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Quickhit: Cavs 94, Bulls 73 (Or, The Delly Game)

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
We're heading that way, to the Eastern Conference Finals.

We’re heading that way, to the Eastern Conference Finals.

(This article was written by Tom Pestak but the subtitle won’t cooperate)

On November 20, 2013, the Cavs lost an embarrassing home game to the Washington Wizards.  They trailed by 18 at halftime while locked in a sedated malaise.  After what must have been an unpleasant speech from Mike Brown, the Cavs almost immediately saw their deficit balloon to 27.  Brown called a rage timeout, fired off a hockey substitution, and what happened next will forever remain in the minds of the few masochistic passionate fans that continued to watch.

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QUICKHIT: Cavs 106, Bulls 101

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

That game had EVERYTHING.  I’m not sure how I’m going to recap it and get any sleep.  LeBron played possibly his best playoff game in a Cavs uniform since 2009.  He completely dominated in the first half and finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks (including a highlight, series-saving block on D Rose) and ZERO, (count them…wait you can’t) ZERO Turnovers.  Incredible.  He was dominant in the half-court from mid-range, backing down Jimmy Butler and tossing socks into a laundry basket from every angle.

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Quickhit: Bulls 99, Cavs 96

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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This game brought the pain.  It was fantastic drama and became a war of attrition.  It made sense that the game was won on a buzzer-beating, banked-in 3 by Derrick Rose (that was very well defended by Tristan Thompson).

EG will have a full recap shortly.  The refs set the tone early by swallowing their whistles and allowing the rule of verticality to thrive.  While LeBron stuffed the stat sheet and made a number of outstanding passes, his half-court execution has been severely lacking.  With no confidence in his jumper (until late in the 4th quarter when he buried two) he sought to back down Jimmy Butler in the post or drive right down Michigan Ave to make something happen.  It mostly lead to turnovers, missed shots, and the occasional kick-out.

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The Case for Cleveland

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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Editor’s Note: This piece was written before the events of Sunday, but I believe it is more relevant now than ever. As someone who didn’t grow up in northeast Ohio, but adopted it as my home and chose to raise a family here, this piece resonates with me. I believe a Cleveland championship is still within this team’s grasp. I believe that, at their best, sports have the ability to elevate and unify us as citizens of this great country and this great state. That is something worth hoping for. We all could use a dose of hope today. Hope and anticipation always trump despair and worry when rolling over the potholes on the road to a goal. Thanks for writing this, Cory. -Nate

We all have to come from somewhere and have little choice in the matter. A long time ago, ambitious men drew lines on paper to divvy up soil to segregate ourselves from one another, and our minds are so powerful, or so weak, that today we believe that those boundaries are natural. As time passed those lines defined where we were from and who we are. Different sets of customs, speech and mores arose. Where you’re from is probably something simple like where your grandfather found work or where your mother forgot to take a pill. For Northeast Ohioans, that work was breaking their bodies in the mile long mills that built America. Coke ovens spitting out heat so hot that it would make the devil himself blush forged the ivory tower of the American Empire. Our lines are often described as flyover country, a place to ignore in between the flight between the coasts. It’s a time and place to be forgotten. Every passing year, the powerful marriage of iron and carbon is forgotten a little more, and the red headed bastard child slowly percolates. The rust is swallowed by the rich glacial soil that once feed our grandfathers. The rust is in our rivers and lakes. The rust is in our corn and apples. The rust is in the breast milk we feed our young.

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QUICKHIT – Cavs 101, Celtics 93

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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The Cavs swept the Celtics, but it wasn’t a fun game to watch.  Olynyk ripped Love’s arm out of the socket, J.R. Smith clocked Jae Crowder, and Shumpert looked a bit woozy after banging his head.  Everyone in Cavs Nation is concerned about Kevin Love’s health and whether or not J.R. Smith will be suspended.

LeBron, Kyrie, and Shumpert really took the Cavs home in the 4th quarter, after they had abandoned all semblance of an offense in the 2nd half.  The Cavs led by double-digits almost the entire game and seemed to wrap the game up with a few minutes remaining.  But the circus would not end, and after Isaiah Thomas illegally grabbed LeBron during an inbounds pass, followed by grabbing Kyrie Irving’s jersey that was reviewed but called “out on the Cavs”.  The whole thing was nauseating.  Sound off on your least favorite moment of the game.

Exclusive: an Interview with Patrick Potopsky, Owner of the Brew Garden (Plus, A SECOND MOZGOV COMMERCIAL!)

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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Occasionally, amazing things happen in this life. One of those things was the Timofey Mozgov ad for the Brew Garden that I wrote 1,700 words on earlier today. However, just that writeup did not fully quench my thirst for knowledge about the 15 seconds of pure magic that is Timofey Mozgov firing a competitor plate aside and declaring that he is hungry for Brew Garden. So I called the Brew Garden and got some initial details from a bartender who was present for the shoot of the ad, and was able to get some information for her. I also left my number for the owner of the Brew Garden, the true mastermind of the ad, in the hopes that I could get the full breakdown of the ad. A few hours later, he called me back. The following is a transcript of what he told me about the ad. (more…)

Recap: Heat 106, Cavs 92 (Or the world chico and everything in it)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Bloggers Note: I wrote the recap on my piece of junk HP laptop that I should have smashed in a drunken rage years ago. During the fourth quarter, said piece of junk HP laptop decided to start configuring updates and my recap was lost. It was a miserable game to watch. It was a miserable game to recap, and it would have been a miserable read. Here is an alternative version.  

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Live Thread: Cavs @ Mavericks

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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Our boys in wine and gold and sometimes blue travel to the land of shotgun shells and chicken fried steak for a matchup with the mighty Mavericks of Dallas. The Mavs beat the brakes off the LeBron-less Cavs at The Q by 29 points in early January.  This meeting should be a more competitive bout, as both squads are jockeying for playoff position. Dish.

Live Thread: Cavs @ Rockets

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Sorry for the delay guys!

LeBron is back and looking to take down another MVP rival in The Beard…

Cavs look to get back on the winning track (even without Kyrie). Going to be a challenging one today against the Rockets… I believe the Cavs will ride another strong performance from LBJ to victory…

Prediction: Cavs 115-111. Fire up the comments!

The Point Four-ward: Empty the Bench

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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First off, if you haven’t read Ben’s excellent recap of the Cavs win in Detroit last night, please do yourself that favor. Then, it’s onto—

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) On a recent Cavs telecast, I heard something that gave me pause. It concerned the overall league ranking for the Cavs bench. Anyone want to guess what it was?

Try 30th overall. That’s right, the Cavs bench is ranked dead last in the league averaging just 23.6 points per game according to hoopsstats.com. That is not something that inspires much confidence when talking about a team whose recent stretch of torrid play has vaulted it back in the thick of the championship contender conversation.

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