Before I get into today’s post I want to draw all of your attention to an article on CNNSI.com this morning. Luke Winn, who writes “Inside College Basketball” did a hell of an analysis on some the top freshman in the country. Really good stuff. I thought it was important considering that the Cavs look primed to pick one of these players and everyone and anyone seems to have an opinion on it. Here is the link How Have America’s Top Freshman Progressed
Anyways, getting back to the business at hand.
The Cavs take on the Detroit Pistons tonight at the Q in what is the first game of an eight game home stand. I’m calling my shot right now. Tonight’s the night…
The streak comes to an end tonight. The Cavs are winning this game. Book it.
This game couldn’t be set up more perfectly for the Cavs. The Pistons come into Cleveland on the second night of a back to back after losing at home to the Spurs. As it turns out, the Pistons are 1-5 this season in these situations. Not to mention one of their top players, Rip Hamilton, hasn’t played in weeks as the Pistons continue to shop him in trade talks.
Not to mention when you watch the Cavs play the past few games they look like a team that is sick and tired of losing. The margin of victory in the past four games have been 5, 7, 6 and 3. They’ve also had leads going into the fourth quarter of each game. They’re getting close and it’s only a matter of time until they break through. So Detroit fans, I hate to break it to you… you’re about to make the top highlight of Sportscenter for all of the wrong reasons.]
In other Cavaliers news…
Boobie Gibson will be participating in this year’s 3 point shootout along with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, James Jones, and Dorrell Wright.
It’s been a pretty crappy year all around for the Cavs, but here is their shot at redemption. Yes, it sounds bad to be relying on the result of the 3 point shootout as the pinnacle of the Cavs season, but you have to take what you can get. You have to take victories where you can get them.
Looking at the participants involved Boobie has to be considered among the favorites to actually win the thing. The three-point shooting percentages for the participants are as follows:
- Ray Allen 46.2%
- Boobie Gibson 43.9%
- James Jones 42.5%
- Dorell Wright 40.9%
- Paul Pierce 40.1%
- Kevin Durant 34.7%
Two things jump out right away. The first is that Ray Allen is an assassin and probably the favorite to win this thing. Second is how and why is Kevin Durant in the 3 point shoot out? I understand that’s he’s a good shooter and a star of the league, but I wouldn’t say he’s the first person that comes to mind when I think of 3 point snipers. Why not Kevin Love or Chris Paul who are shooting 43.9% and 45.2% respectively? That’s a lot better than Durant’s 34.7% from three.
Looking at the bigger picture, at least the Cavs are going to be represented in some way on All-Star Weekend. The NBA could very well have ignored the Cavs and inserted someone else in Boobie’s place. That way no one would have to mention everything that’s happened over the past few months. I’m actually surprised they didn’t to be honest. David Stern is very much all about the league’s image and having a team this bad stemming from such a bad situation can’t make him happy. So kudos to him for not trying to sweep the Cavs under the rug. Let’s just hope Boobie can bring home the trophy and make us all proud for a change.