Thursday, January 4, 2007
I can't find a Nintendo DS anywhere. Not in Ohio, not in California. Well, I'm only looking at Circuit City because I have a surplus of gift cards there, but if they don't have any in stock then I doubt many other places do. So the New Super Mario Bros. game sits in my bedroom, burning a hole through my retina every time I look at it.
Speaking of burning sensations, the Cavs need to figure out a consistent offense. I know this sounds strange, considering that they've won 5 out of 6 right now, but ultimately they're having the same problems as last year. They finally have one of the best defenses in the league by any metric, but they still lose games they shouldn't have barely pull out victories of what should be easy wins. And they don't have the proper fundamentals to compete when they're not at the top of their game, like the 2nd game of a back to back. I hate to say it, since Ilgauskas is on my fantasy team, but they're built to run. They should take advantage of the NBA's new rules and just run other teams out of the gym - LeBron, Larry, Drew, Varejao, Donyell, Damon and Gibson are all athletic enough to do this. And when things aren't working, they can put in Z and run a traditional offense (as long as they consistently pound the ball inside). The guys over at The Wages of Wins are going to do a post on the Cavs in the near future (at my bequest, sort of) and I think their data will point out that while almost all the Cavs' forwards are above average, almost all their gaurds are not. So they might as well take advantage of the athletic prowess in the frontcourt as best they can.
The picture is from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.