Saying Goodbye

2018-11-23

I’ll never forget the night the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for JR Smith. It was January 5, 2015, and my wife and I had taken the kids to my parents’ house for dinner and to watch the Cavs play the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wine & Gold and been struggling while LeBron James rested some nagging injuries, and despite the fact that Kyrie Irving was also out for that night’s game, I…

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Live Thread: Cavs vs Lakers (Prophecies and Revelations)

2018-11-21

None of my fallacious predictions bother me, but I am haunted by the articles I never wrote. In late November 2016, I hemmed and hawed on writing about LeBron James, Phil Jackson, and The King’s indigence over the Zen Master’s “posse” comments. My premise was to be that LeBron’s issue with Phil’s diction represented a larger problem: that LeBron’s and the left of center NBA’s quibbling over word choice echoed…

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Recap: Cavs 113, Hornets 89 (or, On Any Given Tuesday…)

2018-11-14

Fun fact… the Cleveland Cavaliers are undefeated this season on Tuesdays. They got their first win on Tuesday, October 30th against the Atlanta Hawks… and after last night, they have their second. Maybe we should rename it “Twosday” in their honor. The very good news, is that the Cavs ambushed what had been a relatively hot Charlotte team, and really never let up while stringing together four of their best…

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Podcap: Oklahoma City 96, Cleveland 86 (or, Milquetoast Motivators)

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2018-11-08

After trailing by as much as 16 in the early third quarter, Cleveland came all the way back to lead by two with six minutes left. OKC rallied to hold the wine and gold to just four points for the rest of the game while Dennis Schöder scored seven down the stretch to bring the Thunder the win. The umlaut finished with a game high 28 points on 19 shots…

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Random Thoughts

2018-10-02

With the Cavaliers in the midst of training camp and the regular season just a few weeks away, here are a few random thoughts that have occurred to me. —It doesn’t look like David Nwaba is part of the rotation right now, and that is going to upset a lot of people who follow the team closely. An athletic player who works hard at both ends of the floor, Nwaba…

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The Road to Contention, Part II: The Hinkie Highway

2018-08-01

Greetings Cavs fans! We’ve been recharging our batteries, after a long Cavs’ season, and we hope you’re enjoying the summer as much as we are. Big news happened last week: the Cavs signed Kevin love to a long extension that keeps his rights with the Cavs until 2023. The Cavalier organization has been in limbo since LeBron’s LA exodus, and the signing should give some long term direction to a…

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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 Recap: Cavs 113, Raptors 112, OT (or, Sometimes You Just Need To Find A Good Support Group)

2018-05-02

For once in these 2018 NBA playoffs, LeBron James wasn’t forced to carry the Cavaliers all by himself. On a night when his tired legs produced one of his least efficient games in the post-season to date, he got by with a little help from his friends. Four Cavs scored in double figures, and JR Smith became the first of LeBron’s teammates in eight playoff games to reach the 20…

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Podcap: Cavs 100, Pacers 97 (or, Idolos Del Aire)

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2018-04-19

LeBron James went all Top Gun on the Pacers in Game 2, scoring 20 points in the first quarter and 46 for the game to lead the Cavs to a victory that wound up a little closer than it should have. In the end, Cleveland evened things up with the feisty Indy squad and their “Iceman” Victor Oladipo. The Cavs supporting cast didn’t wash out as much as they did…

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