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

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

Recap: Cavs 127, Wizards 89 (Or, “That was kind of devastating” – John Wall)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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[Editor’s Note] The Cavs went into DC to battle a team they were looking up at in the standings.  John Wall apparently called this a “must win” game for the Wizards.  The Cavs led by as many as 40.  With the win, they leapt over Washington to claim 4th place in the East.  The Cavs even dominated garbage time, which never happens.  The C:tB crew was inactive tonight (we didn’t perfectly align our all-star break), so we tapped some of the veteran commenters for the recap.

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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal – Trade Deadline Recap

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

As always, Fresh from the 9-3-7, talking with my buddy Mark Neal.

Now you can stream it live, or download an app for your phone.

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Live Thread: All-Star Game

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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Is anyone watching this?

 

If so, let’s talk about it

 

Recap: Bulls 113, Cavs 98 (Or, Tony Snell +29, LeBron -27)

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Bulls came to play, LeBron laid an egg.  A win would have been nice for the Cavs, a loss would have hurt the Bulls more than the Cavs.  LeBron was -27, Tony Snell, a mutant created when Tony Allen and Ray Allen’s DNA was combined, was +29 and completely dominated LeBron at both ends.

1st Quarter:

Cavs netted the first five points of the game including a LeBron and-1.  After a rebound, LeBron stumbled against the pressure of Tony Snell and coughed it up, leading to a Pau Gasol and-1 the other way: five-point swing for the Bulls.  LeBron, seemingly annoyed, calmly stepped into a 3 right in Snell’s eye.  And that was the last outside shot LeBron made in the half (and he took quite a few).  The Bulls turned up the heat at both ends.  Rumors of Gasol’s resurgence turned out to be true.  He punished the Cavs inside and even stepped out and swished a corner 3.  And then Tony Snell happened.  In addition to hounding LeBron like a bulldog, Snell cut right down the lane on back to back possessions and threw down vicious 2-handed dunks.  The Bulls continued to flash people down the middle of the lane and the Cavs really didn’t do anything to slow them down.  Mozgov showed some life offensively, tossing in a nice left-handed pop shot over Joakim Noah, and drove from the foul line-extended to throw down a brutal left-handed dunk.

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Live Thread: Cavs at Bulls

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs and Bulls were coronated early, and have spent the season looking up at Toronto and Atlanta.  In spite of injuries, chemistry issues, and uneven play, both teams are in a position to compete for the Eastern Conference Crown.  Tonight, the Cavs try to continue their march into the All-Star Break on a scintillating stretch of offensive dominance.  The Bulls will play without Most-Improved Player Candidate Jimmy Butler, and the Cavs will not have Kevin Love at their disposal.  In a game featuring LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Derrick Rose, this contest may be decided in the trenches:  Pau Gasol has turned back the clock and Timofey Mozgov has sped it up to a place few thought possible.

I’ll post this later in the weekend, but since it’s already online, sink your teeth into my studio appearance on Dayton’s Sports Scene.  We get into all sorts of cool topics and I even took some calls.