Cavs’ slide continues

The Cavaliers were subject to a rare home loss as they fell 87-71 to the Detroit Pistons Thursday night. LeBron led the Cavs with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists but it wasn’t enough as the Cavs got blown out in the fourth quarter. They were outscored 30-16 down the stretch and Cleveland’s inconsistencies continue.

It’s been three straight losses now and the Cavs need to figure something out. They’ll have a chance at redemption when they welcome Orlando to the Q on Saturday and it is imperative that they get back on track. These guys have not looked like the Cavs from last season.

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Nets nip Cavs

The Cavaliers just can’t seem to solve their road woes. They were defeated 113-111 by the New Jersey Nets, dropping their road record to 3-8 on the season. Vince Carter, who finished with 38 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, outstaged LeBron, who led the Cavs with 37 points and 8 assists. The Wine and Gold fell victim to a cold shooting second and third quarter and nearly mounted a comeback but it wasn’t meant to be.

Until this team figures out how to win on the road, it’s going to be a long season.

Pro Bowl team announced: Browns a no show

For the second time in three days, the Cleveland Browns have been shut out. On Sunday, they concluded their first winless season in the division in over 50 years. Tuesday, they were shut out from being considered for the AFC Pro Bowl roster. No Browns were chosen to travel to Hawaii to participate in the postseason game. Since their return in 1999, Cleveland has sent only one player, Jamir Milller, to the Pro Bowl. The 2006 season has undoubtedly been a disaster but there are a few members of the Browns who are having solid individual seasons and possibly deserve consideration. Here’s how their numbers stack up against some of their counterparts on the AFC Pro Bowl roster.

TE: Antonio Gates 65 rec., 805 yds., 8 TD
Tony Gonzalez 66 rec., 812 yds., 5 TD
Kellen Winslow, Jr. 76 rec., 755 yds., 3 TD

MLB: Al Wilson 96 tkls., 1 sack, 1 FF, 4 pass deflections, 5.5 tkls. for loss
Andra Davis 104 tkls., 1 sack, 1 FF, 3 PD, 4 TFL

S: Troy Polamalu 66 tkls., 3 INT, 9 PD
John Lynch 69 tkls, 0 INT, 4 PD
Sean Jones 91 tkls., 5 INT, 16 PD

Perhaps the most deserving of any Brown is safety Sean Jones, who was left off the list in favor of Polamalu, Lynch, and Ed Reed. While it is only his first full season in the NFL, Jones has played like a Pro Bowler all season and I think deserves it over at least Polamalu and Lynch. They are great players and have impressive track records but I think you have to look at Jones as a viable option for a starting safety position in the AFC. I guess that’s what he gets for being on a bad team.

More misery as Browns lose

The Browns actually found themselves tied at 17 in the third quarter but once again found ways to lose in their 27-17 loss to the Ravens. Kyle Boller, subbing for the injured Steve McNair, and the Ravens’ running game dissected the Browns defense, who continues to look worse and worse as the season starts to come to an end. Cleveland’s failure to consistently run the ball effectively against the stout Baltimore defense allowed the Ravens to go after Derek Anderson. Anderson looked decent under the circumstances but made some questionable throws.

Clock management and communication on offense plagued the Browns again in the second half. They wasted their timeouts trying to get plays off and also on a stupid decision on Romeo’s part to challenge on obvious Ravens’ completion near the end of the fourth quarter. 0-8 in the division, pitiful. While I normally would like to give a new head coach three full seasons to turn a franchise around, I’m not so sure Romeo deserves a third season. Sure, injuries have played a large role in the Browns’ disappointing season but the team is heading towards a possible 4-12 season and is not showing many signs of improvement.

Cavs find success on the home court

The Cavaliers almost gave up a 13-point second half lead but were able to survive in their 104-101 win against Charlotte at the Q. They allowed the Bobcats to get within a couple of points in the final minutes but a key steal and a couple of free throws by Larry Hughes sealed the victory. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 22 points and had eight rebounds and seven assists. Anderson Varejao once again was solid off the bench with 16 points and 10 boards.

The Cavs continue to look strong and get the job done at home, where they are 10-2 this season. With the exception of the run given up to the Bobcats in the second half, the Cavaliers didn’t look all that bad. They played very well in the first half and it was finally a great sight to see Hughes back in the starting lineup. With as tight as the Central looks right now, a run of five or six straight wins by the Cavs would be a big boost for the team.