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On fast starts, tough finishes: “Well, a little statistical observation of how the Cavaliers perform from quarter to quarter would be nice. John emailed me earlier this week with a theory of his. He wondered how the Cavaliers performed when LeBron James came out scorching in the first quarter. He is under the impression that his teammates will stand around on offense and that the lack of activity carries over to the defensive end, where the team will let up a lot of points.
So I figured it’d make for an interesting study to chart both the points and assists of LeBron James vs. the team’s scoring margin by quarter. After all, LeBron James is one of only three players (Parker and Hickson being the others) to play in all 51 games this season and, with all due respect to Anthony and J.J., he has always been the driving force of the Cavs offense.” [Mark Cameron/Cavs the Blog]
Those that are looking at Andre Iguodala will have to consider offering more than the Phoenix Suns [Marc Stein/TrueHoop]
Welcome to the party, NY Daily News: “The worst-kept secret in sports is that James, a pending free agent, is the Knicks’ primary target starting July 1. The best thing the Knicks have to offer is Madison Square Garden and endless marketing opportunities – although James appears to be doing pretty well in the marketing department while wearing a Cavs uniform.
Cleveland is also providing James with the best chance to win, which James says is his top priority. The Cavs have now won 11 straight games and are on pace to lock up the NBA’s best record for a second straight year. The Knicks have to root for Boston, Orlando or Atlanta to knock off Cleveland during the postseason because a second trip to the NBA Finals would likely result in James re-signing with the Cavs.” [Frank Isola/NY Daily News]
Tressel v Kiffin: “One thing Lane Kiffin definitely is not: Boring. He’s also not a championship coach with a proven track record of building and sustaining one of the most consistent programs in the country. But where’s the excitement in that? Given Kiffin’s fast finish and the largely disappointing crop at Ohio State, far more top recruits are looking for the adrenaline rush only a coaching transition under the specter of looming NCAA sanctions can provide.” [Matt Hinton/Dr. Saturday]
And for some much-needed Tribe-related humor: “In a hastily called press conference, Indians General Manager Mark Shapiro spoke out against what he called “an overly beneficent computative smear campaign” that has left fans believing the Indians might reach a level of vague adequacy in the 2010 season. “I have unequivocally stated that I believe this is a club that’s rebuilding. For those who do not understand my coded language, I am implying that this is a team that will not win many games at all.” [Let’s Go Tribe]
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