Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

Podcast: Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Mark and I talked about the Cavs successes, all the potential 1st round sweeps, the Warriors’ second gear, the epic Spurs/Clippers series, and more.

A close look at the playoff stats so far and two things stands out about the Cavs/Celtics.

1.) Over the last 20 games of the regular season, the Celtics were the 3rd best team in the league at running guys off the 3 point line.  Despite that, the Cavs have made 32 3s in 3 games, which is topped by only Chicago (38) and Golden State (34).  It’s worth noting that both of those teams have played more minutes than the Cavs due to overtimes.

2.) Over the last 20 games of the regular season, the Celtics were the 10th best team in the league at preventing offensive rebounds for opponents (or, corralling defensive rebounding opportunities).  They’ve not fared well against the Cavs.  Led by Tristan Thompson, snatcher of 14 offensive boards, the good guys are second (Golden State) in offensive rebound rate in the playoffs, sporting a .299 mark (about 30% of the Cavs’ missed shots are being secured for 2nd chance opportunities).

The made 3s and the offensive rebounds are what has separated (on paper) the Cavs and the Celtics.

Playoff Preview Podcast with Mark Neal

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Hung out with my friend Mark Neal in studio and we dove into all the playoff matchups.  Give it a listen and get pumped for the playoffs.  It’s time.

Don’t forget to order your CtB T-Shirt!


Podcast Episode 64: 2014-2015, Season of Wow

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

On the heels of a fantastic final day of regular season NBA play, we commissioned four of our finest voices to produce an epic podcast discussing the epic 82 game season we just witnessed. It’s been a long six months since October, and as Tom said, this was really three seasons in one, and now we’re on to our fourth. Mallory, Tom, David, and I look back on this season and preview the playoffs in this pod. We tackle the tough questions with our own brand of humor and and insight. Who will the Cavs challengers be? Who’s going to come out of the West? Will it be anyone but the Cavs or Hawks in the East? What were the season’s defining moments? Who does Mallory think the most “beautiful person on the planet” is? What beer have you been drinking lately? Oh, and there’s a big unveil towards the end. It’s, as always, an entertaining and informative listen — if we do say so ourselves.

You can listen above, or on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Podcast: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hung out with my friend Mark Neal in studio today and we discussed the following:

-Playoff Seeding and the implications of resting against Boston

-The Cavs recent 8 out of 9 stretch (prioritizing defense, maybe settling a bit on offense)

-Reflecting on opening day, the hopes that haven’t materialized, and the massive growth that has been realized.

-The New Lob City is on the Shores of Lake Erie.

-Mozgov as the answer to so many questions.

-LeBron’s 2-week hiatus

-Kyrie Irving’s improvements: how he’s fit in the offense and worked so hard defensively (no more “fly-paper” picks)

-What’s eating Cincinnati fans

-Rookie of the Year (Wiggins / Mirotic)

-Jahlil Okafor as the #1?

-Centers in today’s NBA

Give it a listen, and give me some feedback.  What would you like to hear on the next podcast?

Podcast Episode 63: Wind(y)ing Down the (regular) Season

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

It’s an unfamiliar place we Cavs fans find ourselves — that’s right, looking past the regular season, and forward to the playoffs! We gathered our forces from around the globe for a podcast: David Wood and Ben Werth joined me to talk Cavs and basketball. As usual, the best stuff happened after we turned the microphone off, but the stuff we talked about before that was pretty good too. The biggest topic: the Windhorst/Simmons B.S. Report from Tuesday, but topics also included the upcoming playoffs, the rest of the regular season, and as always, beer. We can be found on the above link, on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Podcast: Talking about The Kevin Love situation

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

I had the opportunity to visit my friend Mark Neal in studio again this week.  We talked about the Kevin Love situation at length.  Give it a listen.

Don’t forget to check out (and comment on) Ben’s recap.


Emergency Podcast Episode 62 — Cavs down Spurs! + Bonus Pod!

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Robert will have a recap up after this, but in the mean time, Tom and I, unable to sleep after tonight’s awesomeness, got in the studio to talk about this epic Cavs win. In case you missed it, this was one of the great Cavalier NBA regular season games of all time. LeBon scored 30, and Kyrie Irving scored a Cavalier record 57, including a three at the regulation buzzer to force overtime. On this podcast, we talk about the epic game, Kyrie Irving, the fantastic play of the both teams, LeBron’s mean mugging, celebrations, and how winning absolves everything, even Tristan Thompson’s leather pants. You can listen above, on Soundcloud, or on iTunes.

BONUS COVERAGE!: Tom was on Dayton radio yesterday afternoon to discuss all things Cavalier. So you got that going for you too — which is nice.

Podcast: In Studio ESPNDayton

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Got another chance to visit Mark Neal in Studio for Dayton’s Sports Scene.  We took a lot of calls, and covered a lot of topics, including…

The Cavs thrilling win against the Raptors.

The negative aspects of Kobe’s legacy.

What is Sam Hinkie doing?

How Tom got into the NBA subculture.

Can The Warriors win it all?

Don’t sleep on the Pacers

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.