• Recap: Atlanta 133, Cleveland 111 (or, Stink-tion Level Event)
  • Live Thread: Cavs vs. Hawks
  • Recap: Minnesota 131, Cleveland 123 (Cedi’s you’s a balla’, but…)
  • Live Thread: Cavs vs Timberwolves
  • From Distance: Lasting First Impressions

Quick Hits: Sunday Edition!!!

    -Keeping it very short because I have a final in 13 hours: -Yes, the Lakers came out EXTREMELY flat today against a pumped-up Rockets team who benefited from having guards more comfortable playing pick-and-roll/up-tempo ball having the games of their life and being allowed to freestyle. Just a very lackluster performance from them all around. -At the same time, I hate when I hear “oh, this means they’re…

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Recap: (9) Hawks a different team, but still witnesses

    Overview: The Hawks, showing renewed vigor at home, kept the game close for three quarters and even led briefly in the second half, but ultimately crumbled under LeBron James’ best statistical playoff game of his career, as King James went off for 47/12/8. Cavs-Related Bullets: Coming into this game, LeBron was producing at an absolutely stupid level. Better than 30 points a game and elevated rebound and assist…

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Recap: (10) This is just getting comical.

  Full disclosure: I already turned in a semi-recap of this one to Da Dime. But I shall give you more, because I love all of you in an internet way. That sounds much, much creepier than I mean it to.  Overview: In a game that was essentially over by halftime, LeBron and the Cavs absolutely stomped the Hawks, giving up only 55 points through the first through quarters and…

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Pre-Game Notes and Errata

In case you guys are getting worried and need comforting, today’s NBA Today Podcast features my sonorous and calming voice talking Hawks-Cavs business. Actually, I’m paranoid and have a swallowed voice. But listen anyways.  From the Rockets-Lakers series, quickly becoming the most exciting second-round series: Derek, 14-year veterans should not being forearm shivering hapless europeans. Huge lack of control there, and that should definitely be a suspension. I’m not sure…

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Recap: (11) if that number were smaller, I’d feel really, really, really good.

  Overview: After a first half that saw the Hawks keeping the game close, the Cavs pulled away in the second half behind a strong effort from MVP LeBron James, a sharp backcourt of Mo Williams and Delonte West, and a defense that held the Hawks to 72 points, with Joe Johnson only going for 11 points.  Cavs-Related Bullets: Before the game, the TNT crew was going over the pitfalls…

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On LeBron James’ MVP Award and thoughts from the press conference

  Sorry, internet troubles or this would’ve been up sooner. Thoughts from today’s MVP announcement and corresponding press conference, in the bullet form that I tend to prefer when writing after midnight:   -I know it was a foregone conclusion for a couple of weeks, but it’s still a good feeling to see LeBron actually have the award in his hands-after the last few votes, you never know what could…

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Double Announcement: LeBron James Set To Be Named MVP, Hawks Preview Chat @2 PM EST

First things first: it’s been a foregone conclusion for some time, but according to sources, LeBron James will be presented with his first MVP trophy today. Obviously, this is something that has been discussed at length, but I’ll have more thoughts on this after the press conference. (HT: Windhorst.) Secondly, stop by at 2 PM EST for a preview chat of the upcoming series with the fantastic Bret LaGree of…

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Giving Out Grades: Hipster Grifter Edition!

  Well, who else is going to get bored waiting for the Hawks and Heat to finish up their business? At least we all have Celtics/Bulls. Holy crap. Well, here are the grades for our first completed series, with a few random grades thrown in there as well: INC: JJ Hickson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Pavlovic, Tarence Kinsey: this year’s cuts from the 8-man playoff rotation. Good contributions, guys. Stay loose. …

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Recap: (12) LeBroomed.

    Overview: The Cavs simply overpowered the Pistons for a sweep, repeatedly getting to the line offensively and shutting down their starters on defense. The Cavs will now wait a week for their next-round matchup while the Pistons contemplate the end of an era. Cavs-Related Bullets: The broadcast team mentioned it during the contest, but games like this really are a testament to how LeBron James really is. It…

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Recap: (13) What doesn’t beat you makes

Overview: With the offense stalling considerably, the Cavaliers were able to outlast the Pistons through a stifling defense and a gritty 25/11/9 line from LeBron James in a defensive struggle that harkened back to the Cavaliers-Pistons battles of old.  Cavs-Related Bullets:  Offensively, this was not a pretty game by any means. All of our new offensive wrinkles that are supposed to give us looks beyond LeBron driving the whole were…

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Stock Up, Stock Down: Now Featuring Upsets!

‘   Stock Up:  Chauncey Billups, who has the highest PER of anyone in the playoffs and is absolutely annihilating the Hornets by himself right now. The Hornets’ only chance was that they were supposed to have the best player on the floor. Home-court advantage- the Jazz and Mavericks looked like completely different teams tonight with their own crowd behind them, which goes against some of the mythology-shattering early in…

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