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Preseason Recap: Cleveland 107, Chicago 98 (or, Rose Might Be Back)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Tonight’s preseason game between the Cavs and Bulls was the first in a series that should lead to an intense rivalry come playoff time.  Both teams came into the game looking at it as dress rehearsal for the regular season, especially the Cavs who will probably be resting LeBron James during their final preseason game against Memphis.  This game oscillated between stellar ball movement, great individual play, and transition basketball for the entire 48 minutes.  Derrick Rose seemed like he’s back, but Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao didn’t let that stop them from having great games as well.

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Becoming A Team

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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LeBron James has come out and stated that he thinks the Bulls are the more battle tested team in the East.  While some may think LeBron is admitting that he believes the Bulls are a better team, that is not really the case.  Brian Windhorst reported on LeBron’s thoughts today.

“[The Bulls] are a team that’s much better than us right now just off chemistry,” James said. “They’ve been together for awhile, we’ve got a long way to go.”

“You’ve got to go through something to create a bond; that means for the worse,” James said. “We’ve got to lose ballgames that we think we should’ve won, we’ve got to get into an argument every now and then just to test each other out.”

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Central Division Preview

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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The Central division should be called the crippled division.  At the start of the past two seasons, this division has appeared to have two of the top three teams in the East; however, injuries have kept that from actually happening. Derrick Rose missed the past two seasons and kept the Bulls from playing their best, while the Pacers played like the top team behind only Miami.  The bad luck continues for the Central division entering the 2014-2015 season.  During the offseason, Paul George injured his leg in a FIBA Team USA intrasquad scrimmage  and is facing a long rehab and recovery process.

This year the Cavs will surely be the best team in the East, and the Bulls will probably be the second best.  The Pacers could have been the third best.  The central division looks to be one of the best in the league going into the future, and it will only continue to get better as Detroit and Milwaukee turn their franchises around with new coaches and young talent.

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Links To The Present: Old Point Guard Edition

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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The Cavs are facing a bit of an injury situation right now.  Jason Lloyd is reporting that Kyrie Irving will probably miss the next two preseason games before returning from his ankle injury while LeBron James will be missing one of the next three preseason games to rest.  LeBron has a sore back.

“Kyrie moved around a good bit today, not in live practice, but in terms of the drills that we had. That’s a good sign,” Cavs coach David Blatt said. “He’s coming along. We’re not going to rush it, we’re being careful because we want him back on his feet full strength. But he did take a step forward today, no question.”

“I haven’t quite figured it out,” James said of which game he would skip. “I’m going to talk with coach and go from there. They’ve been managing it pretty good. I’m feeling pretty good right now and I want to continue that.”

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Links To The Present: All Hugs Edition

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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LeBron James was feuding with Chris Bosh and the Heat.  The Cavs and Heat were even trying to avoid each other in Brazil; furthermore, Bosh said LeBron is hard to play with, and ultimately, feelings were hurt.  Feelings are miraculously unhurt now.  Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel witnessed a true show of affection between the former Heat player and Chris Bosh.

James squashed the thoughts of their strained relationship with a hug at midcourt before Saturday’s tip-off between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers at HSBC Arena. The players supposedly were feuding once James announced he was leaving the Heat to return to the hometown Cavs. Both denied any rift.

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Pacific Division Preview

Friday, October 10th, 2014

 

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Who gets to make the next three?

The Pacific division looks better than it actually is on first view. However, when you really examine all the Pacific teams, it’s hard to see any of them making it to the finals. These teams are second tier at what they may do best. The Warriors might be able to run and get a bunch of threes, but the Thunder can run faster and probably shut some teams down on the defensive end. The Clippers have a hyper efficient offense led by the brainiac Chris Paul, but the Spurs offense is still better. Even the revamped Mavericks could challenge any team in the Pacific behind a Dirk led offense and Rick Adelman/Tyson Chandler anchored defense.

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Links To The Present: TV Deal Edition + Kyrie in a Walking Boot + Updates

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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The NBA has announced their new media deal with Turner Sports and ESPN.  From the 2015-2016 season all the way through the 2024-2025 season, the league will receive $24 billion.  The last deal only paid $7.5 billion, and it was over eight years.  The new deal means one thing for certain.  The cap is going to go up a large amount at some point; however, it isn’t clear when.  Larry Coon, the NBA salary cap professor, explained the new deal’s implications.

Since the salary cap is directly tied to revenues, this means we would expect the cap to increase significantly. The league sets the cap each year based on its projected revenues for the upcoming season. By the league’s convoluted salary-cap math, a $1.1 billion increase in national TV revenues would equate to a nearly $16 million jump in the 2015-16 salary cap, above and beyond its expected increase without the infusion of new TV money.

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Links To The Present: Dion’s Moxie Edition

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Dion Waiters isn’t planning on listening to unkind words this season. After John Wall suggested that the best best backcourt consisted of himself and Bradley Beal, Dion reacted. Waiters just said how he felt and who can blame him.

“That’s nonsense,” Waiters said after practice Tuesday. “(Beal is) supposed to say that, but I know deep down, he’s not messing with me and Ky (Kyrie Irving). I think me and Ky are the best backcourt, young backcourt. That’s all.”

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Not a (Cavs Scrimmage) Recap: Wine 66, Gold 52

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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The Cavs are back. And, the Austin Carr who has an infectious smile is also back.  When I turned on the stream tonight, he was the first person I noticed, and he looked happier than he has in any of the past four seasons.  His exuberance is definitely because LeBron James is back with a new friend, Kevin Love. (more…)

Links To The Present: Offense and Hair Edition

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Mike Miller and LeBron James have spoken about David Blatt’s offense, and they think it is going to be one of the best in the league.  Chris Fedor of The Northeast Ohio media group talked to Miller and LeBron on Sunday.

“His offensive stuff is borderline genius,” wing Mike Miller said following Monday’s practice. “It takes a little time, but you see why he’s done such a good job leading teams to championships. He’s a good coach.”

“It’s very free flowing and it’s going to be challenging for guys,” James said. “I can see it. Guys are kind of thinking through it a little too much, but I think when we get it there are so many different options. It’s live at every position and there’s a counter to everything a defense can do.”

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