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Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Archive

Cavaliers Drop to Second Place in the Eastern Conference in blowout loss to Spurs

Cavaliers Drop to Second Place in the Eastern Conference in blowout loss to Spurs

The defensive woes for the Cleveland Cavaliers continue in their 103-74 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. And to be honest, it was a clear struggle on both side of the ball for the Cavs. 74 points marks Cleveland’s worse scoring quarter this season, shooting 37% from the field and only 15% from three.

Box Score

http://www.nba.com/gametracker/#/20170327/CLESAS/cavaliers/analysis

The loss drops Cleveland to second place in the Eastern Conference, with Boston taking a half game lead and the first seed. The last time Cleveland wasn’t the top seed in the East was November 5 2015. Cleveland has lost four of their last six contests, but with nine games left on the regular season schedule the battle for the first seed is just getting started.

Recap

Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports.

The Spurs lead the Cavaliers by ten points after the first quarter and never looked back. With the game very much up for grabs the Spurs started heating up in the second quarter which turned into a 24-8 Spurs run. Just before the run started, Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovic was given a technical foul, which put a fire under his players. During this run, the Spurs shot 64% from the field.

Cleveland couldn’t get anything to fall against one of the best defensive teams in the league, shooting under 40 and 20 percent from the field and behind the arc. LeBron James finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Tristan Thompson was the only other Cavalier in double-figures with 11.

Kyrie Irving finished the game with just 8 points on 4-13 shooting from the field. This performance ended his 21 game streak of 20 or more points scored in a game. Irving’s performance prompted him to get shots up after his worst game since the All-Star break.

Kevin Love, who is still getting used to in-game action after missing 13 games with a knee injury finished the game with 9 points to go along with 7 boards.

What’s Next for the Cavaliers?

Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland currently sits half a game out of first place in the Eastern Conference with nine games left to play this season. In this month alone, the Cavaliers have played 16 games, with two more coming  on Thursday in Chicago and Friday at home against Philadelphia.

According to LeBron, who was forced to leave last nights game after getting elbowed in the back, the schedule isn’t an excuse to their poor play this month.

Three of Cleveland’s next four games are coming against teams with a record under .500, but after that stretch they only play teams that are in the Easter Conference playoff race. One of those matchups include a meeting with Boston, who as I mentioned before, is ahead of the Cavs for that top spot in the East. After Boston, Cleveland close off the regular season with two games against the Atlanta Hawks, on the road in Miami, and a home matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Archive

Recap: Cavaliers Top Bucks to Win Season Series

Recap: Cavaliers Top Bucks to Win Season Series

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed their regular season series win over the Milwaukee Bucks with a 102-95 win last night. The game was tightly contested through three and a half quarters, but the Cavaliers went on a 11-0 run with just under 5 minutes in the fourth to help put away the Bucks. That 11-0 run was sparked by a LeBron James and-1 slam to put Cleveland up three at the 4:45 mark. James returned to the lineup after missing one game with an illness and didn’t miss a beat, pouring in 24 points while grabbing ten rebounds.

Cleveland out-rebounded the Bucks 51-40 and shot the ball much better at the charity stripe. Cleveland connected on 84 percent of their free throws while the Bucks hit on just 62 percent. The Bucks had dominated Cleveland in the paint in the previous three match ups this season despite only winning one of those games. However the Bucks only managed to score 38 points in the paint last night, which the Cavaliers were able to match.

Another statistic worth noting from last night’s game; Kyrie Irving became the eighth player in Cavaliers history to reach the 2,000 assist mark. Irving joins his teammate LeBron, who is first on that list of eight with nearly 6,000 assists as a member of the Cavaliers.

Individual Player Stats

  • Kyrie Irving (CLE) 25 points (10-20), 9 assists
  • Derrick Williams (CLE) 14 points, 7 rebounds
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 9 points (4-13), 8 assists
  • Malcom Brogdan (MIL) 20 points (8-15), 5 assists

Antetokounmpo had an off night for his standards. While he stuffed the stat sheet in every other category, he, along with most of the Bucks struggled shooting the ball. However there was one stat the Bucks can be happy about. They only committed eight turnovers on the night which is well under their 13.7 average. Not only that, the Bucks forced Cleveland to commit 16 turnovers on the night.

Take Away’s

Unfortunately for the Bucks, there is more bad news on the injury front. After losing Jabari Parker to a torn ACL and Kris Middelton not being healthy enough to play in back-to-back games, Michael Beasley leaves last nights game with a knee-sprain and is out indefinitely.

For the Cavaliers, they finished the month of February with a 9-2 record. Coming off the teams worst month since LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers, they managed to have one of the strongest months of basketball all season. Cavs fans have more to look forward to in the near future as well. Cleveland signed Deron Williams after his buyout with the Dallas Mavericks was complete. Williams didn’t play in last night’s game, but should be in the lineup for tomorrow night.

The Cavaliers will be on the road tomorrow night in a matchup against the No.2 team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Archive

NBA Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves

NBA Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road on Valentine’s day to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The was a rough first month of 2017 for Cleveland, but they have gotten back on track in February. Cleveland has started out the month winning five of their first six games, with the only loss coming at Oklahoma City.

The Previous Matchup

Cleveland had no trouble handling Minnesota earlier this month, winning that one at home 125-97. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 27 points, while grabbing eight boards and dishing out 12 assists. Kyrie Irving also managed a new career high in assists with 14.

On the Timberwolves side, Karl Anthony-Towns finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins contributed 23 points of his own.

The Wolves had trouble on the defensive end of the floor that night in Cleveland. Not only did they allow Cleveland to score 125 points, but they allowed them to shoot nearly 54 percent of their field goals while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc.

Team Statistics

  • Points Per Game- Cavaliers: 111.2, Timberwolves: 104.6
  • Field Goal Percentage- Cavaliers: 46.4, Timberwolves: 46.4
  • Rebounds Per Game- Cavaliers: 44.1, Timberwolves: 42.4
  • Assists Per Game- Cavaliers: 22.3, Timberwolves: 23.3
  • Current Streak- Cavaliers: W1, Timberwolves: W1
  • Last Ten Games- Cavaliers: 7-3, Timberwolves: 4-6

What to Watch For

Anytime Cleveland is in town, fans flock to watch their team go up against LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin Love. However Timberwolves fans will only see two of the three in action tonight.

Former Timberwolves and current Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss the next six weeks after undergoing a successful, yet minor knee surgery. The last time these two teams met Love was unavailable to go due to back spasms.

Cleveland will also be without Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith who are both dealing with their own injuries. Meanwhile the Timberwolves will be without two-time slam dunk champion Zach Lavine, who is out with a torn ACL.

Tipoff is set for 8:00 PM and will be broadcasted on NBATV.

 

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Archive

FEATURE: Kayley Holloway

FEATURE: Kayley Holloway

Kayley Holloway is a 22-year old Public Relations Major at the University of Florida. Holloway was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, but relocated to Florida before her senior year. Being from Atlanta, Holloway supports her local Falcons, Braves and Hawks. When it comes to Hockey, Holloway’s favorite sport, she cheers on the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators. 

What to do Next?

During her her final year of high school, Holloway had to make the toughest decision any high school senior has to make. Choosing where to go to college is difficult for anyone. Holloway thought about Georgia State and Texas A&M, but ultimately decided to stay in Florida and attend UF.

Holloway wasn’t always a Pubic Relations major at UF. She started as a nursing major, but ever since high school she knew that she would eventually switch over to Public Relations. So, why PR?  Holloway fell in love with PR during her junior year of high school. She had to do a project on a career she would be interested in and after seeing she could work in sports her mind was made up. Ideally, Holloway would have wanted to work with the Atlanta Thrashers, but they relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. However, Holloway works with the Winnipeg Jets and is the Team Sweden reporter for a hockey magazine in Boston, Massachusetts. 

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More about Kayley

One might think, why Team Sweden? When speaking with Holloway, she prided herself on the fact that she taught herself how to speak Swedish. She started learning the language her junior year of high school and found a way to mix it into her career path. When asked about how she taught herself, Holloway said “I used a lot of movies and music to immerse myself and learn pronunciation, but all of the mechanics and whatnot I taught myself through grammar books and online study guides.”

Kayley Holloway touring Hard Rock Stadium

As I mentioned earlier, Holloway’s favorite sport is hockey. She played since she was four-years old and knew that it was hockey would be a really important part of her life. Both of Holloway’s parents played hockey, and although she no longer plays for a competitive team, she played until she started college, but occasionally plays some pick-up hockey when she can.

So the last two paragraphs you read were about how she taught herself Swedish and how her love for hockey started. Here’s where they connect. Holloway mentioned that the most memorable moment of my life was when she was 16 at an Atlanta Thrashers hockey practice. Holloway knew enough Swedish to be semi-conversational, and her favorite player, Tobias Enström, is Swedish. She didn’t just meet him, she got the chance to interview him in Swedish.

When Holloway graduates, she plans to move to Nashville in hopes of getting a job with the Predators. Her overall goal is to work in Media Relations in the NHL. Working for the magazine, she already has media credentials with the NHL that right there is a huge step in the right direction.

http://www.hookedonhockeymagazine.com/sweden-dominates-slovakia-advances-to-semis-at-the-2017-world-junior-championships/

 

 

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Archive

My Time as a Gator

I have been a student at the University of Florida since the Fall of 2014. I was just a transfer student amongst thousands of people who graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA or higher. All I knew is that I had always wanted to be a Gator, and my time finally came. I wasn’t sure what to expect being a Telecommunications major, all I knew is that I was ready to take on any challenges that may face me. Now as I approach my final semester of college, I would like to share my thoughts about my time here doing what I love.

News? I Have to Cover the News?

Wait, I have to learn how to report the news? I told you I didn’t know what to expect. I have always been interested in reporting on sports, not news. What I didn’t realize was I could have been doing both from the first day I stepped foot on campus. So yeah, I spent my first two years learning how to be the best multimedia journalist I could be. I may not have been as passionate about my news pitches or about a really good story that someone else would have done anything to cover, but I learned so much about the industry. It helped having the amazing resources the University has to offer. Whether its the INC and everything it has to offer, or the Center for Media Innovation + Research, the experience was truly amazing.

Looking back on it, I’m actually quite happy that I delayed getting into the sports side of the college. Learning how to be a news reporter has not only made my transition into sports media an easy one, but I met a lot of great people, who I know are going to have a lot of success in this industry. But most importantly, my time in news helped me figure out what I really want to be, and thats a Beat Reporter for an NBA team.

Gator Sports? Now That’s More Like It!

As I mentioned before; I don’t regret waiting to focus all my time on sports. It has given me a true appreciation for sports media. I’ve been quite active in my first semester working in sports. I did weekly cut-ins for WRUF-TV, did play-by-play and color commentary for Gator and some high school football, began covering the Men’s Basketball team as a beat reporter, and anchored my first sports segment for WUFT’s First at Five Newscast. I also had the opportunity to do a Feature Story on Gainesville High School’s Head Basketball Coach Kelly Beckham. It was great getting to know Coach Beckham, and I wish GHS the best of luck as they look to head back to the postseason.

I was hoping that doing so many different things would help me figure out what I see myself doing in the future. I have only anchored sports on live television one time, and next semester I will have the opportunity anchor on Monday’s. I really enjoyed my first time, but right now I see myself as a beat reporter, hopefully for an NBA team. During my short time as a UF Men’s Basketball Beat Reporter I can say that I really found my calling.

What Does the Future Have in Store?

Well, I’m not 100 percent sure. But honestly, who is? I know I’ll be anchoring on Monday’s and basketball season will be fully underway (especially with a newly renovated stadium), but I’m sure new opportunities will be there that I won’t be able to pass up. Regardless of where I end up after my final semester at UF, I know that I can thank everyone I met through my time as a Telecommunications major for showing me what this industry is about, and for convincing me that this is what I love to do.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Archive

Blogroll

Blogroll

After a long and hard fought season, the Florida Gators have two games remaining on their schedule. Although the team fell to in-state rival Florida State last Saturday, the Gators can look forward to the SEC Championship. The Gators will face off against the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide for the second straight year.

However, I am going to share with you all the rest of my fellow peers and their blogs. I spoke about a few of my colleagues in previous weeks, but I would like to share what everyone is sharing with the world. With that being said, here are the links to my fellow classmates blogs.

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