Playoff Live Thread: Cavs vs. Pacers (Game 7, The Skip Feed)

2018-04-29

The previous three potential Cavalier playoff exits were all about the present: In 2015 through 2017, the wine and gold were playing for a championship in that moment. This afternoon, though? The Cavs aren’t playing for a championship. They’re playing for their future: the next series, the playoffs, the future of this franchise for possibly the next five years. It’s a lot to expect for a young squad not to…

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Playoff Recap: Pacers 121, Cavs 87 (Or, The Beginning Of The End?)

2018-04-28

It was Deja Vu all over again. LeBron James came to Bankers Life Fieldhouse hoping to eliminate the Indiana Pacers from the postseason for the fifth time in seven seasons. While the Cavaliers had won an NBA-record 13 straight playoff series-clinching games, this Cavaliers team was far different from the ones we’ve seen the last few seasons. There is no “Big Three,” and with Kevin Love struggling on offense throughout…

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Playoff Live Thread: Cavs @ Pacers, Game 3

2018-04-20

Well, we didn’t expect to be here, did we? The Cavaliers head to Indiana to face a Pacers squad that had shocked many by splitting the first two games of this playoff series. Now, as the series moves to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, a place where the Cavaliers have seemingly always struggled, the question is whether or not LeBron James‘s supporting class can step up and give The King some help….

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The Point-Fourward: Sample Size, Schmample Size (And Other German Things)

2017-04-27

1. There have been numerous articles written complimenting the playoff production of three-time All-Star, Deron Williams. Rightfully so. The 32 year-old PG wasn’t just good in the Cavaliers’ first round sweep of the Indiana Pacers, he was offensively transcendent. It’s easy to look at his box score numbers and be generally underwhelmed. He only averaged a little over eight points per game in a measly 15.5 minutes per contest. But…

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Playoff Podcap: Cavs 106, Pacers 102 (or, How Sweep It Is!)

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2017-04-24

It wasn’t always easy… but at least it was quick. The Cavs put the finishing touches on their first round sweep of the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, becoming the first team to punch their ticket to the second round. For their efforts, they get to kick back and relax for a week or so as they wait for the winner of the slugfest between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto…

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Recap: Cleveland 119, Indiana 114 (or Signs of a Comeback)

2017-04-21

After giving up 74 points in the first half, and trailing by as much as 26, the Cavs channeled their inner Frank Reich and outscored the Pacers by 31 points in the final 24 minutes to complete one of the great comebacks in NBA Playoff history, and to send the state of Indiana into a 3-0 depression. If you watched from the tip, you know the Cavs were lapped by…

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Playoff Live Thread: Cavs vs Pacers, Game 2, #HeroBall

2017-04-17

After surviving game 1, the Cavs look to clean up some of the unforced errors that prevented them from cruising to a comfortable victory.  Coach Lue mentioned that the initial half-court defense was fairly stout (in the second half, perhaps) but that the 50/50 balls were all going to Indiana.  While not a must-win for either team, the Cavs as a franchise have apparently (per NBA.com) never lost a playoff…

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Podcast Episode 133: Easter Surprises

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2017-04-16

One game into the 2017 NBA Playoffs, things are playing out pretty much as expected… unless of course you’re a Celtics, Raptors or Clippers fan and you find your home court advantage got cracked like an Easter egg. From a Cavalier perspective, Game 1 against the Pacers might have been a wee bit more fragile than we hoped for, but still a close win is better than a close loss….

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Podcap: Cavs 135, Pacers 130 – 2OT (or, Working Overtime)

2017-04-03

The Cavs won, but they didn’t make it easy on themselves against the visiting Indiana Pacers. In fact, it took an extra 10 minutes of time to finally decide the matter… not to mention another triple double from LeBron James (his 11th on the season), and some significant contributions from Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving in the overtime periods. Still, the wine & gold were able to build…

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Recap: Cavaliers 113, Pacers 104 (Or, Bill Walton and Dickie V Hail the King)

2017-02-16

The Cleveland Cavaliers won their final game before the All-Star break much in the way they have won most of their February games. By being completely and utterly unguardable. The legends, Dick Vitale and Bill Walton, announced the game in what must be considered a gift from the Basketball Gods. The game was entertaining in its own right, as the Cavs drilled 18 more threes against a Pacers squad looking…

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