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Recap: Cleveland 110, Golden State 99 (or “Statement Game”)

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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Thursday’s showdown between two of the league’s hottest teams was kind of a big deal — so big that LeBron was reportedly out two hours early to practice shooting. The preparation showed, as LeBron shot his way to a season high 42 points on 70% true shooting. After a close first half that saw the Cavs claw their way to a five point lead at the break, Cleveland blew the doors off the Warriors in the third, stretching the lead out to 16 at one point and holding the Warriors to 38% from the floor. The Cavs remained in control the rest of the game, and never let the game get too close. In many ways Cleveland won because they controlled their emotions better than the Warriors, who seemed to lose their composure when the calls weren’t going their way in the third. (To be fair, Cleveland shot 35 free throws to the Warriors 19). Let’s get to it.


Recap: Cavs 102, Pistons 93(Or, The Resiliency of Love)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The Cavaliers rolled into the Palace at Auburn Hills looking like a budding title contender. The Wine and Gold looked to sweep their three game road trip after destroying D.C. and NYC.  The Detroit Pistons, fresh off a roster makeover, wanted to continue their momentum toward a playoff spot. With Tayshaun Prince and LeBron James back with their original teams, it felt like old times. Let’s get to it.

1st Quarter: The game’s scoring started in rather emblematic fashion. Reggie Jackson used a double screen to get himself a 15 footer off the bounce with a semi-contest from Kyrie Irving. Yes, he made it, but it was a theme throughout the evening. The Cavs were happy to let Jackson try to beat them with Heroball.


Recap: Cavs 101, Knicks 83 (Or, What Happens if You Have to Start Your Bench)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015


The Cavs picked up an easy win against the Knicks. The Wine & Gold led by as many as 30 points and held New York to 37% from the field. J.R. Smith stuffed the stat sheet this afternoon getting 17 points on 7-11 shots to go with four assists, two blocks, and a steal. The Knicks received their best play from Lou Amundson and Quincy Acy. Amundson had ten points on ten shots to go with three offensive and three defensive boards. Acy had 11 points hitting 4-10 heaves and pulling down three offensive and two defensive rebounds. Those two guys played fine games, and if they were featured behind a premier scorer, they might have helped the Knicks to remain competitive today. That was not the case as they both played over ten minutes a piece. Let’s see what happens when a team starts five guys that wouldn’t see the floor for the Cavs. (more…)

Recap: Cavs 127, Wizards 89 (Or, “That was kind of devastating” – John Wall)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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[Editor’s Note] The Cavs went into DC to battle a team they were looking up at in the standings.  John Wall apparently called this a “must win” game for the Wizards.  The Cavs led by as many as 40.  With the win, they leapt over Washington to claim 4th place in the East.  The Cavs even dominated garbage time, which never happens.  The C:tB crew was inactive tonight (we didn’t perfectly align our all-star break), so we tapped some of the veteran commenters for the recap.


Recap: Bulls 113, Cavs 98 (Or, Tony Snell +29, LeBron -27)

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Bulls came to play, LeBron laid an egg.  A win would have been nice for the Cavs, a loss would have hurt the Bulls more than the Cavs.  LeBron was -27, Tony Snell, a mutant created when Tony Allen and Ray Allen’s DNA was combined, was +29 and completely dominated LeBron at both ends.

1st Quarter:

Cavs netted the first five points of the game including a LeBron and-1.  After a rebound, LeBron stumbled against the pressure of Tony Snell and coughed it up, leading to a Pau Gasol and-1 the other way: five-point swing for the Bulls.  LeBron, seemingly annoyed, calmly stepped into a 3 right in Snell’s eye.  And that was the last outside shot LeBron made in the half (and he took quite a few).  The Bulls turned up the heat at both ends.  Rumors of Gasol’s resurgence turned out to be true.  He punished the Cavs inside and even stepped out and swished a corner 3.  And then Tony Snell happened.  In addition to hounding LeBron like a bulldog, Snell cut right down the lane on back to back possessions and threw down vicious 2-handed dunks.  The Bulls continued to flash people down the middle of the lane and the Cavs really didn’t do anything to slow them down.  Mozgov showed some life offensively, tossing in a nice left-handed pop shot over Joakim Noah, and drove from the foul line-extended to throw down a brutal left-handed dunk.


Recap: Cavs 113, Heat 93 (Or, the last Eastern Conference Foe to Fall)

Thursday, February 12th, 2015


The Cavs played outstanding team basketball tonight; 72% of their shots were assisted. They played stellar defense too, holding the Heat to 40% shooting from the field, even after giving the ball away 15 times and letting the Heat sprint on a 21-7 run in the second quarter. The Good Guys just could not be contained and had a sixteen point lead at the end of the third quarter. With the win over the Heat, the Cavs have defeated every team in the East at least once. This was the first win against Miami in a long time. (Miami was missing D. Wade) There’s something special going on at the Q these days, and sloppy segments of basketball can’t stop it. Let’s check it out. (more…)

Recap: Cavs 120, Lakers 105 (Or Cleveland 4, Los Angeles 0)

Monday, February 9th, 2015


Los Angeles was built on persistence of vision. It’s all an illusion. A flaw in our narcissism of self-love that fits the desert oasis tight like a blood stained glove. LA is a mirage and so are the people. They contort themselves to fit the idea of LA. There were times I questioned if they were ever actually there in the first place. They just couldn’t have been real.


Recap: Pacers 103, Cavs 99 (Or, Sometimes You Make Yourself Lose)

Saturday, February 7th, 2015


The Cavs win streak is over, and it’s largely thanks to their own actions and those of CJ Miles. The King’s men opened up the first two quarters ahead of the Pacers because they managed to shoot fifty percent from the field and 3-line with just four turnovers. LeBron James also took advantage of some great matchups to iso the Pacers to death for stretches. The second half the Cavs took 25 3-pointers and made just six of them, while the Pacers were 4-10 from the beyond the arc and had seven steals. Down the stretch the Cavs weren’t able to and didn’t really want to get any easy points off cuts or drives, which let the Pacers secure the win. It also helped that CJ Miles had a 16 point fourth quarter. The Wine & Gold seemed gassed as the night went on. (more…)

Podcast Recap: Cleveland 105, L.A. Clippers 94 (or Just How Good is This Team?)

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Welcome to CtB Podcast episode 60! Tom, Mallory, and I watched the Cavs disassemble the Clippers for three quarters last night, and decided that we had to podcast about it. The Cavs built a 32 point lead in the first three quarters, and completely dominated the frustrated Clippers, who picked up five techs, a flagrant foul, and a Matt Barnes ejection in the contest. Blake Griffin led the Clips with 16 and eight rebounds, but was -24 for the game. Kevin Love led Cleveland with 24 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes, while LeBron kicked in 23 and nine assists, with only two turnovers in 28 minutes. That’s efficiency, my friends.

Using a main rotation of the starters + Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova, the Cavs were up 94-63 going into the final frame, before David Blatt cleared the bench. Shawn Marion, Mike Miller, James Jones, and Brendan Haywood got to play, and the Cavs starters got to rest. That led to a 31-11 quarter for the Clips, but it was all smiles in Cleveland at that point, despite a big quarter from the surly Clippers bench.

After the game, Chris Paul put his foot in his mouth when talking of standout referee Lauren Holtkamp, and had these lovely words to say about one of her calls.

There’s no way that can be a tech. … That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.

Personally, I thought Holtkamp did a nice job of not letting the whinefest from the Clippers get out of hand, and that Paul will probably face a hefty fine. The Clips seemed to want to junk up the game with hard fouls and chippy talk, and Lauren would have none of it.

Topics for this pod included the recap, discussion of our new favorite ref, positive signs from Kevin Love, Cavs win streak predictions, playoff predictions, MVP, ROY, COY,most improved, and an NBA finals argument. You can listen above, or directly on Soundcloud, or on iTunes at — Go Cavs!

Recap: Cleveland 106, Minnesota 90 (or fourth quarter of ‘Bron > three quarters of ‘Drew)

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

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Cleveland rode a hot first quarter and a dominant fourth quarter to a 16 point victory over the Timberwolves, and won game that was closer than the final score appeared. It was the fourth game in five nights for the Cavs, and they join the Hornets and the Hawks as the only teams that have swept a four-in-five stretch this year. The 2015 revenge tour rolled on, and the Cavs won their 10th straight. Amazingly, with Kevin Love returning to Minnesota, Kyrie Irving still coming down from a 55 point game, and Andrew Wiggins facing the team that drafted him, LeBron was almost an afterthought before the game started. By the end, he wasn’t. LBJ scored a game high 36, including 13 in the final nine minutes, and went 14-25 from the floor, as if to say, “OK, rook. I know you’ve got game, but I’m the King.”