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Feeling Cavalier in Spain; Opening Weekend

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The inaugural FIBA World Cup is officially underway. Two days of group play has yielded relatively expected results: USA and Spain look dominant, Goran Dragic is hilariously fun to watch, Iran isn’t very good at bringing the ball up and the talented Brazilian frontline will challenge Spain’s for bigman bragging rights. That is all very good. But, as stated in the preview, this series is dedicated to the Cavaliers.

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Being a shadow of one’s former self can be a good thing.

Kyrie got the start and played solid ball against Finland. The Finnish guards are so weak that Irving didn’t really have to break out his Team USA defensive stance. To be honest, he looked “regular season Cavs” in this one, but it’s hard to blame him. Kyrie was a totally different player against Turkey. For large stretches of this heavily contested game, Kyrie controlled pace, (perhaps to fault; he still loves walking that ball up) and played hard-nosed all around ball.

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Feeling Cavalier in Spain; FIBA World Cup

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As Spain is rather famous for swashbuckling and suave cavaliers, it seems only fitting that the Cleveland Cavaliers will play important roles for their respective international teams in the Inaugural FIBA World Cup. Let’s hope the young Cavs (let’s just pretend Andy is young) will focus more on crisp ball swings and active defense than seducing a Zerlina or taking out a troublesome commendatore. (Cavs: The Blog: your random source of operatic entertainment.)

In this series of FIBA coverage, I will focus predominantly on the performance of the Cavaliers participating in the Cup. You don’t need me to remind you that Spain’s front court is ridiculously stacked with the Gasols and Ibaka dwarfing the USA bigmen, or that Greece’s backcourt will be ridiculously entertaining with the Greek Freak and Nick Calathes handling the ball. (For more on that, read Grantland’s preview). Instead, this space will be devoted to Cleveland Cavalier performance.

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Not a (Team USA) Recap: Team USA 95, Brazil 78 (or, Yes Please!)

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

We have finally reached the point in the NBA dead season that the venerable Zach Lowe is breaking down Space Jam. I love cartoon Muggsy Bogues as much as the next guy, but I would much rather watch our very own Sideshow Bob take on Uncle Drew, albeit in a game with much smaller ramifications. The friendly scrimmage between Team USA and Brazil provided some real basketball relief and a delightful peak into 2014-2015 Cavalier ball.

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LeBron Quick Takes

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Seems wasteful to exert much energy over the LeBron to CLE rumors until something more permanent starts to take shape.  As a person with access to zero “sources” it makes even less sense.  We’re analysts, fans, and supporters, not insiders.  But, I’ve had plenty of thoughts and conversations about all the rumblings lately.  I thought I’d share them.

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On everyone’s emotions:

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Cavs: the Podcast 0050 – New Coach, New Draft, Same Podcast

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

nba-draft_532x290_v3First – congrats on the entire C:tB team – we’ve reached 50 podcasts!  Thanks to all our listeners who have supported us over the last two (or three?) years.

Can you believe it – we’re a mere FOUR days from the 2014 NBA draft!  Embiid is injured, Blatt is the head coach, and no one (including the front office) has a clue WHAT to do with the number one overall pick.  Nate, Ben, and I do, though.  So we hopped on the line to discuss the new head coach hire, who the Cavs should draft (and whether or not they should trade the pick), what will happen to Embiid, and what other surprises the draft holds.

The podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0050-new-coach-new-draft-same-podcast

So Long For Now

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

I am largely stepping away from Cavs:the Blog. The primary reason is time constraints, mainly my kids, both of whom have outgrown naps, and also my increased job responsibilities.  I also try to exercise occasionally and co-started another NBA blog, gotbuckets.com. I can’t find enough opportunities to contribute to C:tB, and without solid time investment, don’t want to let the other writers down.  Time to regroup and retool with me out of the way.

Writing here provided a fun outlet for three years, even though the Cavs struggled.  Hopefully recent front office and coaching changes finally put the franchise on the right track.  I liked a lot of the moves the team made in 2011 and 2012, so if they can unwind the missteps of 2013, the upcoming season can be the entertaining, exciting campaign that was hoped for this past summer.

Thanks to John Krolik for offering the opportunity to be a “Draft Expert” in 2011.  Also much credit to Colin McGowan for being an asshole and giving constructive writing tips.   Thanks to Tom Pestak and Nate Smith for venturing into gotbuckets.com with me.  Finally, thanks to anyone who took a minute to read anything I wrote.

I’ll still be watching and rooting for the Cavs.  Hopefully 2014 – 2015 brings big things.

The 2014 Playoffs – What does the First Round mean for the Cavs?

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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The first round of the NBA playoffs were bananas.  So much overtime, so many game sevens.  The critical question lost in all that spectacular basketball though is, “what does it mean for the Cavs”?  I will briefly look at each series in the Eastern Conference and make one glass half full and one glass half empty conclusion from each first round playoff series.

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Not a Recap: Boston 111, Cleveland 99

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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Just like the actual Cavaliers, the Cavs:the Bloggers have checked out for the regular season; working on our spring / summer plans, like mowing our lawns, cleaning up the grill, etc.

The actual Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the 25-win Boston Celtics last night.  Even worse, they trailed by 31 after three quarters in Cleveland to the 25-win Boston Celtics.  It’s a really convenient excuse to say, “these games don’t matter”.  But they really have no implications for the Bucks or Celtics either.  Those teams & players decided to compete for one reason or another.  Pride or competitive drive or the desire to do well at their jobs…something.  The previous thirty games had been relatively encouraging, but apparently this team has no interest in sending the franchise / fan base into the summer with any warm & fuzzy feelings.  Instead, the team heads into another pivotal summer, again in the lottery, and again potentially suffering from a spectacular array of end of season not-giving-a-crap.

There is one more game.  In Cleveland.  Against a Brooklyn team that may be resting everyone, trotting out their 9th through 15th men.  Hopefully the Cavs show up and play with some pride and beat the Nets’ scrubs.  I know the outcome doesn’t matter, but to me, winning seems a lot better than the alternative.

#CavsRank #6 is Mr. Cavalier, Austin Carr

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Cleveland Jackson at Stepien Rules, who ranked Austin Carr the #1 Cavalier of all time, gives a heartfelt tribute to Mr. Cavalier:

“He is the living breathing heart that beats again and again for us, with us.”

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#CavsRank Introduction and Authors

#20: Mo Williams & Nate Thurmond by Carter Rodriguez, Real Cavs Fans.
#19: Craig Ehlo by David Zavac, Fear the Sword.
#18: Lenny Wilkens by Jacob Rosen, WFNY.
#17: Bingo Smith by Scott Raab.
#16: Ron Harper by Ben Cox, WFNY.
#15: Andre Miller by Kirk Lammers, WFNY.
#14: Jim Chones by Ryan Mourton, Fear the Sword.
#13: Campy Russell by Ryan Mourton, Fear the Sword.
#12: Shawn Kemp by Robert Attenweiler, Cavs: The Blog.
#11: Hot Rod Williams by Kevin Hetrick, Cavs: The Blog.
#10: World B. Free by Scott Sargent, WFNY.
#9:  Anderson Varejao by Andrew Schnitkey, WFNY.
#8:  Kyrie Irving, Mallory Factor, Cavs: The Blog.
#7:  Terrell Brandon, Ben Cox, WFNY.
#6:  Austin Carr, Cleveland Jackson, Stepien Rules.
#5:  Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Kirk Lammers, WFNY. Nate Smith, Cavs: The Blog. Tom Pestak, Cavs: The Bog.
#4:  Larry Nance, Robert Attenweiler, Cavs:The Blog.
#3:  ???
#2:  ???
#1:  ???

 

Recap: Golden State 94, Cleveland 103. (Or, Pass the Mic)

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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One of the best Cavs wins this year? One of the best Cavs wins this year. The Cavs lent the Warriors plenty of shovels to help dig them into a big 20-4 hole, but they battled back and ended up coasting to an easy finish. Spencer Hawes and Dion Waiters stood our tonight, but the defense over the last 3/4′s of the game sealed the win

The Warriors are one of the most energetic teams in the NBA, and this year, they’ve managed to balance this on an inner mantle of tough defense. Tonight, they seemed to establish their quick lead without really doing much besides shoot well and position themselves to pounce on Cavs mistakes. The only Cavs points were two Luol Deng jumpers that came on improvisations, not within the offense. Kyrie didn’t look aggressive, and the Warriors continually ran under screens, which compacted the paint and forced turnovers when the Cavs tried to move inside. Cleveland started out not making necessary adjustments, and they couldn’t deal with the Warriors’ pace.

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