Daily News - August 31, 2014
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Terry's Talkin' about the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Manziel, Kevin Love and the Indians
Author: Terry Pluto
Publication: Plain Dealer
ABOUT KEVIN LOVE
"1. When the Cavs were checking out Kevin Love, one of the first questions they dealt with was "is it important for him to average 25 points a game?" Because if that was a priority, he would not fit with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. All three may have to sacrifice some shots to make the Cavs a major contender and for the offense to have some flow.
2. Last season, Love averaged 18.5 shots for Minnesota, scoring 26 points a game. By contrast, James took 17.6 shots, Irving 17.4. So Love was shooting the ball the most. But what the Cavs discovered from talking to those who played with Love is that he really does like to rebound and pass. He knows he forced some shots in Minnesota because the Wolves needed his scoring." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
USA Dominant in FIBA World Cup Opener
Author: Joe Gabriele
"The most impressive part of the USA's (1-0) 114-55 rout of Finland (0-1) in its opening game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Saturday night at Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, Spain, in fact was an entire quarter.
In the whole second period, the USA allowed just two made free throws for Finland and limited its opponent to 0-17 shooting from the field, while it raced to 29 points of its own to improve upon an already sizable first-quarter lead.
The 59-point win was the USA's largest margin of victory in FIBA World Cup play since NBA players have been included on rosters (1994)." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Cavs notebook: Love might throw best deep ball in town
Author: Josh Weir
"The first Sunday of the NFL regular season is a week way, and God only knows what a dysfunctional Cleveland Browns passing game has in store.
Safe to say the best passer-receiver combo in town might not be at FirstEnergy Stadium this season.
With Kevin Love’s arrival in Cleveland and LeBron James’ return to Northeast Ohio, the Cavaliers have a duo that likely will connect on plenty of deep touchdowns at Quicken Loans Arena.
Love, a multiskilled power forward, is famous for his long, sharp outlet passes after rebounds." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
U.S. dominates Finland in World Cup opener
Author: Brian Mahoney
"The U.S. held Finland without a basket in the second quarter, opening defense of its title with a 114-55 romp Saturday in the Basketball World Cup.
Silencing the Finns in the second quarter on the scoreboard and in the stands, where their rabid fans filled an entire side of the arena, the Americans allowed just a pair of free throws in the period, outscoring their overmatched opponents 29-2 to open a 60-18 advantage.
Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 for the U.S., which will play Turkey on Sunday in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.
The event has since been renamed, but nothing else looks different for the Americans, who won their 55th straight game." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Team USA opens with shutdown game
Author: Marc Stein
"Mike Krzyzewski stopped on his way to the bus and confirmed that, yes, there was a point in the first half of Team USA's first game at this 2014 FIBA World Cup that he managed to make out a smile on the face on Tom Thibodeau.
A 29-2 quarter will do that.
A 29-2 second quarter that limits the opponent, however far out of its league, to 0-for-17 shooting from the floor while also hushing one of the rowdiest packs of rival fans to ever hiss at the NBA pros representing USA Basketball simply cannot be quibbled with." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
World Cup Day 1 roundup: Brazil with big win, Andray Blatche puts on a show
Author: Kurt Helin
"The FIBA World Cup tipped-off on Saturday in Spain with a dozen games. Since it’s Labor Day weekend and all and you have barbecues to attend and beers to drink, we put together a quick recap for you.
The USA’s defense forced Finland into a 0-of-17 shooting performance in the second quarter, a quarter the USA won 29-2. From there the USA went on to eek out a 114-55 win. Klay Thompson had 18 points, Anthony Davis 17 and Derrick Rose looked impressive throwing up a dozen. Finland had a loud and large crowd on hand, which was nice.
Brazil picked up a key win over France 65-63 in a battle of two potential medal teams (both in Group A this round). Brazil trailed in the second quarter of a sloppy game until point guard Marcelo Huertas poured in 11 of his 16 points on the night to fuel the Brazilian comeback and give them a two point lead at the half, a lead they were able to maintain in the second half. Boris Diaw led France with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and he had a three-point shot at the final buzzer to try to win it but Anderson Varejao of Brazil got the block. This was a game littered with NBA players but Evan Fournier (Magic) barely played and Nene (Wizards) was 2-of-6 shooting with four turnovers in what was often a sloppy game." - CLICK HERE to read full story.