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Live Thread: Cavs vs Nets

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Mike Miller could be back tonight for the Cavs.  It will be interesting to see if they bounce back after that humiliating loss to the Hawks.  The Nets are 10-14 and the Cavs are 14-10.  The Cavs took over the second half against the Nets in Brooklyn a few games back.

Let’s talk about it here!

Recap: Hawks 127, Cavs 98 (Or, revenge is a dish best served engulfed in flames)

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

If you can believe it, this game was knotted at zero for more than two minutes.  Slowly, both teams started to see their shots trickle in.  The Cavs then went on a 19-6 run prompting tweets like “that escalated quickly.”  As the 1st quarter clock wound down, LeBron elicited wild reactions after he “broke” Thabo Sefalosha’s ankles and hit Matthew Dellavedova on the right wing for three.  Brendan Haywood, AJ Price, and Kyrie Irving were shown in a goofy delirium and both teams went back to their respective benches.  Longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer handed each one of his boys a P-Wing, Star, and Tanooki Suit and they each swallowed them all at once and chased them with ten 5-Hour Energys (giving them 50 continuous hours of super power energy).  The Cavs waddled back and forth like koopa troopas before getting their shells flipped the heck upside down and kicked into oncoming Bullet Bills.  Here are the highlights:

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Hawks

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Last time the Cavs completely blew out the Hawks – raining fire down from the heavens.  They held Kyle Korver to zero 3s if I remember correctly.  The Hawks just seemed demoralized by about midway through the 2nd quarter.  They were missing DeMarre Carroll (a Tom Pestak favorite) at the time and they’ve been pretty good this season although they’ve had an easy schedule.  Should be a tough game!

Recap: Cavs 97, Hornets 88 (Or, Feeding on the Weaklings)

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Big night for this trio

The Cavs exploded out of the gate to a 21-0 lead, the largest such start in the NBA since…well LeBron was a rookie…uh, Facebook didn’t exist, Anderson Varejao avoided mid-range jumpers like the plague (or, the stomach bug that caused Delly to lose 7 lbs!)…  It was a historic start to a game.  The Hornets woke up and outplayed the Cavs for about 24 minutes, but the Cavs put them back to bed with a late 3rd quarter run that re-established the proper predator/prey relationship in the Eastern Conference food chain.

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Hornets

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Forces in tension – something’s gonna snap.

1.) LeBron’s last six games versus Charlotte: 35.7 points on 68.4 percent shooting!

2.) Charlotte’s last five games versus Cleveland: undefeated.

3.) Cavs last 5 home games: undefeated.

4.) Both Kyrie and LeBron set career highs in scoring in their last game against Charlotte.

5.) Hornets 3PFG% in last 10 games: 26%

6.) Charlotte opponents during same stretch: 44%

Given all this information, my prediction:  The Cavs barely break 90, LeBron and Kyrie shoot a combined 6 for 30, Charlotte shoots 15-15 from 3 and 15% from the immediate basket area.  (HEAR K LOVE ROAR!)  And Joe Harris’ 34 gives the Cavs the edge in triple overtime: 90-89.5 Cleveland Wins.  I dunno, what do you guys think?  Grab your Ecto Cooler from the mini fridge and let’s talk about this athletic contest!

 

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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The streak is over!

Woe is he that has to recap that beat down at the hands of the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans.  ‘He’ is Ben Werth and will provide an insightful look at what went wrong when the sun checks in on Europe.

Until then, below is a radio interview from the past – well, just about 30 hours ago, when the Cavs were riding an 8-game winning streak.  Now they’ve lost two straight.  Quite the turnaround.  But let’s soften the blow with the bubble wrap of perspective: the Japanese Navy had a 78-year run of dominance leading up to the Battle of Midway, including the devastation at Pearl Harbor, the anniversary of which we just remembered last week.  And in less than 10 minutes (nary a quarter of an NBA game) three of the four aircraft carriers in the Japanese strike force were engulfed in flames and destroyed.  (the fourth followed later that evening).  The Japanese Navy never conducted a successful offensive again.  THAT my friends, is an abrupt end to a winning streak.  Hastag HistoryLesson.  The Cavs will get back to their winning ways in due time.  They’ve been a bit lifeless and have gotten into some bad habits.  The good news is that Kyrie, Love, LeBron, and most of the rotation is healthy.

I broke it down (the winning streak) with @ESPNMark.

Give it a listen!

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=444726&do=1

Recap: Cavs 105, Raptors 91 (or, visions of Aught 9)

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

The Cavaliers methodically defeated the second best team in the NBA in a hostile environment on the second night of a back-to-back after a restless night despite giving away a double-digit lead.  It’s only early December, but the Cavs’ growth is palpable.  This game (much like the revenge exacted upon the Wizards) perfectly contrasted the defeat in the first meeting.

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Live Thread: Cavs at Raptors

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Sorry about the late post.  The Cavs are missing Mike Miller, the Raps have lost DeMar DeRozan for a few weeks.

The Raptors are the second best team in the NBA according to SRS.  The Cavs are ninth.  Cavs lead 18-13 with about four minutes left in the 1st quarter.  This would be a signature win if they could pull it out

Let’s TALK

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Kyrie Irving’s magical snakeskin-ruby slippers helped the Cavs escape from the clutches of disappointment.  Nate’s going to have an epic recap up in a few hours.

In the meantime, I get on the radio with Mark Neal of Dayton’s Sports Scene every Thursday to talk Cavs and the NBA.  Below is today’s segment.  Give it a listen.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=443339

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Every Thursday I chat with my friend Mark Neal, host of the Dayton’s Sports Scene radio show.

In this episode we discuss the Spurs game, the Cavs upcoming schedule, and the early returns on the 2014-2015 season.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=441197