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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Recap: Philadelphia 132, Cleveland 130 (or, Positively Fourth Street)

2018-04-07

The Cavs dropped to fourth tonight, that’s true. But it was a strange game that saw the Cavs down by 30 in the second quarter, and then storm back to a one point deficit before J.J. Redick hit two free throws from an intentional foul with 12 seconds left. Amazingly, after trading free throws, LeBron had a shot to tie when with 3.3 seconds left, Kevin Love lazered it from…

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Podcap: Cavs 119, Wizards 115 (or, Bebop and Rocksteady Get Foiled Again…)

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2018-04-06

For those of you who didn’t follow the 1987 animated Teenage Mutant Ninja series… or the later feature film incarnation of the same, Bebop and Rocksteady were the guys who were always so close to defeating the Turtles… talked plenty of smack while doing it… but always found a way to lose in the end. And, as Tom Pestak puts it on this edition of Cavs: The Podcap… they are…

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Recap: Cleveland 114, Chicago 109 (or, the Winning Wounded)

2018-03-18

The NBA is a mess right now. Teams are falling apart with injuries. A third of the league is in a not-so-subtle battle to see who can be the crappiest. And players and coaches are in an almost daily revolt against officiating. Yet, 33 year old LeBron James grinds on. The aged bullfighter put up a 33-13-12 triple double in just under 40 minutes to lead Cleveland to a victory…

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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: 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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Recap: Utah 104, Cleveland 101 (Or, Birthday Blues)

2017-12-31

 The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a rough Western Conference road trip, starting with their Christmas Day loss to Golden State. This loss against the Utah Jazz sandwiches another such loss against the less than stellar Sacramento Kings. The Cavs dropped what ended up being a close game as they fell 104-101. The game marked one last disappointment for a disappointing road trip. I made the mistake of underestimating the…

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Podcap: Cleveland 123, Atlanta 114 (or, “the middle gear”)

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2017-12-13

Cleveland beat Atlanta by nine, but the game wasn’t nearly that close. The Cavs led from the second quarter on and by as much as 24 in the early fourth before Atlanta made it respectable in garbage time. LeBron James was brilliant, going 11-13 from the floor for 25 points, while adding 17 of the Cavs’ 35 assists and tying his career high in dimes.  Kevin Love added 12 rebounds…

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Recap: Cavs 105, Sixers 98 (or, Deep Sixed)

2017-12-10

There were many potential factors working against a positive outcome for the Cavaliers as they took on the Sixers at the Q last night. Not only were they on the second night of a back to back (which hasn’t worked out well for the veterans who otherwise usually put the “win” in wine instead of the “old” in gold), but it was hard to even call it a second night…

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Podcap: Cavs 101, Kings 95 (or, The G.A.M.s Go Long…)

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2017-12-07

What was supposed to be a short and sweet podcapping of the Cavaliers’ 13th straight victory to tie the franchise record, turned into one of the longest… toothiest… most windingly… down the rabbitholiest stream of consciousness recordings in C:tB history. Sure, there’s plenty of discussion about how the Cavs woke from their slumber in the first half to fight and claw their way back against the Kings to avoid an…

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