Court Street offers students a wide variety of options

I focused my video on the multitude of options that Court Street has to offer.  Not only are there many bars that students frequent on a nightly basis, there are also several places to eat, both local joints as well as more well-known chain eateries.  Court Street is usually only thought of as a place where students go to drink, when in reality it offers so much more than just bars and alcohol.

 

Five-On-Five: This week in Cavs basketball

“All for one, One for all.”

When it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is seemingly news on them every day.  Whether it is good, bad or indifferent, reading the latest news on your favorite team is something that is usually done on a daily basis.  This newsletter has congregated the top information over the last week and brings it all to you in one nicely formed package. Here is the top five stories that you should know about, they range from injury updates, player accolades and player signings.

1.) Cavs travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves, but Kevin Love will not make the trip. 

 

Cavs.com reported that Cavaliers F Kevin Love will miss Tuesday’s game after experiencing pain in his knee on Saturday night. The Cavs press release was not very informative, but luckily the CBSSports.com expanded on the news release by the Cavs by reporting the Cavs were getting a second opinion on Love’s knee and the injury is apparently ‘concerning.’ With the All-star break fast approaching, the team may be inclined to sit Love for a little while and Love will more than likely be forced to miss the All-star game this coming Sunday.

2.) Cavaliers sign F Derrick Williams to a 10-day-contract

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ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was one of the first to report that the Cavaliers decided to sign recently released F Derrick Williams to a 10-day-contract last Thursday.  ESPN is usually one of the first outlets to report information on the Cavs, they even dedicate a number of reporters to cover all aspects of the team. From the Cavs Instagram post above you can see Williams working out pre-game before the teams game last Thursday night. He made an impact right away, scoring 12 points in a loss at Oklahoma City.  Head coach Tyronn Lue spoke to ESPN about Williams, saying, “He can play the 3 and the 4,” Lue said of Williams. “He’s a good defender on-ball. Has athleticism. So, I’ll just try to work him in with that second unit.”

3.) LeBron is already calling for the Cavaliers to sign Derrick Williams “long-term.”

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Williams has been impressive in his brief time with the organization, including the thunderous dunk he unleashed this past Saturday, as you can see from the post above.  This led LeBron James to tell media members, including ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, that he hopes the team can sign Williams “long-term” and that, “Obviously, we know that he’s on a 10-day contract, but we believe it’s going to be long-term.” So the fact that LeBron told media members multiple times he wants Williams to be here past his 10-day-contract is a not-so subtle hint that James wants Williams around for the foreseeable future.  When LeBron speaks, people listen and when he drops hints, it usually means he wants to see something happen.

4.) LeBron James wins Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for the 4th time this season and NBA-record 57th time in his career. 

This afternoon, news broke via multiple outlets, including the Cavs own website, that LeBron James was awarded the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award after he averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 1.8 steals in a week that saw the Cavs go 3-1 and included a crazy game-tying three-point shot against the Wizards last Monday night as you can see below.

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Even in his 14th season James continues to impress and put up numbers that many players only dream of. James will also head off to his 13th All-star game this weekend, which is just another model of James’ consistency.

5.) J.R. Smith could be only a few weeks away from returning to the court. 

The Cavaliers Bleacher Report section reported today that J.R. Smith, who has been out with a thumb injury since late December, is nearing a return to the Cavaliers lineup.  McMenamin, one of the leading reporters for the Cavs, along with Chris Haynes, was one of the first to report this information.

However, J.R. Smith took to Twitter to refute this claim by both Haynes and McMenamin.

It might be longer than expected until Smith returns to the court for the Cavs, but now that multiple Cavs sources are starting to report on Smith’s possible return, it is a safe bet that his return is not too far off.  Stay tuned to all the latest Cavs sources for the latest Smith return updates.

Five-on-five is a weekly newsletter dedicated to the Cleveland Cavaliers and all the latest information surrounding the team.  The information is taken from all the top Cavaliers sources, including the team website and social media accounts to provide you all with the best, most accurate information regarding the team. 

The six best point guards in the NBA today

Let’s face it, when it comes to debating the top point guards in the NBA today, there is no definitive list of who is No.1, No.2, etc. With so much talent to choose from alone, this list should tell who is without a doubt, the best of the best in the NBA today.

1. Russell Westbrook

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The way Russell Westbrook is playing the game of basketball today, there isn’t anyone who can contain him.  He is exciting and entertaining to watch because on any given night, he is a walking triple double.  This season he is averaging 30.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.2 assists.  When it comes to point guards, Westbrook is the best right now and he is essentially doing it all by himself since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.

2. Stephen Curry

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Steph Curry is absolutely lethal from behind the three point line, probably the best shooter this league has ever seen. His numbers have taken a bit of a hit with Kevin Durant joining the team, but he is still averaging 25 points, 6.1 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field. Curry is still a guy capable of putting up 40+ points every time he steps out on the floor and has a lethal handle that can embarrass even the best defender. That is why he is No. 2 on this list.

3. Kyrie Irving

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Kyrie Irving has ascended up this list rather quickly in the last few years thanks to the help of LeBron James.  Irving is finally healthy and back playing at an elite level this season, which is a great sight for Cavs fans.  This season he is averaging 24.6 points (a career high), 5.7 assists and shooting 47.3 percent from the field (also a career high).  While Irving’s defense is suspect at times, his offensive game is no joke and he showed during the Cavs run to a championship in 2016 that he is worthy of the No. 3 spot on this list.

4. Chris Paul

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Paul has been a model of consistency in the NBA as a point guard over the last decade. Paul has averaged 18 points and 10 assists for his career.  He has helped both the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers reach the playoffs nearly every season he was apart of the team. Not the most athletic point guard but usually makes the right pass and is one of the best leaders in the NBA today. Paul also prides himself on his defense as well, he averages 2.3 steals for his career and is known to lock down the opposing teams point guard. Even though Paul is (only) 31 right now but still is in the prime of his career and is the focal point of a Clippers team primed to make another playoff run.

5. John Wall

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John Wall is a having himself a career year for a Washington Wizards team that is rising in the Eastern Conference.  Averaging 22.9 points and 10.3 assists, Wall is the only guard in the East averaging double digit points and assists. At first glance, Wall should be higher on this list.  However we have to take into account his lack of leadership and his temper on the court.  Wall is an elite player and yet no other talented star wants to play with him.  Wall’s combination of offensive and defensive talent puts him in the top five, but prevents him from being higher on the list.

       6. James Harden

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A year ago I would not haven’t even considered Harden for this list, but this season has been eye-opening for me as well as many others around the NBA.  Harden has revolutionized his game as the leader of the Houston Rockets.  Not only is he averaging 28.8 points, but also is averaging a league best 11.5 assists.  While those numbers are impressive, the most eye-opening statistic is the fact that Harden has led the Rockets to a 35-16 record, the third best record in all of basketball.  Harden needs to improve his defense, but just like Irving, his offensive game is one of the best in the league today. With all those accomplishments under his belt this season, Harden has earned his spot on the list.

Bird Arena – A place everyone must visit while in Athens

When I got to Ohio University as a freshman back in 2013, I was not certain of much.  However one of the few things I was sure of is that I wanted to pursue a career in sports journalism, but I was new to campus and was not exactly sure how to get involved.

Then one night I was given a tour of Bird Arena along with other freshman students who were also looking for a way to get involved.  I thought Bird Arena was unique and did not even know it had existed until I took the tour of it on that Friday night. From that tour I was able to wind up getting a job working with the Ohio University D1 men’s hockey team.

Bird Arena itself is not all that noticeable when you’re just walking around the Ohio University campus, but I would definitely consider it a gem of Athens because of the historical significance of the arena and the storied history of the team is houses.

Bird Arena does offer more than just hockey though, you can rent skates and skate around the ice yourself, which many students take advantage of.

Showing up the arena every weekend and watching the Bobcats hockey team play was something I started looking forward to, and it was neat to get the access of one of the media members.  I got to go in the locker rooms and also the media “nest” that is situated right at center ice and has a great view of the ice rink as you can see from the photo below.

Ohio hockey kicking off the 2016 regular season at Bird Arena against John Carroll University.

As I said before, I did not even know that Ohio had a hockey team and I soon came to realize that at Bird Arena, passionate fans gathered there every game day weekend to cheer on the Bobcats, it was quite the site to see for me.

The building itself is not that large compared to the football stadium and basketball arena, seating a maximum capacity of just 2,000 spectators, but when it is packed and the Bobcats are playing well, it sounds as if there are 10,000 people in the arena.  From the picture below you can see just how popular the hockey team is, there was a line outside the door for tickets before the opening series weekend last year. I was impressed by the line when I got to the arena so I had to snap this picture.

Fans lineup outside Bird Arena before a hockey game in 2015. During game day weekends the arena is usually full of passionate and loyal hockey fans.

Over my four years of following and covering the Bobcats hockey team I have spent plenty of time at Bird Arena, going there at least once a week, if not more often, to watch practice and speak with the head coach and different players for my articles that I write for the team throughout the year.  Whether there is a full arena or just me there by myself watching the team practice, I always enjoy my time at Bird Arena.

This link is to the Ohio Bobcats hockey website, where you can read all about the what goes on with team at Bird Arena.  http://www.ohiobobcatshockey.com

While some students may be like me when I was a freshman and not know much about Bird Arena or all that it houses, I would highly recommend taking a trip there one weekend to witness a hockey or to try your hand at ice skating with your friends.  It is definitely a gem on this campus and a place that is somewhere I’ll always enjoy going.