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 5 saddest times to be a D.C. sports fan

D.C. sports fans are the most tortured souls in sports fandom. I know this, because I’ve spent many nights, sitting on my couch, befuddled at life itself. Nothing really matters. It all dies anyways.

With Cleveland’s title last summer, D.C. sports took claim to the saddest sports city in America. It’s different being a D.C. kid in a town like Athens, especially when fans hail from Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Here’s the worst five moments since the turn of the century in D.C:

5: Gilbert brings guns to the locker room

After brief success in the middle-2000s, the Wizards were dying. Gilbert Arenas had bad knees and was faltering, Antwan Jamison and Caron Butler were growing weary, and the Cavaliers couldn’t be stopped. Then in the 2009-10 season, Arenas brought unloaded guns to the locker room. After an argument with a teammate, Arenas allegedly threatened to shoot Javaris Crittenton. Arenas was suspended for the remainder of the season and traded a year later.

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4: LeBron psyches out Agent Zero

The Wizards were up two against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Playoffs. With just two free throws in overtime, Gilbert Arenas, a new league sensation, would have sent the Wizards and Cavs to Game 7. LeBron walked up to Arenas, and historically said “miss these, you’re going home.” Arenas missed both free throws, and Damon Jones hit a 3-pointer as time ran out for the Cavaliers.

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3: Nationals blow lead against the Cardinals 

After fighting for a baseball team for decades, the Nationals finally had made playoffs after seven long years. The Nationals were up 6-0 in Game 5, and were on track to be the first D.C. sports team to make a conference final since 1998. They blew the lead, gave up four runs in the ninth inning, and lost. The Cardinals were down to their last strike twice. Still, no D.C. sports team has made a conference final since 1998.

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2: RG3’s knee explodes 

The Redskins had him. The quarterback designed to lead the team to the promised land. Playing on an injured knee, Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a 14-0 lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. Then, disaster. A bad snap forced RG3’s knee to bend and every major ligament in his knee to snap. The fallout forced an entire coaching staff, and Griffin, out of Washington three years later.

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1: Any Capitals playoff loss

The most tortured team in hockey history, the Capitals started blowing 3-1 leads before it was cool. The team has made the playoffs all but seven times since 1982, and still has only made the conference finals once. President’s Trophies don’t seem to matter for the “choking dogs,” who each and every year find a way to blow a once promising season. It’s a running joke.

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7 Reasons to stop freaking out about the Cavaliers recent struggles

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The Cleveland Cavaliers went a dismal 7-8 and in January. Players and fans are frustrated and trying to figure out where things aren’t working, but there isn’t too much cause for concern. Things will work themselves out and you will probably see the Cavs in the Finals for a third straight year.

1) Eastern Conference Strength

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Think about LeBron’s first year back in Cleveland. The Atlanta Hawks were the No. 1 seed with homecourt advantage and the Cavaliers swept them. The same result happened last year in the playoffs. Not much need to worry about the East.

2) January was cold to all

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The Cavs went 7-8 in January, doubling their loss total on the season. But let’s look around the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder went 7-7, the Toronto Raptors went 7-9. Looking at the NCAA, the 1,2, and 4 ranked teams all lost on the same night. January is over now. Look for teams to warm back up in the upcoming months.

3) LeBron’s subtweets/public criticisms led to title

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Last season, James went to twitter to vent a little of his frustration with the team and critics. Even over the offseason, he subtweeted to Dan Gilbert about getting contracts negotiated for key players J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Eventually, those tweets meant nothing, then the Cavs won a championship. Expect these recent comments and tweets to fire up the team and expect a return trip to the Finals.

4) There are 82 Games in a season

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The Cavaliers are 32-16 and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The season is almost half over and even if they continue their mediocre play, they will be back in the playoffs and most likely their 3rd straight Finals. Don’t think that the Cavs will stay this way. They have a lot of time to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

5) Key players are injured

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Kevin Love is continuing to struggle with back issues that are causing him to miss time and not perform at his highest levels. J.R. Smith has been out with a thumb injury. He is a catalyst to offensive runs. Without the two, the Cavs lose two great three-point shooters. Don’t worry, they’ll be back and itching to help the team. Blowouts have happened before

6) Blowouts have happened before

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Last season on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Golden State Warriors put an epic beatdown on the Cavaliers, winning the game. This season, the Warriors bashed the Cavaliers in Cleveland 132-98. Are the Cavs nervous? N, because they realize they don’t care about beating the Warriors during the season. They care about beating them in June. The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

7) The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

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Okay, okay, enough memes and jokes. In all seriousness, both teams are itching to get back to the Finals. It will be the decisive rubber match. Who will win? Will the Warriors avenge the blown opportunity from last season or will the Cavaliers prove they are top dog? Book your calendars you will see them go at it in June.

 

LeBron’s not the only star getting his Halloween game on

By now we’ve all seen LeBron James posing as Prince. But he’s not the only sports star who got his game on for Halloween. Here are a few other sports stars who went above and beyond with their costumes …

Deron Williams gave a nod to another “athlete” by dressing up as “Macho Man” Randy Savage, one of the late great professional wrestlers who won championships on the WWF and the WCW.

“You rang?” There are several photos of Dirk Nowitzki from this Halloween in his Lurch get-up, and all feature the same bulgy-eyed look you see here. It’s terrifying. Good for the 7-foot-tall NBA veteran for not slacking on his Halloween effort, and also for finding something that suits his stature so well.

  Tony Stewart showed up Tony Gibson, a NASCAR crew chief, when he showed up to a party in drag. It’s safe to say Stewart doesn’t cut corners in driving or in dressing up.

And finally, here is Rob Gronkowski on Colbert …

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This story was reported and curated by Karli Bell, Kim Oswald, Tony Wolfe and Austin Erickson.