All signs point toward Eric Snow being the opening-night starter at point guard according to Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Snow, averaged more assists and fewer turnovers and played well on defense. Jones averaged more points and after a cold start, warmed up from 3-point range.
Defense is priority to Mike Brown, which is why he’s probably going to go with Snow to help set a defensive tone at the start of games. It also allows him to bring Jones and Donyell Marshall off the bench together, an excellent shooting tandem to change things.
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It was inevitable and one of the least favorite duties of a head coach. The Cavaliers have started to reduce their training camp roster by waiving guard Kelenna Azubuike and centers Obinna Ekezie and Jahidi White.
Azubuike played in five preseason games with averages of 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. Ekezie averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game in six preseason games. White played in three preseason games averaging 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game.
There are 15 players remaining on the Cavaliers roster. All teams are required to reduce their training camp rosters to a maximum of 12 active players by 6 p.m. Monday. The NBA has created an “inactive list” on which teams will be allowed to keep up to three additional players. Also this season, NBA teams will be affiliated with teams in the NBA Developmental League and will have the option of sending players to the “minors” if they so desire.
ESPN has released their preview for the 2005-06 Cavaliers.Will Perdue thinks the team will miss the playoffs again this season. Let’s hope he is wrong.
My favorite is John Hollinger, he thinks the Cavaliers will finish first in the division and second in the conference
“Take a team that won 42 games with zero long-range shooting. Add two of the league’s top bombers and, for good measure, replace Ira Newble with Larry Hughes. Jackpot.”
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The Cavaliers finished the preseason with a 101-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday after they blew 16 points, fourth quarter lead. The Cavaliers and the Celtics didnâ€™t play their starters in the fourth.
The Cavs had a preseason high in turnovers, 30 times, majority of them were by the backups.
Damon Jones and Eric Snow, both fighting for the starting job scored 11 and 10 points respectively with one turnover.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had another solid offensive effort, scoring 18 points and LeBron finished with 16 points.
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What does Paul Silas thinks of the Cavs?
I guess we will find out soon, he will be a studio analyst for ESPN this season. The Cavs will be on ESPN next Friday when they play the Spurs.
Check out what Brian Windhorst, Akron Beacon Sports Writer has to say on Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.Com about the Cavaliers offense, their latest routine and some injury updates.
“I am worried about the offensive flow,” Brown said. “Today, we put our guys in different situations and pointed out where the openings are and did it again, and again and again until we got it right. We need to do that until our guys are conditioned to attack different defenses.”
CALL ‘EM FFBT – Last season it was Usher’s double C, now Damon Jones, Larry Hughes and James have a new little routine sure to catch on with fans. During introductions, and after big plays, they are prone to giving each other two low-fives, then a wave, then posing with their arms crossed as if they were having their picture taken.
“We’re all just superheros,” said Jones when asked to explain the little skit. “We’re F.F.B.T., and I’m not going to tell you what it stands for and never will. All I can tell you is that the `T’ stands for team
INJURY UPDATE – Drew Gooden, who has tendinitis in his right knee, and Hughes, who has a sprained finger, sat out practice again Monday. They are listed as day-to-day. Ira Newble practiced but is listed as doubtful for the preseason finale Wednesday with a sprained foot. The injury has limited him since the second day of practice. Luke Jackson returned to practice after missing the game Sunday with a sprained right ankle. He’s probable for Wednesday.
MARTY STAYING PUT – Brown said the Cavs will not send second-round draft pick Martynas Andriuskevicius to the NBA Development League. He isn’t expected to be on the active roster, and the team has decided to keep him with them for practices and workouts for the time being. Brown did say that if they keep swingman Kelenna Azubuike, which is looking bleaker by the day despite his impressive play, he would be a candidate to be sent down.”
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Carlos Boozer, now playing for the Utah Jazz will miss Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a strained left hamstring. He is listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets. According to Boozer, “It’s gotten a lot stronger, It just depends on how it responds, I don’t want to go out there in a situation where I hurt it again or aggravate it again”. Let’s hope he is ready by the time the Cavaliers play the Jazz this year.
Usher plans to release a DVD, an Usher Concert from his hometown in Atlanta on the “Behind the Truth: Truth Tour – Live,” due Nov. 8th exclusively at Best Buy. “The ‘Confessions’ album was all about confessions but also about truth,” Usher told Billboard.com. ” The DVD shows the truth of the past, now and the future. Usher tells how it shows insight as to where he came from and it talks about the next steps in his career including his part-ownership of the Cleveland Cavaliers and fashion line.
Starting with the 2005-06 season, the Cavaliers will introduce an alternate jersey.
The jersey’s primary color being blue, highlighted with wine, gold and blue striped trim (as a tribute to the Miracle jerseys of the 70’s) with white letters and numbers and wine colored sides.
The Cavs will be wearing the blue uniforms for about six home games, the dates will be announced soon. Count on them being in the stores around Christmas.