Archive for October, 2013

Recap: Cavs 98, Nets 94 (or this ain’t your slightly younger self’s Mike Brown Cavs)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Opening Night isn’t exactly like Christmas for NBA fans. Christmas is more like Christmas for NBA fans (because of the day-long slate of nationally televised games and … well, because it’s actually Christmas) but that didn’t mean that the Cavaliers would kick off their 2013-14 campaign completely bereft of gifts for their fans. After blanket local and national skepticism about whether of not newly acquired center Andrew Bynum would ever play for the Cavs after missing all of last season, that particular cat could not be kept bagged. Rumors heated up as the days ticked down to tip-off, but head coach Mike Brown remained noncommittal. Bynum, he said, was close, but wouldn’t play until he was ready. Finally, in a warm-up that ended less than an hour before game time, Bynum told Brown he felt ready and the Bynum Era Cavs took the court.

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Instant Reaction Roundtable: C:TB Staff on Season Opener

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Cavs win the season opener! Against a team many project to go to the finals! Andrew Bynum possesses two knees! In short: it was a big night for the Cavs and Cavs fans and as such, we’re getting short  reactions from 6/7 of the Cavs: The Blog staff.

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Links to the Present, “Daniel LaRusso’s going to fight!” (maybe) edition

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The twittersphere is abuzz with the possibility that Andrew Bynum will maybe, probably, could, but maybe not play tonight. Here’s some kvetching examples from the Jason Lloyd Twitter page.

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And this just in, it appears to be a “game time decision.” So we officially know nothing more than we did this morning.

In other news, while you’re refreshing your twitter feed, why don’t you wander over to gotbuckets.com, a new NBA-centric endeavor by CtBers, Kevin Hetrick, Nate Smith, Tom Pestak, and long time comment section contributor, Randall Cooper. All that APM (adjusted plus minus) jive that Kevin has been dishing out lately? Well, he explains it here.  Randall follows up with an explanation of APM’s diabolical predictive powers versus PER and WS/48.

Kevin will also be livetweeting the game tonight for ESPN’s Daily dime: @dimeupdate, @dimealert, and @dimesmash.

Feel free to leave your in game comments below, and Go Cavs!

Kevin’s Pseudo-Scientific 2013 – 2014 Projections, Part 7!!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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Tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers kick off a new season.  Last week, I predicted that behind 40+ points from Kyrie, they start with a victory.  And hey, I already surmised that Dellavedova and Sims would stick, so consider Irving’s big night a lock.  But how many other wins for the Wine and Gold this season?  Let’s complete the trek through these pseudo-scientific projections and see.

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Cavs: The Podcast 0039 Part 2 – Season’s Greetings!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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And the countdown is at ONE!  We’ve reached Cavalier’s season’s eve.  This is it – one day until our wildest hopes and dreams for this incarnation of the Cavs comes to fruition (or fall depressingly flat).  Regardless, we’re finally here!

Colin, Patrick, Nate and I thought it best to hop on the line one last time (before our predictions quickly become moot) and run though the major questions looming over this team.  Will the Cavs be improved?  Will they make a trade?  What will constitute a successful season?  And did Chris Grant achieve his rebuild?  All these and more are discussed, dissect, and answered.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0039-part-2-seasons-greetings

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

After tomorrow, months of debating  and analyzing will be realized.  We made it, friends.  Enjoy!
(And as always – GO CAVS!)

Sizing Up the Rest of the Northwest … and the Clippers

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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It was a decision made in the heat of a waning summer. We, your Cavs: The Bloggers, would look to irrigate the NBA’s barren season by checking in with every NBA team — we’d look at their off season and imagine how they might match up with your Cleveland Cavaliers — because previews … previews, young reader, are what August and September are all about.

And we came so freaking close to getting them all done!

But, as Alonzo Gee will tell us in November and Earl Clark will remind us in March, starting is not what’s important. Finishing is what’s important.

So, without further ado, here is you Cavs: The Blog super-short, insultingly quick primer to the 2013-14 Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets and (in a Pacific Division oversight) Los Angeles Clippers.

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Cavs: The Podcast 0039 Part 1 – Season’s Greetings! (updated)

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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TWO DAYS!  That’s all we have to wait to see our beloved Cavs take the floor.  I, like I’m sure most of you, cannot wait to see what this season has in store.  From top to bottom the Cavaliers look primed for a playoff run.  So what better way to celebrate the beginning of the best season of all – the NBA season.

This weekend all the C:tB writers (minus Kevin – we missed you, buddy!) hopped on the old podcaster to review the roster and discuss the challenges that the season holds.

Today, for part one, Robert Attenweiler, Tom Pestak, and I cover the roster from top to bottom.  How good will Dellavedova be?  Is Anthony Bennett a starter?  And what kind of leap can we expect from TT in year three?  All of this is covered, and more, as we touch on literally every player on the Cavs team.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/e-music-itunes-itunes-media

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

–  Update — New links posted to fix audio leveling problems.

Preseason Recap: Cavs 92, Bobcats 105

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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Cavs:the Blog didn’t give it our all tonight.  Final preseason game.  Second night of a back-to-back.  Against Charlotte.  Nearly half the anticipated twelve man roster in street clothes.  We didn’t want to expend energy better used next Wednesday.

Without delving too deep into this one, the first half went back-and-forth, with Cleveland trailing at the break 51 to 53.  An early 10 – 2 run in the third spread the Bobcats lead, and the Cavs never got within four again.  Another Charlotte run, this time 11 to 2, closed out the game, resulting in the double-digit loss.

Kyrie scored 20 points in 27 minutes on 61% true shooting.  Inexplicably, Tristan did not hit a jumper this game; he canned all five free throws though.  In his worst game of the preseason, he tallied 11 points, 8 boards, 1 block and 3 turnovers.  Dion returned, but only scored four points in 15 minutes.  Unfortunately, only one of his five shots was inside the paint, and he got called for a palming violation (a what?).   Earl Clark finished second for the Wine & Gold in scoring with twelve points, knocking down four jumpers; clearly this will not be a recipe for success.

In possibly the biggest news of the day though, our friend at laughingcavs.com posted advanced stats from the Cavaliers October. It’s only preseason, but it’s worth a look.  Tristan lead the team in PER through Wednesday.  With the five freebies tonight, he drained 67% of those in eight games.  Enough with the non-counting games though.  Cleveland finished with 4 wins and 4 losses.  Bring on Brooklyn and the real stuff!

 

Preseason Recap: Cleveland 82, Washington 101 (or, evil Kyrie leads an ugly trip to the Queen City)

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Thankfully, preseason is almost over. In the penultimate exhibition game, the Cavs traveled to Cincinnati to take on one of their main rivals for a playoff spot this season, the Washington Wizards. Jarrett Jack started at the point guard spot, and Kyrie Irving made a surprise start at shooting guard. Andy started at center, TT at the power forward, and Earl Clark got the nod at the three. The first quarter couldn’t have gone better for the Cavs as Jarrett Jack made a very positive impact, notching five points and five assists in 10 minutes of play before Mike Brown shut him down for the night. Tristan Thompson grabbed every loose ball in sight for an eye-popping 10 first quarter rebounds. Kyrie looked to score first, flashing a silky jumper and a command of the ball in transition. Earl Clark stopped trying to do too much and hit face-up jumpers and dunked when he ran with Kyrie. Foremost, the Cavs were the rebounding mavens that Kevin described yesterday, and they closed they closed the quarter 32-20.

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Kevin’s 2013 – 2014 Pseudo-Scientific Projections, Part 6!!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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As the calendar hits one week until regular season basketball, I will roll out a concept from last season:  one pre-season prediction for each win that I expect from the Cavs.  And this two-part article features a special brand of pseudo-science.  No spreadsheet or aging curves needed here; this is the type of pseudo-science that happens in my brain (warning - no actual science content).  Today, a daring offering of the first twenty prognostications.  Then next week, a tumultous finale tallying up to 40 wins?  50?  60?  We shall see.

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