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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George Hill Is A True Difference-Maker

2018-05-12

To say things are looking up for the Cleveland Cavaliers would be a major understatement. Just over a week after barely surviving a first-round series against the Indiana Pacers in seven games, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked absolutely dominant as they finished off a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors. They dominated the number one seed in the Eastern conference in a way that even the biggest Cavs optimist didn’t expect….

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Playoff Podcap: Cavs 128, Raptors 93 (or, Swept Away)

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2018-05-08

Contrary to what was posited in the Saturday Night Live sketch that was cut for time last weekend, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard is in fact not a Roomba. However, such a point guard would have been handy in sweeping up the smoldering ashes of the Toronto Raptors following Monday night’s Game 4 extinction level event. As expected, the Cavs completed their impressive clean sweep of the top seeded dinos,…

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Playoff Live Thread: Cavs vs Pacers, Game 6

2018-04-27

Well, it hasn’t been the easiest five games of LeBron’s playoff career, but tonight he has a chance to close out the Pacers in 6 games and take some much needed R and R. I say “he” rather than “they” because to this point, the King has largely ruled entirely on his own, bending the Pacers to his will and their knees and receiving little to no help along the…

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Not A Playoff Recap: Pacers 92, Cavs 90 (or, How To Disappear Completely)

2018-04-21

After playing one of their best halves of playoff basketball, the Cavaliers chased it with one of their worst. Despite building a 17 point lead in the first 24 minutes against the resilient Pacers (who looked a bit shell-shocked at first in their return home), and holding them to a mere 40 points with some of their most inspired defensive efforts… the Cavs pulled the ultimate disappearing act in the…

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Podcap: Cleveland 132, Toronto 129 (or, Dinosaurs are Pets)

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2018-03-22

It was a raucous win for the Cavs, who overcame 79-64 halftime deficit to defeat the Toronto Raptors. LeBron James set some records on the way, becoming the only player with 35 points, 15 dimes, and no turnovers. The Cavs turned on the scoring and the defense in the second to edge the Raps. The Cavs shot 60% from the field and an insane 63% from three. Kevin Love dropped…

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Recap: Los Angeles Lakers 127, Cleveland 113 (Ditherers)

2018-03-12

Tipoff: Running Diary Format tonight. We’re live in the Smith living room at the tail end of a very long weekend that turned into a lazy Sunday night, Kevin Love is showing off the UCLA weight room that bears his name to FSO’s Allie Clifton, and I’m showing off a spiffy pair of Wine and Gold plaid PJs. 12:00 The Cavs are starting Nance, Jeff Green, LeBron, J.R. Smith, and…

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Wizards

2018-02-22

After more than a week of no NBA basketball in Cleveland, the new-look Cavaliers return to action. The last time we saw these Cavs play they just finished off a convincing four game win streak which saw them beat the T-Wolves, the Celtics, and the Thunder. The last game against OKC was a pretty thrilling and convincing test for the new team before they were forced to pump the breaks…

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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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Live Thread: Cavs @ Thunder

2018-02-13

A lot has changed in the few short weeks since Oklahoma laid a 148-124 embarrassing beat down on Cleveland on their own court. The Cavs have swapped out six old, tired, or useless legs for four brand new shiny pieces of what they hope is an NBA Finals roster. With the additions of Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson the mood has drastically shifted in The…

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Recap: Cleveland 121, Boston 99 (or, Rational Exuberance)

2018-02-11

WHOA. The new-look Cavs hung with the Celtics in the first quarter, pulled ahead in the second, and then blew the doors off Beantown in the third and fourth quarter. The Cavs were electric from the start, and it’s amazing what going from the worst defensive player in the last 20 plus years to a good defensive player in George Hill at point guard will do for your defense. Hill…

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