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Posted: July 18th, 2009

“The thing that Maureece has to understand and realize is that this is a process.” – Erie BayHawks coach John Treloar discussing Maureece Rice.

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Combo guard Maureece Rice found it much harder to score in the NBA Summer League this year than he did in the D-League this past season for the Erie BayHawks.

Process.

It’s how John Treloar describes the process of making into the NBA when you’re not a first-round draft choice.

He just hopes Maureece Rice doesn’t lose focus of that in his pursuit of playing at the highest level.

Rice saw limited action for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this week.

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Posted: May 28th, 2009

Final score: Cleveland Cavaliers 112, Orlando Magic 102

Magic Cavaliers Basketball

Mo Williams helped out LeBron James and the Cavaliers by scoring 24 points in Cleveland's Game 5 win.

Analysis: In winning Game 5 to stay alive in this Eastern Conference finals series, the Cavs made key adjustments. At the same time, LeBron James delivered another epic performance by posting a triple-double. He also got plenty of perimeter help from Mo Williams (24 points, 6-of-9 on threes) and Daniel Gibson (3-of-4 on threes).

The go-getter: James came through for the Cavs with 37 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. James accounted for 32 consecutive Cleveland points by either scoring or having an assist (29 consecutive in the fourth). With his team’s back against the wall, the league MVP took over.
The brick-layer: Just as he did in Game 2, Rafer Alston (Orlando) vanished. He shot 1-of-10 from the field overall, going 1-of-7 from 3-point range. The scary part about all this is Alston, who scored 26 points in Orlando’s Game 4 win, made his first shot Thursday only to miss his last nine.
The stunning stats: Orlando is known for its 3-point shooting, but Cleveland not only made one three than the Magic (9-to-8), but also shot a higher percentage (50 percent to 32 percent) from long range.
The play: With Cavaliers leading by six with 2:22 remaining in the game, James drove the ball at Dwight Howard, made the shot and drew a foul to foul him out. James completed the 3-point play to give Cleveland a 102-93 lead.

What’s next: Game 6 Saturday in Orlando, 8:30 p.m.
What to expect:
The Cavaliers may be without starting two-guard Delonte West, who left the game late in the fourth quarter with a hip pointer. West will likely gut it out, but Orlando knows the Cavaliers are going to go that spread offense in which James gets the ball at the free throw line. How the Magic adjust to that will play a major role in what happens in Game 6.

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Posted: May 28th, 2009
Magic Cavaliers Basketball

LeBron James either scored or had an assist on 29 consecutive points for the Cavs in the fourth quarter.

In winning Game 5 to stay alive in this Eastern Conference finals series, 112-102, Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers made three key adjustments.

1. Put LeBron James on Hedo Turkoglu in the fourth quarter. The strategy TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith has been calling for disrupted the pick-n-roll Orlando loves to use a bit.

2. Posted up James, who finished with a triple double (37 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists), at the free throw line and surrounded him with three shooters -  Wally Szczerbiak, Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams – and the hustling Anderson Varejao. Not having to drive from the top of the key, James didn’t need to dribble much to either score or find Varejao cutting to the basket.

3. Made the cold shooter for Orlando keep shooting by defending everyone else. This time, it was Rafer Alston, who shot 1-of-10 from the field. He was 1-of-7 from 3-point range and Cleveland funneled its defense to leave Alston open.

Can this work in Game 6 for the Cavaliers?

We’ll find out Saturday when the series switches to Orlando with the Magic leading 3-2.

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Posted: April 18th, 2009

“Having said that, this team here offensively, I got to make sure everybody understands that offensively, the last three years, we weren’t good mainly because of me.”

Hawks Cavaliers Basketball

Cleveland coach Mike Brown still preaches defense, but he knows offense, too.

After Cleveland’s 102-84 Game 1 win against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, I asked Cavaliers coach Mike Brown if this was the best offensive team he’s had either as a head coach or assistant.

Remember Brown was an assistant at San Antonio when the Spurs won a championship and also worked with the Indiana Pacers before going to Cleveland.

There was a time when Cleveland struggled scoring. It was painful to watch to be honest. Now they’re one of the best offensive teams in the league.

So how did Brown address my question?

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Posted: April 18th, 2009
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Denver Nuggets rookie guard Sonny Weems scored a team-high 27 points to lead the Colorado 14ers to a come-from-behind 114-111 win Saturday night.

The Colorado 14ers advanced to the D-League finals by beating the Austin Toros, 114-111, Saturday night at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo.

The 14ers (36-16) trailed the Toros (33-19) by 11 points, 98-87, with nine minutes and 11 seconds left. This came after Colorado coach Bob MacKinnon was called for a technical foul.

From that point, the 14ers went on a 20-7 run to take a 107-105 lead with four minutes and 46 seconds left in the game.

Down three with 10 seconds left, Marcus Williams and Stanley Burrell each missed 3-pointers that would have tied the game.

Denver Nuggets rookie Sonny Weems lead the 14ers with 27 points while Eddie Gill added 23. Malik Hairston and Williams paced the Toros with 37 and 33 points, respectively. Both players played the entire game.

The 14ers will face the winner of Monday’s Utah-Dakota game in the D-League finals, which is  best-of-3 series.

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Posted: February 10th, 2009

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Posted: December 1st, 2008

Remember the names Jay Williams, Darius Miles or Omar Cook? How about Dejuan Wagner or Joseph Forte?
For basketball junkies, they used to be hot names, but are no longer on the NBA map.
However, this is highlight tape of their days in high school. Crazy.

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Posted: November 28th, 2008

The D-League is providing free, streaming game coverage through its Webcast. Here’s how it works.
Once you get on the Web site, click on any of the live Webcast icons. From there, you’ll get a screen that enables you to sign up. I just did it. It’s fairly easy.
Now I’m going see if it works tonight. For those who may be skeptical like myself, check out the following disclaimer the D-League posted on its Web site.
These live streaming D-League games are still in the beta-testing phase. Please bear with us as we optimize the viewing experience for you. Feel free to provide us with feedback, suggestions and other comments via email here throughout the season.

So it may not work right away so patience will likely be necessary.

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