This game was an evisceration, a deconstruction, an immolation, a validation. Cleveland came out engulfed in flames on offense and defense, and eliminated any chance of Charlotte winning by midway through the second quarter. As Phil Hubbard noted, “The JR half-court lob to LeBron for a 60-27 lead with 4 or 5 minutes left in the second quarter was probably the earliest dagger in NBA history.” It happened at less than six minutes in, Phil. Unfortunately, no CtBers were available to watch all of the first half, and thus we had to rely on some of our most dedicated readers to help us recap this one. Just a warning, we might go a little long, tonight. We want to savor every second of this game.
1st Quarter (brought to you by EvilGenius)
Charlotte came to town winners of 8 of their last 9, and without allowing a team to drop a hundo on them since the calendar turned 2015. They were looking to provide the Cavs with the “inevitable trap game” but the Cavs were having none of that from the jump. Even though Mozilla lost the opening tip to Bismack Biyombo, that would be the LAST thing the Cavs would lose on this long, glorious, jailbreak of a night at the Q.
Sorry about the late post on the live thread, guys. We might have to start them all at halftime, though, cause it’s currently 75-40, with the Cavs shooting 61% to the Hornets 41%. In addition, Cleveland is outrebounding Charlotte 30-17. Keep it up, Cavs! THIS IS CLEVELAND!
Last week Mark and I lamented the sorry state of the Cavs [Listen Here] and wondered aloud how hot David Blatt’s seat must have been feeling. The Cavs have won four straight since – so we got a chance to talk about the new trade pieces and viability of a Hawks vs. Warriors NBA Finals.
The Cavs served the Jazz a simple two course dinner.
The Cavs invited Utah into the Q tonight for a basketball dinner. Gordan Hayward really thought it wouldn’t be a mean meeting, but he was in for a surprise. The King’s a bully. The Cavs ran the “all fast break all the time offense” and the “feed people to Mozgov because big Russians want to destroy little men” defense. This two course dinner was exactly what every Cavs fan wants to see served up all the time. The Wine & Gold held the Jazz to 41.7% shooting while scoring 22 points on the break. The whole team delivered this meal with the delicate touch of a waiter working somewhere where the dinner bill warrants a fifty dollar tip. Nothing was forgotten tonight, as all five starters scored above fifteen points for the second game in a row. Read the rest of this entry »
Remember that shot? Remember the night Gordan Hayward looked better than LeBron James did? Let’s hope the Cavs do. This game is a great chance for the Wine & Gold to avenge an early season loss where they played so badly that they made 32 free throws and still never had a sizable lead. Read the rest of this entry »
Four points I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers…
1.) Kyrie Irving is really winning me back over this season.
While everyone (CtB included) was quick to heap praise on the performance of newly-acquired center Timofey Mosgov in the Cavs 108-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls, Monday night, for me, was all about Irving.
It wasn’t his greatest shooting performance (7-16 for 18 points and only got to the free throw line four times) but watching Irving play surrounded by talent is to remember just the type of amazing plays he’s capable of on an every-time-down-the-floor basis. In fact — and it pains me to say this — he may have already passed LeBron James in that regard.
This is not to say that Irving is a better player than James. The Cavs recent losing streak with James out showed that, no, Irving still does not know how to win in this league. Too often, his brand of hero ball seems to send the Cavs to the wrong side of the win/loss column. He walks the ball up too much rather than pushing it. But, as we saw from Irving in the FIBA tournament this summer, when he seems to feel more trust in the players around him, Irving can look like one of the best players in the league.
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…
The Cavs finished off their West Coast road trip in style with a Hollyweird sweep. In their first game back to The Q, the boys in wine and gold square off with the division leading Chicago Bulls in their second matchup of the season. Cleveland took the first round in Chicago with an overtime victory thriller on Halloween night. Joakim Noah (ankle) is out, and Kevin Love makes his return to the lineup. Should be a slobberknocker. Go Cavs!
It’s no 2014-15 NBA Western Conference or anything, but Cavs: The Fantasy League is shaping up to be deeper and more competitive than it appeared as recently as a few weeks ago. The return of LeBron James has resuscitated my tailspinning Team Waiters Invaders, while Nate Smith’s Team Stark Delly Treys, Team Grover 13 and Team Evil Genius have all been putting together some fine fantasy basketball out on the fantasy court. These suddenly spry middle-packers raises questions about the true dominance of David Wood’s Team Alex Dirk just as Wood’s biggest competitor, Ben Werth’s Team The Deutschiest (first time this season I’ve typed that team name without looking at it for reference… We all got goals, people!) has hit the skids.
Along with Cols’ Team Buckets Don’t Lie, CtFL is a legit seven teams deep. Currently in the eighth spot, Mallory Factor and his Team The Factors of Love are on the outside looking in… kinda like Kevin Love watching the fourth quarter from the bench. Ouch. Sorry, Mal. Couldn’t resist.
But let’s get to our Week 12 action…
Wood, surveying the beautiful expanse that is CtFL from atop his ivory tower, was apparently looking past Team Evil Genius. Even as Wood was all like—
—EG was there to stand up for CtFL’s suddenly bulging middle section of talent.
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