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Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

Posted on: March 1, 2010 11:45 am
 
The Cavaliers confirmed Monday that Shaquille O'Neal will miss about eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. Despite the fact that Cleveland has gone from having two 7-footers to none in the past two weeks, this isn't a devastating blow to the Cavs' championship hopes.

While the Cavs were playing well with Shaq -- 12-3 from Jan. 16 until he got hurt last Thursday night in Boston -- they never needed him for the regular season. From the beginning, Shaq was strictly a postseason asset -- specifically, an asset big and bad enough to play mind games with Dwight Howard and get in his way just enough for Cleveland to beat the Magic in a seven-game series this time around.

Eight weeks from today is April 26 -- near the end of the first round, or (more likely) in the midst of a second-round playoff series. That will give Shaq enough time to get his tree-like legs back under him before Howard is posting him up in the playoffs. Maybe while he's rehabbing his thumb, Shaq could adopt Ron Artest's fish-and-veggie diet and drop a few LBs before he returns.

From now until the rest of the regular season, Shaq's absence will allow the Cavs to concentrate on getting Antawn Jamison acclimated to their offense. More importantly, it will give the Cavs a chance to play a little more freely, with better spacing, and at a quicker pace. They won't be a running team as they get deeper into the playoffs, but pushing the ball without Shaq down the stretch will only help them for the postseason stints when they'll need to play smaller lineups.

In the meantime, Cleveland will get back one of its 7-footers, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, once the 30-day waiting period expires following his trade to the Wizards. If Lakers coach Phil Jackson thought that was a "sham" before Shaq got hurt, imagine what the Zen Master thinks now.


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Big Brad
Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2010 2:24 am
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Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

(although they play in the semi-pro version of the NBA - the ugly Eastern Conference). are you kidding? right now the two confrences are about even and the power is headed towards the east getting stronger. Boston Celtics are the east's version of the Denver Nuggets and could put up a close fight against them any day. Orlando Magic could crush the Dallas Mavericks. Atlanta Hawks would put up a close fight to the Utah Jazz. its quite obvious that you do not realize the Cleveland Cavaliers have surpassed the Los Angeles Lakers in all categories of the game. In superstar, LeBron James is far better than Kobe Bryant (as of now there is no arguing this). in bench depth, compare this: Daniel Gibson, Zydrunas Ilgauskas (soon-to-be-cav), Jamario Moon, Leon Powe, Anderson Varejao, Delonte West, and Jawad Williams (who has been productive as of late) all compared to the Lakers: Shannon Brown, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Adam Morrison, Luke Walton, and Lamar Odom. Tell me which group would you rather have? the cavs have the better record too. So i dont know what the argument is? the cavs are the best and will do fine without shaq. the cavs will just be a whole lot better for the playoffs.Wink



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2010 9:53 am
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

Bucks to the Max, I am sorry, but Varejao and Rodman should not even be mentioned in the same sentence.  You want to look at rebounds per minute played, you had better look at a variety of differences between the two genres of NBA styles that the two players played in.  Rodman played in an era where zone defense was not allowed.  He could not pack it inside the key and hoard the boards.  Also, Rodman had to play against a stiffer Eastern conference.  If you allow your memory to work you will realize that the Eastern conference used to be the power conference, not the west.  The two players are on completely different levels and only a true homer would think otherwise.  I am not putting Varejao down, but he does not compare to Rodman.  As far as never winning anything you have not!  That is a factual statement.  Once you do then you can begin to enjoy the bragging rights that come along with it.  If I was a Cavs fan, I would be sitting back biding my time just waiting and watching.  And if, and I repeat if, the Cavs win a championship then you can explode from your hiding place and enjoy the fruits of a championship.  Until then you are just another nice regular season team.  Bringing up last year is the measuring stick.  Guess what, everyone adds new players to their rosters.  The Cavs aren't the only team that has a different starting lineup.  So, as for now, it is all about last year.  I know it hurts to think about getting beat by the Magic in the Eastern conference finals, but you have to face facts.  I am not salty about regular season losses.  You must realize as Laker fans we do not fret the regular season.  The Lakers are built for a seven game series and we will wait and see where the chips fall.  Only the Cavs fans like to bring regular season games into play.  Since you did that, I will admit that you beat the Lakers twice handily.  That has to be a confidence builder for the Cavs.  The Cavs also have the best record in the league which is something to hang your hat on as well (although they play in the semi-pro version of the NBA - the ugly Eastern Conference).  Unfortunately, they don't hang banners because of regular season wins.  Guess what, CBS had the Cavs as the #1 ranked team going into the playoffs last year too.  Oh by the way, the Colts were favored to win the Super Bowl.  Here is some advice, don't pay attention to "respected national sports writers/figures."  They are guys like us who are lucky enough to get paid to spew their opinions.  If you think they are any smarter than the average sports fan you are mistaken.  Anyway, I hope this clears up everything for you.  As Laker fans we look forward to you clearing the Eastern Conference stumbling block this season.  See you in June.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs


"Please lets not get ridiculous.  Do not compare Varejao to Rodman."

I'm pretty sure he acknowledged that Varejao is no Rodman...maybe you missed that part...all he said is his energy level and intensity remind him of Rodman.  Actually...if you look at rebounds per minutes played, Varejao isn't far off Rodman's pace at this stage of his career and he's a better scorer so don't make it sound like Rodman is some god that nobody can compare to...it's not like he's comparing him to Jordan...Rodman was a good player but no hall of famer.

"Cav fans have lost their mind.  It is hilarious to read what people say about a team that has won nothing ever."

What does a previous year or "ever" have to do with the current Cavs team?  This might be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen posted.  So, according to your logic, the Saints had no right to be excited that their team might win the Super Bowl because they've never won anything...they should have been concerned about not winning it because all the teams prior to them never won it...lol...even though this year's Saints team has nothing to do with all the other teams that preceeded it, you think their history has the slightest to do with how well they did this year??  That's freakin hilarious.  Or how about the fact that you mention last year like it has anything to do with this year...the Cavs starting lineup is 60% different..added Shaq, Jamison and Parker...all upgrades over last year's 66-16 starters...on the bench they replaced three players that aren't even in the NBA this year with Moon, former starters Delonte West and Z.  It's a little silly to correlate anything last year's team did with the potential of this year's team.  Are you salty about losing twice to the Cavs already...not sure what it is but it's not exactly "hilarious" or out of place when fans are supporting a team that has the best record in the league and is considered by most as the best team (check any ranking of a respected national sports writers/figures...CBS for example).  You are the one that looks hilarious when you lash out at a Cavs fan as if he's crazy to think his team might be the best in the NBA...lol...come on, please...grow up.





Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

Berger does not get it.  Looking at his picture it appears he has never even seen a basketball in person.  He is correct in that the absence of Shaq will allow the Cavs to play at a quicker pace.  That would be fine if the Cavs were playing against themselves.  Throw another team on the court with length and a good inside game and it does not matter how quick your game is.  Teams will slow down their games and work the inside against the Cavs.  Then when the Cavs are on offense the teams will continue to double Lebron and let the rest of the supporting cast beat them.  You can not say that losing Shaq will benefit the Cavs.  He was an inside presence on both ends of the court.  With his absence that presence is gone for the time being.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

Please lets not get ridiculous.  Do not compare Varejao to Rodman.  I am sure the Magic are upset that they might have to play against Varejao rather than Shaq.  Cav fans have lost their mind.  It is hilarious to read what people say about a team that has won nothing ever.  You all have short memories as well.  Last season, let me remind you, the Cavs had the best regular season record and then did not make it out of the East.  You had better start showing some respect to the Magic or the same thing will happen this season.



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2010 4:24 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

Yeah the Cav-nots sure have proved that they can win with or without anyone. Mo Williams makes big shots, WHEN? I dont know what team your watching buddy but lets see what happens come playoff time, what you do in the regular season does'nt mean jackshi*.



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

The most important asset to this team right now is Anderson Varejao.  this guy reminds me of the late great Dennis rodman in the way he goes after rebounds. Clearly doesn't have the same rebounding stats as Rodman, but plays with the same intensity that rodman played with.  This team is much faster with shaq out and guys like JJ Hickson and varejao getting more playing time.



Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

Honestly, I think the Cavs are better (to a degree) without the big man.  He is absolutely one of the greatest centers to ever play the game...but that was in his prime.  At this point in his career, he's still better than average...however, he slows the Cavs down.  While he was in the game against my Celtics, the C's had the advantage...however when he came out the Cavs were a faster, more effective team.  That wasn't the sole reason the Celtics lost...but it certainly was one of the factors.  He's a big man that takes up a lot of space...but if you're playing a fast break team they are a better team without him.



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Shaq out 8 weeks; not a deal-breaker for Cavs

haha your good at nothing. how are the magic this year anyway? they got raped by the cavs twice and beat the cavs once without Z. (who by the way can rape Marcin Gortat aka looks like a terrorist). Mo has made big shots. i am sorry but this year the cavs have surpassed boston, the lakers, and even the overrated magic my friend. the magic gave up way too much for vince carter. DUMB MOVE. but the cavs are now the best team in the league not only record wise, but talent wise too. you might say the cavs lost to boston..yeah.. that was opening night and the first game with shaq. now the cavs have jamison to guard rashard(and powe, and jj, and varejao) aand shaq destroys dwight and with the soon to be cavalier Z coming back, the magic have no shot even at the eastern confrence title. sorry, maybe next year. Wink

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's like saying Dwight Howard is 3 point specialist. What happened in the all star game?


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