Fantasy Notebook: Bigs(by) Goes Down

December 8th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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For all of you Dwight Howard fans out there — yes, all four of you — this season is starting to look pretty unfair. After starting out the season looking as healthy and as dominant as he has since he forced his way from Mickey’s white-gloved grasp, Howard now hasn’t played in three weeks and according to his coach, Kevin McHale, “won’t be back anytime soon” after receiving plasma treatment (a.k.a. the Kobe Special) on his injured knee.

Unfair for Howard fans, sure, but even more so for Howard fantasy owners because… well, at least, we know there are a good many of those.

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Recap: Cavs 105, Raptors 91 (or, visions of Aught 9)

December 6th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

The Cavaliers methodically defeated the second best team in the NBA in a hostile environment on the second night of a back-to-back after a restless night despite giving away a double-digit lead.  It’s only early December, but the Cavs’ growth is palpable.  This game (much like the revenge exacted upon the Wizards) perfectly contrasted the defeat in the first meeting.

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Live Thread: Cavs at Raptors

December 5th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

Sorry about the late post.  The Cavs are missing Mike Miller, the Raps have lost DeMar DeRozan for a few weeks.

The Raptors are the second best team in the NBA according to SRS.  The Cavs are ninth.  Cavs lead 18-13 with about four minutes left in the 1st quarter.  This would be a signature win if they could pull it out

Let’s TALK

Magic Mike Is Out

December 5th, 2014 by David Wood

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Mike Miller, the man who sort of won the Bucks game for the Cavs the other night, received a concussion against the Knicks less than twenty-four hours ago. Dave McMenamin is reporting that Miller will miss the game against Toronto tonight and then will undergo some more tests to reevaluate his playing status for the Monday game against Brooklyn. There is no certain timeline for his return. Miller hasn’t been contributing much for the team on the floor, but he has been very active talking to guys when they come to the bench. If he doesn’t get to travel with the team or hangout, he will surely be missed.

The concussion happened after he was whistled for an offensive foul while shooting a three pointer with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony hit him with his arm closing out on the shot. You can watch the play here. It didn’t look like Miller was too shaken up at time of the play because he managed to walk it off and stay on the floor for another two minutes. Hopefully, Mike is okay and doesn’t shy away from trying to draw contact on the three shot in the future.

Recap: Cleveland 90, New York 87 (or “Is it the Shoes!?”)

December 5th, 2014 by Nate Smith

Tonight, every Cavalier not named Kyrie Irving played like garbage for three and a half quarters. LeBron James and the minimal effort supporting cast played like they knew they could beat the Knicks any time they wanted. The non-Irving Clevelanders waited till crunch time to bother to try.  Then, they put the pathetic Knicks out of their misery. If it weren’t for Kyrie’s new shoes and his unbelievable first half (23 points on like 10 shots), to keep the Cavs in it, Cleveland never would have had a chance to be the stoppable force that overcame the moveable object. Kyrie was transcendent tonight, scoring 37 with an unearthly 81% true shooting. He was the best player in the building.

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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

December 4th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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Kyrie Irving’s magical snakeskin-ruby slippers helped the Cavs escape from the clutches of disappointment.  Nate’s going to have an epic recap up in a few hours.

In the meantime, I get on the radio with Mark Neal of Dayton’s Sports Scene every Thursday to talk Cavs and the NBA.  Below is today’s segment.  Give it a listen.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=443339

Live Thread: Cavs @ Knicks

December 4th, 2014 by Nate Smith

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Knicks, losers of 12 of  the last 14 host the Cavs. Lets hope Cleveland doesn’t help them off the mat.

Attack of the Mid-Top

December 4th, 2014 by David Wood

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Yesterday, it was revealed that the Cavs own Kyrie Irving is going to have a signature shoe drop from Nike on December 23rd. He is the only player outside of Kevin Durant to earn a shoe line from the Swoosh in the past ten years. This is just one more sign that the Wine & Gold franchise has really turned a corner. How many other teams have two guys with signature sneakers from one of the major companies?  Read the rest of this entry »

The Point Four-ward: Is This The Real Kyrie Irving?

December 3rd, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers…

Pre-point: If you haven’t checked out David Wood’s recap of last night’s Cavs/Bucks game yet… GO. NOW.

1.) Saturday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers was my favorite Kyrie Irving game in a very long time. I, like many Cavs fans, had become a little calloused to the wiles of some of Irving’s more obvious skills on the basketball court, because — as we were reminded again and again last season — what Irving did well did not seem to translate into winning basketball. He dominated the ball. He’d pout when things got tough or didn’t go his way. He played defense so poorly most of the time that he actually became the opposing team’s sixth man on the floor on offense. There were feuds and buddy ball and a whole lotta stuff coming from Number 2 that were key factors in the grueling slog that was the #SesasonOfHuh (promotional non-sequitur: look for the e-book/paperback that is the definitive guide to all things Huh with writing by some of the most talented and beautiful Cavs bloggers around coming very soon… for serious… GET EXCITED!).

All of this made me enjoy Irving — an undeniably talented ballplayer — just a little bit of a lot less.

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Recap: Cavaliers 111, Bucks 108 (or, The Paper Whisperer)

December 3rd, 2014 by David Wood

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The Cavs played a tough game against the Bucks last night and went to bed feeling lucky. They somehow pulled out a victory after giving up 19 turnovers for 21 points during their trot with the Deer. Kevin Love owned the first quarter scoring 17 points, but it was LeBron James’ ten assists and Kyrie Irving’s 28 points on 10-15 shooting that allowed the team to grab this win. The Bucks were led by Brandon Knight who did a great job of getting into the paint to grab 27 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in 37 minutes. Jabari Parker played a crucial role too scoring 22 points on 11-15 heaves. Time to examine how the Bucks gave this game away.

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