First – congrats on the entire C:tB team – we’ve reached 50 podcasts! Thanks to all our listeners who have supported us over the last two (or three?) years.
Can you believe it – we’re a mere FOUR days from the 2014 NBA draft! Embiid is injured, Blatt is the head coach, and no one (including the front office) has a clue WHAT to do with the number one overall pick. Nate, Ben, and I do, though. So we hopped on the line to discuss the new head coach hire, who the Cavs should draft (and whether or not they should trade the pick), what will happen to Embiid, and what other surprises the draft holds.
Are the 2014 Spurs the greatest team we’ve ever seen? After the Spurs victory, Tom and Nate hopped in the podcast booth to discuss the series. According to Tom, these Spurs are the greatest group of guys since Emilio Estevez coached the Mighty Ducks to the Minnesota state Pee Wee championship. San Antonio’s next task? Defeating world hunger in a seven game series. But seriously, the Spurs were pretty darned dominant. We talked about San Antonio, Manu, Timmy, Pop, Tony, and Kawhi and what this series means for the future of the NBA. How does it influence the Cavs draft, their coaching search, and where the members of the Heat end up playing next fall? Oh, and we decided that LeBron’s choice of where to play is no longer the most important NBA off-season news.
HOLY CRAP! The good news still has not settled in. And no, I’m clearly not talking about a certain owners daughter (who happens to, weirdly enough, share a name with me…Fate much?) being easy on the eyes. For the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers are selecting number one. WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!?!
I’m still jazzed about this. I know Nate, Tom, and David are too. Heck, I’m sure you are all as well. So we all hopped on on the energency podcast line to discuss the pick, who it will be, who it won’t be, potential trades for the pick, and why the Cavaliers are, as always, going to somehow botch this.
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.
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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