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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Playoff Podcap: Boston 107, Cleveland 94 (or, Rage Quit)

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2018-05-16

Tom Pestak rage quit on this game in the third quarter. He probably made the right decision. The Cavs, after leading 51-40 with 1:40 to go in the second, were outscored 51-29 before the 7:38 mark of the fourth to put the Celtics up 11. Cleveland cut it to six with 4:42 to play, and after a terrible foul call against LeBron, Ty Lue made his most inexplicable decision in…

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Podcap: Cavs 118, Hornets 105 (or, The Fountain of Hennessey)

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2018-03-29

On a night when LeBron James tied the “unbreakable record” set by Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, of 866 consecutive games with at least 10 points… the real catalyst was a dude who’s been missing for a while. According to Larry Drew, JR Smith got inspired by playing with a labrador belonging to the North Carolina baseball team during practice this morning… but maybe, just maybe… he found the Fountain…

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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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PodCap: Cavs 112, Pistons 90 (or, Dead or Alive?)

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2018-03-06

No, we don’t reference RoboCop in this PodCap, but he was from New Detroit… and the Cavs did clean up the Pistons the way Murphy shut down crime in that city… and Larry Nance Jr. did play like a cyborg for most of his first start at Center… and Tom, Nate and EG did spend an inordinate amount of time at the end of this long and winding pod playing…

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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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Live Thread: Cavs vs Wizards

2018-02-22

After more than a week of no NBA basketball in Cleveland, the new-look Cavaliers return to action. The last time we saw these Cavs play they just finished off a convincing four game win streak which saw them beat the T-Wolves, the Celtics, and the Thunder. The last game against OKC was a pretty thrilling and convincing test for the new team before they were forced to pump the breaks…

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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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Fountains of Youth… Drains of Necessity

2018-02-14

β€œThe heart is the real fountain of youth.” β€” Mark Twain It’s been less than a week since a dramatic series of rapid fire deals at the trade deadline altered the fortunes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the events of the intervening days have been hard to put into proper context… or even words. It’s rare that a team has undergone so much change in such a short amount of…

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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.Β  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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Live Thread: Cavs @ Thunder

2018-02-13

A lot has changed in the few short weeks since Oklahoma laid a 148-124 embarrassing beat down on Cleveland on their own court. The Cavs have swapped out six old, tired, or useless legs for four brand new shiny pieces of what they hope is an NBA Finals roster. With the additions of Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson the mood has drastically shifted in The…

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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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