Recap: New Orleans 133, Cleveland 98 (or, Shades of 2011)

This team is awful, and it’s not the team’s fault. It’s the fault of Dan Gilbert, whose hubris and ego led him to believe that he could coddle James and get away with it for years, believing that the narcissistic superstar would give Cleveland the hometown discount in preferring Mo Williams over Dwyane Wade. When James declined, Gilbert’s ego led him to believe that the team that James (and Danny Ferry and Mike Brown) left behind would be worth anything on its own. –Kelly Dwyer, Jan., 2011

I would like to see any evidence that this pathetic, gutless team has a heartbeat or any sign of life. I see none. After a shameful showing that was an affront to anybody who works for a living, I see guys walk out of the locker room with food, heading to the rest of their evenings. Nobody’s embarrassed. Nobody’s inconvenienced. Nobody seems to care. –Mary Schmitt Boyer, Jan., 2011

This Cavalier team is setting its own records for futility, much like that loathed 2011 squad. Personally, I’m starting to wonder how Krolik and McGowan made it through that year without going into a full meltdown. This year’s monument to incompetence is setting its own records. According to the Athletic’s Joe Vardon, “The Cavs became the first team in major pro sports history to lose four consecutive home games by 20 points apiece” with their loss to Utah, and added to that streak Saturday night.

The crazy thing about this Cavs team (and this was true in ’11) is that the Cavs might be worse than their record. A couple of their victories have come from squads just flat out disrespecting them and being shocked when the Cavs gave enough effort to win an NBA game. Teams like the Pelicans, though, toy with Cleveland for two quarters before just deciding to stomp on them instead of waiting for the wine and gold to collapse.

Tonight the stomping and the collapse occurred at the same time as Jrue, The Brow, and Julius Randle all dropped at least 20, and combined for 27 rebounds, 14 dimes, and seven steals. They methodically bled Cleveland with a 35 point gutting.

The Cavs played a seemingly competent first half that saw their score their first 15 on three pointers, and Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, and Cedi Osman all score in double digits. JC was especially effective attacking the rack and not settling as he dropped 15 in a nice selection of drives and post-ups which inevitably led to him chucking some dumb shots later when he was “hot.” Alas, Jrue Holiday lit up Youngbull, Burks, and Clarkson while Cedi was stuck on the weakside guarding E’Twaun Moore. Why they didn’t move Cedi onto Jrue was a mystery, as Holiday went 7-10 for 16 points.

The Cavs seemed to have moved Sexton completely off the ball at times and had Alec Burks run much of the point guard duties as he chipped in five first half dimes. The point of this decision is lost on me. If Sexton can’t handle the ball and play point guard, he should be in Canton learning to do such. Alec Burks probably won’t even be with the team in a month.

Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance started and and then committed maddeningly dumb fouls to end up exiting the game far too soon in the first quarter with two a piece. The decision to start Larry was similarly baffling as one of Thompson or Nance should’ve been in the game at all times to counter Anthony Davis. Nance was incredulous at his two fouls. One was due to him not having his arms straight up on a drive, and the other was due to reaching on Davis, and the Brow going up through Nance’s arms, which is a call NBA stars get every time. Larry has to be smarter. He just can’t help himself. His stupid arms just have a habit of getting in the way.

Channing Frye was valiant in seven first half minutes, but as I tweeted, he’s old and can’t get a shot off against decent defense anymore. He still talked on D, put himself in the right positions, and played with a modicum of professionalism but couldn’t get off the ground enough to produce a single rebound. The half ended with a coasting New Orleans squad up 61-52.

The Second Half started strangely as coach Drew and Mike Longabardi pushed a dumpster all the way from outside the Q (there’s a lot out there for the renovation) onto half court and then lit it on fire. Out of the dumpster jumped the Cavs starters who each missed a shot (at least they spread it around) and allowed the Pels to manhandle them before five quick Pelican points forced Larry Drew to call time out with his squad down 16.

The problem was the dumpster. With it sitting in the middle of the floor stinking like poo and burning tires, the Cavs couldn’t run an offense. It’s hard to shoot or do anything when you’re holding your own nose. Collin Sexton kept running into it over and over, too. He should make sure he’s up to date on his tetanus shots. The Cavs committed three straight turnovers after the timeout, like this one where Cedi couldn’t hold onto the ball because of the trash slime, and then committed an aneurism-inducingly stupid foul on Moore giving E’Twaun the and-1.

And look at that crowd. I mean yezus. The Cavs don’t deserve that kind of support right now. Maybe it was the great weather. Maybe it was Cedi Osman Stainless Steel Tumbler giveaway night. Maybe it was the fact that ole CavsDan squeezed their fans for season tickets last spring. But holy crap that’s a pretty full stadium for a pretty awful team. I mean the Pistons have a winning team and there’s more empty seats in Detroit than there are at a Marlins game. The Cleveland faithful deserve better.

If it was me, the rubber/metallic “thunk” of Collin Sexton’s bricked three-ball would’ve sent me to the exits. Most probably left after the ensuing New Orleans possession when a dumb and obvious TT foul caused TT to aimlessly jaw at the ref for 30 seconds before Larry Drew’s rage timeout with Cleveland down 21

Comically, the Cavs came in and promptly turned it over. Again. Julius Randle was waiting in the tree stand to put this wounded deer out its misery as he stole a lazy pass from Clarkson to Nance and then cruelly raced to the other end for a layup. THAT’s the kind of meanness the Cavs have lacked in the last four years.

The only silver lining in this game, and I mean the only, came in the next stretch when Jalen Jones got pissed off and scored seven straight points, off a nice face-up, a tough putback, and a “while you dopes are <bleep>ing around out here, I’m playin for a <bleep>ing job” three pointer. Jones would finish the quarter with 9 and 15 and five boards on the night.

After that, the Pels ran a layup line, Larry Nance scored a couple times and New Orleans finished the quarter up 96-72. The highlight was this Brow Thumper, after a Cavalier defensive rebounding fail.

After that? 12 minutes of Jordan Clarkson garbage time, an ever expanding Pelican lead, and a pair of Channing Frye triples, the kind that only come from no real opposing defense. Even I couldn’t take it. I turned it off to watch the last season of Ash Versus Evil Dead at the five minute mark.

Larry Drew is supposedly considering moving Jordan Clarkson to the starting lineup. The mood after the game was described as “somber,” and supposedly everyone had something to say after the game. To me the issue is obvious by all the cranky questions about Sexton’s minutes fed to Joe Vardon by the team’s vets. These guys can’t stand playing with a point guard who has no idea what he’s doing, has in no way earned the kind of minutes he’s getting, and whose game right now is an anathema to winning basketball. The entire team’s energy level noticeably drops when they’re playing with Collin Sexton. They know they have no shot and that he’s going to play no matter how bad he is. He’s a QB who’s lost his team. Maybe John Gruden can pick him up.

The ridiculous edict that the rook must play is actually doing Sexton no favors as he earns the vets’ ire and tirelessly works on his jumper instead of learning now to finish off the glass, handle the ball, or play point guard.

Once again Mr. Gilbert is proving to be that he can’t put together a competent basketball product as he alienates the one good derivative from the Kyrie Irving trade (Nance) by changing his role on a nightly basis. Right now the Cavs’ culture is toxic and they’re historically bad. Until reason and accountability return to the rotation, the schemes, and the roster, it’s tough to ask these guys to play hard. But as fans we will either ask or turn away. CavsDan risks pushing away an entire generation of Cavalier fans he built over the last four years until he lets people who know what they’re doing run the team on the floor, on the bench, and in the front office.

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JoeyB
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JoeyB
14 days 15 hours ago

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2814507-their-futures-uncertain-kevin-love-cavs-may-be-stuck-with-each-other?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial

Don’t agree with it all, but this seems appropriate to the discussion: “The problem is: You have a rookie GM (Koby Altman)—who’s a really good guy and has done some really good things and is trying to prove himself. And you’ve got a delusional owner [Dan Gilbert],” a Western Conference executive said.

Jason
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Jason
14 days 15 hours ago

OK, halfway point standings, Zion league, with remaining strength of schedule as a bonus:

1. Cavs 8-32; .504 (T 13th)
2. Suns 9-32; .498 (16th)
3. NY 10-30; .504 (T 13Th)
4. Bulls: 10-30; .493 (T 21st)
5. Hawks: 12-27; .510 (8th)

JMay
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14 days 19 hours ago

Go away.

JMay
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14 days 19 hours ago

Ignore this.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
14 days 19 hours ago

JASON I AGREE WITH ALL —EXCEPT —FOR SOME REASON I AM STILL HOLDING OUT ON CPT BANDAID —-YOU HAVE TO ADMIT HE HAS GROWN FROM THE PLAYER HE WAS LAST YEAR —–WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE RIGHT COACH / FOR A SOLID YEAR —SEE WHAT MATERALIZES ——-ARE WE GOING TO SEE HENSON PLAY AT ALL IN A CAVS UNIFORM OR WIL HE BE TRADED BEFORE THAT —-OR IS HE THE “IN CASE ” A GREAT OFFER COMES IN FOR T.T.

John B
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John B
14 days 20 hours ago

Love weeks or longer away. Shakes my head. After being against it for a long time the summer, I eventually convinced myself that contract isn’t problematic. Hope I wasn’t being irrationally optimistic. I really had to strive to bury the cynic in me to buy into it. He is really going to be healthy much more than he has been to make it worthwhile and obviously play 100x better than he did to start the season.

Scott
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Scott
14 days 15 hours ago

I am a Cavs fan, so it’s hard to be right about something this bad for the team. Signing Kevin Love was a huge mistake. They rewarded a guy who completely disappeared in the playoffs. Cavs fans should think of the guy in the same way they think of Larry Hughes, Shaq, Antoine Jamison, etc. He was supposed to be “the big help” and he shat the bed. Re-signing the guy is just foolish. No one else wants him.

Jason
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14 days 22 hours ago

I think we have all of 5 guys who can be winning players on a winning team, in at least a rotational role: Love, Nance, TT, Delly, & Nwaba. Keep those guys.

We have 2 guys who are really in their first year playing, and are taking their lumps. Way too early to give up on them yet. Keep Cedi & Sexton. That is 7.

We have 4 guys who could either be decent depth pieces we haven’t seen yet (Henson) or guys who COULD perhaps become winning players on a good team in limited roles (Clarkson, Hood, Burks). OK on limited $$ but not starter money. Any could be dealt for picks if the right deal comes along.

Zizic, Blossomgame, Jones, & Payne are all low risk, low $$ developmental guys.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
14 days 23 hours ago

SO WHAT IS THEIR NEW NAME —MINNESOTA TIMBER “BULLS ” ?

Simmo
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Simmo
14 days 23 hours ago

Heh heh! You are on fire Nomad.

NOMAD
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15 days 13 minutes ago

REALLY THOUGHT –( ALTHOUGH I GUESS HE HAS BEEN INJURED )–WHEN DREW BECAME HC/ LOVE AND T.T. HURT THAT ANTE’S MIN’S WOULD BE THERE SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATED / DISSAPPOINTED THAT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN– ( SURE ANONYMOUS WILL GET ALL OVER ME FOR SUPPORTING IN HIS MIND A “G LEAGUE ” PLAYER )–BUT YEAH IF THE MIN’S AREN’T UP HERE THEN CANTON HE SHOULD GO—HEY HE IS WHAT 21 YRS OLD —POTENTIAL IS STILL THERE ——–AGREE WITH THE OTHER THINGS YOU MENTIONED !!

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15 days 1 hour ago

So all the losing and negativity aside, what must happen for the team to develop/grow as the season progresses?

*I say Zz to Canton must happen asap. Kid has the talent but riding the bench for 41min a night isn’t doing him any favors at all.

*Sexton needs a personal shooting coach and better yet, a high basketball IQ person to break down games on a daily basis. His shot selection is horrid along with his lack of time awareness. Taking mid-range floaters with 19sec on the clock is extremely idiotic.

*Nance needs to be the starter center.

*Cedi needs a Richard Jefferson type of mentor. His game seems to have taken a hit since KK left. Is Hedo available?

*FIRE Longo.

Any more ideas come to mind?

Vintage
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14 days 17 hours ago

Nance needs to learn how to contest shots without picking up dumb fouls and develop into the anchor of our defense.

Cedi and Sexton both need to work on handles and decision making.

John B
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John B
14 days 21 hours ago

Sexton needs to learn to be a point guard period. Needs to learn how to defend basic actions. Needs to hire a ball handling skills coach. Needs to pretty much learn everything.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
15 days 14 hours ago

AND AGREE ON NOT KEEPING A COACH LIKE P HANDY AROUND—ESPECIALLY FOR A PLAYER LIKE SEXTON TO TEACH / MENTOR / GROW ……………………OF COURSE WHO KNOWS MAYBE HANDY WANTED TO ESCAPE THE ENVIRONMENT ALSO REGARDLESS OF THE PAYCHECK

NOMAD
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15 days 14 hours ago

I THINK WE SEE HIM PLAY FEW GAMES BEFORE TO SHOWCASE FOR THE TRADE DEADLINE—-WILL PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH TEAMS / OPPONENTS –( ONES THAT ARE FAVORABLE FOR HIM ) TO PLAY IN—LOOK GOOD

Vintage
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Vintage
15 days 15 hours ago

I bet we don’t see Love play until after the trade deadline

Jason
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Jason
15 days 14 hours ago

Perhaps. I thought 1/19 after the road trip was a possible return date. But it could be later. One the one hand, we will fall further behind in the standings (2 vs Bulls, in late Jan).

One the other hand, guys like Hood & Burks might look a lot better playing off of Love rather than trying to drive iffense themselves. Could boost their value. Also would likely benefit Sexton & Cedi.

John B
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John B
15 days 14 hours ago

With this year’s odds, I feel like there is a thing as too much tanking.

Jason
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Jason
15 days 9 hours ago

Agreed. But we won’t rush him. We want him, Cedi, Nance, Sexton, Delly, TT, Nwaba, Clarkson, & Henson to play together some THIS year, that is next year’s team, or most of it.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
15 days 20 hours ago

SOME VERY GOOD AND VALID POINTS JASON ——-YEAH I MENTIONED YESTERDAY—-THE ROSTER ON OPENING DAY HAD POTENTIAL FOR 30-35 WINS AND NOT EVEN COMEOSE TO RESEMBLING THAT 2011 TEAM—BUT S-IT HAPPENS AND ROOKIES —SEXTON AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL INCLUDE CEDI WILL PLAY LIKE ROOKIES —-SO AS MUCH AS WE HATE WHERE WE ARE AT PRESENT –WE SHOULD NOT BE SHOCKED —-BUT YB HAS ‘TO EARN ‘ HIS MINUTES AND “LEARN ‘ THE GAME ——DELLY / CLARKSON / LNJ / T.T. / BURKS ( HOOD )PRESENTLY STARTERS ——–SEXTON / PAYNE / CHANNING / ANTE–WHEN HEALTHY / HOOD —NWABA STARTS WHEN HE IS HEALTHY

Jason
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15 days 14 hours ago

Agreed. I seem to remember that 2011 team got hit pretty hard too. BD only played 15 games (pre trade), Andy 31, Mo 36, Jamison 56.

But you are right, we should not be surprised we stink (30-35 still stinks, too). With Love & Korver out/gone, we do not really have anyone to bend/scramble a defense. With Hill & Delly gone/out, we do not have anyone who can run an offense (LNJ is closest).

We have no dangerous outside shooters. Hood is the best we have. We have no reliable post players. Clarkson iso’s are our most reliable offense. And if teams go zone, that disappears. And the worst D in the league, and in league history by some measures. And half the team is hurt. UGLY.

Jason
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Jason
15 days 23 hours ago

I think there us a lot of revisionist history going on.

Hill, JR, Hood, Love, TT starting + Sexton, Clarkson, Korver, Nwaba, Cedi, Dekker, and Nance could have gotten 30-35 wins. Especially if we got a competent backup PG with the 15th roster spot (Sexton isn’t one at this point).

Of those 12 guys on that preseason roster: 4 are gone (Hill, JR, Korver, Dekker), Love & Nwaba gave been mostly hurt, TT missed a month plus, and Hood is out now. As are the guys we got back for Hill (Delly & Henson). And Zizic is out as well.

Of our preseason top 13 guys, really only Clarkson, Cedi, & Sexton have been consistently available. And Burks since he came over. But 4/13 is awful. Anyone with a brain knows rookie PGs struggle, and Sexton has.

But let us see how things look under a modicum of health before we pass final judgement. Especially on young players. Joe Harris anyone?

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15 days 20 hours ago

I agree with this. Had so many different lineups out there, it’s hard to build any continuity. Plus we got rid of our biggest weapon in Korver. Listen it’s been ugly, really ugly, but it’s honestly better to suck than be like the Heat who are a solid team, but aren’t going to win anything.

If we get Zion or Barrett, then things get really interesting for next season.

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What’s laughable is that, in training camp, management sold this Cleveland Cavaliers team as competitive. Even with the Love injury nonwithstanding, I don’t think anyone on this blog (except for maybe buck turgidson) thought this year’s Cavaliers team would be bottom of the barrel. LBJ deserves a share of the blame (probably a minority) as well. It’s hard for me to separate a lot of Gilbert’s decision making from the supernova of LeBron James and everything that comes with him – win now at all costs mode, pressuring the organization to sign his guys, holding his cards close which counteracts the organization’s ability to attract other stars, etc. CavsDan has definitely had his share of mistakes, too, as Nate eloquently pointed out. For me, I justify the entire situation by telling myself that LeBron likely was going to LA anyways once we won the 2016 championship and Kyrie got traded. Nothing can take away from the greatest championship of all time, and if this is the price paid for witnessing one of the greatest of all time, then so be it. If the Cavs are going to be bad, might as well be “tank for Zion” level bad to try… Read more »
Scott
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14 days 15 hours ago

I’m not a prolific commenter, but I called 20 wins and that seems wildly optimistic.

John B
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16 days 1 hour ago

He was always going to LA. Wade said LBJ had his mind made up in 2017.

I for one sort of thought even with love they were around a 30-35 win team. I always doubted they would be better than that even if healthy. With management trading two of the other best five players on the team after the start, I am not surprised we are this bad, especially considering all of the other injuries we’ve had. Hill and Korver likely have us winning 3-5 more than we have currently if they had been healthy and with the team the whole year.

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16 days 5 hours ago
I’ll be a bit of a devil’s advocate and say that Gilbert’s influence likely isn’t as negative as you’re saying here Nate. Yes he has drafted some really awful weirdos…yes he let a capable GM go for seemingly no reason, and yes he seemingly has a penchant for small pgs that don’t deserve their draft picks…though that last one is anecdotal and not real proof of his incompetence. Also the kyrie thing is anecdotal as it’s a one time thing…as even well run orgs have been held captive and had to lose on trades because a star player demanded out. Please find me one who has handled that situation well that hasn’t had David Stern’s ear. However…I’ll take Pestak’s line and say he has done nothing but throw millions of dollars at making the Cavs competitive. Drafting Sexton, I’ll be honest…i thought was a crap move from the start, but we needed a PG and he was the best one left in the draft. I have given up on him entirely…but he still could turn out to be ok when Drew isn’t the HC next year. Honestly…the cavs have lost 25% of their team for most of the season so… Read more »
scotch
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scotch
16 days 5 hours ago

That said…that Longibardi is still on the sideline is Stepian level ridiculousness. He has proven to be a Hue Jackson level mistake.

Scott
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Scott
14 days 15 hours ago

Do we really think assistant head coaches in the NBA have that much power? If the defense sucks it’s because of Larry Drew.

EvilGenius
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14 days 15 hours ago

Except Longabardi is supposedly a “defensive guru” and has been touted as such by no less than two Head Coaches who have hired him…

JoeyB
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16 days 11 hours ago

Right on, Nate. Gilbert’s arrogance was, is, and will always be, the cancer in this organization. He’s run Lebron James out of town twice by his utter hubris and incompetence. I have no faith this team will contend until he finally sells. He lucked in to LBJ twice. The only thing he deserves credit for is spending money when we had Lebron and, the second time, getting out of the way long enough to let the team win. Everything else he’s touched has turned to dumpster fire.

Chris K
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Chris K
16 days 11 hours ago

Wait–ANONYMOUS is COLS?! I feel like all these losses have revealed this important truth to me. Nate, keep doing what you do–your insights and writing talents are much appreciated.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
16 days 13 hours ago

AGREE WITH EVERYTHING JASON POSTED/ ESPECIALLY # 3—“EARN THE MINUTES—PLAYING TIME “——DOES THIS SEASON FEEL LIKE THE 2ND COMING OF THE “GONG ” SHOW …………..AND UP NEXT …WE HAVE …..” ————-DID NATE “GONG ” MR ANNOYING ANONYMOUS

John B
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John B
16 days 13 hours ago

Thinks out finally. Can’t believe he lasted this long. Never seen an offseason so botched.

John B
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John B
16 days 13 hours ago

Thibs

Anonymous
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Anonymous
16 days 15 hours ago

Oh goodness. Nate gets all upset and pretends to blame it on mental illness. What a putz. Change you basketball analysis so it isn’t wrong all the time.

John B
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John B
16 days 13 hours ago

I mean your behavior is truly bizarre. When I step back and look at it, your comments seem rather unhinged. Are you trolling? Sure. But I think most internet trolls have problematic personal lives which cause them to lash out anonymously against strangers on the internet. Otherwise, what normal person cares that much to complain about a blog? No one with better things to do.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 15 hours ago

God you’re boring.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 15 hours ago

In the good news department:

1) We are in the leading car on the Zion train. No worse than 5th and 14% is the best anyone can do.

2) The Lakers are getting pounded with Bron out and will likely be below 8th when he returns.

3) The Celts are 5th and looking like their draft haul won’t be so hot. The Kings pick is the jewel (top 1 protected) but the are only a game behind the Lakers in the loss column. The Clips pick is lotto protected the next two years (then turns into 2nds). Either they continue to play well & the pick is 16-20 or the Cs get nothing. Memphis pick is gonna convey eventually. 1-8 protected this year, 1-6 next, and unprotected in 2021. Memphis lucking into protections (next 2) or making the POs (next 3) are what we want.

MikeO
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16 days 15 hours ago

Jason
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16 days 15 hours ago

Well, we need PGs and McCaw is not one. You have to have at 3 who can play.

Drew has his hands tied with all the injuries. When we are semi-healthy….

1) Start Delly & Clarkson. Love + Nance or TT (depending on matchup). And then Hood/ Cedi.

2) 2nd unit: Payne/Sexton, Burks, Nwaba, Cedi/Hood, Nance/TT.

3) Make Sexton earn his minutes. If he cannot beat Payne out, welcome to Canton.

4) When Love returns & we get healthier & the schedule eases a bit, things will get easier to watch. Next two weeks will be brutal.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 15 hours ago

Problem is Payne is not an NBA player. But he will help the Cavs lose, so why not?

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 15 hours ago

Lol…what a shark show.

John B
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John B
16 days 15 hours ago

That is just bizarre decision making.

Chris K
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Chris K
16 days 11 hours ago

It is tanking decision-making.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
16 days 15 hours ago

“DITTO”—–NATE I APPLAUD YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND PATIENCE !!

John B
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John B
16 days 16 hours ago

Lol, being wrong your entire life must be even more exhausting. Of course you never actually add any real insight. But somehow even the drivel you spout is absurd.

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buck turgidson
16 days 16 hours ago

haven’t watched any cavs stuff i record on sling.. a little surprised that this squad is really playing as poorly as the early season dumpster fire that i thoroughly enjoyed dumping on.. most of the moves seemed like fairly intelligent gambles.. obviously, they need to trade love, and hope he can bring something of value in return.. amico is more negative now than i was at the beginning of the season.. i don’t know how you guys can watch it.. glad delly is back.. i like lnj (but not sure if he has any upside.. this may be it).. gonna be a long long slog.. but hopefully they gat a dukie stud, and a high talent IV infusion can start the road to recovery next year.. chk back with u guys down the road a bit..

NOMAD
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NOMAD
16 days 17 hours ago

HEY NATE I MADE –THE ANONYMOUS ” HIT LIST ” ALSO : )——–EVIL HIT THE PANIC BUTTON : )

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 18 hours ago

Really need a registration system here.

Simmo
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Simmo
16 days 13 hours ago

Absolutely.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
16 days 18 hours ago

Lue had this team with a top 5 offense every year. Yet all you did was complain that they didn’t play the way you wanted to. Well now they are playing the way you want them to and they suck. Go figure. Maybe style isn’t important at all. Idiots.

John B
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John B
16 days 18 hours ago

C$ls, you have zero knowledge of anything relating to bball. You have shown yourself to have zero analytical abilities both here and on fearthesword. You appear to have the mental capacity and maturity of a twelve year old.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
16 days 18 hours ago

Seriously. If I owner the blog I would find someone who knew what they were talking about. Instead of Nate. Maybe the dumbest person in all of Cavs fandom.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 18 hours ago

Too bad for you he’s one of the owners of the blog.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
16 days 18 hours ago

Go find a real blog that has analysis that is t wrong all the time. Four years of finals and all this blog did was rip the team. The best player ever. And the only coach to bring a title to Cleveland in 50 years.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 18 hours ago

How about you find a new blog? Nobody GAS what you think.

John B
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John B
16 days 18 hours ago

You mean the only coach to be dragged to a title in fifty years by his star players.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
16 days 18 hours ago

Fire Lue!! Play osman!! Too bad that’s dumb analaysis. Great job by whoever owns this blog and giving voice to maybe the dumbest guy who follows the Cavs ever. Maybe never listen to Nate.

John B
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John B
16 days 18 hours ago

We might have zero wins with lue. Lue didn’t even want to be here. He did nada over the summer. Completely checked out. Truly pathetic display of professionalism. Awful tactician. Maybe the only coach ever to have his team win a ship in spite of his decisions. So slow at adjustments in the playoffs. Talent utterly dragged his sorry butt everywhere.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
16 days 18 hours ago

Complain complain complain. Oh we are going to the finals again? Let’s fire our championship coach and get rid of al the players so we can play g leaguers. Smart analysis.

John B
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John B
16 days 18 hours ago

Go root for the lakers and watch them get obliterated in the first round you sunshine worshipper. Pathetic.

James
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James
16 days 19 hours ago

Great article. Thank you very much.

Rob
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Rob
16 days 19 hours ago

This was a really good read. I hope Sexton isn’t a complete bust, no doubt about it, the guys hate playing with him (Nance in particular).

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NOMAD
16 days 19 hours ago

NATE IF I AM EVER IN CANTON–I AM TAKING YOU OUT FOR FOOD AND BEER –YOU ARE VERY DESERVING !!!——I – (AND I THINK MANY OTHERS ) —GOING INTO THIS SEASON—YEAH WE ARE NOT GOING TO COMPETE FOR THE FINALS LET ALONE PROBABLY NOT EVEN MAKE THE PLAYOFFS —BUT HELL WE ALL THOUGHT WE WERE NOWHERE NEAR THE 2011 TEAM —-YIPES -” BACK INTO THE FUTURE ” WE GO ——-IF WE WANT ANY HOPE IN YB TURNING OUT TO BE A SOMEWHAT DECENT PLAYER —THEN YES HE HAS TO SIT / LEARN / EARN PLAYING TIME—-PLAYING THE CORRECT WAY —-IT ISN’T ALL ABOUT JUMP SHOTS —-STILL BELIEVE IN THE KID ,,,,,, DON’T WANT TO TOTALLY THROW HIM UNDER THE BUS ——BELIEVE ALOT IS ON THE COACHING STAFF —WHERE IS PHIL HANDY WHEN WE NEED HIM………..AND GET RID OF LONGINBARF ALREADY !!!!

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 20 hours ago

I’m betting it was the Cedi Osman Stainless Steel Tumbler. Good recap, Nate. You’re at your best on these poo platter games.

NickNevers
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NickNevers
16 days 17 hours ago

Except the Tumbler was Friday night so can’t be that.

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