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 Recap: Cleveland 116, Boston 86 (or, “We Could be Royals…”)

2018-05-20

The immortal words of the Bard, Dennis Green, rang true in this one: “They are who we thought they were.” But the Cavs didn’t let the Celtics off the hook. The Cavaliers mounted their steeds, lined up for a cavalry charge, trampled the Celtics front line in a 32-17 first quarter, cut through the reserves to push the lead to 20 in the second, and routed any rallies in the Third. The Leprechauns managed to…

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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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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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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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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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Recap: Los Angeles Lakers 127, Cleveland 113 (Ditherers)

2018-03-12

Tipoff: Running Diary Format tonight. We’re live in the Smith living room at the tail end of a very long weekend that turned into a lazy Sunday night, Kevin Love is showing off the UCLA weight room that bears his name to FSO’s Allie Clifton, and I’m showing off a spiffy pair of Wine and Gold plaid PJs. 12:00 The Cavs are starting Nance, Jeff Green, LeBron, J.R. Smith, and…

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Recap: Cleveland 129, Brooklyn 123 (or, Everybody Eats)

2018-02-28

The Cavs and Nets combined for 252 points Tuesday on a night that saw little defense, and a buffet of buckets. After another slow start in the first quarter for Cleveland, that Brooklyn led throughout, the Cavs retook the lead on a Clarkson pull-up in transition at the 9:08 mark of the second. After that, there were 25 lead changes and nine ties in this back and forth affair. That’s…

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From Distance: Value in Size

2018-02-16

Four point play… 1. The house I grew up in is not of the typical cookie-cutter design that mostly permeates Mentor, Ohio. It was built in the early part of the 20th century by a somewhat amateur architect with a penchant for international flair. As far as I know, he made four houses in all. Diagonally across our little boulevard, a beautiful Tudor sticks out like an incredibly healthy thumb….

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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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