Podcap: Cavs 116, Wizards 113 (or, Twofor Tuesday)

Well that was almost too close to call… but, the Cavs prevailed on yet another Tuesday night, running their win streak to two games for only the second time this season. The wine & gold dominated the Wall-less Wizards for just over 40 minutes before nearly choking away a 25 point lead in the final eight minutes.

Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson were the two-headed scoring monster for the Cavs, scoring 26 and 28 points respectively, while combining to knock down 20-31 shots (10-16 from deep). The Cavs also dished 30 dimes as a team, and dominated the Wiz in almost every aspect of the game until the final minutes.

Nate and EG formed a dynamic duo of their own (or tried to at least), and hopped in the booth to break down this exciting game, and the current two game surge. We cover the Cavs current rising stars, their bobbling rookie, some old Cavs who nearly brought Washington all the way back, and some other old Cavs who might just be reuniting someday in another city. Not to mention, we spent a long time furrowing our brows about the whole AD situation. You might need a couple of shots to get through it…

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Jason
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Jason
17 days 21 hours ago

I am not sold on anyone save GSW. Though the Raps thumped them good.

John B
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John B
18 days 35 minutes ago

Bucks beat raps 3/4 times this year. Once without Leonard. Twice at Toronto. Not sold on the raptors. But moot point since either would be swept in the finals.

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 27 minutes ago

I don’t think either would get swept, especially the Bucks, but no one is beating the Warriors if they’re healthy.

John B
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John B
17 days 22 hours ago

I didn’t expect DMC to come back play well and fit in. Factors into my thinking.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 3 hours ago

Final-ish details on KP deal.
Mavs get: KP, Hardaway Jr, Lee, Burke
NY gets: Smith Jr, Jordan, Matthews, Mavs 2021 unprotected (?), + 2023 Mavs first (prot 1-10 & may go away/turn into a 2nd if does not convey?).

I heard ESPN gave the Mavs a C. If that is Pelton, he is showing how dumb he is.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 2 hours ago

looks to me like a win-win trade.. assuming toothpick legs dont snap under excessive torque.. which, if i am betting, will happen.. if porz plays for years w/out injury.. mavs got the better of deal.. but i wouldnt make that bet.. knicks got better.. maybe we can get nkit from them..

Jason
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Jason
17 days 21 hours ago

He really has ‘only’ had the one serious injury. ACL tear was clean. He should be fine.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 2 hours ago

matthews has been a steady eddie his entire career.. 13ppg is money from him.. i think knicks keep him,, smith jr is now their pg (at least until kyrie arrives).. so nkit is expendable.. i think cavs should try to grab him.. he’s got some upside.. buy low.. sell high.. always worked for me..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 2 hours ago

lastly, i would rather have anth davis in LA w LBJ than in BOS w kyrie..

JOHN B
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JOHN B
18 days 1 hour ago

I want AD to go where ever Rich Paul promised him he wouldn’t go.

JMay
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17 days 14 hours ago

“I want AD to go where ever Rich Paul promised him he wouldn’t go.”

In that case, get that boy a CLE jersey…

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 2 hours ago

as an aside.. re dumb GMs.. hardaway jr drafted 1st #24 in 2013 (by NY).. avg 19.1… burke drafted 1st #9 (by MIN).. avg 11..

Jason
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Jason
17 days 21 hours ago

Wanna go one better?

NY drafted Frank Nikitina (sp?) 8th. Dallas took DSJr 9th. A year andxa half later, NY trades their best player (KP) and leading scorer (Hardaway) for the guy they could have had for free.

Bonus stupid: despite the above, at least Wes, DJ, and DSJr are all healthy and likely make the Knicks better, thus hurting the tank a bit.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 6 hours ago

I will reiterate my comment from the other day that half of NBA GMs are stupid.

Exhibit A: KP trade.
Exhibit B: Lakers looking at Kidd.

B is Rick Bucher, so grain of salt.

John B
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John B
18 days 6 hours ago

Pelicans call lakers back. Remove AD from Intro. I think they might cave.

John B
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John B
18 days 5 hours ago

Which btw is support for your assertion.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 5 hours ago

Bagley & Young & Ayton over Doncic. That is six right there and we just covered the last draft & 24 hours and did not even mention the Wizards or Bulls.

Maybe half is too much. A third without breaking a sweat.

John B
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John B
18 days 5 hours ago

Wizards, bulls, Minny, arguably some of the cavs decisions, Miami because what have they been doing four four years? Pistons trying to win now.

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 6 hours ago

Can’t wait till Kidd is coaching Lebron and Melo. HoF crew.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 6 hours ago

CAVS WHO IN RECENT YEARS HAVE BEEN THE TEAM / FRANCHISE MAKING BLOCKBUSTER TRADE DEADLINE DEALS —–DON’T THINK THEY WILL BE ABLE TO TOP THIS ONE —DON’T KNOW IF ANY TEAM WILL—UNLESS THE PELS DECIDE TO MOVE DAVIS ———-” LET THE GAMES BEGIN ” !!

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 5 hours ago

yo, nomad old friend, would you kindly use some lower case fonts.. easier to read.. no umbrage intended

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 6 hours ago

AM ALMOST TWICE THE 36 YRS—–NEVER / EVER / SPILL BEER —ESPECIALLY A GOOD IPA ——–2 THINGS NOT CAVS / BASKETBALL RELATED

1 )–HOW DID BARKLEY BEAT OUT BAKER FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR –OH YEAH NEW YORK VS “SMALL MARKET ” CLEVELAND —–WTF

2)—1ST INDIANS REGULAR SEASON GAME WILL BE PLAYED ON MARCH 28TH—IN THE “BALMY ” CITY OF MINNESOTA ——WTF —–GET SOME SMARTS BASEBALL——EITHER SHORTEN THE SEASON OR START THE SEASON IN WARM WEATHER CLIMATE CITIES—–OK I HAVE RANTED ENOUGH—BACK TO DRINKING– (NOT SPILLING –) MY IPA

Christopher
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Christopher
17 days 11 hours ago

As a Penn State and Cleveland fan, this is a wash. When the Browns drafted Baker, I was thrilled; when my son’s favorite team drafted Barkley next, my heart sank, and with good reason–NO running back in the league now is doing what he does. He is the unholy offspring of Metcalf, Faulk and Peterson. My dream draft had him one and Mayfield four; the Browns must have known Baker wouldn’t be there and had to lock up a QB that equals wins.

My son, coincidentally, felt pretty secure that the Giants would win more games than the Browns… he’s learning how this league works. I have no problem with Baker being the runner-up… just one more chip to place on his shoulders.

John B
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John B
18 days 5 hours ago

1. Barkley was arguably the best running back in the league and one of the top offensive players in the league. Mayfield had a tremendous season as a rookie qb, but was not a top offensive player in the league compared to the top ten qbs, top 3 RBs, top 5 receivers. You could argue about leadership, but as far as production, Barkely was on another level.

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
18 days 6 hours ago

I wonder how many 36 year old bearded white men just spilled IPAs on their MacBooks lunging to order Mavs jerseys?

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
18 days 5 hours ago

Meanwhile I’m still trying to find a Dion Waiters Cavs t shirt

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 5 hours ago

Ben Werth doesn’t have a beard to my knowledge, but he may have spilled an IPA…

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
18 days 5 hours ago

Hahhahahahahahahhaha

Nate Smith
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18 days 6 hours ago

I’m 43,jerk.

Nate Smith
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18 days 6 hours ago

And it’s too early for ipas. Dry hopped nitro coldbrew coffee.

Nate Smith
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18 days 6 hours ago

And now I have to go to the apple store.

John B
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John B
18 days 5 hours ago

Lol.

Nate Smith
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18 days 6 hours ago

Knicks gonna Knick.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 6 hours ago

Yep. Three things that make this trade even dumber, for me:

1) DSJ, Wes, and DJ are all healthy. Zinger was out & Lee not playing. They just got better/hurt the tank a bit. Still assuredly bottom 4, but still…

2) Doesn’t this hurt your chances to land a star FA? Who are they gonna play with? Unless there are wink-wink deals in place. Or course, Kyrie/KD/Kawhi are not the brightest bulbs….

3) DSJ was supposedly unhappy with Doncic running the show. And the only way this makes any sense us if you have a wink deal for a star(s?) to come in in FA, which will tick DSJ off, which makes the deal KP for cap space.

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 5 hours ago

They may buy out Wes.

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
18 days 6 hours ago

Mindboggling

Nate Smith
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18 days 6 hours ago

Wow. What a wojbomb.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 6 hours ago

Rumor has it Mavs also trying to get a furst to include, as their 2019 is likely to the Hawks (Doncic trade).

Jason
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Jason
18 days 7 hours ago

Contract details on the blockbuster:

NY ships out:
THJr: 3 yrs. $17.3/18.1/19.0 (PO)
Lee: 2 yrs: $12.3/12.8
Zinger: 2 yrs: $5.7/4.4 (Qual Off)

Dall ships:
DJ: 1 yr: $22.9 (expiring)
Wes: 1 yr: $18.6 (expiring)
DSJr: 4 yrs: $3.8/4.4/5.7(TO)/7.7(QO)

I tell you what, if next year we can turn TT ($19 mil expiring), Clarkson ($12 mil expiring) and Sexton into a Porzingas level player, that is a trade worth making.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 5 hours ago

without the injury baggage please

Jason
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Jason
18 days 7 hours ago

Wow. Huge trade.

That is a HUGE win for Dallas if Zinger can be re-signed & comes back fairly healthy. They offload DJ and the still serviceable Matthews & get the still serviceable Lee and younger Hardaway. Had to offload Smith to do it, but that was not working anyway.

They need a 3&D PG type since Luka will run the show. That is for next year.

NY just got 3 healthy players: DJ, Matthews, and Smith Jr. Perhaps they start winning some games now?

JOHN B
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JOHN B
18 days 6 hours ago

Big if as far as his health I think. Just have a bad feeling he is going to have his potential derailed by injuries.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 4 hours ago

7’4″ build presents vulnerability to high stresses that are inherent in high level hoops.. no way i would invest that much into a 7’4′.. height has diminishing returns.. but, yes, many are ignorant and/or stupid.. can’t avoid the bell curve

JMay
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18 days 7 hours ago

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 7 hours ago

Hearty congratulations to new NY Knick Kyrie Irving.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 7 hours ago

IDK, they just traded for Smith.

JMay
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18 days 7 hours ago

swinging for KD as well at the very least, I’d imagine.

JMay
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18 days 7 hours ago

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 9 hours ago

IF WALTON IS LET GO—IF I AM KOLBY –I AM MAKING A PHONE CALL TO LUKE PERSONALLY

John B
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John B
18 days 8 hours ago

Wouldn’t mind picking him up in the middle of the season.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 9 hours ago

SO GLAD WE DON’T HAVE THAT DAILY DRAMA ANYMORE—–DON’T GET ME WRONG I WOULD TAKE BACK LEBRON IN A HEARTBEAT—BUT THE DAILY DRAMA WAS EXHAUSTING TO EVEN US FANS—CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THE PLAYERS/ COACHES WENT / MUST GO THRU ……….THEY SAY HEY DON’T READ / CAN TUNE IT OUT—-I DO NOT BELIEVE / HIGHLY DOUBT THEY CAN

Nate Smith
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18 days 10 hours ago

Bwhahahaha
“Now it appears the Lakers may have zeroed in a potential replacement, as Ric Bucher explained on the “Bucher and Friends” podcast that there’s mutual interest with Jason Kidd: “There’s another development that I’m hearing is gaining momentum, and that’s the possibility of Jason Kidd returning to the coaching ranks by succeeding Luke Walton with the Lakers. ”

Lakers Rumors: Mutual Interest Exists With Jason Kidd To Potentially Replace Luke Walton

John B
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John B
18 days 10 hours ago

Hope so.

Jason
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Jason
19 days 1 hour ago

Bulls win tonight. Zion league wins:

10 = Knicks
11 = Suns, Cavs
12 = Bulls
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16 = Hawks

CLF
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CLF
19 days 10 hours ago

IMO, it’s apparent that the long term goal of the NBA is to move small market franchises abroad to large international markets… ie China, Brazil, Argentina, etc… I could see most of the flyover state teams moving abroad.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 7 hours ago

the “mohrons” who allowed the big $$ to move their jobs overseas, because they thought they could become hedge fund managers with their 5k at e-trade certainly won’t stand for losing their teams.. they need something to do when they are not flipping burgers for the min wage.. never gonna happen.. our “workers” won’t allow it

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 7 hours ago

this “nation” collapses into chaos without the glue that these sports spectacles provide..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 7 hours ago

and the big $$ paper pushers enjoy getting the business write-off from their first row seats, or the private booths.. no.. the cavsbrownsindians ain’t goin anywhere..

John B
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John B
19 days 7 hours ago

without the “opium” that these sports….

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 7 hours ago

or “hopium”.. whatever you prefer..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 7 hours ago

modern civ runs on multi-tiered addiction.. without it.. the hamsters won’t run as fast on their wheels

John B
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John B
19 days 6 hours ago

Bleak, but not untrue. At least Marx would think so.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 6 hours ago

watch “the brain” a 6-part pbs special (available on amazon or pbs) with a neuro-scientist at rice univ.. a real eye opener on “human nature” for the naive (re people who don’t stay current with science).. research has found some very interesting results.. for instance, an individual’s political persuasion can be predicted, with 95% confidence, by showing people a few “disgusting” images (e.g., a house fly on some poop, etc).. care to guess which party’s members get “grossed” out and which party’s members are rather non-plussed? i think most folks would get this question correct

JOHN B
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JOHN B
19 days 6 hours ago

Huh. Sounds interesting. Will have to check that out. I do love me some PBS science docs.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 6 hours ago

very few of us are “in control” of our minds.. rather, it is closer to the slim pickins riding the nuke.. “we” are just enjoying the ride.. the ride being a metaphor for whatever externalities run your life

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 6 hours ago

i am actually closer to freud than marx, although karl had his great insights into capital

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
19 days 6 hours ago

the id exists.. watch forbidden planet.. that is some excellent sci-fi

JOHN B
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JOHN B
19 days 5 hours ago

Oh I actually just saw that for the first time in a long time during the holidays. Forgot Leslie Nielsen was one of the leads in it. So strange watching him as a dramatic actor.

John B
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John B
19 days 10 hours ago

I agree from an economic standpoint and marketing. Logistically I think it would prove impossible to play an 82 game schedule with travel times to different continents. Think the only way would be to massively reduce the regular season schedule.

Plus playoffs would be almost impossible scheduling wise for 7 game series unless you did away with home court and played on a neutral floor somewhere. What could work could be a soccer champions league style league system, where champions of American played winners of a euro league, Asian league etc.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 7 hours ago

Agreed…. and I think you’re onto something with the soccer leagues comparison.

I was implying by my comment that the only thing holding back the NBA from expanding globally is logistical concerns… I think some/most/all owners are onboard with the concept of global expansion are indeed planning for it.

MikeO
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MikeO
19 days 10 hours ago

I have unlimited cynicism when it comes to the goals and greed of big corporations (very much including the NBA), but I’d love to see how they’d handle scheduling and travel for that. I’m sure they’d love expansion to those big markets, but actually relocating most teams to those areas would lead to the collapse of the league.

John B
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John B
19 days 10 hours ago

Yeah it would be cool. Just don’t know how it is feasible logistically.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
19 days 10 hours ago

And by cool I mean expanding the league, not relocating. Also there is no way it happens without expansion. Logistically impossible.

MikeO
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MikeO
19 days 10 hours ago

CLF
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CLF
19 days 10 hours ago

IMO, the level of Cedi’s play has risen commensurate to the frequency with which he attacks the rim in recent games. He’s a really good finisher at the rim, I think that’s what he showed the most last year playing with LeBron.

Jason
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Jason
19 days 8 hours ago

He had a play last night I loved. Simple. Efficient. Left block, post up position with live dribble, backing down. Single coverage. He makes a move to center of the lane (his right), defender cuts him off. He cuts his dribble, spins/steps left, lays it in off glass with the left. Defender had no chance once he overcommitted centrally.

He was under control, in control, and reacted correctly to the defense. Not a mouse in house situation either. If he lets you get into the lane going right, take it. When that was cut off, he deployed the countermeasure.

Having a move is one thing. Having a countermove once the D overplays to take your move away is leveling up.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 7 hours ago

Yup… his spin move is definitely something I notice, and he just seems to finish well off the glass on dribble drives.

John B
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John B
19 days 10 hours ago

I think he is pretty good at finishing, but much better at finishing on the break than in halfcourt where I think he is probably an average finisher. 61% is good though. If he finished at that rate for a season I think you could call him a very good finisher.

If he is nailing his threes it seemingly really boosts his confidence and I think it translates to the rest of his game.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 7 hours ago

Interesting point on half court vs. transition… I’d chalk that up to frequency of opportunities but it could be the case re: Cedi. I think his Turkish tape showed he’s effective as an offensive initiator in PnR situations, and what usually happened was him being able to dribble drive and finish in half court situations.

John B
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John B
19 days 7 hours ago

I haven’t watch much of him with the national team. He definitely has shown flashes as far as his drives this season. It just hasn’t been very consistent as far as being hyper effective until recently.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 6 hours ago

I think that was a product of a lack of good coaching… making Cedi a spot up shooter instead of putting the ball in his hands and allowing him to create. Granted, he was definitely trying to do too much some of the times he did get those opportunities.

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NOMAD
19 days 11 hours ago

THIS WHOLE LAKERS / DAVIS THING IS TOTAL B.S.—-SILVERN NEEDS TO “GROW SOME ” AND START TO DO HIS JOB AS COMMISSIONER—————ON “FLATEARTH ” KYRIE——-REMINDS ME OF AN OLD SAYING ”……THE MORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH……..THE MORE YOU PROVE HOW STUPID YOU ARE “

NOMAD
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NOMAD
19 days 11 hours ago

HEY CLF —THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO JOIN THE “CAP’S ” CLUB WITH ME —SIGH : ( ——–AGREE WITH A POST LAST NIGHT / WEST COAST –( AND I AM GUILTY ALSO ) BEING TOO HARSH— ON YOUNG BULL—HE IS / JUST TURNED 20 YRS OLD / MOST DIFFICULT POSITION TO LEARN / ON A TERRIBLE TEAM / COACHING CHANGES / WOULD JUST –IF HE LEARNS 1 THING THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON—–” PLAY WITHIN THE FLOW—LET THE GAME COME TO YOU –DO NOT WORRY ABOUT –” GOTTA GET MINE “/ TAKE A NOTE FROM BURKS WITH HIS FLOOR GAME LAST NIGHT ——-JUST WORK ON THIS 1 THING THE REST OF THE SEASON / THEN GET IN THE GYM WITH A QUALITY TRAINER / SKILLS COACH DURING THE OFF SEASON—-I THINK IF HE DOES THAT–HE IS A KEEPER !!!

CLF
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CLF
19 days 11 hours ago

LOL…. only on game threads NOMAD!!!

Great point about Sexton hitting the gym… he does need to get stronger, and I think he has the type of body to add muscle without losing his speed.

MikeO
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MikeO
19 days 11 hours ago

Sexton will be fine when the Cavs bring in Mark Jackson, and Jackson explains the importance of “hand down….MAN DOWN!”…

CLF
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CLF
19 days 12 hours ago

Great dark horse pick Nate on Black Klansman. A more important film IMO culturally than Black Panther, only criticism I have of BK is that it was 20 minutes too long.

Nate Smith
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19 days 11 hours ago

Ultimately, what made it too long were the trump footage and the modern day footage. The framing while interesting wasn’t all that artistic, and will make the film seem dated as it ages.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
19 days 7 hours ago

Good point. Good movie, though. Academy likes to give awards that are almost lifetime achievement awards, or represent several movies in one. So giving Director to Spike Lee seems a real possibility.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 11 hours ago

Interesting… I actually liked that part as a contextual element of the movie. I thought the scenes prior to that ending part were stretched out a bit too much for me.

But you make a good point, didn’t really think about the “dated” aspect including those scenes.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 12 hours ago

Agree with EG and Nate about Black Panther…. was OK, just overhyped so to speak.

Jason
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Jason
19 days 12 hours ago

It amuses me that basically everyone on Boston & LAs roster has been told they are trade bait. A lot if guys, especially young guys, do not take it well. Discovering they aren’t the belle of the ball anymore.

I do not like either team. Or the Dubs. Let chaos (and Denver, Toronto, Phiilly, Milwaukee) prevail.

More concerned about US. Cedi & Ante taking steps forward. LNJ getting back in the groove. Clarkson (yes, older players can also imorove!) as well, look at TT. Love & TT & Nwaba getting back on the court. If/when Burks & Hood get dealt.

Two more games before the deadline. Next 15 or so has favorable schedule.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 12 hours ago

I agree with WCC on the complaining about Sexton. It’s tiresome around here IMO because he’s only 20… it’s going to take 3 or 4 years before we know what he’ll really be. And I say this as one who wanted SGA to begin with.

I agree with whomever said (EG?) that his ball handling is what’s holding him back big time… it doesn’t allow Sexton to unleash his athleticism. Also I agree with whomever said that his defense has been disappointing, but the effort’s there he’s just playing defense like a crappy rookie starter on a bad team.

At the end of the day, the Cavs are taking the correct approach WRT to giving Sexton heavy minutes. Harvard analytics did a study showing there’s a correlation to minutes played year 1 and greater increase of player progression. The biggest impediment to Sexton’s growth will be if the Cavs can’t win more… the same study showed there’s a correlation to player progression and playoff experience. I think year 3 of Sexton will be the most crucial year because that’s when the Cavs get out of cap hell IIRC.

Nate Smith
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19 days 11 hours ago

The problem with Sexton is that he’s soooooo bad. If he was on any other team he d be soaking up bench minutes. I said N the pod I’m not passing any judgments till next year. But he just seems to have terrible instincts at times. It seems like things may not click for him for a while, but I’ll give him the summer to show progress.

Jason
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Jason
19 days 8 hours ago

Yeah, his instinct/feel does not seem great. But you can learn to do the right thing to an extent. Hard work can get you 90% there.

But I do not think he has the special sauce/instinct of the great orchestrators (Cousy, Oscar, Magic, Bird, Isiah, Stockton, Kidd, Nash, Bron, CP3, maybe Doncic/Jokic, etc), but few do. That ain’t no crime.

Is he playing more minutes than his contribution/level merit? Yes!

But he is going to have to take those lumps sometime, and there is no better time than now. It helps the tank. Pre-Delly we have no other PGs anyway. And there are correlations between 1st year PT and 2nd year improvement.

Sexton does not have countermoves yet, so when move 1 is taken away, he does not know what to do.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 11 hours ago

Can’t disagree that he’s bad. My complaint is more about him being judged in a vacuum or evaluating his play against apparent outliers such as Kyrie or Doncic.

Also I’m couching my evaluation of Sexton within the context that he’s a low floor-high ceiling prospect. I think the Cavs drafted him because of his superior athleticism instead of innate basketball skill. This was the exact reason why I was cheer-leading SGA over Sexton, because SGA had the superior basketball skill but not the top-end athleticism.

Nate Smith
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19 days 9 hours ago

But you don’t need as much athleticism when you’re six nine.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 7 hours ago

True, valid point. But I do think that Sexton had the most athleticism among the rookie class of PGs, hence the “hype” about him as a lottery pick type of prospect.

John B
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John B
19 days 12 hours ago

This AD thing has totally turned me against LA once and for all. Couldn’t care that LBJ is there now. They don’t deserve AD or to win anything.

They have always been my least favorite team. I was apathetic to them when LBJ went there. Now I am actively rooting against them. Would rather see anyone else win. At least GS drafted three out of four of their best players and found underrated guys as cheap bench guys. They were already great when they signed KD. LA was bad until they signed LBJ. They won’t be contenders unless rich Paul and co have spoon fed them Davis by tampering. Ugh.

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
19 days 12 hours ago

My hate standings:

1. Celtics (forever and ever amen)
2. Lakers
3. Warriors

John B
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John B
19 days 10 hours ago

I also have hated the Pistons at times. Mostly the bad boys 1.0 and 2.0.

MikeO
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MikeO
19 days 12 hours ago

Welcome to the club! We have milk and cookies.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 13 hours ago

To answer a question in the podcast, the reason why the Cavs had so few timeouts was because Drew called them throughout the 4th quarter to stem the tide of runs by the Wizards. At least that was my recollection of what happened.

Nate Smith
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19 days 11 hours ago

Thanks. Didn’t go back through the play by play.

CLF
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CLF
19 days 11 hours ago

You’re welcome, enjoyed the episode!

Elijah Kim
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19 days 14 hours ago

This is great

JMay
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19 days 15 hours ago

So, uh, Kyrie wants to rejoin LeBron in LA? Boy, here I thought my opinion of Irving couldn’t get any worse…

Simmo
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Simmo
19 days 15 hours ago

EG, your reticence to follow the crowd and skeptical take on the latest thing (Doncic, Brad Stevens) is the Australian within you. Keep the flame burning bro.

Simmo
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Simmo
19 days 17 hours ago

I’m one shot in and beginning the pod now, with game reply in background. It’s my me-time. I’m sure my wife will understand why I put my phone on silent.

John B
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John B
19 days 21 hours ago

Worst 3 teams have same odds for the number 1 pick (14%). Fourth worst is 12.5%. Fifth is 10.5%. Sixth is 9%. Seventh is 7.5%. Eighth is 6%. Ninth is 4.5%. Tenth is 3%. Eleventh is 2%. Twelfth is 1.5%. Thirteenth is 1%. Fourteenth is .5%.

Scotch
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Scotch
19 days 19 hours ago
Yeah…I feel like we aren’t appreciating just how different these odds are. There is a legitimate (meaning statistically significant) chance the #1 pick goes to the team that finishes 10th. 3% is a small percentage…but a significant one. 14% is, statistically speaking, not a light year away from 3%. The cavs should concern themselves with development first…the draft will be what it will be. We are living proof that long odds don’t mean you don’t pick first. Especially when Nick Gilbert shows up. On the topic of the recap…All i have to say is Tom Pestak is missed, but Nate and EG, you two are quite entertaining. I don’t know two other people in my life who could hold my attention for an hour and a half like you guys. Thanks for putting in the time. Lastly…Cedi and Zizic can be players in the NBA. They are very, very solid rotation level players. BUT THEY NEED COACHING! Bring me Mark Price next year, and bring me 2-4 actual reputable player development coaches. I’ve said this before but I’m over Sexton. He’s confused about things he shouldn’t be…and certain about things he is dead wrong about. Can coaching really salvage him?…dear… Read more »
Simmo
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Simmo
19 days 16 hours ago

Hear Hear on the CtB crew. The effort level that is required to produce this content is high. I don’t take this for granted!

Nate Smith
Admin
19 days 17 hours ago

Thanks, Scotch!

Nate Smith
Admin
19 days 14 hours ago

Thanks, Simmo!

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