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Posted: May 22nd, 2012

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs have won 18 consecutive games. Will the Thunder challenge them?/AP

18 wins in a row. The San Antonio Spurs are rolling.

Unbeaten in this year’s NBA playoffs, the Spurs swept the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers to reach the Western Conference finals. They’ve been unstoppable.

They haven’t been tested, either, but that’s all about to change Sunday.

Here come the Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Spurs have the best team, but the Thunder have the two best players in the series in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in James Harden.

So make no mistake. The Spurs will lose a game in this series, but will they lose the series?

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: November 16th, 2010

Toronto 7-foot-1 rookie center Solomon Alabi has played in just one game for the Raptors this season.

The guy is certainly thin, but Solomon Alabi showed some athleticism and quickness in his first practice with the Erie BayHawks earlier this afternoon at Gannon University’s Hammermill Center.

The Toronto Raptors sent Alabi, 22, down to play for the BayHawks, who open the season Friday night against the Springfield Armor at Tullio Arena.

Now granted it was just drills and he wasn’t going up against anyone in a 5-on-5 situation, but Alabi showed some explosiveness on one particular drill in which the player picks the ball off the ground, take a dribble and finishes at the rim.

Now Alabi will have a tough act to follow in terms of players from Erie’s NBA affiliates who have been sent down to play for the BayHawks in the previous two seasons.

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Posted: September 28th, 2010

Rookie guard/forward Christian Eyenga had a good time Monday at media day, but will he be a factor for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season is the question.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers opening training camp today, the one thing I look at is to see what first- or second-year players they have that may get sent down to play for the Erie BayHawks.

This year, the Cavaliers have a couple who may wind up spending time in Erie in second-year small forward Danny Green and rookie guard/forward Christian Eyenga out of the Congo.

Let’s look at Eyenga first.

He was the guy the Cavaliers picked in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft,  but he decided to go back overseas and play in Spain. Didn’t feel as if he was ready for the NBA.

Not sure if he’s ready now, so I asked Eyenga point blank Monday at media day if he’d be open to getting sent down to the D-League.

“I’m open to it, but I want to make (the Cavaliers),” he said. “I’ve been working out to stay on the team and get some minutes. I know that they have the option to send me to the D-League, but I’m working hard to make the team.”

At 6-5 and 210 pounds, Eyenga has talent, but he didn’t average a lot of points (3.9 in 29 games for DKV Joventut Badalona) in Spain, but he’s athletic. So many would categorize someone like that as being raw.

So depending on how new Cavaliers coach Byron Scott uses him, Eyenga could be that energy guy off the bench or see his share of action in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks.

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Posted: July 19th, 2010

Mike Gansey averaged 15.6 points in his last three games with the D-League Select team in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas.

Erie BayHawks guard Mike Gansey reached double figures in his last three games with the D-League Select team in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.

Playing 38 minutes, Gansey had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the D-League Select’s 79-78 win Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Mark Tyndale of the Iowa Energy hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The D-League Select team finished 1-4 in its games against NBA teams using their summer league rosters.

Gansey averaged 12.8 points and shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3-point range in the five games. He scored a summer-league high 17 points in a 101-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies after scoring a summer-league low two points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gansey is from the Cleveland area.

As for the Cavaliers, who are an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks along with the Toronto Raptors, their second-year forward, Danny Green, averaged 12.8 points in his four summer-league games with Cleveland. Green had a summer-league best 17 points against the Miami Heat.

Green is eligible to play for the BayHawks this season as NBA teams can send down their first or second-year players down to play for the D-League team they’re affiliated with.

Posted: July 11th, 2010

The Cleveland Cavaliers will their summer league roster began playing in the Las Vegas Summer League beginning Tuesday. Going into his third season with Cleveland, power forward J.J. Hickson is scheduled to play as is forward Danny Green, who just finished his rookie season with the Cavaliers. 

The Cavaliers 2009 first-round pick, forward Christian Eyenga of the Congo, is also listed on the roster. The 6-foot-5 Eyenga didn’t play last season after deciding to remain overseas and play. 

The team also has some familiar names like Rashard McCants, who starred on the 2004 national championship for North Carolina and rookies Jerome Dyson of Connecticut and Manny Harris of Michigan.

Erie BayHawks coach John Treloar is also working as an assistant for the Cavaliers, who are an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks along with the Toronto Raptors.

 Two things to notice about the schedule is the Cavaliers play against the Miami Heat, who LeBron James chose to sign with instead of the Cavaliers earlier this week, and the Milwaukee Bucks, who have Darnell Jackson, a player Cleveland let go this past season. Jackson is scheduled to play for the Bucks this summer.

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Posted: July 9th, 2010

The Erie BayHawks have four players from the 2009-10 season who will play in NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas starting today.

Shooting guard Mike Gansey (D-League Select team), point guard Blake Ahearn (Houston Rockets) and centers John Bryant (Milwaukee Bucks) and Mike Sweetney (Washington Wizards) will look to impress NBA teams to give them a chance to make an NBA team in training camp this fall.

Former BayHawk power forward  Alade Aminu will play for the Atlanta Hawks. Danny Green, who played two games for Erie last season, will see action this summer with his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Darnell Jackson, who has played for the BayHawks while with their NBA affiliate, the Cavaliers, is with the Bucks.

BayHawks coach John Treloar is expected to work as an assistant for the Cavaliers.

Posted: February 27th, 2010

“I truthfully don’t listen to that. The team drafted me there. They saw what I have and that’s why they drafted me. Again, I’m out here getting better for myself and my team and that’s it,” – Hasheem Thabeet on hearing negative talk of him being the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and getting sent down to play in the D-League.

The Memphis Grizzlies sent down their 7-foot-3 rookie Hasheem Thabeet, to the D-League's Dakota Wizards.

One block.

Some would say that number should have read 11 or more, but Hasheem Thabeet was only credited for one block in his D-League debut Friday night for the Dakota Wizards against the Erie BayHawks at Tullio Arena in Erie. The Wizards won, 108-103.

Personally, I thought he got two, but he finished the game with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, two rebounds, two turnovers and four fouls in 17 minutes and 51 seconds of play.

The Memphis Grizzlies sent Thabeet down to the Wizards on Thursday and he played his first of scheduled six games with Dakota.

The second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Connecticut is scheduled to return to Memphis on March 8, Dakota coach Rory White said. The Grizzlies and Washington Wizards are Dakota’s NBA affiliates. An NBA team can send down first or second-year players up to three times a season.

Playing just 17 minutes and 51 seconds, Thabeet also had his shot blocked from behind by Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Danny Green, who at 6-foot-6 is much shorter than the 7-3 center.

Green was returning the favor as Thabeet blocked his shot within 25 seconds of him entering the game for the first time in the first quarter. An NBA affiliate for Erie, The Cavalier sent Green down to play for the BayHawks.

A rookie out of North Carolina, Green finished with a game-high 36 points Friday.

After the game, I interviewed Thabeet, who arrived in Erie hours before the 7 p.m. game.

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Posted: February 27th, 2010

Seems like a mismatch. Hasheem Thabeet is 7-foot-3. Danny Green is 6-6.

So when Thabeet came off the bench in the first quarter for the Dakota Wizards and swatted Green’s shot out of bounds in his first 24 seconds of play, it wasn’t shocking.

Thabeet just smiled. Green was grinning, too, for the Erie BayHawks, but he had revenge on his mind.

“He caught me the first time,” Green said. “I forgot he was in the game for a second. I think I was in the post or something. I had a lay up and he just threw it out of bounds. I said, ‘alright, I got you neck time big dawg.’”

Thirty-nine seconds later, Green got him.

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Posted: February 25th, 2010

Darnell Jackson had his way inside, but was as winded as a sail boat Thursday night.

Danny Green’s first shot, a corner 3, sailed over the other side of the rim, but his lob pass to Cedric Jackson was as perfect as a 24oo SAT score.

In the end, the Cleveland Cavaliers forwards put in work and were instrumental in Erie’s 114-108 win against the Dakota Wizards tonight.

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Posted: February 25th, 2010

Got to give a big shout out to our photographer, Greg Wohlford, for shooting video of Cleveland Cavaliers forwards Darnell Jackson and Danny Green practicing with the Erie BayHawks for tonight’s game against the Dakota Wizards.

I had an appointment scheduled two weeks in advance and couldn’t make it, but Greg got out there and made it happen. Nice work, Greg.

The Cavaliers, an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks, sent the two down for two games. As you’ll see below, both guys haven’t played in a minute (Feb. 4 to be exact) so it’ll be interesting to see how they do tonight for the BayHawks.

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