Apr 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee (33) dunks in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Takeaways After Cleveland Cavaliers' Season Finale


 

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Season Finale was a dominating effort that showed why many were hopeful going into this season. The team is full of talent. From two dynamic, exciting and young guards in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Two Canadian power forwards, one with a high defensive upside and moderate offensive game (Tristan Thompson) and the other with a high upside offensive game and a moderate defensive game (Anthony Bennett). With the addition of Spencer Hawes the Cavs had two 7 footers with pick and pop ability, Hawes out to the 3 point line and Tyler Zeller out to 18 feet. The team has Anderson Varejao‘s relentless energy for defense and rebounding, as well as a decent mid range game. Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova are solid guards off the bench behind the two star guards. Luol Deng is a solid pro who plays hard on both ends of the court and is a winner.

Yet the team couldn’t put it together. Some might blame Mike Brown. Some blame Chris Grant. Some blame Dan Gilbert. Some blame Irving and Waiters. In the end blame is not a useful activity, though cathartic for many. Brown most likely will be back, unless Gilbert finds someone with a big name who will bring “his guy” in. Irving will return. Waiters will most likely return, unless a huge deal can be made for someone of Kevin Love‘s quality. So this is the group that needs to bring the Cavs over the hump. A big free agent could be added, the NBA Draft Lottery could be won but betting on either could be foolish.

A few takeaways from the actual game last night:

  • When the team is loose and having fun they are tough.
  • The team struggled under pressure all year.
  • Playing against the Nets B Team makes things easier.
  • This team is great when running on fast breaks.
  • This team is great when active on defense.
  • Those last two points are effort issues.
  • It is easy to read into many things said or done during the Finale.
    • “Luol Deng said ‘We’ in interviews about next year, he wants to be back.”
    • “Kyrie stuck around and gave out shoes, he wants to stay.”
    • “They all were happy and smiled throughout the game, they don’t care about the playoffs.”
    • “There was no tribute to Varejao, who didn’t play, so he will be back next year.”
    • “Carrik Felix and Anthony Bennett looked good, they will be stars next year.”
    • “Tyler Zeller blew up, he is the starting Center we need.”
  • The crowd was happy most of the night and enjoyed that type of game.
  • As many as 6 players may have played their last game for the Cavs: Hawes, Deng, Varejao, C.J. Miles, Scotty Hopson, Alonzo Gee.

What were your takeaways from last night?

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  • Letterman007

    Let me ask you, what pressure did Detroit or Boston put on these malcontents in the last couple of games!! How can you stick by a coach that is among the worst in the league on defense and especially offense and he holds no player accountable for their actions on the court!! If he is back it will be another wasted year just as this one was!! Mike Brown has had his chance and he failed miserably again to do the job he is being way over paid for! The man should be throne in jail for robbery!! Anyone can look good against a B team, when the regulars sit! Where was this energy in the Piston’s or Celtic’s game or for that fact most of the entire year!! Browns non-accountability led to this year and the players ran the asylum and if it happens again next year, what makes you think this mess will be any better!!??

    • Jared Mueller

      Most people believe it takes a full year, plus the next training camp to get a system in place and to change a culture. Adding Bynum probably made that worse. I am not defending him but similar to Chud he probably deserves another year before that happens.

      • Letterman007

        Why would you say it takes a year to put a system in place when , even Brown admitted, after the trade for Hawes that he ( Hawes) knew the system Brown had after one scouting report playing the Cav’s while with Philadelphia!! The system Brown runs is so simple a 5th grader could pick it up in a week!! The system had a small role in this messed up year. The biggest role was a lack of consistent effort !! That has nothing to do with the system, and more to do with the discipline and accountability of the coach!! He made NO effort to change the culture on this team by the way he handled the Waiters mess in NYC!! His lack of discipline was well documented and putting up with Byrum’s antics for that long was another sign!! You can NOT allow things like the inconsistent lack of effort and the lackadaisical practice crap to go on and HE DID!!
        Nothing is going to change next year if this IDIOT is left in charge. And I’m not the only person to think so!!! Un like Coach Chud, , Brown had talent to work with and did nothing to advance that talent!

        • Jared Mueller

          System is not just offense or defense its also culture. There is also very little “documented” outside of media reports and heresay. You have to realize that Brown, and most coaches, don’t make the accountability/discipline decisions themselves. The GM and owner are involved as well. Once Grant was fired the effort level changed, not saying it was all his fault but that was a sign of change. They still had their clunkers but without any vocal vets (Deng, Hawes and Jack are more quiet or fun guys) the young guys were unable to turn the corner. Brown may not be perfect but laying the entire blame on him is careless.

          • Letterman007

            I have written in other peaces, that they need to make some trades and rid themselves of some of the problems they have!! the entire blame doesn’t belong only on Mike Brown, but he is a major part of it. He had the same problems when he was here before and it was a different GM then!! Therefore a lot of this blame does go on Brown and quite a bit on Gilbert, for forgetting why he fired Brown in the first place!! There is enough blame to go around to all associated with this team save Griffin as he has had no time to put much of a foot print on it!!
            Mike Brown had a team to win a championship with and his lack of offensive skills and play calling cost him and he continues to make the same mistakes!! It’s like marrying your ex-wife a second time, after a few years apart, you forget why you divorced! Then you remarry the same woman and in three to six months you remember and it starts all over again!!

          • Jared Mueller

            I appreciate your thoughts. Obviously I am less of a black and white, ultimate statement type person but that fits my personality and career as a counselor.

          • Letterman007

            Sorry, but at my advanced age in life, I see things differently and process information a little differently than when I was young and nieve !! My patience is a little thiner and expect to see results sooner than some. I can also see more clearly mistakes made and reasons for them being made! I’m not always correct, but I do surprise myself with being more correct in the long run than not!!

          • Jared Mueller

            lol…. I just never will be that black and white, not that it is a bad thing. I just don’t like arrogance so I try never to be. Not saying you are, but when I get black and white I tend to feel like I come off that way.

          • Letterman007

            I hope I’m not coming off as arrogant, as I dislike that myself! I’m not always right and will be the first to say I was wrong or apologize! There are things I don’t see and others do, I recognize that and try to stay attentive to the fact that it happens! But I also realize that people don’t change. Oh, they can change a small thing or two, but basically, the big things, they just don’t ! It’s like Weeden, he can in his mind think he didn’t get a fair shake, or had too many coordinators! But we both know he just didn’t have it between the ears!Its a shame because he had some wonderful talent, a great arm, but just didn’t have it in the other places that count!

          • Jared Mueller

            You aren’t coming off that way. Your right there is so much more then talent. As a counselor I am big on the head part. There was a cool video on the Browns site where Farmer was interviewed at the Senior Bowl and he talked all about those type of things.

          • Letterman007

            I didn’t see that video you speak of. I guess we’ll continue to either agree or not!? I’d just like to see the Browns regain the respect they had and get a good team together and take their name off the list of teams not to be in a Super Bowl !!

          • Jared Mueller

            Yep okay to disagree. While SEA did it without a stellar QB I think QB is the biggest thing holding this team back from any SB chances. So in that vein I would take 10 QBs this year if that was a good idea. Answer that question. Here is the link to the video: http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/media-center/videos/Watching-Senior-Bowl-Practice-With-Ray-Farmer-/45ebf224-eabf-4304-b12e-0c987a6d39ee

          • Letterman007

            Thanks for the link. It was very interesting and informative, however I do agree the quarterback is important, I just don’t see one in this draft that has IT!! There may be a sleeper ala Tom Brady, that comes late in this draft.? Out of the BIG 4 I don’t see one that has IT! I would rather use #4 on something I’m more sure of than Manziel, Carr, TB, or Bortles!! I think that’s Watkins or Robinson, or Mathews! If one of them is there at #4 that’s my choice!! Then at #26 I get my QB, if one is still there? If not I’ll take one at #35.! I still want another QB late, say 6th or 7th round, maybe even 5th!! That’s my hope I get another Sipe pick!!

          • Jared Mueller

            So we are close then. I am fine with much of that. You may not love my #4 pick but might like the rest of my 7 Round Mock coming out later.

          • Letterman007

            Close, yes! I’ll see about the rest of this 7 round draft of yours? Mine will probably be a bit different, but we’ll shall see????

          • Jared Mueller

            I look forward to it. When do you want to start writing for us? :)

          • Letterman007

            I’m not that good of a writer and besides, I now live in South Carolina and am a transplanted Cleveland fan!! I have no degree except for the one from Hard Knox of 37 years at the post office in Cuyahoga Falls, and Akron Ohio and 8 of those years in South Florida!! Just a frustrated Northern Ohio alumnus!!

          • Letterman007

            I do appreciate the offer, It has opened my eyes and made me think! Most of my morning I spend on line and part of most evenings! I enjoy blogging and am really starting to get into it!! I look forward to us going back and forth, as we are both strong minded with some opinions that differ and some that don’t!! Thanks ,I would love to do something like this, I wish I had the Talent and computer savy to write with you.

  • Gary

    Where is the high upside offensive game and a moderate defensive game of Bennett?
    The most consistent thing he did was miss shots.?
    And they would be fools to bring back Brown. He simply can’t coach. The defense was awful as was the offense. So what does he bring the team?
    The Cavs need a better coach to show these players the fundamentals of playing basketball.
    It takes defense as well as offense. And having the right players helps too.