This off season was all about getting good shooters. Danny Ferry spent a lot of money to sign Damon Jones and Donyell Marshall. But apparently we are still struggling from behind the arc.
The team is shooting just 26 percent (20-of-76) on 3-pointers. Damon Jones, hasn’t found it yet, going just 5-of-20 from behind the arc and 8 turnovers in 87 minutes. Luke Jackson 5-of-19. Donyell Marshall 12-of-34. Overall the Cavaliers are shooting just 43 percent in their first four games.
The Cavaliers are also averaging 18 turnovers in four preseason games. Gooden has 10 in 86 minutes and Ilgauskas has eight in 77 minutes. But again, this is the pre-season and turnovers are usually high.
LeBron showed up for practice today and participated in the entire three-hour practice but was listed as doubtful for Wednesday night’s exhibition game against Memphis as a precaution. LeBron was tired at practice but happy to be back.
The next pre-season tip-off for the Cavaliers will be on October 19th against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are coached by Mike Fratello. The Grizzlies are playing well in pre-season shooting 61% in their victory over the Wizards this past Saturday night. They are currently 3-0 with wins over Chicago, Miami and Washington. For a look at the Grizzlies roster click here
Offensively the Cavs were a miss at yesterdayâ€™s game against the Bucks. Without LeBron and Larry Hughes who jammed his finger and missed the second half, they turned the ball over 22 times and it cost them 22 points.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had his best game of the preseason with 18 points and Drew Gooden had 11 points and seven rebounds but the rest was all slop.
Damon Jones had six assists and zero points. Luke Jackson who played well in the first two preseason games had 4 points and 6 rebounds
The Cavs shot just 39 percent.
Mike Wilks had a chance to tie the game in the final second, but missed 2-of-3 free throws. He intentionally missed the third attempt hoping for the chance for a tip in and foul.
Larry Hughes X-Rays were negative but he didnâ€™t play the second half of the game.
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The Cavaliers came up short against the Sixers with a final score of 100-98. Down most of the game, the Cavaliers almost tied it to force OT but came up short in a game that was not as close as the final buzzer would indicate. The Cavaliers were sluggish on offense and missed their “All Star” Lebron. Allen Iverson made up for that with a cool 30 points to lead all scores. Larry Hughes led the Cavaliers with 15.
Some interesting observations though from my seat at the Q.
It was a Sea of Blue. What happened to the Wine colored seats? I heard something about the cloth not being flame resistent.
The new scoreboard was cool. Great wide screen and colors. Although they were having some technical difficulties getting all of the players numbers to appear. At times the CAVS had two # 19’s and at other times only two players on the scoreboard. One neat feature is that it tells you how much the CAVS are up or down. -2 or +4. Great for the mathematically challenged.
The cheerleaders looked as good as ever.
Ronnie Duncan is the new announcer. Everyone has a nickname, Z-licious for starters. It will take awhile to get used to him.
Nicole Vs. BOO. You decide for yourself, but if you think BOO was annoying…
One cool part of the warm-ups included a camera shot of the players as they were exiting the locker room. Got a glimpse of Daniel Gilbert in the locker room as the players exited.
Lebron looked good. He appears to be feeling much better. Coach Brown gave him the hip hop handshake on the bench, he was glad to see him.
For complete stats of the game go to NBA.COM.
Apparently, LeBron was diagnosed with pleurisy, an inflammation of the thin layers of tissue covering the lungs and chest cavity. James is being treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. He will miss tonightâ€™s game.
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Letâ€™s start off with LeBronâ€™s injury which everyone is concerned about. He was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic late Wednesday for tests on his left strained pectoral muscle.
He underwent a lot of tests and was kept overnight because he had a fever.
He is expected to be released today.
“All the test results we have back so far have been good and there is nothing to be concerned about.” Ferry said.
I think he is expected to join the team tonight but will not take part of practice or the game tonight against the Sixers.
A lot of rumors are circulating around about his injury, some really crazy ones. I donâ€™t think we should be concerned as long as he is released today.
Ira Newble is out for tonight and likely won’t play tomorrow as he continues to recover from a strained foot.
Jahidi White, did practice and is questionable.
Sasha Pavlovic, who has a hip pointer, didn’t practice and likely won’t play at all this weekend.
See you at the Q tonight…
James was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday night as he continued to experience discomfort for what has been diagnosed by team doctors as a strained left pectoral muscle, the Associated Press reported today.
The team didn’t reveal James’ hospital stay until Thursday when the 20-year-old did not practice with the Cavaliers.
Danny Ferry said all the preliminary testing done on James has been normal. Ferry hopes James can be released on Thursday.
LeBron is listed as doubtful for tomorrowâ€™s game against the Sixers.
LeBron is expected to be at practice tomorrow, according to Danny Ferry.
We will keep you updated on LeBron’s condition as we get more news.