How It’s Made: A Series on Teambuilding, Part I


[Editor’s Note: Please welcome back RC Kim to the blog with his first piece as a contributor. RC (aka Mac) corresponded with Tom and Nate last year in a series called The Hinkie Letters (republished last month) and is a long time member of the commentariat.] Not enough credit is given to David Griffin for the job he has done in putting together a credible championship-caliber team around LeBron James…


The Point Four-ward: Restin’ Up


Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The Cavs’ win Sunday night ensured that they’d have a week off to rest and mend any bumps and bruises they incurred while sweeping away the Detroit Pistons. LeBron James described the mood in the visitor’s locker room in The Palace at Auburn Hills as “the complete opposite” of that which followed last year’s series clinching victory over the Boston Celtics, mainly…


Five Up, Five Down

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are two games into their playoff run, and so far there’s a lot to be happy about. After all, when a team is up 2-0 in their playoff series, everything is perfect, right? Well, yes and no. Obviously, many important things must be going well for the Cavs to be up 2-0, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement in several critical areas. Without further ado, here’s…


The Point Four-ward: James Says


Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Being LeBron James means having to deal with criticism. A lot of it. And while much of the criticism he receives is arguably unwarranted, it’s not like he’s always without culpability in the matter.


Five on Five: First Round 2016 Edition


  Who or what aspect of the Pistons scares you the most? Is it enough to make this series competitive? Cory Hughey: That Stan Van Gundy will find the filet of fish wrapper in his fanny pack with his steroid doctor’s number on it. If Caldwell-Pope, Stanley Johnson, and Reggie Jackson can get hot from downtown, we could experience traumatic déjà vu back to the 2009 Conference Finals. Good thing…


Moving Pictures: Identity

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With all your favorite CtB writers switching into playoff mode and assuring that you’ll soon have more 1,500 word posts than you know what to do with, I thought it was a good time to try a little something new. So, sit back, relax (for all of two minutes or so) and enjoy.  


The Point Four-ward: It’s (Pist)On!


Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) You should always be careful when indicating a preference in playoff opponents. Anytime a player, team representative or fan talks about “wanting” or “preferring” to face a particular foe, I imagine a legion of Keebler Elves shoving pie shells into their ovens (which are located in hollowed out trees… talk about a major fire hazard) to be filled later with whipped…


The Point Four-ward: Excuse Me


  Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Okay, I admit it. I’ve been pretty down on the Cavs for the last couple months. The regular season has become too long not just for players, but for fans of the game, as well. I hit the wall with this Cavs team pretty early (time for a new off-season strength and conditioning program, for sure) and then, watching a string of…


The Point Four-ward: Get Me Outta Here!


Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Kyrie Irving has been a one-man controversy machine this month. First, reports surfaced that he may be unhappy playing in Cleveland. Then, last week, writers and fans lost their collective mind after Irving scored 33 points but registered one single assist in a win against the Dallas Mavericks. For some, it confirmed their worst fears: without LeBron James to take the ball…


The Point Four-ward: Baby Steps Are Still Steps


Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Just as everyone was getting set to clap the backs of the boys in wine and gold — offering a hearty congratulations on a perfect west coast road trip that would have put behind them memories of uneven performances and lackadaisical losses to shorthanded teams — the Cavs went out and performed less than evenly on the way to a 94-85 loss to…


The Point Four-ward: All Eyes Ahead!


Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) After spending quite a bit of last week’s column talking about how the Cavs’ ups-and-downs have made this season a particularly rocky ride this season for their fans, I’m not sure what new to say about their latest display that had Deadspin running the headline “The Cavs Got Beat By Something Resembling the Memphis Grizzlies.” Players and coaches can talk about…


The Point Four-ward: Kickstart Their Heart

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Gotta hand it to your 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers; as most teams begin to round into form heading into the playoffs (that are now just six weeks away), the Cavs are still capable of surprising. Sometimes, like in their recent shorthanded win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, that surprise is a pleasant one. Other times, it can be considered a surprise only…