While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at email@example.com
Free JJ!! “Questioning his team’s energy and focus is fine, but if Brown wants to dig a little bit deeper to find answers as to why his team has struggled so much so far in these first two games against Boston, then he needs to take a look in the mirror.
In particular, Brown needs to ask himself why he is not finding more minutes for sophomore big man J.J. Hickson, who has been a heck of a spark for the Cavaliers this season whenever they have been matched up with Boston. […]
Brown may or may not get a more focused and motivated team in Game Three. He does not control that as much as he would like. But one thing is for sure: he would definitely have a better team if he played the 21-year-old Hickson far, far, more than the 38-year-old O’Neal.
And that much he does control.” [Amar/Wine and Goldrush]
DE-FENSE, [clap, clap]: “I think on the whole, the Indians have been playing pretty adequate defense (and I know, the timing of this statement is poor). But specific assessments are more tricky. The early season UZR numbers for Asdrubal, for example, show him once again as below average. In particular, UZR is once again down on his range. But then if I look at the number of plays Cabrera has made out of his zone (OOZ), I see he has made an astounding 16 OOZ plays so far this season (compared to 74 balls in his zone, BIZ). To put that in perspective, across the entire season last year he was credited with just 29 OOZ plays in more than 4 times as many chances. How do these two numbers make sense?” [APV/Lets Go Tribe]
Glass half full? “There are two ways to look at Game 2: 1) Boston was sort of fortunate to win; they turned the ball over 17 times, Cleveland, the 2nd-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, missed 17 of 21 three-pointers, and the C’s hit 9-of-19 from deep. You can’t reasonably expect that kind of three-point disparity again; 2) Boston turned the ball over 17 times and still won by 18 points on the road. And, sure, they were hot from three-point range and Cleveland was cold, but what are the chances Cleveland attempts 20 more foul shots than the C’s once the series moves to the Garden?” [CelticsHub]
Some advice for the kid: “Brian Sipe hasn’t seen enough of Colt McCoy to know if the Browns’ third-round draft pick will become an impact player in the NFL. But Sipe does know what it’s like to be a quarterback for the Browns. He also knows what it takes for a quarterback such as Texas product McCoy to adjust from warm weather to the wind, snow and cold in Cleveland…” [Terry Pluto]
WFNY’s Andrew fires off a lead question to Brent Barry surrounding the Cavaliers defense [NBA.com]
And a little updated info on Carlos Santana: “Questions about Santana’s arrival date in Cleveland won’t stop until it happens, but the fact that the 24-year-old has been truly comfortable as a catcher for less than a year can’t be forgotten. He is a two-time minor-league MVP based on his bat, and there are no doubts about his hitting. Asked if Santana would already be an Indian if he still played his former positions of third base or the outfield, Alomar said, “Probably.” Frankly, Alomar doesn’t quite understand the decision the Los Angeles Dodgers made to move Santana to catcher in Single A in 2007.” [Doug Lesmerises]
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)