Links To The Present: March 31, 2011

“The Cavaliers did it. They banded together, played like an actual NBA team, and defeated LeBron James and his Miami Heat. It was an unlikely victory, to say the least, but offered a sweet satisfaction. This is as close as Cleveland will get to catharsis: LeBron leaving town with a loss, some mildly enthusiastic cheers in an arena that wasn’t even sold out, and an unremarkable regular-season game that history…

2011-03-31
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Recap: Bobcats 98, Cavs 97 (Or, We’ll take a good performance and the ping-pong balls)

Overview: The Charlotte Bobcats won a game that came down to the last possession on a free throw by Boris Diaw with 14 seconds remaining in the game. Boris Diaw and Kwame Brown combined for 42 points on 25 shots, and Ramon Sessions led the Cavs with 24 points off the bench. Ryan Hollins is a mysterious fish bullets: Oh, Ryan Hollins. One game after controlling the paint and shutting…

2011-03-30
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On a Future and the Desire of One

The Cavaliers are atrocious. There is little quibbling over this fact. It has been confirmed in a painful fashion since late November, when a 106-87 undressing courtesy of the Celtics sent the Cavs into a tailspin in which they lost 36 of their next 37, many by embarrassing margins. Though their play has since improved, one could argue that on paper, they should lose every single game they play. The…

2011-03-30
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Links To The Present: March 30, 2011

“Let’s start with this: The fans were incredible last night.  Absolutely amazing.  Things were much more reserved at the start of the game than in December, but once the Cavs proved that they deserved the fans’ support, the crowd was electric.  They inspired the home team and took the life out of the soft Heat players.  I’ve heard the building that loud, but I’ve never heard it louder.  The place…

2011-03-30
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Recap: Cavs 102, Heat 90 (Or, HOLY CRAP CAVS WIN.)

Recap: The Cleveland Cavaliers got the first double-digit win of the season against the Miami Heat. The Cavs shot 9 of 17 from beyond the arc, and J.J. Hickson led the Cavaliers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James led all scorers with 27 points, and recorded his fourth triple-double of the season in defeat. That could have gone much worse bullets: Right from the beginning, the Cavs came…

2011-03-29
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Links To The Present: March 29, 2011

WFNY’s Scott Sargent poses the question “does anyone really care about LeBron’s second return to the Q?” To which Fear the Sword’s Conrad Kaczmarek responds with a forceful “yes.” BDL’s Eric Freeman believes Bron “has reasons to believe things will be significantly less crazy.” “Since that first matchup, the Cavs (14-58) have fallen almost completely off the map. The fans aren’t nearly as fired up for this meeting, nor should…

2011-03-29
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Links To The Present: March 28, 2011

“With the Cavaliers and Hawks squaring up for the last Sunday home game of the 2010-11 season, there was actually one moment where the entire Quicken Loans Arena was on their feet: a standing ovation for Joe Tait, broadcasting his first game of the season since undergoing heart surgery roughly five months earlier.” [Scott Sargent] “LeBron James will make his second trip to The Q on Tuesday and James tells the media…

2011-03-28
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Recap: Hawks 99, Cavs 83 (Or, Slouching towards the draft)

Overview: Al Horford and Marvin Williams combined for 51 points in a 99-83 drubbing of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Baron Davis led the Cavs with 19 points and 7 assists off the bench. Yet another loss bullets: Well, there was nothing resembling energy early. The Cavs were getting beat down the floor nearly every time, and the half-court offense consisted of Alonzo Gee forcing shots. That is not a winning formula….

2011-03-27
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Recap: Cavs 97, Pistons 91 (Or, WIN #14!!)

Overview: Baron Davis had 16 points and 5 assists in his first game back from back spasms, and the Cavaliers managed to get a win over the Detroit Pistons. Hey, they actually won bullets: Hickson looked great. Find a seam, take one or two power dribbles, and finish hard at the rim. Not a lot of jumpers, not a lot of unnecessary movement with the ball, not too many shots in traffic….

2011-03-26
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Links To The Present: March 25, 2011

“Sessions will step aside and make way for Baron Davis, perhaps as soon as Friday night when the Cavaliers host the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Davis made it through an entire practice Thursday, which was the last hurdle he had to clear before returning to the rotation.” [Jason Lloyd] “When he’s healthy and his head is on straight, Davis brings the total package. That’s why Cavs coach Byron…

2011-03-25
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Notes and Errata: March 25th, 2011

The heck with it, let’s talk about the NCAA tournament. Why was I not informed that Derrick Williams shot freaking 60%/58%/74% this season? Does anyone realize how completely insane that is? And he’s athletic? And in the 99th percentile in isolation situations? And reportedly cares about defense? What possible reason on Earth did people have for talking about Perry Jones more than this guy? Yes, it is embarrassing that I…

2011-03-24
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Links To The Present: March 24, 2011

“The Cavaliers have lost a lot of games this season in a lot of ways, but they let one slip away against the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night in The Q. Literally.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer] TD of WFNY has a guide to potential Cavs lottery picks who are still participating in the NCAA tourney. If you’re interested in having a dilettantish opinion on who the Cavaliers should select, I recommend…

2011-03-24
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