TAG: Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA / Mar 14, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Cleveland’s 5 Worst Mistakes Since LeBron Left

Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

On July 8, 2010, LeBron James told the nation, on national television mind you, that he would be taking his “talents” to South Beach. The rest is history: LeBron went on to reach the NBA Finals three straight years, winning both of the last two seasons, and has a strong chance of three-peating this season. Cleveland went into depression; the Cavs tied the longest losing streak in professional sports (26 games, the longest in NBA history), and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert went crazy ex-girlfriend on us, publicly scorning LeBron for leaving a city that he has no actual connection to (LeBron is from Akron, not Cleveland… something many forget through all this). Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 9, 2014 / 7:34 pm

Report: The Cavs Still Think They Can Lure LeBron

LeBron James, Tristan Thompson

LeBron James, Tristan Thompson (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Since LeBron James left Cleveland after the nationally televised debacle known simply as “The Decision,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sent a letter to fans bathed in bitterness. Since that time, cooler heads have prevailed, and now the Cavs still think they can land LeBron; except, the firing of former GM Chris Grant and the subsequently morose Zydrunas Ilgauskas may have opened the same wounds that made James’ return to Ohio completely untenable. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 9, 2014 / 4:54 pm

GIF: J.R. Smith’s Dangerous Alley-Oop Off-The-Glass For Amar’e Stoudemire

J.R. Smith, Amar'e Stoudemire

J.R. Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks won their third straight in Cleveland on Saturday, 107-97, against a Cavs team they’re in direct competition with for a final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Despite the urgency they have to be feeling when they’re still four games back for the No. 8 seed out East with only 18 games remaining, J.R. Smith decided to throw a chaotic alley-oop off the glass to a trailing Amar’e Stoudemire late in the second quarter Saturday night. Except, J Swish threw the ball pretty freakin’ hard, as you’ll see… Read More »

NBA, Video / Mar 9, 2014 / 12:31 am

Cavs Honor Zydrunas Ilgauskas During Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

We always thought of him as the gentle giant because at 7-3 he was bigger than just about everyone while also displaying a kindness that can often allude some of the monsters of the NBA’s paint. On Saturday night, the Cavs raised the No. 11 jersey for Zydrunas Illgauskas making him the seventh player in Cleveland history with the distinction. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 7, 2014 / 11:21 pm

Video: Josh McRoberts Behind-The-Back Cross-Court Pass For The Triple

Josh McRoberts, Spencer Hawes

The tussled tresses of Josh McRoberts didn’t used to be something that drew your eyes to the 6-10 forward. He had a buzz cut coming out of coach K’s system at Duke in 2007, and his minutes — since coming over to Charlotte from Orlando last season — have grown almost as much as his hair. So far this season, he’s started every game for the ‘Cats despite so-so production. Despite his mediocre numbers, McRoberts has game, and he showed off a nifty behind-the-back pass tonight during Charlotte’s 102-91 win over the visiting Cavs. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 1, 2014 / 9:37 am

Kyrie Irving Faces Down Fan Rushing The Court, Records 1st Career Triple-Double

Kyrie Irving, deranged fan

Kyrie Irving, deranged fan (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

For all the accomplishments and amazing games Kyrie Irving has given the Cleveland fan base, he’s never recorded a triple-double. That changed Friday night with the Jazz in town. Irving had 21 points 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the easy 99-79 win. Maybe it was Irving’s night that drove a fan to run out onto the court just for a chance to say whassup before police tackled him. Unlike the triple-double this has unfortunately happened before with Kyrie. Read More »

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Why Having A Scoring Point Guard Is Super Overrated

(Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

(Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

The point guard position is commonly referred to as the player who initiates the team’s offense, the floor general. In recent history, the NBA’s infrastructure has undergone a makeover. Now, it’s all about a lightning quick pace and guards that can score the ball at will. While this has produced some exciting and flashy play, there is one critical argument that needs to be discussed with these point guards. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 27, 2014 / 10:00 am

Video: Kyrie Irving Puts Thabo Sefolosha On His Butt With Killer Crossover

Kyrie Irving, Serge Ibaka

Kyrie Irving, Serge Ibaka (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has become the fulcrum by which the Cavaliers swing. When he’s feeling it, they can look pretty good — as witnessed by last night’s 114-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder (their third loss in a row). But he’s also at the center of the storm surrounding his future in the summer of 2015, more than a year off. Cleveland’s urgency to sign him to an extension becomes more pronounced every time he shows fans a crossover like the one he pulled on Thabo Sefolosha on Wednesday night. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 26, 2014 / 11:20 am

Video: Terrence Ross Throws It Down Like A Boss

Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross (Ron Schwane/USA TODAY Sports)

Even though Terrence Ross wasn’t successful defending his Slam Dunk crown in New Orleans earlier this month, he’s had an impressive sophomore campaign for a Raptors team that’s in the driver’s seat for home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference. Ross is a significant part of that success. After shooting 33 percent from behind the three-point arc in his rookie year, Ross is up above 40 percent this season. That’s why Jarrett Jack rushed out so hard on him behind the arc on Tuesday, which allowed Ross the opening he needed to drive past Jack and throw down a filthy one-handed slam. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 25, 2014 / 11:14 pm

Video: Kyrie Irving Shake N’ Bake Past Two Raptors

Amir Johnson, Kyrie Irving

Amir Johnson, Kyrie Irving (Ron Schwane/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyrie Irving was showing off his handle again Tuesday night. The Raptors were in town, holding down the No. 3 seed in the East, with Cleveland at the No. 10 spot, barely ahead of the woeful Knicks in the Eastern Conference. So Cleveland’s 99-93 loss was a big blow so late in the season against a Conference rival. With all the disappointment in Cleveland this season, at least we get to watch Kyrie slice and dice defenses like he did during one play after the jump. Read More »