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Harry Potter approved. “Um, my team name is Barkevious Mingo’s Mum. I just think Barkevious Mingo is the greatest name I’ve ever heard, and the fact that his mum invented that name is also amazing. And in that league I have the Cleveland defense as well, and they had an amazing game the other day against Buffalo, so I’m incredibly grateful to the Cleveland defense, Barkevious Mingo and his mother.” [Henig/The Times]
“Despite Bennett being initially asked to focus on learning the power forward position exclusively, behind veterans Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao, expect the rookie to eventually make multiple starts at small forward this season.
While it might not happen until after the All-Star break, plugging Bennett in as a hybrid small forward alongside Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and either Anderson Varejao or a healthy Andrew Bynum could eventually become the Cavs’ most explosive lineup.” [Bowers/Bleacher Report]
“Going into the season, the most glaring need was starting pitching and it wound up becoming the strength of the team. Over the past nine months we’ve seen a core of talented pitchers develop and it’s been exciting to watch. Hitters actually fear facing Indians pitchers. When is the last time that happened?
Of course they’ll have some holes to fill once they lose Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, who will both be free agents when the MLB off-season officially begins. The team might have a shot at re-signing Kazmir, but Ubaldo Jimenez will surely move on to ‘greener’ pastures.
Francona doesn’t seem too worried about the possibility of losing two of their best pitchers, mainly because of the depth they now have at the position.” [Foltin/FSO]
Video: One heck of a high school punt return. [Deadspin]