Live Thread: Mavs at Cavs

The Dallas Mavericks come to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. This will be a night of firsts and lasts for Cavalier fans as they get their first up close look at rookie sensation Luka Doncic, while Mavs legend and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki plays his final game at the Q.

After a hot start, the Mavericks have fallen off, and currently sit at 23-28 on the season. Still, there’s plenty of reason to be excited in Dallas. Doncic looks like a star in the making, if he’s not one already. New acquisition Kristaps Porzingis should be the perfect running mate for Doncic once he’s healthy. The Mavs also still have Rick Carlisle as head coach and Donnie Nelson as general manager. They have the right combination of star talent and organizational structure to soon become one of the top teams in the NBA, as they were from 2001 to 2016.

Meanwhile the Cavaliers have begun their own rebuild in search of talents like Doncic and Porzingis. While they are just 11-41 on the season, there is a bit of momentum as the trade deadline approaches in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have won their last two games, and Kevin Love, David Nwaba, and Tristan Thompson should all return in the next week or so. While some will complain that the Cavaliers may hurt their lottery odds by winning a few meaningless games at the end of the season, no fan should feel ashamed to want to see their team healthy and not losing at a historic rate. Considering the new lottery odds, fretting about the first overall pick may be a fruitless endeavor anyways.

Make sure to tune in tonight at 7:30 to say goodbye to one of the true legends of the game, and be sure to share your thoughts here at Cavs: The Blog!

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Jason
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Jason
16 days 1 hour ago

Hood was invisible tonight.

John B
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John B
16 days 1 hour ago

Maybe that could be his new nickname. The invisible Man.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 1 hour ago

Laker pups only down 5 to GSW at half sans Lonzo.

Suns host Hawks with a shot at a win.

Rockets at Utah. A loss drops Houston to 7th.

Scotch
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Scotch
16 days 1 hour ago

blerg…cannot believe the weirdness of this season. Nwaba back and Cedi immediately takes his place on the IR. come on man.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 1 hour ago

Good middle quarters. 1st & 4th, not so much.

John B
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John B
16 days 1 hour ago

Just got back from dinner. Cedi injured, eh? Yeesh. We don’t even have to try to tank.

Simmo
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Simmo
16 days 2 hours ago

Larry’s touch still a little rusty.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

This was a winnable game with the Mavs so shorthanded.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 1 hour ago

True…losing Cedi didn’t help…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

super cheap foul on Nance on the offensive rebound…

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Agreed. Brunson does that every time.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Crap. Down 10.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Definitely making it harder for Doncic this half so far…

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Both teams not scoring.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Not one of Clarkson’s better games…

Simmo
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Simmo
16 days 2 hours ago

Doncic on 4 fouls…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Wagner is going to be really easy to dislike for the Lakers…I had a head start, I already seriously disliked him…but he may well be traded soon…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Nice D by Nance on Doncic…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

‘ankle injury’ for Cedi, apparently…a sprain, I suppose…

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 2 hours ago

Jalen Brunson is a flop artist and a tool. He had one nice layup, but he constantly travels and clears out with his off arm on offense and just looks for excuses to fall down on defense.

Simmo
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Simmo
16 days 2 hours ago

As soon as a Cav’s player gets in good form, they get injured. Nwaba, LNJ, Cedi…

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 2 hours ago

So damn frustrating. And without Cedi’s passing while Sexton was in our offense quickly stagnated.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Hopefully not too serious. Throw TT in as well.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Not going inside in the bonus irritates me. Especially with Dirk on Ante.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Guys who airball layups worry me.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Not sure that was a charge.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Nice YB ti Zizic pick & roll.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Nice pass Sexton, for the Zizic finish…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Parting of the Red Sea on that Doncic drive…

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Nwaba going at Luka.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Nwaba is clearly one of the Cavs top three players…

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Tonight he is.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Cedi will not return. Crap.Hood fouled there.No call.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

This Laker game will probably be one of those where the Lakers lose by 25+, but Ingram will score 25 and some people will call him ‘good’…

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

I am betting Luka will not hit that many LONG threes this half.

Nice to see Bwaba back tonight. The cooler.

Nate Smith
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16 days 2 hours ago

Caught the last few minutes of the first. Larry and Nwaba looked great Collin did… not.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 2 hours ago

doncic is 1 month older than our young costanza bull.. maturity, poise, talent, upside.. essentially no contest.. sad

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

He was also arguably the top talent in the draft…pointless to compare him to Sexton…

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Is there even an argument? Even at the time, it was obvious.

Luka is a PLAYER. Right now. All those other dudes are prospects.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 2 hours ago

Yeah, I was being generous…I would have taken 1, 2 and 3…

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 2 hours ago

and still not on my core cavs untouchables..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 2 hours ago

hats off to cuban..he has had his share of naysayers.. but seems to be going all in.. and making moves.. we shall see.. i think porz is a risk, but if he pans out.. dallas will be a nice turnaround

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 3 hours ago

wow.. doncic lighting up the cavs.. impressive.. just an observation.. it appears that sexton always has a bad case of some costanza shrinkage when he is up against a higher drafted rook..

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

When he hits those LONG stepback threes like that, no one is going to defend him…

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Only Harden has made more this year.

Scotch
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Scotch
16 days 3 hours ago

To be fair he has scorched many veteran defenders as well

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 2 hours ago

Im more concerned with Sexton’s offensive mistakes. We don’t expect him to be a lockdoen defender but when he keeps wasting possessions by driving into traffic and throwing the ball away then we lose all momentum and confidence.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

We only have 2 TOs as a team.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 2 hours ago

so.. acting like george costanza, right?

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 2 hours ago

I hate Seinfeld, but sure.

Scotch
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Scotch
16 days 3 hours ago

Cavs on pace for 30 assists and the most anyone has is 3. Thats pretty solid team ball. That’s repeatable success

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 2 hours ago

Yeah, 15 assists and only 2 TOs is REALLY great to see. That’s a trend to get excited about if we can keep it up.

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 3 hours ago

Sexton just tossed a wrench in our offense and brought our streak to a screeching halt.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

26 points for Doncic in the half…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Make that 28, and he scores again just before the buzzer…

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 3 hours ago

Wait…are we good now?

What about when Love comes back?

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

I wouldn’t say ‘good’, but better than they were when they were playing a rookie and G league scrubs…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Nwaba putback…long time no see…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

And another…Cavs have missed him…12-0 run for Cavs…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Nice herky-jerky move by Cedi to get to the rim, missed a tough shot, gets the putback. Maybe got banged up on the play.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

John B
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John B
16 days 2 hours ago

Holy moly. That is line some pre shot clock era nonsense.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Doncic 18 points after one…some of those were very tough shots…he must have read EG’s posts…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Doncic is scorching…

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 3 hours ago

Is it just me or do the Cavs look like a real team so far?

I know we aren’t winning right now, but we actually just look cohesive and fun.

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Helps wen you have Delly and Nance on the court…

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
16 days 3 hours ago

And Nwaba back, and Cedi still on a hot streak…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Oof, Cedi gets stuffed at the rim on a great defensive play…nice break until that…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Yeesh, Doncic all the way…wish the Cavs could somehow have stolen him…

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 3 hours ago

Zizic just owning fools inside. I do like these uniforms…

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 4 hours ago

other people’s stupidity (and money).. re GMs created the Golden State monster when they weren’t smart enough to draft curry (’09 #7) or thompson (’11 #11) or draymond (’12 #35 !!) .. yes, durant joining them is problematic on several fronts.. but give them some credit.. they made the right choices.. that others passed on.. the cavs have only made good decisions when, in reality, they weren’t decisions.. re requiring serious deliberation and judgement..

John B
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John B
16 days 2 hours ago

I respect the hell out of their organization. Durant was just frustrating. More on his part than theirs. I mean of course you get Durant if you have the cap space. The fact they did is a credit to their management. It just ruined what could have been an all time rivalry.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 2 hours ago

Cavs had shots at Klay (TT at #4) and 2 2nds ahead of Dray.

Cedi not returning.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
16 days 4 hours ago

re LBJ and kyrie .. obvious 1st #1s..

MikeO
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MikeO
16 days 4 hours ago

NOMAD
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NOMAD
16 days 5 hours ago

NO APOLOGIES NEEDED JOHN B —I FEEL THE SAME WAY—AND IT IS NOT EVEN THE BEERS TALKIN !!—-IF THE CAVS NEVER GET THE DRAFT RIGHTS TO LEBRON AND IF LEBRON NEVER “COMES HOME “——-WHERE WOULD THIS FRANCHISE BE ——–SMALLER MARKETS DON’T STAND A CHANCE —-BUT YET WITHOUT THOSE SMALL MARKETS THE BIG MARKETS WOULDN’T THRIVE EITHER ———GEEEZ NOW YOU GOT ME RANTING—I NEED SOME BEER (S )———–OH BY THE WAY …GO CAVS !!!

John B
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John B
16 days 7 hours ago

Sorry if anyone saw my rant on the state of the league last night. The way the league is as far as contrived super teams now really gets to me sometimes, especially when I have had a few beers.

Jason
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Jason
16 days 6 hours ago

I think the source of the rant is valid. I sometimes think, “why do I even care about any of these thin skinned selfish little twerps.” And I ache for a hard screen/foul/elbow the next time they waltz down the lane.

Vintage
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Vintage
16 days 6 hours ago

Part of the frustration is that the outcome of the season, barring injury, has been and will be continue to be the same as long as the Warrior stick together. It seems like the media loves to prop up these stories about player movements and superteams – theoretical lineups generate more interest than the rosters that are actually in construction since nobody has a legitimate chance to beat the Warriors anyways.

John B
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John B
16 days 5 hours ago

That is part of it for sure.

Raoul
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Raoul
16 days 9 hours ago

Great headline on nesn.com: “Insufferable Nick Wright Piles On Celtics Fans Amid Kyrie Irving drama”

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
16 days 11 hours ago

Was curious about Kristaps advance stats so I took a look. 20th, 24th, and 22nd in orpm among power forwards last three years. Even worse on basketball reference. Hasn’t topped 1.2 in VORP in any of his 3 seasons.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
16 days 11 hours ago

THE PRICE OF ADMISSION WILL BE WORTH TO SEE DIRK’S FAREWELL GAME AND THE “YOUNG SUPER STAR ” DONCIC ———-WILL CAVS- (WITH 3 DAYS OFF )–BE RESTED OR RUSTED ?——WILL THE YOUNG BULL FALL INTO THE TRAP OF TRYING TO OUTSHINE / OUT PERFORM DONCIC —IF HE DOES / IT WILL WORK AGAINST HIM

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