Live Thread: Cavs vs. Wizards (Fan Appreciation Night Version)

April 15th, 2015 by EvilGenius

 

Yes Cavs fans, it’s the last game of the regular season. The Cavs are resting LeBron and keeping Kyrie and his hip on a minutes restriction, but the rest of your favorite wearers of the Wine & Gold will be out on the floor.

Before you dive headlong into playoff mode, take this last respite to reflect on this awesome regular season. Then… bring on the Celtics!

The Point Four-ward: A Merciful End to the Regular Season

April 15th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers on the final day of the 2014-15 NBA regular season…

1.) While the Celtics won’t be pushovers in the first round, it’s clear why the Cavs would prefer to play a relatively young Boston team over a resurgent (until the last two games, anyway) Brooklyn team and a Pacers team who have given the Cavs problems all year and just got their star player, Paul George, back for the stretch run and likely beyond.

The Celtics are hot at exactly the right time. Winners of four straight and seven of the last ten, head coach Brad Stevens’ squad ranks third in points per game (111.5), third in assists per game (26.3) and first in steals (13.3) over the ten game span prior to Tuesday night’s game against Toronto.

Also, in the month of April the Celtics have been allowing only 97.4 points per 100 possessions, good for fifth best in the league. They feature a dangerous scorer in Isaiah Thomas (20.7 points and 5.5 assists in April) and some lively big bodies in Brandon Bass and former Cavalier Tyler Zeller to go along with an absolutely dogged perimeter defense led by Avery Bradley and rookie Marcus Smart.

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Recap: Cavs 109, Pistons 97 (or, That Was, Like, Fun…*)

April 14th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Like most of us… LeBron is just itching to start the playoffs.

[*Alternate title courtesy of C:tB commenter Joey B]

The Cavs got one step closer to the second season with a win in game number 81 over the lottery-bound Pistons. This contest was like a welcome breath of fresh air after the pungent stink of the Boston sandwich from this past weekend. All five starters began the game on the floor, and played like the well-oiled machine that shredded the league for the last three months. The only real negative takeaway from this one was the tightening up of Kyrie’s hip, which caused him to leave the game at halftime (he would not return due to precautionary measures), and was a bucket of cold water on an otherwise positive night at the Q.

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Live Thread: Cavs vs. Pistons

April 13th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Will Cavs fire on all cylinders against the Pistons? More importantly, will anyone care?

The Cavs come into this critical contest, having dropped their last two and hoping to avoid their longest losing streak since January against the feisty Pistons… oh wait, it’s not the playoffs yet? <stifled yawn>

Okay, let’s start again… The Cavs, after a weekend holiday against the Celtics where they generously rested their starters to make sure Boston would be their first round opponent to get them ready for the playoffs, will be back to full strength tonight against a Detroit team coming off one of their biggest wins in what was once a promising campaign. Welcome to the penultimate wind-down game to the 2014-15 season.

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Recap: Boston 117, Cleveland 78 (or, that’s no clover; that’s a buzzsaw)

April 13th, 2015 by Nate Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, sans Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and LeBron James hung with the playoff hungry Boston Celtics for all of one quarter before the effects of missing four starters were too much to overcome. The Cavs imploded in the second period, when they turned the ball over eight times, and the Celtics ran rampant for 34-9 rout in 12 minutes.

Not surprisingly, the Cavs were unable to make up the 76.5 points per game that their four missing starters provide, and were outscored 62-47 in second half as well. Of course, the Cavs had little to play for with the second seed in the East sewn up, and the chance to rest their starters couldn’t be passed up. In a game like this, one must ignore the score and look for the silver linings in the clouds.

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Live Thread: Cavs @ Celtics

April 12th, 2015 by Nate Smith

Whoops! Time got away from me on a home improvement Sunday, so I’m throwing up the live thread a little late. Cavs face the Celtics for the second time in two games, and are sans J.R., Kevin, LBJ, and Kyrie. A tall order is in store for the zoo crew. After one quarter they’re hanging in. Let’s hope it keeps up. Go Cavs.

Recap: Celtics 99, Cavaliers 90

April 12th, 2015 by Tom Pestak

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Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert sat this one out.  The Cavs came out lifeless on offense and allowed the Celtics to break loose a bit at the end of the half.  They put together one excellent quarter, the 3rd, as LeBron pushed the tempo and Lazarus Mike Milller canned three 3s, bringing the Cavs all the way back to momentarily take the lead.  Blatt preferred Kevin Love and LeBron James call it a day after 3, and the Cavs 8 through 12 guys faltered down the stretch, ending an impressive home win streak and increasing the probability that the Celtics earn some playoff experience this season.

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Celtics

April 10th, 2015 by Tom Pestak

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Brad Stevens, Isaiah Thomas, and the Celtics visit Cleveland tonight for the start of a back to back against the Cavs (they play again Sunday).

The last time the Celtics were in town, the Cavs held a lead of 39 points in the 3rd quarter.  With the Cavs locking up the 2-seed, the outcome of this game is of little consequence for the Wine and Gold.  However, the Celtics could be a 1st round playoff opponent, so this is a good chance for the Cavs to get a feel for them and establish an appropriate level of fear.

Kyrie Irving will not play tonight with an apparent hip injury.

 

Links to the Present: Warriors Edition

April 10th, 2015 by David Wood

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Sometimes trying to come up with a unifying theme for a links piece is next to impossible. This week the theme came easily. During my hours of research, massive coffee consumption, and periodic breaks to take my dogs outside, I realized a bunch of the pieces pointed out that the Warriors are pretty awesome. Their TNT game against Portland last night just solidified that fact for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast: Looking Back, Looking Forward

April 9th, 2015 by Tom Pestak

Hung out with my friend Mark Neal in studio today and we discussed the following:

-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.

-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?