Resisting the Urge

January 27th, 2015 by Nate Smith

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The Cavs have been linked to quite a few different players of late, from the recently released Nate Robinson and Jordan Farmar to China’s Bobby Brown and Will Bynum. Heck, there’s even been talk about bringing in Golden Buckeye candidates, Tayshaun Prince and Ray Allen. The Cavs, though, should resist any temptation to mess with the roster right now. I know, I know. This from the guy who said about a dozen times that you can never have too many “bullets in the gun,” but after my lamentations about roster construction earlier this year, David Griffin went out and brought in three rotation players that have markedly changed the talent level of the starting lineup and the bench. Those moves worked, LeBron got healthy, and now the team is winning. So don’t screw it up! The Cavs brass should resist the urge to mess with the roster. They should respect the streak, learn from team history, and not sacrifice the team’s future.

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Midseason 5 on 5

January 26th, 2015 by Cory Hughey

Cavs fans, here’s five questions for five Cavs the Bloggers. And when you’re done with this, head on over to Red94.net, for a peak at the newly created weekly TrueHoop Network Roundup. We’re really trying hard to create an “ESPN TrueHoop Network Revival.” Please take a minute or ten to check out the great content on our sister sites. In the mean time, here are the questions that have been burning a hole in our brains.

1. How are you feelings about the Wiggins/Love trade now?

Tom: I hadn’t slept in weeks so I decided to check myself into therapy. Now I realize this is all my parents fault. If they hadn’t nurtured me and put up that basketball hoop in my driveway I never would have fallen in love with this God-forsaken sport. [Reaches for pills…hands shaking]

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Recap: Cleveland 108, Thunder 98

January 25th, 2015 by David Wood

In a not a very emphatic win, the Wine & Gold hit 16 threes, gave up only ten points off turnovers, and allowed the Thunder to shoot just 39% from the field. Notice, I said allowed and not held. This was a game where the team that wanted to win probably could have asserted themselves and got the “W” very easily. Fortunately, the Thunder didn’t buckle down, and the Cavs had the edge from the three point line. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Thunder

January 25th, 2015 by David Wood

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Dion Waiters is coming to Cleveland to battle against LeBron James and the Cavaliers today. Except, Dion probably wouldn’t phrase it that way. He would say Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going into the King’s house.

Waiters seems to have found a spot on the Thunder. He knows he isn’t better than their two stars. On the Cavs, Dion often stated and showed in subtle ways he thought he was better than Kyrie Irving. He may have been at times, but the way he manifested this attitude was by taking ill-thought shots, sulking, and demanding the ball from everyone to make up for perceived slights.

I’m not sure why Dion has fallen in line. Even in his first game with the Thunder against the Jazz, he did what he was asked to do so well that Scott Brooks praised his defense and tenacity. How often did that happen in Cleveland outside of myself and a few bloggers really wanting a legitimate reason to love Dion so much?

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Recap: Cleveland 129, Charlotte 90 (Witness The Power of This FULLY OPERATIONAL Battle Station!)

January 24th, 2015 by Nate Smith

 

This game was an evisceration, a deconstruction, an immolation, a validation. Cleveland came out engulfed in flames on offense and defense, and eliminated any chance of Charlotte winning by midway through the second quarter. As Phil Hubbard noted, “The JR half-court lob to LeBron for a 60-27 lead with 4 or 5 minutes  left in the second quarter was probably the earliest dagger in NBA history.” It happened at less than six minutes in, Phil. Unfortunately, no CtBers were available to watch all of the first half, and thus we had to rely on some of our most dedicated readers to help us recap this one. Just a warning, we might go a little long, tonight. We want to savor every second of this game.

1st Quarter (brought to you by EvilGenius)

Charlotte came to town winners of 8 of their last 9, and without allowing a team to drop a hundo on them since the calendar turned 2015. They were looking to provide the Cavs with the “inevitable trap game” but the Cavs were having none of that from the jump. Even though Mozilla lost the opening tip to Bismack Biyombo, that would be the LAST thing the Cavs would lose on this long, glorious, jailbreak of a night at the Q.

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Hornets (or holy crap, it’s 75-40 at halftime!)

January 23rd, 2015 by Nate Smith


Sorry about the late post on the live thread, guys. We might have to start them all at halftime, though, cause it’s currently 75-40, with the Cavs shooting 61% to the Hornets 41%. In addition, Cleveland is outrebounding Charlotte 30-17. Keep it up, Cavs! THIS IS CLEVELAND!

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

January 22nd, 2015 by Tom Pestak

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Last week Mark and I lamented the sorry state of the Cavs [Listen Here] and wondered aloud how hot David Blatt’s seat must have been feeling.  The Cavs have won four straight since – so we got a chance to talk about the new trade pieces and viability of a Hawks vs. Warriors NBA Finals.

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Recap: Cavaliers 106, Jazz 92 (Or, Too Much Everything)

January 22nd, 2015 by David Wood
The Cavs served the Jazz a simple two course dinner.

The Cavs served the Jazz a simple two course dinner.

The Cavs invited Utah into the Q tonight for a basketball dinner. Gordan Hayward really thought it wouldn’t be a mean meeting, but he was in for a surprise. The King’s a bully. The Cavs ran the “all fast break all the time offense” and the “feed people to Mozgov because big Russians want to destroy little men” defense. This two course dinner was exactly what every Cavs fan wants to see served up all the time. The Wine & Gold held the Jazz to 41.7% shooting while scoring 22 points on the break. The whole team delivered this meal with the delicate touch of a waiter working somewhere where the dinner bill warrants a fifty dollar tip. Nothing was forgotten tonight, as all five starters scored above fifteen points for the second game in a row. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Jazz

January 21st, 2015 by David Wood

Remember that shot? Remember the night Gordan Hayward looked better than LeBron James did? Let’s hope the Cavs do. This game is a great chance for the Wine & Gold to avenge an early season loss where they played so badly that they made 32 free throws and still never had a sizable lead. Read the rest of this entry »

The Point Four-ward: Backcourt Bliss

January 21st, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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First off, if you haven’t listened to Nate, Tom and Ben’s mid-season Cavs: The Podcast, what are you waiting for??

Four points I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) Kyrie Irving is really winning me back over this season.

While everyone (CtB included) was quick to heap praise on the performance of newly-acquired center Timofey Mosgov in the Cavs 108-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls, Monday night, for me, was all about Irving.

It wasn’t his greatest shooting performance (7-16 for 18 points and only got to the free throw line four times) but watching Irving play surrounded by talent is to remember just the type of amazing plays he’s capable of on an every-time-down-the-floor basis. In fact — and it pains me to say this — he may have already passed LeBron James in that regard.

This is not to say that Irving is a better player than James. The Cavs recent losing streak with James out showed that, no, Irving still does not know how to win in this league. Too often, his brand of hero ball seems to send the Cavs to the wrong side of the win/loss column. He walks the ball up too much rather than pushing it. But, as we saw from Irving in the FIBA tournament this summer, when he seems to feel more trust in the players around him, Irving can look like one of the best players in the league.

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