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Recap: Pelicans 119, Cavaliers 114 (Or, May I Escort You to the Bucket?)

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

The Cavaliers completed their tough four in five night stretch by dropping two straight on the road. Cleveland fans were relieved to have both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup against superstar Anthony Davis. Though the Browed future of the league left the game early, the Pelicans still were able to avenge their loss in Cleveland. Let us get to it.

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Recap: Oklahoma City 103, Cleveland 94 (Or Valiance in Defeat)

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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The Cavs, minus LeBron James, fell to the Thunder last night in a game that felt just out of reach for most of the second half. Despite a strong start that saw the Cavs jump out to a 26-18 first quarter, Cleveland lost the lead toward the end of the second when they went cold from the field, intimidated by the strong defensive play of Kendrick Perkins. The perimeter play of Westbrook, Lamb, and Jackson consistently led to good looks for the Thunder and by 1:31 remaining, OKC led by three. But the score seemed inconsequential when Kyrie Irving when down in a heap after challenging a Russell Westbrook 15-footer. On a slow, excruciating replay, it appeared that he had hyper-extended his right knee. After several minutes on the floor, Kyrie hobbled back to the locker room and Cavs Nation held their collective breath. A patented “damnit, Dion…” swish, and a Delly o-board and dish to Dion for corner three helped the Cavs finish the quarter tied at 47.

After a very long halftime, Kyrie came out to warm up for the second half. Yes, ladies and gentleman, “Daniel LaRusso’s going to fight!” Irving immediately canned a nifty floater off a Kevin Love feed, and we all exhaled.

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Recap: Cavaliers 105, Raptors 101 (Or, Italian for “Of the Widow”!!!!!)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

In what may have been the most fun win of the season, the Cavaliers fought back from multiple 14 point deficits to top the Raptors for the second time in three early season meetings. After giving up 47 points in the first 16 minutes of the contest and a season high 63 in the first half, the Cavs finished the game on a 20-6 scoring run. LeBron led the team with 35 points on 21 shots, but the victory was secured by the gritty second half defense of Tristan Thompson and Mathew Dellavedova.

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Recap: Cavs 110, Nets 88 (or, Prince and Princess, meet the King)

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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Brook Lopez (back) and Joe Johnson (illness) sat out for the Nets and the Cavs rode a monster third quarter — and Dion Waiters’s best game of the season — to an easy win, their seventh in a row, Monday night in Brooklyn.

Here’s what happened:

1st Quarter:

The Cavs looked to Kevin Love early again and he responded scoring the team’s first four points. But the Cavs were practically inviting the Nets to score around the basket and LeBron James was sluggish early. His first shot was a long three that barely made it there. Then, after Allan Anderson beat LeBron James and Shawn Marion in transition leading the Cavs to call a quick time-out, James air-balled a three.

Love continued to be the Cavs’ only steady hand on offense, as the 6-10 power forward used an even mixture of post moves and outside shooting to account for 15 of the Cavs eventual 22 first quarter points.

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Recap: Cavs 105, Raptors 91 (or, visions of Aught 9)

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

The Cavaliers methodically defeated the second best team in the NBA in a hostile environment on the second night of a back-to-back after a restless night despite giving away a double-digit lead.  It’s only early December, but the Cavs’ growth is palpable.  This game (much like the revenge exacted upon the Wizards) perfectly contrasted the defeat in the first meeting.

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Recap: Cleveland 90, New York 87 (or “Is it the Shoes!?”)

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Tonight, every Cavalier not named Kyrie Irving played like garbage for three and a half quarters. LeBron James and the minimal effort supporting cast played like they knew they could beat the Knicks any time they wanted. The non-Irving Clevelanders waited till crunch time to bother to try.  Then, they put the pathetic Knicks out of their misery. If it weren’t for Kyrie’s new shoes and his unbelievable first half (23 points on like 10 shots), to keep the Cavs in it, Cleveland never would have had a chance to be the stoppable force that overcame the moveable object. Kyrie was transcendent tonight, scoring 37 with an unearthly 81% true shooting. He was the best player in the building.

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Recap: Cavaliers 111, Bucks 108 (or, The Paper Whisperer)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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The Cavs played a tough game against the Bucks last night and went to bed feeling lucky. They somehow pulled out a victory after giving up 19 turnovers for 21 points during their trot with the Deer. Kevin Love owned the first quarter scoring 17 points, but it was LeBron James’ ten assists and Kyrie Irving’s 28 points on 10-15 shooting that allowed the team to grab this win. The Bucks were led by Brandon Knight who did a great job of getting into the paint to grab 27 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in 37 minutes. Jabari Parker played a crucial role too scoring 22 points on 11-15 heaves. Time to examine how the Bucks gave this game away.

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Recap: Cavaliers 109, Pacers 97 (or, Go Fast, Play Defense)

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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The Cavs came into this game looking to continue the defensive trend, and they definitely followed through on that goal. They held the Pacers to 39.3% shooting, and they managed to have LaVoy Allen named the top performer for Indiana with 10 points and eight rebounds. That isn’t a typo, no one on that team could get hot. The Wine & Gold defense is turning into a legitimate game changer. The offense wasn’t bad either; Kevin Love put up 28 points making 9-13 shots to go along with ten rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Time to break it down. (more…)

Mallory’s Cavalier Expedition

Friday, November 28th, 2014

IMG_0224Mallory was lucky enough to snag four (count ‘em, FOUR!) tickets to a home Cavaliers game on Monday.  The following are some notes, anecdotes, and observations.

First, I’d like to thank a certain, unnamed source in the Cavalier business office who kindly hooked me up with four tickets (surprisingly, though, not through my blog connections!)

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Recap: Cavaliers 113, Wizards 87 (Or, “Get Your Hands Up and Out)

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The Cavaliers gave the hometown faithful plenty to cheer about during a thorough dismantling of the Washington Wizards. The Wine and Gold were eager to build on their big victory over Orlando. More importantly, the Cavs wished to avenge the bad loss they suffered in DC. Cavalier energy was turned to eleven in some defensive sequences leading to 13 steals. The Clevelanders killed it in transition outscoring the Wiz 17-2. LeBron led the way with 29, 10 boards, and eight assists as the point man. Let’s break it down for those who were busy catching up with old friends at the local bar.

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