A Grumpy Man and No Untouchables

November 19th, 2014 by David Wood

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Make sure to go read Robert Attenwieler’s “Point Four-Ward” from earlier today. Play his recreating the 2007 Cavs Finals roster game.

LeBron might be just like a grandpa at the age of 29. He’s griped about Kyrie Irving not getting assists, the team lacking focus, and guys not playing good defense in less than a four week time span. Now, he thinks he’s playing too many minutes. Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has LeBron’s thoughts on playing the third most minutes a night in the NBA.

“For me, I don’t want to do that all year,” James said. “Obviously right now it’s difficult because we’re trying to find a groove and we’re trying to find a rhythm and we’re trying to find something that you can’t really, you don’t want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it.”

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The Point Four-ward: Brewer(y) Tour

November 19th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the Cavs were interested in trading for Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavs have the trade exception they acquired in the Keith Bogans merry-go-round and, therefore, would not have to include a player in the trade. The Wolves are said to be looking for “future assets” in exchange for freeing up their glut on the wing and the Houston Rockets have also been listed as a potential trade partner. The Cavs roster stands at 15 right now, so if they don’t include a player in the trade, one would have to be released.

If this trade happens, Brewer likely slides right into the starting lineup, moving Shawn Marion back to the bench. At 6-9, Brewer brings tremendous length to both the shooting guard and small forward spots. Outside of being Kevin Love’s preferred touchdown target for his outlet passes, Brewer has never been known for his offense. He’s never developed into even an average three-point shooter (29% for his career), but he has a tendency to find ways to contribute across the box score.

2.) The Cavs interest in Brewer seems to come down to two things: a.) his relationship with Love and b.) the Cavs front office realizing that their defense is even worse off than they thought coming into the season.

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Recap: Nuggets 106, Cavaliers 97 (Or, Sniff, Cough, Nothing to See Here )

November 18th, 2014 by Ben Werth

 

Monday night’s NBA game at Quicken Loans Arena featured a streaking home team fresh off a magical shooting display. The Cleveland Cavaliers were rounding into shape. The projected offensive juggernaut increased its scoring output in four consecutive games culminating in the complete annihilation of the Atlanta Hawks. Cleveland’s opponent was a disappointing team which had recently lost six in a row. The Denver Nuggets’ lone victory after opening day had come against an Indiana team featuring Donald Sloan. To say that this had the potential to be a “trap game” would have been a supreme understatement.

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Nuggets

November 17th, 2014 by Ben Werth

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Denver fans miss George Karl slightly more than Cavalier fans miss Mike Brown. The Nuggets come into The Q with a 2-7 record and a particularly boring brand of basketball. Brian Shaw is already on a slightly warm seat after an early season six game losing streak.

The Cavaliers began their four game run in The Mile High City. Though they will probably not make their first 11 threes of the game, the Cavs should extend their streak to five.

Prediction: 114-98 Cavs

Bonus: Randy Foye will drop 25

Fantasy Notebook: It’s Cavs/Wizards Week!

November 17th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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The NBA and your fantasy team are ready to kick off Week Four with a particularly fun fantasy/reality wrinkle for Cavs fans. The 5-3 Cavaliers visit the 7-2 (as of now) Wizards with some early season bragging rights on the line.

For the Wiz: On Saturday, Beal announced that he would begin practicing with the Wizards this week and was eyeing Friday’s game against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers to make his return. Wizards coach Randy Wittman hasn’t confirmed Beal’s return date, but the third year shooting guard is expected to practice on Monday for the first time since suffering a non-displaced fracture to his left (non-shooting) wrist back in October. In Beal’s absence, Wittman has been starting Garrett Temple, who had become a fantasy darling with a torrid stretch of minutes/points/rebounds. Temple has, not surprisingly, come back to earth recently, scoring just over four points a game over his last four. Expect Temple’s reintroduction to gravity to continue as Beal begins to work himself back into the Wizards lineup.

 

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Recap: Cavs 127, Hawks 94 (Or, Gaze in Awe at the Meteor Shower)

November 15th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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The Hawks are a good team.  With a healthy Al Horford, a Spursian offense, and one of the best starting 5s in the East, this figured to be a tough challenge for the Cavaliers, who miraculously survived a much-less-talented Celtics squad last night.  The Cavs made their first six threes but could seemingly do nothing to stop the Hawks’ dribble penetration.  With three minutes left in the quarter the Cavs led just 24-21, despite converting 6/6 from downtown.  LeBron was involved in everything.  Then Coach Blatt sat LeBron down and I thought “this is gonna get ugly”.  It did.  For the Hawks.  The Cavs went on a 41-8 run, threw a lead anvil on the gas pedal, and started setting all-time records.

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Hawks

November 15th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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The Cavs are back home against the high octane Atlanta Hawks.  Al Horford is healthy again and the Hawks have one of the best starting lineups in the league.

Cavs need to play a modicum of defense tonight or they won’t be as fortunate as they were against the Celtics.

Prediction: 120-110 Hawks

Recap: Cleveland 122, Boston 121 (or “Once We Start Playing Defense, We’re Really Going to be Something.”)

November 15th, 2014 by Nate Smith

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The title quote was by David Blatt after an amazing comeback win by the Cavs last night. Let’s get to it.

First Quarter: This one started out with Love on the left block on offense, and then devolved to a frenetically paced post-pattern drill, highlighted by numerous Kevin Love touchdown passes, including one over two Celtics that would have mad Brian Hoyer proud. LeBron caught it and two step flushed. A full court alley-oop dunk is coming before the end of the season. Unfortunately, Cleveland was giving up more than they got and by halfway through the quarter the Cavs were down by 17-11. A David Blatt timeout ensued.

That whole meme about LeBron’s lack of “explosiveness” seemed like a story from eons ago, as James looked like he was shot out of a canon every time he took off down the floor, and his pace matched the game’s. At one point in the first, a Celtics-Cavs-Celtics field goal sandwich took about 10 seconds as Brandon Bass scored, LeBron beat the camera down the floor to find TT for a layup, and then Rondo returned the favor to Kelly Olynyk. This whiplash inducing sequence prompted Austin Carr to prophetically comment that at this pace the game was going to be in the 120s.

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Live Thread: Cavs at Celtics

November 14th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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The Cavs are Boston tonight to take on the Celtics.  It feels like a lifetime ago that LeBron took off his jersey in the tunnel and left a crater in his wake.  And when I say crater I really mean a Death Star->Alderaan level impact.

Brad Stevens was enjoying a showering of Atta-boys after he barely missed winning the NCAA Championship.

Rajon Rondo was just a pup…you get the point, it was a long time ago.

The Cavs have historically been terrible at the New Garden (have lost 16 of 20), let’s hope tonight is the beginning of a new era.

Dion Waiters is listed as probable.  Joe Harris’ ‘stache continues to develop.

Predictions?

Mailing it in: Your Roster Changes

November 14th, 2014 by Nate Smith

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Long weekend here at the CtB offices. We all took off a day early in anticipation of this weekend’s games. The Cavs head to Boston tonight, and play the 3-and-4 Celtics at 7:30. Then it’s back to the Q for a 7:30 match-up with the 4-and-3 Hawks on Saturday.  I don’t know about you, but four days was a long time to wait for my Cavs fix. I’m wearing my Ben Wallace wig, going through cold sweats, and clutching my Boobie Gibson bobble-head. (I need to buy some new gear.)

To get us through, let’s talk about whether you think this Cavs team is ready to roll through for the rest of the season, or whether this first half a dozen games has made you consider some roster changes. Would you leave it the same? Are there any positions/players you think the Cavs need to add? Subtract? Is there a shotblocker you’ve had your eye on? Does the cut of Will Cherry’s jib offend your basketball palette? If you don’t want to talk roster, why don’t you reveal your favorite Cavaliers mid-game snack? Heck. Share a recipe if you want. If you really wanted, you could even talk Celtics and Hawks, but wouldn’t you rather have the formula for beer nog and Triscuit nachos?