Cavs Sign Another Blue Devil PG… Quinn Cook

August 17th, 2015 by EvilGenius

As summer, and the wait for TT and JR to sign, drags on, the Cavs are still making moves to bolster their training camp squad, and perhaps their roster. After playing for them in the NBA Summer League, former Duke guard Quinn Cook (22) has reportedly signed with the Cavs.

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Deja Vu: Jared Cunningham is a Cav Once More…

August 17th, 2015 by EvilGenius

The already long NBA journey of Jared Cunningham (24), that began with the Cavs drafting him at number 24 overall in the 2012 draft, came full circle yesterday when he reportedly agreed to a deal with the team (likely not guaranteed), after committing to camp.

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Flashback Friday: Fitting In…

August 14th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Fit is important. When we buy new clothes or shoes, we expect them to fit. If they don’t, they can be uncomfortable or even painful. As kids, we’re encouraged to try and “fit in” to groups, clubs and cliques so that someday we might also “fit” into society at large. But what about a brand new, soft-spoken, 6’10 All-Star Power Forward? How would he fit in to this Cavaliers team? Would he be able to conform and sublimate his game to help the Cavs reach their championship goals?

So much of the narrative of last season, that didn’t involve the return of the King, invariably revolved around the second (or third, depending on your perspective) leg of the Cavaliers’ big three tripod, Kevin Love, and whether or not he was a complementary puzzle piece for this team. LeBron James himself brought things to a head on a Saturday night in early February with a cryptic tweet, seemingly directed at Love.

And while the perception of whether or not Love fit in turned out to be different from the reality, as exhaustively researched and brilliantly analyzed in this instant classic writeup by Tom in March, Kevin’s immediate reaction was to respond with one of his best games of the season against his hometown Lakers.

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Save the Dates

August 12th, 2015 by EvilGenius

The official NBA calendar was just released today, and now we finally know what the roadmap will look like for the Cavs’ journey to capture a title next season.

The Cavs get the honor of tipping off Opening Night for the NBA on October 27 in Chicago against Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls. After a second road game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Cavs return to the Q for their Home Opener on October 30 against LBJ’s old pals, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.

Other potentially important match-ups (in addition to the already leaked Christmas Day game against the Warriors at Golden State) to mark on your calendar include…

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Pop Quiz: I Know What I Did This Summer…

August 12th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

What would a healthy run of good summer filler be without a check-in to see what, if anything, your favorite CtB writers think about, dream of, yearn for and… well, consume heaping portions of when they’re not hard at work covering your Cleveland Cavaliers?

We may not be riding banana boats with fellow NBA stars and their celebrity wives (or maybe we are) but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to kick back and enjoy ourselves some off-season too.

So, without further ado…

1.) What have you been listening to this summer?

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Pop Quiz: Around the NBA

August 11th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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Our second day of testing finds the CtB classroom at near capacity.

The Cavaliers blipped back onto the NBA’s near-silent off-season radar yesterday with the report that Tristan Thompson’s agent Rich Paul said that, should the Cavs and their restricted free agent PF/C fail to reach a long term deal — meaning that Thompson would sign a one-year $6.9 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016 — next season would be the popular player’s “last year with the Cavs.”

CtB’s writers — with our trademark prescience — chimed in on the Thompson situation in yesterday’s pop quiz. So today, it’s on to the rest of the NBA:

1.) True or False: The Lakers, as Kobe Bryant predicted, will make the playoffs.

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Pop Quiz: Cavaliers Off-Season

August 10th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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August is a terrible month for concentration. Amid all of your trips to the beach, gastrointestinal conundrums like this nestled beneath unassuming tents at the state fair, and attacking your “before summer’s over” bucket list with the precision of a drunken surgeon (which, really, let’s be honest, is just a much longer list of g.i. ticklers… like any one of these), it can be difficult to keep focused.

But the 2015-16 NBA season kicks off in a mere 11 weeks, so there’s no time for us here at CtB to laze about and get the mental version of a paunchy tummy (physical versions… well, that’s another story). We need to stay mentally sharp — on the ready.

In the absence of an ESPN-affiliated drill instructor to kick in our CtB barracks door at 4:45 am and make each one of us recite LeBron James’s career shooting percentages with five seconds or less on the shot clock for games decided by exactly three points while running uphill carrying a Mo Williams jersey filled with rocks, well… we opted for a quick pop quiz instead.

Feel free to play along and match your own off-season Cavs mental prowess against our crack team of writers. Or… you know… start looking for rocks for your Mo jersey.

1.) True or False: Tristan Thompson will be re-signed by the end of August.

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Flashback Friday: When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Bowling…

August 7th, 2015 by EvilGenius

The week of January 11th, 2015, was a strange one. It began with a blow-out loss to the lowly Kings, after which David Blatt called Kevin Love out (depending on your translation) as “not a max player yet,” and a LeBron return (after nine games off) complete with a shove for his coach at the end of a loss to the Suns. Yet, it ended with a Staples Center sweep, that featured Love taking an infamous charge against the Lakers (despite his badly ailing back), and an offensive explosion to take down a rolling Clippers squad on the second night of an L.A. back-to-back. A sweep that would kick off a season-high 11 game win streak.

At the epicenter of this week of four games out west was Blatt’s sneaky, team-building brain-child hijacking of his team’s Wednesday “practice” in favor of an excellently-timed bowling trip. Knowing that his guys needed a break more than Walter Sobchak and The Dude did after botching a ransom drop to fake kidnappers on motorcycles (and since he’s probably Shomer Shabbos himself), Coach Blatt picked a perfect, non-Sabbath, mid-week day to say…

“(Expletive) it! Let’s go bowling!

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The Point Four-ward: Room for Improvement

August 6th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the summer workout plans of the Cleveland Cavaliers…

NBA fans often bemoan the summer’s later months, the ones that find our steady intravenous drip from the hoops-related news cycle almost entirely pinched off. For the players, though, the desert-like days spanning mid-July through mid-September are the only time of the year where the spotlight of fan and media attention is turned off — with some players retreating further from that light than others… of course. Some may focus on spending this time with their families. Others take lavish vacations to decompress and recover from the grind of a long NBA season. But, eventually, at some point during the summer they get back into the gym and work on their games.

With the NBA landscape gone radio silent, here’s what I’m hoping four Cavaliers are working on with all the diligence (and, hopefully, the effectiveness) of a Rocky training montage.

1.) Timofey Mozgov: The left-baseline jumper.

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Flashback Friday: The Meteor Shower

July 31st, 2015 by EvilGenius

Though it took a LeBron sabbatical, a couple of shrewd trades from David Griffin, and a David Blatt inspired bowling trip to finally get the Cavs kicked up into a higher gear of consistency last year, there were a few glimpses of the awesome potential this team had, even while the calendar still read 2014.

Let’s flash back to the first such moment, which arrived like a comet on a Saturday in mid-November (during Game #8 of the young season) against the soon to be rising Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers returned to the Q for a second night of a back-to-back (their third already) following a furious comeback win over the Boston Celtics (after the Cavs were down by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter). The Cavs must have had some fire left over from the night before, since they started out hot, and then cranked up to a nuclear level against the birds.

It was a breakout night for the newly constructed Cavs. Records were set, the stars shone so brightly they earned a rare fourth quarter off, everyone played (and almost everyone scored), Joe Harris was like a straightjacket on Kyle Korver and A Clockwork Dion was in full effect…

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