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Playoff Preview Podcast with Mark Neal

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Hung out with my friend Mark Neal in studio and we dove into all the playoff matchups.  Give it a listen and get pumped for the playoffs.  It’s time.

Don’t forget to order your CtB T-Shirt!


Recap: Celtics 99, Cavaliers 90

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

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Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert sat this one out.  The Cavs came out lifeless on offense and allowed the Celtics to break loose a bit at the end of the half.  They put together one excellent quarter, the 3rd, as LeBron pushed the tempo and Lazarus Mike Milller canned three 3s, bringing the Cavs all the way back to momentarily take the lead.  Blatt preferred Kevin Love and LeBron James call it a day after 3, and the Cavs 8 through 12 guys faltered down the stretch, ending an impressive home win streak and increasing the probability that the Celtics earn some playoff experience this season.


Live Thread: Cavs vs Celtics

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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Brad Stevens, Isaiah Thomas, and the Celtics visit Cleveland tonight for the start of a back to back against the Cavs (they play again Sunday).

The last time the Celtics were in town, the Cavs held a lead of 39 points in the 3rd quarter.  With the Cavs locking up the 2-seed, the outcome of this game is of little consequence for the Wine and Gold.  However, the Celtics could be a 1st round playoff opponent, so this is a good chance for the Cavs to get a feel for them and establish an appropriate level of fear.

Kyrie Irving will not play tonight with an apparent hip injury.


Podcast: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hung out with my friend Mark Neal in studio today and we discussed the following:

-Playoff Seeding and the implications of resting against Boston

-The Cavs recent 8 out of 9 stretch (prioritizing defense, maybe settling a bit on offense)

-Reflecting on opening day, the hopes that haven’t materialized, and the massive growth that has been realized.

-The New Lob City is on the Shores of Lake Erie.

-Mozgov as the answer to so many questions.

-LeBron’s 2-week hiatus

-Kyrie Irving’s improvements: how he’s fit in the offense and worked so hard defensively (no more “fly-paper” picks)

-What’s eating Cincinnati fans

-Rookie of the Year (Wiggins / Mirotic)

-Jahlil Okafor as the #1?

-Centers in today’s NBA

Give it a listen, and give me some feedback.  What would you like to hear on the next podcast?

Podcast: Talking about The Kevin Love situation

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

I had the opportunity to visit my friend Mark Neal in studio again this week.  We talked about the Kevin Love situation at length.  Give it a listen.

Don’t forget to check out (and comment on) Ben’s recap.


Kevin Love is Not Fitting In (to your Preconceived Notions of Kevin Love Fitting In)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015


Editors Note: This piece was published with editorial contributions from Nate Smith and EvilGenius, and with scouting contributions from Ben Werth. Also, please check out David Wood’s Links to the Present published earlier today.

On January 13, the Cavaliers lost their sixth game in a row to drop below .500 (19-20).  Kevin Love played particularly poorly, shooting 3-11 from the floor and posting a team-worst -19 in under 27 minutes.  He rode the pine for the entire fourth quarter.  (It was not the first time Love had been benched for the entire fourth quarter of a non-blowout: on December 26th, Coach Blatt, searching for answers, ran with an ultra-small lineup of LeBron-Delly-Dion-MMiller-TT in the fourth quarter and it worked – the Cavs outscored the Magic 27-14 and won by nine.)  Despite the fact that Markieff Morris (or as LeBron referred to him “one of the Morris twins”) torched King James in the fourth, Kevin Love’s lackluster defense and poor shooting was the story of the game, and the “Kevin Love’s Not Fitting In” theme was an undeniable reality of the young (but not that young) season. But ten weeks later, is that “theme” still even relevant?


Podcast: In Studio ESPNDayton

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Got another chance to visit Mark Neal in Studio for Dayton’s Sports Scene.  We took a lot of calls, and covered a lot of topics, including…

The Cavs thrilling win against the Raptors.

The negative aspects of Kobe’s legacy.

What is Sam Hinkie doing?

How Tom got into the NBA subculture.

Can The Warriors win it all?

Don’t sleep on the Pacers

Recap: Cavs 120 Raptors 112 (Or, absorbing the haymakers, going the distance)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

WOW.  If this was a playoff game it would have been an all-time classic.  The Cavs caught the Raptors foaming at the mouth with revenge and somehow overcame a 69 point half.  They blew a 19-point lead and honestly when the Raptors took the lead 93-91 on a backbreaking Lou Williams’ triple I thought the Cavs might lose by 19.  But the Cavs absorbed everything the Raptors had to give, and silenced a raucous crowd over and over and over and over.  There were a month’s worth of big shots in the second half alone.  The Raptors stayed supernova hot, but LeBron James is the cosmic equivalent of a quasar – and his massive presence overshadowed everything that happened down the stretch.


Live Thread: Cavs at Raptors

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The Cavs travel to America’s Cap tonight to battle the uneven Toronto Raptors, who have lost seven of their last 12 games but notched impressive victories against the Clippers and Hawks.  Kyle Lowry has been struggling and may sit this one to rest some nagging ailments.  If the Cavs win they will own the season series 3-1 and will move into a “virtual tie” with the Raptors for possession of the 2-Seed in the East.  So there’s a lot at stake.  Tonight’s blog sub-theme: Game Shows!

Category: Potent Quotables

Answer: He once said: If He Dies, He Dies

Who is Timofey Mozgov?



Podcast: In Studio ESPNDayton

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Got another chance to chat in studio on ESPN Radio Dayton with my friend Mark Neal.

This was a fun one – talking about the big men of old, the modern point guard, what LeBron needs to do to win MVP (hint: dominating Steph Curry on Natl TV was step 1), and the value of tanking/draft/rookies.  We took calls too.  Nate called in to defend my honor after a previous caller took exception to me saying that rookies almost never become difference makers on good teams.

If you are a fan of The Buckeyes, Reds, Browns, or Bengals, Dayton Sports Scene with Mark Neal is one of the best sports radio shows I’ve come across.  And of course every Thursday between 5 and 6 I bring the Cavs to the forefront.

You can listen live, download podcasts, and there are even apps for iphone and android.