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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…)

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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