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Links to the Present: Cold Edition

Tuesday, February 24th, 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 notable reads/videos from the past seven days to get you through the day 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.

This edition of links is called “Cold” because it’s just cold out today. I woke up this morning and read Andrew Schnitkey’s “While We’re Waiting” column on Waiting For Next Year. He notes that today is the coldest day of the year yet in Ohio. I, living in North Carolina, obviously thought that this cold would not reach me. Yet, it has. I checked my email and learned that it’s panic time in my little city. My work is having its second snow day in a week, and the rest of the city is equally troubled. I must note these two snow days have occurred because of six total inches of snow over ten hours. It’s also 24 degrees here. The South isn’t Northeast, Ohio, weather-wise, but I’m still going to pretend it is. So, if you’re inside because of the elements, enjoy these distractions because you have nothing better to do. If you’re somewhere warm, enjoy these pieces because you truly care about the NBA and the Cavs. (more…)

Recap: Cavs 101, Knicks 83 (Or, What Happens if You Have to Start Your Bench)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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The Cavs picked up an easy win against the Knicks. The Wine & Gold led by as many as 30 points and held New York to 37% from the field. J.R. Smith stuffed the stat sheet this afternoon getting 17 points on 7-11 shots to go with four assists, two blocks, and a steal. The Knicks received their best play from Lou Amundson and Quincy Acy. Amundson had ten points on ten shots to go with three offensive and three defensive boards. Acy had 11 points hitting 4-10 heaves and pulling down three offensive and two defensive rebounds. Those two guys played fine games, and if they were featured behind a premier scorer, they might have helped the Knicks to remain competitive today. That was not the case as they both played over ten minutes a piece. Let’s see what happens when a team starts five guys that wouldn’t see the floor for the Cavs. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs @ Knicks

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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The Cavs are taking on the Knicks today at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are without top scorer Carmelo Anthony (24.2 ppg), who is out for the season due to knee surgery, and top rebounder Amar’e Stoudemire (6.8 rebounds), who was bought out because he just didn’t feel New York anymore and New York wasn’t feeling his salary. In their places, Cleanthony Early and Lou Amundson, respectively, are now starting. (more…)

Recap: Cavs 113, Heat 93 (Or, the last Eastern Conference Foe to Fall)

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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The Cavs played outstanding team basketball tonight; 72% of their shots were assisted. They played stellar defense too, holding the Heat to 40% shooting from the field, even after giving the ball away 15 times and letting the Heat sprint on a 21-7 run in the second quarter. The Good Guys just could not be contained and had a sixteen point lead at the end of the third quarter. With the win over the Heat, the Cavs have defeated every team in the East at least once. This was the first win against Miami in a long time. (Miami was missing D. Wade) There’s something special going on at the Q these days, and sloppy segments of basketball can’t stop it. Let’s check it out. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Miami

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Revenge is a dish best served in Cleveland. The last time the Cavs met the Heat was on Christmas Day in Miami, and they lost, 101-91. The Wine & Gold have been on a kill streak lately and are looking to continue revenging losses from earlier in the season. I’m sure LeBron James wants to make this a statement game and show he has no fears playing in emotional situations. (more…)

Recap: Pacers 103, Cavs 99 (Or, Sometimes You Make Yourself Lose)

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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The Cavs win streak is over, and it’s largely thanks to their own actions and those of CJ Miles. The King’s men opened up the first two quarters ahead of the Pacers because they managed to shoot fifty percent from the field and 3-line with just four turnovers. LeBron James also took advantage of some great matchups to iso the Pacers to death for stretches. The second half the Cavs took 25 3-pointers and made just six of them, while the Pacers were 4-10 from the beyond the arc and had seven steals. Down the stretch the Cavs weren’t able to and didn’t really want to get any easy points off cuts or drives, which let the Pacers secure the win. It also helped that CJ Miles had a 16 point fourth quarter. The Wine & Gold seemed gassed as the night went on. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs @ Pacers

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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The Cavs are in Naptown tonight to face a slightly less depleted Pacers team. Paul George is still out, but point guard George Hill recently returned and brought a little stability to the team. The Pacers have pulled out wins in three of their last five games and have won their last eight home games. While Indiana sports a record of 18 wins and 32 losses, they are still playing properly. They hold teams to a top ten ranking 97.2 points on 44% shooting; they also allow just 20.8 heaves from beyond the arc, which is sixth best in the league. (more…)

Live Thread: Cavs Vs 76ers

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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Tonight is a crucial game for the Cavaliers and this blog. The Cavs are trying to continue their revenge tour by avenging their 95-92 loss to the 76ers on January 5th. Last meeting the Cavs blew a 17 point lead with both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James not playing. Nonetheless, that  isn’t an excuse for the Cavs poor execution. Especially since Kevin Love put up 28 points and had 19 rebounds that night. This game will be the fully loaded edition, as all three Cleveland stars will be dominating along with recently acquired game changers Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith. All three new guys are arguably better than anyone the Sixers will put on the floor tonight. It’s mind blowing to think how much the roster has changed in just one month.

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Links to the Present: Win Streaks

Monday, February 2nd, 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 Earl’s Pearl of the Week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

First things first, make sure you check out the TrueHoop Network Round Up here. Each week a TrueHoop blog is going to host a round up of the best content on the ESPN Blog network. Definitely check out this week because there is special 3-on-3 to discuss the All-Star selections.
 
Second, this Grantland piece by Ben Detrick is a must read. “J.R. in Cleveland: An Ohio Nightlife Guide for the Famous NYC Party Animal,” is a precocious entry into the canon of Cleveland sports journalism. It includes gems about “hanging out with Bone Thugs” and visiting Cleveland’s more pastoral surroundings.

Instead of distributing favs, likes, and pipe, via DM, he [J.R.] could escape on a scenic day trip to Amish country, where bearded farmers who look like Mark Eaton furrow the fields.

But on to more pressing matters. Right now the Hawks hold the longest win streak in the NBA at 19 wins. The Cavs are plowing along though with a ten game win streak of their own. Both of these teams are in the much weaker Eastern conference; however, each of them has faced their share of Western foes and been successful in their own way. The Hawks have a 13-2 record against the West, and they have looked dominant for much of the season, while the Cavs have an 11-11 record against the West side. Recently though, the Cavs have earned eight of their last 10 wins against the West.

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Recap: Cleveland 99, Portland 94 (Or, I AM KYRIE, HEAR ME ROAR)

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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“I am Kyrie, hear me roar,

With a three stroke too great to ignore,

And I score too much to go back and pretend,

Cause I’ve heard all before,

I’ve been on the ground, restricted part of the floor,

And, no one’s ever gonna stop my threes again!”

Kyrie started the night 0-7 and then proceeded to shoot 17-29 from the field on his way to a career high 55 points. He willed in 11 three pointers on 19 attempts, and had 16 of the Cavs final 20 points. And, boy is his back sore. Kevin Love scored ten points in the first quarter and nothing the rest of the game. Timofey was the second leading scoring getting just 12 points. The craziest stat of all: Irving had just three turnovers. The Blazers really put up a fight, led by LaMarcus Aldridge. He scored 38 points on 13-23 shooting and had 11 rebounds. He even made two threes. (more…)