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Liberty Ballers Nov 27, 2017
Sixers-Cavaliers: Game Thread

Sixers-Cavaliers: Game Thread

Tonight, we get LeBron vs. LeBron 2.0 as the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers square off against our lovable Philadelphia 76ers. Game Info Start time: 7:00 PM ET TV Coverage: NBC Sports Plus Philadelphia (Marc, Alaa, Molly) The Bad Guys: Fear The Sword Projected Starters Cavaliers: Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love 76ers: Ben Simmons (probably), J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid Game Preview For all of your game preview needs, click here. Refs: Terrell Brandon, Antoine Carr, Lloyd B. Free
Liberty Ballers Nov 27, 2017
Sixers-Cavaliers: Game preview, schedule, start time

Sixers-Cavaliers: Game preview, schedule, start time

The two hottest teams in the Eastern Conference will square off at the Wells Fargo Center tonight as the Philadelphia 76ers host the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. The Philadelphia 76ers were without Ben Simmons on Saturday and, as everyone expected, the team promptly went out and put up 130 points in a thrashing of the Orlando Magic. Unexpected offensive outburst aside, the Sixers would love to have its Australian import in the lineup tonight with the Cleveland Cavaliers in town. Unfortunately, as of the time of this writing, Simmons is something of a game-time decision due what's being...
Fear The Sword Nov 26, 2017
Cavaliers recall Cedi Osman, Ante Zizic from Canton Charge

Cavaliers recall Cedi Osman, Ante Zizic from Canton Charge

The boys are back on the main roster. After a one-game stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA G-League, it appears that Cavs rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic are set to rejoin the main roster heading into Monday’s tilt with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cavs recalled Osman and Zizic after their game against the Long Island Nets, where Osman certainly got his shots up. He went 7-23 while attempting 10 threes (making two) to lead the Charge in scoring at 23 in their loss to Long Island. He also compiled eight rebounds, two assists, four steals, and two blocks in his 39 minutes. Zizic, for...
Iman Shumpert to play Monday against the 76ers

Iman Shumpert to play Monday against the 76ers

He will come off the bench as Jose Calderon continues to start at point guard. The Cavaliers will have Iman Shumpert back on Monday against the 76ers, coach Tyronn Lue said after Sunday’s practice. Shumpert, though, will come off the bench after starting at point guard in place of Derrick Rose prior to his injury. Jose Calderon will continue to start at point guard. “He fits in because we've been putting J.R. (Smith) back with the second unit,” Lue said, per cleveland.com. “That will be Shump's position.” Shumpert has missed the Cavs’ last three games with knee soreness. For...
Cleveland Cavaliers blitzing defense the key to their winning streak

Cleveland Cavaliers blitzing defense the key to their winning streak

The Cavs have turned their defense around by blitzing. The Cleveland Cavaliers currently have the longest winning streak in the league with seven games. While their offense has been very good for most of the season, it’s been their ability to turn things around on the defensive end that has helped the wine and gold move up in the standings. Over the winning streak, the Cavs have had a 101.8 defensive rating. That rating would put them just behind the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz who are tied for seventh in defensive rating with 101.7. While the absence of Derrick Rose has helped...
Fear the Links: How Ben Simmons is similar to LeBron James

Fear the Links: How Ben Simmons is similar to LeBron James

That and more in today’s links. Happy Sunday, everyone. May you not get too angry about the Browns today. ICYMI from Fear the Sword: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade offer support to Derrick Rose, the FTS ‘Mood’ t-shirt is currently only $11.25 at BreakingT. At ESPN, Zach Lowe’s weekly “Ten things I like and don't like” column has two points of interest to Cavs fans. First, he looks at 76ers rookie Ben Simmons — who the Cavs will play Monday — and a) how he’s similar to LeBron James in one way and b) how he’s helped the 76ers be pretty, pretty good. Lowe also writes about...
Cedi Osman scores 21 points on assignment with Canton Charge

Cedi Osman scores 21 points on assignment with Canton Charge

Ante Zizic added 14 points and seven rebounds in a Canton loss. The Canton Charge fell to the Long Island Nets 116-101 Saturday in Canton, but Cavs assignee Cedi Osman got a chance to play extended minutes for first time all season. In his first career G-League action, Osman scored a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. Unlike in his limited minutes with the Cavs — where he is on the floor for defense and energy — Canton ran plays for Osman at the elbows and around the perimeter: His vision was also on display here on a steal that lead...
Fear The Sword Nov 25, 2017
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade offer support to Derrick Rose

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade offer support to Derrick Rose

Wade and James both said the team would be fine without him, but offered support nonetheless. Derrick Rose has stepped away from the Cavaliers for over a week and is currently evaluating his future in the game of basketball due to constant injury problems over the last five seasons, and while LeBron James isn’t worried about what that means for the Cavaliers on the court, he did offer support to Rose, via Cleveland.com: "I don't think it means too much for the team, but I think more importantly as one of his brothers, that's somebody we got to know these last couple months," James said....
Fear The Sword Nov 25, 2017
Ante Zizic, Cedi Osman assigned to Canton Charge

Ante Zizic, Cedi Osman assigned to Canton Charge

The rookies should get playing time while the Cavaliers rest. Cavaliers rookies Ante Zizic and Cedi Osman have been sent down to the G-League Canton Charge for the weekend, per the Charge’s website. Canton hosts the Long Island Nets tonight, so this is likely a way for Tyronn Lue to get his young players some burn since the Cavs are off until Monday when they play the 76ers, though that’s reading in between the lines. This is Osman’s first trip to the G-League this season, and unlike Zizic, he’s actually found the court in spurts this year during competitive game action, though...
Final Score: Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Charlotte Hornets 100-99

Final Score: Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Charlotte Hornets 100-99

The Cavs picked up a seventh straight win on Friday. It wasn’t pretty, but the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their league-leading winning streak to seven in a row with a 100-99 win against the Charlotte Hornets. LeBron James was sensational, leading the Cavs with 27 points, 16 rebounds, and 13 assists. While the team had a uneven effort throughout the night, LeBron came on strong to close out the game and provided some of his best defense of the season locking down Kemba Walker during the game’s deciding moments. The Hornets beat up the Cavs throughout the night on the glass, gaining a...
Cavs would consider DeAndre Jordan-Tristan Thompson swap, per report

Cavs would consider DeAndre Jordan-Tristan Thompson swap, per report

It, though, is not an actual report. According to cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, the Cavaliers would consider a DeAndre Jordan-Tristan Thompson swap. Per Vardon, it is not clear if the Cavs would give up the Nets pick to get Jordan in a possible deal. There are a few things to consider here. For one, the source is described as league source, and not a team one. That would seem to indicate that the person saying the Cavs would consider a swap doesn’t have direct knowledge of the situation. Secondly, it’s unclear if the Cavs would actually give up for Jordan, who can be a free agent next...
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets gamethread

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets gamethread

The Cavs are back in action and looking for a seventh straight win. Which Cav do you think ate the most yesterday, and is thus feeling a little weighed down today? Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets When: 8 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Ohio Cleveland Cavaliers expected starting lineup: Jose Calderon, 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 Cavaliers injuries: Isaiah Thomas (OUT - hip), Tristan Thompson (OUT - left calf), Derrick Rose(OUT - ankle),...
Tyronn Lue expects Derrick Rose to rejoin the Cavs

Tyronn Lue expects Derrick Rose to rejoin the Cavs

Lue said Rose left the team due to a “personal matter.” A report from ESPN cast some serious doubt on Derrick Rose’s future with the Cavaliers on Friday. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, however, says he expects Rose to be back with the team. “I don't have a time frame, you know I want him to take his time," Lue said before Friday’s Cavs-Hornets game, per cleveland.com. “Like I said, it's a personal matter. Just know the team, the coaches, the organization, we all have his back. I wish him well and we expect to have him back.” Lue, who did not deny the ESPN report indicating that Rose...
Fear The Sword Nov 24, 2017
Derrick Rose away from Cavaliers, evaluating his future in basketball

Derrick Rose away from Cavaliers, evaluating his future in basketball

Derrick Rose’s career in the NBA looks to be on life support. Derrick Rose has had one of the more famously snakebitten NBA careers in league history since winning the MVP with the Bulls in 2011. An ankle injury has cost him 11 of the Cavs 18 games this season, including the last seven, and it appears the constant injuries are causing Rose to evaluate his future in basketball. Via ESPN: Rose has not been with the team for the better part of a week, sources told ESPN, and it is unclear when the 2011 league MVP will return. Rose has missed 11 of the Cavs' 18 games this season, including...
Blazersedge Nov 24, 2017
Derrick Rose Might Be Done with Basketball

Derrick Rose Might Be Done with Basketball

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Cavaliers guard and former MVP has stepped away from the team. Derrick Rose has stepped away from the Cleveland Cavaliers and is evaluating his future in the NBA, according to as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Story with @mcten filed to ESPN: Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose is away from team and evaluating his future in basketball, league sources tell ESPN. Story soon on site.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 24, 2017 This was followed up by another tweet from Wojnarowski citing a Cavaliers source: As one Cavaliers source tells ESPN...
Fear The Sword Nov 24, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets: game preview, start time, TV information

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets: game preview, start time, TV information

The Cavs are suddenly the hottest team in the league and look to extend their streak against Charlotte. The Cavaliers suddenly sport the longest winning streak in the NBA at six games and host the Charlotte Hornets with eyes on extending the streak to seven. The Hornets, for their part, have found their stride as winners of their last three against the Clippers, Timberwolves and Wizards. The Hornets are no pushovers, and they’ll look to prove that against the Cavs. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets When: 7:00 p.m. ET Where: Quicken Loans Arena — Cleveland, Ohio Enemy Blog:...
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets player grades

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets player grades

LeBron, of course, leads the way. Here are player grades for Wednesday’s Cavs-Nets game. Have a great Thanksgiving! LeBron James: A+ James scored 23 fourth quarter points, including 18 in a row at one point. What else is there to say? He won the Cavs this game. Kevin Love: B- Love started the game shooting 1-7 from the field, but finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and contributed in other ways. Had his shots fallen early, the Cavs may not have needed LeBron’s heroics. Dwyane Wade: A- Wade is starting to look much more comfortable running bench units. He also stretched...
Final Score: LeBron James’ 23 fourth quarter points carry Cavs to 119-109 win vs. Nets

Final Score: LeBron James’ 23 fourth quarter points carry Cavs to 119-109 win vs. Nets

On the day before Thanksgiving, the Cavs picked up their sixth straight win. The Cavs have won their sixth straight game, and they have LeBron James to thank the night before Thanksgiving. James scored 23 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavs beat the Nets 119-109 on Wednesday night in Cleveland. He also had six rebounds and five assists. The Cavs and Nets both opened up the game cold from the floor, with Kevin Love leading the struggles by shooting 1-7 in the first quarter. But seven points from James and six from Jae Crowder were enough to give the Cavs a 20-17...
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets gamethread

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets gamethread

Can the Cavs make it six straight? Maybe the Cavs can wrap this up in the hour before Warriors-Thunder tips off in Oklahoma City. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets When: 7 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Ohio Cleveland Cavaliers expected starting lineup: Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love Brooklyn Nets expected starting lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, DeMarre Carroll, Trevor Booker Cavaliers injuries: Isaiah Thomas (OUT - hip), Iman Shumpert (OUT - left knee), Tristan Thompson (OUT - left calf), Derrick Rose (OUT - ankle) Nets...
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...

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