• The Road to Contention, Part IV: the Dork Elvis Expressway
  • The Road to Contention, Part III: LEEEROY JENKINS!
  • Getting To Know Sam Dekker
  • The Road to Contention, Part II: The Hinkie Highway
  • The Road to Contention, Part I: State of the Cap Address

Recap: (14) Really? Is this all we have to be concerned with?

  Overview: Behind a stifling defense and sparkling performances from James, West, and Williams, the Cavs manhandled the Pistons into submission through the first three quarters, only to give the Pistons a breath of life by getting outscored 17-32 in the final quarter. The final outcome, however, was only in any sort of conceivable peril for a fleeting moment. Cavs-Related Bullets: More of LeBron just wanting to destroy everyone. 17…

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Two Quick Things That You Should Know

This doesn’t fit into a full post, but I feel it deserves mention: If you don’t think John Hollinger performs a valuable service, you’re dumb. It’s that simple.  Checking his playoff stats page, I noticed something that jumped off the page a wee bit: LeBron James had an absolutely fantastic game against Detroit, and as such his PER currently stands at 48.64. That you’d expect. However, Hollinger has added two…

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Report: Mike Brown Named Coach of the Year

Three quick points on this one: 1. Other than Most Improved Player of the Year, which is a completely nebulous and pointless award, Coach of the Year is definitely the most vaguely defined of the major awards. If I had to give it a working definition, I’d go with “coach of a team who surpassed its expectations the most.” That makes a bit of sense, but in a way it’s…

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Stock Up, Stock Down: The First Edition

  Note from the Grand Viceroy: I’m going to try and get at least one post per day up during playoff times. If a more substantative idea does not strike me, the post will be a “stock up, stock down” post. Today is the beginning of this experiment. All orders are vaguely decending. Stock Up: Chauncey Billups. 36 points on 19 attempts (95% TS) and 8 assists is as good…

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Recap: (15) Dominance is a state of mind, and a point differential.

Overview: In the first game of their playoff run, the Cavaliers beat the Pistons handily behind 38/8/7 from LeBron James. While the Pistons hung around until the fourth quarter, their last lead of the game was when the score was 2-0. Cavs-Related Bullets: It’s no secret that our offense has utterly failed us in playoff exits past, when defenses with the talent and drive have been able to put “walls”…

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Pre-Playoff Ennui: Where “Amazing” Happens

    As it so happens, the NBA has decided to make “Amazing” by Kanye West their playoff anthem that they are going to absolutely run into the ground over the next 40 nights.  I’m extremely happy about this for a number of reasons: 1. I am a massive Kanye West apologist, and pretty much love everything he does. 2. This is a much, much, much better song than previous…

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Recap: Bizarro Day!!!!!

  Overview: In a game that meant exactly nothing to the Cavaliers but was necessary for the 76ers to avoid the Celtics, the Cavaliers’ bench was able to take the 6ers to overtime on a clutch Boobie Gibson bomb before coming a point short in OT. The Cavaliers missed tying the record for best home record of all time by one game.  Cavs-Related Bullets: Bizarro day! Day is night, down…

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Recap: Winning Everything, And Yet Nothing at All

  Overview: In what easily could have been a trap game against noted giant-killers the Pacers, the Cavaliers clinched the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage through the playoffs behind 37 points from LeBron and 38 combined points from the starting backcourt. Special Edition Essay: I’ve always been able to envision a championship happening in the LeBron era before I saw the Cavs get the league’s best record….

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Recap: Big games are better when both teams care, but I’ll take this.

  Overview: In a game where there was nothing at stake for Boston, Cleveland came out with aggression and rained sulfur on a Garnett-less Boston team, absolutely blowing them out for all four quarters.   SPECIAL EDITION MEGA-POST ABOUT A BLOWOUT THAT REALLY WASN’T THAT EXCITING!!!!!!! (I suppose I figure this is the last time the Cavs will play truly meaningful basketball for about a month or so, which is…

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Recap: In which we clinch the East. Holy Crap.

    Overview:  In a fairly unexciting game, the Cavs kept the 76ers from ever seriously threatening by utilizing clean ball movement and a barrage of three-pointers, keeping a hungry and athletic young team from finding a foothold.    Cavs-Related Bullets: Really exciting first quarter of basketball; even though the Cavs couldn’t get anything to fall, they were getting out and running, moving the ball, working backdoor cuts and fly-throughs,…

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