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Portland Trail Blazers
When we were last in the film room, I preached about the Cavaliers’ need to force turnovers, increase the pace, and run more as a recipe for success. Today, we’re going to look at how the Cavaliers’ rookie center Tyler Zeller has been faring in the absence of Anderson Varejao. It’s no secret that Anderson Varejao was the team’s most valuable rebounder and defender, but his knee injury leaves only one true center on the roster in Zeller. In this week’s games, the Cavaliers struggled with Demarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, and Lamarcus Aldridge in the post and nearly gave away the Portland game on the glass. Get your mouthguard, because we’re going down low into the post.
We begin in Sacramento. Marcus Thornton shoots a three pointer over Shaun Livingston on the left wing. Pay attention to Thomas Robinson, who is currently standing on the right elbow as the shot is released.
The ball’s halfway to the basket and Robinson’s on the move as Tyler Zeller turns to try and put a body on him.
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The Cavaliers have played more games on the road so far this season than any other NBA team. Their record in those road games heading into last night’s game in Portland was 5-19. They had also lost the first three games of the current road trip, and had given up 237 points in those contests.
In other words, things weren’t looking very bright.
The Cavaliers came out hot however...
He is young, fast, and can apparently keep spinning in the lane for a basket.
Of course I am talking about Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving who showed last night versus the Blazers, he will twist and turn many times if he is determined to score a basket for his team.
Check out Kyrie putting rookie phenom Damian Lillard in the spin-cycle during last night's game.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Near the end, when the Cleveland Cavaliers had squandered all of a 19-point lead and fallen behind, Kyrie Irving came to the rescue. The second-year point guard scored 31 points, and Cleveland held off a late Portland rally to win 93-88 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. Irving scored eight straight points down the stretch as the Cavaliers (10-31) won after...
Everyone knew the Cavaliers would lose.
Portland had entered Wednesday having dropped three straight, was playing at home, and is in front of the Cavs when the idea is young and up-and-coming teams.
The Trail Blazers are fighting for the playoffs. The Cavs are fighting for well, continued development.
Final score: Cavs 93, Blazers 88 in another semi-nail-biter at the famed Rose...
With the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with the most recent games carrying the most importance...
Wednesday night two of the NBA’s best young talent at the point guard position faced off against each other as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trailblazers matched up in Portland. While CJ Watson guarded Lillard for most of the contest, Kyrie Irving dropped a sweet spin move on rookie-of-the-year candidate, Damien Lillard.
Kyrie ended the night with 31 points and 5 assists...
The best matchup Wednesday night, and perhaps the most underrated, was that of last season’s ROY, Kyrie Irving, and rookie point guard Damian Lillard. The Cleveland Cavaliers ended up defeating the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-88, and in the process Irving showed Lillard this delicious spin move that left Lillard perplexed.The post Kyrie Irving’s Spin Move Rattles Damian Lillard...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-88 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Nicolas Batum had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who erased a 19-point second-quarter deficit and briefly took the lead. Wesley Matthews added 17...
PORTLAND -- Kyrie Irving scored 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a late Portland Trail Blazers rally to win 93-88 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. Irving scored eight straight points down the stretch as the Cavaliers (10-31) won after losing their first three games on this five-game road trip. Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland. ...
Jeff Goodman from CBSsports.com reported earlier this week that the Boston Celtics, San Anonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed interest in free agent center Greg Oden.
If I'm Chris Grant, I'm probably thinking the same thing those other GM's are.
Oden hasn't played a game since December 5, 2009 because of his inability...
Tyler Zeller cotninues to do a solid job in Anderson Varejao's absence. Zeller double-doubled with 13 points and 14 rebounds Saturday in a loss to the Utah Jazz.
The rookie center also blocked three shots. Since taking the starting role, Zeller is averaging 10.1 points, seven rebounds, 1.5 assists, .7 steals and 1.5 blocks in 34.2 minutes. The negative with him is his field...