Live Thread: Cavs vs Hornets (or holy crap, it’s 75-40 at halftime!)

January 23rd, 2015 by Nate Smith


Sorry about the late post on the live thread, guys. We might have to start them all at halftime, though, cause it’s currently 75-40, with the Cavs shooting 61% to the Hornets 41%. In addition, Cleveland is outrebounding Charlotte 30-17. Keep it up, Cavs! THIS IS CLEVELAND!

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

January 22nd, 2015 by Tom Pestak

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Last week Mark and I lamented the sorry state of the Cavs [Listen Here] and wondered aloud how hot David Blatt’s seat must have been feeling.  The Cavs have won four straight since – so we got a chance to talk about the new trade pieces and viability of a Hawks vs. Warriors NBA Finals.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=452085

Recap: Cavaliers 106, Jazz 92 (Or, Too Much Everything)

January 22nd, 2015 by David Wood
The Cavs served the Jazz a simple two course dinner.

The Cavs served the Jazz a simple two course dinner.

The Cavs invited Utah into the Q tonight for a basketball dinner. Gordan Hayward really thought it wouldn’t be a mean meeting, but he was in for a surprise. The King’s a bully. The Cavs ran the “all fast break all the time offense” and the “feed people to Mozgov because big Russians want to destroy little men” defense. This two course dinner was exactly what every Cavs fan wants to see served up all the time. The Wine & Gold held the Jazz to 41.7% shooting while scoring 22 points on the break. The whole team delivered this meal with the delicate touch of a waiter working somewhere where the dinner bill warrants a fifty dollar tip. Nothing was forgotten tonight, as all five starters scored above fifteen points for the second game in a row. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Thread: Cavs Vs Jazz

January 21st, 2015 by David Wood

Remember that shot? Remember the night Gordan Hayward looked better than LeBron James did? Let’s hope the Cavs do. This game is a great chance for the Wine & Gold to avenge an early season loss where they played so badly that they made 32 free throws and still never had a sizable lead. Read the rest of this entry »

The Point Four-ward: Backcourt Bliss

January 21st, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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First off, if you haven’t listened to Nate, Tom and Ben’s mid-season Cavs: The Podcast, what are you waiting for??

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

1.) Kyrie Irving is really winning me back over this season.

While everyone (CtB included) was quick to heap praise on the performance of newly-acquired center Timofey Mosgov in the Cavs 108-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls, Monday night, for me, was all about Irving.

It wasn’t his greatest shooting performance (7-16 for 18 points and only got to the free throw line four times) but watching Irving play surrounded by talent is to remember just the type of amazing plays he’s capable of on an every-time-down-the-floor basis. In fact — and it pains me to say this — he may have already passed LeBron James in that regard.

This is not to say that Irving is a better player than James. The Cavs recent losing streak with James out showed that, no, Irving still does not know how to win in this league. Too often, his brand of hero ball seems to send the Cavs to the wrong side of the win/loss column. He walks the ball up too much rather than pushing it. But, as we saw from Irving in the FIBA tournament this summer, when he seems to feel more trust in the players around him, Irving can look like one of the best players in the league.

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Podcast: Episode 59 – Midseason Report Card

January 20th, 2015 by Nate Smith

At the halfway point of the season, Tom Pestak, Ben Werth, and I jumped into the podcast booth to talk about an array of topics: Mozilla, J.R. Smith, David Blatt, LeBron, Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins, Klutch Sports, and midseason report cards. Did you ever get tokens at Chuck E. Cheese for your report card when you were a kid? I used mine one year to get to level 76 on Gauntlet. How many tokens do you think your favorite Cav would get? What about the whole team? To find out our grades, you can listen on SoundCloud above…

and on iTunes at…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ctb/id901486230

Recap: Cavaliers 108, Bulls 94 (Or “Oh no, there goes Thibodeau. Go go Mozilla.”)

January 20th, 2015 by Cory Hughey

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“Mozilla”

With deep sunken eyes like a giant basset hound
Mozilla pulls all the rebounds down

Helpless Derrick Rose, in so much pain
Stays clear of the paint, cause it’s Moz’s domain

You put up a shot and he throws it back down
In St. Petersburg, he turns ladies frowns upside down

Oh no, they say he’s got to go go go Mozilla
Oh no, there goes Thibodeau go go Mozilla

Mozilla watches again and again
His highlight plays on ESPN
Mozilla!

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Live Thread: Cavs versus Bulls

January 19th, 2015 by Cory Hughey

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The Cavs finished off their West Coast road trip in style with a Hollyweird sweep. In their first game back to The Q, the boys in wine and gold square off with the division leading Chicago Bulls in their second matchup of the season. Cleveland took the first round in Chicago with an overtime victory thriller on Halloween night. Joakim Noah (ankle) is out, and Kevin Love makes his return to the lineup. Should be a slobberknocker. Go Cavs!

Fantasy Notebook: Where LeBron’s Iso Ball is Just Fine By Me…

January 19th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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CtFL Notes:

It’s no 2014-15 NBA Western Conference or anything, but Cavs: The Fantasy League is shaping up to be deeper and more competitive than it appeared as recently as a few weeks ago. The return of LeBron James has resuscitated my tailspinning Team Waiters Invaders, while Nate Smith’s Team Stark Delly Treys, Team Grover 13 and Team Evil Genius have all been putting together some fine fantasy basketball out on the fantasy court. These suddenly spry middle-packers raises questions about the true dominance of David Wood’s Team Alex Dirk just as Wood’s biggest competitor, Ben Werth’s Team The Deutschiest (first time this season I’ve typed that team name without looking at it for reference… We all got goals, people!) has hit the skids.

Along with Cols’ Team Buckets Don’t Lie, CtFL is a legit seven teams deep. Currently in the eighth spot, Mallory Factor and his Team The Factors of Love are on the outside looking in… kinda like Kevin Love watching the fourth quarter from the bench. Ouch. Sorry, Mal. Couldn’t resist.

But let’s get to our Week 12 action…

Wood, surveying the beautiful expanse that is CtFL from atop his ivory tower, was apparently looking past Team Evil Genius. Even as Wood was all like—

—EG was there to stand up for CtFL’s suddenly bulging middle section of talent.

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Culty Catch Up: Finding The Cavs

January 18th, 2015 by David Wood
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The elbow area of the floor has been so empty and cold lately.

Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Earl’s Pearl of the Week and some other features to add to the entertainment.

Throughout life people are constantly trying to find themselves. It’s a day-to-day process and encompasses all sorts of choices. For example, a few days ago I was sporting a homeless man sized beard and was having a facial hair crisis. I felt fierce when I looked in the mirror and was able to realistically contemplate putting beads of some form near my face. My beard was full of possibilities; however, I also realized that it’s not right to let people stare at me and wonder if I’m homeless

So I went to the barber shop. After twenty minutes, I walked out with a smooth face. I felt jolly. And, since the Cavs won that night and the next night against the Clippers, I have decided that that’s a sign I made the right choice. I found myself that day at the shop, even if it was just a tiny bit. That discovery may change though (maybe when the Cavs lose again or I stare at this photo too long) and that’s okay. Everything is constantly changing. Hopefully, the King understands that. Read the rest of this entry »