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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.

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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.

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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.

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Live Thread: Wizards vs Cavaliers

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Only five days after getting crushed in our nation’s capitol, the Cleveland Cavaliers have an opportunity to exact revenge on a very balanced Wizards squad. The Cavs were held to 36% shooting in the first meeting. Kevin Love had a game to forget notching a mere eight points while committing four turnovers. The Wizards have a beautiful blend of youth and veteran savvy. Professor Andre Miller and Paul Pierce provide fantastic leadership to the explosive Washington backcourt(we won’t get into superlatives with Dion in earshot).

Washington comes off a tough loss to the Hawks at home. They will again be without the services of their Brazilian bigman, Nene. The Cavaliers pulled themselves out of the miserable four game losing streak by thumping the Orlando Magic. Will the Cavs avenge last weeks’ loss? Fire away.

Recap: Cavaliers 106, Magic 74 (Or, Defense Makes Grown Men Giggle)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Cavaliers held the Orlando Magic under 37% shooting in a quintessential “get well” game. The Wine and Gold played with far more sustained intensity on both ends of the floor en route to a 32 point victory. LeBron James scored or assisted on 32 of the Cavaliers’ first 48 points. The Cavs racked up 30 assists on 42 field goals. It was the type of win that makes coaches sleep well at night.

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Live Thread: Magic vs Cavaliers

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Orlando Magic come into The Q feeling relatively good about themselves. Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic continues to develop while averaging nearly 20 and 12 on the young season. New teammate Evan Fournier, acquired in the Arron Afflalo deal, has provided surpringly effective playmaking at guard. Second leading scorer, Tobias Harris will be a gametime decision after missing Saturday’s loss to the Heat. Harris is one of the few wing players who has the size to match LeBron. Cavs: The Blog favorite, Victor Oladipo has been quietly solid since his return from the facial fracture surgery.

Much has been made of the Cavaliers’ three game losing streak. The Cavs should be absolutely desperate to bounce back at home. Fire away!

 

Recap: Nuggets 106, Cavaliers 97 (Or, Sniff, Cough, Nothing to See Here )

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

 

Monday night’s NBA game at Quicken Loans Arena featured a streaking home team fresh off a magical shooting display. The Cleveland Cavaliers were rounding into shape. The projected offensive juggernaut increased its scoring output in four consecutive games culminating in the complete annihilation of the Atlanta Hawks. Cleveland’s opponent was a disappointing team¬†which had recently lost six in a row. The Denver Nuggets’ lone victory after opening day had come against an Indiana team featuring Donald Sloan. To say that this had the potential to be a “trap game” would have been a supreme understatement.

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Nuggets

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Remember me?

 

Denver fans miss George Karl slightly more than Cavalier fans miss Mike Brown. The Nuggets come into The Q with a 2-7 record and a particularly boring brand of basketball. Brian Shaw is already on a slightly warm seat after an early season six game losing streak.

The Cavaliers began their four game run in The Mile High City. Though they will probably not make their first 11 threes of the game, the Cavs should extend their streak to five.

Prediction: 114-98 Cavs

Bonus: Randy Foye will drop 25