Author’s Note: This article was conceived on Saturday morning, for publishing early Monday. I hadn’t started as of 7:00 pm Sunday though, as Mallory inquired about posting the podcast Monday. I replied, “Absolutely”. Some of the discussion / questions below about the players only meeting and aftermath are slightly dated. Time moves fast in a basketball hot-spot like Cleveland.
After the fifth game of the season, Dan Gilbert tweeted that if the season were a game, nine minutes remained in the first frame. Now eleven games in, not much more time ticked off the clock. Unfortunately, six minutes and twenty-six seconds into this analogical game, the Cavs initially falter 18 to 11. A Kyrie turnover netted the opposition a transition bucket, as did a long rebound off a Dion brick. Largely invisible for the first half of the quarter, Earl Clark subbed out for CJ Miles, who mercifully drained a long three. Other than that, a Tristan put-back, and-one serve as the only highlights. In this hypothetical game, down ten midway through the first, Kyrie called timeout, where a small tussle appears to break out on the Cavalier bench; upon returning from the brief hiatus, Kyrie spell binds with a dizzying dribbling display into a deep trey.