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01/18 Morning Minute: A Good Night For Cleveland Hoops

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I admit that when I entered in the URL for Pounding the Rock this morning, I was expecting to see some one-sided whining about the officiating in last night’s game between the Cavs and Spurs.  Instead, they were understandably unhappy with the way that the Spurs left timeouts on the table while Manu Ginobili took a last second shot to tie the game – but missed front iron.

The Cavaliers have been bitten by this before, think Utah Jazz earlier this season thanks to Deron Williams.  Greg Popovich likely took this into consideration before letting Ginobili take the shot – after all, he did have a game high 31 points.  Credit this team for not assuming anything and getting back on defense after LeBron James missed a shot to seal the game with about five seconds left on the clock.

The game ended in a 90-88 win for the team from Cleveland, and while it will not make up for getting swept by this same team a few months back in the NBA Finals, the win shows that this team is playing excellent ball right now – just as James said in the post-game interview.

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January 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm

01/17 Morning Minute: Which Team Show Up?

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The month of January has already welcomed the Cleveland Cavaliers with six wins on the season. The one loss was the second game of a back-to-back, on the road. A combination that never seems to bode well for the Cavs.

Excuses aside, tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs will be very telling. Will we see the Cavs team that is a defensive unit that has held the Atlanta Hawks (twice), Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, and Seattle Supersonics under 95 points each? Or will we see the Cavaliers team that has given up over 100 to the Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies?

Granted, these were overtime games, but these are also opponents that should have been finished off handedly in regulation.

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January 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm

01/09 Morning Minute: Six of Seven and Blocking in Hawaii

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While LeBron James’ fourth quarter average went up a bit against Toronto, last night may have brought it back down – but this is a good thing.  James was able to watch the fourth quarter from the bench as the Cavaliers rolled over the Seattle Supersonics 95-79.

James finished with 22 points, but it was his teammates that deserve the credit in this one.  Sasha Pavlovic finally woke up during his 22 minutes of play, finishing with 13 points – his first double-digit game since December 11th.  And he’s the starting shooting guard, people.  Boobie Gibson knocked down five three-balls (Got it! – Tait), Larry Hughes actually wasn’t that bad (4-11, nine points, three steals) and Andy Varejao finished off the solid night with 14 points and nine rebounds of his own.  Well done, boys.

This is six wins in the last seven games, placing Cleveland above .500 for the first time in quite a while.  The next three contests (at Atlanta, home against Charlotte, at Memphis) are very winnable.  I would love to have nine of ten games in the “W” column before heading to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

And the final Cavs note, this piece from the Globe and Mail is worth a look as it discusses LBJ’s hecklers from this past weekend.  Best line of the article:

“She’s free to do what she wants,” [Raptors forward Chris] Bosh said of his No. 1 fan. “But I said, ‘Don’t talk to LeBron any more.’

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