Central Notes: Felder, James, Pistons, Williams

Kay Felder made an impact in his most recent D-League assignment; scoring 26 points in a match-up with the Maine Red Claws. The 5’9″ Felder raised eyebrows, however, with his decision to dunk at the conclusion of a 110-99 win, when the away team had already conceded the loss. NBA vet Jordan Mickey didn’t appreciate the gesture:

“I take pride in being a professional and not doing anything like that at the end of a game,” Mickey told Glenn Jordan of Amico Hoops. “No NBA team I know of would do that. I know the Celtics wouldn’t do it for sure and I doubt the Cavaliers would do something like that. Guys know better than to do stuff like that. It is what it is, I’ll keep that in the back of my mind if we happen to play these guys again.”

Still riding high from his 26-point showing, Felder praised the Cavs for giving him an opportunity to receive minutes with the Canton Charge.

“I think the Cavs are doing a great job of bringing me down, calling me up, letting me see what Kyrie (Irving) or LeBron (James) is doing and bringing it down here and helping these guys out as well,” Felder said. “It’s not just for me. I can also help these guys as well with what I see up there.”

More from around the Central…

  • Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon-Journal was critical of the Cavs‘ defensive effort in a loss to Denver on Wednesday. Ridenour understands that the 32-year-old James needs to conserve energy as the postseason approaches, but pointed out a second quarter sequence in which James stayed downcourt to protest a no-call. LeBron finished the game with a -30 rating, his second-worst plus-minus of the season.
  • The Pistons‘ late-season swoon has resulted from “a complicated mosaic of factors,” Rod Beard of The Detroit News writes. Specifically, Beard points out poor defense, inconsistencies at point guard, a lack of leadership, and slow starts to must-win games. [Stan] Van Gundy does much of the talking but the leadership mantle needs to come from the locker room,” Beard writes. “After Wednesday’s loss, the players were saying all the right things about playing better in the last 10 games, but the next step is turning that talk into action — and more importantly, victories.”
  • Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com addressed Derrick Williams‘ recent lack of playing time in his latest mailbag. Despite a stellar plus-minus when Williams and James are each on the court, Tyronn Lue has gone with J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver over Williams in the second unit. Vardon points out that if Williams is getting minutes in the postseason, either Iman Shumpert or Richard Jefferson would have to be benched; that’s a move he doesn’t see Lue pulling off.
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4 thoughts on “Central Notes: Felder, James, Pistons, Williams

  1. Formerlyz

    I think SVG might need to try a different approach to his rotation. He’s done a lot of that, so it’s not like it’s crazy at this point, but I wonder if they can maximize their depth with a mite balanced approach to the guys on the floor togetger…Ish Smith, KCP, Reggie Bullock, Marcus Morris, Andre Drummond
    Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris, Stanley Johnson, Jon Leuer

    • GuruGray

      It’s difficult to put Harris on the bench since he’s their leading scorer. The Pistons are going to be bad for a while. The Reggie Jackson deal is a black cloud and they’re going to have even less cap space if they match on KCP

  2. Chico Outlaws Fan 44

    What a clown comment by Felger that he’s in the D League to help those guys out

    • His comment is more directed at the guys who haven’t played a game in the NBA or have struggled to garner a tryout/invitation or whatever else. At the very least, Felder can at least say that he has done enough to get minutes at the professional level and I’m sure there are younger players who wouldn’t mind the chance to pick Felder’s brain. Or he could pass along what veterans like LeBron and RJ have taught him.

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