Beilein and New Look Cavs Introduce Themselves to Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers New Head Coach John Beilein seems to be very confident in his ability to make the transition from the college play style of basketball to the professional stage. Beilein, of course, is the former head basketball coach of the University of Michigan. He spent 12 years there where the wolverines had two national championship appearances, two Big Ten conference championships, and two Big Ten regular season championships, as Beilein became the winningest coach in the program’s history.

The Cavalier players believe that Coach Beilein can help them raise their game to another level as they talked about how excited they are to have him as their new head coach. “(Beilein) is really into his craft,” said Darius Garland. “He’s really passionate about ‘Beilein ball.’ He’s a gym rat, he’s always in here working or doing something with the guys.”

A big emphasis of media day was defense as the Cavs finished towards the bottom of the standings last year. All the players talked about improving their defense in order to help them take a big step forward this season. “(Defensively), we were historically bad, in-the-history-of-the-NBA bad,” said Beilein. “There’s a lot of reasons for that-and we’re going to correct them. So as a team, we’ll grow and get better everyday.”

The veteran players were asked how they felt about the rookies the Cavs had drafted this year, and they all received high praise, as they work hard and want to help turn this basketball team around. The three rookies the Cavs drafted this past off season were Darius Garland out of Vanderbilt, Dylan Windler out of Belmont, and Kevin Porter Jr. out of USC, and all were drafted in the first round of this year’s draft. “We have a rally good young group of kids this season,” said Collin Sexton. “And I just can’t wait to continue to grow and learn each other.”

Obviously Cavs fans are excited for this season, as a new roster and a new coaching staff brings excitement to the city of Cleveland, in hopes of being able to make it back to the playoffs in the near future.

Rays Hand Indians Sixth Loss in Seven Games

Dead center. 415 feet. That’s exactly where Rays lead-off batter, Austin Meadows, sent Trevor Bauer’s 3-1 fastball, making it a quick 1-0 lead for the Rays in the top of the first. It was the first  time all season that the Tribe have allowed a lead off home run. The Rays continued to make noise in the top of the third after Indians third baseman, Jose Ramirez, made an error, sending in a run for the bad guys. One more run came in during the inning, making the score at the beginning bottom of the third, 3-0 Rays. It was an ugly game for Indians catcher, Kevin Plawecki. After missing some key tags in earlier innings, a bad throw to third on a steal from Rays center fielder, Kevin Kiermaier, was especially hard to watch as his bad throw sent Kiermaier in for a 4-0 lead at the bottom of the fourth inning. As the game continued, the Indians kept twiddling their thumbs while the Rays drove in more runs. Bauer came out of the game at the beginning of the seventh and the Rays picked up right where they left off. Daniel Robertson lead off the inning with a double that ended up in the right field corner and was brought in by the next batter, Austin Meadows, who sent a hard grounder between the first and second basemen. Finally, in the bottom of the eighth, the Indians put a run on the board courtesy of, Oscar Mercado. It was his first home run in the big leagues and could not of come against a better team as Mercado is a Tampa Bay native. The Indians made things interesting in the ninth by loading the bases with no outs, but were only able to drive in two runs before Indians first baseman, Carlos Santana, grounded out, ending the game. The final score was 6-3 with Tampa capturing their 31st win of the season and giving Cleveland a .500 record at 26-26. Not the best showing for the Tribe last Sunday afternoon, but the season is still young and there’s still hope for fourth Central division title in as many years.  

-Jack Riedinger

Z88 Sports Embraces the Madness!

The WZIP Sports team has decided to have a competition as March Madness has officially begun! The brackets have come out and so have the competitive spirits. But the Sports team has decided to add a little edge to their bracket pool. The winner will not only get bragging rights around the studio, but also a sports jersey of their choice! Now, lets breakdown all of the team’s Final Fours and winner:

Kyle Molinelli- Duke, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, and North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Deontae Shahid- LSU, Gonzaga, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: North Carolina

Justin Miller- Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina . Winner: North Carolina

Neil Hassan: Duke, Michigan, Villanova, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Anthony Barnes: Duke, Gonzaga, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: Gonzaga

Jack Riedinger: Michigan ST, Florida ST, Wisconsin, North Carolina. Winner: Michigan

Zach Bush: Duke, Marquette, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Jeff Longville: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kentucky. Winner: Duke

John Alfieri: Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Jeanette Spencer: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Tyler Lane: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Darnell Crider: Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Keep in touch with us on our Twitter, @SportsPowerTalk, for live updates of our competition, as well as live on Sports Power Talk, every Sunday 11-12:30. And of course we wanna hear who you are cheering for. Let us know!

Heat Snuff Out Cavalier Comeback as Dwyane Wade’s Retirement Tour Rolls Through The Land

The Cavaliers’ struggles continued tonight as they lost their sixth straight game. This time, facing the Miami Heat in what will be Dwyane Wade’s last visit in Cleveland. Coming off their loss on Wednesday against Boston,  the Cavs looked to spark some momentum off Cedi Osman’s best game yet as a pro, putting up a stat line of 25-8-2, and shooting 6-7 from 3 point land. For a while it looked like they had.

The game was back and forth, and neither team could gain consistent momentum heading into halftime. The Cavs pulled out a little lead at the end of the second quarter, but it was not to be maintained.

Even with forward Larry Nance JR. back in the rotation, Cleveland had no answer to stop the Heat’s bigs. Miami started to pull away, growing their lead to as much as 18 points, led by Hassan Whiteside and Justice Winslow. Sloppy ball movement and stagnant offense has plagued the Wine and Gold this season, and it seems to what cost them this game early, until two threes made by Colin Sexton and Alec Burks sparked a 13-1 run for the Cavaliers.

The Cavs made it close, but the just could not finish them off. Which seems to be a running theme for this team. The Heat took the win 100-94.

Cedi Osman completed another career high going 29-4-4, Sexton and Burks both contributed 13, and the big man Ante Zizic almost had a double-double dropping 11 points and 9 rebounds. For Miami, they were led by Justice Winslow going 27-7-2. Followed by Hassan Whiteside contributing a double-double having 14 points and 13 rebounds. As for Dwyane Wade’s last ride in the Q, he made it a good one, going 13-6-3, capped off by trading jerseys post-game with Colin Sexton.

Following the loss, head coach Larry Drew was asked about Cedi Osman’s  progress, and what is the team’ next step to finishing out these close games. This is what he had to say:

Video courtesy of Cavs.com

 

The Cavaliers will be back on the court Sunday against the Bulls at 3:30 as they look to earn their 10th win on the year.