Bucks kill buzz for new Cavs

Bucks kill buzz for new Cavs

There are 26 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Feb 26, 2008, titled Bucks kill buzz for new Cavs. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

MILWAUKEE: This honeymoon ended with a dagger. Michael Redd stunned the Cavaliers on Tuesday night when he nailed a 28-footer at the buzzer to give his Milwaukee Bucks a 105-102 victory, snapping the Cavs' ...

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RPB

Mckees Rocks, PA

#1 Feb 27, 2008
Tough loss!

It will definitely take some time for this team to avoid the costly turnovers and mis-communications. A few points stand out from last night.

1. They obviously played without Z, that killed them on both ends of the floor. They could not match Bogut's size defensively and were stagnate on offense at times with AV and Big Ben on the court.
2. That was possibly the worst job of officiating I have seen this season! 37 free throws to 14? Did Redd or Williams have one call go against them all night? Did anyone notice that Redd carried the ball then took four steps before he made the winning shot?
3. Wally had a bad night, it happens. He knocks down 1 or 2 more shots in the fourth quarter, the Cavs win. Did anyone notice how pissed of he was when he missed some of those shots? Did you ever see Hughes get mad when he missed?
4. AV looked pretty good considering the minutes he was forced to play on his first game back. He will need a few games to get back to the way he was playing before he got hurt.
All that being said, they still almost won!
Give them 2 weeks to play together and this team is gonna be good!

Go Cavs!
FootsieW

Sanibel, FL

#2 Feb 27, 2008
After two games Joe Smith looks like a nice pickup. Drew Gooden was the most valuable part the Cavs gave up in the trades and Smith seems to fill his spot well. If he is consistant he will be an improvement over Drew.
Just a Fan

Westlake, OH

#4 Feb 27, 2008
No need to hyper-analyze. As RPB said, if Szczerbiak hits a couple of the shots he missed, all would be well today, and we'd be raving about how the Cavs "found a way to win." Z was out, it was Andy's first game back, and Brown has to figure out who to play when. One assumes Delonte will stop falling down every third time up the floor, but you have to love some of his passes.

The refs seemed intent on channeling Tim Donaghey, but there's no point in whining about it, although that threesome did seem to be a horrid combination, for whatever reason.(The "no-and-one" for Wally underneath, followed by him getting hammered and called for traveling, was a particularly choice sequence that left you just scratching your head in wonderment.) The game got out of control. Regardless of who you're pulling for, it's hard to understand what NBA refs are thinking or doing sometimes. So many of them really ruin the flow of the sport and take the joy out of watching it. Unfortunate.

The Cavs are a work in progress. Talent should overcome, in the long run.
Your mom

Bedford, OH

#5 Feb 27, 2008
This was one of those Donoughy games. I don't care what Windhorst says. This game was directly influenced by the botched refereeing.
Also, the game ended as it started: another poor call. Redd CLEARLY traveled, and there was .5 seconds left on the clock.
I despise people who use the refs as a crutch, but I couldn't help myself.
Jim in Kent

Ravenna, OH

#8 Feb 27, 2008
Your mom wrote:
This was one of those Donoughy games. I don't care what Windhorst says. This game was directly influenced by the botched refereeing.
Also, the game ended as it started: another poor call. Redd CLEARLY traveled, and there was .5 seconds left on the clock.
I despise people who use the refs as a crutch, but I couldn't help myself.
Poor refereeing dmages the game at all levels. The closer the opponents are in skill, size and performance, the more of an impact poor refereeing will have on the game. You see it at all levels. Look at the NBA ref that was on take. He only had to make a few calls to influence the outcome of a game.
hdawg

United States

#9 Feb 27, 2008
Geez, if you have to blame the referees for a game than it's a game you didn't deserve to win anyway. You know what, don't allow yourselves to come down to the wire with a last place team.
Bubba

Akron, OH

#10 Feb 27, 2008
Hopefully Wally will get better, but after two games he looks like a defensively-challenged Larry Hughes. Once Boobie gets back Wally will be sitting next to Snow on the bench.
hdawg

United States

#11 Feb 27, 2008
Wally has never played defense, that's why he keeps bouncing from team to team.
rudy

Vienna, OH

#12 Feb 27, 2008
Cavs did play poorly at times, but this game was clearly out of their hands as the refs took control early. I know it's not his nature, but MB needs to get pi$$ed at the refs once in awhile, maybe get T'd up. Even my wife noticed Redd's travel on his last shot. Oh well - hopefully that which doesn't kill us only makes us stronger.
The Kidd

Lakewood, OH

#13 Feb 27, 2008
Not a Cavaliers fan but follow them now that I live here. That officiating was the worst I have seen all year. That was pathetic and really why I don't want much regular season basketball.

Is there any other sport where a ref can be so influential?
Ike

Cleveland, OH

#14 Feb 27, 2008
Every team takes tough losses from time to time. The bucks just beat both Detoilet and Denver, they are a good team who have just fell on some hard luck this season. As for the refs, yeah they sucked but once we catch our stride as a team we'll be able to overcome that typed of officiating. My only beef with last nights game is that I feel that Joe Smith should have started at PF with Big Ben at C, and Andy coming of the bench, especially after missing so much time. We played well considering all the factors(new players, road game) we'll be fine. Let's get ready for tonights game, this will be another good test.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#16 Feb 27, 2008
This was a bad loss. Granted, the refs were horrendous.....but it still never should have come down to the end. The defense was inconsistent and there were several sloppy turnovers.

Hopefully this was more of a fluke than anything else. The Bucks are a team you have to beat if you're going to be a serious contender.

Then again, it took Mo Williams having the game of his life plus a lucky prayer 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat us.
nick

New York, NY

#17 Feb 27, 2008
in this trade , i like what joe smith brings off the bench and he can easily fill in as a starter should an injury occur to one of the bigs or if one of them is not performing well . i still think the cavs need to find a scorer who can create shots for himself and others and play solid d, along with being youthful so he can play with lebron for years to come .
no name

United States

#18 Feb 27, 2008
I thought that this was an one man team--laboobie..so why complain about the ref's? he didn't play up to his end of the deal. GET OVER IT! i'll be glad when the season is over.
John

Brookline, MA

#19 Feb 27, 2008
Bucks have been playing well at home, they beat Detroit and Denver at home before beating the Cavs last night. The refs left something to be desired, but the Cavs could have still won with better D and rebounding. The Cavs will take sometime to jell, I think they will be playing at a high level going into the playoffs. Doesn't matter to me whether they are the 3rd or 4th seed. They are still going to have to beat the Celtics and Pistons both to make it thru to the finals, doesn't matter to me who they beat first.

Look for the Cavs to bounce back tonight in a game that will have playoff intensity and atmosphere.

Have faith. Go Cavs!

PS: I love Joe Smith! Wally and Delonte will shoot better, at least they better.
Steve G

United States

#20 Feb 27, 2008
Bubba wrote:
Hopefully Wally will get better, but after two games he looks like a defensively-challenged Larry Hughes. Once Boobie gets back Wally will be sitting next to Snow on the bench.
I seriously doubt that. Defensively challenged Larry Hughes? Wally is twice the shooter that Larry is. Where exactly do you draw this comparison from?
Steve G

United States

#21 Feb 27, 2008
Did anybody else notice that almost every time LeBron got fouled and had the opportunity for a 3 point play that he missed the free throw. For somebody that goes to the free throw line so often, he needs to work on his free throw shooting. He does seem to do better in the fourth quarter, or if he misses a shot and has two foul shots. He was 2-5 last night

I'm surprised to see that he is a 72% free throw shooter in his NBA career. At times it seems more like 50-60%. Either way, he should be closer to 80-90%.
Not saying it was all his fault, but in a close game every missed shot matters.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#22 Feb 27, 2008
Steve G wrote:
Did anybody else notice that almost every time LeBron got fouled and had the opportunity for a 3 point play that he missed the free throw. For somebody that goes to the free throw line so often, he needs to work on his free throw shooting. He does seem to do better in the fourth quarter, or if he misses a shot and has two foul shots. He was 2-5 last night
I'm surprised to see that he is a 72% free throw shooter in his NBA career. At times it seems more like 50-60%. Either way, he should be closer to 80-90%.
Not saying it was all his fault, but in a close game every missed shot matters.
Agreed. He has gotten better in the clutch this year with his free throws, but he still misses a lot earlier in games. This part of his game desperately needs to improve. 80% should be a minimum goal for him.....I stress MINIMUM.

Don't get me wrong.....I still think he's the best player in the league. His only two 'weaknesses'(if you can call them that) are defense and free throw shooting. And his defense has improved a little.....
Dear sir

Ghana

#23 Feb 27, 2008
I am 5'6FT and i am from Ghana and i am a basketball player i am a small forward and i really help from you please so that i can improve,please sir,
here is my email address [email protected]
Thank you sir
Dear sir

Ghana

#24 Feb 27, 2008
I am 5'6FT and i am from Ghana and i am a basketball player i am a small forward and i really help from you please so that i can improve,please sir,
here is my email address [email protected]
Thank you sir

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