April 18, 2014

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Draft was good, but could have been better

I’m not saying the Cavaliers had a bad draft. I can’t say that, because they added the closest thing to a sure thing by taking Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick. I’m not saying I’m terribly upset with the selection of Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick, though the Texas power Read More…

James play contributed to Brown’s exit

No matter what the Cavaliers say or don’t say — and they are saying virtually nothing at the moment — we all know the main reason Mike Brown was fired as coach on Monday: Owner Dan Gilbert realized it was the only way his team had a chance of re-signing LeBron James when the 25-year-old Read More…

Rondo has big hand in win

CLEVELAND — Rajon Rondo disappeared during the third quarter of a Game 1 loss to Cleve-land, allowing his point guard counterpart Mo Williams to single-handedly spark a Cavaliers rally. The Celtics star wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice. Rondo dished out a franchise-playoff-record 19 assists —including seven in the pivotal third quarter — Read More…

Celtics, Cavs series would be fun

Whether it’s in the East-ern Conference semifinals or finals doesn’t matter, but here’s hoping the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. The Cavaliers will win —and it could be fairly convincingly and impres-sively —but a best-of-seven series between these teams will be what playoff basket-ball is supposed to be all about: Two teams Read More…

Some Cavs fans need reality check

Winners of five straight, the Cavaliers can keep right on running for the moment, but their fans need to slow down and take a deep breath. I know Cleveland put up 126 points in an overtime win in Toronto a week ago. I know the Cavaliers scored 101 points over the first three periods and Read More…

Mixed emotions for Ferry

Part of Danny Ferry was elated. Part of him was choking back tears. Such is life as an NBA general manager. The Cavaliers’ front office leader was thrilled to have landed power forward Antawn Jamison, the “stretch four” Cleveland has always lacked, but the first thing he addressed at a press conference on Thursday was Read More…

Big ‘Z’ deserved a small gesture

Zydrunas Ilgauskas probably wanted to savor the moment, but not like this.   The Cavaliers center should have broken the franchise record for games played Saturday night, but coach Mike Brown, citing matchup problems, elected not to play him against the Dallas Mavericks.   That means Ilgauskas will have to wait until Wednesday, when the Read More…

Browns seeking signs of hope

Safety Mike Adams placed his hands together and looked to the sky. “Dear Lord,” he began. The request for divine intervention came Monday in response to a reporter’s question: Where will the Browns find hope? That’s not easy for a mere mortal to answer right now. Joshua Cribbs, who’s played better this year than any Read More…

Big Name wasn’t in cards

Manny Acta knows what you’re thinking, Indians fans. Why him?   Why some relative unknown guy that was fired by the worst team in baseball 2½ years into his tenure, and not someone with a bigger name, say Bobby Valentine or even Don Mattingly?   Here’s Acta’s response: “Not everybody was a big shot when Read More…

It made sense to trade Edwards

  If timing is everything, the trade of Braylon Edwards to the bright lights of the big city is a touchdown.   If the deal is judged solely on getting equal value in return, it’s more like a 4-yard run up the middle. Not bad, but nothing to celebrate.   Coach Eric Mangini sent his Read More…