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A couple weeks back, when I first addressed the concept of “tanking” to point out that the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-39, 13th in the East) were entering a stretch of brutal games with key players injured, I wrote that I felt the worst (or best, I guess, depending on your point of view) the Cavaliers could likely finish is 4th worst.
The Cavaliers currently sit 5th worst in the NBA, just one game behind Sacramento for that #4 spot. That’s not the big news, though. The big news is that the New Orleans Hornets are suddenly red hot. I don’t know if it’s the news of Tom Benson buying the franchise or what, but the Hornets have now won 4 straight games and 6 of their last 8 to pull the Cavaliers just 2 games ahead of them. That’s right, folks, the Cavaliers have a legit shot at finishing 3rd worst in the NBA.
Here’s a breakdown of the odds difference from 5th, 4th, and 3rd:
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The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Wednesday afternoon that they have brought Luke Harangody back up to the big club from the D-League’s Canton Charge. Harangody, who had a huge game filling in for Antawn Jamison in Washington last weekend, was in the middle of helping the Charge in the D-League Playoffs, but will now finish out the season with the Cavaliers. The 6’7″ forward...
CLEVELAND -- Random observations from the Cavaliers' 103-87 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday at The Q:
The Cavs (20-41) have won just three of their past 17 games. Several of the losses have been downright despicable. In Charlotte, these results might not be big deal. But in a sports-starved town like Cleveland, it can hurt.
So who and what is to blame? Well, it's only...
I’m furious with the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-40, 13th in the East). And I hate being mad at the Cavaliers. I love this franchise and I can’t wait for the day when they return to the playoffs and give us fun, rewarding, exciting, meaningful basketball to watch.
What we got last night was the polar opposite of that. The Cavaliers lost by 39 points to a team that was 22-38 going...
Guard Kyrie Irving wants to get back on the court. He's missed the last 10 games with the injury.
Cavs coach Byron Scott said Irving probably won't face the Pistons on Tuesday. He said there's a better chance of Irving playing against Philadelphia on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
When the season ends on April 26 at Chicago, Scott will sit down with all the players...
That’s more like it. It may seem funny feeling ok about a 16 point loss, but in this game the Cavaliers came out and showed some fight, taking just a 4 point deficit into the locker room at the half. Jrue Holliday went off in the 3rd and the Sixers’ talent overtook the Cavaliers, but the Cavaliers at least played hard in this game and showed some pride and spirit in the way they...
Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving is back in the starting lineup after missing nine straight games with a shoulder injury.
Irving hasn't played since April 3 when he re-injured his shoulder. The NBA's presumptive rookie of the year will start Wednesday night as the Cavaliers, playing their seventh game in nine nights, host the Philadelphia 76ers. Cavs coach Byron Scott...
Dan Coughlin wrote a blog for Stepien Rules on Friday. I really can't explain how honored I am by that development without sounding real sentimental and dorky, so I'll just say that I remain very grateful for his time on that. When traditional media was the unequivocal king of sports talk in this town, Dan Coughlin was the star of stars. He still is too. Wherever he goes...
The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a team tonight that has an on-off switch. In the first half of the game the Cavaliers looked as though they could hang with a play off team like the Philadelphia 76ers. Once the second half started the Cavaliers remembered they can play less than acceptable basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have to be kidding us, how can a team go from playing...
If you can’t something nice, don’t say anything at all.
I should adhere to that advice right now. I haven’t been this frustrated with a Cavaliers game since Game 5 of that infamous Celtics series. But a shout out to Antawn Jamison for the 0-10 night from the field. Pretty impressive.
Cavaliers play again tomorrow. Can’t wait.
The Cleveland Cavaliers just completed their first, and only, back-to-back-to-back of the season. Three games in as many nights isn't easy for anybody, and due to the lockout shortened season, every NBA team was stuck with one of those this year. Watching guys limp and hobble out of the locker room on Sunday night it certainly looked like they felt it too. They're now back...
The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming to an end of the 2011-2012 season. The Cavaliers have already won one more game than they did last season. The Cavaliers were again effected by injury and saw guys like Anderson Varejao go out for most of the season, Daniel Gibson lost for the rest of the season and a few other nagging injuries. The Cavaliers saw some improvement this season nonetheless...
With six seconds on the clock and his team down two points, Cleveland head coach Bryon Scott called on Lester Hudson. Summoning him to the dry erase board with four of his Cavaliers teammates, Scott drew up the play which would ultimately result in a floating jumper by Hudson that would splash through the net with just over a second remaining, sending the game into overtime.
FOX Sports Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers want to thank the viewers for their continued support all season with Viewer Appreciation Night, presented by KIA Motors.On Monday, April 23rd when the Cavs take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 8pm, fans watching on FOX Sports Ohio will have the opportunity to win one of four fabulous prize packs including:Cavaliers Benchwarmers Package including...
While the Cleveland Cavaliers have said they believe Kyrie Irving will play before the season ends, it won't be against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Irving, the league's potential Rookie of the Year, has missed the last eight games with a sprained right shoulder. While the Cavaliers have seven games left and are playing mostly for pride, coach Byron Scott said Irving...
Last time the Cavaliers finished last in the Central Division in back-to-back season, not too many folks knew they even existed. And they barely did.
Thats because the last time the Cavs finished last in their division in two consecutive years, they were an expansion team. The exact seasons were 1970-71 and 71-72.
Today, they are on the brink of repeating the feat. Last season...