Recap: Indiana 98, Cleveland 80 (or, Wha’ Happened!?)

2018-04-15

Well, I don’t think many of us were expecting that. Gone were the Cavs’ gaudy regular season stat lines with scoring up and over 110, and instead lay an 80-point stink bomb that started smelling from the minute that the Cavs took off their warmups. The Cavs were unprepared, didn’t respect their opponent, and failed to compete throughout the afternoon. In a game that echoed many of their nights of…

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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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From Distance: Kyle’s Play

2018-03-15

Four point play…. 1. Well, I didn’t realize that was on the table. Tyronn Lue “just felt like” surprising J.R. Smith via text message before the Cavaliers continued their road trip against the Phoenix Suns. Welcome to the bench, Earl! Okay, I doubt those were Coach Lue’s exact words, but they might as well have been considering the timing of the move. After two losses in L.A., the Suns contest(I…

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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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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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Podcap: Cavs 140, Wolves 138 in OT (or, How You Remind Me)

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2018-02-08

After reaching the lowest depths of doubt, denial and depression Tuesday in Orlando, the Cavs returned home and played possibly the game of the season in reminding us how good they can be when they try. There were contributions up and down the lineup in this unbelievable overtime shootout thriller with the Timberwolves, that saw both teams combine for an NBA record 40 (!!!) three pointers. LeBron James also reminded…

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Cavalier Repair Manual (and Live Thread)

2018-01-20

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…

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A Closer Look At J.R. Smith

2018-01-01

  Fresh off an 0-3 road trip that LeBron James labeled as “trash”, questions that have bubbled below the surface for a while have understandably begun to pop up for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Should Tristan Thompson play over Channing Frye? How will the return of Isaiah Thomas affect the matchup between the two teams? Has the bench really improved when it matters most? One question that has been in the…

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Recap: Cavs 104, Knicks 101 (Or, Mr. Fourth Korver)

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2017-11-14

This roller coaster game provided a little bit of everything for the Cleveland Cavaliers. At one point in the third quarter, I would have turned ot off if I wasn’t recapping it. The Cavs displayed numerous levels of effort throughout the night which continues to be frustrating as a fan. They seem to be able to compete at a high level when when they want to, but haven’t put it…

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Podcap: Rockets 117, Cavs 113 (or, It’s A Rocket League… We’re Just Living In It)

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2017-11-10

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or not listening to podcasts featuring Tom Pestak) you’re well familiar with this vehicular soccer video game league that’s played with rocket powered cars. It’s a fast paced, high powered game where cars can slam into each other as they score points. It’s also a pretty fitting metaphor for the kind of game the Houston Rockets play on a nightly basis in the…

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Recap: Cleveland 124, Milwaukee 119 (or, National TV, No Problem)

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2017-11-08

Cleveland continued their trend of only coming up with great performances in national TV games (even if it was just NBATV), but what a performance it was (at least offensively) as Cleveland rode LeBron James, Kevin Love, and J.R. Smith (finally!) to a double digit fourth quarter lead that proved to be margin enough as Cleveland to hold off Giannis Antetokounmpo and the young Bucks for a quality win. Sure,…

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

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2017-10-30

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…

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