Recap: Sacramento 129, Cleveland 110 (or, the Worst)

2018-12-08

Much like Wednesday’s battle against the Dubs, The Cavs hung with the Kings for two and a half quarters before getting blown out and outscored by 19 in the second half. The Cavs’ six man rotation wasn’t able to hold up long enough mentally and physically to hang with De’Aaron Fox and and Buddy Hield who combined for 55 on 33 shots, including going 9-13 from downtown. If not for…

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Recap: Toronto 106, Cleveland 95 (or, Get Mean or Get “Sonned”)

2018-12-02

Cleveland fought the Kyle Lowry-less Raptors and the officials Saturday in a game that saw Toronto take advantage of a Cleveland energy lull to go on a 21-3 run in less than six minutes of the mid third quarter. The Cleveland bench almost brought the team back, as they Cut a Toronto lead that had once been 21 to just six in the early fourth. The Claw (Kawhi Leonard) and…

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Raptors

2018-12-01

It’s a tall order for the Cavs, tonight. Cleveland looks to bounce back from a moribund loss to Boston while the Raptors are coming off an overtime victory against the defending NBA champion Warriors. Yeah, the Raps look the best team in the Association right now, with Kawhi gunning for his first NBA MVP, Kyle Lowry leading all players in assists, and Paskal Siakam locking down most improved player award….

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Live Thread: Cavs vs. Timberwolves

2018-11-26

The Wolves roam into town tonight having won five of their last seven since the Jimmy Butler trade. Now there are only a couple of winning teams in that win column, but Cleveland can’t take them lightly. The Wolves are at full health, and Townes, especially, has been killing it lately. Karl-Anthony is fresh off posting a 35/22/6 and +17 night against the Bulls, so TT and Larry are going…

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Recap: Los Angeles Lakers 109, Cleveland 105 (or, Return of the King, Return of the Cedi)

2018-11-22

The Cavs led most of the way through the King’s return to the Q, and then lost in the waning moments when their offense mostly abandoned them. They couldn’t hit key shots, and couldn’t overcome a couple calls that didn’t go their way. Cleveland played inspired basketball from start to finish, and L.A. imported some south beach chill mode for three quarters before out-executing Cleveland down the stretch. Now when…

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Lakers (Prophecies and Revelations)

2018-11-21

None of my fallacious predictions bother me, but I am haunted by the articles I never wrote. In late November 2016, I hemmed and hawed on writing about LeBron James, Phil Jackson, and The King’s indigence over the Zen Master’s “posse” comments. My premise was to be that LeBron’s issue with Phil’s diction represented a larger problem: that LeBron’s and the left of center NBA’s quibbling over word choice echoed…

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Live Thread: Cavs @ Pistons

2018-11-19

Here we go again. After four days off for Cleveland, and a whoppung fuve days off for Detroit, two rested squads square off at Little Ceaser’s Arena. For the Cavs, Larry is still starting at the four and looks to go against Blake Griffin, while TT will take on Drummond. On the injury front, the Cavs are missing Hill, Dekker, and Love while Detroit is missing only Luke Kennard. Lets…

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On the GL: Scouting the Charge

2018-11-12

As the Cavs were taking on the Bulls, Saturday night, I traveled to downtown Canton to take in the Charge home opener. The Cavs’ G-League little brother, The Canton Charge, took down Atlanta’s affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks, 116-112 in a haphazard affair that saw no less than seven technical free throws, five delay of game calls, and 45 turnovers. It’s a whole different atmosphere down in the GL. There’s a…

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Podcap: Oklahoma City 96, Cleveland 86 (or, Milquetoast Motivators)

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2018-11-08

After trailing by as much as 16 in the early third quarter, Cleveland came all the way back to lead by two with six minutes left. OKC rallied to hold the wine and gold to just four points for the rest of the game while Dennis Schöder scored seven down the stretch to bring the Thunder the win. The umlaut finished with a game high 28 points on 19 shots…

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Live Thread: Cavs vs. Thunder

2018-11-07

Buckle up, Cavs fans. On paper, this looks like another winnable game against an ailing squad. Do-everything guard, Russell Westbrook is out with a bum ankle, and noted Cavs killer, Dennis Schröeder looks to start for OKC. The umlaut is also known as Schroeder’s cat around these parts, because he only seems to play well when we’re looking. The rest of the time, he stinks. In other news, the Cavs…

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Recap: Denver 110, Cleveland 91 (or, “A four! A four! My Kingdom for a four!”)

2018-11-02

After jumping on the Nuggets with a 27-15 first quarter, the Cavs got bushwacked. Denver turned the tables in the second, outscoring the Cavs 35-15, and then put the game away in the third. Juancho Jernangomez, who’d been inactive the night before, finished with 23 points and five triples for the Nuggets who looked a couple of orders of magnitude better as a team than Atlanta. The Cavs have a…

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Live Thread: Cavs vs. Nuggets

2018-11-01

The Nuggets are in the Q tonight, and you know what that means: one of Cleveland’s favorite sons is back in town. That’s right, Mark Price returns to town as a Nuggets assistant. With Mark in the ranks, is it any wonder that Denver at 6-1 is one of the biggest early season surprises in the NBA. The Nuggets are coming off a last second overtime win in Chicago last…

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