Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

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2017-02-17

Mark and I talked about the dunk contest, the Derrick Williams addition, Love v Melo comparison, the Knicks, Lakers, and Nets simultaneously being the most embarrassing franchises in the NBA.  We also covered the pleasant surprises and disappointments around the league, and the sleeper teams in each conference. As a follow on to the caller, Clifford, who wondered about seller’s remorse on Wiggins, here are Wiggins career scoring splits: 19.9…

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Podcap: Cleveland 116, Minnesota 108 (or, Lost Love, Wills, and Puppies)

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2017-02-15

The Cavs held off the hungry Wolf pups Tuesday night in a high scoring battle that saw Minny shoot 49%, and Cleveland edge them out by shooting 51%. For the T-Wolves, Andrew Wiggins put on a show, scoring 41 on 29 shots, and adding a three boards, two assists, and a steal in 41 minutes with zero turnovers. Karl-Anthony Towns added 26, Gorgui Dieng 12 and 10, and Ricky Rubio…

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Live Thread: Cavs vs. Timberwolves, 2/1/2017

2017-02-01

It was a rough January for the Cavs. On the court, the team underwhelmingly finished below .500 at 7-8. Their losses included a flashback-walloping by the Warriors on MLK Jr. Day, a heartbreaking OT loss to the Spurs, and some headscratching L’s to the Mavericks and the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans. The Cavs have also had to adjust to life without J.R. Smith, while facing sickness and food poisoning, Kevin Love‘s…

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The Point Four-ward: Empty the Bench

First off, if you haven’t read Ben’s excellent recap of the Cavs win in Detroit last night, please do yourself that favor. Then, it’s onto— Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) On a recent Cavs telecast, I heard something that gave me pause. It concerned the overall league ranking for the Cavs bench. Anyone want to guess what it was? Try 30th overall. That’s right, the Cavs…

2015-02-25
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The Point Four-ward: Keep Streak Alive!

Four things I’m thinking about the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Thursday’s game against the Clippers will be a good measuring stick for these Cavs — and it comes at just the right time. The Cavs just played three of the worst teams in the league in the Sixers, Wolves and Kings and, while it would be unfair to say that the team has gotten bored of Avenge-a-palooza 2015, serving…

2015-02-04
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Fantasy Notebook: Where LeBron’s Iso Ball is Just Fine By Me…

CtFL Notes: It’s no 2014-15 NBA Western Conference or anything, but Cavs: The Fantasy League is shaping up to be deeper and more competitive than it appeared as recently as a few weeks ago. The return of LeBron James has resuscitated my tailspinning Team Waiters Invaders, while Nate Smith’s Team Stark Delly Treys, Team Grover 13 and Team Evil Genius have all been putting together some fine fantasy basketball out…

2015-01-19
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Recap: Cavaliers 125, Timberwolves 104 (or, Three Minutes to Win It)

The Cavs came away with the decisive victory, but it cost more than they thought it would. Anderson Varejao went down with a leg injury in the third quarter and didn’t return to the game, and Andrew Wiggins showed exactly what an athletic wing can do to the Cavs. It took the King’s Men two and a half quarters to start caring for the ball and playing defense. Wiggins used all his opportunities…

2014-12-24
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Fantasy Notebook: The Autodraft Hangover

Yes, yes, I know; autodraft is a cruel mistress. It’s a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. It’s a lightning rod for venomous hyperbole. It is the cruel thumb of fate made all too real as it presses down to take from each of us any hope for individual agency, much less the occasional hollow victory. It may not be the most satisfying version of fantasy basketball but,…

2014-10-28
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Waiting For This Year: Kevin Love Trade Is Now Official

It seemed like so much longer than just 30 days, but August 23, 2014 did eventually come and, with it, the deal that delivers Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers became official. Now, even though everyone has been talking about this trade for weeks like it had already occurred, this trade has now occurred. The Cavaliers get the 6-10, 260 pound, three-time all star, sending the Minnesota Timberwolves the spoils…

2014-08-23
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The Point Four-ward: The Great American Lineup Buffet

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The Cavaliers recent signing of Shawn Marion continues an off-season theme for the team. No, it’s not “sign guys nearly as old as Robert,” though I do appreciate David Griffin’s signings allowing me to talk knowledgeably about the late-90s with some degree of relevance for a change. It’s this: from LeBron James to Kevin Love to Mike Miller and rookies Joe…

2014-08-22
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The Point Four-ward: So, You Wanna Be a Rock N’ Roll Star?

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) Andrew Wiggins said it several times leading up to and just after the NBA draft: playing basketball for Kansas University was like being a rock star. When I first heard him say it, he was wading through a torrent of questions at the NBA Draft Media Day which takes place the afternoon before the draft. He was answering a question about how…

2014-08-07
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A Grumpy Old Cavs Fan

Cleveland has three of the last four No. 1 draft picks on its roster. The best player in the NBA is putting on a Cavs uniform this fall. The Cavaliers are the most buzzworthy team in the NBA. So what’s my problem? First, let me just get this out there. The “plan” to trade Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins is the biggest example of groupthink since the invasion of Iraq….

2014-08-06
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