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Recap: Cleveland 104, Milwaukee 99 (Or, The Division is Won)

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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The Cavs came away with the victory last night, and it was sloppy. They are now the Central Division Champions. I’m going to say it’s because they pulled off this gritty win, but even if they’d lost, they still would’ve had the division title won thanks to the Bulls falling to the Magic.

The Wine & Gold started the game getting the ball into the post, and then used that action to hoist open three-pointers. They followed that plan for much of the night, but they racked up an astonishing 18 turnovers trying new stuff. Whenever they moved away from this game plan, they had some trouble scoring. However, in an ironic twist, it was the ISO-play down the stretch that won the game for them. LeBron James hit a three-ball off the dribble to put the Cavs up five with 14 seconds left in the game. The Cavs needed that shot, since somehow they managed to squander a 15 point lead in the third quarter and entered the fourth up by just two points. Kyrie led the team with a 17 point second quarter. He ended the game with 27 points, nine assists and four rebounds.

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Recap: Cleveland 99, Chicago 94 (Or, Bombs Away)

Monday, April 6th, 2015

In a game that saw Cleveland go 16-37 from three, the Cavs showed no remorse gunning triples. Those 16 makes? They included three buzzer beaters from 23, 41, and 52 feet. Cleveland gave their playoff rotation a dress rehearsal and only played eight players: the starters plus Tristan, Shump, and Delly. The top eight played well, tripling out to a 54-45 halftime lead, a 15 point lead in the third, and a 12 point lead with seven minutes left, but the Bulls made a charge in the late fourth to cut Cleveland’s crunch time lead to just five. Some undisciplined offense helped Chicago’s cause, but their lack of a go-to scorer hurt it. And as the Cavs scored a few clutch buckets, Chicago could never get closer than a two possession deficit as time ran out.

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Recap: Cavs 114, Heat 88 (or, There Is No Spoon…)

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The Cavs took on the Heat tonight in the fourth and final meeting of the regular season. If it does come to pass that they wind up meeting again in the first round of the playoffs, this particular face-off should resonate as the one where LeBron got past the supposed mental block of facing his good friend Dwayne Wade and his former team (by realizing they are only dangerous if he believes they are).

Granted, DWade only participated in 13 minutes of this contest, due to a particularly nasty slip and fall in the second quarter, but LBJ was operating without the help of Kevin Love (bad back) and with an under the weather Kyrie. Any residual weirdness or loss of focus on Bron’s part might have sent him deep down the rabbit hole. However, his new teammates came up big in this one to help him free his mind from the head games of his old ones. He ironically didn’t even need any help from The Matrix (who was a DNP-CD for this one).

Here’s how it all went down…

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Recap: Cavs 87, Sixers 86 (or, Ugliest Win of the Season?)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Wow… that was Furkan hard to watch!

There were potentially three reasons to tear yourself away from March Madness to witness this late-season contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers…

1) To see if the Cavs would snag their 16th straight home victory

2) To see if LeBron James would pass Patrick Ewing to crack the top 20 NBA scorers of all time

3) To see who would win the battle of the flat-tops… Nerlens Noel or Iman Shumpert

Unfortunately, the pain of watching what deteriorated into a brickfest for the ages pitched defensive struggle for much of the second half, made it difficult to stay tuned for the full 48 minutes (unless you’re a fan of train wrecks and Turkish rookie Centers…).

In what could win the award for “Ugliest Win of the Season,” the Cavs were able to keep their home win streak alive, primarily because the Sixers kept refusing to accept their generous offers to end it. And for a while, not even KLove bobble-head night seemed like it could prevent the Cavs or the sellout crowd in attendance from nodding off into oblivion.

Here’s how it all went down…

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Recap: Nets 106, Cavs 98(Or, Joe Tries and Succeeds)

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

After the nearly flawless game played against the Grizzlies, the Cavaliers were feeling very good about themselves. The punctuation win over Memphis after all the Love chatter must have been very satisfying. So it is hardly a surprise that the Cavs came out a bit flat in Brooklyn. Having a celebratory evening in NYC can frequently lead to uninspired play. Let’s get to it.

1st Quarter: With Thaddeus Young out, the Nets started Mason Plumlee. Their twin tower look must have been incredibly intimidating as it took all of eleven seconds for the Cavaliers to call a timeout. Granted, it came because J.R. Smith couldn’t inbound the ball after a Nets deflection, but terror boredom was in the Cavaliers’ eyes.

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Recap: Cavs 111, Grizzlies 89 (Or, Kevin Love is Really Versatile)

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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In an away game, the Cavs handed the number two team in the West their biggest loss of the season. Memphis shot 44% and made only four 3-pointers. The Cavs, on the other hand, shot 51% and drained 14 3-balls. Kevin Love led the Cavs by keeping Marc Gasol from doing what he normally does offensively. Gasol struggled to get easy post points, pass to open guys, or even rebound. Love also destroyed Memphis offensively, making 10-13 shots for 22 points from everywhere on the court. He even had 10 rebounds to go with four assists. The Grizzlies couldn’t figure out how to defend him, or any of the Wine-and-Golders.  The Cavs led by as many as 29 points in the 3rd quarter, a quarter in which all 14 of their baskets were assisted.  It was the best ball movement of the season.  Let’s go to the action. (more…)

Recap: Cavs 108, Bucks 90 (Or get the Buck off my lawn)

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks refused to tank, as both teams front offices strived to make the playoffs. Fate had other plans. The Bucks ended with the worst record in the league and the Cavs finished five games back of the eight seed. The cosmic reward for both squads not intentionally losing as many games as possible was finishing first and second in the lottery, with the Bucks landing franchise cornerstone Jabari Parker and the Cavs obtaining a massive trade chip in Andrew Wiggins.

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Recap: Cavs 95, Pacers 92 (or, Clinchin’ Ain’t Easy… But It Sure Is Sweet!)

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Whew… that was closer than expected. While the Cavs were looking to avenge two prior losses to an upstart Pacers team, still missing PG-13 and without David West for much of the night, Indiana fought like a cornered animal for their slightly fading playoff hopes in this last meeting between these two teams (at least in the regular season). It didn’t help that LBJ was almost sick enough to miss this one (he was questionable after missing morning shootaround with a bad head cold), or that Kyrie’s shot looked sicker than Bron felt. But the diagnosis from this game was that claiming a spot in the post-season is the ultimate cure for any ailment.

That’s right, Cavs fans… this wine and gold victory officially ended the drought of the past four years. The Cavs are BACK in the playoffs. It may have been a foregone conclusion for many, if not all, and it’s only the first step on the road toward winning that elusive championship… but do yourself a favor. Stop. Take a moment. Say it out loud to yourself… savor it… enjoy it…

The Cavs… are BACK… in the playoffs!

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Recap: Cleveland 117, Brooklyn 92 (or, the septuple double)

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that there are only 12 regular season games left after this one. And it’s hard to believe that there was a time not too long ago when Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez were considered elite players. Cleveland overcame a sluggish first quarter against those guys to eviscerate the Nets to the tune of 45 field goals off of 32 assists, 55% from the field, 52 points in the paint, and 15-29 from three. Seven Cavs scored in double figures as the Cavs looked electric for the final three periods. To be honest, much of this was because Brooklyn’s defense was lackluster at best. But who cares? We have dunks, threes, and dimes to discuss!

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Recap: Cavs 123, Magic 108 (Or, No Defense Required)

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

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After searching for several streams to watch this game and almost giving up, I’m thankful I kept looking for one. This game was all offense, and I love me some bucket-getting. Defense is just so boring. The Cavs shot 59% from the field and 51% from behind the arc to drain 18 long balls. The Magic shot 47% from both the field and 3-line. While the Cavs just didn’t feel like closing out and were amazed a big man like Nikola Vucevic can shoot so well, the Magic played good old ineffective Mike Brown every man in the paint on every drive defense. Vucci Mane had 22 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists for the Magic. The Cavs were led by Kyrie who had 33 points, dropping five of six threes. He also had four assists. LeBron was pretty awesome too handing out 13 dishes, sucking up eight boards, and scoring 21 points on 9-14 shooting. (more…)