Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

Podcast: In Studio ESPNDayton

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Got another chance to chat in studio on ESPN Radio Dayton with my friend Mark Neal.

This was a fun one – talking about the big men of old, the modern point guard, what LeBron needs to do to win MVP (hint: dominating Steph Curry on Natl TV was step 1), and the value of tanking/draft/rookies.  We took calls too.  Nate called in to defend my honor after a previous caller took exception to me saying that rookies almost never become difference makers on good teams.

If you are a fan of The Buckeyes, Reds, Browns, or Bengals, Dayton Sports Scene with Mark Neal is one of the best sports radio shows I’ve come across.  And of course every Thursday between 5 and 6 I bring the Cavs to the forefront.

You can listen live, download podcasts, and there are even apps for iphone and android.

CtB Podcast, Episode 61 — Trade Deadline Musings

Friday, February 20th, 2015

After a frenetic trade deadline which saw 9% of the NBA moved, David Wood, Mallory Factor, and I answered the call of the CtB staffer’s conch, and assembled to podcast. We discuss trade day winners and losers, how Thursday’s trades effect the Cavs, our predictions for the the rest of the regular season, and Kevin Love’s highly retouched GQ cover. Also, included on this podcast is a fun episode of, “Story Time with Mallory.” We approach each subject with our brand of somewhat detail-oriented analysis and late night punchiness. Listen on Soundcloud above, with this link, or check us out on iTunes.

–Update: Technical difficulties scuttled the first Soundcloud post. Computers… am-I-right? All should be well now (though if the iTunes link isn’t updated yet, just wait for it).

Update II: Thanks to @pinwheelempire for the awesome trade deadline 2015 flowchart. Check out the full version here.

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal – Trade Deadline Recap

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

As always, Fresh from the 9-3-7, talking with my buddy Mark Neal.

Now you can stream it live, or download an app for your phone.

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Podcast Recap: Cleveland 105, L.A. Clippers 94 (or Just How Good is This Team?)

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Welcome to CtB Podcast episode 60! Tom, Mallory, and I watched the Cavs disassemble the Clippers for three quarters last night, and decided that we had to podcast about it. The Cavs built a 32 point lead in the first three quarters, and completely dominated the frustrated Clippers, who picked up five techs, a flagrant foul, and a Matt Barnes ejection in the contest. Blake Griffin led the Clips with 16 and eight rebounds, but was -24 for the game. Kevin Love led Cleveland with 24 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes, while LeBron kicked in 23 and nine assists, with only two turnovers in 28 minutes. That’s efficiency, my friends.

Using a main rotation of the starters + Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova, the Cavs were up 94-63 going into the final frame, before David Blatt cleared the bench. Shawn Marion, Mike Miller, James Jones, and Brendan Haywood got to play, and the Cavs starters got to rest. That led to a 31-11 quarter for the Clips, but it was all smiles in Cleveland at that point, despite a big quarter from the surly Clippers bench.

After the game, Chris Paul put his foot in his mouth when talking of standout referee Lauren Holtkamp, and had these lovely words to say about one of her calls.

There’s no way that can be a tech. … That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.

Personally, I thought Holtkamp did a nice job of not letting the whinefest from the Clippers get out of hand, and that Paul will probably face a hefty fine. The Clips seemed to want to junk up the game with hard fouls and chippy talk, and Lauren would have none of it.

Topics for this pod included the recap, discussion of our new favorite ref, positive signs from Kevin Love, Cavs win streak predictions, playoff predictions, MVP, ROY, COY,most improved, and an NBA finals argument. You can listen above, or directly on Soundcloud, or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ctb/id901486230 — Go Cavs!

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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Mark and I discuss Kyrie Irving’s Double Nickel Domination, The Kevin Love opt-out situation, and whether or not the Hawks are for real.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=453712

Podcast: Episode 59 – Midseason Report Card

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

At the halfway point of the season, Tom Pestak, Ben Werth, and I jumped into the podcast booth to talk about an array of topics: Mozilla, J.R. Smith, David Blatt, LeBron, Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins, Klutch Sports, and midseason report cards. Did you ever get tokens at Chuck E. Cheese for your report card when you were a kid? I used mine one year to get to level 76 on Gauntlet. How many tokens do you think your favorite Cav would get? What about the whole team? To find out our grades, you can listen on SoundCloud above…

and on iTunes at…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ctb/id901486230

Emergency Cavs: The Podcast, Episode 58 — The Sixers loss and the Waiters trade.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

We all watched perplexed as Joe Harris started tonight against the Sixers. Then, we were all shocked when news trickled in that J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were going to be Cavaliers, and that Dion Waiters, Alex Kirk, and Lou Amundson were going to be moving on. In the game, the Cavs blew a seventeen point lead to the worst team in the NBA and suffered a stunning defeat. It was overshadowed by an even more stunning trade of the fourth pick of the 2012 draft. Ben Werth will have a recap in the morning, but in the mean time Mallory Factor, David Wood, and I hopped in the emergency podcast booth to discuss the game, the state of the Cavs, the trade, and it’s implications. We’re as shocked as you are. And if you haven’t read Cory’s piece on Dion from this morning, it’s even more poignant now.

We can be found on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Recap and Podcast 57: Hawks 109 Cavs 101 (Or, moral victories may not be anything but they sure beat the hell out of getting embarrassed)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Check out the podcast that Nate and I recorded tonight. It’s available at Soundcloud , and iTunes. (CtB Episode 57!) Here’s a short and sweet recap to supplement your insatiable desire for Cavs analysis.  The Cavs moved the ball well in the first quarter and played the Hawks to a draw.  They completely choked when the Hawks turned up the intensity in the second quarter and then Kevin Love left the game with back spasms.  The Cavs, without LeBron, Love, or Marion, started the second half by watching Kyle Korver drain a couple of threes to push the lead to 17.  It looked like the Cavs were going to get blown out of the gym.  But they fought back behind the wizardry of Kyrie Irving, the power and relentlessness of Tristan Thompson, and some gutsy-if-not-quite-effective defense throughout the contest.  They were within striking distance throughout the fourth quarter in a back and fourth affair where they cut the deficit three on three different occasions, and to two with 4:43 left.  The Hawks absorbed the blows and settled into some two-man action between Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap, eventually putting the Cavs away.

Kyrie Irving finished with 35 points and nine assists (and almost none of his shots were easy looks) but he coughed it up eight times in a game where the referees refused the blow their whistles for three quarters without a coroner on the scene and flipped the switch in the fourth – needing little more than pantomime routines to stop the action.  Irving looked a lot like he did last year – dribbling through double teams, taking a lot of those “why not” 3s from five feet behind the line, and of course, finishing at the rim from impossible angles.

Tristan Thompson had a really nice game.  His energy, offensive rebounding, and finishing abilities infected the Cavs in the 3rd and 4th quarters.  His alley-oop execution of Jeff Teague was a sight to behold.  He finished with 18 points on 12 shots and 13 rebounds.  He was old-man-at-the-gym’d by Paul Millsap all night long with the help of the referees, but he played a valiant game.

Dion Waiters and Kevin Love didn’t show up, figuratively speaking, and since LeBron James and Shawn Marion literally didn’t show up this game tested the Cavs’ depth.  Joe Harris was 3/4 from beyond the arc and had a few heady plays (and a gut-wrenching layup attempt that licked every inch of the rim before willing itself out).

Someone put on James Jones’ jersey and a Mission Impossible 2 mask because at least three times I had to double take “wait…James JONES just rejected Paul Millsap at the rack!?”  He missed a bunch of wide open 3s and was supremely active on defense.  Not your mother’s James Jones.  Over/under on the number of days until JJ has three steals and two blocks again?  I’m going infinity days.

All in all it was nice to see the Cavs dig deep when the dam was about to burst and make a game of it.  The Hawks are a really good team and will be a formidable playoff foe.  Their offensive talent was too much for the Cavs to stop in the waning moments of the game.  Ultimately the Cavs need to play like this every night (a scrambling defensive effort for 48 minutes) and at full strength they will win more than they lose.

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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The streak is over!

Woe is he that has to recap that beat down at the hands of the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans.  ‘He’ is Ben Werth and will provide an insightful look at what went wrong when the sun checks in on Europe.

Until then, below is a radio interview from the past – well, just about 30 hours ago, when the Cavs were riding an 8-game winning streak.  Now they’ve lost two straight.  Quite the turnaround.  But let’s soften the blow with the bubble wrap of perspective: the Japanese Navy had a 78-year run of dominance leading up to the Battle of Midway, including the devastation at Pearl Harbor, the anniversary of which we just remembered last week.  And in less than 10 minutes (nary a quarter of an NBA game) three of the four aircraft carriers in the Japanese strike force were engulfed in flames and destroyed.  (the fourth followed later that evening).  The Japanese Navy never conducted a successful offensive again.  THAT my friends, is an abrupt end to a winning streak.  Hastag HistoryLesson.  The Cavs will get back to their winning ways in due time.  They’ve been a bit lifeless and have gotten into some bad habits.  The good news is that Kyrie, Love, LeBron, and most of the rotation is healthy.

I broke it down (the winning streak) with @ESPNMark.

Give it a listen!

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=444726&do=1

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Kyrie Irving’s magical snakeskin-ruby slippers helped the Cavs escape from the clutches of disappointment.  Nate’s going to have an epic recap up in a few hours.

In the meantime, I get on the radio with Mark Neal of Dayton’s Sports Scene every Thursday to talk Cavs and the NBA.  Below is today’s segment.  Give it a listen.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=443339