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Smile Like You Mean It

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Dion Waiters has been playing a lot better the past few games, and Chris Haynes is reporting that it’s because he has had an attitude adjustment. The Neon man said that he was showing up to games heated.

“I would be mad before I even got in the game,” Waiters told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I was mad, [but] it is what it is.”

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Culty Catch Up: Second/All About D Edition

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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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

The Cavs are on an eight game win streak, and they have earned it. The wins against the Bucks, Knicks, and Raptors were by less than five points. The Raptors and Knicks games involved fourth quarter comebacks where the Good Guys held the opposition under 15 points for the final twelve minutes. The defense can get revved to the red when it needs to these days. Everyone is starting to notice. (more…)

Magic Mike Is Out

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Mike Miller, the man who sort of won the Bucks game for the Cavs the other night, received a concussion against the Knicks less than twenty-four hours ago. Dave McMenamin is reporting that Miller will miss the game against Toronto tonight and then will undergo some more tests to reevaluate his playing status for the Monday game against Brooklyn. There is no certain timeline for his return. Miller hasn’t been contributing much for the team on the floor, but he has been very active talking to guys when they come to the bench. If he doesn’t get to travel with the team or hangout, he will surely be missed.

The concussion happened after he was whistled for an offensive foul while shooting a three pointer with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony hit him with his arm closing out on the shot. You can watch the play here. It didn’t look like Miller was too shaken up at time of the play because he managed to walk it off and stay on the floor for another two minutes. Hopefully, Mike is okay and doesn’t shy away from trying to draw contact on the three shot in the future.

Attack of the Mid-Top

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Yesterday, it was revealed that the Cavs own Kyrie Irving is going to have a signature shoe drop from Nike on December 23rd. He is the only player outside of Kevin Durant to earn a shoe line from the Swoosh in the past ten years. This is just one more sign that the Wine & Gold franchise has really turned a corner. How many other teams have two guys with signature sneakers from one of the major companies?  (more…)

Recap: Cavaliers 111, Bucks 108 (or, The Paper Whisperer)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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The Cavs played a tough game against the Bucks last night and went to bed feeling lucky. They somehow pulled out a victory after giving up 19 turnovers for 21 points during their trot with the Deer. Kevin Love owned the first quarter scoring 17 points, but it was LeBron James’ ten assists and Kyrie Irving’s 28 points on 10-15 shooting that allowed the team to grab this win. The Bucks were led by Brandon Knight who did a great job of getting into the paint to grab 27 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in 37 minutes. Jabari Parker played a crucial role too scoring 22 points on 11-15 heaves. Time to examine how the Bucks gave this game away.

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Live Thread: Cavs Vs Bucks

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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The Bucks come into Cleveland tonight looking to bounce back after a 14 point loss to the Rockets. The Cavs need to continue their three game win streak and display above average defense against this young group. Milwaukee has been a surprise this season defending their way to 10 wins to earn the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference; they are allowing just 98.3 points a game, which is good for tenth in the league right now. They also rake up turnovers with their lankiness; teams are tossing it away 15.7 times a game against the Deer, that’s a top five number. (more…)

Recap: Cavaliers 109, Pacers 97 (or, Go Fast, Play Defense)

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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The Cavs came into this game looking to continue the defensive trend, and they definitely followed through on that goal. They held the Pacers to 39.3% shooting, and they managed to have LaVoy Allen named the top performer for Indiana with 10 points and eight rebounds. That isn’t a typo, no one on that team could get hot. The Wine & Gold defense is turning into a legitimate game changer. The offense wasn’t bad either; Kevin Love put up 28 points making 9-13 shots to go along with ten rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Time to break it down. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Pacers

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

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The Indiana Pacers come to take on the Wine & Gold tonight. They are still without Paul George and may be without Roy Hibbert too because of an ankle sprain. David West and CJ Watson returned to the lineup less than 30 hours ago picking up a win against the Orlando Magic. Their status is probable, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they sat out on the second night of a back-to-back.
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Culty Catch Up: First/Needing Matty Edition

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

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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.

First off, if you didn’t catch our Thanksgiving 5 on 5, check it out here. Highlights include the Cavs Thanksgiving parade with the inflatable Big Z arms float, the float of short-term Cavaliers, and a Cavs Christmas wish list.

During the Thanksgiving week, there aren’t many mind blowing NBA articles; however, I shoved aside my Turkey high, sort of how Tristan Thompson shoved John Wall to the ground (more on that later), and still managed to capture some interesting takes from the past seven days. Sheridan Hoops, the site that first broke the concept of LeBron James coming back to Cleveland, featured the Cavs prominently this week. Chris Bernucca’s weekly column dealt with the weaknesses of the King’s team. There’s a lot. Here’s one the national writers are currently noticing:

That is what gets teams into the playoffs and through the postseason wars. It is psychological as much as physical, and the Cavs don’t have a whole lot of depth in that area, either. Among their basic eight-man rotation, James and Marion are the only ones who have played in the playoffs this decade.

Love is in his seventh season and has played in any many postseason games as I have. So has Irving, a four-year veteran who sounded ridiculous when he said “I have been through the trenches” after Friday’s loss at Washington. Thompson was 74 games under .500 through his first three seasons. And while Varejao is a trusted trooper, he hasn’t been to the playoffs since James first left in 2010.

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Recap: Toronto 110, Cavs 93 (or, Why Can’t Games be One Quarter)

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

After outscoring the Raptors by thirteen in the first quarter because of ball movement, passable defense, and transition play, the Cavs abandoned most of those things for the next three quarters. This helped the Raptors claw their way to a two point lead by halftime and a seventeen point win at the end of 48 minutes. The Canadian guard were led by Lou Williams who insta-offensed himself to 36 points and lots of smiles from Dwane Casey. Let’s jump right into the game.

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