Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/28/12

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Mid-Season report card- “#36 Omri Casspi: Previous grade: D+ –> New grade: C- Good news: J.J. Hickson is downright terrible for Sacramento. Bad news: Omri Casspi isn’t much better for Cleveland. He’s starting to get a little more comfortable and rebound better, but his shooting is still pretty miserable. He’s shooting under 30% from deep and just a bit over 40% overall. His defense is questionable and more often than not, Scott turns to Gee when the Cavs need it the most. The Casspi-experiment has been slightly better than a trainwreck thus far.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]

“Acta had joked all spring to this point that he would give us one or two lineup spots each week leading up to Opening Day. Well, Manny finally caved under our persistent perstering and revealed the bulk of his tentative batting order: 1. Brantley, 2. Cabrera, 3. Choo, 4. Santana, 5. Hafner, 6. Kotchman, 7. Kipnis.” [Bastian/MLB.com]

“Well we would certainly hope that Jackson is thrilled – that’s healthy chunk of change to hand out to a player who has only been healthy for a full season once in the past three years. But once the team decided it wanted to keep Jackson, they were going to have to devote some of their salary cap to him, the only question being how much. Hopefully the team played the right side of the risk on this one. With Jackson taken care of, the Browns can now turn their attention to their other two most important free agents – kicker Phil Dawson and running back Peyton Hillis.” [Red Right 88]

Interesting video. What would RGIII, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton look like racing in the 40 yd dash. [Shutdown Corner]

“Every team has played at least 30 games, and some as many as 35. Except for the usual light Thursday nights, the schedule is so packed it makes every day seem like opening day. It makes difficult to not only follow what’s going on around the entire league, but with your favorite team.

“Wait a minute, the Cavaliers play AGAIN tonight?” is a question fans frequently ask. The answer is most often yes. And unlike many teams, the Cavs have yet to take part in one of those three-games-in-three-nights adventures.

That’s not to say the heads of all NBA fans are spinning. Those without jobs, families or schoolwork may actually be thrilled. As columnist Mike Imrem wrote in the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, “Too many games and too much of the season feel out of whack. There’s hardly a chance to check the standings before another flurry of games shakes them up.” On the bright side, if you lose a game you thought you should have won — well, there’s always tomorrow. And, hey, if your team stinks, you can get it turned around in no time.” [Amico/FSO]

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