The Point Four-ward: The Point’s the Point

2016-06-29

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The champagne bubbles have fizzled out, all the confetti has been swept up, and J.R. Smith has finally resumed wearing a shirt… well, presumedly. While Cavs fans continue to bask in the championship afterglow, though, it’s time for the Cavs front office to get back to work.

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The Point Four-ward: Soak It In

2016-06-22

Four points I’m thinking about your World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) If you needed further evidence of just how big of an upset the Cavaliers pulled when they knocked off the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 on Sunday night, look no further than who Las Vegas oddsmakers predict is the odds-on favorite to win the 2017 NBA title. Nope, it’s not your 2016 champs. Vegas is laying odds that…

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What Winning Means

2016-06-20

Back in 2004, on the eve of what would turn out to be the end of another high profile sports curse, Bill Simmons wrote that all he wanted, with the Red Sox poised to win their first World Series since 1918, was to “become Just Another Baseball Fan again.” “[T]hat’s all [Red Sox fans] ever wanted,” he wrote. “Outsiders made up false curses, called us losers, pointed to a legacy…

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The Point Four-ward: They Went Back to Ohio!

2016-06-15

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) For all of the deserved praised being heaped upon both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for their dual 41-point games in a game in which the Cavs were facing elimination, the third member of the Cavs’ Trois Troika (a mongrel nickname that admittedly does not roll off the tongue) had a head-scratcher for the ages.

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The Point Four-ward: Searching for Answers

2016-06-08

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) If you’re looking to make a list of what’s been plaguing the Cavs, LeBron James probably wouldn’t make your top ten. But for all of the greatness he’s displayed in getting this batch of wine and gold to the championship round, he hasn’t been wart-free over these first two game of the Finals either.

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The Point Four-ward: Finals Fantasy

2016-06-01

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) I’m carrying a fair amount of dread into the NBA Finals rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors that tips off Thursday night at Oracle Arena. I’m sure I’m not in the minority either. Cavs fans saw what these Warriors could do over the course of six games last June. The rest of the free world who hadn’t…

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The Point Four-ward: Fix It!

2016-05-25

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The final score of Monday night’s game — 105-99 — was very close to what I predicted the outcome would be. In my hypothetical running, though, I had the Cavs coming out the victor, if only narrowly so, and the Raptors forced to lick their wounds and search for answers following a close, hard fought loss. I pretty much nailed it……

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The Point Four-ward: Bench Marks

2016-05-19

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Cleveland’s bench has received its fair share of ink over the last two years. And, yes, while reserves such as Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson (now starting) have played a huge part to Cleveland’s success during the LeBron 2.0 run, it seemed like, too often, what the starters would give, the bench would let fritter away with contributions ranging from erratic (Iman Shumpert)…

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The Point Four-ward: MV(re)Peat

2016-05-11

Four points I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Stephen Curry made history Tuesday afternoon. Not only was Curry named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for a second straight year, there was not a single contrarian ballot in the box. Curry became the first unanimously voted MVP in league history, following a regular season that saw him lead the Golden State Warriors to 73 wins and a…

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The Point Four-ward: Basic Instinct

2016-05-04

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Following an uneven stretch of play by the Cavaliers, one that allowed the Hawks to come back from an 18 point deficit and briefly take the lead in the fourth quarter on Monday night, a familiar feeling crept back over the Cavs’ faithful. The Cavs, no matter the lead, seem incapable of winning easily. Marla Ridenour, writing for the Akron Beacon…

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The Point Four-ward: Restin’ Up

2016-04-27

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The Cavs’ win Sunday night ensured that they’d have a week off to rest and mend any bumps and bruises they incurred while sweeping away the Detroit Pistons. LeBron James described the mood in the visitor’s locker room in The Palace at Auburn Hills as “the complete opposite” of that which followed last year’s series clinching victory over the Boston Celtics, mainly…

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