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Live Thread: Cavs Vs. Celtics

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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The former Cavalier, Tyler Zeller, is visiting.

The Cavs face off against the Celtics in just under an hour. The Wine & Gold need this win to snap a two game losing streak. David Blatt was without Kyrie Irving the last game, but Irving is supposed to play tonight. Kevin Love, however, is listed as a game time decision. Apparently, the Big Three are a tag team with one man stuck on the apron these days. Kevin needs to pull some ropes and get into the game tonight.  (more…)

Links to the Present: Rockets/Mental Health Edition

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered notable reads/videos from the past seven days to get you through the day feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Earl’s Pearl of the Week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference ended over the weekend, and Grantland writer/Harvard professor Kirk Goldsberry received first place honors for his paper. His analytics study redefined how NBA players can be evaluated on the defensive end of the floor. It shows how certain players’ defense affects other players’ shooting efficiency and habits (see chart below). A non-math-inclined person version of the paper can be found here. The academic one for people who really understand stats is here.

And, the Rockets beat the Cavs in overtime, 105-103. Houston’s general manager, Daryl Morey, is officially in a good mood. He attended the Sloan conference, which he co-founded, and watched his team take out another top tier organization. (more…)

Links to the Present: Cold Edition

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered notable reads/videos from the past seven days to get you through the day feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Earl’s Pearl of the Week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

This edition of links is called “Cold” because it’s just cold out today. I woke up this morning and read Andrew Schnitkey’s “While We’re Waiting” column on Waiting For Next Year. He notes that today is the coldest day of the year yet in Ohio. I, living in North Carolina, obviously thought that this cold would not reach me. Yet, it has. I checked my email and learned that it’s panic time in my little city. My work is having its second snow day in a week, and the rest of the city is equally troubled. I must note these two snow days have occurred because of six total inches of snow over ten hours. It’s also 24 degrees here. The South isn’t Northeast, Ohio, weather-wise, but I’m still going to pretend it is. So, if you’re inside because of the elements, enjoy these distractions because you have nothing better to do. If you’re somewhere warm, enjoy these pieces because you truly care about the NBA and the Cavs. (more…)

Links to the Present: Cover Boy and Trade Deadline Blues

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The trade deadline is coming (3:00 PM EST), and the Cavs are looking quiet. As Jason Lloyd reports for the Beacon Journal, Cleveland looks like they’ll make any roster additions through free agency rather than through trades.

Barring a dramatic change in the final few hours, today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline is expected to pass without the Cavs making any deals, multiple league sources told the Beacon Journal. The Cavs are still trying, but weren’t close on any trades early Thursday morning and losing faith they could get anything done, league sources said.

Ideally they would still like to upgrade the point guard position and add another big, but they are simply left with too few trade assets and no cap flexibility after a flurry of recent moves.

In other Cavs related news, Alonzo Gee has just been traded again.

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Links to the Present: no Mo

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Lots of calloffs at the CtB offices, today. Fortunately, not everyone on the internet has actual personal lives. Over on Vice Sports, CtB alum, Colin McGowan articulated what I’ve been thinking about LeBron James over the last few days: LeBron is a strange man with a lot of masks.

LeBron has, at different points of his career, played the part of a young messiah, an ultra-gregarious super-teammate, a villain, and a superstar in repose, with varying degrees of surety. Having left that last mask in Miami, he now fancies himself a leader of men. “I will be the old head [in Cleveland],” he said in his famous return letter. “But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping [my teammates] reach a place they didn’t know they could go.”

…In the wake of all this bluster and pomp, it has been a letdown to see that LeBron’s leadershipping consists primarily of passive-aggressive dickishness.

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TrueHoop Network Roundup

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Morning everyone. As a part of the True Hoop Network revival, we’re hosting this week’s Roundup and 3 on 3. Welcome TrueHoop readers. CtB readers, check out these awesome TrueHoop writers.

From Brooklyn’s Finest, David Vertsberger breaks down the play Lionel Hollins called to get Jarrett Jack a wide open three in crunch time (above): http://brooklynsfinestblog.com/2015/02/07/brooklyn-film-festival-jarrett-jacks-clincher/

The Alphabet, Giannis Antetokounmpo, set a new career high Wednesday with 25, and then broke it just days later, “On a night where he scored 27 points on 11-16 shooting, he also grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out four assists and had a highlight block.” Jeremy Schmidt at Bucksketball, says, “Come look how good he is!”

Hoop76’s Eric Goldwein makes the case that the Sixers — since their 0-17 start — have been just as competitive as all the other middling Eastern Conference playoff teams.

Every year, the San Antonio Spurs galvanize themselves with their February “Rodeo Trip,” while the AT&T center plays host to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. GothicGinobili’s Aaron McGuire examines the 12 year history of the Rodeo trip. They’re 71-29 in those trips, a 71% clip, which is even more impressive when you consider that home court advantage is worth roughly three points a night.

The Bobcats from last season and the Hornets from this season have quite a few similarities, but also some troubling differences. Queen City Hoops’ Greg Pietras compares the two here: http://queencityhoops.com/blog/transition-game-comparing-2014-bobcats-2015-hornets/

The guys at MagicBasketball give us a 3 on 3 on Jacque Gone’s firing: Fair? Unfair? Properly timed? Who should replace him? Eddy Rivera also penned a Jacque Vaughn coaching obituary entitled, “Jacque Vaughn failed to live up to his potential.

The Pelicans are passing to win says bourbonstreetshots’s Chris Romaguera.

Before these past seven games, 54.8% of their made field goals came via an assist. That was good for 26th in the league. That number has skyrocketed up to 61.2% for the streak, a number good for 10th in the league. This is clearly shown in the 3-pointers made stat, where the Pelicans went from 84.8% of their makes being assisted, to 95.7%

A Q&A on what’s possible and what’s likely for the Jazz to do at the trade deadline is presented by SaltCityHoops’ Dan Clayton.

I keep thinking the Jazz are about to turn the corner from asset accumulation into putting some pieces in place. Given how young they are, they’re certainly not keeping all those players and drafting 15 times in the next four drafts. But more to the point, the Jazz are 11-13 since December 17. They’ve clearly hit the bottom of the rebuild curve and started their way up the other side, and that’s when you have to start thinking about cashing your chips in on smart moves.

Finally, CavsTheBlog’s Nate Smith and Cory Hughey take us on a tour of the best place for cheap booze on game night in Cleveland, then they narrowly avoid a fight in the stands over Matthew Dellavedova. After these adventures and more, they try to chase the night at the Horseshoe Casino on a cold February Monday in the ‘Land.

Links to the Present: Win Streaks

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Earl’s Pearl of the Week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

First things first, make sure you check out the TrueHoop Network Round Up here. Each week a TrueHoop blog is going to host a round up of the best content on the ESPN Blog network. Definitely check out this week because there is special 3-on-3 to discuss the All-Star selections.
 
Second, this Grantland piece by Ben Detrick is a must read. “J.R. in Cleveland: An Ohio Nightlife Guide for the Famous NYC Party Animal,” is a precocious entry into the canon of Cleveland sports journalism. It includes gems about “hanging out with Bone Thugs” and visiting Cleveland’s more pastoral surroundings.

Instead of distributing favs, likes, and pipe, via DM, he [J.R.] could escape on a scenic day trip to Amish country, where bearded farmers who look like Mark Eaton furrow the fields.

But on to more pressing matters. Right now the Hawks hold the longest win streak in the NBA at 19 wins. The Cavs are plowing along though with a ten game win streak of their own. Both of these teams are in the much weaker Eastern conference; however, each of them has faced their share of Western foes and been successful in their own way. The Hawks have a 13-2 record against the West, and they have looked dominant for much of the season, while the Cavs have an 11-11 record against the West side. Recently though, the Cavs have earned eight of their last 10 wins against the West.

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Culty Catch Up: Finding The Cavs

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
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The elbow area of the floor has been so empty and cold lately.

Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Earl’s Pearl of the Week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

Throughout life people are constantly trying to find themselves. It’s a day-to-day process and encompasses all sorts of choices. For example, a few days ago I was sporting a homeless man sized beard and was having a facial hair crisis. I felt fierce when I looked in the mirror and was able to realistically contemplate putting beads of some form near my face. My beard was full of possibilities; however, I also realized that it’s not right to let people stare at me and wonder if I’m homeless

So I went to the barber shop. After twenty minutes, I walked out with a smooth face. I felt jolly. And, since the Cavs won that night and the next night against the Clippers, I have decided that that’s a sign I made the right choice. I found myself that day at the shop, even if it was just a tiny bit. That discovery may change though (maybe when the Cavs lose again or I stare at this photo too long) and that’s okay. Everything is constantly changing. Hopefully, the King understands that. (more…)

Culty Catch Up: Fifth/Exes Edition

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Dion’s Neon Man Of The week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

It’s been two weeks since I’ve given an update, and a lot has changed for the Cavs. Dion Waiters is now an ex and has been replaced with a shiny new streak shooter who likes to untie shoes named J.R. Smith and someone who will replace Anderson Varejao as the two-thirds of a season man if he stays on the team, Iman Shumpert. It’s rebounding time for the Cavs, so they aren’t with just two new people. They also picked up a hot Russian side piece named Timofey Mozgov. This breakup is one that will hopefully lead to greater things for all parties involved. This week’s catch up is going to look at some pieces that deal with exes, renewed relationships, and new flings. It’s time for me to summon my inner Maury Povich. (more…)

Culty Catch Up: Fourth/Christmas Edition

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Dion’s Neon Man Of The week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

The Cavs experienced a season ending achilles injury to Anderson Varejao and a Christmas Day loss this week, but they still managed to bounce back against the Magic on Friday. However, they had to bench Kevin Love in the fourth to pick up the win. Is that a sign? I don’t know and don’t want to think about that until the Detroit Pistons game at 4:30. For now, I’ll show you what a news cycle marred by the 25th of December yielded. (more…)