Tag:LeBron James
Posted on: May 16, 2010 12:21 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2010 1:03 pm
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Answer to Cleveland's quagmire? That's Amar'e

The big question every NBA fan, executive, player, agent, marketer, salesperson and janitor is wondering this offseason involves where LeBron James will spend the next half dozen years of his basketball career. The Cavaliers, and notably the executive braintrust of GM Danny Ferry and owner Dan Gilbert, did everything they thought they could to accessorize James with the appropriate championship-caliber talent the past two seasons, and in turn persuade James to get that Cle4Life vanity license plate.

But again, the Cavs are watching the playoffs from home despite topping 60 wins for the second-straight season. Ferry did more than he's ever done this season, dressing the LeBrons up with Shaq and Antawn Jamison in addition to previously acquired sidekick Mo Williams and homegrown role players like Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson. But the recipe didn't work, and the Cavs looked lost during parts of their semifinals series vs. the Celtics.

So what was the answer to the Cavaliers championship riddle? We turn to Twitter. In a surprisingly fruitful synergy of public relations and good old fashioned ask-an-interesting-question-ism, our Ken Berger was able to unearth the ever-thought elusive solution courtesy of Shaquille O'Neal's former Phoenix teammate.




@Amareisreal is of course, Amar'e Stoudemire. @KBerg_CBS is our aforementioned NBA columnist. And @NBAPR is somebody from the league who protects their tweets. Now let's not make a big deal out of Stoudemire having a little fun on Twitter. But having Stoudemire's low-post presence alongside of James would have been something exciting to watch. Jamison is one of the better complementary pieces in the league, but for as good as his silky smooth touch is, he doesn't compare to the freakish athletic ability of Stoudemire. Would K.G. have been able to shut down Amar'e for 35 minutes a night? Would Amar'e have likely forced K.G. into foul trouble early into each game? Would this have prevented K.G.'s awkward press conference following Game 6? Why do I keep mentioning K.G.?

Also of note with this little exchange is the fact it doesn't really exist anymore. This all took place using the hashtag #nbamedia (click on Berger's Twitter stream and then click on that hashtag. I can't seem to link it up cleanly.) and when you click on it Sunday, poof, the Berger-Stoudemire exchange is no mas (it was there late Saturday night). So while I wonder "what if" Amar'e was a Cav, I also now wonder, is somebody really trying to censor that? C'mon people, lighten up.

So how would a LeBron-Amar'e combo have done this NBA playoffs? Is Amar'e right? Would the Cavs have won Cleveland it's first championship since the James Polk administration?




Posted on: May 12, 2010 3:28 am
Edited on: May 12, 2010 2:43 pm
 

NBA Rewind: Hot Shots / Cold Shots

Which player made the most efficient use of his offensive touches to help his team win the game? Which player's misses cost his team a shot at victory?

Here's what we've got...

Let us know how we did. Did we choose the right guys? Who would you add or subtract?





HOT  SHOTS - Ray Allen







25 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 0-1
Jumpers: 8-12
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 8-13
3FG: 6-9
FT: 3-3


COLD SHOTS - LeBron James







15 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 1-1
Jumpers: 1-12
Dunks: 1-1
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 3-14
3FG: 0-4
FT: 9-12

Posted on: May 2, 2010 12:59 am
Edited on: May 2, 2010 11:31 am
 

NBA Rewind: Hot Shots / Cold Shots

Which player made the most efficient use of his offensive touches to help his team win the game? Which player's misses cost his team a shot at victory?

Here's what we've got...

Let us know how we did. Did we choose the right guys? Who would you add or subtract?



HOT SHOT - LeBron James







35 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 7-12
Jumpers: 5-11
Dunks: 0-0

Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 12-24
3FG: 3-6
FT: 8-11




COLD SHOT - Paul Pierce







13 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 2-5
Jumpers: 3-12
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 5-17
3FG: 1-6
FT: 2-2

 

Posted on: April 27, 2010 11:38 pm
 

LeBron injures elbow, Cavs advance to face Boston

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Antawn Jamison scored 25 points, LeBron James just missed a triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to a playoff date with Boston by beating Chicago 96-94 in Game 5 on Tuesday night in perhaps Vinny Del Negro's final game as Bulls coach.

James, favoring a tender right elbow that appears to hurt worse than he's letting on, scored 19 points -- 16 in the second half -- and added 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Cavs finally saddled the stubborn Bulls to win the series 4-1. Unable to lift his right arm, James was forced to shoot a free throw left-handed with 7.8 seconds left.

Cleveland will face the Celtics, reuniting teams that don't like each other and who played a testy seven-game series in 2008.

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Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:44 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2010 1:36 am
 

NBA Rewind: Hot Shots / Cold Shots

Sure, basketball is a team game... but individual performances can still spell the difference between playoff success and failure. In this feature, we take a look at the players who made the biggest impact, good or bad, on the day's results. Which player made the most efficient use of his offensive touches to help his team win the game? Which player's misses cost his team a shot at victory?

Here's what we've got...

Let us know how we did. Did we choose the right guys? Who would you add or subtract?




HOT SHOT - Dwyane Wade


46 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 4-6
Jumpers: 8-14
Dunks: 4-4
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 16-24
3FG: 5-7
FT: 9-14




HOT SHOT - LeBron James







37 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 0-0
Jumpers: 10-16
Dunks: 1-1
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 11-17
3FG: 6-9
FT: 9-10




HOT SHOT - George Hill







29 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 0-1
Jumpers: 11-15
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 11-16
3FG: 5-6
FT: 2-2




HOT SHOT - Carlos Boozer







31 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 8-9
Jumpers: 4-9
Dunks: 1-1
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 13-19
3FG: 0-0
FT: 5-9




Posted on: April 20, 2010 2:28 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 3:03 am
 

NBA Rewind: Hot Shots / Cold Shots

Sure, basketball is a team game... but individual performances can still spell the difference between playoff success and failure. A player with a hot hand can crush defensive morale, and whip the arena in to a frenzy. Meanwhile, if the team's lead scorer goes ice cold, it normally takes a Herculean effort to overcome the missed opportunities.

Without further ado, we present the heros and goats for Sunday's matchups.

Let us know how we did. Did we choose the right guys? Who would you add or subtract?



HOT SHOT - Deron Williams








33 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 2-3
Jumpers: 5-10
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 7-14
3FG: 3-4
FT: 16-18





HOT SHOT - LeBron James







40 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 6-6
Jumpers: 9-16
Dunks: 1-1
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 16-23
3FG: 2-4
FT: 6-6





HOT SHOT - Jamario Moon







12 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 0-0
Jumpers: 4-5
Dunks: 0-0

Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 4-5
3FG: 4-5
FT: 0-0


COLD SHOT - Carmelo Anthony







32 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 7-15
Jumpers: 0-8
Dunks: 2-2

Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 9-25
3FG: 0-1
FT: 14-15

Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 2:24 pm
 

Cavaliers vs. Bulls: Game 1 Simulation

Welcome to the 2010 NBA Playoffs Simulation series! Each morning, we'll get an early look at the day's action by running a complete simulation of each and every contest. We then give you all the stats and highlights, so we can see just how close the game comes to reality.

The gang over at 2KSports.com has been nice enough to help us run the show, using full length games on NBA2K10.


In a shocking start to the NBA postseason, the Bulls upset the top-seeded Cavs, 98-91. Derrick Rose is the player of the game, racking up 24 points and 15 assists. LeBron has a rough night, scoring only 15 as the Cleveland came out flat in the second half.


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Cavaliers Stats

Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:53 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 4:57 pm
 

NBA Quarterfinals: Key Matchups

By Ken Berger , Senior Writer

Preview Links: Eastern Breakdown | West Breakdown | Bracket & Schedule   Video Previews: East | West

Eastern Conference


Cavaliers vs. Bulls

Cavs’ bench vs. Bulls’ bench. As superior as Cleveland will be with LeBron James on the floor, the Cavs’ second unit (J.J. Hickson, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao, Jamario Moon) may have an even bigger advantage over the Bulls’ lackluster subs.



Magic vs. Bobcats

Dwight Howard vs. every center Larry Brown has ever coached. Well, it only seems that way with Nazr Mohammad and Theo Ratliff among the big men Brown can send at Howard in waves – mostly just to foul him. Between putting Howard (a 59 percent free-throw shooter) on the line and forcing the Magic to become to 3-point happy, Brown will have a field day trying to
                                            win this series by himself.


Hawks vs. Bucks

Brandon Jennings vs. Mike Bibby. The Bucks’ rookie point guard proved beyond any doubt that he was ready for the NBA stage. There’s no reason to think he’ll shrink from the playoff spotlight – especially if Bibby has to defend him for long stretches.



Heat vs. Celtics

Dwyane Wade vs. Ray Allen. As is usually the case, the shooting guard matchup is Miami’s advantage. But in this case, it works at both ends of the floor. If Allen takes a beating against Wade on the defensive end, how will his legs hold up when sizing up crucial 3-pointers on the other end? For that reason, look for Paul Pierce to get plenty of Wade duty, with Allen
                                            switching off to Quentin Richardson, who does all his damage standing beyond the 3-point
                                            line.



Western Conference


Lakers vs. Thunder

Ron Artest vs. Kevin Durant. Losing 14 pounds during the season, Artest is much quicker on his feet than he was early on. He has the strength to frustrate Durant, but still doesn't have the quickness to guard him the entire game; Kobe Bryant will have to take him on for stretches.



Mavericks vs. Spurs

Shawn Marion vs. Spurs wings. Marion's versatility on the defensive end will give Rick Carlisle the option of putting him on whoever is hurting the Mavs with dribble-penetration -- whether it's Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili or Richard Jefferson.



Suns vs. Trail Blazers

Steve Nash vs. Andre Miller. The Suns go as Nash goes, and Miller doesn't have the quickness to guard him alone. How much space Nash can find for himself will dictate the tempo of the series.



Nuggets vs. Jazz

Nuggets bench vs. Jazz bench. This could be the deciding factor in the series. If J.R. Smith shoots it well and plays smart (for him), the Nuggets could have a big edge along with Chris "Birdman" Andersen and speedy point guard Ty Lawson.





 
 
 
 
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