A Whole Lotta Love

2018-07-24

We love @KevinLove! pic.twitter.com/NbhhDM0BRS — Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) July 24, 2018 Uncle Drew left the family. The King abdicated his throne. But, Love came to town and decided to stick around. When the Cavs originally assembled their core big three stars back in the summer of 2014, Kevin Love was the outsider, the third wheel, the supplemental All-Star who would have to sublimate his game to “fit in” with the…

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Podcast Episode 178: LeBrexit

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2018-07-02

Well… LeBron James is gone. Again. To process this new reality… Nate, Tom, Eli and EG commiserated in the podcast booth. We discuss why we think it happened, who’s to blame, whether it was a basketball or lifestyle move, if the Lakers are now contenders, what happens now with the future of the Cavs, and how this move affects LeBron’s ultimate legacy. So, all in all a pretty cheery listen….

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Recap: Free Agency Fallout (or, Unfinished Business)

2018-07-01

The theme of the NBA’s annual mad free agent dash this year was equal parts fast… and, “hey, not so fast.” News unsurprisingly started to leak out as much as an hour leading up to midnight… however, surprisingly (well, at least to Brian Windhorst and the folks on ESPN’s The Jump) the first big domino of the night not only decided to stay where he was, but did so with…

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Live Thread: NBA Free Agency Midnight Madness 2018

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2018-06-30

What’s wackier than a 1980 Disney movie about an all night college scavenger hunt? This year’s installment of the NBA’s Free Agency Midnight Deadline of course. And, as in the movie, Los Angeles seems to be the de facto epicenter of this gigantic game, with the Lakers being linked to just about every top name on the board. Now, that doesn’t mean the purple and gold will wind up with…

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NBA Draft 2018 Podcap: Adding A Young Bull

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2018-06-22

After a slight flurry of activity early in the NBA Draft Lottery, the Cavaliers wound up with the guy they claim they were most impressed with from the start… Alabama guard Collin Sexton. If you were worried about the mixed reviews on Trae Young… he was gone by the fifth pick (to Dallas… who traded him to the Hawks for Luka Doncic). If you had doubts about Michael Porter Jr.’s…

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Live Thread: 2018 NBA Draft (#DoYouFeelIt?)

2018-06-21

I’ll admit it… my heart’s just not in this draft. Not because there aren’t a ton of terrific young prospects to choose from, even at the 8th spot where the Cavaliers find themselves… but because I’m finding it hard to enjoy it with the ever-present spectre of another LeBron James “decision” looming over it. With such a disparate group of players potentially available (from bigs to smalls to every swing…

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Podcast Episode 176: A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s…

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2018-06-14

Well, it’s a complicated case you know… about what happens next for the Cavs. A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s for LeBron James, Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman to ponder. Frankly, there’s just a lotta strands to keep in our heads, man… lotta strands like the draft… free agency… and the future of the team. Probably too many strands for the old Duder to keep straight… but maybe not…

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A Long, Strange Trip…

2018-06-12

(Full disclosure, I started writing this piece before Nate’s amazing and cathartic recap hit Sunday… and, I almost didn’t publish it given his awesome mic drop… but here goes…) There are times in everyone’s life when a confluence of events intercedes with their predisposed intentions. As the poet Robert Burns once famously said… “The best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry.” Take my own best laid plans…

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Playoff Live Thread: Cavs @ Celtics, Game 7 (#Everything’sGoneGreen)

2018-05-27

If you want a window into my thought process on a game day when I’m contemplating what to toss up for a Live Thread theme… it often correlates to some decades past musical deep cut that sticks in my brain and provides me with an odd but fitting subtitle. Even on the verge of a winner-goes-to-the-Finals Game 7 on the road in the most hostile of territories, this is still…

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Playoff Podcap: Celtics 96, Cavs 83 (or, Rough Road)

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2018-05-24

The Cavs proved once again to be no match on the road as they fell behind early at the TD Garden by 13 in the first quarter, and wound up losing by precisely that margin in the end. Though they made runs in the final three quarters, they never really got the deficit under 10 that often, and trailed by as much as 20 early in the fourth quarter. The…

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Playoff Live Thread: Cavs @ Celtics, Game 5 (#BestofThree)

2018-05-23

I was tempted to make George Hill the poster child of this Live Thread… mainly because his number is “3” and because when he plays well, he brings out the best in the Cavs. However, since Mike covered G Hill’s effect on the Cavs in depth last week, I settled on a shot of the other crucially important matchup in this deadlocked Conference Finals. Kyle Korver is 16 years older…

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