Underrated Andy

September 3rd, 2014 by Nate Smith

Sorry, Kyrie, but Anderson Varejao is the third most important player on the 2014-2015 Cavs. I came to this conclusion as I watched Andy outplay his starting teammates, Tiago Splitter and Nene, in a losing effort versus Spain, Monday. In a game in which Pau Gasol looked as good as he has in six years, Varejao played very well, and reminded us that his presence is vital if Cleveland is to contend for a championship this season.

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Feeling Cavalier in Spain; Opening Weekend

September 1st, 2014 by Ben Werth

The inaugural FIBA World Cup is officially underway. Two days of group play has yielded relatively expected results: USA and Spain look dominant, Goran Dragic is hilariously fun to watch, Iran isn’t very good at bringing the ball up and the talented Brazilian frontline will challenge Spain’s for bigman bragging rights. That is all very good. But, as stated in the preview, this series is dedicated to the Cavaliers.

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Being a shadow of one’s former self can be a good thing.

Kyrie got the start and played solid ball against Finland. The Finnish guards are so weak that Irving didn’t really have to break out his Team USA defensive stance. To be honest, he looked “regular season Cavs” in this one, but it’s hard to blame him. Kyrie was a totally different player against Turkey. For large stretches of this heavily contested game, Kyrie controlled pace, (perhaps to fault; he still loves walking that ball up) and played hard-nosed all around ball.

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Links to the Present: Labor Day Edition

September 1st, 2014 by David Wood

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The news today is going to be short and simple.  Read it with your coffee before heading outside to enjoy some grilled delights and cold beers with family and friends. I’ll start with the “Not A (Team USA) Recap: Team USA 98, Turkey 77.”  The US team faced their first scare of the tournament when they entered the locker room down five at halftime.  Sekou Smith of NBA.com has a good summary of the game up if you missed it.  Kyrie Irving continued adding to his international resume; he had 13 points on 5-9 shots to go with five assists and four rebounds.  The other guards struggled.  Derrick Rose shot 0-4 for two points while Stephen Curry shot 3-9 for nine points.  Curry also had five steals. Read the rest of this entry »

Feeling Cavalier in Spain; FIBA World Cup

August 29th, 2014 by Ben Werth

As Spain is rather famous for swashbuckling and suave cavaliers, it seems only fitting that the Cleveland Cavaliers will play important roles for their respective international teams in the Inaugural FIBA World Cup. Let’s hope the young Cavs (let’s just pretend Andy is young) will focus more on crisp ball swings and active defense than seducing a Zerlina or taking out a troublesome commendatore. (Cavs: The Blog: your random source of operatic entertainment.)

In this series of FIBA coverage, I will focus predominantly on the performance of the Cavaliers participating in the Cup. You don’t need me to remind you that Spain’s front court is ridiculously stacked with the Gasols and Ibaka dwarfing the USA bigmen, or that Greece’s backcourt will be ridiculously entertaining with the Greek Freak and Nick Calathes handling the ball. (For more on that, read Grantland’s preview). Instead, this space will be devoted to Cleveland Cavalier performance.

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Links to the Present: Money and Weight Edition

August 29th, 2014 by David Wood

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Kevin Love wants money, and you can’t blame him.  Brian Windhorst explains Love’s contract situation and why he isn’t going to sign his player option for next year or take an extension right now.  It’s nothing personal towards the Cavs organization.

Summing it up, if Love signed today, he’d assure himself $37 million more guaranteed. If he waits until next summer, he can assure himself $107 million more guaranteed.

And, of course, if he does get hurt, the player option for next season is a great insurance policy worth $16.7 million.

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For the Love Of…!

August 28th, 2014 by Mallory Factor II

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It’s impossible to say something that hasn’t already been said about the this off-season.  We’re all aware of the impact on the league and the region, and we’re also aware of the potential consequences that come with trading Wiggins and Bennett.  I’m not here to put the last three months into an NBA context because I wont be able to contribute anything fresh (and, lets be honest, no one really knows what will happen this season or any future season). More, I think the largest unspoken impact this summer has had, and the impact that has been largely overlooked, is on a fanbase dying for something to be positive about.

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Links to the Present: Best Summaries Edition

August 27th, 2014 by David Wood

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Today is going to start with “Not A (Team USA) Recap: Team USA 101, Slovenia 71 (Or, Making Me Proud).”  Kyrie Irving is impressing the world during these FIBA tournament exhibition games.  Once again, he showed ridiculous efficiency getting 13 points on 4-5 shooting to go with two assists.  This performance out did the other point guards. Derrick Rose shot 0-3 for three points and Stephen Curry had a 3-5 night for ten points.  Kyrie is going to be going into the NBA season red hot if he keeps up these Team USA performances. Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh from the (L)oven: Cavaliers Introduce Kevin Love

August 26th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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When LeBron James called Kevin Love on July 11, just hours after announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his message to Love was simple: come play with me in Cleveland and let’s win some championships together. Love’s response was simpler still.

“I’m in,” he said.

Actually getting to the point where Love could be photographed next to David Griffin holding up his number zero jersey wasn’t quite so easy as that exchange between the Cavs’ once-and-future star and their brand new one, but the Cavs got there. On Saturday, the trade was made official and, when opening up the floor to questions for Love, Griffin called him a man “who I believe you will be seeing here for a long time.”

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Links to the Present: Kyrie USA Edition

August 26th, 2014 by David Wood

Kyrie+Irving+USA+Basketball+Men+National+Team+rZ7-DZV8ONHlCleveland is officially on the international radar.  Kyrie Irving has competed for and has earned a spot on Team USA.  He has exceeded expectations while earning that spot, and he will be starting tonight against Slovenia.  He might even take turns alternating at the starting spot with Derrick Rose once the actual FIBA tournament starts according to Mike Krzyzewski.

“We’ll see as thing goes on. We might alternate ‘em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes.”

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Links to the Present: He’s Here! — Updated with Z’s Comeback Attempt

August 25th, 2014 by David Wood

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Kevin Love is officially a Cavalier, and the Cavaliers officially have a big three.  The news is old, as Kevin Love to the Cavs has seemed liked a done deal for a while.  The internet has pretty much examined what the team will look like now, but there are still some new articles trickling out.

First off, for anyone wondering how Kevin Love became a Cav, Brian Windhorst examined the entire process of acquiring Love for ESPN.  It was luck, the Heat imploding, and some crafty roster moves that kept the cap clear enough to have the space for LeBron James to return.  Basically, each thing that fell into place is something that goes against the bad history associated with Cleveland sports.  The Cavs have used up all the collective Cleveland luck:  sorry Indians,  sorry Browns. Read the rest of this entry »