two seasons when they were legitimate contenders to take down the Lakers in the West thanks to their uptempo offense and reliable home court advantage. But instead, ever since Carmelo was left to fend for himself against Utah in the post-season last year, Anthony has started to slip away from his supporting cast and the mojo around this squad is clearly no longer there – at least not consistently.

For my recap of last night’s Rockets-Nuggets game as well as every other game in the NBA last night, hit the break…

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What's Next For The Cavaliers?

The Cleveland Cavaliers were due for a steep decline this season. During the summer, they lost their head coach and the game’s best player while their fans and players suffered a deep emotional loss as a result.

To make matters worse, their best player this season, Anderson Varejao, will miss the rest of the year because of an injury suffered in practice, Mo Williams has missed significant time, forcing rookies and mid-season free agent signings like Manny Harris, Alonzo Gee and Christian Eyenga to not only play, but start, and there have been a few occasions this season when first year head coach Byron Scott and J.J. Hickson, who is seen by many to be the future of this team, have had their disagreements.

The NBA has truly never seen such a disaster. It’s not necessarily a lack of effort that has killed the Cavs, which is the case for most bad teams that get off to bad starts, it’s just that they simply do not have the talent to play high level basketball night in and night out. Add in the fact that a good chunk of the players on this roster still don’t understand the offense that Scott has implemented while playing the worst defense in the league and it’s rather easy to get why the Cavaliers are in a historically bad position.

Ever since LeBron brought his talents back to Cleveland and humiliated the Cavs in what was basically a 50-point blowout, the Cavaliers are 1-26. The lone win came over the Knicks, who were on a two-game losing streak at the time, and it required an overtime period. Every other game has resulted in a loss for the Cavs, including a 55-point loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.

More on the Cavs and their abysmal season after the break…

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2010-2011 NBA Season Previews: Cleveland Cavaliers

He’s gone.

Those are the two words that define this off-season and will likely define this upcoming season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James chose to take his talents to South Beach and now the Cleveland Cavaliers are stuck looking in the past and scrambling to figure out a way to keep their team from [...]

Attacking The Boards: Where The Thunder Look Young And Old At The Same Time

With 25 seconds left in the game, Kevin Durant stepped to the free throw line looking to ice the game away for the Oklahoma City Thunder. As the ball was tossed to him by the ref, Durant heard chants of “M-V-P” come down from the rafters. He couldn’t help but crack a smile.

And [...]