The Point Four-ward: How Buddy Ball Won Out

January 30th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler


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

1.) This time last season, I couldn’t have expected I’d be uttering the following statement: the two Cavaliers players I most enjoy watching this season are Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.

Now, sure, even before Wednesday night’s Kyrie-a-thon, that’s not the craziest thing in the world to say. It’s not like saying I’m tuning in just for the chance to see three glorious minutes of Mike Miller or James Jones. But this time last year, I was firmly on Team Dion and was more than open to criticizing the highly-susceptible-to-criticism play of Irving and Thompson, a.k.a. Team Buddy Ball.

But here we are now…

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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

January 30th, 2015 by Tom Pestak

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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.

10 Things I Like About….Тимофей Павлович Мозгов

January 29th, 2015 by Cory Hughey


Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov have been linked as potential trade targets of the Cavs for some time and both actually came to fruition. I’ve questioned if NBA talking head’s sources were real or Fernet Branca hallucinations like the one I had when I tore my meniscus running out of the Cosmo in Vegas and then micturated on the side of the Aria. Moral of the story, don’t ever drink an entire bottle of Fernet Branca, and don’t initially dismiss all NBA rumors as page view spam.

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Recap: Cleveland 99, Portland 94 (Or, I AM KYRIE, HEAR ME ROAR)

January 29th, 2015 by David Wood


“I am Kyrie, hear me roar,

With a three stroke too great to ignore,

And I score too much to go back and pretend,

Cause I’ve heard all before,

I’ve been on the ground, restricted part of the floor,

And, no one’s ever gonna stop my threes again!”

Kyrie started the night 0-7 and then proceeded to shoot 17-29 from the field on his way to a career high 55 points. He willed in 11 three pointers on 19 attempts, and had 16 of the Cavs final 20 points. And, boy is his back sore. Kevin Love scored ten points in the first quarter and nothing the rest of the game. Timofey was the second leading scoring getting just 12 points. The craziest stat of all: Irving had just three turnovers. The Blazers really put up a fight, led by LaMarcus Aldridge. He scored 38 points on 13-23 shooting and had 11 rebounds. He even made two threes. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Trail Blazers

January 28th, 2015 by David Wood


The Cavs come home tonight for the second game of a back-to-back against the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Blazers will be unusually rested because their game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday was postponed due to snow. Portland last played on Saturday and beat the Wizards. Read the rest of this entry »

Fantasy Notebook: The Rise of the Evil Genius

January 28th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler


If you haven’t already, check out Tom’s recap of last night’s Cavs win over the Pistons.

Now, onto CtFL Notes:

Right now, I’m reading the book Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – the Creators of Superman by Cleveland-based author Brad Ricca. Now, “amazing” might be overselling the adventures of these two Depression Era chums who, over the course of several years of self-publishing, unrequited submissions and trial and error, go on to create one of the most iconic characters of the 20th century, but it does paint an interesting picture of the slow shaping and reshaping that it often takes before even the best ideas take hold.

For instance, did you know that one of Siegel’s early pitches for the comic that would become Superman had its hero come not from the Planet Krypton but from Earth’s distant future? His father sent the young would-be hero back in time to help save the planet Earth which, much like Krypton in the story we all know, is on the brink of destruction.

Interesting. But I think I like Krypton better.

So, what does this story have to do with Cavs: The Fantasy League?

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Recap: Cavs 103, Pistons 95 (Or, sometimes talent is enough)

January 27th, 2015 by Tom Pestak

The Cavs defeated the Pistons to win their seventh straight game.  This one was the definition of an uneven game.  The Cavs were about as lethargic as I’ve seen them in the opening minutes before LeBron decided to push the tempo off every miss, taking over the game in spurts.  Cleveland couldn’t hit 3s no matter how open until they hit four straight to push their lead to 15 points in the third.  (They finished 9-34 from downtown.)  Shawn Marion gave an inspired two-way effort in the first half and barely saw the court in the second.  LeBron, for all his spurious wizardry was downright horrific in the fourth quarter.  Kyrie Irving had one of his best games as a Cavalier.  There were periods were the only offense the Cavs could generate was on the heels of Kyrie’s defense and in the 4th quarter he alone kept the Pistons at arms-length.  The Pistons had moments where they completely dominated the Cavs with dribble drive penetration and individual post moves from Greg Monroe.  Andre Drummond dominated the defensive glass and sent six shots back from whence they came.  But he finished an abysmal 6-17 from the field and missed a handful of point-blank bunnies, including an uncontested one in the final moments that would have made the game much more interesting.  A win is a win, but the Cavs played like the 25th best team in the league outlasting the 27th best team.  That both teams shot 42% and the Pistons had zero defensive answers for LeBron dribble drives while the Cavs defensive effort was Swiss cheesian tells you how poorly these teams executed on offense.

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Live Thread: Cavs @ Pistons

January 27th, 2015 by Nate Smith

Detroit drubbed the good guys 103-80 the 28th of December, and tonight Cleveland seeks revenge. Lots has happened for both teams since. Brandon Jennings was lost for the season to an achilles injury last week, and D.J. Augustin started in his stead on Sunday. He scored 35 in 37 minutes against the Raptors, with 77% True Shooting. So shutting him down is a priority. Detroit features balanced scoring (five guys average double features), a dynamic duo of Monroe and Drummond in the middle, glue guy Kyle Singler, and solid coaching from Stan Van Gundy. Hopefully, the Cavs are revenge minded and can shut down the Pistons in the Motor City. Go Cavs!

Resisting the Urge

January 27th, 2015 by Nate Smith



The Cavs have been linked to quite a few different players of late, from the recently released Nate Robinson and Jordan Farmar to China’s Bobby Brown and Will Bynum. Heck, there’s even been talk about bringing in Golden Buckeye candidates, Tayshaun Prince and Ray Allen. The Cavs, though, should resist any temptation to mess with the roster right now. I know, I know. This from the guy who said about a dozen times that you can never have too many “bullets in the gun,” but after my lamentations about roster construction earlier this year, David Griffin went out and brought in three rotation players that have markedly changed the talent level of the starting lineup and the bench. Those moves worked, LeBron got healthy, and now the team is winning. So don’t screw it up! The Cavs brass should resist the urge to mess with the roster. They should respect the streak, learn from team history, and not sacrifice the team’s future.

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Midseason 5 on 5

January 26th, 2015 by Cory Hughey

Cavs fans, here’s five questions for five Cavs the Bloggers. And when you’re done with this, head on over to, for a peak at the newly created weekly TrueHoop Network Roundup. We’re really trying hard to create an “ESPN TrueHoop Network Revival.” Please take a minute or ten to check out the great content on our sister sites. In the mean time, here are the questions that have been burning a hole in our brains.

1. How are you feelings about the Wiggins/Love trade now?

Tom: I hadn’t slept in weeks so I decided to check myself into therapy. Now I realize this is all my parents fault. If they hadn’t nurtured me and put up that basketball hoop in my driveway I never would have fallen in love with this God-forsaken sport. [Reaches for pills…hands shaking]

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