The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Cavs-Nuggets Live Blog

Posted by disappointmentzone on 10 February 2008

Pregame:

Just checked the starting lineups. Apparently this game is being played in 2005. Both Eric Snow and Ira Newble are starting. LeBron will need to step up. Unfortunately the Nuggets seem to be his cryptonite (Spelling? Is there a correct spelling for a make believe substance?). His career scoring average against Denver is his lowest against any team in the league.

Meanwhile the Nuggets are at full health, I think. Is Nene still in the league? Carmelo is coming off a huge game on Friday against the Wizards. He scored about 75 points. In order for the Cavs to win they can’t let Anthony score 75 points. That’s what Austin Carr told me.

ESPN is showing the Cavs warming up. Larry Hughes just hit a jumper. This is not a good sign. Didn’t someone tell him not to waste his good shots during warm ups? Larry, they don’t count until the whistle blows! Instead of six made shots expect Hughes to finish with five made shots.

First Quarter:

Wait. Which one is Doris Burke and which one is Dan Schulman?

I’m waiting for the day that an inventive basketball star comes along utilizing the backboard on passes. Right now the backboard is chronically underused. It only comes into play during the dunk contests. Just think of the advantage a team would have knowing that what looks like a shot is actually a pass. I’m convinced that this is the future of basketball. Or at least I was until LeBron James received an alley oop from Ilgauskas off the body of a Nuggets player. Maybe LBJ is so ahead of the game that he’s bypassing the backboard and going straight for the opposing players. Just have to be careful with Camby. He’s all sharp angles. Hard to make a good bounce pass off of a ridge.

Hughes knocks down a shot. Yes, this is worth of its own entry.

Wow. Carmelo just used the rim for an alley oop. He steadfastly refuses to be outdone by LeBron. His pass was the ultimate manifestation of the little brother syndrome. Carmelo just had to one-up James. You think he’s playing with his NCAA championship ring on? LeBron should bitch slap him with his $100M Nike contract.

When did Subway became a player in the advertising game? Or rather: How did Subway become a player in the advertising game? Does Subway really need Reggie Bush and Brady Quinn hawking its sandwiches? Subways are everywhere. They sell subs, which a) everyone knows and b) makes them distinct in the fast food game. Quiznos? Please. I live four blocks from two Subways. Do they really need advertising? Which I guess makes the question: Why is Subway a player in the advertising game?

Back to basketball. Commercial break over.

Unfortunately, it seems the Cavs are still at commercial. The Nuggets just went on an 11-0 run. The Cavs look sluggish. Maybe all the injuries are taking a toll. You know who’s fit and probably available? Jared, the Subway guy. He’s been skinny for 10 years. I bet he could get up and down the court. He has to be at least as fast as Eric Snow.

13-0 run. Time to bring in Donyell Marshall and give Ira Newble the green light for shooting.

16-0 run.

Larry Hughes ends the bleeding with an improbable three pointer. Didn’t see that one coming.

The Cavs are missing Gooden, Varejao, Gibson, and Pavlovic…. and still Shannon Brown can’t get any tick. That has to be embarrassing. Like getting your butt kicked at a club. Thankfully lightening doesn’t strike twice and the good lord wouldn’t bestow two slights on the same humble soul.

Since we’re in the midst of the political primary season and polls are all the rage I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask. Which player looks most like he was forced to play basketball because he was super tall and is baffled by how he could be in the NBA: Cedric Simmons or Dwayne Jones?

At the end of the first quarter the Nuggets are up 35-24. They are shooting .625 from the field. The Cavs are shooting .625 from the foul line. This will be a fun to track.

Second Quarter:

LeBron makes a three to pull the Cavs within ten points. This is probably not a good sign. The Cavs won’t win if James is hoisting three pointers. James hitting his first three pointer probably means he’ll be shooting these all night if the Cavs remain so far behind. How about driving to the hoop and getting Anthony or Camby in foul trouble?

And right on cue LBJ jacks up another three (brick) on the next trip down the court.

Doris Burke went to an all boys camp as a child? That’s so shocking. Thanks for letting us know how awkward it was for you when they went shirts vs skins during summer camp, Doris.

Say what you will about Larry Hughes but with all the leg wear he looks exactly like this old white bearded guy I play basketball with at the gym. They may as well be twins. If only Hughes was sporting a tie dyed shirt. And white skin.

Right now the Nuggets have five players shooting at least 50% from the field. The Cavs have six players shooting less than 50% from the field, including four below 35%.

Drew Gooden has been growing that beard since the summer? That’s pathetic. I grow beards like that overnight.

Eric Snow just bricked a layup, denying LBJ his third assist. Is Snow really that much better than Shannon Brown? Really? Someone needs to follow Brown home tonight. Even I’m depressed by his lack of playing time in the face of Snow bricking layups. I can’t imagine how he’s feeling.

Doris Burke just made up a word: efforted. Shouldn’t a command of the English language be at least a minimum requirement for a person whose job it is to speak? Time to turn down the tube and turn up the Tate.

Eric Snow just missed another layup. It might have been blocked. Still… This much we know for sure: Shannon Brown would be dunking.

Ilgauskas travels, makes the layup, draws the foul, and sinks the free throw. That was the highlight of the quarter so far.

Devin Brown just stole a page from the Carmelo Anthony Book of Passing, firing a pass intended for Marshall off the rim. Didn’t play the angle right, though.

Cavs down 19. This is just like the last time these two teams played. Except Larry Hughes hasn’t been ejected (yet). The Cavs are on the verge of being 0-2 when I live blog games they play against the Nuggets.

LeBron makes another pass that is fumbling by the recipient out of bounds, this time off the hands of Simmons. LBJ might kill people at halftime.

And now the ball just rolled through Simmons’s legs. And now he just misplayed another pass, leading to a turnover. This is sad, not because Simmons is playing terribly but because you just know he’d rather be somewhere else, maybe in medical school or something. Although with those hands maybe not being in medical school is a good thing and having Simmons in the NBA can be seen as a positive for society.

Halftime: Nuggets 63 | Cavs 45

Third Quarter:

This makes no sense to me. Neither does a lineup to start the third quarter that includes Eric Snow and Ira Newble. That lineup sure makes sense to the Nuggets, though. They start the half nailing a wide open three pointer. Then Iverson makes a layup while drawing a foul, which prompts Mike Brown to call a timeout 1:20 into the second half. Guess that lineup decision isn’t make much sense to him, either.

Or maybe that lineup does make sense to him because coming out of the timeout he’s made no changes. I guess PF Ira Newble will be leading the Cavs to the promise land this evening.

So the Cavs probably won’t be able to make an impact trade before the summer. They have no assets. Not that having no assets is necessarily an issue. Look at the Heat. Danny Ferry must be wondering how it is that Pat Riley managed to transform the Heat from the worst team in the NBA with maybe the bleakest future of any team in the NBA to a team that has the world as its oyster starting this summer.

Hughes misses a shot off the shot clock. Beautiful.

Of course, when the Cavs get Gooden, Gibson, Pavlovic, and Varejao back it’ll be like acquiring a slew of new players, which will almost feel like a trade. And then Larry Hughes will go 1-9 while banking a $200,000 game check and the fantasy will be over.

Schulman says the Cavs are getting back into it, raising his voice and sounding excited after Hughes makes a layup to pull the Cavs to within 17. Nice try generating interest, Dan.

Damon Jones bricks a wide-open three to make the Cavs 3-17 from three point range. How about instead of (not) trading for Jason Kidd the Cavs make a play for Mike Miller? Does this make too much sense? And did anyone else think they’d come to bemoan the Cavs not protecting Jason Kapono from the Bobcats’ supplemental draft?

Donyell Marshall air balls an open three pointer coming out of the timeout. Thanks for hammering home the point about the lack of a true shooter on the Cavs’ roster.

Is Shannon Brown hurt? If only there were some way to find out! Some massive collection of readily available information. Something one could access instantly over an interconnected network of some sort.

The Cavs turn the ball over to end the third quarter. It’s the team’s 14th turnover tonight. The crowd rightly boos. The Nuggets are up 26 points at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter:

A friend just called me on my rotary phone to inform me about this new machine called The Internet. At first I thought he was pulling my chain, but it turns out that there is an interconnected network — presumably made of tubes — that provides instant access to key information, like Shannon Brown’s health. According to The Internet (and who know where this Internet gets its information) Shannon Brown played two nights ago and is not on the injured list for tonight’s game.

Wait! Shannon Brown is in the game! Loath be typing without watching the television screen!

Shannon Brown is making his presence felt by doing absolute nothing. It’s almost like he’s still on the bench. The prevailing thesis is that he’s lulling the Nuggets into a false sense of confidence, buoyed by their 30 point lead, and that at 2am tonight Brown is going to spring his trap and absolutely go off.

Barak Obama won the Maine caucus and a Grammy Award tonight.

Shannon Brown misses a layup. Apparently Mike Brown didn’t inform Brown that he’s supposed to be replacing Snow, not replicating Snow. Maybe Brown should have stayed in college another year. The fourth year is generally when the complexities of English are illuminated.

Brown (Shannon, not Mike) just passed the ball to a Denver Nugget (not sure which Nugget). Then he fouled the guy.

Technical foul on a Nugget (the white one). Brown (Shannon, not Mike) shoots the free throw. He misses. If that’s not bad enough Damon Jones has hurt himself and is questionable for tomorrow night. The Cavs might be down six rotation players against the Magic tomorrow. Yikes.

Continuing with Shannon Brown, he just attempted and missed a three pointer. His shot has a hitch in it, one I haven’t noticed prior tonight. Did someone allow Ira Newble and Larry Hughes to change his shot? You know, that might be an unspoken negative aspect of having Hughes on the roster, the bad example he provides with his shooting stroke. Think of the children, Larry!

The fourth quarter must be the Shannon Brown Happy Hour. He misses two jumpers in one possession. He’s that special.

Donyell Marshall gets his missed layup. The only guy not to brick a layup is Jared from Subway. Rumor is he’s still available. He’s svelte.

Oooh. Schulman informs us that we’re about to witness the worst home loss during the LBJ era. Prior to tonight the worst loss was by 31 points. Right now the Nuggets are up by 33. We are all witnesses.

Nuggets by 37 as Shannon Brown bricks another shot.

Newble now hurt.

Shannon Brown his a three pointer to pull the Cavs within 30 points, thus ensuring that the Cavs won’t suffer their worst home loss during the LBJ era. Damn. We were not witnesses after all.

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