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“”This weekend was just basically about earning everybody’s respect and getting a chance for people to see me who don’t usually see me,” Irving said. “We’re not nationally televised. This weekend is to show my face to the fans and get everybody in the league acclimated to my face.” [Ingram/USAToday]
“Bourn is one of the fastest players in major league baseball, and that speed helps him to be an elite defender in CF. He’s a two-time all-star and has a pair of Gold Gloves sitting on his mantle, and the defensive metrics rank him as the top CF in all of baseball. By baseball-reference.com’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) measurements, his glove alone was worth three wins last season in Atlanta. He’ll patrol CF as part of the fastest outfield in baseball, flanked by two other guys who played CF last season in Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs. Stubbs and his cannon arm will slide over to RF while Brantley and his…less than cannon arm will be running down balls in LF. The grass at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario really will be the place fly balls go to die this summer, provided the front office doesn’t move one of the former CF for pitching depth. And we haven’t even talked about Bourn’s impact with the bat or on the bases yet; he hit a solid .274/.348/.391 with 9 HR and 57 RBI last season, while stealing 42 bases with Atlanta. He’s swiped at least 41 bags in every season since becoming a full-time player in 2008. Every time Bourn gets on base, he’s a real threat to turn a single into a triple like no player we’ve seen in Cleveland since…dare I say it…Kenny Lofton. The Indians as a team stole 110 bases last season. Bourn and Stubbs (30 SB last year, 40 in 2011) have the potential to do that between the two of them in 2013. Bourn’s presence will also let Terry Francona rest Drew Stubbs against lefthanded pitching, as he’s put up some pretty ugly splits against southpaws throughout his career. Lineup flexibility is always a good thing, and we’re not talking about Garko to the OF type of flexibility here.”[Ciammaichella/TheDiaTribe]
“Life on the road in the Big Ten is brutal. And then, there’s the Kohl Center.
Prior to the Buckeyes’ win last season, they had gone more than 10 years without tasting victory in Madison.
Wisconsin wins at a better than 90 percent clip at home. Its win percentage against ranked opponents sits above 70 percent. In winning three consecutive Big Ten titles and five of the past seven, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta knows a thing or two about winning on the road. In fact, the Buckeyes have been victorious in more than two-thirds of their road games during their current three-year stranglehold on the conference.
But throughout one of the most successful eras in Ohio State basketball history, the Kohl Center remained as a house of horrors. Even for the nation’s best teams, winning on the road is no given.” [Rowland/ElevenWarriors]
“As if Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t frightening enough, the second year waterbug dominated the NBA’s Three-Point Shootout on Saturday night in Houston, shooting brilliantly during the final round on his way to a 23-point serve and the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest championship.
Irving isn’t known as a three-point shooter despite his 41 percent career mark from behind the stripe. Pitched as a scorer and savior for the lottery-bound Cavs, Irving has still managed to make two treys per game this season in spite of the defensive shifts bent on denying him good looks, while hitting 42 percent in his second season from long range. Though opponents are best served ducking under screens and anticipating Irving’s brilliant work off of the dribble, there’s a reason he’s able to parlay both disparate offensive talents into an uber-efficient 23.5 points per game in his sophomore season.” [Dwyer/BallDontLie]
BEST OF MAXIM
Brandon Knight is going to be hearing about this one for sometime. It looks like he's playing the shell game on the streets of New York except Kyrie left the shells at home and just used his dazzling handiwork instead. Poor guy--but in his defense this Kyrie Irving kid is pretty good.
He came, he saw, he left would-be defenders flailing about the floor like one of Ne-Yo’s backup dancers. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving arrived upon Houston to join the NBA’s best and showed, instantly, that he belonged in the conversation.
Irving may be unassuming. In a land where pyrotechnics and bass-thumping beats are met with strobe lights and giant video screens...
It was a coming out party for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. The sophomore left Brandon Knight on skates during the rising stars challenge and took the top spot in the “Footlocker Three-Point Shoot-Out.” Check the highlights:
Second year Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving breaks Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight's ankles with a dirty crossover in the Rising Stars game last night. Check out the video below.
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