Recap: Cavs 101, Lakers 95 (or, Turkish Delight)

How sweet was that? For those of who stayed up and tuned in, you were treated to a late night snack. A delicious confection of poetic justice. A sugar coated victory if ever there was one. That’s right, despite my decidedly bitter game thread introduction, the oft-beleaguered Cavaliers served up a candied assortment of just desserts for everyone… from the Lakers and their fans to the doubters and curmudgeons with any sort of previously unsatiated sweet tooth for progress. It was enough to please the palate (at least for one dreary night in early January), and quash the bad taste of a near month long 12 game losing streak. After all, if this dismal season is the medicine that will eventually help revitalize and strengthen the Cavs in the long run, then games like this one are the spoonfuls of sugar that help us swallow that reality down.

From a certain perspective, this was a bit of sweet revenge for the few former teammates whom LeBron James left behind. Guys like Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova who won a title with the King. Guys like Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance who played with him last year (the last two of which were even traded away by these Lakers). From another perspective, the game was a bit of a sampler for LeBron to see what goodies he might have missed out on… like Collin Sexton, the rookie point guard and designated Kyrie replacement, or maybe the young protege the Chosen One left behind in Cedi Osman. Actually, yes… come to think of it… if there was one piece of candy LBJ could have taken with him from the Cleveland dish, it might very well have been the Turkish delight.

Cedi was the inspiration for theme of this recap, not because he was the only Cav who performed well in a featured game (though he did lead the team in scoring with 20 points), but because he seems to reserve his best games for his mentor. The padawan becomes the jedi when playing against (or in front of) the master and his new team. It’s clear LeBron also still has a sweet spot for Cedi, since he invited the young Turk to his star-studded training sessions this past summer, and reportedly stays in contact. Though Bron might be troubled by the struggles of his young Laker teammates, he must be proud of the strides Osman is starting to take.

The game itself really began and (almost) ended with Cedi. He was truly delightful early on, scoring eight of the Cavs’ first 13 points, with four straight buckets. He and the Cavs hit just about every shot they took in the first quarter (58%), as they built a lead as large as 15 by the nine minute mark. Sexton chipped in seven (including his lone triple), and both Hood and Alec Burks drained threes and tallied five points a piece. For a change, the starting five were the gooey center that kept things cohesive from the outset. Meanwhile, the young Lakers threw up an assortment of ill-advised shots and wide open bricks alike. The Cavs led 32-24 after one.

After a Delly trey to kick off the second quarter, the Lakers woke up a bit and turned on the defensive intensity. They forced the Cavs into a couple of turnovers, including a shot clock violation, and both Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma hit shots to close the gap. It was a low scoring quarter (22-19 Lakers), with both teams scrapping for loose balls, hustling on defense, but also missing a ton of shots (they went a combined 15-55 from beyond the arc for the game). This was Rodney Hood’s time to shine, though, as he scored almost half (nine) of the team’s 19 points. Every time the Lakers got the lead down to three, Hood had a counter. At halftime, the Cavs still led 51-46. 

Also, even though they didn’t score on this play, here’s the highlight of the quarter… TT’s sweet behind the back move…

The Cavs starting five once again showed up in the third to keep the Lakers at arms length. Even though LA took advantage of a couple of wine & gold miscues coming out of the half to close to within a point, Alec Burks drained a three, kicking of an 8-0 Cavalier response. It ended with another Cedi triple, and he spun his way to a seven point quarter. Tristan Thompson was also much more of a force on the glass in the second half, as he often helped limit the Lakers to one shot and had a couple of put backs. The Lakers continued to build their own rock candy mountain of missed threes, which helped the Cavs maintain a 10 point cushion at the end of the third… 75-65.

Most of the fourth quarter was a glacé reflection of the third. Each time the Lakers started to cut into the Cavs’ double digit lead, the Cavs would make terrific plays and hit timely shots to push it back. There was another Cedi three, two fantastic dimes by Delly (one for an open layup to Clarkson, and one of the old Commonwealth high handoffs to TT), and the hustle play of the game by the Bandit…

Collin Sexton even beat a guy off the dribble (okay, it was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope… but still!). Unfortunately, the Cavs got themselves into the penalty about three minutes into the frame, allowing the Lakers the opportunity to stop the clock to catch up at the line. At least, they would have if they could have. Instead, the purple & gold bricked almost half of their freebies for the game (16-27 for 59%). Turns out, those 11 points could have really helped them…

The Cavs still held a 10 point lead with just over two minutes to play, but that’s when Kuzma really started heating up. He had been 0-5 from downtown for most of the game, but drilled two triples in the final minute plus. Kuzma also pulled a fairly egregious flop on another attempt that got him to the line in that same stretch. The Laker forward scored 18 of his game high 29 points in the final quarter, cutting the lead to three twice in the last 25 seconds. The last bucket came after Cedi almost ruined my plan to use this Turkish delight theme by missing a pair of free throws that probably would have clinched the game.

In the end, both Alec Burks and Rodney Hood made their contributions from the charity stripe to put the icing on this sweet victory.

The Bitter:

Most of the sour taste from this game was reserved for the Lakers. They and their fans are getting a dose of what life is like when you depend on LeBron, but LeBron is not available. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka may believe they have done it all differently by putting playmakers around LBJ instead of shooters, yet nights like this show the potential for folly in that line of thinking. The Lakers shot an abysmal 7-34 (20%) from deep, and just 39% overall. Combine that with the 59% from the free throw line, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

A healthy LeBron will no doubt still make the Lakers a contender for a playoff spot in the crowded West, which is why they are probably erring on the side of caution with his groin injury. Better to stay out a few extra games than return too soon and make it worse. That said, losing to LeBron’s old team (which also happens to be the team with the worst record in the NBA), and not being able to break a hundred (against a team that had just surrendered back to back 140 point games), could lead to some impatience and possibly even some changes for the Lakers.

The only slightly sour note for the Cavs was the overall bench play. Granted, they weren’t counted on for much, since the starters played well enough to secure the bulk of the minutes. Really only Delly with his two highlight assists, and Clarkson with a couple of timely buckets, contributed much. Ante Zizic and Jaron Blossomgame seemed overmatched in their short stints, and I barely noticed Cam Payne in his six minutes.

The Sweet:

The starters were terrific. All five not only scored in double digits, but also had at least 15 points a piece. They accounted for 87 of the 101 points scored, and all shot close to 50% from the field.

Cedi Osman had clear confidence in his shot, but also made a concerted effort to attack the rim, playing one of his better all-around games of the season. In addition to his 20 points, he snagged eight rebounds, two steals and had one assist. He’s had six games of at least 20 points this season… and two of them have been against the Lakers.

Collin Sexton had a decent shooting night (7-14), while also chipping in three boards, three dimes and a steal. More importantly, he had two plays that showed some promising progress. In the first, he drove the baseline and kicked out to an open Clarkson for a three…

And, in the second, he dribble drove past KCP for the layup…

Tristan started slow, but in the second half he got to the chewy center of the paint. TT finished with yet another double double (15 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks), and essentially neutralized the Laker big men of JaVale McGee and Iva Zubac (combined seven points and 10 boards).

Alec Burks had a tremendous all-around game with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. He also had my favorite play of the game with his victimization of McGee on his steal and subsequent slam to put the Cavs up eight late. His energy level was off the charts.

Rodney Hood also had a good shooting game (18 points on 6-14 shooting) even though he was less accurate with his three ball (1-5). He took on the scoring mantle in the second quarter when Clarkson couldn’t buy a shot, and also cooly sank the final free throws.

The Delight:

I take great joy in paradoxically predicting doom and gloom for the Cavs in game threads, and then having them jam those words down my throat. Especially when I’m not being entirely ironic about it. The previous two games of hemorrhaging 140 points to the likes of the Pelicans and Rockets really gave me little hope that they could hold the fast-paced Lakers (even sans LeBron) under the century mark. The last thing I felt like doing on a gloomy Sunday night in Los Angeles was watch the Cavs get pasted by LeBron’s new team on national television. And, that’s why this victory is so sweet. It was an unexpected pleasure. A respite from the funeral march to Zion. A sugary end to a 12 game losing streak that seemingly had no end in sight.

In the end, this victory won’t likely cost this team a shot at the top pick… though it might be the kind of game that threatens to cost the Lakers a shot at the post-season. More than anything, however, it provides a welcome reminder that we do have some young talent on this team who are taking small steps forward.

Isn’t that delightful?

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NOMAD
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NOMAD
7 days 17 hours ago

VERY DIPLOMATIC RESPONSE –WOULD NOT HAVE EXPECTED ANYTHING LESS : )——–YOU AND R.J. SHOULD COLLABORATE ON A MOVIE / SERIES OF HIS LIFE —–SORRY I BUTCHERED THE SPELLING OF GENIUS/ BLAME IT ON OLD AGE : )

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7 days 17 hours ago

JUST READ THE R.J. ARTICLE—WOW/ IMPRESSIVE—WE NEED TO GET HIM A JOB / CAREER AS A CAV / IN SOME CAPACITY —–TRUE PROFESSIONAL / LEADER / PERSON ——–DID READ A PHRASE –“EVIL GENIOUS” WTF EVIL ARE YOU GOING TO ALLOW THIS ????? : )

Nate Smith
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7 days 20 hours ago

DSJ for Sexton? Who says no?

Christopher
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Christopher
6 days 21 hours ago

Everyone knows LeBron’s not our GM anymore, right? We don’t have to consider players simply because he sends out passive-aggressive tweets towards other GMs about guys like DSJ, right?

Jason
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Jason
7 days 13 hours ago

I say no.

Blip
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Blip
7 days 18 hours ago

I think the Mavs say no.

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
7 days 19 hours ago

Smith is two years older, barely better than Sexton now, and injury prone. Why would the Cavs trade for him?

CLF
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CLF
7 days 14 hours ago

TTM with the correct answer.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
8 days 4 minutes ago
West Coast Cav
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West Coast Cav
7 days 16 hours ago

Cleveland!!!!!! This is for you….

Patrick
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Patrick
7 days 20 hours ago

Thank YOU, Richard!

I will make the Games 5/6/7 trilogy an upcoming Furlough Film Fest.

ChrisKorvalier
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ChrisKorvalier
7 days 23 hours ago

I cried.

CLF
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CLF
7 days 14 hours ago

Got choked up myself…

JMay
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7 days 23 hours ago

This is on my reading list for today!

JMay
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7 days 19 hours ago

Truly great read. He gets it.

Simmo
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Simmo
8 days 2 hours ago

Finally got around to watching the replay. Things that stood out:

Burks! Apart from shooting percentage, his inside & outside game was fully on display. His leadership after play breakdowns too – pulling younger players aside to talk about method.

Sexton’s D is improving, his effort guarding taller players in the first half was part of the reason Lakers found it hard going.

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scotch
8 days 4 hours ago

Cavs could make a play for Dennis Smith jr if they aren’t sold on Sexton…using Love and taking on Barnes or Matthews or some other nasty contract. This could be a great thing for Dallas and the cavs…

Is there a scenario where we get Smith Jr and get rid of Sexton and don’t end up losing options? Honestly…i am so done with sexton. He is an Elfrid Payton type player. He will makes waves but never move the needle…and I know it’s early to say this…but either Larry Drew is ignorant of how the game has changed or Sexton is ignorant of what makes sense in the modern NBA. Cuz he is still stepping into long twos halfway through the season…or driving and finding no one.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 21 hours ago

You are giving up waaaay to early on Sexton. Though the concerns are legit.

DSJ for Love is a joke, right? Plus we’d have to take on $20 million more in salary. And it sounds like DSJ has burned bridges with Carlisle. We do not need that.

No, the bet on Sexton was that he was raw but the want to/learning curve would turn him into a player. 35 starts is not nearly enough to say yet. 3PT%, FT%, and mid-range all better than expected. The D, playmaking, & finishing at the rim is year 2 stuff.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 10 hours ago

Grizz lose. Currently 8th from bottom (tied with Magic) & retaining their pick at the moment.

Nets fans chanting Kyrie’s leaving was great tonight.

ChrisKorvalier
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ChrisKorvalier
7 days 22 hours ago

Oh, that would have been great to hear.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 10 hours ago

Worst case for Celtics picks:

1. Clippers miss POs, keep pick. Lotto protected in 2020, then 2nds. 2 games up on 9th right now.

2. Grizz get a top 8 pick. Keep pick. Protected 1-6 next year. Currently right on the edge of top 8. Could be tied 7th by the end of tonight.

3. Sac makes the POs (or gets the #1 pick). Currently 0.5 games

Jason
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Jason
8 days 10 hours ago

Out.

CLF
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CLF
8 days 10 hours ago

D Russell is trending in the right direction… still a bit of a chucker, but he’s only 22.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 10 hours ago

Lakers would love to have him in place of some of their monumentally overrated ‘young stars’. LOL. I’d take him over Ball a thousand times right now…

CLF
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CLF
8 days 10 hours ago

Yeah… that looks like a colossal mistake right about now. He’s still got 3 years before he even touches his prime. I think Brooklyn’s staff has given him a great system in which to grow.

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buck turgidson
7 days 14 hours ago

at least cavs are not only franchise that craps itself on occasion..

Nate Smith
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8 days 11 hours ago

You know what’s be hilarious? Kyrie ending up on the Lakers

CLF
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CLF
8 days 10 hours ago

I honestly could see it too LOL.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 11 hours ago

Nets/ Knicks IMO…

Jason
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Jason
8 days 10 hours ago

Chicken dinner. Knicks.

Kyrie wants to win so bad he forced his way out of a team with a title & 3 straight Finals trips.

Fact is, a team with Kyrie as the best player is not a title caliber team. He is a GREAT closer/scorer if you can get him to crunch time close.

Boston is flawed. Hayward is not the same yet (and sadly may never be). Horford is only going to diminish. And Tatum/Brown are not all-stars yet, but think they should get shots like they are.

MikeO
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8 days 10 hours ago

But yes, Lakers would be a riot…can’t get enough of Lebron calling him ‘kid’…

CLF
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CLF
8 days 11 hours ago

Dude loses in OT…. Barrett got flustered in crunch time. Zion was special… good learning experience for the freshmen.

CLF
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CLF
8 days 11 hours ago

Duke* hate autocorrect.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 11 hours ago

No Cam tonight. Dukies lose.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 11 hours ago

Losing.

MikeO
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8 days 11 hours ago

Jason
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Jason
8 days 11 hours ago

Luka runs the show. Smith Jr useless off ball.

Mavs likely would want Ross/pick from the Magic. Or Warren/pick from Phoenix.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 11 hours ago

If we are #1, I think we have to take Zion. If not #1, I would go Reddish.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 11 hours ago

SO BARETT OR ZION ?

John B
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John B
8 days 7 hours ago
This shouldn’t be a question. This is one you don’t overthink. Zion’s level of efficiency, production and impact (BPM) on both sides of the ball is unheard of for a freshmen, really for anyone in the modern college era. All of that won’t just disappear in the nba, especially with much better spacing on nearly every nba team than college teams can provide. Basically he is too dominant to fail in the nba. You can’t be that utterly dominant as a freshmen in college without being able to succeed on the next level, barring injury. And no Trae Young was not dominant. You need production and efficiency. Zion has had both, against arguably the toughest schedule in the country. He hasn’t had a single game he couldn’t finish enough around the basket through, around, and over contact to shoot below 44% from the field. If shooting 44% from the field is your floor for your worst shooting games, then you will succeed if you can get to where you want to go on the floor on offense. He has the handles, strength, agility, and speed to do that one on one against anyone in the world. Unless Barrett utterly blows… Read more »
JMay
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8 days 35 seconds ago

I still do like Barrett a lot but ya, over the course of the season, it’s pretty clear Zion is the real deal. I’ll still be pleased if we draft Barrett because we don’t get the first pick, but Zion is one of the special ones.

John B
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John B
8 days 7 hours ago

I also don’t mean to be dismissive of Barrett. But for me, with every game I have watched, Zion has just utterly separated himself well and away from every other prospect. He is on another level and shouldn’t even be playing in college. This is one of the few guys that the 19 year old nba draft rules actually are pointless for.

CLF
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CLF
8 days 11 hours ago

Zion is the preference, but would also be happy with Barrett.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 11 hours ago

Cam.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 11 hours ago

I will take the guy who can shoot.

John B
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John B
8 days 7 hours ago

Sort of can shoot. I would take the guy that has dominated college basketball ball more than Anthony Davis did individually based on all advanced stats and regular. Duke has no consistent utterly knockdown shooters around him. Not Reddish, not Barrett, not any of the bench guys. Granted Reddish would have helped tonight, but not sure he is consistent yet. Also his handle is way rigid, not where it needs to be.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 11 hours ago

Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.Zion. Zion. Zion. Zion.

Although I’m fairly confident the Cavs can get the worst out of him.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 11 hours ago

Looks like Kyrie is not playing, and without his scoring that team may be worse than the Lakers without Lebron…

Nate Smith
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8 days 11 hours ago

Uh. No. They’re not that bad.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 11 hours ago

Maybe. They are pretty terrible without him, unless one of their scrubs has a hot night from three…

Nate Smith
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8 days 9 hours ago

Tatum playing like an ahole and no hieford hurts.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 11 hours ago

Oh yes….Nets up on Celtics 73-59….inject it into my veins…

JRL
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JRL
8 days 11 hours ago

Ha 😁

CLF
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CLF
8 days 12 hours ago

Barrett starting to feel it from three!!!

CLF
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CLF
8 days 12 hours ago

Barrett with 5 assists and 1 turnover…. unbelievably good at the point for a freshman.

CLF
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CLF
8 days 12 hours ago

Zion just dominating… unstoppable in the paint. Starting to get more confident on threes. Great sequence with a 3 at the top of the key, then pump fake 3, drive and finish to the rim.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 12 hours ago

REDDISH NOT PLAYING FOR DUKE –HURT / DISCIPLINE ?

CLF
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CLF
8 days 12 hours ago

DNP – Illness.

CLF
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CLF
8 days 12 hours ago

Huge challenge for Barrett and Zion tonight losing Tre Jones to injury. Zion dominating the middle of the Syracuse zone with 20pts in the 1st half. Barrett running the point really well on offense, but his defense isn’t as good as Jones.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 13 hours ago

HELL AS LONG AS WE ARE AUDITIONING PLAYERS —BRING BACK ” ENCHILADA ” STILL THINK HE GOT A RAW DEAL FROM TY

JRL
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JRL
8 days 11 hours ago

Always liked him.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 13 hours ago

JASON THAT IS WHAT I ASSUMED ( COULD HAVE SIGNED BONZIE )—–AM BUMMED —-HAVE RESEARCHED ADEL—-DIDN’T STRIKE ME AS ANYTHING SPECIAL—HOPE HE PROVES ME WRONG—–STILL THINK THE BONZ HAD MORE UPSIDE / POTENTIAL

Jason
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Jason
8 days 13 hours ago

Fedor has us waiving Jones (probably back to Canton if he clears) to make room for Adel. Notes Blossomgame has less than 10 days left with the Cavs before he either has to be signed to a full deal or sent to Canton.

https://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2019/01/cleveland_cavaliers_to_waive_j.html

Decision day nearing on Payne as well.

Current roster: Love, TT, LNJ, Sexton, Cedi, Clarkson, Delly, Nwaba, Henson, Burks, Hood, Zizic, Frye, JR, Payne (10 day) + Blossomgame (2 way) & Abel (2 way).

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 12 hours ago

I’d be pretty surprised if Payne sticks around. He has never been able to prove that he’s an NBA player once his 1st round pixie dust wore off.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 13 hours ago

Adel, not Abel. Oops.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 14 hours ago

WAS THERE ANYWAY WE COULD HAVE TERMINATED EITHER JONES OR BLOSSOMGAME’S CONTRACT TO SIGN BONZIE ——YES I WILL BE ROOTING FOR THE BONZ —-HEY WASN’T THE FONZ SITCOM BASED OUT OF MILWAUKEE —JUST SAYING —

Jason
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Jason
8 days 13 hours ago

Yes. We are going to have to let Jones/Blossomgame go to sign this new guy. Could have done the same at any time for Colson.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 14 hours ago

DAMN ME TOO NATE—-KNEW SOONER OR LATER A TEAM WOULD PICK HIM UP —-GOOD PICK UP BY THE BUCKS—–NATE DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WITH EMMANUEL TERRY—SEE HE HASN’T PLAYED / NOT ON ROSTER ——–ELITE ATHLETICISM ???

Nate Smith
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8 days 14 hours ago

Bummed about Bonzie.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 15 hours ago

Bonzi Colson signing a 2 way deal with Milwaukee (sorry NOMAD).

CAvs reportedly signing Aussie Deng Adel to a 2 way deal. Unsure if Jones or Blossomgame released. Decision on Payne coming as well.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 15 hours ago

Cavs cleared in McCaw thing. Prompting Zion update: wins:
9 = Cavs
10 = Bulls, Knicks
11 = Suns
13 = Hawks

Tough blow for the Rockets. Anyone out west outside of GSW/Den is one key injury from being out.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 16 hours ago

CAPELLA ( WHO I WANTED THE CAVS TO DRAFT –IF HE WAS THERE ) OUT 4-6 WEEKS —OUCH—NOT GOOD FOR THE ROCKETS

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 16 hours ago

YEY—-CMON ZION !!!—–

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NickNevers
8 days 17 hours ago

Alright, we can breathe easy, the NBA found nothing dirty regarding our signing and release of McCaw.

JMay
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8 days 18 hours ago

I am absolutely kicking myself that I could not manage to stay awake for this one. I was all set to open my laptop at 9:30 to watch a complete drubbing. And then I fell asleep at what must have been 9:28… I woke up to such great news though and this sweet, sweet recap put quite the smile on my face. So, thank you, EG.

It’s interesting to me to see this Lakers team and how it was supposed to be constructed so entirely differently only to watch the same outcome sans LeBron. It’s like they think we are making it up when we say that a team constructed around LeBron’s particular set of skills does not tend to operate very well when LeBron isn’t there. The only way to make it work is when you have another all-star caliber talent that can carry the offensive load when he’s not in the game. That’s hard to come by these days.

JMay
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8 days 18 hours ago

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Jason
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Jason
8 days 21 hours ago

DeRo, Randle, Ingram, and Ball. That is a lot if top 5 picks and not much left. Kuzma best in show.

I would love to see LA fail to make the POs.

TBH, though, if Rondo is healthy, Lakers win that game easy. Kind of invalidates a lot of takes on Laker/LeBron strategy.

Nate Smith
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8 days 21 hours ago

Fun recap, EG! You’ve gotten more than your share of victories this season, but I don’t hold it against you.

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NOMAD
8 days 22 hours ago

IT WAS NICE TO SEE K LOVE’S EMOTIONS ON THE SIDE / BENCH ALSO——TRUE LEADER AND PROFESSIONAL–REGARDLESS IF WE KEEP OR TRADE HIM

NOMAD
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NOMAD
8 days 22 hours ago

FUN RECAP TO A VERY ENTERTAINING GAME—-THANK YOU EVIL / THANK YOU CAVS ——–LET’S JUST MAKE A ” LEBRON FIGURE ‘ AND PUT IN CEDI’S LOCKER SO HE CAN PLAY LIKE THAT EVERY GAME—-I WILL TAKE THAT KIND OF PERFORMANCE FROM YOUNG BULL EVERY NIGHT —–WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED WITH ANTE –SEEMED VERY TENTATIVE OUT THERE IN ALL FACETS —THINK THIS IS WHY HE DOES NEED TO GET MIN’S EVERY GAME –TO GET THAT CONFIDENCE ——ARE THE LAKERS FANS REACHING FOR THE “PANIC BUTTON “–I HOPE SO/ THEY DESERVE IT !

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JAG
8 days 23 hours ago

Good synopsis of a fun game. Great overall defensive effort in this game. By and large the Cavs have given me hope in how they have played most games this season. Sure they were overmatched against Harden and Davis and we have to expect that, but I find myself not wanting to miss any games because I know they are capable of doing what they did to the Lakers last night. I’ve been a Sexton hater but just maybe he is starting to come around. Looking forward to seeing what they are like when the injured players are all healthy.

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MikeO
9 days 1 hour ago

Nice recap! The Lakers have the Bulls, then a pretty brutal stretch over which they’ll be lucky to go .500, with or without Lebron.

This was the number one game I wanted to win this season, so it was a delight for me.

Josh Hart has been a real disappointment for them, and the rest of their ‘young core’ is a lottery team every year. Agree that if Lebron can come back healthy they should somehow make the playoffs, but even that is no gimme right now.

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Simmo
9 days 1 hour ago

Thanks EG!! Life last few weeks has been ridiculously busy and I’m missing more games than I’m catching. Had a meeting with someone today, my phone (Cavs app) buzzed a few times with score updates and I must admit I had a little smug smile on my face when it became apparent Cavs were gonna win. Cheers.

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