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CAVALIERS TO TIP OFF THE 2015-16 SEASON
ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE CHICAGO BULLS
SCHEDULE FEATURES 14 HOME WEEKEND DATES, 34 NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAMES, INCLUDING CHRISTMAS DAY CONTEST AND A SPECIAL MLK DAY GAME
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2015-16 campaign, presented by Discount Drug Mart, on Tuesday, Oct. 27 on the road against the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised game on TNT. It marks the first time the Cavs will kick off the season on the road since 2008-09. Cleveland’s home opener at Quicken Loans Arena will take place on Friday, Oct. 30 against the Miami Heat on ESPN. They will play 14 weekend home dates comprised of four Friday games, seven Saturday games and three Sunday games. The Cavaliers are slated to appear on at least 34 national television broadcasts:
The complete 2015-16 Cavaliers schedule can be found at cavs.com/schedule.
- 10 games on ESPN (Oct. 30 vs. Miami, Nov. 4 vs. New York, Dec. 4 at New Orleans, Jan. 8 at Minnesota, Jan. 15 at Houston, Feb. 10 vs. L.A. Lakers, March 4 vs. Washington, March 23 vs. Milwaukee, April 1 at Atlanta and April 6 at Indiana).
- 9 games on TNT (Oct. 27 at Chicago, Nov. 19 vs. Milwaukee, Dec. 17 vs. Oklahoma City, Jan. 14 at San Antonio, Jan. 18 vs. Golden State, Jan. 21 vs. L.A. Clippers, Feb. 18 vs. Chicago, March 10 at L.A. Lakers and March 29 vs. Houston)
- 6 games on ABC (Dec. 25 at Golden State, Jan. 23 vs. Chicago, Jan. 30 vs. San Antonio, Feb. 21 at Oklahoma City, March 13 at L.A. Clippers and April 9 at Chicago).
- 9 games on NBA TV (Nov. 13 at New York, Dec. 1 vs. Washington, Dec. 5 at Miami, Dec. 8 vs. Portland, Dec. 23 vs. New York, Jan. 25 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 29 vs. Indiana, March 7 vs. Memphis and April 11 vs. Atlanta).
In addition, the Cavaliers will have nine games aired nationally on ESPN Radio (Dec. 25 vs. Golden State, Jan. 14 at San Antonio, Jan. 18 vs. Golden State, Jan. 23 vs. Chicago, Jan. 30 vs. San Antonio, Feb. 21 at Oklahoma City, March 13 at L.A. Clippers, March 29 vs. Houston and April 9 at Chicago).
For the 12th time in franchise history, theCavaliers will play on Christmas Day as they go on the road to square off against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. OnMonday, Jan. 18, the Warriors will visit The Q for a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game. The regular season will conclude at The Q on Wednesday, April 13 when the Detroit Pistons come to town.
Marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Dec. 17; the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Jan. 21; the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, Jan. 30; the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, March 7; and the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, March 29.
This season’s 82-game schedule again consists of 41 home and 41 road games. Each Eastern Conference opponent will match up against Cleveland four times with the exception of Toronto (one home, two road), Miami (one home, two road), Boston (two home, one road) and Atlanta (two home, one road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice, once at The Q and once on the road.
All Cavs games will again be broadcast on the Cavaliers flagship radio station WTAM 1100 AM, La Mega 87.7 FM (Spanish) and across the Cavaliers Radio Network. Details regarding the Cavs local television schedule on FOX Sports Ohio will be announced at a later date.
Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2015-16 schedule include:
- 19 sets of back-to-back games, including two home-home sets, two home-road sets, five road-home sets and 10 road-road sets.
- Three matinee games at home this season, which include Nov. 8 vs. Indiana (3:30 p.m.), Dec. 20 vs. Philadelphia (3:30 p.m.) and April 3 vs. Charlotte (3:30 p.m.).
- Five consecutive home games from Feb. 5-Feb. 18 highlighted by visits from the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 10 just before the All-Star break and Chicago Bulls on Feb. 18.
- The Cavs also have a pair of four-game home stands from Nov. 4-10 and Feb. 29-March 7.
- Their longest road trip, spanning six games from Jan. 6-15, is highlighted by a back-to-back set with the San Antonio Spurs (Jan. 14) and Houston Rockets (Jan. 15).
- Eight times the Cavs have two consecutive road games, twice they have three road games in a row, two times with four consecutive road contests and one six-game road trip.
- One occasion of four games in five nights from Dec. 25-29.
- From Jan. 18-Feb. 18, the Cavs will play 11 of 15 games at The Q.
- Cleveland will play 10 of 12 games on the road from Dec. 25-Jan. 15, as well as eight of 11 games on the road from March 9-March 26.
2015-16 CAVALIERS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 7 – vs. Atlanta at 7:00 p.m. at Cintas Center (Xavier University)*
Thursday, October 8 – @ Philadelphia at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 12 – vs. Memphis at 7:00 p.m. at Schottenstein Center (Ohio State)*
Tuesday, October 13 – vs. Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena
Thursday, October 15 – vs. Indiana at 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena
Sunday, October 18 – @ Toronto at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 19 – vs. Dallas at 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena
*Denotes Cavs home game at neutral site.
At (33-22) the Cavs are in 2nd place in the Central Division 1 ½ games behind 1st place Chicago
At (33-22) the Cavs are in 5th place in the Eastern Conference 10 ½ games behind 1st place Atlanta.
The Cavs are (21-9) at home and (12-13) on the road this season
The Cavs on offense averaged 102.2ppg in the first 55 games while giving up 99.3ppg on defense.
The Cavaliers with LeBron James in the lineup this season are (31-14) which is good for a (.689)winning percentage. That winning percentage would be good for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference right now and 3rd place in the Western Conference at the All Star break.
Since missing 8 games to rest and rehab his back and knee, LeBron James has played in 16 games and the Cavs are (13-3) in those games for an (.813) winning percentage. LeBron has averaged 27.2ppg in those 16 contests.
Through 55 games (33-22), the Cavs are 7 games behind the pace of the 2010-11 Heat in LeBron’s 1st year in Miami. The Heat finished that season with a (58-24) record and lost in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.
In the 1st year of Miami’s “Big 3” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh those 3 combined to average (71ppg – 22rpg – 13.5apg – 8.5topg – 50%fg – 29%(3fg) – 78%ft).
Currently at the All Star break the Cavaliers “Big 3” of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are averaging (64.6ppg – 19.3rpg – 15apg – 8.2topg – 46%fg – 36%(3fg) – 79%ft).
LeBron James this season is averaging 25.8ppg – 5.6rpg – 7.4apg – 4.2topg – 49%fg – 34%(3fg) – 73%ft.
LeBron in his 1st year in Miami averaged 26.7ppg – 7.5rpg – 7apg – 3.4topg – 51%fg – 33%(3fg) – 76%ft.
Kyrie this season is averaging 21.7ppg – 3.3rpg – 5.3apg – 2.3topg – 46%fg – 41%(3fg) – 84%ft.
K-Love this season is averaging 17ppg – 10.4rpg – 2.3apg – 1.7topg – 43%fg – 34%(3fg) – 81%ft.
In their last 17 games before the All Star break, the Cavs went (14-3) and beat 6 ½ playoff teams during that stretch. Oklahoma is the ½ team, as they are just a ½ game out of the playoff standings right now in the #9 spot in the Western Conference.
The Cavs start the post All Star break portion of their season (27 games) on the road at Washington against the Wizards on Friday, February 20th at 8pm.
MERRY CHRISTMAS CAVS
As we told you a few weeks ago and is now being reported by the four letter network’s Marc Stein, LeBron James and the Cavs will play in a Christmas day game against Dwyane Wade and the Heat in Miami. The NBA and Cavaliers full schedule will be announced on Wednesday night around 6pm.
THE REX EFFECT ANS WHO STARTS AT QB
As we also told you months ago, Rex Grossman would sign with the Browns and the free agent QB has. We pointed out to you then that this made so much sense because he played for Kyle Shanahan in Washington and Houston, knows his offense and can help teach it to Brian Hoyer and more importantly, to Johnny Manziel. think of it this way, Grossman is to Johnny Football, what Gary Danielson was to Bernie Kosar. Grossman by the way, will wear #3.
As far as who the Browns starting QB will be in game #1 at Pittsburgh on Sunday, September 7th? Head coach Mike Pettine said he’d like to name that starter before the team’s third preseason game, preferably on their off day on Thursday, August 21st. Both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel will take snaps with the first team offense in their second preseason game on Monday night in Washington. Here’s hoping one of the two QB’s helps the offense score a touchdown, something they didn’t do against Detroit and in their “Family Night” scrimmage.
WALKING WOUNDED WAHOO WARRIORS
Not a good time to have three key players hurt if you’re the Indians.
NICK SWISHER (right knee soreness): Was examined by Dr. Rick Parker yesterday at the Cleveland Clinic after recurrence of right knee pain. Currently gathering more information and seeking additional opinions on present condition before diagnosis and plan of care are administered.
DAVID MURPHY (right oblique strain): MRI yesterday confirmed a strained right oblique. Expected to return to Major League game action in 4-to-5 weeks.
MICHAEL BOURN (left hamstring strain): Currently tolerating planned rehab assignment without issue. Was scheduled for 9.0 innings Tuesday in AAA Columbus.
BUCKEYES BLACK STRIPES
Ohio State rookies wear black stripes on their helmets during training camp until they display actions and efforts that prove they understand the Ohio State culture on the field of “4-to-6 seconds” and go as hard as you can from “point A to point B.” Once they show they understand that, they then have their black stripes removed. It should come as no surprise that the first two rookies to have the black stripe removed from their helmet were highly touted linebacker #5 Raekwon McMillan and running back Curtis Samuel.
O – H – I – O HOOPS
Ohio State’s December 2nd matchup at Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is set for a 9:30pm tip from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The game, one of 14 played during the three-day event, will be televised on ESPN. In his career Thad Matta has a 6-4 record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and has won five of the last six games in the event.
The Cleveland Gladiators, led by head coach Steve Thonn and quarterback Shane Austin will host Arena Bowl 27 at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, August 23rd at 8pm. The Gladiators (19-1) play the Arizona Rattlers (17-3) for the Arena League Championship! Austin, pictured right, threw 7 touchdown passes in the Conference Championship game to beat Orlando and advance Cleveland to the title game.
When LeBron James left Miami for Cleveland he weakened one franchise, strengthened another and changed the entire landscape of the Eastern Conference. Other teams made moves as well, some got stronger, some not so much.
Here are my rankings of the top 10 teams in the East with each squad’s projected starting lineup and first three players off the bench. This off course is subject to change based on trades and other free agent signings in the future.
1 Chicago Bulls (48-34) HC- Tom Thibodeau
PG- Derrick Rose SG- Jimmy Butler SF- Mike Dunleavy PF- Pau Gasol C- Joakim Noah
Bench – Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott , Kirk Hinrich
2 Cleveland Cavaliers (33-49) HC- David Blatt
PG- Kyrie SG- Andrew Wiggins SF- LeBron PF- Tristan Thompson C- Anderson Varjao
Bench- Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, Mike Miller
3 Indiana Pacers (56-26) HC- Frank Vogel
PG- George Hill SG- C.J. Miles SF- Paul George PF- David West C- Roy Hibbert
Bench- Luis Scola, C.J. Watson, Ian Mahinmi
4 Washington Wizards (44-38) HC- Randy Wittman
PG- John Wall SG- Bradley Beal SF- Paul Pierce PF- Nene Hilario C- Marcin Gortat
Bench- Martell Webster, Otto Porter Jr., Kris Humphries
5 Toronto Raptors (48-34) HC- Dwane Casey
PG- K.Lowery SG- Terrence Ross SF- D. DeRozan SF- Amir Johnson C- J. Valanciunas
Bench- Greivis Vasquez, Pattrick Patterson, Louis Williams
6 Miami Heat (54-28) HC- Erik Spoelstra
PG- Mario Chalmers SG- D-Wade SF- Luol Deng PF- Josh McRoberts C- Chris Bosh
Bench- Chris Anderson Norris Cole, Shabazz Napier
7 Charlotte Hornets (43-39) HC- Steve Clifford
PG-K.Walker SG- L. Stephenson SF- M. Kidd-Gilchrist PF- Cody Zeller C- Al Jefferson
Bench- Noah Vonleh, Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson
8 Atlanta Hawks (38-44) HC- Mike Budenholzer
PG- Jeff Teague, SG- Kyle Korver SF- DeMarre Carroll PF- Paul Millsap C- Al Horford
Bench- Thabo Sefolosha, Dennis Schroeder, Pero Antic
9 Brooklyn Nets (44-38) HC- Lionel Hollins
PG- Deron Williams SG- Joe Johnson SF- A. Kirilenko PF- Kevin Garnett C- Brook Lopez
Bench- Mason Plumlee, Jarrett Jack, Mirza Teletovic
10 New York Knicks (37-45) HC- Derrick Fisher
PG- Jose Calderon SG- I.Shumpert SF- Carmelo PF- A. Stoudemire C-Samuel Dalembert
Bench- J.R. Smith, Andrea Bargnani, Tim Hardaway Jr.
After signing LeBron James, David Griffin’s next job as Cavs G.M. was to find shooters to surround him with. ESPN’s Chris Broussard was first to report that 34 year old Mike Miller will join the Cavaliers to fill one of those roles.
The former Magic, Grizzly and Heat three point specialist will reportedly sign a 2-year, $5.5 million dollar deal to play with his good buddy LeBron James once again. Miller reportedly turned down more money in Denver to come play with James in Cleveland.
Here’s what Miller had to say via Twitter/Instagram –
By @letitflymm13 “Thanks to Memphis for a great year!! But I’m so excited to be a part of the Cleveland family and their fans. The only thing you can expect from me is everything I have! Thanks for the opportunity #letitfly” So excited to reunite with u my brother(James)! I know I don’t even need to tell you this but I will “Let It Fly”. #RocketLauncher #BangBang #StriveForGreatness
Last season Miller shot 46% from beyond the arc in the regular season for Memphis and then 48% from 3-point country in the playoffs for the Grizz. He was part of a bench bunch that played a big role in helping the Heat and LeBron James win back-to-back titles in 2012-13. However last season Miami amnestied Miller and he ended up with the Grizzlies and the Heat missed his production in the Finals loss to the Spurs.
Miller has played in 85 playoff games in his career. He’s averaged just over 5 points per game, but he affects the game in more ways than just with his point total. Defenses have to be aware of him when he is on the floor because he can knock it down from anywhere which leaves space on the hardwood for his teammates to drive to the basket.
In the last three post-seasons, Miller shot over 43% from beyond the arc and that’s what he’ll be asked to do here in Cleveland. Make shots from long range, space the floor and come up big in the post-season.
The Cavaliers have not commented yet on Miller’s status.