Summer League Recap: Cleveland 82, Toronto 68 (or, Holland Threes & Cleveland Ds)

2018-07-16

Thanks again to CLF for today’s recap. I’ve added a note on Colin Sexton. After a close first half, the Cavs put on a dominant defensive performance in the third quarter to notch their fourth straight win, 82-68.  The Cavs struggled a little with their shooting, but made up for it with fantastic hustle and competitiveness.  The Cavs turned the game on its head with a 21-4 beatdown in the…

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Summer League Recap: Cleveland 92, Houston 87 (or, Scoochie takes over)

2018-07-15

Thanks to CLF who provides today’s Summer League Recap! The Cavs advanced today in the NBA Summer League tournament by defeating the undefeated Rockets 92-87. The game was competitive and hard-fought, with neither team being able to dominate the other.  I’ve watched a bit of Houston play, and I have to say, this was an impressive win for the Cavs this summer. Player of the game: Scoochie Smith A four…

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Summer League Recap: Cleveland 93, Indiana 88 (Or, Return of the Cedi)

2018-07-10

The force is strong with this one! Cedi Osman returned to action for the Cavs’ Summer Leaguers Monday afternoon and looked like a Jedi master. Won’t Ante Zizic out for rest, Cedi scored 25 on 18 shots and added six dimes and six boards in 31 minutes, plus a block and a steal. He looked, dare-I-say LeBron-esque the the way he controlled the game down the stretch: isolating on big…

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Summer League Recap: Chicago 86, Cleveland 81 (or, Sin City Fatigue)

2018-07-08

Editor’s Note: Thanks for CLF for scouting this one again. I was only able to stay away for the first half. I have to “watch the film” to see what happened in the second. The summer Cavs fell to the Bulls 86-81 in a highly competitive game. With Cedi Osman (rest) and Billy Preston (thigh contusion) receiving the night off, the Cavs were obviously at a disadvantage coming off a…

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Summer League Live Thread: Cavs vs. Bulls

2018-07-07

Wakanda Forever, Cavs Fans! The wine and gold take on the Bulls at 9:30 EST, Saturday on ESPN2. It should be a fun one, as the Bulls have some intriguing players including rumored Cavs target, Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr., the No. 22 pick of 2018, Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison, and undrafted free agent, Maryland’s Melo Tremble. The Bulls have eight undrafted free agents, four from 2018, three from 2017, and…

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Summer League Recap: Cleveland 72, Washington 59 (or, Big ZZ)

2018-07-07

Editor’s Note: Please welcome commenter, CLF who’s scouting the summer league for us! Shout-out to Nate and the CtB family for the guest spot! In the first action since the Finals, the Cavs’ summer league squad dominated the game against the Wizards 72-59, and they did it with stellar defense and smart offense. Cleveland raced out to 22-10 first quarter league and led by 16 at the half before going…

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Summer League Live Thread: Cavs vs Wizards

2018-07-06

Welcome to Vegas, peeps! The summer Cavs (some some aren’t) debut tonight. Colin Sexton, Ante Zizic, John Holland, Okaro White, and Cedi Osman join undrafted free agents Dakota Mathias, Billy Preston, and a host of hopefuls like Scoochie Smith as they take on Sam Cassell Jr., Troy Brown Jr., and the aptly named Phillip Scrubb. It’s going to be epic. Check it out at 9:00 on NBATV or at nba.com,…

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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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2018 Finals Recap: Golden State 108, Cleveland 85 (Things Fall Apart)

2018-06-10

Everything ends badly. Otherwise it wouldn’t end. Truth can from the most unlikely places. In this case, Doug Coughlin’s philosophy from the 1988 Tom Cruise “classic,” Cocktail, describes the ultimate game of the 2018 season, and the season itself. Cleveland spent the first half struggling to contain and keep pace with a Golden State team that it had spent the last 361 days preparing for, and rode a nine point…

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Finals Live Thread Game 4: Cavs vs Warriors (Evolve or Die)

2018-06-08

The Cavs already rendered the Raptors extinct, and if they don’t evolve, this incarnation of the Cavs will go the way of the dinosaurs as well. It’s true. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, in the NBA playoffs, let alone the finals, but that’s no reason not to try. We all thought this series was going seven games anyway. Why even play the game if it’s…

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Finals Live Thread, Game 3: Cavs vs Warriors (home cookin’)

2018-06-06

Welcome home, Cavs. I was tempted to lead with a picture of Andre Igoudala tonight, but I decided that a vision of what the Cavs are playing for ought to go up top. Make no mistake. This one’s for Cleveland. The Cavs are on the precipice of being down an impossible 0-3, and all we’ve heard about for the last few days is how inadequate this team, this region, and…

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