Recap: Cavaliers 106, Magic 74 (Or, Defense Makes Grown Men Giggle)

November 25th, 2014 by Ben Werth

The Cavaliers held the Orlando Magic under 37% shooting in a quintessential “get well” game. The Wine and Gold played with far more sustained intensity on both ends of the floor en route to a 32 point victory. LeBron James scored or assisted on 32 of the Cavaliers’ first 48 points. The Cavs racked up 30 assists on 42 field goals. It was the type of win that makes coaches sleep well at night.

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Live Thread: Magic vs Cavaliers

November 24th, 2014 by Ben Werth

The Orlando Magic come into The Q feeling relatively good about themselves. Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic continues to develop while averaging nearly 20 and 12 on the young season. New teammate Evan Fournier, acquired in the Arron Afflalo deal, has provided surpringly effective playmaking at guard. Second leading scorer, Tobias Harris will be a gametime decision after missing Saturday’s loss to the Heat. Harris is one of the few wing players who has the size to match LeBron. Cavs: The Blog favorite, Victor Oladipo has been quietly solid since his return from the facial fracture surgery.

Much has been made of the Cavaliers’ three game losing streak. The Cavs should be absolutely desperate to bounce back at home. Fire away!


Recap: Toronto 110, Cavs 93 (or, Why Can’t Games be One Quarter)

November 23rd, 2014 by David Wood

After outscoring the Raptors by thirteen in the first quarter because of ball movement, passable defense, and transition play, the Cavs abandoned most of those things for the next three quarters. This helped the Raptors claw their way to a two point lead by halftime and a seventeen point win at the end of 48 minutes. The Canadian guard were led by Lou Williams who insta-offensed himself to 36 points and lots of smiles from Dwane Casey. Let’s jump right into the game.

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Live Thread: Cavs Vs Raptors

November 22nd, 2014 by David Wood


The Raptors come to town tonight after feasting on the Bucks yesterday to earn a 41 point win. Toronto currently looks like one of the top teams in the East, and they have both a top five defense and offense. The Cavs, however, aren’t looking too hot after being beat soundly by the Wizards less than 24 hours ago. The rotation inconsistencies, defensive lapses, and lack of ball movement make me worry that Mike Brown has somehow hacked into David Blatt’s body and is trying to make Cleveland fans re-experience last season. Hopefully I’m wrong about that, and this game changes my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap: Washington 91, Cleveland 78 (or Does Everyone on this team Hate Each Other?)

November 22nd, 2014 by Nate Smith


Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Well that game sucked. Cleveland passed poorly, shot poorly, defended poorly, rebounded poorly, were poorly coached, and generally played selfish basketball. I’m sure I left some things out that the Cavs did poorly that game, but it’s hard to list them all. The game was not nearly as close as the 13 point deficit might indicate, either. Cleveland had a 13-8 lead about halfway through the first quarter, after a sequence where LeBron scored off a Kyrie fast break assist, and then Irving stole the inbound, missed a three, and LeBron cleaned up the trash. That was as good as it got for the Cavs for the rest of the game. Cavs made two stupid turnovers and Bradley Beal stole the ball twice and fed John Wall for two straight far too easy baskets to tie it up at 13. Washington never looked back after the first quarter.

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Live Thread: Cavs at Wizards

November 21st, 2014 by Nate Smith


In a season where every game is becoming a test, this one really is a test. A loss tonight, and the Cavs drop below .500 and will have lost three straight: the narrative vultures really will be swirling. Meanwhile, the Wizards are 7-3 despite only having Bradley Beal back for one game. The Wiz are winning with defense. They rank 21st in pace adjusted offense, but eighth in pace adjusted defense.  They are stout around the basket, and at limiting field goal attempts, but if there’s a spot they’re vulnerable from, it’s at the three point line, where they give up 38.6%, good for 25th in the league. This matchup has no shortage of storylines either: the rekindled rivalry from the mid aughts, Brendan Haywood returning to his long time stomping grounds (in the uniform of an enemy), and a Waiters/Beal off-season brouhaha. Remember? Bradley said, that he and John Wall are “definitely the best backcourt in the league.” Dion Waiters responded:

(And Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili just rolled their eyes). It should be a good one Cavs fans!


The Case for Citizen Sans

November 21st, 2014 by Cory Hughey


In a press release for Citizen Kane, Orson Welles described the film as an examination of one man’s character.  That “six or more people could have as many widely divergent opinions concerning the nature of a single personality. Clearly such a notion could not be worked out if it would apply to an ordinary American citizen.”  Dan Gilbert is everything but ordinary, and few owners in sports create such divergent opinions.

As a litmus test for this article, I posted a question on my Facebook asking for opinions on Gilbert. Good and bad. The anti-Gilbert responses ranged from “he’s a classless cry-baby,” and “a giant tool,” to him being the primary reason that former commissioner David Stern vetoed the Chris Paul deal to the Lakers, as if he were the Illuminati puppet master who secretly pulls the strings behind the leagues moves.  The pro-Gilbert side defended his investments in the Rust Belt, the open pocket book he runs his franchise with and his commitment to charity. Either way, people knew who Gilbert was. If I would have asked a similar question about Peter Holt or Wyc Grousbeck, there probably wouldn’t have been a single response.

“Really Charles, people will think-” – Emily Monroe Norton

“-What I tell them to think.” – Charles Foster Kane

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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

November 21st, 2014 by Tom Pestak



Every Thursday I chat with my friend Mark Neal, host of the Dayton’s Sports Scene radio show.

In this episode we discuss the Spurs game, the Cavs upcoming schedule, and the early returns on the 2014-2015 season.

Recap: Cavs 90, Spurs 92 (Or, of fractals and fumbles)

November 19th, 2014 by John Krolik


Overview: After four hard-fought quarters, the Cavaliers fell short against the defending champion Spurs when LeBron James turned the ball over at half-court with Cleveland down by two and just seconds on the clock. Anderson Varejao led all scorers with 23 points on 16 shots, while James and Kevin Love combined for just 25 points on a combined 10-29 shooting night.

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Live Thread: Cavs/Spurs

November 19th, 2014 by Nate Smith

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Tough assignment tonight as the Spurs come to town. 5-4 Cleveland tries to right the ship against a Spurs team that has been struggling in their own right at 6-4.  Hulk Hogan is courtside, so eat your vitamins before you post, Hulkamaniacs…