Cavs don’t need a stinking Defense, they have it now!

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During the 2 games in Cleveland the Fans were chanting “Defense-Defense.”  The players looked at each other wondering what Defense was.

Defense has been missing all season.  While the regular season is one thing, it will be difficult in the playoffs for the Cavs to win with a D that ranked 20th overall.  Playoff games are half court affairs that depend on Defense, rebounding and free throws as much as anything.  Cavs fans had hoped that the team would “flip a D switch” and become the type of squad they were last year when they ranked 4th in points allowed.  That defensive effort helped them win the title last season.

The problem is the team does not have enough defensive players.  They signed a rim protector (Andrew Bogit) but he lasted just 53 seconds before he was hurt.  James is a solid defender but that is about all the Cavs have.  JR Smith is no longer a factor on D and Shumpert is no factor on either end of the floor.

While the D has been a problem, the offense has also been an issue.  The team has allowed teams to get back in the game all season long.  In the playoffs so far in 2017, the Cavs gave up leads of 10 in game one and 19 in game two against a very average Pacers team.  The O issue has been shot selection and cold spells particularly shooting 3 point shots.

The Cavs won both games but struggled in the 4th quarter to hold on.  The “Big three” have played way too many minutes.  For a first-round game that is not a positive.  Those minutes will wear them down in later rounds.

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  • Published: Jun 11th, 2015
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The team that wins game 4 will win the title.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I review game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Statistics back up my position that whichever team wins game 4 will win the title. If the Cavs win and go up 3 games to 1, they have a great chance to win the title. In the past since the format of the NBA playoffs went to the 2-2-1-1-1 format 84% of the teams that went up 3 games to 1 won the title.

If the Warriors win game 4 they take back home court advantage. Statistically the vast majority of teams that have a 7th game at home win that game and the title.

A major question about the game is which Stephen Curry will we see? If it is they 4th quarter SC that led the Warriors to a 36 point quarter, the Cavs are in trouble. If it is the SC that played in the first 3 quarters, the Cavs have a good chance. Part of that will depend on Curry’s ability to shoot more accurately and the rest will depend on Matthew Dellavedova’s ability to keep pressure on Curry. Dellavedova has been outstanding on defense and contributed 20 points in game 3.

Dellavedova was taken off Curry in the 4th quarter. If he is allowed to stay on Curry in game 4, there is a good chance that Curry will struggle again. The other key part of the Cavs’ wins in games 2 and 3 was the lack of scoring by the front court of Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. Barnes was 0 for 8 and Green was 2 for 10. If Curry can not pull a LeBron James and carry the team on his back in game 4, the Warriors will need Barnes and Green to shoot better.

The other big question about the series is can James and the Cavs continue to play as many minutes and as good a defense as they have in the last two games? James has played 142 of the 154 minutes in the series. While I suspect he will be fine, I worry about Dellavedova and the other Cavs. They need to continue to put the heat on the Warrior shooters.

If not, the Cavs will be in trouble. The Warriors have lots of depth. The Cavs do not. That depth was a major reason that coming into the series the Warriors were the favorite. Now the Cavs have the upper hand. To keep it they need to win tonight.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Jun 8th, 2015
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The NBA refs are the worst in pro sports.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I review game 2 of the NBA Finals.

You would hope that in the NBA finals you would get the best of the best officials. These guys in both games were deaf, dumb and blind.

The zebras are still allowing the game to deteriorate to tackle basketball. That is going to get worse as the series continues. It can lead to injuries and fights. There is no excuse for the zebras allowing the play to get that physical. But even tackle basketball is inconsistent. At times they call touch fouls outside that would not be fouls during the regular season.

When the announcers are more accurate calling fouls and violations, the refs are not doing their jobs. It is not a case of the calls going to one team and not the other. This was just a case of the zebras swallowing their whistles. But there again, the calls are totally inconsistent. They decide to call traveling in the last 2 minutes of game 1 when they had ignored it all game long.

All any coach wants is consistency. Call it close or let them play a little. Coaches and players will adapt to the way officials are calling the game IF the calls are consistent. Otherwise, the zebras can decide which team wins by their calls. There is a tendency to give the home team a little advantage.

If these are the best officials the NBA has, they are in desperate need of new blood. There is just no excuse for the sloppy officiating we have seen. Clean it up or risk losing the fan base.

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  • Published: May 20th, 2015
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The Key for the Cavs will be shot selection.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the depth chart of the Browns. There will be no shows until Friday the 29th. Have a great Memorial Day and thanks for listening.

The Cavs are playing better defense than at any time during the regular season. That part of the game will be fine. The question is will the Cavs continue to attack the basket or settle for jump shots and bad 3 pointers?

If they take good shots and move the ball around they will beat the Hawks. If they take long jumpers and fail to attack the basket, they will go down and go down hard.

It is just that simple. They have to use their heads and not take bad shots. Bad shots lead to defensive rebounds and fast breaks for the opponents. That will lead to losses for the Cavs and an exit from the playoffs. Let’s hope they use their heads.

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  • Published: Apr 28th, 2015
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NBA Playoff version of Tackle Basketball has to stop.

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Cavs forward Kevin Love is out for the next series and quite possibly the playoffs because the NBA refs won’t do their job. The series got more and more physical as it went on between the Celtics and Cavs. I have officiated basketball games between grown men including some former NBA players and could tell the game Sunday was getting away from the refs.

The NBA is built on stars playing in the premier event of the season—the playoffs. The league owners should take immediate action to make it clear that the officials must do a better job in keeping control of the game. If not, you will see more stars eliminated from the playoffs from dirty play.

I will watch the Cavs games because I am a fan of the team. But I have NO interest in watching any other team. The gutless guys with silent whistles have ruined the league for me. I have a feeling that I am not alone in that feeling.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Playoffs? Playoffs?

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Note: On NNR today Tony Williams Giants and Knicks beat reporter for Metro New York and I discussed the NFL and NBA in detail. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

With the Browns win over the Bengals Thursday there has been a lot of talk of the Browns being a contender for the playoffs. We got Tony’s answer on the podcast. But for me the answer is “Maybe.”

The reason I am not sure is the loss to the Jaguars. If the Browns had taken care of business they would have a game and a half lead on the rest of the AFC North which at least this season is the best division in the NFL. The history of the Browns since they have come back is they play up to their opponents or down depending on if the team they are facing is better or worse. Playoff teams win those games.

Playoff teams are able to run the ball. The Browns did well against the Bengals D, but in the previous 3 games averaged under 3 yards per carry. That is not what Playoff teams do.

The third area that distinguishes playoff teams from pretenders is their ability to stop the run. At times this season the Browns D has stopped the run. But more often they have struggled to do so. This season they are giving up an average of 134 yards per game which is 28th in the league.

A win over the Texans would be another good step toward the playoffs. But there are still criticial games ahead. The Browns need to keep winning and not over look anyone. Even a winless Jags team beat the Browns.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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