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Posts tagged ‘Zydrunas Ilgauskas’
Posted: March 1st, 2010

With center Shaquille O'Neal being out an estimated eight weeks to recover from thumb surgery, reigning MVP LeBron James will really have to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers through the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs.


The good news for Cleveland is the surgery on Shaquille O’Neal’s right thumb was successful.

The bad news for Cleveland is he’s expected to be out eight weeks. So he’s going to be out the remainder of the regular season, which for the Cavaliers ends April 14, and possibly the first round of the playoffs.

Yeah. Wow.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: February 28th, 2010

The Diesel scheduled to have surgery today.

Shaquille O’Neal is going under the knife today.

The Cleveland Cavaliers center is scheduled to have surgery on his injured right thumb. From there, the team will figure out how long O’Neal will be out.

What does that mean for the Erie BayHawks?

Well, they won’t see Cleveland second-year power forward Darnell Jackson anytime soon.

When O’Neal got hurt Thursday at Boston, Jackson was en route to scoring 34 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for the BayHawks. The Cavaliers had sent Jackson down for two games against Dakota.

O’Neal’s injury cut that trip short as the Cavaliers recalled Jackson for Friday’s game at Toronto. So with O’Neal out for who knows how long and Cleveland stiill waiting to get a chance to resign Zydrunas Ilguaskas later this month, the Cavaliers need big men.

So don’t look for Jackson to make a return to Erie anytime soon.

Posted: February 19th, 2010

Jamison was all smiles during Thursday's press conference after being traded from Washington to Cleveland in a three-team deal.

“HONK HONK! Yo D! What’s up, my man?”

Hey. What’s good with you? It’s been a minute. Like that new ride you got there.

“Yeah. You know how I do. Listen, I know you been busy checking out those NBA trades that went down before Thursday’s deadline. What you think about the Cavaliers getting Antawn Jamison and only giving up Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a first-round draft pick?”

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Posted in: NBA, Yo, what's up D?
Posted: February 19th, 2010

Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas may wind up back in Cleveland in 30 days, but other teams are eyeing the 7-footer.

Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers may coach on opposite ends of the best NBA rivalry, but they can agree on the following: Zydrunas Ilguaksas shouldn’t end up back in Cleveland after the Cavaliers traded him to the Washington Wizards for Antawn Jamison.

Before last night’s Lakers-Celtics game in Los Angeles, the two coaches spoke against a player being made available to join the team that traded him if the receiving team buys his contract out and waives him.

The Cavaliers are hoping the Washington Wizards buy out Z’s contract and waive him. Then after 30 days, Z can rejoin the Cavaliers – if he wants to.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: October 27th, 2009

Cavs 44, Celtics 44.

Great game.

Cavs made 5 of its first 6 shots and lead 13-2, but now the game is tied and Boston actually lead by three points.  Here are some things I’ve noticed off the court.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 30th, 2009

Final score: Orlando Magic 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 90

Cavaliers Magic Basketball

Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic are in the NBA Finals.

Analysis: With Dwight Howard scoring  a career playoff-high 40 points, the Magic ended Cleveland’s historic season by winning Game 6 in splendid fashion Saturday. Once Howard forced Cleveland to change the way it played defense, the Magic got their 3-point shooting going. Cleveland never cut the lead under 10 points in the second half.

The go-getter: Howard carried Orlando to the series-clinching win the Eastern Conference finals. Howard scored 40 points on 14-of-21 shooting, grabbed 14 boards and added four assists. Howard was also 12-of-16 from the line.
The brick-layer: Not only did Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland) shoot just 1-of-5 from the field, he couldn’t handle Howard. Z wasn’t up to that challenge.
The stunning stats: Once again, Orlando reserve forward Mickael Pietrus outscored the entire Cleveland bench. Pietrus finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Cleveland bench had 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
The play: With the Magic leading late in the game, Howard made a spin move on Anderson Varejao and threw down a one-handed power dunk to give Orlando a 101-84 lead with two minutes and 12 seconds left.

What’s next: As Cleveland’s season concludes, the Magic and Lakers will play Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Los Angeles (ABC, 9 p.m.).
What to expect:
For the Cavaliers, the question is how will this impact whether LeBron James stays or goes after the 2009-10 season when he becomes a free agent. However, the bigger question is what is Cleveland going to do to upgrade its roster to improve their chances to win a title to please James enough to influence him to stay. As for the finals, I’ll break the Los Angeles-Orlando series down.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 30th, 2009
Cavaliers Magic Basketball

Rashard Lewis, here with teammate Hedo Turkoglu (left), is selling his Washington state home for $4.9 mil.

Orlando star Rashard Lewis is selling his 8,000 square-foot home equipped with five bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, swimming pool and more in the state of Washington for $4.9 million.

State of Washington?

Yeah, Lewis used to play for the Seattle Supersonics.

Wonder if he ‘s keeping tabs with the bidders as he tries to help Orlando win tonight’s Game 6 at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers and advance to the NBA Finals.

Better not because the Magic are going to need Lewis on his ‘A’ game if they’re going to defeat the Cavaliers tonight.

Lewis, who hit the game-winning shot in Game 1 and a big 3 in a Game 4 win for the Magic, had just 15 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Orlando’s Game 5 loss at Cleveland. Lewis was just 1-of-5 from 3-point range.

One thing I did notice in Game 5 is Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy had Lewis checking 7-foot-3 Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Although Z shoots mostly Js, he does lean on you and that may have sapped the legs of Lewis, who stands 6-10. He’s a jump shooter so having fresh legs is imperative for him.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 24th, 2009

Final score: Orlando Magic 99, Cleveland Cavaliers 89

Cavaliers Magic Basketball

LeBron James scored 41 points, but it wasn't enough as Cleveland lost Game 3 to the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Analysis: Now down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland has a major concern. No one other than James is consistently making the perimeter shot. So although he scored a game-high 41 points tonight, James is having to carry the offense, which favors Orlando because no one else is involved in the offense for the Cavs.

The go-getter: Before fouling out, Dwight Howard (Orlando)  scored 24 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Known as a poor free-throw shooter, Howard was 14-of-19 from the stripe. He was money late in the game.
The brick-layer: Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland) shot a shaky 3-of-10 from the field for nine points. Although he can make the 3, for him to attempt three of them tonight is not good.
The stunning stats: The Cavaliers scored just eight bench points. Orlando reserve Mickael Pietrus had 16 points off the bench by himself for the Magic.
The play: In the first half, Courtney Lee had a open lay-up, but James ran him down and blocked his shot. In the second half, James tried to do the same thing, but the Orlando rookie guard dunked on him.

What’s next: Game 4 Tuesday at Orlando, 8:30 p.m.
What to expect:
Cleveland’s biggest dilemma was trying to match up with Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, but the Cavaliers have a greater challenge. If Mo Williams, Delonte West and Sasha Pavlovic don’t make open shots Tuesday, that’s going to put more and more onus on James to carry the offense. As great as James is, he can’t beat the Magic by himself.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 22nd, 2009

Final score: Cleveland Cavaliers 96, Orlando Magic 95

Magic Cavaliers Basketball

LeBron James said he's never the heard Quicken Loans Arena crowd that loud after he hit buzzer-beating shot to beat the Orlando Magic, 96-95, in Game 2 Friday.

Analysis: In an epic thriller, LeBron James made what he called the biggest shot of his career by hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Cleveland the thrilling win to tie the series at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Sunday. The Cavaliers blew a 23-point lead only to have James save the day for the Cavaliers.

The go-getter: The MVP scored 35 points including the game-winner. He had six turnovers and Mickael Pietrus made it tough on him late, but he found a way to make a 3-pointer at the top of the key. To deliver in that fashion is as good as it gets.
The brick-layer: Rafer Alston (Orlando) shot a dismal 1-of-7 from the field for four points. Just didn’t play well on either end of the floor, took some crazy shots and missed all three of his 3-point shot attempts.
The stunning stats: Before James made that game-winning 3-pointer, he had only four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field.
The play: The shot was great, but for Mo Williams to have the patience to wait for James to get free was just as good. He had Zydrunas Ilgauskas open in the corner for 3, but as Williams said after the game, option A, B,C, and D were all for James.

What’s next: Game 3 Sunday at Orlando, 8:30 p.m.
What to expect:
Look for the Magic to put Pietrus on James more. The way he forced LeBron to go left and actually blocked his shot worked in Orlando’s favor. As for Cleveland, if it is fortunate enough to build a big lead in the first half, it can’t afford to blow it in Orlando or the Cavaliers will find themselves on the losing end.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix

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