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Monthly Archives: November 2015
WINS AWARD FOR NBA RECORD 49th TIME OF CAREER AND
FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
CLEVELAND – The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, November 16, through Sunday, November 22. This marks the first time this season James has earned Player of the Week accolades, as well as the 49th time in his career, the most in NBA history. It also marks the 49th time in franchise history a player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 30th time James has earned the honor as a member of the Cavaliers.
James led Cleveland to a 2-1 record this past week, averaging 25.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 36.0 minutes per game. He shot .571 (28-49) from the field, .600 (6-10) from the three-point line and .875 (14-16) from the free throw line. No other player in the NBA averaged at least 25.0 points while shooting at least .500 from the field, .600 from beyond the arc and .800 from the charity stripe this past week. Among Eastern Conference leaders, James was third in points per game (25.3), tied for fifth in field goals made (28), tied for 11th in assists per game (5.7) and tied for 14th in rebounds per game (8.7). The 11-time NBA All-Star also scored in double figures in all three games, extending his double-digit scoring streak to 654 games, which is the third-longest streak in league history.
James started the week off by tallying a game-high 30 points on 11-21 (.524) shooting from the field, including 4-7 (.571) from long distance, six rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes at Detroit on Nov. 17. With his 10th point of the night, a three-pointer at the 3:06 mark of the first quarter, he surpassed Jerry West (25,192) for 19th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. In the Cavs’ 115-100 win over Milwaukee on Nov. 19, James posted a team-high 27 points on 9-13 (.692) shooting from the field, nine rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. He ended the week by registering his fifth double-double of the season with 19 points on 8-15 (.533) shooting, 11 rebounds, a game-high eight assists and two blocks in 33 minutes during Cleveland’s 109-97 victory over Atlanta on Nov. 21.
In 2015-16, James has appeared in 13 games (all starts) with averages of 26.6 points on .518 shooting from the field, 7.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.2 minutes per game. The 6-8 forward currently ranks fifth in the NBA in points per game and is the only player in the league to shoot at least .500 from the field while averaging at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. With 25,259 career points, he is 21 away from passing Reggie Miller (25,279) for 18th all-time in NBA history.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
2nd-year pro threw for career-high 372 yards vs. Pittsburgh
By Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com Senior Staff Writer
BEREA, Ohio – The Browns will move forward with Johnny Manziel as their starting quarterback, coach Mike Pettine announced Tuesday.
Manziel has started three games this season, including the past two. On Sunday at Pittsburgh, he completed 33-of-45 passes for a career-high 372 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he’s completed nearly 60 percent of his throws for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 90 yards.
Manziel takes over for Josh McCown, who was sidelined the last two weeks with a rib injury. In seven starts, McCown completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,897 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Browns have a bye this week and return to the field Monday, Nov. 30, against the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Mike Pettine addressed the media about this decision after Tuesday’s practice and you can read his official Browns Q and A transcript below.
Head Coach Mike Pettine – Post-Practice Press Conf. Transcript 11-17-15
On what he hopes to see from starting QB Johnny Manziel:
“Progress. I thought he took, it was well documented we talked about it after the game, took a big step forward in a lot of the small details of quarterback play. It’s as simple as that for us, just to continue to get better. He did some good things but there’s some things that can be improved upon. Each week presents a new challenge and he has to be able to react to how a defense is playing him and be able to play within a game plan, the structure of it and stay tight to that. Bottom line, just progress.”
On why Manziel is now the starting QB:
“I think the performance against Pittsburgh I think validated for us the progress that he’s made, the improvement that he’s shown and that he deserves this opportunity. Also just (QB) Josh’s (McCown) circumstances being what they are, not being entirely healthy at least in the short term. It’s something that we understand where our season is at this point and this is a kid we invested a lot in. This will give us an opportunity to see how far he’s come and what he’s capable of.”
On how difficult it was to make the decision:
“I wouldn’t say it was extremely difficult. When you look at all the factors involved and for what I just say, where we are right now from a record standpoint. I wouldn’t say it was difficult. It didn’t take five seconds. We discussed everything like I said, everything was put on the table and it clearly made the most sense.”
On the assumption that QB changes come from one player underperforming and what McCown did as a starter:
“I don’t feel that way at all. This is a guy that set records here. Three game span and a single game record, what he did for us is tremendous. I think a lot of Johnny’s success you can trace directly to Josh McCown. He’s been tremendous and with Johnny now as the starter we feel like we have the best back up in the league. Guy that’s seen it all, we know can come in and can play. Visiting with him this morning and talking through it I just can’t say enough about the character of the kid and him understanding. At the same time the competitive part of him, knowing what he’s capable of and what he can do for this football team but also having that ability to see the big picture.”
On how the conversation with McCown went:
“I don’t want to get into too much of it but it was not as difficult as I anticipated and a big part of that was Josh. How he handled it, his mentality, his football character and to use a ‘hokie’ phrase, his team spirit.”
On why the announcement was made today:
“We were at that point where we were having lengthy discussions about the entire roster and making some decisions moving forward. We made it, didn’t feel the need to sit on it.”
On if he is concerned Manziel will continue to have off the field incidents like his run in with the police in October:
“We’re always concerned about our players outside of the building. We talk to them about it. They know that there’s a standard of behavior that they have to live up to. He and I got a chance to sit down this morning and that was one of the things, I won’t go into details but that was one of the things that came up in the discussion.”
On if Manziel gives the Browns the best chance to win:
“Based on the way he played against Pittsburgh, what he showed, his ability to make plays in the pocket and outside of the pocket that I think the difference in maximizing our chances to win is negligible. You’re not going to hold me down and I’m going to choose one over the other but that gap is very small.”
On the trust he has in Manziel off the field:
“He’s done some things to affect that trust clearly. That’s something that we talk about, that I know Flip talks to him about and Kevin talks to him about. He understands it and he knows that with these expectations that there comes great responsibility. That’s something that he knows has to live up to.”
On if he expects Manziel will not be disciplined by the league:
“I can’t get into – we factored everything into it. If the circumstance change they change. To me, that’s a league matter. I’m really not going to comment on that at this time.”
On the reaction to the QB decision in the locker room:
“I think when you talk to our players I think you’ll get a sense of how it will play. Based on how he’s performed and I think you only need to go back to this last performance, I think he earned a lot of respect from the guys in that room of how he prepared for the week, how he went out and executed the game plan. Ask the guys how he handled himself in the huddle and how he was at the line of scrimmages, execution of plays. From a locker room standpoint I just think it’s tough to put any weight into any opinion about our locker room if you’re not in it.”
On if McCown will be the number two QB:
On if the last six games of the season are Manziel’s audition for the 2016 starting QB job:
“I don’t want to look that big picture. I’ve already said it, we want to get a good sense of where he is and I think when the season’s over that you always clear the table and evaluate each position. This will allow us to have a lot more information as we assess the quarterback position moving forward.”
On an injury update:
“Joel’s (Bitonio) still pushing through it, potentially an outside chance for Baltimore. We’ll know a little bit more as the week goes on. The guys that I said were in the concussion protocol are still in it. Joe (Haden) is still in it. We’ll know more. They’re improving, there’s no setbacks but still you have to go through the process. (Randy) Starks tweaked the knee. It was nothing serious but still this close removed from the game we still don’t have a great feel for how that’s going to play out.”
On OL Cameron Erving’s performance against the Steelers:
“There were some glaring mistakes, I think we all saw some of those. In between that he did some good things. The thing I was most proud of was the energy, the enthusiasm, the toughness that he brought. Trying to finish blocks and getting after guys when he could from an opponent standpoint. I liked the mentality that he played with I just thought he was raw and excited and kind of all over the place and that led to some of his mistakes. But a lot of what he did wrong was very correctable. Nothing’s changed in our assessment of Cam that he has a bright future in this league.”
On if Erving will continue to step in for OL Joel Bitonio if he cannot play:
“Yes. Yes he would.”
The Buckeyes extended their winning streak this season to 9 games, their overall winning streak to 22 games and their regular season Big Ten winning streak to 29 games with their 28-14 victory over Minnesota in Big Ten play.
Ezekiel Elliott extended his 100 yard rushing yards streak to 14 consecutive games with 26 carries for 114 yards and 1 touchdown.
Elliott now has 1,244 yards on the season with 14 rushing TD’s. He is now 4th in school history with 3,384 career rushing yards and has scored 34 rushing touchdowns and 35 overall touchdowns in his career to this point at Ohio State.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas extended his consecutive games streak of catching at least 1 pass in a game to 25 straight games. His 6 yard touchdown catch in the game was his 16 scoring grab of his career at OSU.
Cardale Jones extended his unbeaten streak as the starting quarterback at Ohio State to 11 straight games. Jones was 3-0 last year and is now 8-0 this season. Jones threw for 187 yards and 1 touchdown in the win and also rushed for 65 yards and a score in the 14 point victory. That touchdown scamper of 38 yards was the longest run of his career.
In his first 50 games at Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer’s has a 47-3 record, the third greatest start for a coach at one school in FBS history. That’s a (.940) winning percentage. Meyer’s career overall record improved to 151-26, that good for an (.853) winning percentage which is the highest among active coaches.