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Cavaliers 104, Knicks 101: ‘Tis better to have loved and Knicks’d than never to have loved at all

Cavaliers 104, Knicks 101: ‘Tis better to have loved and Knicks’d than never to have loved at all

Ugh. I needed some time to think about this. The New York Knicks lost Monday night, of course. They blew a 23-point lead and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James re-entered God mode in the fourth quarter, creating for teammates, sticking dagger threes and shutting down Kristaps Porzingis on D. Kyle Korver also somehow re-entered God mode in the fourth, scoring 19 points in a quarter for the second time this season. (???) The Knicks showed a ton of grit through the first three quarters, but grit doesn’t necessarily guard the three-point line, if you know what I’m saying. I had...
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 6, 2017
Kyle Korver shouldn’t have to be playing this well

Kyle Korver shouldn’t have to be playing this well

Korver has been an important piece this season, but that’s exactly part of the problem Kyle Korver is playing far beyond what has typically been expected of him. His lethal shooting stroke is obvious and he hasn’t skipped a beat this season. He’s never been a go-to scorer, rather an off-ball threat that must be over-cautiously contained. However, this season, Korver is being forced to perform outside of his comfort zone. And he’s been the Cavaliers second best player because of it. Korver’s stats don’t show any monumental improvement (except for his eFG%, which leads the league...
Fear The Sword Oct 29, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers one play explained: The Cavs give Dwyane Wade room to attack

Cleveland Cavaliers one play explained: The Cavs give Dwyane Wade room to attack

As he transitions to the bench, the Cavs are giving him freedom to work. A lot of the Cavaliers’ loss to Pelicans on Saturday was ugly. But there were positives. For one, Kevin Love found his three-point stroke for the first time this season. LeBron James did LeBron James things. And Dwyane Wade had a chance to get more comfortable in his new role. When Wade first came into the game, Tyronn Lue made it a point to put him on an all bench unit he could run as the de-facto point guard. A five-man lineup of Wade, Kyle Korver, Jeff Green, Jae Crowder and Channing Frye caters to Wade. It...
Fear The Sword Oct 24, 2017
Podcast: Mailbag on Kyle Korver’s role, the Nets maybe not being awful and more

Podcast: Mailbag on Kyle Korver’s role, the Nets maybe not being awful and more

Plus: why did the Cavs’ defense crater last season? Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) answers your questions about the Nets maybe being good, why the Cavs’ defense has fallen off, Kyle Kover's ideal role and more. For those who were wondering, every episode of ‘Locked on Cavaliers’ is now available on iTunes and on Stitcher. And as always, you can listen or download any episode on the podcast’s AudioBoom page. If you like the podcast, please rate and...
Fear The Sword Oct 24, 2017
Positives and negatives for the Cavs early season offense

Positives and negatives for the Cavs early season offense

What has gone right, what has gone wrong, and what will improve through the Cavs first three games. The Cleveland Cavaliers have opened the season on a bit of a roller-coaster ride offensively. At times—like when Kyle Korver was splashing 3s against Milwaukee—they have looked like a fine-tuned machine. But long stretches of ice-cold shooting have prevented them from reaching their offensive potential so far. Let’s take a look at some of Tyronn Lue’s go-to sets, as well as some offensive positives and negatives through the first three games. The Sets Elbow Rip The Cavs have often...
Fear The Sword Oct 21, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers playbook: The Cavs are getting Kyle Korver open with screens again

Cleveland Cavaliers playbook: The Cavs are getting Kyle Korver open with screens again

As the team adjusts to new personnel, Cleveland turned to familiar action to get Korver open. There is no way around this: the Cleveland Cavaliers are different. Replacing Kyrie Irving with Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade means the team is going to shoot fewer three-points and have less spacing. Channing Frye’s exodus from the rotation from the rotation hurts that, too. For a team that has bombarded teams from deep in this last three years, this is an identity change. It also means that the team will have to create good three-point attempts differently — no longer can they bank on Irving...
Sun Herald Oct 20, 2017

LeBron James has 24 points, Cavs beat Bucks 116-97

LeBron James had 24 points and eight assists, Kyle Korver hit three straight 3s in a big third-quarter run and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97 on Friday …
Sun Herald Oct 20, 2017

James and Korver heat up from 3, Cavs beat Bucks 116-97

LeBron James had 24 points and eight assists, and Kyle Korver hit three straight 3s in a decisive third-quarter run to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97 …
Fear The Sword Oct 20, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: game preview, start time, TV information

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: game preview, start time, TV information

The Cavs should be rested headed into the second game of their season. intro Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics When: 7:00 p.m. Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center Enemy Blog: Brewhoop TV: ESPN Online: Watch ESPN Cavs injuries: Isaiah Thomas (right hip - OUT) Bucks injuries: Jabari Parker (left knee - OUT) Three keys to the game Tyronn Lue has a lot of work to do with these rotations, friends. He played 10 guys, but in weird doses. Kyle Korver only played seven minutes. Tristan Thompson played 19. He’s going to take his time to figure out how to make this team function at its...

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