WOW. If this was a playoff game it would have been an all-time classic. The Cavs caught the Raptors foaming at the mouth with revenge and somehow overcame a 69 point half. They blew a 19-point lead and honestly when the Raptors took the lead 93-91 on a backbreaking Lou Williams’ triple I thought the Cavs might lose by 19. But the Cavs absorbed everything the Raptors had to give, and silenced a raucous crowd over and over and over and over. There were a month’s worth of big shots in the second half alone. The Raptors stayed supernova hot, but LeBron James is the cosmic equivalent of a quasar – and his massive presence overshadowed everything that happened down the stretch.
The Cavs travel to America’s Cap tonight to battle the uneven Toronto Raptors, who have lost seven of their last 12 games but notched impressive victories against the Clippers and Hawks. Kyle Lowry has been struggling and may sit this one to rest some nagging ailments. If the Cavs win they will own the season series 3-1 and will move into a “virtual tie” with the Raptors for possession of the 2-Seed in the East. So there’s a lot at stake. Tonight’s blog sub-theme: Game Shows!
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Who is Timofey Mozgov?
First, if you haven’t read David’s excellent recap of last night’s win over the Celtics, do that first. Then, continue on to—
Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…
1.) All of the MVP talk that sprouted up around James following the Cavs brilliant performance against the Golden State Warriors last Thursday got me to thinking: what is the most number of games a player has missed in a season and still won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award?
In two games this past week, James came out with guns blazing against the current MVP front-runners, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Stephen Curry of the Warriors. Against the Warriors, James was magnificent, scoring 42 points on 15-25 shooting in what turned into a relatively easy victory against the team with (at the time) the league’s best record. Against Houston, James shot poorly (15-25 from the floor, 3-11 from the free throw line) but played as spirited and springy on defense as he has in a very long time. Regardless of how it ended, put his team in the position to win a game on the road against one of the league’s best teams without the help of the team’s all-star point guard.
Did James do enough in those two games to convince me that he’s still the game’s best player?
The Cavs dominated for 36 straight minutes tonight. They could have done so for 48 minutes. However, going into the fourth quarter ahead by 42 points is usually enough. There’s no need to pile on against any team, especially one that started a bunch of young guys and one seasoned vet. The story of the night was the Cavs: The Blog Haiku comment challenge. The commenters committed to the Haiku format and that helped the Cavs win big. And, my fellow blogger Nate Smith was at the game eating all he could (he had all you can eat seats). So we’ll add Haiku-commenting and Nate eating at the Q to the list of ways to help the Cavs win. Read the rest of this entry »
For fans of nationally televised, playoff-intensity basketball, it didn’t get much better than this overtime thriller between the Cavs and Rockets. And for fans of MVP-style match ups, there wasn’t a much better one to be had than The King vs. The Beard. Though the Cavs came out on the short end in this one, they fought hard against the third best team in the West and had a shot to win in the end. But, it’s hard to win on the road against good teams… and harder still when plagued by turnovers, rough shooting nights from downtown, too much MVP-ISO ball and (most importantly) poor free throw shooting. Read the rest of this entry »
Sorry for the delay guys!
LeBron is back and looking to take down another MVP rival in The Beard…
Cavs look to get back on the winning track (even without Kyrie). Going to be a challenging one today against the Rockets… I believe the Cavs will ride another strong performance from LBJ to victory…
Prediction: Cavs 115-111. Fire up the comments!
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.
Well… even though a Cavs loss was not the way I had hoped to start my first shot at a full recap, there was still a lot of heart to be found in the wine and gold squad last night. Though they were missing Kyrie (due to a shoulder strain) and LeBron (due to Coach Blatt’s decision to rest him), the rest of the team definitely came revved up to play.
Unfortunately, they got caught in the quagmire of the muddy pace of the Pacers for much of the game. Read the rest of this entry »