• ThreadCap: All Star Sunday (#TorchPass)
  • Live Thread: All Star Saturday (#TheBuzz)
  • From Distance: Cedi Bores and Other Things
  • Recap: New Jersey 148, Cleveland 139, 3OT (or, Beautiful Disaster)
  • Live Thread: Cavs vs Nets

Pre-Game Notes and Errata

In case you guys are getting worried and need comforting, today’s NBA Today Podcast features my sonorous and calming voice talking Hawks-Cavs business. Actually, I’m paranoid and have a swallowed voice. But listen anyways.  From the Rockets-Lakers series, quickly becoming the most exciting second-round series: Derek, 14-year veterans should not being forearm shivering hapless europeans. Huge lack of control there, and that should definitely be a suspension. I’m not sure…

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Recap: (11) if that number were smaller, I’d feel really, really, really good.

  Overview: After a first half that saw the Hawks keeping the game close, the Cavs pulled away in the second half behind a strong effort from MVP LeBron James, a sharp backcourt of Mo Williams and Delonte West, and a defense that held the Hawks to 72 points, with Joe Johnson only going for 11 points.  Cavs-Related Bullets: Before the game, the TNT crew was going over the pitfalls…

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On LeBron James’ MVP Award and thoughts from the press conference

  Sorry, internet troubles or this would’ve been up sooner. Thoughts from today’s MVP announcement and corresponding press conference, in the bullet form that I tend to prefer when writing after midnight:   -I know it was a foregone conclusion for a couple of weeks, but it’s still a good feeling to see LeBron actually have the award in his hands-after the last few votes, you never know what could…

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Double Announcement: LeBron James Set To Be Named MVP, Hawks Preview Chat @2 PM EST

First things first: it’s been a foregone conclusion for some time, but according to sources, LeBron James will be presented with his first MVP trophy today. Obviously, this is something that has been discussed at length, but I’ll have more thoughts on this after the press conference. (HT: Windhorst.) Secondly, stop by at 2 PM EST for a preview chat of the upcoming series with the fantastic Bret LaGree of…

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Giving Out Grades: Hipster Grifter Edition!

  Well, who else is going to get bored waiting for the Hawks and Heat to finish up their business? At least we all have Celtics/Bulls. Holy crap. Well, here are the grades for our first completed series, with a few random grades thrown in there as well: INC: JJ Hickson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Pavlovic, Tarence Kinsey: this year’s cuts from the 8-man playoff rotation. Good contributions, guys. Stay loose. …

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Recap: (12) LeBroomed.

    Overview: The Cavs simply overpowered the Pistons for a sweep, repeatedly getting to the line offensively and shutting down their starters on defense. The Cavs will now wait a week for their next-round matchup while the Pistons contemplate the end of an era. Cavs-Related Bullets: The broadcast team mentioned it during the contest, but games like this really are a testament to how LeBron James really is. It…

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Recap: (13) What doesn’t beat you makes

Overview: With the offense stalling considerably, the Cavaliers were able to outlast the Pistons through a stifling defense and a gritty 25/11/9 line from LeBron James in a defensive struggle that harkened back to the Cavaliers-Pistons battles of old.  Cavs-Related Bullets:  Offensively, this was not a pretty game by any means. All of our new offensive wrinkles that are supposed to give us looks beyond LeBron driving the whole were…

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Stock Up, Stock Down: Now Featuring Upsets!

‘   Stock Up:  Chauncey Billups, who has the highest PER of anyone in the playoffs and is absolutely annihilating the Hornets by himself right now. The Hornets’ only chance was that they were supposed to have the best player on the floor. Home-court advantage- the Jazz and Mavericks looked like completely different teams tonight with their own crowd behind them, which goes against some of the mythology-shattering early in…

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Recap: (14) Really? Is this all we have to be concerned with?

  Overview: Behind a stifling defense and sparkling performances from James, West, and Williams, the Cavs manhandled the Pistons into submission through the first three quarters, only to give the Pistons a breath of life by getting outscored 17-32 in the final quarter. The final outcome, however, was only in any sort of conceivable peril for a fleeting moment. Cavs-Related Bullets: More of LeBron just wanting to destroy everyone. 17…

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Two Quick Things That You Should Know

This doesn’t fit into a full post, but I feel it deserves mention: If you don’t think John Hollinger performs a valuable service, you’re dumb. It’s that simple.  Checking his playoff stats page, I noticed something that jumped off the page a wee bit: LeBron James had an absolutely fantastic game against Detroit, and as such his PER currently stands at 48.64. That you’d expect. However, Hollinger has added two…

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Report: Mike Brown Named Coach of the Year

Three quick points on this one: 1. Other than Most Improved Player of the Year, which is a completely nebulous and pointless award, Coach of the Year is definitely the most vaguely defined of the major awards. If I had to give it a working definition, I’d go with “coach of a team who surpassed its expectations the most.” That makes a bit of sense, but in a way it’s…

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