The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Game 12: L

Posted by disappointmentzone on 23 November 2006

Three times this season the Cavs have played back-to-back games. Three times this season the Cavs have won the first game of a back-to-back. Three times this season the Cavs have lost the second game of a back-to-back. In two of those losses the Cavs were blown away in the fourth quarter; in two of the losses the Cavs were blown away early. Last night’s loss was the bridge between the two extremes: the Cavs were both blown away early and blown away late. If basketball games only lasted from the second quarter to the fourth quarter the Cavs might be fine. For now, at least, that’s not that case, and there is no sign that David Stern is interested in changing the format of the game. So perhaps a new strategy is needed, because whatever the plan is right now…it’s not working.

Fortunately, the Cavs have 20 back-to-back series this season. Excellent.

It’s worth noting that Mike Brown rested Anderson Varejao against Memphis, limiting him to only 13 minutes. This appeared to be a move to ensure that at least one important player had fresh legs for the Toronto game. The move worked. Anderson was one of only three players to have an above-average game. Sasha Pavlovic was limited to 14 minutes against Memphis. He was also one of the three player to have an above-average game. LeBron James was the third.

I’m not going to post a Disappointment Zone Boxscore for the Toronto game (unless there is some outcry, which I doubt). Doing so would be too, well, disappointing. It’s a lot of negative numbers and not much else. Again, only LBJ, Varejao, and Sasha had above-average games. Everyone else sucked. The suckiest of the sucky was Donyell Marshall (-.465). The least sucky of the sucky was Drew Gooden (-.072).

Once more, none of the guards is average and the Cavs lose. This is something to keep an eye on.

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4 Responses to “Game 12: L”

  1. Ben said

    Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson! Daniel Gibson!

  2. Gibson is someone to keep an eye on. I’d like to do a feature on him, but he needs to get a few more games with significant minutes before my analysis can be based in something other than my impressions. That said, Snow and Wesley are not providing much, and if Gibson can prove to be a good defender and limit his turnovers he could quickly put pressure on Mike Brown to think about splitting the PG minutes between Gibson and Snow. Against Toronto I thought Gibson played will in the second quarter are pretty poorly in the fourth quarter. Defense and shot selection were his downfalls.

  3. Ben said

    I actually thought he took good shots, but he just missed them. He had some spot up 3s late in the game and they rimmed out. Those were good shots, they came in the ball rotation and it wasn’t like he was forcing them. I think you’d see him make those after he gets more playing time.

    As for his defense, sometimes I thought he did well (got a good steal off Bosh) but he needs to stay in front of his man better (and realize where the help is coming from)

  4. At the end of the game LBJ needed to take over and just drive to the basket. Not all of Gibson’s shots were bad per say, but I would have preferred to see the ball in LBJ’s hands. You’re right: he wasn’t forcing them.

    I’m hopeful that Gibson will come along over the next few weeks. Better man to man defense will go a long way.

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