What a ride the last month has been! Does anyone want to throw up yet?
To abate our dizziness, Mallory, Tom, and Robert stepped in the studio last night to discuss the season, Mike Brown, Dan Gilbert, David Griffin, and the search for yet another new coach. When you run in circles, it only feels like deja vu.
Cleveland won handily against a Brooklyn team that was, frankly, trying to lose. Brooklyn was angling to play Toronto in the first round of the playoffs instead of Chicago, and the loss ensured the Nets a sixth seed instead of a seventh. The final appearance for the 2013-2014 incarnation of the Cavs looked good against the collection of backups that the Nets trotted out. Tyler Zeller was sharp with 22 points and 11 rebounds on 9-11 shooting, and Dion Waiters added 19. Kyrie Irving finished with 15 points and five assists. Tristan chipped in a double double with 11 and 10, and no one played more than 27 minutes for Cleveland. For the men in black, Marcus Thornton and Andre Blatche threw up a combined 37 shots, including 16 threes, to notch 40 points between them. Coming off the bench, Anthony Bennett and Carrick Felix made their first appearances in months for Cleveland, and both had thunderous dunks and decent showings: Felix had 10 points and three dimes in 12 minutes, and Bennett got seven points and seven boards in 15.
This was the last time we’ll see some of these players in a Cavs uniform, and to that, I say: thanks for the memories, and via con Dios.
Sigh…Another season, another year sitting out of the playoffs. It’s beginning to feel like it’ll never happen.
To subside our sadness (and to chat about the big post by Robert last Friday), John, Robert, and I hopped on the old podcast line to discuss Robert’s interview with Brian Windhorst, Kyrie Irving’s Future, Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes’ extensions, Dion Waiters’ improvement, and the last two Cavalier games.
The Cavs completely dominated the Magic. Any worry that CavsNation had about Kyrie and Dion playing together were quickly dispelled. They were completely unstoppable and played the way we’ve been begging them to play for over a year. Kyrie was incredible, finishing 7-8 from the field, converting a bunch of awesome contested shots at the rack, and playing the role of distributor/defense-magnet quite well. Waiter was 10 of 15 shooting. He splashed all three of his 3s, and nine of his other 12 shots were taken in the paint. Perfect. Spencer Hawes, TRUE PATRIOT, flashed his passing and his 3-point stroke and Tristan Thompson was too much to handle. He made all eight of his free throws. Jarrett Jack and SuperDOVA managed the PG position well and Jack threw down a huge dunk. (I’m serious!) The execution tonight was just insurmountable, whether the Magic cared about winning or not. Even the shots the Cavs missed were open. They finished with 62 points in the paint and scored 70 points in the first. The Cavs are making it interesting!
Nate and I hopped in the ole podcast booth to talk at length about the Cavs. Mallory is in the process of posting to SoundCloud and iTunes, but, for now, the Podcast is available at Mixcloud
Tune in to find out about the game, the playoff race, #CavsRank, who the best dressed bench Cav is, which Cavalier legend I get to meet this weekend, and the details of our bet on whether the Cavs make the playoffs. Go Cavs!
17 games in, I have no idea what to make of the Cavaliers. One good win, one moral victory, and two abysmal losses. Seriously, what is going on with this team?
John, Nate and I podcasted out our thoughts, hopes, and frustrations with the season thus far, discussing Andrew Bynum’s breakout game against the Bulls, the struggles against the Spurs and Boston (and the loss against Miami), how to improve the team, and some trade talk (centered around Kyrie, Dion, and TT).
Well, this probably isn’t the way we all imagined the first 11 games going. 4-7, one of the worst offenses in the NBA, and the teams biggest “superstar” struggling mightily. Lets just say it hasn’t been pretty…
Colin, John (Welcome back!), and I hopped on podcast to vent our frustrations and chat about Kyrie Irving’s early season struggles, the Cavalier team disfunction, Dion Waiters’ potential (and misuse), Andrew Bynum’s success, and the failures of Anthony Bennett.
While the season my have started, no site-wide season preview is complete without an appearance by C:tB favorite Scott Raab.
Scott hopped on the line to chat about the offseason acquisitions, expectations for the non-rookies, this year’s draft picks, the return of Mike Brown, the looming Lebron contact, and projections for this NBA season. Scott also touches on both the Browns and the Indians, and speaks on the death of Lou Reed.
And the countdown is at ONE! We’ve reached Cavalier’s season’s eve. This is it – one day until our wildest hopes and dreams for this incarnation of the Cavs comes to fruition (or fall depressingly flat). Regardless, we’re finally here!
Colin, Patrick, Nate and I thought it best to hop on the line one last time (before our predictions quickly become moot) and run though the major questions looming over this team. Will the Cavs be improved? Will they make a trade? What will constitute a successful season? And did Chris Grant achieve his rebuild? All these and more are discussed, dissect, and answered.
TWO DAYS! That’s all we have to wait to see our beloved Cavs take the floor. I, like I’m sure most of you, cannot wait to see what this season has in store. From top to bottom the Cavaliers look primed for a playoff run. So what better way to celebrate the beginning of the best season of all – the NBA season.
This weekend all the C:tB writers (minus Kevin – we missed you, buddy!) hopped on the old podcaster to review the roster and discuss the challenges that the season holds.
Today, for part one, Robert Attenweiler, Tom Pestak, and I cover the roster from top to bottom. How good will Dellavedova be? Is Anthony Bennett a starter? And what kind of leap can we expect from TT in year three? All of this is covered, and more, as we touch on literally every player on the Cavs team.
Aaaaand we’re in the final stretch! Just a mere month until real, live, actual basketball! What better way to celebrate the waning days than a podcast?
Colin, Robert and I hopped on the line to discuss the biggest off-season surprises and disappointments, the contract extensions of Cousins, Wall, and George, The Washington Wizard’s improvements, and whether or not draft picks have become over valued (this question thanks to a tweet from reader Andy P).
We at CtB apologize for the technical difficulties in the podcast – we’re working out the off-season kinks all around.
Nate Smith is an Associate Editor. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to NE Ohio in 2000. He adopted the Cavs in 2003 and graduated from Kent State in 2009 with a BA in English. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or @oldseaminer on Twitter.
Tom Pestak is an Associate Editor. He's from the west side of Cleveland and lives and (mostly) dies by the success and (mostly) failures of his beloved teams. You can watch his fanaticism during Cavs games @tompestak.
Robert Attenweiler is a Staff Writer. Originally from OH, he's long made his home in NYC where he writes plays and screenplays (www.disgracedproductions.com) some of which end up being about Ohio, basketball or both. He has also written for The Classical and the blog Raising the Cadavalier. You can contact him at email@example.com or @cadavalier.
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