Cavaliers Mix blog         Write for Cavs blog    
Write about the Cavaliers
We believe that you the avid fan, student journalist, and or freelance writer deserve to be heard. Avid fans have a strong desire to hear from the common (or not so common) "man" as well. You are always free to write about the material of your choice, in your own unique style, and on your own schedule. So vent,enlighten and share with us!
Contact us at: writers@sportsmixed.com
Enjoy Cavaliers rumors, news, talk?
Please help us spread the word on the Sports Mixed Network by letting friends, and family know about it. The more we grow our community of avid fans, the more features we can add. So please send a Tweet, Facebook message or better yet tell them in person.

Continuing the Momentum into the New Year

Week 15 for the Cavaliers and Week 2 for the Cavs Optimist begin with one over-riding theme: Continuing the Momentum. It was another 4 game week and I'm posting here on Monday to include Sunday's game. Overall, how can you complain with a 3-1 week and re-affirming our # 1 ranking in all of the power ranking systems. As I said before, I will not hesitate to formulate negative opinions as well and that will be evident in my synopsis of Sunday's Charlotte game. Overall, we've won 12 out of our last 14 and our continuing the momentum into the new year towards that ever coveted title. For all of my weekly followers and newcomers, sit back and enjoy:

Cavs (24-8) vs. Atlanta Hawks 1

Key Points:

  • Defense in the 4th Quarter. Held them scoreless until approximately 4 minutes left.
  • Way to many Turnovers but did get back on defense this game which helped minimize the Hawks offense.
  • Bench Play - A key theme in many of the Cavs victories: Z hit a big shot, Andy's hustle, and Delonte's teabag of highflying slam dunk champ Josh Smith (and yes, the T was worth it!)

Key Player:

  • Delonte West - Of course the energizing dunk but also his ability to aggressively score and his defense on Cav Killer - Jamal Crawford (Thanks Coach!)

Theme:

  • Fear - In winning time, the Cavs defensive fear was the difference. We swept them in the playoffs and they know we're an elite team. Many of their wins have not been against top teams and the Cavs have been. Now they've been tested and we stepped up to the challenge.

Summary:

This was a big road win for the Cavs and you guessed it - Continued the Momentum! It's huge to get the first of a weird home and home back to back. LBJ had an off night and that is sure to help us for the next night on his birthday nonetheless. He had an off night but others stepped up for the win.

Cavs (25-8) vs. Atlanta Hawks 2

Key Points:

  • Atlanta came out strong as we knew they would. Motivated for payback.
  • Atlanta is a solid road team despite most of their wins against sub 500 teams.
  • Sluggish 1st half and didn't come out to protect the home court like we should.
  • Do what it takes to win!
  • Shot clock/officiating - see summary.

Key Player:

  • LeBron - On his bday, this was so EZ! What a game for LeBron scoring, leadership, defense, and passing. This guys brings it every night but especially after an off-night (his off-games are better than 95% of the league). Happy Bday Bron Bron.

Theme:

  • Adversity/Finding a Way - You can combine this all into heart and finding a way to win. As Mike Brown said, “I didn’t have to do much in the huddle.” The Cavs knew what this game meant and to win at home nothing much more needed to be said. They proved it down the stretch.

Summary:

Unfortunately, this game may be marred with controversy as the shot clock under 2 minutes for the Hawks didn't reset. It is possible the league will review and make us replay the final 2 minutes at one of the 2 other meetings with the hated Hawks. Despite that cleverly timed slip (Cleveland is owed 10x more calls for bad ones over the years), the Cavs bunkered down and made the plays necessary to win it. Question Mike Brown’s execution in last minute situations but great awareness by Mr. Hustle, Andy Varajeo. Nice time to hit a game-winning 3 for the first of your career. Guess what Cleveland fans - we'll take it!

Cavs (26-8) vs. New Jersey Nets

Key Points:

  • Sluggish first half on the road
  • Hard to get motivated on the road against a team with such a terrible record
  • Jay-Z: LeBron is always going to play well in HOVAs house

Key Player:

  • LeBron - He definitely brought it this game and led us back starting in the 2nd quarter for the comfortable road win. His leadership is undeniable and translated to the rest of the team.
  • Special Mention - Anthony Parker. Haven't heard much from him but his defense all year has been solid and he made some big plays down the stretch for us. Hustle plays and hit a huge 3. Welcome back to the U.S. Tony.

Theme:

  • Finding a Way - You've heard it before but nothing else needs to be said.

Summary:

Another road win and a nice way to figure things out and continue that momentum into the New Year! Our year, 2010 has arrived. That sounds nice, Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Champions 2010..

Cavs (27-8) vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Key Points:

  • Tough match-up for the Cavaliers with their oversized, athletic guards/forwards.
  • Back-to-back for both teams but must protect home court.
  • Win the games you're supposed to win as an NBA champion. Every game is important!
  • Shaq/Z combo - big off night for Z and even Andy in this case.

Key Player:

  • Moe - He got it going, especially in the 2nd half this game to keep the Cavs in it. When LBJ AND Moe score 20 or more the Cavs are pretty solid. They're now 10-3. His 3-point shooting kept us alive and the more aggressive Moe is the better.

Theme:

  • Fatigue - It is unfortunate that this week's column must end with a loss but coming off the holidays and a back-to-back, fatigue definitely was a factor. Many of the players eluded to getting their legs back Monday and Tuesday before Wednesday's game. A little rest Mon and practice Tuesday should clear things up.

Summary:

Fatigue is still no excuse for not instilling fear defensively and careless turnovers. Questionable clock management at the end of the game hurt the Cavs in this one. Unfortunately, 6 of the 9 Cavalier losses this year have been against teams with a losing record. Mike Brown needs to keep these guys focused and motivated but like Moe said after the game, Sometimes you're going to have an off-night.” As Coach said, Wouldn't it be nice if someone had an off-game against the Cavs? We'll see Coach. The Cavs are elite and teams are going to bring it every night. But, I'm with you on this one..

Again, what a great week for the Cavs at 3-1. I would like to make a quick note on the improved play of Shaq/Z two-head monster. Congratulations to Mike Brown on winning eastern conference coach of the month in December for our 14-3 record! That's a great record given our brutal early schedule. This is a record # of wins for the Cavs in December. How much of that is Mike Brown remains to be seen but nonetheless, way to continue the momentum into the new year! Although we hit a small bump in the road Sunday, it's important to get back into business for the Soulja Girl led Wizards. We need that win before we head out on a loooong west coast road trip. On a final side note, is anyone wondering what will happen when Delonte West shuts down Gilbert Arenas? Think for the first time in your life Gilbert on this one. Go Cavs!

Cavs Optimist 

2 comments:

  1. I cant wait to here about arenas this week!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Fellow Cavs Fan Welcome! I appreciate your comment. As you'll read in my latest column "Off to the Delonte West," I briefly touched on the Washington gunslinger, I mean leader. The NBA absolutely made the right call on this one and need to get guys like him out of the league. The stories about the teammates who joined into turning this into a joke also is disturbing. The biggest joke is that Washington still thinks it's a rivalry and we showed them Wednesday that's not even close to being true. Unless it's at the O.K. Corral, but I'd still take the newest member of the Cuyahoga police, Shaq in that one. Enjoy the recap and keep coming with the comments! I'll see what my resource - Yoda has to say about this also.

    On another side note, I do think Antawn Jamison is a class guy. I saw him address the crowd before they beat Orlando (thanks Wizards) and wouldn't mind seeing him in a Cavs Uni but must be for the right price. Another article on Cavs trades will be forthcoming. If I see Arenas in D.C. this weekend, I'll be sure to wish him well.

    ReplyDelete