The Point Four-ward: Deflation Station

2016-09-28

Last week, I touched on a handful of things that could give an unexpected boost to the Cavaliers’ 2016-17 season. Now, in the interest of fairness — and in recognition of the fact that one championship may not have entirely washed the ingrained pessimism from every Cleveland fan’s heart — I present to you the other side of that coin: four things that could completely derail the Cavs’ title defense.

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Live Thread: Cavs Media Day

2016-09-26

With the air in most parts of the country starting to carry the tiniest chill, basketball fans know it’s now time for the NBA season to begin anew and the 2015-16 champion Cleveland Cavaliers take the court in defense of their city’s first major title in 52 years. Of course, no one — not seasoned veteran, precocious rookie, or even your favorite CtB writer — can just rush out onto the…

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The Point Four-ward: Surprise Me

2016-09-21

As the Cavs prepare to kick off training camp, they are not a team without issues heading into the 2016-17 NBA season. They have yet to come to terms with their free agent starting shooting guard. Their back-up point guard may or may not be planning to retire (and, what’s worse, he apparently hasn’t made his intentions any clearer to the Cavs front office than he’s made them to you…

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The Point Four-ward: No Points Bulletin

2016-09-07

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) With training camp opening in just a few weeks, the Cavs are slowly accumulating their roster of invitees. Assuming the Cavs eventually reach a deal with J.R. Smith, they will carry thirteen guaranteed contracts heading into camp.

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The Point Four-ward: the Point Moving Forward

2016-08-31

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Of any position on the Cavs, the one with the biggest question mark hanging over it heading into this season was the back-up point guard position. And that was before news broke this weekend that the presumptive holder of that position, Mo Williams, was contemplating retirement.

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The Point Four-ward: Boys 2 Men

2016-08-24

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving has had quite a summer. After hitting the three-pointer that put the Cavs up for good in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the newly-minted champion added “Gold Medal Winner” to his resume when the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team defeated Serbia in the gold medal game in Brazil 96-66.

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The Point Four-ward: Elder Statesmen?

2016-08-10

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Assuming the Cavs eventually re-sign LeBron James and J.R. Smith, Cavs GM David Griffin has done a pretty nice job strengthening the roster for next season. With no draft picks, his team already heavily into the luxury tax, and with a championship quieting any calls for a trade involving one of the Cavs’ bigger stars, Griffin watched, waited (in fact, he’s still…

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The Point Four-ward: Getting Heat

2016-08-03

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) It’s here: the height of the off-season. In these, the dog days, the long stretch of desert between the oases of competitive basketball, we are to be excused if our attention drifts back to Summer League. Summer League was nice, our attention reminds us. Wasn’t that nice? Other times, we might find ourselves thinking ahead to the Olympic Games. Wouldn’t it be…

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The Point Four-ward: Playing Fast and Lue-s

2016-07-27

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) When a friend texted me on Tuesday evening that the Cavaliers and head coach Tyronn Lue had just agreed to a five-year $35 million dollar contract, I thought for a second, then shot back “I guess now we’ll find out if he can actually coach or not.” I was joking, of course. Well, mostly. Kinda.

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The Point Four-ward: Minor Threat

2016-07-20

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League crowned a champion Monday night as the Summer Bulls bested the Summer Wolves 84-82. Summer League MVP (and former Cavaliers first round pick) Tyus Jones tallied 27 points and 10 assists, eventually falling to the Bulls, led by the duo of Bobby Portis and Jerian Grant. Portis and Grant scored 26 and 24 points…

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The Point Four-ward: Moz-el Tov

2016-07-13

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The fact that Timofey Mozgov signed a free agent deal to play elsewhere didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who followed the Cavs last season. Becoming a favorite of fans and daytime bartenders alike after coming over in a January 2015 trade with the Denver Nuggets, Mozgov suffered noticeable dips in both performance and confidence during the 2015-16 campaign. By…

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The Point Four-ward: Wine and Golding in Las Vegas

2016-07-07

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) On Tuesday, the Cavaliers announced their roster for the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. With games scheduled for this coming Friday, Saturday, Monday and, at least, two more as part of the Summer League Tournament, Cavs fans — by virtue of their team’s deepest of playoff runs — don’t even have to go a month without seeing players in their favorite color…

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