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Recap: Cavaliers 126, Clippers 121(Or, The Boys are All Grown Up)

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

The Cavs finished off a Staples Center Sweep with another high scoring affair. With Kevin Love a late scratch with back tenderness, Tristan Thompson rejoined the starting lineup at the power forward spot. LeBron James in his third game since returning from injury(rest) approached a quadruple double. But is was Kyrie Irving who shone the most brightly on an evening full of stars(I might like Billy Crystal more than Jack Nicholson). Transition defense was a rarity as the teams combined for 56 fast break points. Let’s get to it.


Recap: Sixers 95, Cavaliers 92(Or, Stop Asking About Dion, There is an NBDL Game On!)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Let’s be honest. Most Cavalier fans didn’t watch this game very closely. Once Joe Harris got the start for Dion Waiters, fans immediately began to scour the internet for info. Was this another National Anthem thing? Did Blatt decide at the last second to maintain Dion’s 6th Man mentality? Wait, where are Lou and Alex? Is there a Trade!?! When Dion’s cousin began to tweet, things got more interesting away from the hardwood. Check out our emergency pod for more on last night’s craziness. As for the game, I watched this ridiculous affair twice so you didn’t have to. You are welcome.


Live Thread: Cavaliers at Sixers

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Nothing says “woulda coulda shoulda” like the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cavs easily could have had both Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. Whatever poison you cared to pick was there for the taking. In back to back drafts, the Sixers choose the path most easily covered by tread. One can easily see the logic in choosing high ceiling bigmen. One can even defend the selections by pointing to Nerlens Noel’s relative success as a rookie. Regardless of your opinion on tanking developing young players, the Sixers have sacrificed wins for the development of young talent. The Cavaliers and David Blatt(who got a vote of confidence that wasn’t a vote of confidence) desperately need what Philly is cooking.

With Kyrie, LeBron and Andy(forever) out of the lineup, the Wine and Gold will look for a circa 2013 game from Kevin Love. Dion Waiters will get the opportunity to run the team for the first time since his successful stretch to finish last season. Sound off.

Recap: Cavaliers 98, Magic 89(Or, Just Keep Doing That)

Friday, December 26th, 2014

The Cavaliers climbed back from a mild deficit to defeat a young Orlando Magic squad. The Magic have some fantastic pieces with which to work, but without a dominant player, and very short on shooting, they struggle to finish games. This one was no different. Orlando scorched the nets in the first quarter setting a season high in points and percentage. Cleveland took the body blows and rallied behind the strong performances of LeBron James, Dion Waiters and Kevin Love.


Live Thread: Cavs at Magic

Friday, December 26th, 2014

In what may end up being the least watched game of the young season, the Cavaliers look to bounce back against the Orlando Magic on the road. With Anderson Varejao on the shelf for the rest of the 2014-2015 season, Tristan Thompson is tasked with manning the middle. TT will get the start after David Blatt’s small ball experiment against the Heat ended in flames. The Cavalier bigman has an opportunity to make himself some serious money if he can prove that his positive minutes off the bench can translate to the starting role. The Magic have some nice young pieces, but not enough shooting to be a playoff contender as of yet. Sound off.

Recap: Pelicans 119, Cavaliers 114 (Or, May I Escort You to the Bucket?)

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

The Cavaliers completed their tough four in five night stretch by dropping two straight on the road. Cleveland fans were relieved to have both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup against superstar Anthony Davis. Though the Browed future of the league left the game early, the Pelicans still were able to avenge their loss in Cleveland. Let us get to it.


Live Thread: Cavaliers at Pelicans

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The Cavaliers look to rebound on the second night of a road back-to-back. Without LeBron James, Cleveland dropped a tough game to an OKC Thunder team desperate for every win. Unlike the Thunder, the Cavaliers’ next opponent was without huge preseason expectations.

Anthony Davis is on his way to becoming the NBA’s most dominant player. Though his Pelican team is still unlikely to make the playoffs in the loaded West, Davis continues to evolve into a legit MVP candidate. Currently sporting a PER of roughly 213 bagillion (32.97), the third year pro has improved in nearly every conceivable way. The arc on his jumper hydrates deserts. He doesn’t skate out of position on rotation defense. His off the dribble game has more confidence. Davis is currently the best player in the league.

Fortunately for the Cavs, The Brow doesn’t bring many talented friends to the party. Eric Gordon is out(which is the case whether he suits up or not). Tyreke Evans, though better, is still a one trick pony. Omer Asik has liberated Davis from consistently manning the center position, but is a limited contributor offensively. Ok, you’re right, Ryan Anderson is legitimately terrifying.

…and as of 7:20 It looks like LeBron, Kyrie, and their balky knees are cleared to play. The Cavaliers should have the depth of talent to take out the Pels for the second time this season — no win for the brow.

Recap: Cavaliers 105, Raptors 101 (Or, Italian for “Of the Widow”!!!!!)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

In what may have been the most fun win of the season, the Cavaliers fought back from multiple 14 point deficits to top the Raptors for the second time in three early season meetings. After giving up 47 points in the first 16 minutes of the contest and a season high 63 in the first half, the Cavs finished the game on a 20-6 scoring run. LeBron led the team with 35 points on 21 shots, but the victory was secured by the gritty second half defense of Tristan Thompson and Mathew Dellavedova.


Live Thread: Raptors at Cavs

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Cavaliers look to extend their winning streak against the Toronto Raptors. This will be the third meeting already between the two projected playoff teams. The Drakes are still without DeMar DeRozan as he recovers from a torn groin. Ouch. Kyrie Irving versus Kyle Lowry is always a good time. James Johnson is one of the few people on the planet who seems to actively enjoy defending LeBron.

Fire away.

Recap: Cavaliers 113, Wizards 87 (Or, “Get Your Hands Up and Out)

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The Cavaliers gave the hometown faithful plenty to cheer about during a thorough dismantling of the Washington Wizards. The Wine and Gold were eager to build on their big victory over Orlando. More importantly, the Cavs wished to avenge the bad loss they suffered in DC. Cavalier energy was turned to eleven in some defensive sequences leading to 13 steals. The Clevelanders killed it in transition outscoring the Wiz 17-2. LeBron led the way with 29, 10 boards, and eight assists as the point man. Let’s break it down for those who were busy catching up with old friends at the local bar.