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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5-on-5: 2018 NBA Finals Edition

2018-05-30

The Cleveland Cavaliers survived the Boston Celtics in a contentious seven game series to make it to their fourth straight NBA Finals. Oh, and that would be LeBron’s eighth straight, if you’re counting. The accomplishment, especially with this roster and this set of coaches and this front office, is one of LeBron’s greatest accomplishments as an athlete. The Herculean effort it took for him to will this team to the…

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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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Podcast 147: You’re Dreaming

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2017-10-17

It’s that time of year again… time to dream about the road ahead for another NBA season. Before tonight’s tip off, every team has a chance to capture a championship (oh, who are we kidding… it’s the Dubs and maybe the Cavs as those two squads are probably destined to meet up for Episode IV). Well, anyway, it’s nice to dream… Speaking of dreamers, the very much woke Kyrie Irving…

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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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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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The Point-Fourward: Who Exactly Thinks What Now?

2017-06-07

Four points I’m thinking about the NBA Finals… 1. Sports often give us a micro-example of macro human phenomena. We can talk about sports with the same passion with which we would talk about religion or politics, but with a conviviality that those other topics customarily lack (okay, there are some soccer hooligan riots that would suggest otherwise, but you know what I mean). We can learn about the machinations…

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Finals Recap: Warriors 113, Cavs 91 (or, Nowhere To Go But UP…)

2017-06-02

Well… that certainly didn’t go as planned. The Cavaliers might have thought they had a blueprint for success against the high flying and undefeated Warriors, but their dreams of getting back to the Paradise Falls of an NBA Championship hit a bit of a snag in Game 1. Though they made things competitive for the better part of the first half, a closer look showed they were barely keeping afloat…

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