Archive for November, 2013

A Bunch of Random Observations, One Liners, and Parenthetical References

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Matthew Dellavedova has stolen our hearts. Maybe he should have been the No. 1 pick.

Could the Cavs just save themselves a lot of money and heartache by using the DraftExpress top 100 prospects list to run their draft every year?

Kyrie Irving has to be embarrassed that Matthew Dellavedova has played better defense in two games than Irving has in any game in two seasons, right?

Matty D should get a start tonight. Though, I’m not sure our perception of his defense against Washington wasn’t amplified by the fact that he was the only one playing it. Also, Randy Whitman helped more than a little.

Watching a Brown/Whitman coaching duel is like watching kindergarteners play Stratego.

Subway’s sponsorship of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire makes me more than a little queasy. <Insert Sriracha joke here>

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Recap: Cavs 91, Wizards 98 (or “I don’t think you’re ready for this Delly”)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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On Saturday night, Mike Brown seemed optimistic about his team looking ahead to the coming week. And he should have been. Not only did the Cavs spend their Saturday in Washington knocking off the Wizards in OT, but the victory took the team into a very rare clear patch in the schedule. Three whole days off, Brown said, meant that the team would actually be able to get some much needed practice time in.

Personally, I expected this game to be a whole lotta Andrew Bynum, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters never being on the court at the same time, and Waiters exploding for 25 points in a “This is why I should be a starter!” off-the-bench performance.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m almost always wrong about things like this.

What three days off got the Cavs was some embarrassingly languid play that led to a 27-point deficit early in the third. Oh, and a new folk hero for Cleveland. Take a bow, Matthew Dellavedova.

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Trends, Ranks, and Outliers: Season 2, Episode 1

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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Despite tepid reviews and complaints of seizures among children (due to image aliasing), TRO was picked up for a second season.  The episodic series rated well, particularly in the 80+ female demographic1.

Highlights from Season 1 included:

After a dynamic off-season, the Cavs began their 2013-2014 campaign with high expectations, despite a new coaching staff, an assortment of new players, and a roster that lost most of its veterans from the previous season.  Early returns have disappointed many fans, as the Cavaliers sit second last in SRS2.  While TRO’s mandate is to be wholly interesting and not necessarily comforting, it just so happens that there is some data to encourage the dwindling members of the “Don’t Panic!” subset of Cavs fans.  Without further ado…

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5:34 Remaining in the First Quarter

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Author’s Note:  This article was conceived on Saturday morning, for publishing early Monday.  I hadn’t started as of 7:00 pm Sunday though, as Mallory inquired about posting the podcast Monday.  I replied, “Absolutely”.  Some of the discussion / questions below about the players only meeting and aftermath are slightly dated.  Time moves fast in a basketball hot-spot like Cleveland.

After the fifth game of the season, Dan Gilbert tweeted that if the season were a game, nine minutes remained in the first frame.  Now eleven games in, not much more time ticked off the clock.  Unfortunately, six minutes and twenty-six seconds into this analogical game, the Cavs initially falter 18 to 11.  A Kyrie turnover netted the opposition a transition bucket, as did a long rebound off a Dion brick.  Largely invisible for the first half of the quarter, Earl Clark subbed out for CJ Miles, who mercifully drained a long three.  Other than that, a Tristan put-back, and-one serve as the only highlights.  In this hypothetical game, down ten midway through the first, Kyrie called timeout, where a small tussle appears to break out on the Cavalier bench; upon returning from the brief hiatus, Kyrie spell binds with a dizzying dribbling display into a deep trey.

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Link to the Present: Windhorst + Mike Brown Podcast Edition

Monday, November 18th, 2013

 

Brian Windhorst’s “Below the Rim” podcast with guests Mike Brown and ESPN’s Marc Stein.

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/newyork/play?id=9997510

 

In general, Windhorst’s Below the Rim podcasts are excellent (the best NBA podcasts to which I’ve listened)

Cavs: The Podcast 0041 – Uh Oh…

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

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Well, this probably isn’t the way we all imagined the first 11 games going.  4-7, one of the worst offenses in the NBA, and the teams biggest “superstar” struggling mightily.  Lets just say it hasn’t been pretty…

Colin, John (Welcome back!), and I hopped on podcast to vent our frustrations and chat about Kyrie Irving’s early season struggles, the Cavalier team disfunction, Dion Waiters’ potential (and misuse), Andrew Bynum’s success, and the failures of Anthony Bennett.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0041-uh-oh

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

Go Cavs!

Recap: Washington 96, Cleveland 106 (OT) (or strange days in Cavalierland)

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

The Cavs traveled to the nation’s capital amid stories of a contentious players only meeting after Wednesday’s lackadaisical loss to Minnesota. Dion Waiters was excused from practice Thursday for being “sick” and then missed Friday’s game and this game.  The suspicion by myself and others is that Dion was told to stay home. That was just one of  the swarm of story lines swirling around this game.

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Antagonistic, Slapdash Recap: Bobcats 86, Cavs 80

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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The C:TB mansion is aflame. Nate is passed out, face-in-the-dirt on the front lawn, and Patrick is still shuddering, wild-eyed, occasionally murmuring something incoherent about “The Wet, Black Noise.” I may never learn what horrors befell my staff while I was out buying skirt steak and face wash at Jewel. In lieu of a recap—I must tend to my staff!—this excerpt from Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Bettering Myself” must suffice:

I’d been up on bad cocaine and drinking for days. I’d roped a few men back to my apartment and showed them all my belongings, stretched out flesh-colored tights and proposed we take turns hanging each other. Nobody lasted more than a few hours.

Kyrie Irving finished with 18 points on 5-for-16 shooting. Hold each other close tonight, friends.

Expectations

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are 9/82nds through the season and signs thus far are at best “mixed” and at worst “why did this team pass on a lot of talented guys who fit a series of team needs for a dude who has more combined fouls and turnovers than points?” There is the undefeated home record, but also the 0-and-6 mark on the road. Mike Brown’s initiatives to shore up the defense have produced impressive results, as the currently average defense represents a massive turnaround, but the offense feels like it has all the sophistication of a symphony played on kazoos. There are good spots and bad spots, as there will be with any team in any year, but the frustration stings a bit more. Basically, things were supposed to make more sense by now.

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Links to the Present: pick-me-up edition

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I’m sure we’re all feeling a little apoplectic after last night’s shellacking. Here’s some drops to make you feel better. Up top we have Parma native Donny Newman, with “In Cleveland,” A Chinese language rap video praising the metropolis of the Western Reserve. It’s an infectious ode.

Next, we have this scintillating news from Alex Kennedy: The Kings and Cavs are both working the phones, looking for trades, today, after less than promising starts (and not necessarily with each other). So chew on that, while you enjoy the best of Cleveland and superior Mandarin flow.  Because — hey — it’s just basketball.

— Update —

Now that you’re smiling, it’s my sad duty to present this: the clip of what is assuredly the low point of Anthony Bennett’s career so far. Make sure you check out the .gif at the top of the comments section for a shot of what redemption looks like.