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Links to the Present: Warriors Edition

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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Sometimes trying to come up with a unifying theme for a links piece is next to impossible. This week the theme came easily. During my hours of research, massive coffee consumption, and periodic breaks to take my dogs outside, I realized a bunch of the pieces pointed out that the Warriors are pretty awesome. Their TNT game against Portland last night just solidified that fact for me. (more…)

Links to the Present: Defending the Defense Edition

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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This fact gets repeated whenever “the Cavs” and “NBA Finals” are mentioned in the same breath: Only three teams in 37 years have won a championship with a regular season defensive efficiency rating outside of the top ten. The last championship team without a top ten defense was the 2000-2001 Lakers, and they had Shaq and Kobe. The fact that these players are first name only guys sort of explains a lot about that Lakers run. (more…)

Links to the Present: Sorta Obvious Edition

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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Kevin Durant’s foot

Kevin Durant has been out since his second surgery of the season on February 23rd.The procedure was supposed to relieve pain resulting from the above pictured screw he had placed in his foot earlier this year for a Jones Fracture. KD was re-evaluated a week later. At that time, he was given another week or two off. Now, it’s pretty much decided that Durant will be out for the season since his pain persists. If asked in February, “Was Durant coming back after that second surgery,” I could have said “no” right away. It’s relatively simple. (more…)

Links to the Present: Loving Edition

Wednesday, March 18th, 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.

About 36 hours ago the Cavs lost a stinker of a game to the Heat. Let’s pretend that loss never happened by looking at articles mainly praising the Cavs. There is no shortage of them right now. (more…)

Links to the Present: Westbrook’s Time

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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I’d be lying if I said I was just watching the Cavs lately. I’ve been stepping out. It’s okay though. The Wine & Gold have won seven of their last ten and have a record of 40 wins and 25 losses. The team’s losses came against a hot Hawks team, a lucky Rockets team, and a surging Pacers team (more below). The Cavs are second in the East. The Raptors, who are in third, and the Bulls, who are in fourth, are both riding three and four game losing streaks respectively. The Cavs look pretty secure right now. So, yeah, I’ve checked out the West. And, well, the West is pretty.  (more…)

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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