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What to do With Ramon Sessions

Ramon Sessions… do the Cavs trade him or do they keep him?

It’s an interesting question and one that conjures up a pretty decent debate.  There are pluses and minuses for both stances, but in all honesty, there is one right answer.

The Cavs need to trade Ramon Sessions.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what Sessions can bring to the table.  The only problem is he is notoriously a point guard.  The Cavs #1 pick this year, Kyrie Irving, is also notoriously a point guard.  If you have any knowledge of basketball and how the NBA works you can see why this is a problem.  Only one of them can play the position at a time and ultimately it’s Irving they have chosen to build this franchise around moving forward.  That’s why Sessions has to go. Continue reading

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NBA Playoff Predictions

This is the first time in 5 years the Cavs haven’t been in the playoffs.  It’ll be ok Cleveland, we’ll be back.  In the meantime, we get to enjoy what could be a very dramatic NBA Playoffs season.  There are a lot of intriguing matchups and story lines that go beyond basketball.  Can the Heat do what they said they’d do, can the Celtics figure out what’s wrong, are the Lakers healthy enough to three-peat, are the Bulls ready to ascend the mountain to greatness?  We’ll find out the answer to those questions and more as the Playoffs kick off today.  Here are my quick predictions for round 1.

East:

#1 Chicago Bulls vs. #8 Indian Pacers:  The Bulls have a lot of talent.  The Pacers make up for their lack of talent by trying to out hustle everyone else.  I don’t think that’s going to matter.  The Bulls have the league’s likely MVP in Derek Rose.  There is no way he lets Indiana have any sense of hope or having a chance.  Derek Rose is going for the jugular.  The Bulls will get past the Pacers quickly.  Bulls in 5.

#2 Miami Heat vs. #7 Philadelphia 76ers:  The Heat have the three mojitos and the 76ers don’t have anyone that can begin to match up with them.  I think the 76ers are young and athletic enough to make this more interesting than it should be, but they won’t be able to stop LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.  Miami looks scary good in 4 wins, and scary bad in 2 losses.  Miami takes this in 6.

#3 Boston Celtics vs. #6 New York Knicks:  Everyone wants to pick the Knicks because the Celtics are broken.  I’m not that dumb.  The Celtics will turn it on again and look like the Celtics of old.  The Knicks don’t play enough defense to stop Boston and everyone jumps back on the band wagon.  Celtics take this in 6 and Carmelo Anthony faces another early playoff exit.

#4 Orlando Magic vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks:  The Hawks are in shambles and the Magic have Dwight Howard.  Ball game.  The Magic have too much and the Hawks are not the same team they’ve been in years passed.  In fact, they look like they’ve quit on yet another coach.  Magic take this one in 5.

West:

#1 San Antonio Spurs vs. #2 Memphis Grizzlies:  Memphis is young and athletic.  The Spurs are old and experienced with Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili.  I’ll take the latter, but it won’t be easy.  I’ll take the Spurs in 6 very close, highly contested games.

#2 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #7 New Orleans Hornets:  Everyone thinks the Lakers will win this one quickly.  I’m not so sure.  Although David West is out for the season, Carl Landry has filled in nicely, and they still have Chris Paul.  I think the Lakers win this one, but not in the 4 or 5 games everyone thinks.  Lakers win this one in a very scary 7 games.

#3 Dallas Mavericks vs. #6 Portland Trailblazers:  I’m jumping on the upset bandwagon here.  The Blazers are too athletic and have a certified beast in the middle with LaMarcus Aldridge.  Dallas is a one man band at this point with Dirk Nowitzki.  I think Dallas will struggle and Portland will take advantage of it.  This is my lone upset pick of the first round.  Trailblazers win this series in 6.

#4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. #5 Denver Nuggets:  I think this will be the most interesting series.  The Thunder are everyone’s pick to make a run to the finals over the Lakers.  The Nuggets have been amazing since losing Carmelo Anthony in the trade with the Knicks.  I think this will be a fun and fast paced series, but the Nuggets don’t have a legit crunch time guy.  The Thunder have two in Westbrook and Durant.  It’ll be fun, but the Thunder win this series in 6.

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The NBA’s Home Stretch… Part Deux!

This is Part Two of the NBA Home Stretch article.  For Part One click here

Side note… this is post #100 so congrats to me on that.  I expect cards, balloons, and money from all of you for such an accomplishment.  The fact that I’ve stuck with this and made it to 100 is truly amazing.  For those of you who have been reading and keeping up over all this time I say sincerely… Thank you!  Here’s to 100 more posts!

Anyways…

Part Two, The Playoff Teams.  At least if the playoffs started today. Continue reading

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The NBA: Where Embarrassment Happens

12, 13, 16, 16…

That’s the quarterly point totals from last night’s Cavs game against the Lakers… 25 points at halftime.  57 points total.  Unbelieveable.

Taking a closer look the Cavs were almost doubled up by the Lakers, 112-57.  The Lakers scored 57 points in the first half alone.  They could have gone scoreless the entire second half and still forced the game into overtime.  How does that happen?  Well first off the Cavs shot 29% from the floor compared to the Lakers 53%.  The Cavs shot 7% from three point range while the Lakers shot 50%.  The leading scorer for the Cavs was Alonzo Gee with 12 points.

Nick Young of the Washington Wizards scored 43 point last night against the Kings.  By himself he would have lost to the Cavs by only 14 points.

This is bad man… real bad.

The Cavs have finally hit rock bottom.  Yesterday I said they had to get worse in order to get better.  Well, after last night’s game I think it’s safe to say that things can’t possibly get much worse.  The Cavs now own the worst record in the NBA in terms of winning percentage at 8-30 (the Kings are 8-27) and looked primed to have the most ping-pong balls in this years NBA draft lottery.  In all honesty this is what needed to happen, but I think we can all agree that we didn’t want to see it happen like this.  What we witnessed last night was unforgiveable.

The Cavs played scared and with absolutely no urgency.  Sure, we knew that the Cavs weren’t going to win this game, but by no stretch of the imagination did anyone think it would be this bad.  By all accounts the game was over before it even started, but they still had to play.  They might have been better off forfeiting.

Now the questions are beginning to swirl about what the Cavs should do.  Will last night’s game be the catalyst that finally forces the Cavs to start moving some of its core pieces in an attempt to stock pile draft picks?  If I’m Dan Gilbert I’m going to Chris Grant this morning and telling him to start calling other teams and trying to get involved in any and all trades that will be going down in the upcoming weeks.  Why not call Denver and see if there is any way we can help them facilitate the pending Carmelo Anthony trade?  It’s worth a shot.

So this is the reality we are facing.  The Cavs suck.  We all knew it going into the season so we shouldn’t be surprised.  We should take it for what it is.  It’s the beginning stages of a rebuilding project that is going to be very, very messy given how far they’ve fallen.  But this is the process of rebuilding in the NBA.  So hang on tight.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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