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Monthly Archives: January 2015
IRVING TO MAKE THIRD STRAIGHT
NBA ALL-STAR GAME APPEARANCE
CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been named an NBA Eastern Conference All-Star, the league announced tonight on TNT. The voting for reserves was done by the Eastern Conference head coaches.
The 6-3 guard will make his third All-Star appearance, while becoming the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to be selected three times (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Isiah Thomas). In his first two All-Star outings, he has averaged 23.0 points on .714 (20-28) shooting from the field, a .500 (6-12) mark from beyond the arc, 4.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 29.5 minutes.
Irving started for the East in last year’s All-Star Game and took home MVP honors after finishing with a team-high 31 points on 14-17 (.824) shooting from the field, including 3-6 (.500) from the three-point line, a game-high 14 assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes. After leading the East to a 163-155 win in New Orleans, he became the second-youngest player to win the event’s MVP award (LeBron James) and the first player to tally at least 31 points and 14 assists. Irving was also just the second player in All-Star Game history to record more than 10 field goals and 10 assists in a single game (Dwyane Wade in 2010) and his 24 points in the second half tied Glen Rice (1997) for the most points scored in a in a single half in All-Star history.
Irving will join Cavaliers forward LeBron James on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, marking the seventh time in franchise history that at least two Cavs players will appear in the event (1972, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2005, 2009).
In 44 games (all starts) in 2014-15, Irving is averaging 22.1 points (12th in NBA), 3.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals (14th in NBA) in 38.1 minutes per game. He is the highest scoring point guard in the Eastern Conference, registering at least 20 points on 27 occasions this season, including eight 30-point outings. In last night’s 99-94 win over Portland, Irving set a career high, Quicken Loans Arena record and NBA season high with 55 points, while also establishing a new franchise record with 11 three-pointers made.
The 64th NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S. and will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and heard in 47 languages, will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, February 15.
My podcast with Michael Reghi from the Kenny Roda Show on News/Talk 1480 WHBC as we talk Super Bowl 49, the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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By the numbers, a look at Kyrie Irving’s record setting night for the Cavs in the 99-94 win over Portland, the teams 8th win in a row:
Scored a career high 55 points.
The 55 points are a Quicken Loans Arena single game scoring record. (Allen Iverson 54 points)
Second most points scored by a Cavaliers player in team history. (LeBron James 56 points)
Cavs franchise record 11 made three point field goals in a single game. (C.J. Miles 10)
Irving was 11-19 on three point field goals and 10-10 from the free throw line.
Points by quarter – 1st quarter (12pts), 2nd quarter (16pts), 3rd quarter (11pts) and 4th quarter (16pts).
Points by half – 1st half (28pts) and 2nd half (27pts).
Kyrie scored 24 of Cleveland’s final 28 points and 16 of the Cavs’ 20 in the fourth quarter.(Thanks ESPN.com)
Kyrie scored 56% of the Cavaliers points, 55 of 99.
Kyrie scored 55 points in just 39 minutes.
Kyrie missed his first 7 field goal attempts and then made 17 of his next 29 field goal attempts.
Kyrie was 11 of 19 on 3-point field goals, 6 of 17 on 2-point field goals and 10 for 10 on free throws.
Irving with 93 points in the last two games in 24 hours. (38pts) vs Detroit and (55pts) vs Portland.
Yes the Cavs are streaking from L.A. to Cleveland and here’s a look at some numbers during the Cavaliers current 6 game winning streak that would make “Frank The Tank” want to do as many beer bongs as possible because it tastes so good, and has Cavs head coach David Blatt feeling so good because of his team’s play at both ends of the floor.
The Cavs have now won 6 games in a row for the second time this season.
Their season high winning streak is 8 games (Nov.24-Dec.9).
During their current 6 game winning streak the Cavs margin of victory is 16 points per game – (114 to 98).
3 of those 6 wins have come against teams with records of.500 or better (Clippers, Bulls and OKC).
In all 6 of those games the Cavs have won the rebounding battle and have out rebounded their opponents (287-244).
In the last 4 games the Cavs opponents are shooting just 39.7 percent from the field .
The Cavs are a perfect 13-0 at home when scoring at least 100 points this season.
After finishing the first half of the season at (21=20), the Cavs are now (4-0) to start the second half off the season.
In the 6 wins:
LeBron James is averaging 31.5 points per game.
Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.3 points per game and 5.3 assists per game.
Kevin Love is averaging 16 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. (Only played 5 games)
Timofey “I Must Break You” Mozgov is averaging 10.5 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game.
J.R. Smith is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 40 percent from 3-point country as he’s made 22-55 from beyond the arc.
Tristan Thompson is averaging 9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Next Up For The Cavs:
At Detroit on Tuesday, January 27th.
Home against Portland on Wednesday, January 28th.
Home against Sacramento on Friday, January 30th.
At Minnesota on Saturday, January 31st.
I had a chance today on the Kenny Roda Show on News/Talk 1480 WHBC to discuss last season, his off season and what the Indians expect from him this season. Here’s my 1 on 1 interview with Tribe left handed starter T.J. House.
LEBRON JAMES NAMED 2015 NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTER
BECOMES AN ALL-STAR FOR THE 11th CONSECUTIVE YEAR
CLEVELAND, OH – The NBA announced tonight that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference in a vote by the fans for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
The 2015 All-Star appearance will mark the 11th consecutive for the two-time NBA All-Star MVP (2006 & 2008). In his previous 10 All-Star appearances (all starts), he has averaged 24.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 31.1 minutes while shooting .515 from the field. Among all-time leaders in the event, James ranks first in three-pointers made (23), second in points per game (24.8), fourth in points scored (248), fourth in field goals made (102) and 10th in assists (61). In last year’s All-Star Game in New Orleans, James had 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 33 minutes to help the East win 163-155.
James has reached several historical marks in 2014-15. In last Friday’s win against the Los Angeles Clippers at STAPLES Center, he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 24,000 points (30 years and 17 days old). Earlier this season, James became the Cavaliers’ all-time leader in three-pointers made, and also surpassed Charles Barkley (23,757) for 23rd place on the NBA’s career scoring list. James currently has 24,054 points and has scored in double figures in 606 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in NBA history.
In 34 games (all starts) this season, James has averages of 26.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 37.6 minutes per game. The four-time MVP ranks second in the NBA in points per game and eighth in assists per game. He is the only player in the NBA this season to shoot .490 or better from the field with averages of at least 25.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. He has also won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award twice this season (November 10-16 and November 24-30), and his 47 Player of the Week honors are the most in league history.
The 64th NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and heard in 47 languages, will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, February 15.
If you missed my interview on News/Talk 1480 WHBC with the author of the book that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer says helped change his life – “Lead…For God’s Sake” by Todd Gongwer, you can listen to the entire interview right here –
The Ohio State football team got off to a horrible start after they lost their second game of the season at home to Virginia Tech 35-21. A lot of people, myself included, wrote them off, didn’t think they had any chance of winning the National Championship after a performance like that. Thank goodness Urban Meyer didn’t think like that. Instead “Honest Urb” and his players stared adversity in face and overcame it time and time again and as we all know by now went on to win College Football’s National Title. David Blatt and the Cavaliers are in a similar situation. Is it possible that Blatt, LeBron James and the rest of the Cavs have learned something like I did from OSU and follow in the Buckeyes footsteps?
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