Matthew Dellavedova will start for #Cavs tonight in New Orleans— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) November 22, 2013
Matthew Dellavedova will start for #Cavs tonight in New Orleans— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) November 22, 2013
This game is the one we should look back to as the game this team learned its biggest lesson&turned us in the right direction. It’s a choice— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) November 21, 2013
Yesterday’s game wasn’t at the Factory of Sadness, but Cleveland fans were no doubt left sad and depressed after witnessing some of the sorriest football the team has produced all year (aside from the games where Brandon Weeden was “leading” the team). This game had huge implications for the divisional standings and playoff race and it proved that this roster is not equipped for the bright lights yet.
Jason Campbell threw one pass down field the entire game. It went for a touchdown. Everything else was dink-and-dunk <5 yard passes. If that’s the offense we’re running put Weeden in, he has mastered that during his time with the Browns.
The worst part of the game was that the Browns got off to a 13-0 lead thanks to an outstanding defense performance, specifically from Joe Haden, who picked off Andy Dalton twice — one of which was returned for a touchdown (the first of his career). Then the second quarter happened.
The Browns special teams were atrocious, allowing two blocked punts. I’m not sure how you come off a bye week looking so unprepared, but the Browns certainly seem to be the golden standard for bad football as of late so it should come as no surprise.
Ultimately the excitement behind this game was media created and us Cleveland fans wanting a winner so bad. The Bengals were the favorites to win the division coming into the season, the favorites to win this game, and showed that they have the all around tools needed to win meaningful NFL games. The Browns will likely go on to another mediocre season at 6-10, maybe 7-9 if we catch a break in a game — but it’s probably time to get the draft talk started rather then rest of the season talk if fans want to have hopes for a brighter future.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are dealing with a three-game losing streak and perhaps some chemistry problems within the locker room.
In news that should surprise no one that has seen the majority of the Cavs’ first 10 games… The team does not appear on the same page and tempers flared at a recent players only meeting.Word is this meeting happened Wednesday after the blowout loss to the Timberwolves… which leaves one to wonder what happened after last nights awful performance against the Bobcats.
Cleveland will be in Washington D.C. tonight to take on the Wizards, who come into the game 2-6. This seems like another game many would have expected the Cavs to win prior to the start of the season, but given the recent play of this team it should not come as a shock the Cavs will be 8 point underdogs on the road on the second game of a back-to-back.
I get to watch about 10 Cavs games a year since I live in Charlotte, NC now. I’ll watch the ones during the free League Pass trials (typically the first week of the season and right after the All Star Break), the national games, and the games against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Tonight I got to see the Cavs in action thanks to them playing the Bobcats in Cleveland. Despite the recent bad play, the Cavs had yet to lose at home and many thought tonight would be a nice game to kick start the season in the right direction — including myself.
Could not have been more wrong if I tried. The Cavs had the lead in the 3rd quarter in one of the ugliest, worst games I have ever watched or seen. Then the Bobcats actually put the ball in the basket. There’s defensive battles… and then there’s just bad basketball. What I watched tonight was just bad basketball all around. Even if the Cavs would have won this game I would have zero confidence moving forward giving how bad they played.
Just yesterday I posted about the need to give this team time to find their flow. Tonight’s game did a great job of making me regret every writing those words. This team is getting worse, not better. Did I even see the #1 pick in this past draft play? He logged 7 minutes. A guy drafted 16 or so spots after him in the same draft played more minutes. Kyrie Irving is reminding me of LeBron James in his final season in Cleveland — trying to do everything on his own (except the difference here is LeBron was good enough to win us games taking this course of action). There is absolutely no continuity on offense, let alone a plan to at least put players in a position they can score. I can’t even try to defend Mike Brown from the ridiculous pleas to fire him already, because if I lead a team/group that performed that badly I would expect to be fired.
Luckily the Eastern Conference is horrible aside from the top teams, so anything is possible in terms of the playoffs, especially if the Cavs do come around. All I do know is that the Cavs are playing unwatchable basketball right now and I am beyond pleased that I did not invest in the League Pass back when I had high expectations and excitement for this team.
The expectation for the Cavs this season was the playoffs. There’s no denying that was ever the case. Unfortunately through 9 games the Cavs have looked anything but a playoff team. So, how did the Cavs reach this point after only 9 games? If you listen to the local sports chatter the consensus seems to be a mix of Chris Grant’s drafting, Mike Brown’s lack of offensive coaching, and Anthony Bennett being a draft bust. Some people even opined that Kyrie Irving isn’t an elite NBA player, not even at All-Star level. The real answer… Who knows.
I assure fans it is not because Kyrie is not elite or an all-star. He certainly hasn’t found his groove yet this season, but he is one of the best young point guards in the lead (and probably even one of the best point guards in the league). Anthony Bennett certainly deserves some of the blame. When you’re drafted number one it should not take you 20 field goal attempts to make your first NBA basket. The problem blaming him is that he was never going to live up to the expectations that come with being a #1 pick. Last year’s draft just didn’t have the talent level of past drafts, or this upcoming one. Where there better players available? It certainly seems that way so far. But, much like the Cavs season, it is probably to early to judge this class based on 2 weeks of games.
That leaves two remaining places to look, outside of the players — Mike Brown and Chris Grant. If there is a majority of the blame to go around, I believe it is most rightfully directed at Chris Grant. Over the last three drafts we have had the #1 , #3, and #4 picks. What do the Cavs have to show for this? Uncle Drew and a bunch of role players from the looks of it. To Tristian Thompson’s credit, he has been one of my favorite players to watch this year and seems like he is coming along quite nicely. But Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett don’t appear to be worth their draft position. This puts GM Chris Grant on the hot seat and since he is the one that has assembled this team, he certainly deserves his share of the blame. The problem with blaming him is who do you draft if not the guys he did? Granted, at this rate, anyone would be better than Bennett, but let’s assume he’ll look like a better player a few months from now. That leaves Mike Brown. He certainly is deserving of some blame because the team looks absolutely unwatchable right now — especially on the offensive end. Given that this is such a young team I don’t think it’s fair to run Brown out of town 9 games in like the Lakers did. This team will eventually get their legs back and show some offense, but they may be a little too dependent on how well Kyrie plays.
Overall I think it certainly looks like this season is shaping up in a way the Cavs did not expect, but let’s at least get a solid month or two of the season out of the way before giving up on this team.
As if yesterday’s debacle by Chris Perez wasn’t enough, today was the icing on the cake. Two straight days where the Indians have lost a game thanks to what was supposed to be the strength of the team, the bullpen.
Since this is the same group that dubbed themselves the bullpen mafia, I think it’s only fitting they rename themselves something more appropriate, or let the fans do so.
The worst part of all of this, the longer this goes on the further back the Tribe are going to fall from contention. Seeing as our temporary closer is Vinnie Pestano, who himself has looked awful since returning from injury, I see not relief in sight. Let’s hope the offense can build a large enough lead that a few runs given up in relief won’t matter, because let’s face it, the other option of a starter throwing a complete game is out the window unless Masterson is on the mound.
For me, the most interesting thing heading into tomorrow’s game will be seeing if our pitching staff retaliates for the near headshot Swisher almost took from a 100mph fastball. It was an absolute shame Swisher didn’t hit that ball out of the park that followed. Whether that throw was intentional or not (it likely wasn’t seeing as how wild the first pitch of that at-bat was), from what I’ve seen of those “unwritten rules” of the game, that’s not the type of action that can go unanswered
The Indians will look to get back on track tomorrow night @ 7:10pm with game 2 of 4 against Cincinnati in this series.
After spending yesterday disgusted with the Indians effort after the bullpen took over it’s time to move on and hope the team can manage to split the series with a win today.
It should come as no surprise I’m pumped for Corey Kluber to be on the mound tonight, seeing as we share the same alma mater, but it’s not just that. As I’ve mentioned, time and time again, guys like Kluber, Carrasco and Bauer need to be the pitchers getting starts in place of people like Kazmir and Myers. If I’m going to have starting pitchers with a 5+ ERA then they better be young players with the potential to develop as opposed to guys who clearly aren’t what they used to be, whether that is due to injury or age. I wouldn’t even mind seeing Kluber move to the bullpen in a long relief role and letting Bauer and Carrasco fill the rotation — as those seem to be the two youngsters with the most potential.
Oddly enough, all this talk about starting pitching and they might not even be the biggest cause for concern. Chris Perez was so bad the other night he got bombarded with so much hate on Twitter he decided to delete his account. Vinnie Pestano should probably consider doing the same after his outing yesterday. The “Bullpen Mafia”, as they dubbed themselves, looks like crap to this point. If they continue this trend then the Indians have no hope this year, as that was supposed to be the strong suit of this team.
All this said, what does that mean for today’s game? Who knows. I get the impression this is going to be one of those games where the Indians bounce back huge, or they cash it in, soak in their sorrow from yesterday, and look ahead to the series with the Reds starting tomorrow. I don’t know much about Boston’s starter, but I certainly don’t expect this to be a pitchers battle coming down to the final innings — and that’s probably a good thing the way the bullpen has performed as of late. I’m looking for Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis to kick start the offense today after receiving the majority of yesterday off. Whether that be on the base path or with their bats, it would be the kind of spark the top of the lineup needs to get going more consistently.
Today’s game is at 1:35 EST.
It’s been awhile since I’ve last been able to post about any of the Cleveland teams — I personally base that on the Indians success and me not wanting to ruin the streak they had going (in actually it was the lack of a functioning laptop). I think they were at the point where they had won 18 of their last 22 before Detroit manhandled them for a few days. Hopefully this series in Boston is the start of a new streak much like that one.
Probably the biggest news since I’ve last posted is the Cleveland Cavaliers “winning” the NBA lottery and will now be picking #1. After last year’s pick of Dion Waiters at #4, a place I don’t think he was pegged going by anyone, we know the Cavs management won’t be scared to take someone at #1 not named Noel (who seems to be the consensus #1) should their scouting reports say otherwise. Personally, going into the draft I was hoping we just didn’t drop out of the top 3 — as I thought Otto Porter would be the pick that fit best with this team and could contribute in a position of need. Now that we’re #1 there’s far more options to explore, and I don’t know how I feel about taking Porter at #1 for some reason. All the pundits have stated how weak this draft class is, and that’s probably the case, but so was Kyrie’s draft with the exception of him and Derek Williams going into it. Good thing we went Kyrie there… This draft brings us no one expected to perform at Kyrie’s level, and lots of people currently injured who are expected to be picked in the lottery.
I am not sold on Noel. Unless we’re trading Verejao for a SF I still think Porter has to be in the discussion. The problem is I do think Noel has the potential to be a dominant defensive force, which is precisely the type of player Mike Brown could use down low. The obvious issue there is his ACL and not being able to play until Christmas. Plus, will he have the same explosiveness? Who knows, and I don’t know how you draft someone in such a situation. There will be lots of talk over the next couple of months leading up to the draft over what the Cavs will do with the pick — and I will be sure to provide more insight into who I feel the Cavs should look at or potential trades to explore.
Lastly, Browns OTAs started recently — and Trent Richardson could be found standing on the sideline. I must say, I’m starting to get a little concerned that the RB we felt the need to trade up one spot for is still sore/injured after the layoff from Week 17 until now. The guy looked like a beast at times, while also pedestrian at times. As the season wore on he clearly wasn’t the same guy — and it seems he still isn’t. One has to wonder if Trent is capable of staying healthy at a position where he’s sure to get pounded week in and week out.
The good news… At least for a change we aren’t talking about a QB competition… Despite the fact there is one going on, likely between three people that would not be starting on any other team in the NFL.
Look for more updates on this long weekend and moving forward, as I will be able to get back in the swing of things with my laptop functioning again.
As I write this we are 173 picks through the NFL Draft and the Cleveland Browns have made 2 picks: 1) Barkevious Mingo; and 2) Leon McFadden. They have also made three trades: 1) Getting Devon Bess from MIA (and signing him to a 3 year extension) in a draft pick swap; 2) Trading with PIT to get a 3rd rounder next year (for this year’s 4th rounder); and 3) trading with IND to get a 4th rounder next year (for this year’s 5th rounder).
There’s no denying the front office has been busy, but the question really is what is there to show from all these moves? Other than the acquisition of Bess none of the trades have made the team better this year. I believe most people are on to what the Browns are attempting to do, at least what conventional wisdom would presume from the circumstances — and that’s setting themselves up for the 2014 draft and make the necessary moves to acquire a franchise QB early.
My major concern with this strategy is we weren’t that far off from having the first pick this year. Have our free agent acquisitions really propelled us to the point where we need to be stockpiling picks to trade up next year? We could easily find ourselves there without the need of any trade.
Ultimately this screams of another talk from the Browns management that will consist of telling fans to wait 3-5 years to rebuild, as they didn’t have the full season last year to scout these players as necessary. My personal belief is Mike Lombardi was never the right person to be in charge of player personnel in the beginning; and trading these late round picks that he likely would have missed on for an earlier pick next year is the only way he can manage to stick around over the long haul.
At the same time, if it leads to us getting some stability at the QB position sooner rather than later, so be it. Any way you look at it the Browns have taken what is usually a cherished day for their fans and completely taken the life out of it. Looks like we’ll have to wait for the undrafted free agents to start signing to get some rookie excitement in Cleveland.