On the heels of an epic and exhausting Game 4, Tom, EvilGenius, and I got in the studio for an emergency podcast to break down where we were when LeBron hit the shot heard round the Association. We broke down the game, the play, coach Blatt, and the war of attrition that has been this series.
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Mark and I talked about all sorts of Cavs/Playoffs topics:
-LeBron’s approach to the game
-LeBron the passer vs LeBron the scorer and what the loss of Kevin Love means
-All the injuries
-Update on the 2nd round
-J.R. Smith’s return and how it will help
-The Warriors meet a team that plays meaner than them
-Mozgov’s mental fortitude
-Shumpert’s amazing playoff run
-The NBA changing the rules on seeding
-LMA going to San Antonio?
-Adjustments David Blatt made between games 1 and 2
-Tristan Thompson’s value
-The Cavs promotions and skit video
-Nate calls in to offer his shooting tips for DeAndre Jordan
In studio with Mark Neal to talk Kevin Love and the Cavs adversity going forward. We took some calls and went around the NBA playoffs.
With all the Cavs news floating around this week, we figured we needed to bring in a ringer. Former CtBer, Colin McGowan, joined me and Tom in the podcast booth for a marathon discussion. “The Mess in Massachusetts” weighed heavily on our minds, as did Kevin Love’s future with the Cavs, and that was just the start. Then we asked the tough questions. Who’s going to step up for the Cavs? Were the Cleveland and Boston suspensions just? Can the Cavs win in the next round? We broke down the playoff match-ups for the Cavs and the rest of the East, and gave our latest finals picks too. Then the Kevin Love surgery news broke! After lamenting, we added our thoughts on David and EG’s Hack-a-DeAndre duel, video games, the the champagne of beers, and, of course T-Shirts! WHEW! Thanks to @cs_mcgowan for a very fun podcast, despite the bad news. Here’s Colin’s Kevin Love article from Wednesday, plus his pieces on the Boston Game, J.R. Smith, and free-throws.
Short podcast today. I’ll be in studio again Thursday for the regular hour-long segment. But Mark and I talked about the news that Kevin Love will likely miss the remainder of the playoffs.
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.
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.
-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.
— Thomas Pestak (@tompestak) April 3, 2015
-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?
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.