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Recap: Cleveland 108, Thunder 98

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

In a not a very emphatic win, the Wine & Gold hit 16 threes, gave up only ten points off turnovers, and allowed the Thunder to shoot just 39% from the field. Notice, I said allowed and not held. This was a game where the team that wanted to win probably could have asserted themselves and got the “W” very easily. Fortunately, the Thunder didn’t buckle down, and the Cavs had the edge from the three point line. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Thunder

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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Dion Waiters is coming to Cleveland to battle against LeBron James and the Cavaliers today. Except, Dion probably wouldn’t phrase it that way. He would say Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going into the King’s house.

Waiters seems to have found a spot on the Thunder. He knows he isn’t better than their two stars. On the Cavs, Dion often stated and showed in subtle ways he thought he was better than Kyrie Irving. He may have been at times, but the way he manifested this attitude was by taking ill-thought shots, sulking, and demanding the ball from everyone to make up for perceived slights.

I’m not sure why Dion has fallen in line. Even in his first game with the Thunder against the Jazz, he did what he was asked to do so well that Scott Brooks praised his defense and tenacity. How often did that happen in Cleveland outside of myself and a few bloggers really wanting a legitimate reason to love Dion so much?

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Recap: Cavaliers 106, Jazz 92 (Or, Too Much Everything)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
The Cavs served the Jazz a simple two course dinner.

The Cavs served the Jazz a simple two course dinner.

The Cavs invited Utah into the Q tonight for a basketball dinner. Gordan Hayward really thought it wouldn’t be a mean meeting, but he was in for a surprise. The King’s a bully. The Cavs ran the “all fast break all the time offense” and the “feed people to Mozgov because big Russians want to destroy little men” defense. This two course dinner was exactly what every Cavs fan wants to see served up all the time. The Wine & Gold held the Jazz to 41.7% shooting while scoring 22 points on the break. The whole team delivered this meal with the delicate touch of a waiter working somewhere where the dinner bill warrants a fifty dollar tip. Nothing was forgotten tonight, as all five starters scored above fifteen points for the second game in a row. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Jazz

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Remember that shot? Remember the night Gordan Hayward looked better than LeBron James did? Let’s hope the Cavs do. This game is a great chance for the Wine & Gold to avenge an early season loss where they played so badly that they made 32 free throws and still never had a sizable lead. (more…)

Culty Catch Up: Finding The Cavs

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
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The elbow area of the floor has been so empty and cold lately.

Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Earl’s Pearl of the Week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

Throughout life people are constantly trying to find themselves. It’s a day-to-day process and encompasses all sorts of choices. For example, a few days ago I was sporting a homeless man sized beard and was having a facial hair crisis. I felt fierce when I looked in the mirror and was able to realistically contemplate putting beads of some form near my face. My beard was full of possibilities; however, I also realized that it’s not right to let people stare at me and wonder if I’m homeless

So I went to the barber shop. After twenty minutes, I walked out with a smooth face. I felt jolly. And, since the Cavs won that night and the next night against the Clippers, I have decided that that’s a sign I made the right choice. I found myself that day at the shop, even if it was just a tiny bit. That discovery may change though (maybe when the Cavs lose again or I stare at this photo too long) and that’s okay. Everything is constantly changing. Hopefully, the King understands that. (more…)

Recap: Suns 107, Cavs 100 (Or, Effort Is Cool, J.R Smith is too)

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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The Suns gave the Cavs solar retinopathy for two and a half quarters from shining so bright. They shot 57% in the first half and kept punishing the King’s Men every single time Cleveland decided that playing defense on pick and rolls was for squares and guys on minimum contracts. Eventually, the Wine & Gold changed their tune; they played a little defense and hit some threes ending the third quarter on an 18-5 to make the game competitive. Markieff Morris led the Suns the whole game and made sure the Cavs still got a little sun burned down the stretch no matter the outcome. He had 35 points on 15-21 shooting to go with 7 rebounds. At the end of 48 minutes, the Suns shot 53%. LeBron James led the Cavs with 33 points, but more importantly, he had some vicious dunks that reminded me of 2010. J.R. Smith had the most timely buckets and shot 8-14 from three to finish the night with 29 points.  (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs @ Suns

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Eric Bledsoe, Kyrie Irving

The Cavs have another West coast game, but this won’t be the same team we have all grown accustomed to watching over the past two weeks. King James is finally returning to action. It has been rumored that he hasn’t felt himself all season. As of right now, it has not been rumored that the King will return and still be super frail. I’m taking that to mean that he will once again be the high flying, ball swatting, bag of basketball sexiness I witnessed during the first few years of his career. Yay, optimism. Nate has some thoughts on tonight’s game that can be found here. (more…)

Recap: Kings 103 Cavs 84 (Or, 36 Minutes of Garbage Time)

Monday, January 12th, 2015

This loss was an especially tough one to witness. My PTSD from watching four years of LeBron James less Cavs triggered some pretty dark thoughts. This one was the scariest: “Pau Gasol scored 46 points for the Bulls two nights ago, and he’s not even their best player. I even lived in Chicago for a few years. Being born and raised in a city doesn’t really mean that much.” I’m here though and recapping, so I guess I’m still a fan.

The Cavs reverted to good old isolation ball as the mode of offense this game, and defensively, they refused to try. It was pathetic. DeMarcus Cousins boogied his way to 26 points on 11-23 shooting, and also had four steals, three blocks, and 13 rebounds. He made hook shots, drained jump shots, and whipped cross-court passes with five guys crashing to the paint to stop him. He even completed more fast breaks than the Cavs guards did. His partner in crime, Rudy Gay, added 23 points and did a little posting up of his own to show his wide range of non-Toronto appropriate basketball skills. When it was all finished, the Kings looked efficient mixtaping the Cavs in transition and letting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love beat themselves with poor shooting and high turnover performances. This was a well deserved loss. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs @ Kings

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Mozgov practicing primal screaming to get relaxed for the game tonight.

Timofey Mozgov practicing primal screaming to get relaxed for the game tonight.

The Cavs are taking a ride to the Sleep Train tonight to do battle against DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. It will be a a test game for Timofey Mozgov, as he will be asked to stop the league’s most efficient center in Boogie.

This season DeMarcus is posting a PER of 26.33, which is the sixth best in the league, and he has been putting up 23.8 points a game to go with 12.3 rebounds. He’s also almost getting two blocks a game. He will provide a matchup issue if Timofey gets into foul trouble early on.

Fortunately for the Cavs, they have a matchup advantage almost everywhere else against the Kings. At the small forward spot, Rudy Gay can be problematic, but he can also shoot Sacramento into oblivion. The Kings also are giving up 103.9 points a game, while the Cavs a giving up 99.8 right now. The Cavs just win on paper automatically, right.  (more…)

Culty Catch Up: Fifth/Exes Edition

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Dion’s Neon Man Of The week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

It’s been two weeks since I’ve given an update, and a lot has changed for the Cavs. Dion Waiters is now an ex and has been replaced with a shiny new streak shooter who likes to untie shoes named J.R. Smith and someone who will replace Anderson Varejao as the two-thirds of a season man if he stays on the team, Iman Shumpert. It’s rebounding time for the Cavs, so they aren’t with just two new people. They also picked up a hot Russian side piece named Timofey Mozgov. This breakup is one that will hopefully lead to greater things for all parties involved. This week’s catch up is going to look at some pieces that deal with exes, renewed relationships, and new flings. It’s time for me to summon my inner Maury Povich. (more…)