Podcast Episode 160: Today Was A Good Day

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We asked for a magic bullet… We got an entire clip. Though Ice Cube might disagree… today was most definitely a very good day… especially for your Cleveland Cavaliers. Gone are Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye… and even Dwayne Wade. The incoming new faces are George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and the son of former Cavalier great, Larry Nance, Jr. Suddenly, the clouds that…


Cavalier Repair Manual (and Live Thread)


Well trade deadline season started early! There’ve been lots of rumors flying around the last couple days. The general consensus is that the Cleveland Cavaliers are broken, and while the front office can’t fix all of the Cavalier problems, they certainly can improve themselves. So welcome to Nate’s tune-up garage. The first step to fixing the Cavs is to admit they’re broken and to admit they’re not going to fix…


Recap: Cleveland 104, Orlando 103 (Or, Expectations vs Reality)


The Orlando Magic are a bad team. They are extremely young and don’t really have anyone to go to on the offensive end. With Vucevic and Ross injured, and Aaron Afflalo suspended, they are too reliant on an up-and-coming athletic freak in Aaron Gordon, a never quite as good as you’d hope, Evan Fournier, and a point guard who’s top half of his vision is blocked by the old duster…


Live Thread: Cavs vs. Magic


The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off of a tough loss to the Golden State Warriors on MLK Day. And while it wasn’t quite a “massacre” as it was a few years ago, it did put a not-so-pleasant finish on a bad ten-game stretch which saw only two wins. The last team that Cleveland beat? The Orlando Magic. Hopefully, this is a sign of brighter things ahead. The previous event ended…


From Distance: Addition by Subtraction


Four point play… 1. The Cavaliers have now won five games in a row without the services of Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, and Tristan Thompson. Okay, you’re right. Shumpert played seven minutes against the Sixers. It was enough burn to give him an opportunity to orchestrate a wonderful zero pass, deep two-point attempt which he clanked. Go Team. Overall, the team has reeled off nine straight, but the true domination…


Cavalier Christmas Shopping


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.


The Cavaliers Need Isaiah Thomas…To Help Their Defense


When informed that he needed to improve his defensive effort in order to stay in the rotation, former Cavalier Sasha Pavlovic once told coach Mike Brown that “my defense is my offense“, meaning that what he did as a scorer would more than offset any poor defensive effort. As a coach noted for his emphasis on the defensive end, Brown wasn’t thrilled with the reply, to say the least. While…


Live Thread: Cavs @ Mavericks


Tonight the Cavs face off against the 2-10 Dallas Mavericks. This game screams trap game as Cleveland tends to not put any effort in against opponents of Dallas’s stature. Add to that this game is away in the middle of a tough road trip and coming off of a tough loss to Houston last Thursday and things could get dicey. Derrick Rose is still day-to-day with an ankle injury and…


Recap: Atlanta 117, Cleveland 115 (or, against the dogs, take the spread)


If I were a gambling man, I’d bet that any weaker team that plays the Cleveland Cavaliers would beat the spread against them. It’s happened constantly during the last three-plus seasons, and today was no exception. The Atlanta Hawks were 1-8 coming into this afternoon’s game against the Cavaliers, and were missing several rotation players. Naturally, they came into Cleveland and handed the Cavaliers their sixth loss in ten games….


Not A Recap: Cavs 130, Wizards 122 (or, All The Points)


Point Guard? Point Forward? Point Man? How about just Point Machine… that’s what happened when LeBron James went all destroyer of worlds against the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The Chosen One has always had a knack for providing exactly what his teams require in their times of need… and after losing four straight while struggling to defend and score… he decided to just score all the points. LBJ tied…


Podcap: New York 114, Cleveland 95 (Or, the Lue-ban Missile Crisis)

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We’re at Defcon 3, folks, and I’d wager another loss puts us at Defcon 2. (Cuban Missile Crisis levels!) At Defcon 1, Dan Gilbert goes nuclear on Tyronn Lue. Seven games into this season, and Ty’s elevated coaching seat might just be the hottest in the NBA as the Cavs have lost three straight and four of the last five. Those losses have come against some of the worst teams…


Recap: Cleveland 116, Milwaukee 97 (Or, He’s Still The King)

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I must admit, I thought the Cavs had a good chance of dropping this game. The Bucks are long and tend to force the Cavs into a lot of turnovers. LeBron and company are still getting into the groove of things, and I saw this turning into a sloppy game of back and forth. Fortunately, for much of the game the pace was slow and the Cavs were able to…