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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The Point-Fourward: It’s About Relationships

2017-05-31

Four things I’m thinking about the NBA FINALS!!!… 1. On New Year’s Day 2005, I met a British girl who was visiting NYC for the holidays. She and her friend were born in Korea, so my dumb American brain didn’t anticipate the charming English literature course that came tumbling out of her mouth. She had a Minnie Driver in “Good Will Hunting” vibe, though I, in no way, resembled Matt…

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Podcast Episode 115: Surprises and Disappointments

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2016-12-13

Tom Pestak, Nate Smith, and John Krolik check in with a first quarter analysis of your Cleveland Cavaliers. Topics: biggest surprises and disappointments so far; the current rotations; the Liggins effect; J.R.’s blues; LeBron’s ever changing jumper; north/south Kyrie; Tom’s pillow talk; prepping for the Dubs; and so much more. We ask hard questions like: can the Liggins/Shump backourt work off the bench? Is James Jones consuming super garbage time powerups? Do the Cavs need another playmaker? Can Kay Felder develop on the Cavs? Who’s your garbage pile point guard of choice? Who would you trade K-Love for straight up? How much did Cleveland win the Wiggins’ trade by? Who’s da real MVP?

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Podcast Episode 110: Preseason Cavs, Postseason Tribe

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2016-10-17

With the preseason winding down and the regular season just over a week away, Tom and I hopped in the the podcast booth to discuss all things Cavs. Top on our list was the Cavs effect on their neighbors, the Cleveland Indians. The wine and gold definitely bring an energy to Progressive every postseason game. The team’s effect is palpable everywhere they go, but when LeBron and Co. show up…

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#CavsRank Moments: 24-22 (Setting the Tone)

2016-09-01

24. LeBron’s Block Party on Stephen Curry While LeBron’s chase down block of Andre Iguodala‘s layup attempt is currently the greatest block in NBA history, the impact of that block was limited to that possession (it was a pretty big possession).  In fact, had the next minute fifty not gone to the Cavaliers, the chase down block would contain about 1/1000th of the Newtons per kilogram that history will now measure….

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#CavsRank Moments: 27-25 (The tantrum, all you can eat Fryes, and the podium)

2016-08-30

  27. Stephen Curry’s Temper Tantrum Clocking in at No. 27 of the #CavsRank, Stephen Curry’s temper tantrum during Game 6 of the 2016 Finals may not be the most impactful moment to appear on this list, but is certainly among the most delicious for Cavs fans. After facing elimination in Game 5 at Oakland’s hostile Oracle Arena, the Cavs were able to extend their championship series on the heels…

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The Point Four-ward: Moz-el Tov

2016-07-13

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers… 1.) The fact that Timofey Mozgov signed a free agent deal to play elsewhere didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who followed the Cavs last season. Becoming a favorite of fans and daytime bartenders alike after coming over in a January 2015 trade with the Denver Nuggets, Mozgov suffered noticeable dips in both performance and confidence during the 2015-16 campaign. By…

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Podcast: Championship Issue

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2016-06-23

Mark and I recorded a special 2-hour segment for my final trip to the WING-AM studios until next season, capping off Championship week. — Hour 1 — — Hour 2 — Topic List: [Hour 1] All about the Parade Cleveland Fans handling success When the possible and even the miraculous is in play LeBron physically unbreakable When we felt it was over Kevin Love’s injury and abandoning post-entry offense Kyrie…

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Surrender to History

2016-06-21

Did you know that the 2008 Cleveland Cavaliers outscored the Boston Celtics over the 7-game series that culminated in the Paul Pierce vs LeBron James duel of the ages?  You actually may, because you’re a Cavs fan and I bring it up every now and then.  The Celtics went on to destroy the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 (132-89) to win the NBA Championship.  The Championship Celtics outscored the…

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All Bets are Off

2016-06-18

The more we absorb these Finals games, the less anything that has come before seems to matter. I’ve been struck by a number of pundit and fan responses these last 6 games.

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