The Mavericks absolutely steam rolled the Cavs by 29 in their matchup on January 4th at The Q. It was the low point of the season for me. LeBron was in the middle of his rest sabbatical. The following day Dion Waiters was traded for an injured Iman Shumpert and notorious malcontent J.R. Smith. Since that date the Cavs have the best record in the Eastern Conference and the new acquisitions have proved to be the perfect supporting cast for LeBron, Kyrie and Love. If the next five weeks are a playoff primer, the Cavs will be ready for the final coat come mid-April.
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The Phoenix Suns visited “The Q” for a Saturday night spectacle. The Cavaliers wanted to rebound after a tough loss to the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks. Phoenix continued their tenuous push for the eighth seed in the West with an overtime victory over Jarrett Jack’s Brooklyn Nets. It was clear from the opening tip that both squads were on the second night of a back-to-back. On more than one occasion, it seemed the teams were playing at Headlands Beach Park and not on the hardwood. Still, the Cavaliers gave the hometown crowd a victory for the 13th consecutive time by owning the paint and fighting off a futile rally. Let’s get to it.
The Cavs ran into the NBA’s equivalent of a mythical nine-headed monster last night in Atlanta. Dangerous because of the ability to kill you in so many different ways, and from so many different places, this Hawks team (like the monstrous hydra) lived up to its lethal label.
The Cavs were determined early to cut off the head responsible for three point shooting, but where one head got severed, two more sprouted in its place… in this case to kill them with pick and roll and guard penetration. And just when they seemed to be getting somewhere, that first head reared up one last time to bite them. Add in a few self-inflicted wounds… and it was a pretty poisonous night all around for the Cavs. (more…)
WOW. If this was a playoff game it would have been an all-time classic. The Cavs caught the Raptors foaming at the mouth with revenge and somehow overcame a 69 point half. They blew a 19-point lead and honestly when the Raptors took the lead 93-91 on a backbreaking Lou Williams’ triple I thought the Cavs might lose by 19. But the Cavs absorbed everything the Raptors had to give, and silenced a raucous crowd over and over and over and over. There were a month’s worth of big shots in the second half alone. The Raptors stayed supernova hot, but LeBron James is the cosmic equivalent of a quasar – and his massive presence overshadowed everything that happened down the stretch.
The Cavs dominated for 36 straight minutes tonight. They could have done so for 48 minutes. However, going into the fourth quarter ahead by 42 points is usually enough. There’s no need to pile on against any team, especially one that started a bunch of young guys and one seasoned vet. The story of the night was the Cavs: The Blog Haiku comment challenge. The commenters committed to the Haiku format and that helped the Cavs win big. And, my fellow blogger Nate Smith was at the game eating all he could (he had all you can eat seats). So we’ll add Haiku-commenting and Nate eating at the Q to the list of ways to help the Cavs win. (more…)
For fans of nationally televised, playoff-intensity basketball, it didn’t get much better than this overtime thriller between the Cavs and Rockets. And for fans of MVP-style match ups, there wasn’t a much better one to be had than The King vs. The Beard. Though the Cavs came out on the short end in this one, they fought hard against the third best team in the West and had a shot to win in the end. But, it’s hard to win on the road against good teams… and harder still when plagued by turnovers, rough shooting nights from downtown, too much MVP-ISO ball and (most importantly) poor free throw shooting. (more…)
Well… even though a Cavs loss was not the way I had hoped to start my first shot at a full recap, there was still a lot of heart to be found in the wine and gold squad last night. Though they were missing Kyrie (due to a shoulder strain) and LeBron (due to Coach Blatt’s decision to rest him), the rest of the team definitely came revved up to play.
Unfortunately, they got caught in the quagmire of the muddy pace of the Pacers for much of the game. (more…)
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.
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.
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…)