Archive for the ‘Links To The Present’ Category

Culty Catch Up: Third/Different Guys Edition

Sunday, December 21st, 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.

This week the Cavs lost a stinker against the Hawks, and they won by way less than they should have against the Hornets and Nets. They even needed Mike Miller to drain seven threes in the effort against Russia’s proxy NBA team. I’ve been a little sick the past few days, so I have been watching games sporadically and haven’t had time to over analyze any Cavs problems/ read in depth pieces about them. I’m assuming the whole world is sick, or at least a lot of Cleveland, as it seems half of the Cavs: the Blog staff emails during the last 96 hours involved the words flu, barf, and ground zero. I’ll keep it fun and quick, so everyone can watch the game against Memphis in a good mood. (more…)

Smile Like You Mean It

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Dion Waiters has been playing a lot better the past few games, and Chris Haynes is reporting that it’s because he has had an attitude adjustment. The Neon man said that he was showing up to games heated.

“I would be mad before I even got in the game,” Waiters told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I was mad, [but] it is what it is.”

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Culty Catch Up: Second/All About D Edition

Thursday, December 11th, 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 are on an eight game win streak, and they have earned it. The wins against the Bucks, Knicks, and Raptors were by less than five points. The Raptors and Knicks games involved fourth quarter comebacks where the Good Guys held the opposition under 15 points for the final twelve minutes. The defense can get revved to the red when it needs to these days. Everyone is starting to notice. (more…)

Attack of the Mid-Top

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Yesterday, it was revealed that the Cavs own Kyrie Irving is going to have a signature shoe drop from Nike on December 23rd. He is the only player outside of Kevin Durant to earn a shoe line from the Swoosh in the past ten years. This is just one more sign that the Wine & Gold franchise has really turned a corner. How many other teams have two guys with signature sneakers from one of the major companies?  (more…)

Culty Catch Up: First/Needing Matty Edition

Saturday, November 29th, 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.

First off, if you didn’t catch our Thanksgiving 5 on 5, check it out here. Highlights include the Cavs Thanksgiving parade with the inflatable Big Z arms float, the float of short-term Cavaliers, and a Cavs Christmas wish list.

During the Thanksgiving week, there aren’t many mind blowing NBA articles; however, I shoved aside my Turkey high, sort of how Tristan Thompson shoved John Wall to the ground (more on that later), and still managed to capture some interesting takes from the past seven days. Sheridan Hoops, the site that first broke the concept of LeBron James coming back to Cleveland, featured the Cavs prominently this week. Chris Bernucca’s weekly column dealt with the weaknesses of the King’s team. There’s a lot. Here’s one the national writers are currently noticing:

That is what gets teams into the playoffs and through the postseason wars. It is psychological as much as physical, and the Cavs don’t have a whole lot of depth in that area, either. Among their basic eight-man rotation, James and Marion are the only ones who have played in the playoffs this decade.

Love is in his seventh season and has played in any many postseason games as I have. So has Irving, a four-year veteran who sounded ridiculous when he said “I have been through the trenches” after Friday’s loss at Washington. Thompson was 74 games under .500 through his first three seasons. And while Varejao is a trusted trooper, he hasn’t been to the playoffs since James first left in 2010.

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A Grumpy Man and No Untouchables

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Make sure to go read Robert Attenwieler’s “Point Four-Ward” from earlier today. Play his recreating the 2007 Cavs Finals roster game.

LeBron might be just like a grandpa at the age of 29. He’s griped about Kyrie Irving not getting assists, the team lacking focus, and guys not playing good defense in less than a four week time span. Now, he thinks he’s playing too many minutes. Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has LeBron’s thoughts on playing the third most minutes a night in the NBA.

“For me, I don’t want to do that all year,” James said. “Obviously right now it’s difficult because we’re trying to find a groove and we’re trying to find a rhythm and we’re trying to find something that you can’t really, you don’t want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it.”

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The Celebration Critics and Shotcharts

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Make sure you check out Robert Attenweiler’s Point Four-Ward piece from today.

Less than a day ago, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love faced criticism for their celebration after the Cavs victory against the Pelicans. In their celebration, the two buddies did an elaborate handshake and broke down the doors of decent households all over America by appearing to mime the activity of smoking a marijuana cigarette. However, this was not what they were doing. Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has the official Cavs released statement on the perceived illegal activity.

“To clarify, they are quickly sharpening the end of an imaginary mustache at the end of their exchange with each other. It has nothing to do with smoking a joint as some blogs (and even some mainstream folks now) are suggesting/reporting.”

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The Cavs and Anthony Davis

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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Brian Windhorst posted a video previewing the Cavs matchup against the Pelicans for ESPN. He touches on the obvious stuff about the Wine & Gold needing to pass the ball and play defense. However, he brings up a very interesting point about covering Anthony Davis. Who on the Cavs can do it? Will LeBron James be forced to cover the Brow if the game is close in the fourth quarter?

Tristan Thompson is toast if AD drags him out of the paint and makes one pump fake, and Anderson Varejao will get really tired if he is forced to cover the blocking machine the entire game on pick and rolls and regular possessions. And, Kevin Love would need some of AD’s love in order to avoid being posterized. The Pelican’s Omer Asik is also a handful to boxout. No matter what, the Cavs bigs will have a tough night to keep Davis from tiring out the box score writer’s hand.

The video post is titled “Cavaliers Building Chemistry.” Chemistry wasn’t really talked about, but after watching the video, I can conclude that chemistry for the Cavs is going to be all about James covering the opposition’s best guy or any effective guy Love has to cover. Makes sense, who doesn’t want to be around a guy that does the dirty/hard part of their job? (more…)

The Bench’s Bird Rights

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson are the Cavs bench. Big T is even pushing starter minutes and Matty D is finishing fourth quarters, while both Shawn Marion and Mike Miller are failing to log just fifteen minutes a game. TT has played around 55 minutes this season while Anderson Varejao has played about 56 minutes. Delly finished the game against the Bulls playing more time than Dion Waiters, and he has the best plus/minus of anyone on the Cavs this season. He’s +21 for the year and other people, at least people outside of the Cavs:The Blog writing staff, are noticing. Jason Lloyd penned a piece for the Akron Beacon Journal with lots of praise for the Australian wonder after just two games.

Delly is in many ways the perfect complementary piece to the Cavs’ Big Three. He is a chameleon who can fit with most any other player on the floor. He keeps the ball moving offensively. He’s a gritty defender (something the Cavs sorely need right now) and he doesn’t feel an overwhelming need to shoot. In 48 minutes, he has taken just six shots (four 3-pointers).

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Together

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The new LeBron James billboard is being slowly unveiled.  The name on the back of LeBron’s jersey is finally visible.

 

Picture courtesy of the Plain Dealer's Twitter account

Picture courtesy of the Plain Dealer’s Twitter account

Additionally, LeBron just tweeted out his brand new Nike ad.  I might just play this on a loop for a few weeks.  Between The Essay and now this, LeBron has wrapped his arms around the region and is bringing us together.  And for that I can only say thank you.

It’s time.