Cleveland still a team of Cav-nots
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter January 3, 2014 8:10PM
With his enigmatic personality, center Andrew Bynum is among the reasons the Cleveland Cavaliers have failed to live up to expectations this season. | Matt Slocum/AP
Updated: February 6, 2014 6:27AM
Remember the preseason, when the Cleveland Cavaliers were the fashionable pick to be the upstart team in the Eastern Conference?
Now they have a roster of players who don’t like each other, don’t know each other or simply don’t want to be there.
It starts in the middle with Andrew Bynum. When the big fella was in town to face the Bulls a few weeks back, one Cleveland media member remarked about how no one on the team knew Bynum off the court. So much for team unity.
Second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters has been part of trade rumors for most of the season, and the talk is he doesn’t like the selfish play of point guard Kyrie Irving.
That brings us to Irving himself. Overhyped, often-injured and playing at a star level once every three games doesn’t make a player elite. It makes him a disappointment and an underachiever. It makes him a reason why LeBron James shouldn’t entertain the idea of returning to the Cavs next offseason.
Cavs basketball: Catch it, then wash it off with disinfectant.
◆ Looking for an early candidate for general manager of the year? Consider the Toronto Raptors’ Masai Ujiri. Heck, getting a team to take Rudy Gay and his contract was proof enough. Now factor in a team that’s winning and might make the playoffs.
Player of the week
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves power forward: If the Timberwolves fall short of the playoffs this season, it won’t be because of Love. He entered play Saturday averaging 30 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his last three games.
Team of the week
Golden State Warriors: This is what the Warriors were supposed to be. After a slow first seven weeks, the Warriors entered play Friday with seven consecutive victories, including one Thursday at the Miami Heat.
The big five
1. Heat, 2. Indiana Pacers, 3. Oklahoma City Thunder, 4. Portland Trail Blazers, 5. San Antonio Spurs.
Awful for Andrew
The three teams bad enough to start tanking in hopes of drafting Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins: 1. Milwaukee Bucks, 2. Utah Jazz, 3. Sacramento Kings.
8 The number of three-pointers Warriors star Stephen Curry made Thursday against the Heat. That tied the most a player has made against the Heat.
Two to watch
Raptors at Pacers, 6 p.m. Tuesday: The Raptors are suddenly hot and beat the Pacers on New Year’s Day in Toronto. Let’s see how they do in the rematch in Indianapolis.
Heat at Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m. Friday: Throw the records out the window when these teams meet, thanks to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett hating all things Heat.