Playoff Podcap: Celtics 96, Cavs 83 (or, Rough Road)

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2018-05-24

The Cavs proved once again to be no match on the road as they fell behind early at the TD Garden by 13 in the first quarter, and wound up losing by precisely that margin in the end. Though they made runs in the final three quarters, they never really got the deficit under 10 that often, and trailed by as much as 20 early in the fourth quarter. The…

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Playoff Recap: Cleveland 116, Boston 86 (or, “We Could be Royals…”)

2018-05-20

The immortal words of the Bard, Dennis Green, rang true in this one: “They are who we thought they were.” But the Cavs didn’t let the Celtics off the hook. The Cavaliers mounted their steeds, lined up for a cavalry charge, trampled the Celtics front line in a 32-17 first quarter, cut through the reserves to push the lead to 20 in the second, and routed any rallies in the Third. The Leprechauns managed to…

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Playoff Podcap: Boston 107, Cleveland 94 (or, Rage Quit)

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2018-05-16

Tom Pestak rage quit on this game in the third quarter. He probably made the right decision. The Cavs, after leading 51-40 with 1:40 to go in the second, were outscored 51-29 before the 7:38 mark of the fourth to put the Celtics up 11. Cleveland cut it to six with 4:42 to play, and after a terrible foul call against LeBron, Ty Lue made his most inexplicable decision in…

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Recap: Celtics 102, Cavs 88 (or, old men get tired)

2018-01-04

Fresh off a fairly impressive win over the Portland Trailblazers that ended a three-game losing streak, the Cleveland Cavaliers headed to Boston to take on the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics for their second game in two nights. These two teams have engaged in a rather heated (and one-sided) rivalry over the past few seasons, and the trade of Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the…

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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

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2017-12-15

Didn’t make it in studio this week but had a chance to chat on the phone with Mark about the Cavs.  I got to drop an interesting take: playing so much with defensive-sieve Jose Calderon is going to make the Cavs that much more prepared for Isaiah Thomas at PG.  It’s nice to see they can succeed giving 20ish minutes a night to Calderon.  The Cavs are actually -0.1 with…

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From Distance: A Glass Full of Matter

2017-11-01

Four point play… 1. Humans are incessantly optimistic. Even the most doom and gloom pessimist, one who is always trying to “prepare for the worst” for fear of being blindsided by any theoretical despair, is often a closeted optimist trying to steel a sensitive heart from impending disaster. Such a person thinks that by focusing on a potentially negative outcome, one can brace himself for any eventual problem. If such…

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From Distance: He’s Somehow Stronger

2017-10-19

Four points I’m thinking about the NBA… 1. In less than one quarter, Gordon Hayward’s leg injury eliminated much of the scheduled NBA media coverage for the 2017-2018 season. Already written were think pieces about the inevitable Cavaliers’ February swoon. Countless “Brad Stevens is a god” and “The real best team in the East, your Boston Celtics” articles that were written months in advance, will now never see the light of…

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Atlantic Division Preview

2017-10-16

Danny Ainge wasn’t a genius when he landed three basically unprotected first round picks from the Nets for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry’s corpses, he stole the change cup from a hobo. The Nets complete and total dysfunction makes the Cavs front office look like a German engineered juicer by comparison.

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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

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2017-05-26

I got in studio with Mark on Thursday evening just before the Cavs put the Celtics to bed.  We spent a lot of time talking about the likely Cavs/Warriors matchup, how well Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are fitting in with LeBron James, and a whole lot more how the rest of the NBA might respond to the Cavs and Warriors dominance.

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The Point-Fourward: Big Three Better Than Little One

2017-05-25

Four things I’m thinking about the Playoffs… 1. It’s rather clear to me that Isaiah Thomas’s agent gave the mini-All-Star a call during halftime of the Game 2 destruction at Boston’s TD Garden. The Cavaliers had thoroughly solved any and all Thomas-centric offensive action. The Wine and Gold trapped hard on Thomas, forcing the ball out of his hands early, and with good anticipatory backside rotation. With his size, Thomas…

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Recap: Cleveland 130, Boston 86 (or, the Boston Massacre)

2017-05-20

This was one of the greatest displays of basketball dominance in NBA history, and certainly the biggest thrashing of a team in Cavalier history. Cleveland absolutely decimated Boston in a way there are not words to describe. Even the Celtics seemed to be resigned to their fate. This isn’t a recap, it’s a prose highlight reel. When we saw that Gerald Green was going to be in the starting lineup,…

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