• Live Thread: Cavs @ Celtics
  • Recap: Bulls 104, Cavs 88 (or, Skunked)
  • Live Thread: Cavs vs. Bulls (#MLKDay)
  • Not a Recap: Denver 124, Cleveland 102 (or, Winter March to Zion)
  • Recap: Jazz 115, Cavs 99 (or, That Was Much Worse Than It Looked On Paper)

Recap: Cavs 101, Bucks 86 (Or, It’s a Game of Runs, and Lefty Guards)

Overview: The Cavs were able to dispatch the Bucks behind a team-high 21 points from Delonte West, who scored 14 straight points during a game-deciding 29-0 run in the first half. Cavs-Related Bullets: -First bullet, Delonte West. After playing 5 minutes in the last game, Delonte came out and led the team in scoring on Sunday night. It looks like it’s going to be a roller coaster ride with Delonte…

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Recap: Cavs 101, Bulls 87 (Or, Sometimes Everything Works Better The 2nd Time)

Overview: The Cavs avenged one of their home losses this season by turning in a solid effort against the Bulls, with the game turning on a 29-15 domination of the third quarter for the Cavaliers. Cavs-Related Bullets: -Apologies for the lateness, everyone. Onto the game: -This game illustrated a few of the points I made in my last post. The Cavs are excellent at shutting down the paint and the…

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The Changing Cavalier Defense And What It Means

As some of you may know, I’ve been skeptical of the Shaq trade ever since it happened, and have upgraded to power-skepticism of the trade since the season began. In particular, I’ve blamed a lot of the Cavs’ regression on the defensive end this year on Shaq, whose pick-and-roll defense has always been regarded as atrocious. Commenter “KJ” has called shenanigans on me a number of times on this, and has pointed…

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Links To The Present: Thursday, December 3rd

Before we begin, something that is not a link. Like I said on Tuesday, on Tuesday night I went down to Staples to collect some quotes for SLAM China. (Not a joke.) During the game, one thing made itself obvious: the taco culture in that stadium has gotten out of control. The Lakers absolutely dominated the Hornets, and the fourth quarter looked like it was going to be a garbage…

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Quick Links As I Head Out The Door

On the Illgauskas fiasco: it’s a huge bummer, but it does seem like an honest mistake by MB. Even still, it’s definitely a microcosm of how much Z has taken a back seat this season. He’s about to be the longest-tenured Cav ever, has started and played well for the last few years, and has played the good soldier while he and the team have struggled to adjust to Z…

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LeBron’s Annual To-Do List, Part 1: The Post Game

Whom The Gods wish to destroy they first call promising. – Cyrill Connolly, via Moneyball. Watching LeBron James evolve over the seasons is at once thrilling and sobering. Since 2005-06, LeBron James has been one of, if not the best, player in the NBA each season, by virtue of his pure dominance. Because of his unprecedented athleticism, size, speed, court vision, and ability to drive to the basket and finish…

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Links To The Present: November 30th, 2009

-Articles on Delonte’s “return” by Bill Livingston and Bob Finnan. -I’m late on this, but Kelly Dwyer on the FreeDarko podcast is absolutely spellbinding. Absolutely worth a listen, especially for anyone who wants to actually try to do this thing. -As some of you may know, I’m prone to liking certain players in this league completely irrationally. (Tarence Kinsey would be an example.) Sergio Rodriguez is at the top of…

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Recap: Cavs 111, Dallas 95 (Or, DELONTE! Also, Other Things!)

Overview: The Cavaliers were able to overcome Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki’s combined 52 points thanks to a lights-out shooting night from Mo Williams and a combined 22 assists from LeBron James and Delonte West. Belated Charlotte Mini-Recap: Sorry guys, I had Thanksgiving weekend stuff with my family that prevented me from recapping that game in a timely fashion. Here’s the thing about that game. It wasn’t about the Cavs…

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Preview: Cavaliers At Bobcats, 11/27/09

Relevant Statistics: Pace: Cleveland 92.5 (20th) vs. Charlotte 89.6 (28th) Offensive Efficiency: Cleveland 106.8 (13th) vs. Charlotte 96.8 (28th) Defensive Efficiency: Cleveland 102.6 (11th) vs. Charlotte 97.2 (1st) Notes: -Obviously, looking at those efficiency statistics for Charlotte, it’s pretty clear what this game will hinge on. If the Cavs can establish any sort of offense against this team, Charlotte probably won’t have enough scoring punch to keep up . -Shaq…

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Recap: Cavs 98, Pistons 88 (Or, Is that what an easy win feels like?)

Overview: A 60-42 first half was enough to negate a sloppy second half for the Cavaliers, who held off a shorthanded Pistons team behind 34 points from LeBron James. Extra-Special Bonus Theory Before The Bullets: This is one of my key sports theories, and it definitely applies to this Pistons team. In almost every sport, salaries are distributed on a linear scale. Talent, at least in terms of impact on…

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Preview: Cavs at Pistons, November 25th

Relevant Stats: Pace: Cavs 94.2 (21st) vs. Pistons 90.1 (30th) Offensive Efficiency: Cleveland 105.7 (9th) vs. Pistons 101.8 (21st) Defensive Efficiency: Cleveland 100.5 (9th) vs. Pistons 104.4 (18th) Notes: The Pistons are a team with a lot of nice players, but no real superstars. The way teams like that usually try to win is to try and play crazy lineups to exploit mismatches or try and form a crushing defense,…

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