From Distance: An Introduction

2018-05-18

four point play…. 1. A few years from now, we will look back at the 2018 playoffs as the beginning of the Jayson Tatum era. The 20 year-old already plays with a pace and technical skill that far exceeds his years. Like Dwyane Wade in the 2004 Playoffs, Tatum is showing a superstar level talent that only needs some time to marinate. It’s easy to look at this Celtics team…

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From Distance: I’m Getting Annoyed

2018-04-27

four point play…. 1. Two weeks of playoff basketball has already taken a bit of life out of the average NBA junkie. An occasional weekend binge, and/or the joy of daily basketball intake is certainly a lovely way to “live one’s best life”. Four games in one night, however, are simply too overwhelming to properly enjoy. I gotta admit, it’s made me a bit basketball salty. It’s a shame really,…

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Live Thread: Cavs @ New York Knicks (or, the long awaited LeBron – Kanter feud (JK))

2018-04-09

Cleveland heads to the Big Apple with a chance to clinch the divisional title tonight.  Likely the No. 4 seed regardless of what happens, the Cavs look to beat the Knicks team that fell off the playoff contending map once Kristaps Porzingis went out with the knee injury.  In a continuing theme, despite George Hill coming back into the starting lineup, the Cavs will not be fully healthy as Rodney…

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Barely A Recap: Clippers 116, Cavs 102 (or, Feeling Gray and Green)

2018-03-10

I don’t know why Jeff Green is smiling… maybe he’s thinking about the green light Ty Lue has given him to aggressively jack threes with abandon… or maybe fantasizing about his next roller skating routine… or maybe he just loves any chance to wear his Orwellian gray “The Land” getup for a game. Needless to say… I am not smiling. Technically, I should be… even though the Cavs lost a…

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Recap: Nuggets 126, Cavs 117 (or, A Confederacy of Dunces)

2018-03-04

“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” — Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting Before you go expecting a deep dive into John Kennedy Toole’s famously posthumous, Pulitzer Prize winning novel as a pointed allegory for the current state of the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff… just know that it was…

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From Distance: Value in Size

2018-02-16

Four point play… 1. The house I grew up in is not of the typical cookie-cutter design that mostly permeates Mentor, Ohio. It was built in the early part of the 20th century by a somewhat amateur architect with a penchant for international flair. As far as I know, he made four houses in all. Diagonally across our little boulevard, a beautiful Tudor sticks out like an incredibly healthy thumb….

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Fountains of Youth… Drains of Necessity

2018-02-14

“The heart is the real fountain of youth.” — Mark Twain It’s been less than a week since a dramatic series of rapid fire deals at the trade deadline altered the fortunes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the events of the intervening days have been hard to put into proper context… or even words. It’s rare that a team has undergone so much change in such a short amount of…

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Podcap: Cleveland 120, Oklahoma City 112 (or, Situations Matter)

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2018-02-14

“Analytics be damned” was the consensus of this podcast as we all agreed that when it comes to NBA players, situations matter more than a mathematical abstraction of their output.  Effort, we noted, is a variable, not a constant. As we watched the last two games, every player on this team, from the new guys, to a suddenly enthused LeBron, to a much more confident J.R. Smith, to a suddenly-receiving-playing-time…

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The Wood Shop: The Corner-to-Corner, Coast-to-Coast, Cool Cav Club

2018-02-13

There’s a new club in Cleveland. It started right after the Cavs demolished Boston. I’m not in it. You aren’t in it. LeBron James isn’t even in it. It’s called The Corner-to-Corner, Coast-to-Coast, Cool Cav Club. 7C for short. It has just one member, and his name is Cedi Osman. He hails from Turkey; and in the past three games he has averaged 12.3 points while shooting 59.1% from the floor…

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Recap: Indiana 97, Cleveland 95 (or, Pushing the Car)

2018-01-13

Cleveland came out and blew the doors of the Pacers in the first quarter, dominating them like Richard Petty for a 34-12 beatdown. The Cavs lapped them with relentless defense and forceful offense. Sadly, the Wine and Gold, on the second night of a back-to-back could not sustain, and relaxed towards the end of the second and let the Pacers back in the game. In the early third, defensive lapses…

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Recap: Cavs 131, Magic 127 (or, Shootout At The Magic Kingdom)

2018-01-07

If you like your basketball with more shooting and less resistance… then this contest between the Cavs and Magic in Orlando was for you. Defense was barely a rumor (with the exception of one decent quarter), as both teams fired away with regularity… putting up nearly 100 shots a piece (98 for the Magic, 96 for the Cavs) while hitting 50% of them. There were plenty of long range snipers…

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Cavalier Christmas Shopping

2017-11-27

It’s that time of year again. 29 shopping days till Christmas? No. I’m talking 19 days until the first NBA trade deadline. What trade deadline is that you ask? It’s the first day that players signed in the summer of 2017 can be traded to other teams. The Cavaliers certainly have lots of options, and with some teams not doing nearly as well as they’d hoped to be doing, moving a player for an asset, even a player they signed last summer, has to be tempting. With that in mind, we take a look at what might be on Koby Altman’s wish list as he dreams about Christmas morning.

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