With JB Out, The Pressure Is Now On Altman
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
10h ago
Thursday, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t surprise anyone when they announced coach J.B. Bickerstaff would not be returning next season. Bickerstaff was the right man for the job after the John Beilein debacle, but in the NBA, as in life, times change. Bickerstaff gave the Cavs an identity. They would be a good defensive team and put forth maximum effort. After going 14-40 under Beilein, they won five of the eleven games under the new coach before the season ended due to COVID. The wine and gold were 29th in defensive rating that season, and during the last three years, they were in the top ten ..read more
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Fry Gets A Chance And Makes The Most Of It
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
5d ago
In sports, like life, sometimes you only get one opportunity to do something to change everything. You can take advantage of the change or fail to do so, and it makes all the difference. Every year, sports fans want players to get opportunities and if they don’t succeed right away, they want the teams involved to continue to give the player a shot, but most franchises need and want to win, so it is tough to give someone who isn’t getting the job done more chances. There is no doubt that if the team is winning, young, struggling players get more of a shot. For example, Brayan Rocchio isn’t hitt ..read more
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Can Guards Upgrade The Offense More?
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
5d ago
The Cleveland Guardians finished 12th in the American League in runs scored a year ago, and so far this season have improved that department greatly. Over a quarter of the 2024 season has been played, and right now, the Guards are second in the AL in runs. A year ago, they ranked 12th team OPS, 10th in on base percentage and 14th (second to last) in slugging percentage. To date in ’24, they are 5th in OPS, 6th in on base average, and 7th in slugging percentage. They famously hit the fewest home runs in the league a year ago, and currently are 6th in the AL. Everything is much improved. Could i ..read more
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More Thoughts On The Cavs’ Roster
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
1w ago
All kinds of stories were written after the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs Wednesday night, some of them were pretty easy to see truth in . And it looks like everyone has decided that if Donovan Mitchell stays, the front office will be moving on from Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen. We will come back to that. It’s also expected that J.B. Bickerstaff will not return as coach. We’ve been pretty transparent that although we don’t think Bickerstaff is a great “x’s and o’s” coach, we don’t hold him solely responsible for the early exit. (NOTE: We don’t think the front of ..read more
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Cavs’ Season Ends, Let The Speculation Begin
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
1w ago
What seemed inevitable after Donovan Mitchell injured his calf during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal became a reality last night, as the Celtics wrapped up the series in five games with a 113-98 win. Jarrett Allen didn’t play at all in the series because of a rib injury, and down two starters, they simply didn’t have enough scoring or depth to be able to compete with the team who had the best regular season in the NBA. Outside of the Game 2 eruption of 118 points, the most points the Cavs scored in the series was 102 in the Game 4 defeat. And when your opponent regularly hits tripl ..read more
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Guardians Need To Find An Alternate Leadoff Man
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
1w ago
Former Cleveland skipper Mike Hargrove used to say if you have a leadoff hitter and a cleanup hitter, it was easy to make up your lineup. With Steven Kwan at the top of the order, Steven Vogt had no problem in that regard, being able to pencil in Kwan at #1 and Josh Naylor in the #4 hole. In his third year, Kwan was having his best year yet. He had a .373 on base average as a rookie, a season in which the Guardians won the American League Central Division. After a step back last season (.340 OBP), Kwan was off to a tremendous start in 2024, getting on base at a .407 clip and currently leading ..read more
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Oh Yeah, The Browns Drafted Some Players
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
2w ago
Lost in the excitement of the Cavaliers’ playoff run and the Guardians’ surprising start, the NFL Draft came and went a couple of weeks ago and the Cleveland Browns selected six players. (We say this tongue-in-cheek because we know for many people in northeast Ohio, the Browns are the only professional team that exists. It certainly seems that way listening to local sports talk). Anyway, this was the last season the Browns were still paying off their trade for Deshaun Watson, so they did not have a first-round pick, and of course, that selection is usually the one that gets the most attention ..read more
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Some Struggles Among The Guardians’ Fast Start
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
2w ago
There is no question the Cleveland Guardians have been one of the more surprising teams in Major League Baseball, jumping out to a 23-13 record and first place in the so far surprisingly strong AL Central. The much-maligned division currently has four teams over the .500 mark. That said, there have been some disappointing starts for a few of the Guardians’ players thus far. It’s still early and we don’t mean to dwell on the negative when the team is playing so well, but here are players we would like to see get going. Bo Naylor had a strong second half last year, hitting .252 with 10 home runs ..read more
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On To Round Two And Boston For Cavs
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
2w ago
Well, they did it. The Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 106-94 win over the Orlando Magic. And they overcame an 18-point first half deficit to do it. Early on, the Cavs couldn’t make a shot on offense and defensively couldn’t stop Paolo Banchero, who had 24 points in the first half. The game may have turned oddly enough when Max Strus and Darius Garland, who were a combined 1 for 8 from the floor, missing all five of their three-point shots, both had to leave the game in foul trouble. J.B. Bickerstaff went to Caris LeVert, who he benched in the second ..read more
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Game 7 Today. Which Cavs Will Show Up?
Cleveland Sports Perspective
by MW
3w ago
After the Cavaliers won the first two games of their first round series against Orlando, some fans and media members alike got overly excited and were thinking about a series sweep. We thought that was incredibly misguided and obviously they didn’t spend too much time watching the Orlando Magic. Today, the series will be decided with a Game 7 matchup. After a closely contested first half which saw the Cavs trailing by four, the wine and gold came out with a 13-0 run to take a nine point lead and it looked good for Cleveland to advance. They led by five after three quarters. But the Magic outsc ..read more
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