Cavs need to address point guard weaknesses

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Temple-Man

Cleveland, OH

#1 Apr 27, 2008
I guess something had to be written with two days off after a blow-out loss.

I'm totally happy with the way Delonte West has performed. He's been the best part of the trade so far. He breaks down defenses, pushes the ball and hits his outside shot. Yes, he's struggled in this series so far, but he's still young and this is the most responsibility he's ever had on a winning team. He was really rattled when Arenas torched him in Game 1, but he came around. As for Gibson, I'm tired of people knocking what he brings to the table. Without him we don't beat Detroit last year. Does anyone really want to see him growing up elsewhere next season?

Meanwhile, let's revisit those coveted and expensive point guard options: Mike Bibby and Jason Kidd. Mike Bibby made Atlanta a #8 seed in the East which is basically a high lottery team in the real world. The Jason Kidd trade has clearly made Dallas...worse. They're about to get dumped by flash-in-the-pan New Orleans. And if you choose to make the argument that Kidd and Bibby need time to adjust to their new teams...I make the same argument for Delonte who's much younger and better suited to be a long-term running mate with LeBron.

Frankly, the real problem is shooting guard where we continue to recover from Larry Hughes cancer surgery.

Oh yeah, and those guys in the ESPN stats basements can make a case for anything. That's why they're there.

Yawnnn. Is Game 4 here yet?
Temple-Man

Cleveland, OH

#2 Apr 27, 2008
How about Rajon Rondo? Suddenly the media is making him out to be a great point guard. I wonder why?
Allison

Loudonville, OH

#3 Apr 27, 2008
The mistake that the CAVS made was not putting the guy that was number 4 in averaging 3 point shots going into the Alll Star Break into a starting roll. Sure, Daniel Gibson is still green. But he has showed promise but with inconsistent play, he couldn't possibly be expected to be better. Had Mike Brown started him and kept him there throughout the season, I think we'd be seeing a whole other level of play. He has great instincts with LBJ and that's what we need. He just needs to work on his experience.
RPB

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Apr 27, 2008
Temple-Man wrote:
I guess something had to be written with two days off after a blow-out loss.
I'm totally happy with the way Delonte West has performed. He's been the best part of the trade so far. He breaks down defenses, pushes the ball and hits his outside shot. Yes, he's struggled in this series so far, but he's still young and this is the most responsibility he's ever had on a winning team. He was really rattled when Arenas torched him in Game 1, but he came around. As for Gibson, I'm tired of people knocking what he brings to the table. Without him we don't beat Detroit last year. Does anyone really want to see him growing up elsewhere next season?
Meanwhile, let's revisit those coveted and expensive point guard options: Mike Bibby and Jason Kidd. Mike Bibby made Atlanta a #8 seed in the East which is basically a high lottery team in the real world. The Jason Kidd trade has clearly made Dallas...worse. They're about to get dumped by flash-in-the-pan New Orleans. And if you choose to make the argument that Kidd and Bibby need time to adjust to their new teams...I make the same argument for Delonte who's much younger and better suited to be a long-term running mate with LeBron.
Frankly, the real problem is shooting guard where we continue to recover from Larry Hughes cancer surgery.
Oh yeah, and those guys in the ESPN stats basements can make a case for anything. That's why they're there.
Yawnnn. Is Game 4 here yet?
I'm with you Temple-Man!

Go Cavs!
RPB

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Apr 27, 2008
Temple-Man wrote:
How about Rajon Rondo? Suddenly the media is making him out to be a great point guard. I wonder why?
If Rajon Rondo was putting up the same numbers for the Cavs that he is for Boston, the "experts" at ESPN would be saying that he is just an average, inexperienced point guard with no outside shot. But because he is playing with the coveted "big three" in our nation's sports capital, he gets more praise than Chris Paul!

Go Cavs!
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#6 Apr 27, 2008
No point guard? No sh@t Sherlock.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#7 Apr 27, 2008
Temple-Man: Good post. I agree 100%.

If they don't bring back Joe Smith, I'd like to see them target a scoring big man in the draft rather than a guard. I love Z, but we need to get someone to groom behind him as he enters the last few years of his career. All the top teams in the league have great players on the wing and inside (Boston, San Antonio, etc.)
Tony O

United States

#8 Apr 27, 2008
This is not the year for cavs, I can tell you this much. As much as I love cavs, they just don't have it as a complete team yet. One thing for sure is that they've got to grew up, as a man and a basketball player and a team mates. I hope I'm wrong, but just compare cavs to spurs.
nick

United States

#11 Apr 27, 2008
I wonder if it would be a possibility to pick up Baron Davis over the off season. The Cavs would jump to the best team in the entire league. Everyone would be able to play their normal position. Baron Davis a free agent this offseason and i dont think he wants to play for the warriors after last seasons collapse and final game of the season...
alan t

Lewis Center, OH

#13 Apr 27, 2008
nick wrote:
I wonder if it would be a possibility to pick up Baron Davis over the off season. The Cavs would jump to the best team in the entire league. Everyone would be able to play their normal position. Baron Davis a free agent this offseason and i dont think he wants to play for the warriors after last seasons collapse and final game of the season...
Please. Who, with talent, do the Cavs have to give up in return? Eric Snow and Wally World and their expiring contracts? Those expiring contracts are useless. For better or for worse, this is pretty much the roster that's going to be playing next season. Baron Davis has as much chance as playing for Cleveland as Sacha Baron Cohen.
nick

Worcester, MA

#15 Apr 27, 2008
who ever wrote this article is completely wrong because delonte west can handle being in the point guard position for any team. He is a great ball handler and i believe he could get around any defender in the league. The three he hit to win the game is just one of the things he brings to the table. He is a underrated defender in the nba.
alan t

Lewis Center, OH

#16 Apr 27, 2008
nick wrote:
who ever wrote this article is completely wrong because delonte west can handle being in the point guard position for any team. He is a great ball handler and i believe he could get around any defender in the league. The three he hit to win the game is just one of the things he brings to the table. He is a underrated defender in the nba.
Nick, he's a backup and a spot starter. A stronger Jeff McInnis with a lot more tattoos.
hdawg

Mamaroneck, NY

#18 Apr 28, 2008
The Celtics had plenty of time to look at Delonte West and thought they were better off with Rajon Rondo. West is decent, I don't think he'll ever be a star but he's a serviceable PG. I think he'll do fine for another year until they have the cap space to make a bigger move.
Jumbo

Akron, OH

#19 Apr 28, 2008
Lebron is a fantastic player in most areas, but I get tired of seeing him turn the ball over making lazy passes that are easily picked off by opposing players. I like what I see with either Booby or Delonte bringing the ball up and getting the ball to Lebron off screens. Having Lebron bringing the ball up the floor, and everyone standing around while he dribbles drives me nuts!
Gary

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#20 Apr 28, 2008
good call on that one chief
23alltheway

Cleveland, OH

#21 Apr 28, 2008
RPB wrote:
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I'm with you Temple-Man!
Go Cavs!
Hey Clevelanders...this may me the only time a Pittsburger will be cheering for a Cleveland team! haha, thanks RPB for the support!!!!
Jim in Kent

Ravenna, OH

#24 Apr 30, 2008
I don't agree with Temple Man. I don't think that West is the point guard of the future. Gibson may be, but that will take time. We need a confident, ball handling, distributing-the-ball or penetrating-the-defense point guard. Someone who can create their own shot and make the defense pay attention to them. The initial penetration made by the point guard causes a shift in the defense to stop the penetration that leads to the play being set up, or reset if things don't pan out. A special skill set. Look at Steve Nash or Tony Parker. That's what I'm talkin''bout. LeBron makes that harder, not easier, because of his style of play. LeBron likes to get the ball and make the play, even hold on to it too long out front. The defense shifts and catches up to the play when he does that, instead of the offense being a step ahead of the defense, the defense recovers. From my seat in the living room, West has been hesitant and never in control of the offense. That could be LeBron or Mike Brown's fault. But, my fault, your fault, nobody's fault, if you're the point guard you've gotta make the team go. To me, West looks like somebody with self-confidence issues and Mike Brown and his team mates should be pumping him up and making things easier for him. But, absent West suddenly morphing into the second coming of the "Big O" we need to keep looking for that point guard. Just my take.
johnny

Bay Shore, NY

#25 Jun 8, 2010
THIS IS AN ISSUE. that once again is coming back around again. sometimes old news, is new news.
johnny

Bay Shore, NY

#26 Jun 11, 2010
looks like this coaching situation, will be settled soon, then we can concentrate a little more on the players
Tiffany

Bronx, NY

#27 Jun 11, 2010
Point guard weakness?whats wrong wit Mo?hes a good point guard,at least in my opinion.

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