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Fear the Links: How Michael Porter’s injury hurts his draft stock

Fear the Links: How Michael Porter’s injury hurts his draft stock

That and more in today’s links. Happy Wednesday, everyone. One day until the best meal of the year. ICYMI from Fear the Sword: Ante Zizic has been recalled by the Cavs, Kevin Love was awesome against the Pistons, the Cavs are rising in the East Also, BreakingT is having sales all weekend, meaning you can get the ‘Mood’ tee for $15 today and maybe cheaper this weekend. Just remember to buy it through the Fear the Sword link. Two Michael Porter reads worth your time: Trevor Magnotti for The Step Back, Jeremy Woo for Sports Illustrated At the Sporting News, Danny Leroux looks at how...
Fear The Sword Nov 21, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers playbook: How Kevin Love bullied the Pistons

Cleveland Cavaliers playbook: How Kevin Love bullied the Pistons

The Pistons were hesitant to have Andre Drummond defend him, and Love made them pay. From the start on Tuesday, the Pistons tried to hide Andre Drummond on Jae Crowder and kept him away from Kevin Love. The idea, it seemed, was to put Drummond on lesser three-point shooter so he could hide in the paint, rebound and protect the rim. This didn’t work for a few reasons. For one, Crowder moved well off the ball, hit three-pointers and was hard for Drummond to track. But Love also made the Pistons pay for leaving Tobias Harris on him. Here, the Cavs get Love a touch on his preferred left...
Fear The Sword Nov 20, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons player grades

Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons player grades

Kevin Love and LeBron James starred for the Cavs. Here are your player grades for the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-88 win over the Detroit Pistons: LeBron James: A- LeBron was a flamethrower to start this game. He was showing off his improved jumper early raining down threes and turnaround shots. He cooled off as the game progressed and took a few lazy heat-checks, but his 18 points and eight assists in 27 minutes still made for a solid game. Kevin Love: A+ With 19 points and 11 rebounds in just 26 minutes, Love had one of his more solid performances of the season. It didn’t matter who...
Fear The Sword Nov 20, 2017
Final Score: Cavs blowout Pistons 116-88, pick up fifth straight win

Final Score: Cavs blowout Pistons 116-88, pick up fifth straight win

The Cavs are playing their best basketball of the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are now winners of five straight games, and are playing some of their best basketball of the season. On Monday night in Detroit, the Cavs beat the Pistons 116-88 in a game that was decided well before the final buzzer. Cleveland 36-23 after the first quarter with LeBron James and Kevin Love combining for 28 points. At the half, the Cavaliers lead the Pistons 73-46 and had dominated for most of the half. The Cavs then kicked it up another notch in the third quarter, leading 96-59 with 1:40 left in the third...
Fear The Sword Nov 20, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons gamethread

Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons gamethread

Can the Cavs keep their winning ways going? The Pistons, playing on the second half of a back-to-back, have been one of the East’s best teams this year. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons When: 7 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Ohio Cleveland Cavaliers expected starting lineup: Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love Detroit Pistons expected starting lineup: Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley, Stanley Johnson, Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond Cavaliers injuries: Iman Shumpert (OUT - knee), Isaiah Thomas (OUT - hip), Derrick Rose (OUT - ankle), Tristan Thompson (OUT -...
Fear The Sword Nov 17, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers gamethread

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers gamethread

Will the Cavs make it four straight? It’s Ty Lue going against his mentor tonight in Cleveland. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers When: 7:30 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Ohio Cleveland Cavaliers expected starting lineup: Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love Los Angeles Clippers expected starting lineup: Austin Rivers, Sindarius Thornwell, Wesley Johnson, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Cavs injuries: Isaiah Thomas (OUT - hip), Tristan Thompson (OUT - left calf), Derrick Rose (TBD - ankle sprain/soreness) Clippers injuries: Milos Teodosic (OUT - plantar...
Canis Hoopus Nov 17, 2017
Wolvescast 58: Two Debbies

Wolvescast 58: Two Debbies

Scott takes control of the show. On this week’s episode of Wolvescast, guest host Robert joins Scott to chat Timberwolves basketball. Also, how to talk to your family about the Wolves at Thanksgiving, reminiscing about Kevin Love’s 30/30 game, Bjelica earning more playing time, a game and more. This episode of Wolvescast is sponsored by Neil’s Timberwolves Junk Sale. EPISODE LINKS The Man Is a Coach. Period. Bulls and Basketball an Obsession for Thibodeau - New York Times Kings of the North — Robert’s new NFC North podcast
Fear The Sword Nov 15, 2017
Final Score: Cavs beat Hornets 115-107, pick up third straight win

Final Score: Cavs beat Hornets 115-107, pick up third straight win

It’s the first Cleveland has been over .500. For the first time this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have three straight games. On Wednesday night in Charlotte, the Cavs beat the Hornets 115-107. LeBron James lead with 31 points and Kevin Love added 22 points of his own. The win, the last of the Cavs’ three-game road trip, also puts theCavs over .500 for the first time since Oct. 28. The Cavs lead 36-30 after one with James scoring 14 points in the opening quarter. But the Hornets responded with Kemba Walker coming alive for Charlotte. In large part due to a 13-0 run, the Hornets...
Fear The Sword Nov 15, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets gamethread

Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets gamethread

Will the Cavs give the Hornets a fifth straight loss? Let’s hope this isn’t as weird as Monday’s game, right? Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets When: 8 p.m. TV: ESPN Cleveland Cavaliers expected starting lineup: Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love Charlotte Hornets expected starting lineup: Kemba Walker, Nic Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Dwight Howard Cavs injuries: Isaiah Thomas (OUT - hip), Tristan Thompson (OUT - calf), Derrick Rose (TBD - ankle soreness/sprain) Hornets injuries: Treveon Graham (OUT - Right quad...
Fear The Sword Nov 14, 2017
Fear the Links: Can Minnesota Kevin Love be a thing again?

Fear the Links: Can Minnesota Kevin Love be a thing again?

That and more in today’s links. Happy Tuesday, Fear the Sword. Did last night’s game make any sense to you? ICYMI from Fear the Sword: recapping Cavs-Knicks in podcast form, player grades for Cavs-Knicks, Kyle Korver saved the Cavs, Eastern Conference Power Rankings At The Step Back, Jeff Siegel takes a look at Kelly Oubre and how he’s improved for the Wizards. At The Ringer, Jonathan Tjarks looks at the idea of Minnesota Kevin Love coming back, and why it might not be what the Cavs need anyway. At ESPN, Nick Friedell talks to Suns star Devin Booker about all of the changes in...
Fear The Sword Nov 14, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks player grades

Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks player grades

Kyle Korver was again excellent when the Cavs needed him to be. Player grades for the Cavaliers’ win over the Knicks are below. Be sure to share yours in the comments below! LeBron James: A- James started this game off a bit slow. But he hit a big shot late, helped keep the offense running late when the Cavs needed someone to dictate things and handed Enes Kanter two Ls in one day. Not a bad day’s work. Kevin Love: F Love was downright awful in this game. He couldn’t defend either Kristaps Porzingis or Enes Kanter and never settled into a groove on offense. He didn’t close the...
Fear The Sword Nov 13, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks gamethread

Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks gamethread

Will the Cavs pick up a win against a solid Knicks team? "Traveling like a real citizen, man." - J.R. Smith, working class poet Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks When: 7:30 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Ohio Cleveland Cavaliers expected starting lineup: Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love New York Knicks expected starting lineup: Jarrett Jack, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis, Enes Kanter Cavs injuries: Isaiah Thomas (OUT - hip), Tristan Thompson (OUT - left calf), Derrick Rose(TBD - ankle sprain/soreness) Knicks injuries: Kristaps...
Hoops Hype Nov 13, 2017
Cavaliers' Kevin Love is having career-best accuracy near the rim

Cavaliers' Kevin Love is having career-best accuracy near the rim

One bright spot for the Cleveland Cavaliers is that Kevin Love is playing better in the paint this season than he has in recent years. Kevin Love has suddenly become a strong finisher at the basket. pic.twitter.com/zgpQk5cGOv — John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) November 12, 2017 According to Cleaning The Glass, this is his career-high in shooting accuracy near the rim. Love was working towards this last season, improving from 0.86 points per possession on post-up opportunities during the 2015-16 season to 0.98 points per possession on the same play type last year. For comparison, his 71.1...
Fear The Sword Nov 12, 2017
Fear the Links: LeBron definitely took a shot Phil Jackson

Fear the Links: LeBron definitely took a shot Phil Jackson

That and more in Sunday’s linkls. Happy Sunday, Fear the Sword. Here are today’s links, which I hope you are enjoying over your third or fourth cup of coffee and while not watching the Browns,. ICYMI from Fear the Sword: an update on Derrick Rose, Cavs-Mavs player grades, and the Cavs beat the Mavs behind a big Kevin Love game LeBron took a shot at Phil Jackson because, yes, he’s that petty. At Vice Sports, Michael Pina’s The Outlet Pass is worth your time each week. This week, he looks at the Mavs’ struggles (and fan favorite Cavs trade target Nerlens Noel), Kyrie’s passing in...
Fear The Sword Nov 12, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers at Dallas Mavericks player grades

Cleveland Cavaliers at Dallas Mavericks player grades

Kevin Love leads the way. Here are grades for the Cavs’ win over the Mavericks. As always, share yours below. LeBron James: B LeBron wasn’t bad by any means — he had 19 points and 10 rebounds after all — but he wasn’t necessarily good either. He seemed out of rhythm and didn’t really make his mark on the game until the fourth quarter. Luckily, the Cavs didn’t need him to save them on Saturday. Kevin Love: A The Cavs went away from Love late, but he was otherwise excellent everywhere on the floor. He scored on a night where LeBron was off, rebounded well and fought on...

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