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Recap: Sixers 95, Cavaliers 92(Or, Stop Asking About Dion, There is an NBDL Game On!)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Let’s be honest. Most Cavalier fans didn’t watch this game very closely. Once Joe Harris got the start for Dion Waiters, fans immediately began to scour the internet for info. Was this another National Anthem thing? Did Blatt decide at the last second to maintain Dion’s 6th Man mentality? Wait, where are Lou and Alex? Is there a Trade!?! When Dion’s cousin began to tweet, things got more interesting away from the hardwood. Check out our emergency pod for more on last night’s craziness. As for the game, I watched this ridiculous affair twice so you didn’t have to. You are welcome.

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Recap: Dallas 109, Cleveland 90 (or, one of these teams looks like a contender)

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

 

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In what was possibly the most predictable outcome of a game you’ll see all year, the deep, balanced machine that is the Dallas Mavericks made short work of a Cavs team missing its star and still struggling to figure out how to string more than a few good possessions together.

The Mavericks shot 56.4% from the field and 46.2% from three in a game that saw six Dallas players score in double figures, led by Monta Ellis’ 20. The Cavs, meanwhile, managed just 40.7% as a team, but did see Kevin Love continue his recent LeBron-less strong play. Love’s 30 points made this his highest scoring game as a Cavalier (he also pulled down 10 boards) but no one else on the team was able to make enough of an impact to keep the Cavs within striking distance much past the first quarter. The team cut a 15-point second quarter deficit to 10 at the half, but saw the game quickly get away from them in the third.

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Recap: Cavs 91 Hornets 87 (Or, Positive, Encouraging K-LOVE)

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Kevin Love scored 27 points on 15 shots, Dion Waiters came alive in spurts, and the Cavs came back from an early double-digit deficit to get a gritty road win against the struggling Hornets.  They shrugged off a terrible shooting night from Kyrie Irving (8-27) and survived a take-your-breath-away scare when Kevin Love’s knee seemed to buckle early in the third quarter.  Both teams shot horribly, but the Cavs took care of the ball and the Hornets didn’t.  The Cavs scored 23 points off turnovers and only coughed up seven points – more than enough to account for the diff.

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Not a Recap: Milwaukee 96, Cleveland 80 (or Injuries+Bad Roster Construction=Fail)

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

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Cleveland got smoked tonight in a game where they just could not put the ball in the bucket. Cleveland shot 34% while Milwaukee shot 44% from the floor, and Cleveland shot 8-31 from three while Milwaukee shot 11-25. The inability get open looks and to convert open three point tries when they did get looks was the difference in a game where Cleveland did not defend terribly, given the talent on the floor. From three, the Cavs were broke. Mike Miller went 1-6; Kyrie 1-7; Joe Harris 0-4 (two airballs!), Dion 0-2 (he did have to chuck one because of the shot clock). Only James Jones (3-6), and Delly (3-5) had decent nights for a team that is desperately relying on threes for points. Miller and Harris’ misses were especially painful. Brandon Knight, Giannis, and Mayo led the Bucks with 26, 14, and 15 respectively, copying the recent formula for beating Cleveland: get the ball inside, and then punish the Cavs lack of rim protection, or pass the ball till you get a wide open three.

I don’t know if it’s Blatt, age, or lack of talent, but something is causing the members of this team to shoot terribly from three. Is Blatt neglecting shooting drills? Is the team practicing too much? All I know is that David Griffin has put together a bench full of scrubs and over the hill players to go along with the Cavs “core.” Lou Amundson is inept on offense, and Joe Harris and Mike Miller are useless if they can’t hit threes. A.J. price was dropping 20 point nights for the Pacers and now looks lost on the court. Combine that with bad shooting and an absolutely awful third quarter that saw Cleveland score a mere seven points, and the Cavs were doomed .  Only a heady night from Delly and a takeover attempt from Irving Kept the Cavs within striking distance. Irving had to go 9-23 to get to it, too. 2015, I hope you have great things in store for Cleveland, cause 2014 ended with a whimper.

Recap and Podcast 57: Hawks 109 Cavs 101 (Or, moral victories may not be anything but they sure beat the hell out of getting embarrassed)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Check out the podcast that Nate and I recorded tonight. It’s available at Soundcloud , and iTunes. (CtB Episode 57!) Here’s a short and sweet recap to supplement your insatiable desire for Cavs analysis.  The Cavs moved the ball well in the first quarter and played the Hawks to a draw.  They completely choked when the Hawks turned up the intensity in the second quarter and then Kevin Love left the game with back spasms.  The Cavs, without LeBron, Love, or Marion, started the second half by watching Kyle Korver drain a couple of threes to push the lead to 17.  It looked like the Cavs were going to get blown out of the gym.  But they fought back behind the wizardry of Kyrie Irving, the power and relentlessness of Tristan Thompson, and some gutsy-if-not-quite-effective defense throughout the contest.  They were within striking distance throughout the fourth quarter in a back and fourth affair where they cut the deficit three on three different occasions, and to two with 4:43 left.  The Hawks absorbed the blows and settled into some two-man action between Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap, eventually putting the Cavs away.

Kyrie Irving finished with 35 points and nine assists (and almost none of his shots were easy looks) but he coughed it up eight times in a game where the referees refused the blow their whistles for three quarters without a coroner on the scene and flipped the switch in the fourth – needing little more than pantomime routines to stop the action.  Irving looked a lot like he did last year – dribbling through double teams, taking a lot of those “why not” 3s from five feet behind the line, and of course, finishing at the rim from impossible angles.

Tristan Thompson had a really nice game.  His energy, offensive rebounding, and finishing abilities infected the Cavs in the 3rd and 4th quarters.  His alley-oop execution of Jeff Teague was a sight to behold.  He finished with 18 points on 12 shots and 13 rebounds.  He was old-man-at-the-gym’d by Paul Millsap all night long with the help of the referees, but he played a valiant game.

Dion Waiters and Kevin Love didn’t show up, figuratively speaking, and since LeBron James and Shawn Marion literally didn’t show up this game tested the Cavs’ depth.  Joe Harris was 3/4 from beyond the arc and had a few heady plays (and a gut-wrenching layup attempt that licked every inch of the rim before willing itself out).

Someone put on James Jones’ jersey and a Mission Impossible 2 mask because at least three times I had to double take “wait…James JONES just rejected Paul Millsap at the rack!?”  He missed a bunch of wide open 3s and was supremely active on defense.  Not your mother’s James Jones.  Over/under on the number of days until JJ has three steals and two blocks again?  I’m going infinity days.

All in all it was nice to see the Cavs dig deep when the dam was about to burst and make a game of it.  The Hawks are a really good team and will be a formidable playoff foe.  Their offensive talent was too much for the Cavs to stop in the waning moments of the game.  Ultimately the Cavs need to play like this every night (a scrambling defensive effort for 48 minutes) and at full strength they will win more than they lose.

Recap: Detroit 103, Cleveland 80 (or The Best Player in the World?)

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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Cleveland laid an egg tonight. After being up 32-17 in the second quarter, they were outscored by 38 and lost to the Pistons going away. The Pistons had 17 three pointers, the same number of free throws they attempted. (Second time for a Cavs opponent this year!) I did a running diary tonight, and by the third quarter, I was really regretting that choice.

First Quarter:
11:27 Kevin Love drains a left baseline jumper and follows that up by taking a charge on the defensive end. He still didn’t have his hands up, but it’s better than I have seen in a while.

9:00 Tristan Thompson grabs two straight offensive rebounds, which leads to a LeBron iso jumper over Singler from the right wing. Tristan follows it up with a 12-footer a minute later. I see you working, TT.

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Recap: Cavaliers 98, Magic 89(Or, Just Keep Doing That)

Friday, December 26th, 2014

The Cavaliers climbed back from a mild deficit to defeat a young Orlando Magic squad. The Magic have some fantastic pieces with which to work, but without a dominant player, and very short on shooting, they struggle to finish games. This one was no different. Orlando scorched the nets in the first quarter setting a season high in points and percentage. Cleveland took the body blows and rallied behind the strong performances of LeBron James, Dion Waiters and Kevin Love.

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Recap: Heat 101, Cavs 91 (or, I Got My Youth Back For Christmas)

Friday, December 26th, 2014

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Santa decided to get Dwyane Wade a little taste of his youth for Christmas, and little Dwyane used it up to beat his old buddy King James. Wade had 24 points in the first half, and the Cavs aided the rest of the Heat by tossing away the ball ten times. They also decided to give the Florida natives the present of acting like a soft blanket in the paint for the first 24 minutes and were out hustled in every way possible to be down by 14 going into half-time. During the second half, the Cavs shook off their Christmas hangovers and played much tighter, but there weren’t enough sandpaper plays in the world to rough up that blanket they gave Miami early on. (more…)

Recap: Cavaliers 125, Timberwolves 104 (or, Three Minutes to Win It)

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
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Where’s the page about taking a giant lead?

The Cavs came away with the decisive victory, but it cost more than they thought it would. Anderson Varejao went down with a leg injury in the third quarter and didn’t return to the game, and Andrew Wiggins showed exactly what an athletic wing can do to the Cavs. It took the King’s Men two and a half quarters to start caring for the ball and playing defense. Wiggins used all his opportunities correctly to shoot 9-16 for 27 points. Gorgui Dieng somehow snuck in at spots to suck up 11 boards (three offensive), put down 20 points, and punch four balls towards the atmosphere. Yet, those two couldn’t stop the Cavs big three who combined for 73 points, 11 assists, 14 rebounds, and four steals.

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Recap: Cleveland 105, Memphis 91 (or the day Dion Waiters chased all the Grizzlies out of Cleveland)

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Electricity was included in the rent at my first apartment. Out of sheer curiosity, one day before leaving for work, I turned both the air-conditioner (Grizzlies) and heater (Cavs) on full-blast to see which would win in an epic battle of American waste. When I returned hours later, I saw that the matchup ended in a draw, as I fuse had blown. To some stories, there is no moral. The moral of tonights game is that the Cavs are a pretty good team when ball movement flows like wee into the urinals at Great Lakes Brewery and that Memphis isn’t so grizzly without Zach Randolph and Tony Allen in the lineup.

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