Quick Hit – Cavs: 118, Hawks: 88 – Coming up next, The Closer…errr…the Warriors

tears of joyWell, that series went exactly as expected, right?  4-0 sweep, TT and Delly (and some guy named Lebron) the heroes of the series, and a game 4 that saw the Cavs winning by as much as 31.  I mean, we ALL saw this coming, right?

What, really, is there to say about game four?  Plenty – EG has that coming up later.  For now, here are a few quick hits about the ECF and the NBA Finals.

-Has any player earned himself more money these last four games than Tristan Thompson?  The guy was a rebounding machine (especially on offense!), did a nice job scoring inside, and played stellar D.  The guys and I were debating whether TT was a max guy or not come the off-season.  I wont go that far (yet), but he’s definitely worth a lot, especially on this team.  I am fully, 100% ready to admit it – I could not have been more wrong about his importance.

-Wait a sec, did I just say TT earned himself more money than everyone else?  Because I’m pretty sure I just heard the Q chant DELLY!  DELLY! DELLY!  Talk about unexpected heroes (and ESPN talking points) – a month ago, Delly was basically unknown among anyone not a fan of the wine and gold.  Even we were debating who would replace him as the Cavs’ backup PG next season.  Now?  As long as Cavs can pay him, I can’t imagine he’s going anywhere.

-After his incredible game three, Lebron had a pedestrian (ha) 24 points on 20 shots, 9 rebounds, and seven assists.  Seriously, has there ever been a star who made his involvement in every facet of the game look so easy and seamless?  I love that Blatt told Leborn he thought what he did, coming back to the city of Cleveland, was admirable.  Lebron, from every Cavs fan to you, thank you.

-I didn’t even do due diligence to Mozzy, JR, or Shump.  Gosh I love this team.

-I guess Atlanta really WAS that weak inside.  While the warriors don’t exactly have Dwight Howard or Marc Gasol inside, I can’t imagine they’ll be this weak over a seven game series.  Still, I could absolutely see the Cavs giving them fits on the O-boards.  To me, that, plus (clearly) the containment of Steph Curry, is the big story.

-I spoke too soon.  Another big X factor will be Draymond.  Can he defend Lebron?  Can he score at will when the Cavs leave him alone in favor of Steph and Klay?  That remains to be seen.  But I don’t think he’s faced a four like TT all season, and making him work extra hard on the boards may be just enough to cause the Warriors fits.

-For the Cavs?  Health.  That’s it.  If Kyrie is healthy, and Lebron continues to be a tank, I firmly expect the Cavs to push the Warriors, who will be heavily favored, to the limit.  I’m still a bit puzzled why Kyrie played tonight, but he seemed healthy enough so I’ll let it slide.  He and Lebron will have 9 full days to rest their aching bones.  Will that be enough?

We’re one step closer, my friends.  The best record in the East has fallen.  The Spurs-lite are done.  In the rear-view mirror is the vaunted D of our lake-brethren, with their one-time MVP and a giant who hates Cleveland.  All that’s left?  A former Cav and his hot shot group of shooting stars.  As I type this, the crowd is chanting “Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey goodbye!”  June 4th can’t come fast enough.

LETS GO CAVS!

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Sweetchi
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Sweetchi
3 years 7 months ago

You all ever saw this picture posted by Kyrie? haha just stumbled upon it tonight

Take us home Mate!! Big time for my brother @matthewdelly couldn't be more proud. #ECF

A photo posted by Kyrie Irving (@kyrieirving) on

Sweetchi
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Sweetchi
3 years 7 months ago
JMay
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3 years 7 months ago

Anyone see that Instagram post from Moz with his family holding the trophy? His son looks like he’s already pretty tall… kids probably, like, two.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 years 7 months ago

I never had anything against Teague, but he was pretty cheap in this series, and never stopped talking. How does the broom jammed in your mouth, taste, Jeff?

Charlie E
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Charlie E
3 years 7 months ago

Hawks went from team of all stars to Teague against the world. He was the only player who really showed up at all for Atlanta. But yeah, he never respected Delly, threw him a cheap-shot elbow, and was jawing away the whole series. I’m guessing not much of what he said came true.

The real team was the Cavs, and LeBron James is the greatest leader in sports. On to the FINALS!

JMay
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3 years 7 months ago

How fun was that!? What a great run this has been. Cavs continue to just prove everyone wrong and plow thru the EC. While I am perfectly content with being in the finals and ring this up as a successful season, good to see that the team is most certainly, NOT!

Sweetchi
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Sweetchi
3 years 7 months ago

EvilGenius, you said earlier : Man, I really just want them to win this game by like 40… Does winning by 30 do the trick ? :D

EvilGenius
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3 years 7 months ago

That’ll do Sweetchi… that’ll do…

Sweetchi
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Sweetchi
3 years 7 months ago

Hahha great, this game was just tooo sweet and really showed what this team is made off, just magnificent

EvilGenius
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3 years 7 months ago

Was saving for recap… but this is spectacular…

What more can I say!! ##JustSaying @k1irving @imanshumpertthe1st @perk_409

A video posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

scotch
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scotch
3 years 7 months ago

Holy crap was that perkins up top in like six towels and ice knee pads? haha too funny.

gregg
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gregg
3 years 7 months ago

priceless. They are having so much fun. Shump and JR crack me up. Once I was lost now I am saved

Bimmy
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Bimmy
3 years 7 months ago

This was so cute! Straight from the heart of a HUGE @cavs fan #ALLiN #onlywaytopickupistogetyourfunkyjazzdown #weONthat

A video posted by Iman Shumpert (@imanshumpert) on

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

Goodnight crb. Il seeking kendo tomorrow.

Sweetchi
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Sweetchi
3 years 7 months ago

This is the most complete game I’ve seen Cavs play in a long time.

Right down Euclid
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Right down Euclid
3 years 7 months ago

LOL! JR looking down at the stat sheet and Allie Clifton starts to ask Tristan a question and JR just goes “MMM”

Bimmy
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Bimmy
3 years 7 months ago

HAHAHAHA hes gonna have to fight Larry Drew for her

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

From the guy who had “Get chicks or die trying” as his high-school yearbook quote,

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

We are winning it all. You can’t believe it. Hal am we going to sleep

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

Before JR left the podium, he made a plug to be edited into the Nike “Together” commercial.

DellaveYoda
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DellaveYoda
3 years 7 months ago

they’ll do another if they win……

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 years 7 months ago

JR is taking selfies with LeBron and TT, while at the podium.

Simmo
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Simmo
3 years 7 months ago

Hilarious – I was checking twitter while presser was on in the background, saw a post from JR – look up and there he is chuckling with his phone. Classic.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

LeBron quoting Teddy Roosevelt

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

JR: “I couldn’t have been in a worse situation, but my prayers were answered. Now I’m in a great situation, and I want to take full advantage of it.”

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

LeBron and JR struggling — and sometimes failing — to keep a straight face when TT is answering questions.

JR pauses for a photo of the three of them and plugs his Instagram page.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

And the photo is up before they leave the podium: https://instagram.com/p/3K_1VdNfF6/

Sweetchi
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Sweetchi
3 years 7 months ago

JR Is A Trip, Such A Fun Character

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

Waiters and a pick for 40% of the starting lineup/37.5% of the rotation of the Eastern Conference champions…

MikeO
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MikeO
3 years 7 months ago

I have nothing against him and I wish him well, but Trading Waiters was the best thing the Cavs did. The fact that they got such a return is a huge bonus.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah. Griffin turned wiggins Bennett and waiters into love shump smith. Mozgov James jones. He got screwed in the fm of the year. Voting

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

Thais is so awesome. I can’t sleep. How are I supposed to wait till the 4th to watch more basketball??

We are winning it all. We have he most efficient offense I the NBA playoffs right now. James either drives or get it doe low and makes the shot or the defense collapses and he finds smith shump Irving or jones for a three. Simple. Efficient and axing. Shady house the best.

Raoul
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Raoul
3 years 7 months ago

I think Cols is right, and I am even going for six games.

I watched the GSW/HR game last night, and everyone was firing away with minimal defense. I totally agree that Curry and Harden are great shooters. But, lets see what the do when Iman is in their face. What are the odds of the WC teams getting freaked out by the Wombat?

Sweetchi
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Sweetchi
3 years 7 months ago

JR, Lebron and Tristan at the podium !!!

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

TT and JR join LeBron at the podium.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

Timo talking to Rachel ends his interview with a big wink. Big smile from Rachel.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

Poor xach Lowe who I really like. He was so down in his podcast today as he realized that only stars win in the NBA. He tried to slap that away. It that’s the reality.

Raoul
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Raoul
3 years 7 months ago

This is an awesome example of how much better LeBron makes his teammates. The Hawks had four guys in the ASG. About eight guys looked better than anyone on the Hawks in this series! I hope this leads to keeping most or all of the team together. These guys know that if they go to somewhere like the Lakers for more money, they will be on a team that sucks and everyone is in hate mode.

Kevin
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Kevin
3 years 7 months ago

I know the Cavs have two legit super stars, but this is a damn good team. I’m so glad TT is getting recognition for the buckets of sweat he pours into his game.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

Yes. James makes role players into semi stars. Smith shump and TT all are playing nurse good right now. When James is surrounded by players like that they have a good chance to win. Just need Irving healthy. With love healthy we probably beat the Warriors in 5 the way we are going trust now.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

I think we win it all if kuroe is healthy.

Richard
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Richard
3 years 7 months ago

Second, CtB is an honest forum

Hot Sauce
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Hot Sauce
3 years 7 months ago

Not to be corny, but I’d like to take a moment to thank CtB and the commentariat. The season wouldn’t have been the same without this gang to debate with.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

Yes. Agreed to theax

Danny W.
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Danny W.
3 years 7 months ago

Hear, Hear!!! I haven’t posted much, but have followed CtB regularly since finding the site after LeBron left for Miami. It’s been a pleasure having such skilled and devoted writers keeping the site up with excellent content. Thank you all, this is a great Cavs community!

Raoul
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Raoul
3 years 7 months ago

You got it! The Cavs secret advantage: The CtB brain trust! Dan and Dave and Dave know where to turn when they need good thinking!

Dan G
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Dan G
3 years 7 months ago

You got it, Raoul. Thanks for all the advice and support! We will win the last game of the season this year.

Richard
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Richard
3 years 7 months ago

I’m loving Kenny. Nothing better than a K Smith deprecation.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 years 7 months ago

Kenny Smith thinks the Rockets would beat us. Hater!

DellaveYoda
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DellaveYoda
3 years 7 months ago

Kenny Smith says a lotta things. None of which hold more weight than a feather.

Bimmy
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Bimmy
3 years 7 months ago

He said that in reference to how important Kyrie is….he said if Kyrie’s healthy, its a toss up. If he’s not healthy, then even the Rockets would prob beat us

Chris
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Chris
3 years 7 months ago

He also said the same thing about Love not healthy that Bulls win the series. That didn’t happen.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 years 7 months ago

Barkley: The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to win a championship this year!

NaN
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NaN
3 years 7 months ago

I tried to find Barkley’s video on NBA.com and can’t find it. Darn!

Raoul
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Raoul
3 years 7 months ago

1. I am posting the Raoul prediction early: Cavs 4 – 2. (I will update after game 2).

2. Poor Cols! The Cavs go to the finals, and Delly goes and ruins everything for him by becoming an international star!

Charlie E
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Charlie E
3 years 7 months ago

Well that was easy! It was working for absolutely everybody, tonight. Spectacular win.

Great night for Cleveland. Plenty of time to think about the Warriors. For tonight, lets just enjoy being Eastern Conference Champs.

Simply amazing turnaround from last season.

Mallory Factor
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3 years 7 months ago

Quick side note: the moral of this Hawks story is you cannot win an NBA championship without a superstar.

Nate Smith
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3 years 7 months ago

Unless you’re the Spurs or the Pistons…

Cory Hughey
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3 years 7 months ago

Pistons were a perfect time, perfect place team. Spurs still had Duncan playing nearly elite level and Leonard grew into his enormous puppy paws. KL is a top 10 player in the league.

Marc
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Marc
3 years 7 months ago

How is it possible to say that the Spurs won without a superstar when they have three HOF players and clearly the best power forward in the history of the game. What exactly is a superstar then?

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

It’s not. But for some reason people like Nate and xach Lowe want so badly for it to be true even the the entire history of the NBA shows you need stars to win it al. I don’t know why they can’t accept the truth. Get superstars and you ahave a chance.

Cols714
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Cols714
3 years 7 months ago

Pistons are the only team. The Spurs had 3 HOF and one of those is an all time great. The only team to ever win in the NBA without stars is the Pistons and they had billuos Wallace and Wallace playing out of their minds. Give it a rest Nate. You and all of the others who so badly wanted a system non star team to win are completely wrong.

BTW. Someone owes me $50.

EvilGenius
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3 years 7 months ago

I believe that would be Ross Gumdrop… but only if the Warriors win one more (so basically after tomorrow night…)

NOMAD
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NOMAD
3 years 7 months ago
a lot of little sub plots for the nba/ tv to start to hype up vs golden state—A) kerr played for the cavs –B ) he wanted blatt as an assistant before Cleveland hired him C) to mvp’s going against each other not to mention 2 of the top pt gd’s D ) probably the 2 best / loudest fan base ( we all know we have THE BEST DAMN FANS IN THE LAND E) the huge interest by golden state in kevin love last summer ( possibly still are )— F ) we passed on Harrison barnes ( took dion instead )—I am sure I have missed other sub plots—-go ahead and add to them –GO CAVS –WILL PROBABLY BE BLOGGING ALL NIGHT BECUZ I CAN’T SLEEP
Chris
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Chris
3 years 7 months ago

Steph Curry’s Dad played for Cavs as well

NaN
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NaN
3 years 7 months ago

Well the top players from both teams were born in Akron,OH

Tom
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Tom
3 years 7 months ago

Also they have S. Livingston and M. Speights…two of our “Herculoids” from last year’s Cavs.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine
LeBron to be first non-Celtic in five straight Finals; Dubs hope to be first team to win it all w/ZERO Finals experience since MJ’s 91 Bulls

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

Delly’s one-handed kangaroo flip:

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
3 years 7 months ago

Blatt just called it “the greatest below-the-rim tap in the history of the game.” Said that’s when he relaxed and felt like it was over.

Nate Smith
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3 years 7 months ago

Damon Jones. Everything is full circle.

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