From Distance: Watching the Unwatchable


  four point play…. 1. The Cavaliers have been particularly difficult to watch thus far. It’s not as though the previous two regular seasons were a joy. LeBron played with little to no effort on the defensive end. Rotations varied from “huh?” to “you gotta be kidding me”. The offense cratered anytime James wasn’t on the court and the defense bled points regardless. It was frustrating to watch a team play…


From Distance: Lasting First Impressions


four point play…. 1. With Game 1 of the 2018-2019 NBA season in the books, it is time to make some sweeping conclusions. The Cavs will not make the Playoffs. -assertion confidence  70% This is somewhat of a 180 for me. I’m not sold and the 30% could grow considerably if Koby Altman is able to pull off a deal that would send Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson…


From Distance: Free To Be Me


four point play…. 1. Picking a team for pickup basketball is a science. There is that specific balance between getting to run all day and having to wait three or four games for another shot. One can’t be overly sentimental if one wants to own the court for the day. “Sorry Steve. We already have five.” Meanwhile, your fifth is actually whichever scorer that happens to lose the current game….


5-On-5: Cavaliers Season Preview


High fives all around… the Cavs are back! Time to snag a selfie with your lone remaining All Star and strap in for what promises to be a fun rollercoaster ride through a brand new kind of season. There’s a ton of new faces to meet, new plays to run and new territory for this once perennial contending squad to explore. How high can they rise? How far might they…


Random Thoughts


With the Cavaliers in the midst of training camp and the regular season just a few weeks away, here are a few random thoughts that have occurred to me. —It doesn’t look like David Nwaba is part of the rotation right now, and that is going to upset a lot of people who follow the team closely. An athletic player who works hard at both ends of the floor, Nwaba…


Podcast Episode 180: We Just Don’t Know

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This podcast started out with a fully triggered Tom Pestak ready to rant to David Wood and Nate Smith. Despite plenty to talk about in the world of basketball, the Cavs, sports, and culture, Tom’s ire was focused on a perceived slight towards CtB. This delved into a discussion of the state of Cavs’ media, and a realization that we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of CavsTheBlog this season. The topics…


From Distance: Skills Rule the Day


four point play…. 1. Cleveland may not be the city of champions quite yet, but the Browns’ first victory since the Obama administration has certainly given Northeast Ohio a pleasant jolt of confidence. Baker Mayfield made his shortly awaited NFL debut after Tyrod Taylor left the game with concussion like symptons. Baker promptly did exaclty what Browns fans hoped he would. He hit receivers with pinpoint passes while marching the…


Southwest Division Preview


[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of our annual six part series of division previews. If you missed you the Pacific Division , the Northwest Division, or Southeast Division previews, click away on the links provided above.] Dallas Mavericks Additions: Ryan Broekhoff (free agent), Devin Harris (free agent), DeAndre Jordan (free agent), Ding Yanyuhang (free agent), Luka Doncic (drafted No. 3), Jalen Brunson (drafted No. 33), Ray Spalding (drafted No. 56), Kostas Antetokounmpo (drafted…


From Distance: Face and Fashion of the Franchise


four point play…. 1. Kevin Love has matured into a handsome man. Most NBA bigmen weren’t exactly lookers when they were 15, but Kevin Love’s transformation is rather comical. I’m happy for the big fella, or shall I say the svelte fella. I frequently go back in time and tell my 14 year-old self that everything will be okay. You won’t always be so chubby, but enjoy that hair now,…


From Distance: In a Roundabout Way


four point play…. 1. Tunisia loves its roundabouts. Like much of the non-US world, Tunisia eschews the American style four way stop in favor of the occasionally frustrating wheel of driving “fun”. While engineers have focused on overall rule clarity, volume, and safety when comparing the two systems, it seems one crucial point has been lacking in their data input. Smart Phone use! I know, I know. One shouldn’t text…


Tonight’s Starting Lineup For Your Cleveland Cavaliers….


Well, here we are in the dog days of summer as we wait for the return of NBA basketball. Most of us have been taking a needed reprieve from the often exhausting journey that was the LeBron 2.0 era. In a lot of ways, it feels like I needed this break as much as the players did. I’ve been recharging my fandom and my meter is almost back to full….


From Distance: Back in Orange and Brown


four point play.… 1. I didn’t watch the last 13 games of the Cleveland Browns’ 2017 season. Somewhere between the concussion saga, non-guaranteed NFL contracts, reactions to Colin Kaepernick, and the general sucktitude of Cleveland’s squad, I made the executive decision to stop watching my beloved Brownies. It felt strange. This was a team that I had watched, no matter what, for decades. When I first moved from Ohio to…