Live Thread: Cavs Vs Bulls, Game One

May 4th, 2015 by David Wood

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What do you wear to watch Cavs games? Do you go shirtless? If so, do yourself, your family, and your friends a favor and buy an official Cavs:The Blog t-shirt. It comes in black and red. Are you wearing a button down shirt to watch the game? If so, you need to relax and get a t-shirt. Again, Cavs:The Blog has you covered, see above. And, finally, if you’re wearing a t-shirt right now, check and see if it has a word cloud on it. It probably doesn’t, so again, I refer you to above. Today is your last chance to get these shirts. Remember all proceeds go to the Lauren Hill, “The Cure Starts Now,” tribute fund. Also, check out the five on five, which was posted this morning.

The Cavs face the Bulls tonight. This marks the rare occasion that the Bulls are healthier than an opponent, as the Cavs are missing Kevin Love and Derrick Rose actually appears to be healthy. The Cavs are also missing JR Smith tonight because he decided to hit someone in the head with a closed fist. He’ll be back in time for game three.

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Five on Five: Second Round Edition

May 4th, 2015 by Cory Hughey

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First off, today is your LAST DAY to get your CtB T-Shirts. Remember, all proceeds go to the Lauren Hill, “The Cure Starts Now” tribute fund. Red or Black. You choose. Secondly, we thought we’d give you a second round preview. We assembled five members of our crack staff to give you their expert and/or off-the-cuff analysis. Enjoy.

1. Stephen Curry won the MVP, are you cool with it?

Robert: Curry had a ridiculous (and healthy) season for a Warriors team that was dominant from start to finish. Parts of the season had me leaning more toward James Harden — because of what he was able to do with a Rockets team that was missing its second best player in Dwight Howard — but this was just Curry’s year.

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Love’s Labour’s Lost… And the 5 Stages of Dealing With It

May 1st, 2015 by EvilGenius

[If you haven’t taken a listen to Tom’s terrific chat with Mark Neal… please read no further until you have done so…]

This past week has been a challenging one for Cavs fans, myself included. What should have been the joy and satisfaction of victory, easily sweeping a first round series against a scrappy Boston team, turned rapidly into the agony and pain of a nightmare injury scenario in one awkward yank.

I hate admitting it, but I’m old enough to have witnessed the painfully devastating Jim Chones injury that effectively ended the “Miracle of Richfield” season in 1976. But, be you a long time, die-hard believer in the wine and gold like me, a relative newcomer to the “All In” bandwagon, or somewhere in between, the now nearly unfolded saga of the dislocation of Kevin Love (both his arm from his shoulder socket, and his presence in the starting lineup of his team) has likely sent you careening with me down the rabbit hole of the infamous Kübler-Ross model for the Five Stages of Grief. And if it didn’t, then you are likely either numb or immune to the concept of the curse of being a Cleveland sports fan… or you are a robot.

The stages themselves (for me at least) have arrived on an almost daily basis, with each passing 24-hour frame offering up a new layer of information, media attention and discussion about the joint in question. So, it seemed fitting to break them down that way…

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Podcast: Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

May 1st, 2015 by Tom Pestak

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In studio with Mark Neal to talk Kevin Love and the Cavs adversity going forward.  We took some calls and went around the NBA playoffs.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=485101&do=1

Podcast Episode 65: Love and (Playoff) Basketball

April 30th, 2015 by Nate Smith

With all the Cavs news floating around this week, we figured we needed to bring in a ringer. Former CtBer, Colin McGowan, joined me and Tom in the podcast booth for a marathon discussion. “The Mess in Massachusetts” weighed heavily on our minds, as did Kevin Love’s future with the Cavs, and that was just the start. Then we asked the tough questions. Who’s going to step up for the Cavs? Were the Cleveland and Boston suspensions just? Can the Cavs win in the next round? We broke down the playoff match-ups for the Cavs and the rest of the East, and gave our latest finals picks too. Then the Kevin Love surgery news broke! After lamenting, we added our thoughts on David and EG’s Hack-a-DeAndre duel, video games, the the champagne of beers, and, of course T-Shirts! WHEW! Thanks to @cs_mcgowan for a very fun podcast, despite the bad news. Here’s Colin’s Kevin Love article from Wednesday, plus his pieces on the Boston Game, J.R. Smith, and free-throws.

Click above, on SoundCloud, or on iTunes to listen.

blackorangeTime is also running out to buy your CtB t-shirts! Get yours in red or black! The campaign ends Monday. All proceeds go to the Lauren Hill, “The Cure Starts Now” foundation. Get swagging!

 

Breaking News: Kevin Love Has Shoulder Surgery; Projected Recovery Time 4-6 Months

April 29th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Here is the official team press release that just went out…

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent successful surgery this afternoon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to repair his dislocated left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. David W. Altchek. Continuing treatment and rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Courts and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health will be conducted by the Cavaliers’ medical staff and Head Team Physician Dr. Richard D. Parker. His projected recovery time is four to six months.

While this certainly provides a concrete answer to whether or not there would be a glimmer of hope for a return of the Cavs’ forward late in the post-season, it no doubt will raise many new questions about his impending decisions regarding free agency this summer. Love can still opt in to the final year of his existing contract with the Cavaliers. It will be interesting to see how things progress.

The timeframe could also potentially put Love’s availability to begin next season in doubt regardless of his contract situation.

In the meantime, all our best at C:tB go out to Kevin for a speedy recovery.

[UPDATED: KLove posted this on Instagram this morning]

The Point Four-ward: Love-less and More

April 29th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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[Note: if you haven’t checked out David Wood and Evil Genius going at each other in a classic Cavs: The Duel, from earlier today, go here first.]

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) The pop Cavs fans heard when Kelly Olynyk “got tied up” with Kevin Love wasn’t Love’s shoulder separating from its socket — the acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising. It was almost as if Love’s shoulder was mic’d up at that moment of “incidental contact” with Olynyk, as a crushing, sickening popping sound echoed throughout all of Cavs fandom. It was that moment that a wheel popped off of what had, until this point, been a very fun ride on the Cavs bandwagon.

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Cavs: The Duels – Debating the Hack-A-Shaq Rule

April 29th, 2015 by David Wood
The friendliest version of Hack-A-DeAndre yet.

The friendliest version of Hack-A-DeAndre to date.

During the second half of Clippers v. Spurs Game 3 (which ironically featured two major players in the the use of the “Hack-A-Shaq” tactic: DeAndre Jordan and Gregg Popovich), the ESPN sports ticker declared that Adam Silver had come out to say that he expects the league to have “full-throated” conversations about the “Hack-A-Shaq” rule in the off-season.

Here was his exact quote to ESPN.com, minutes before the tipoff of Friday night’s Game 3 in the Dallas Mavericks-Houston Rockets series:

“It’s something that I’m on the fence about. My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game’s very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That’s changed my view a little bit.

Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it’s not great entertainment for our fans, and that’s important as well. What I’ve said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I’m sure it’s going to be a hot topic of discussion.

Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we’re going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward.”

This led to a spirited email debate between C:tB-ers David Wood and EvilGenius (neither of whom shares the Commissioner’s fence-sitting ways) over the merits and detractions of the use of the tactic in the NBA. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast: Talking Kevin Love Injury with Mark Neal

April 28th, 2015 by Tom Pestak

Short podcast today.  I’ll be in studio again Thursday for the regular hour-long segment.  But Mark and I talked about the news that Kevin Love will likely miss the remainder of the playoffs.

 

UPDATE: David Griffin Addresses Kevin Love Injury; J.R. Smith Suspension; Moving Forward in the Playoffs

April 28th, 2015 by EvilGenius

David Griffin addressed the media this morning at the Cavs practice facility in Independence regarding the latest update on Kevin Love’s injury. The prognosis from the Cavs GM was certainly a less hopeful outlook on both the severity of the injury and the possible availability of Love for the playoffs beyond the next round.

“I want to make it clear that’s highly unlikely,” Griffin said of Love returning during the playoffs from a dislocated left shoulder. “The damage to his shoulder is extensive. This is not a situation where we’re expecting he will be available for any of this and we’re in the process of gathering information in terms of what the exact, right, next steps are and every option is on the table.”

Griffin was attempting to set the record straight following any misconceptions drawn from the team’s release on Monday, which just declared that Love would be out for the Eastern Conference Semi-Final round of the playoffs.

“I think it would be a real surprise if he were able to participate in the postseason,” Griffin said. “I still have a sliver of hope for something very late, but highly unlikely.”

Griffin also touched on other subjects in the aftermath of the events of Game 4 in the Garden against the Celtics, including his feelings on the punishment doled out by the League on J.R. Smith, Kendrick Perkins and Kelly Olynyk, as well as the state of the Cavs moving forward in the playoffs.

He also said this…

Check out the entire interview here on the Cavaliers page of NBA.com.

Click here for LeBron James’ comments.

Click here for David Blatt’s comments.