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