As Cleveland wraps up the late Oct/Nov/Dec games, we roll in with a record of 27-9 and a serious contentions of winning the title. We have some major suprises and some major letdowns. I am not surpised we lost 5 games this season, with the new additions of Moon, Parker, Powe, and O'Neal, we still need time to gel. Also with our rotations and starting roles being bumped around as Z and Varejao took a backseat to Shaq and J.J. Hickson and Delonte West out with issues with the law and mood disorder. Cavs are looking solid and LeBron James to have another yet 30/7/8 season and looks like a serious contender MVP again. Enough with the introduction, time to dig into the roster.
Where to start, so much to talk about this team. Will start with probably the biggest suprises since Gibson game 6 in the ECF 3 years ago. J.J. Hickson, on draft night we had screaming Cavs fans wondering who this kid is from NC State. We all saw his potential his rookie year and believe he could make an impact in a few years. This man got all the vertical a Power Forward needs, granted he worked with a man name LeBron James over the summer which probably is why hes such a great player, finishes strong, runs the fast break as the center and probably is the future big man with the Cavaliers, if he keeps this play up. I expect him to keep his starting role and keep producing the kind of numbers he has. Also has a nice mid range jumper he worked on. Strengths-his Vertical, Speed, can finish around the rim Weakness-Catching the ball,post moves, passing and foul shots. But recently hes been in a slump and just can't seem to get his way out of it. I do believe they are packaging J.J. Hickson with someone for another player, which is why he is starting.
Delonte West-We still believe in this man, aside from all the trouble with the law he still manages to go out and play few games this year, hopefully he will recover from all this chaos and comes back as a determined man and can be our 6/7th man or if Mike Brown decides to start him. I still believe in West, take time off to solve your problems man. As West came back from his legal issues, he has been great for the Cavaliers, defending, driving, slashing and being our 2nd point guard that we always need and still need. Kudos to West.
Shaq-Hes such a great guy to have one the team, he knows this is LeBron Kingdom and he took the backseat and trying to help the king win. As we saw in the Orlando game that shaq shut down Dwight Howard and dominated him, just what we needed him to do. Hopefully he recovers from the injury, hes 37 years old and there's no need to rush him back when we have Z. I expect him to pick it up in the playoffs just like LeBron and crew.
Parker/Moon-The people we picked up in the FA, they love it in C-town, Parker is a decent defender and one heck of a shooter, I love it when he nails it from the corner cause its almost a gimme every time. Parker is our key defender because he can score 20ppg but we need defense in our starting rotation and not all offense. Jamario Moon is also great defense, I often questioned his shot before I saw he can drain 3 pointers along with Mo,LBJ,Parker. Moon is known for his dunks and high flying moves, but hes also that lengthy defender at the Small Forward spot we needed behind LeBron. I hope these guys stay here because they are excellent role players and understand their role with the rest of the team, just need tad bit more gelling time.
Leon Powe-This man is often the unknown and huge question mark for this team, could he come back from his injury and produce off the bench like he did in Boston, or will his injury affect him for a long time. Hes a high award-low risk player for the fact we sign for the LLE this year and have the option next year. I hope he recovers well and comes back fired up to win another ring and the first time for Cleveland.
Z-Took a major backseat role this year, he clearly understood its best for the team and just recently passed our GM Danny Ferry record for most games played as a Cavalier, Congrats Z you earned it. He may be the most overpaid backup player this year at a 11 million, but hes the only Cavalier left from LeBron Rookie year on the squad, he is willing to do whatever it takes to win a title, and from the looks this recent weeks his tank is emptying quickly. I would hate to package himself because with the additions of all these new people, they can go to Z and ask him any questions about the offense or defense because hes been here since his rookie year. I hope once Shaq gets back his numbers are limited to under 20 a game and let Varejao get more minutes at Center. Something like this 24-Shaq, 15-Z, 10-15 Varejao. I really hope Z ends his career here in Cleveland.
Varejao-Great guy, if hes not on your team you hate him, but if he is you love him. Seems to get better every year and hopefully he develops more of an offensive game with a great jumper, I see him stick around in Cleveland for a long time with that contract of his.
LeBron and Crew-Rolling great, keep it up, we need to rise up and beat the Hawks, Celtic's, Magic, and of course the Lakers, I believe you guys this year, we have the tools we just need to use them to the fullest potential. Lets keep it rolling guys, we had a great win streak and i'm loving what your doing, keep it up.
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