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“Can we expect this to continue? Masterson’s biggest problem has always been his ability to contain left-handed hitters. Chucking the ball from a three-quarter angle, the right-handed Masterson has been murder on same-handed hitters, with lefties getting a good look at his two-pitch fastball-slider combo and thwacking him on a regular basis. In 842 career innings, righties are hitting a microscopic .223/.303/.300, versus a fat .289/.363/.427 for lefties. He hasn’t added any new pitches to his repertoire this season, failing to expand on the occasional changeup he throws that other hard-platoon pitchers have learned to use to their advantage against opposite-handed hitters.” [Keri/Grantland]

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“It’s been three years since James left. The first two of suffering made sense. This always has been and always will be a players league. When the best player in the game bolts, you’re gonna stink. Since then, Cavs general manager Chris Grant has freed cap space, compiled assets, landed young building blocks in Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters.

That’s all grand. But it’s no longer enough. To be fair, the Cavs had their share of injuries this season. To be fair, the Cavs are awful young and most of their key veterans (C.J. Miles, Mareese Speights, Shaun Livingston and Wayne Ellington) are in their first year with the team. To be fair, people who expected 30 wins this season really were kidding themselves.

Well, that’s where being fair ends. No one cares about that stuff anymore.” [Amico/FSO]

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“I’m simplifying here, but that’s sort of the point: this is how I think general manager-dom works, and the limited information I have causes me to conceive of it that way. I’ll spare you the graf where I more or less slap grades on Chris Grant’s draft picks while comparing Tyler Zeller to a mop, but I think the rebuild is going about as well as one could hope, which is to say a bunch of dudes in their early 20s are running around stupidly and brilliantly; defensive technique is ritually murdered; I’m talking myself into Shaun Livingston. As a fan, I’m fatigued and not a little bit cranky, but as a rational being, I get that this pathetic outfit could soon grow into something watchable, even exciting.

We’re at what feels like the midpoint of the scenario I’ve laid out above. After three years of bottoming out and amassing good-at-basketball 20-year-olds—intellectual honesty alert!—I’m starting to resent having to watch this team three times a week and because of that am going to say the Cavs will finally make an earnest run at the playoffs in 2013-14. Plus, LeBron James is going to be a free agent next summer and a young team on the rise is a lot more enticing than a young team on the oh dear god C.J Miles just attempted to split a double team.” [McGowan/Cavs the Blog]

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“I wonder if Gibson can still hear the whispers of his name over the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge as if from the mouths of those giant Guardians of Traffic, echoing around the curved ceilings of the West Side Market, vibrating down into the river. And the 43 years since his employer was born and the 7 years since he first appeared, fascinated, inspired and found a home are both a speck of time.

2007 and those nights when a grinning rail thin 21 year old point guard from Texas meant everything were the blink of an eye ago. 2007s Eastern Conference Finals Game 4, with a series down to the invincible Pistons 1 games to 2. Down the street from the shadow of the rising sun were the Gibson made 12 straight shots from the free throw line in the best game of his career, culminating with 2 long range 3 point shots to begin the fourth quarter.

It was Game 6, navigating through a hellstorm of Detroit defense and with perfect measure the arc on that same floor: the 23 feet 9 inch arc from the basket connected by the two parallel lines. Moving from left to right on the floor, a 19 point fourth quarter which began with an explosive 3 straight connections in the first 2 and a half minutes of the quarter and culminated with a backbreaking shot from the far parallel line which ended the run of success by the Pistons clinched the greatest moment in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise.” [Jackson/Stepien Rules]

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“More disturbing is young All-Star Kyrie Irving, who has played with a late-season malaise that’s reminded everyone that despite his immense talent he is still very much a 21 year old. He admitted earlier this season he sometimes doesn’t give his all in games and that seems to have been an issue lately as well.

Not only has his defense been especially shoddy during the Cavs’ recently struggles, his leadership has come into question on several occasions. He scored a career-low four points Sunday in a hapless performance in Philadelphia. With three fouls in the first half in a one-sided game, Irving committed two fouls in the first 90 seconds of the third quarter including a foul to stop a fast break to force his way out of the game with five fouls. He later said he lost track of how many fouls he had.

Then he was generally miserable Monday until the game’s final minutes. He finally turned it on after starting 1-of-8 shooting to lead a Cavs comeback attempt before he was stripped on the final possession when he had a chance to win the game.” [Windhorst/ESPN]

  • mgbode

    hey, I’m not going to get mad at Irving for playing poorly the way the end of this season has gone. it does likely mean that he’s not wired like Jordan or Kobe, but there are very, very few who are.

    hopefully, the next coach can teach him some defensive intensity. hmmm, Izzo has always been a good defensive coach (cmon, jokes are the best medicine, right?).

  • Natedawg86

    Cmon Memphis! I will not stay up late if Utah wins to see if LAL can beat Hou, so hopefully memphis can put them away by 10pm or so. This game could affect home court advantage for Mem for 1st round against LAC!

  • mgbode

    hopefully, Memphis can just put them away because GS has the late game as well. So, Houston has something to play for tonight. Win (w/ GS loss) and they play Denver. Lose (or GS win) and they get SAS.

  • Harv 21

    Rick, thanks for your choice of headlines. About perfect.

  • mgbode

    agreed.

  • Harv 21

    Phoenix pulled out a win last night, meaning Cavs control their own destiny regarding 3rd worst record/highest draft position/ping pong balls. This is what we play for, boys. Just one more game – now go out there and get it done.

  • Natedawg86

    I have a feeling that if we lose to the worst team, we will somehow get hosed in the draft. If the bobcats win, they move to second worst, but if they lose they are tied for the worst (assuming orlando loses too)

  • boomhauertjs

    I’ve lost quite a bit of respect for Kyrie this week, especially after what he pulled last night. A summer of improving his strength and conditioning and his defense would go a long way to getting it back.

  • boomhauertjs

    And he’s already apologized on Twitter for last night. Think the Cavs PR department had anything to do with that?

  • Thanks guys.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This draft it won’t matter if you are #1 or #5 unfortunately.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I don’t want to be worst because of all of the Nolens discussions that will occur. Personally I don’t find anything wrong with 3rd or 4th. Unlike last year. Of course we all know what will happen right? The one year this franchise finally plays better to avoid having a top three pick that’s the year the next superstar will be available.

  • Garry_Owen

    I’ve been internally debating this morning whether to post a comment on this, wary that it might be too trivial – but, it has been a topic of light conversation on WFNY, so . . .

    The terrorist attack in Boston yesterday is one huge reason why I am perfectly fine with having no cell service at major sporting venues, inconvenience and snarky remarks about “the younger generation” aside. As demonstrated yesterday, there is nothing more disconcerting from a security standpoint than an IED, and among IEDs, none are more disconcerting than those that are activated by cell phone. Now, I’m not saying that this is what happened yesterday (I obviously have no idea), and I’m extremely sensitive to the question of whether we should sacrifice liberty (luxury?) for security, but if shutting down all cell service at major sporting events can prevent even one attack like this, I’m down with it. I cannot imagine what yesterday could have been if the bombs had been inside Fenway, or the Jake, or The Factory.

    Humble (hindsight) opinion inserted.

    And thanks for the headline, Rick. The desire for distraction is understandable. Thanks for providing it.

  • Natedawg86

    Depending on how it shakes out, it looks like we could get Otto Porter (hopefully) anywhere from 2-5 unless we get jumped by one of the low percentage chance teams. We need a guy that can shut someone down on D!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If I had to pick one guy it would probably be Porter but honestly it’s not a must. That’s the problem with this draft for me.