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Cavs trade for Spencer Hawes

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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There are not a lot of details, but Cleveland has dealt two second round picks for Spencer Hawes.  In order for salaries to work, other players must be involved.    Hawes is a 25-year old, floor stretching center.  He is a free agent after this season.  Cavs:the Blog will update as more is available.

Update: Apparently Earl Clark and Henry Sims are included in the deal, along with the two 2014 draft picks.  Through the years, oftentimes I have wished that the Cavs would do more with their second rounders, due to the great value those (typically non-guaranteed) contracts provide if the team finds a gem…or they could stash a few Euros.  If no other deals are made and Andy is healthy, the frontcourt is very packed with Varejao, Thompson, Zeller, Bennett and Hawes.  Perhaps there is another deal coming, or Varejao is going to be out for a while.  At the moment, I am neither excited or upset about this trade. 

Can I wait to have an opinion until April?

Cavs: The Podcast 0043 – MVP! MVP!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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It’s been a WHILE!  Like three months a while.  And with Kyrie playing in the All Star Game (and winning MVP, which we obviously all knew was coming…) Tom, Nate, and I decided to hop on the line and chat.

On today’s podcast we discuss the ASG, Kyrie’s recent improvements, Dion’s game, Chris Grant’s firing, and expectations for the rest of the season.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Kyrie Wins All-Star MVP!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Sorry in advance about the brevity…behind 15 fourth quarter points and totalling 31 with 14 assists, Kyrie Irving lead the Eastern Conference to an All-Star victory, winning MVP for his efforts.  Awesome work, Kyrie!

He and Dion dominated the Friday and Sunday night events of the weekend.  Hopefully that level of fun and excellent play carries over into tomorrow night against Philly.

John Krolik wrote about the game for NBC Sports.

Dion dominates Rookie-Sophomore Challenge

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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Dion Waiters played on Team Hill last night, winning the Rising Stars challenge on Night One of All-Star weekend.  Dion lead Team Hill with 31 points on 10 of 14 shooting (4 of 6 from deep, 7 of 8 from the line), 7 assists and 3 steals.  Andre Drummond edged Dion for MVP though, with 30 points and 25 rebounds; that is a travesty.

ESPN awarded Dion an “A”, saying among other things “The most entertaining stretch of the game came in the second half, when Waiters and Hardaway Jr. engaged in a prolific shootout.”

The esteemed John Krolik wrote about the game for NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk, with the story of the game being the Waiters versus Hardaway matchup, of which “Ultimately, Waiters got the better of (Hardaway)…”

There is never a ton of defense in these game, but Waiters was the story of the game and represented the Cavs amazingly.  Awesome stuff, Dion!

The Anthony Bennett Renaissance

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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The 2013-2014 Cavaliers are a silly team. Their silliness oscillates between comical and sinister at unhealthy speeds. One month, Andrew Bynum is acting like a full-on Wes Anderson villain and indeterminately throwing objects, and the next month Anthony Bennett is teasing DeMarcus Cousins, the first post-LeBron four game winning streak has everyone smiling, and Kyrie is starting an all-star game this weekend. This season is entertaining in the same way that eating three bags of cheetos in one sitting is entertaining: fun in the moment, but it might leave you with a body ache afterwards.

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Recap: Mavericks 124, Cavaliers 107. (Or, The Most Cavs Cavs to Ever Cavs).

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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The Cavaliers probably had something to prove after a particularly tumultuous weekend. There are reports that the roster is headed for detonation, that new all-star on the block Luol Deng can’t believe how laissez-faire the whole team is, and that the team is generally swamped by darkness. How a team responds to diversity and negativity is a big indicator of their potential. Reporters have called the Durant-Westbrook relationship into question before, but it always seems like they respond with a defiant show of togetherness. Against the Mavericks, the Cavaliers played the most average Cavs game I’ve seen from them. They weren’t horrible, but there was a lack of urgency. The Mavericks maintained a steady lead over Cleveland all game and the Cavs yawned themselves to death.

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Blowing Up the Cavaliers

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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This started as a fun experiment.  It became progressively more painful.

Wednesday night, I emailed fellow TrueHoop bloggers, representing 18 NBA teams, explaining an article idea consisting of trading Kyrie, Dion, and Tristan.  Fire Chris Grant and Coach Brown, too.   The Cavs had just embarrassed themselves against Phoenix and New Orleans, and the Luol Deng trade, instead of a rescue boat, looked like a rearranging of chairs on the Titanic.  Instead of parsing out who was most to blame, who should stay and who should go, the team would start fresh, including shipping out their biggest trade chip, Mr. Irving, for a large return.  The goal was to see what new team could be put together, as well as gauging the trade value of the youngsters.

What ensued over the next few days in Cavalier-dom was farcical, resulting in my endeavor being almost perversely comical, and probably embarrassing for myself in the process.

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Disappointing Easy Feeling

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

 

Every year there are teams that disappoint.

Sometimes it’s because of injuries. Last year’s Philadelphia 76ers organization thought they’d built themselves something (marginally to very) competitive, until Andrew Bynum’s knees said otherwise. This year, injuries to Derrick Rose and, to a lesser extent, Russell Westbrook have altered what NBA fans thought they were in for when they re-upped for the 2013-14 season.

Sometimes it’s because of off the court issues. In 2010, Gilbert Arenas, fresh off a season lost to injury and only a year removed from signing a massive $111 million six-year contract with the Wizards, was suspended, along with Javaris Crittenton, for the remainder of the season for bringing handguns into the team’s locker room. The suspensions caused the Wizards to officially write off the rest of what had already been a disappointing season. It was already disappointing because the team had just traded the sixth pick in the 2009 draft for Mike Miller and Randy Foye (rather than have a chance to select Steph Curry … which, don’t worry, the T-Wolves didn’t take advantage of either) to make a (final?) run at playoff success with their Arenas / Antawn Jamison core. Arenas still scored (over 22 points a game) that year, but his efficiency had been eviscerated. In 2010, Wizards fans saw a team who no longer could function on a winning level, then they saw the suspensions, then they saw the team trade Jamison to the Cavs for Zydrunas Ilgauskas (only to, then, see the Cavs get Ilgauskus back … and watch Jamison get torched by Kevin Garnett … and – well, you know the story) and they finished in full-blown tear down mode and a 26-56 record.

Sometimes it’s because of on court issues. In 2004-05, the Indiana Pacers rode the “Malice at the Palace” from a legitimate shot at the championship to 128 total games suspended for Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O’Neal. That team was still able to ride Reggie Miller’s final league go-around to 44 wins and a playoff spot, but was never again (until now, anyway) the threat to win it all that it was when 04-05 tipped off.

And sometimes teams just aren’t as good as NBA fans and pundits alike thought (or hoped) they would be. This year’s Pistons, for example, have yet to figure out how their collection of disparate pieces can work. Right now (surprise!) they don’t. And, of course, this year’s Cavaliers, for many of the same reasons.

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Kyrie Irving and the Context Problem

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Kyrie Irving is a 2014 all-star. He was a 2013 all-star. These two actualities are equal, but the thrill is gone this year. While all-star status always imbues a certain prestige or legitimacy on a player’s season, this go-round it has come on the back of a war of attrition rather than a pyroclastic announcement of intent. Kyrie Irving and the Cavs are sputtering around aimlessly, similar to last year, but trajectory and expectations have created a different environment. With Kyrie at the center of the team, his all-star selection served as a natural jumping in point for writers to consider the intertwined struggles of Irving and the Cavs.

Most prominent was Jason Lloyd’s scorching referendum at the Akron Beacon-Journal. In the piece he takes Irving to task for being overly concerned with his brand and image at the expense of improvement. He calls Kyrie immature and details how he acts as if he is above the team and thus shielded from rational criticism, which could theoretically help the Cavs unmire themselves. Irving deflects, blaming his struggles on team defense or entropy but Lloyd does have a valid point. Kyrie has been aloof for a while.

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Recap: Cleveland 90, Phoenix 99 (or, this team is maddening)

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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By the end of a game like this, it is hard to form a coherent story line, or put much effort into a recap.  The first half was exhilarating, the other, frustrating.  Deflating.  Disheartening.

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