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“Two plays to get five yards and the Browns netted zero. Naturally, part of the reason for the offense’s inability to get the first down was because the Ravens defense is one of the best in the NFL. But also it is because the Browns offense does not have playmakers. This isn’t groundbreaking news.
Here is what we do know. The Browns have lost 11 games in a season for three consecutive seasons. The Browns are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. The Browns’ defense starts – when healthy – a first- and second-round draft pick from the last two drafts. The offense needs to be addressed.” [Delco/The Orange and Brown Report]
“Omri Casspi, you played? Casspi’s final tally: 21 minutes, 2 points, 0-4 FG, 2 assists, 1 rebound. Yikes. Gonna need more from the starting small forward position. If he’s not careful, it wouldn’t shock me to see Alonzo Gee (who nearly killed himself on a dunk attempt) take Casspi’s minutes. I’m not sure I’d say Gee played great, but he was certainly active, finishing with 13 points (5-7 FG), 3 boards, 3 assists, and 3 steals in his 28 minutes.” [Ben Cox/The Ben Blog]
“Tristan Thompson looked good. He played a game that lined up with his scouting report rather perfectly. TT worked very hard on both ends of the floor, over-helped on defense (he’ll learn), pulled down two offensive boards, looked supremely athletic, clunked his free throws, and flushed the ball with authority when given the chance. What I liked best about Thompson’s game tonight was his decisiveness when he caught the ball. He received the pass and went into his move immediately. He’s so athletic that, when he decided quickly what he was going to do with he ball once he got it, the Toronto defenders had a tough time staying in front of him as he moved toward the rim. Really solid debut from the former Longhorn.” [McGowan/Cavs the Blog]
“The Indians lost right-handed pitcher Josh Judy on waivers to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. He had been designated for assignment on December 16th when the Indians needed to clear space on the 40-man after acquiring outfielder Aaron Cunningham from the Padres in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Cory Burns.
I’m not sure if the Indians expected to lose Judy or not on waivers, but the move to acquire Cunningham resulted in them losing two of their relief pitching depth options, one at the big league level and one at the Triple-A level. The value of such players in a trade is not very high, but by the same token neither is a fourth outfielder like Cunningham.
It remains to be seen what happens with Cunningham, but since he is out of options it would be a shame if he is lost on waivers at the end of spring training and the Indians have nothing to show for losing Judy and Burns. Good luck to Judy as while I am sad to see him go, I am also at the same time excited to see him remain on a Major League roster and get to continue his dream.” [Tony/Indians Prospect Insider]