Welcome to another edition of NBA Roundtable. Well we had an exciting week NBA fans. Matt Barnes chased Jon Henson down the tunnel after Henson blocked his shot at the end of the game, Dwight Howard was caught trying to put stickum on the ball, and Jordan Clarkson and Nick young of the Lakers were accused of sexual harassment. This week we will discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers lineup changes, Jeff Van Gundy’s opinion on a free timeout when there is a review during the game, and so much more on NBA Roundtable.
Here are the questions
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been changing their starting lineup a lot lately, mostly between their big men. Is this a problem this close to the end of the season, that they are not sure what their starting lineup is going to be?
Todd: This is absolutely a problem. It makes it hard for a team when you don’t know when you are playing or what the rotation is from night to night. They cannot develop any kind of chemistry. In my mind they are simply a worse team with Tyronn Lue at the helm.
Steve: The Cavaliers are in big big trouble. They have absolutely zero chemistry as a team, and continue to fade. Now that being said, Toronto is not capitalizing on the Cavs woes right now. This all started when the Cavs fired David Blatt in January, and promoted Tyronn Lue to head coach. No disrespect to Lue, I think he has the potential to be a fine head coach. However, the team has not yet bought in to his system, and now even LeBron is going off the grid and criticizing what the management and coaching staff is doing. He is dropping suttle hints that he is not happy, and we may see LeBron in another uniform next season. As of now, the Cavs are in such dissaray, that I think that they are not even going to come out of the East. I actually like Boston to make a nice playoff run and take the East.
Chad: I wouldn’t see it as a problem just as experimenting to see what would work best to help figure out playoff rotations and possible matchups.
ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy keeps harping on this. Is it unfair for teams to have an extra timeout during an important review at the end of the game? (especially when the team has no more timeouts)
Todd: I totally agree with Jeff Van Gundy. They shouldn’t be able to go to the sideline and draw up a play while a review is going on. That is like getting an extra timeout. They should have to stand in the middle of the court until the referees are finished.
Steve: No it is part of the game. If you are going to take out the human element of the referees and go to instant replay to see if they got the call right or wrong, then it is what it is. You want to get the call correct in any situation, especially when the game is on the line. So to give the team an extra time out is just something that they have to deal with. Its no different for when the opposing team calls a time out and the other team can take advantage of that by drawing up a play when they have no timeouts. Its just part of the game. I have no problem with it.
Chad: It’s an unintended consequence and the coaches take advantage of the situation. We want the calls to be correct and sometime that takes a while and I don’t see a rule change coming where players are going to have to be x amount of feet away from the bench during a review.
LeBron James stated that he would take a pay cut to play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul. What are your thoughts on this subject?
Todd: Lebron James is like a little kid, who wants his friends to come outside and play but they can’t. Are you kidding me? His two NBA titles mean nothing cause he had to call Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh before he decided on where to go. You never heard Magic call up Michael and Larry and say lets join forces did you? LeBron James is becoming a bigger joke every year he is in the league. He can’t win a title without another superstar on his team so he don’t have to work as hard.
Steve: Honestly, this is completely destroying his legacy of being one of the all time greats. He is starting to become a whiny little bitch. And like I stated before in the first question, this is also taking away from the chemistry of the Cleveland team as it lies right now. He needs to keep his mouth shut and focus on the season at hand and salvage whatever is left in this season.
Chad: 5 years ago this would have been a super team; now everyone is older and while I think they would be a good team and a contender for a title; I think that age would play a factor in their coming together.
LeBron James has posted things on social media and said some things to the press that some would say were immature of him. Has this had an affect on the Cleveland Cavaliers as a team?
Todd: Of course it is affecting the team. GM David Griffin and Tyronn Lue both have spoken to LeBron James. You know it has to be affecting the players knowing that he don’t want to play with them.
Steve: Im sick and tired of talking about LeBron James. I said it before, and Ill say it again. He is becoming the little bitch of the NBA. Steph Curry is taking away his spotlight and he can’t handle not being the spotlight guy in the NBA. He even said it himself on Twitter that “Steph Curry needs to stop it man” While it was construed as a joke, I think he was serious.
Chad: Lebron just wants to win in Cleveland and some of the things he has said do seem bad but at this point I wouldn’t say this has had an effect on them. I think its a case of a team coming down the stretch and trying some different things.
The race for the 6th seed is heating up in the Western Conference, with 4 teams within a game and a half of each other. Which team captures the 6th seed and which team gets left out in the cold? (Portland, Dallas, Houston, or Utah)
Todd: I think Dallas is going to overtake Portland for the 6th seed and I think Houston will be the team that will miss the playoffs. Portland just lost another key guy off the bench in Miles Leonard for the season. In Houston Harden and Howard just can’t get a long. Too much drama there.
Steve: It is going to be a crapshoot on the seedings, but I think ultimately Utah will be the team that just misses the cut. While Houston is a team on the decline, I think they have way too much talent to not make the playoffs only to be destroyed by Golden State.
Chad: I say Portland get the 6th seed and that Houston gets left out in the cold I think Dallas finds a way to get into the playoffs with what they have.
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