Finals Game 3 Recap: Golden State 110, Cleveland 102 (Excuses are like…)

2018-06-07

I’m already tired of the excuses. “They added Kevin Durant to a 72 win team…” “The Cavs don’t have Kyrie Irving.” “There’s no ‘margin for error’ against the Warriors.” Enough. The Cavs lost to Warriors Wednesday night, and the reasons people are offering for the loss are designed to protect their jobs, their egos, and their narratives. Terry Pluto offered this gem, “Can’t criticize team for this loss.” Of course…

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Finals Podcap: Warriors 122, Cavs 103 (Or, Screaming Irrationally at the TV)

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2018-06-04

After two disheartening losses to the Warriors, I’m almost left speechless. That didn’t stop me from hopping into the podcast booth with Nate Smith though to try and make sense of what’s happening right now. The Warriors picked up another win tonight. Kevin Durant grabbed a super efficient 26 points on 10-14 shooting while Stephen Curry hit a Finals record nine 3s to put up 33. Throughout the night, the…

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From Distance: Awesome Endings

2018-04-13

four point play…. 1. In 1989, “NBA Awesome Endings” was somehow delivered to my childhood home in Mentor, Ohio. I’m not sure whether it was a special gift for having renewed Sports Illustrated, or whether my mother had ordered it for me on a whim. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t the former. SI did a great job of roping people into subscriptions during that era. Ya know, that, and my parents weren’t much…

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All Star Podcap: Team LeBron 148, Team Steph 145 (or, A Competitive Edge)

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2018-02-19

Well, that was exciting! After a near 40 minute detour into awfulness leading up to the NBA All Star Game, featuring misfired jokes and sour notes, the game itself was everything the two team Captains promised… and then some. In easily the best, most competitive game in a decade (and possibly even top five all time), there was a definitive defensive and aggressive edge to most of the proceedings. Plenty…

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Podcap: Warriors 118, Cavs 108 (or, Early Dreams… Late Nightmares)

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2018-01-16

For a half, the Cavaliers realized their dreams of taking it to the Golden State Warriors and changing their regular MLK Day fate of seasons past. Unfortunately, those dreams went dark in a nightmarish fourth quarter that saw them miss 14 of their first 15 shots. In the end, the final score was decidedly closer than the previous two MLK Massacres, but the Cavs had a fourth straight loss (9th…

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Five Reasons Why LeBron Will Be Le-MVP

2017-08-21

LeBron James has been the MVP of the National Basketball Association four times in his career. He did it twice each as a Cavalier the first time around (2009 & 2010), and as a member of the Miami Heat (2011 & 2012). That tally ties him with the great Wilt Chamberlain, and slots him just one behind Michael Jordan and Bill Russell… two behind the incomparable Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He’s been…

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Bah… Humbug!

2017-08-11

While I’m not a fan of Christmas in July… I’ve now come to loathe Christmas in August. It’s almost like the NBA realizes this is their slowest week of the now year-round schedule and thought “What would bring joy to our mass of fans in the dead heat of summer? Oh… we know! The new schedule tied up in a bow… with a big dose of Christmas Day Games cheer!”…

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The Point-Fourward: Boston Be Dancing

2017-07-05

Four points I’m thinking about the NBA… 1. It was not very pleasant to be a Cleveland sports fan living in Boston circa 2007-2008. I didn’t own a TV and those were the dark ages before one could adequately see a ball on a computer live stream. That meant I was forced to watch games with musician friends who didn’t really like sports, and/or trudge to some Boston bar to experience…

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Finals PodCap: Warriors 129, Cavs 120 (or, Falling Short)

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2017-06-13

When are 120 points not enough? When you give up 129. That’s obvious and simple math… but the Cavs chose to try and sprint along next to the Warriors in an attempt to outrun, outgun and outscore them with a team loaded with shooters. In the end… they just couldn’t quite match the offensive firepower, which was magnified by their own mistakes and inability to get stops when they desperately needed them.

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Finals PodCap: Warriors 118, Cavs 113 (or, Defeat from the Jaws of Victory)

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2017-06-08

  Commiseration time. In the infamous words of Roy Scheider… “we’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The Cavs played much better overall in returning home for Game 3 of the Finals… had their biggest lead of the series (seven) in the fourth quarter, and still led by six with just over two minutes remaining. Unfortunately, they allowed the Warriors to score the final 11 points of the game, while missing…

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