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Podcast: The Cavs are headed to the next round

Podcast: The Cavs are headed to the next round

That and more on today’s podcast. Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) recaps the Cavs’ Game 4 win and looks at what we can learn from Cleveland’s sweep. 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 review it on iTunes, as it helps other listeners find the podcast....
17 hours ago
NBA Playoffs: 3 things we learned from the Cavs’ Game 4 win

NBA Playoffs: 3 things we learned from the Cavs’ Game 4 win

The Cavs are league’s first thing headed to advance. With Sunday’s win, the Cleveland Cavaliers are on to the next round of the playoffs. Here are three things we learned in the process. One thing we already knew that was confirmed Sunday: Cleveland has a flare for the dramatic. Also: LeBron James remains incredible and dominates the first round. Let’s talk about Kyrie and Kevin There will certainly be nitpicking of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love’s Game 4 performances. Irving 28 points, but no assists. Love scored just 5 points on 2-13 shooting, but pulled down 16 rebounds. Some...
18 hours ago
Tristan Thompson on LeBron James: “He’s the MVP.”

Tristan Thompson on LeBron James: “He’s the MVP.”

After two big games in round one, Thompson calls LeBron the world’s best player. According to Tristan Thompson, LeBron James should the MVP and is the league’s bast player: Tristan on LeBron: "He should be the MVP, but I heard your guys’ votes are in already. So damn. That sucks. He’s the MVP. Best player."— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) April 23, 2017 LeBron has a strong case for MVP and, even if he doesn’t win the award (Russell Westbrook and James Harden seem like the favorites to win the award) many still consider him to be the best player in the world. If anything,...
23 hours ago
Watch: LeBron chases down, blocks Thad Young

Watch: LeBron chases down, blocks Thad Young

He’s good at these. Right after LeBron James chased down Thad Young and blocked his shot, ESPN broadcaster Kevin Jones said that Young ‘now knows how Iguodala feels’. Andre Iguodala, of course, was who James blocked in his best (and most important) block ever. This is that, just on much smaller scale: This has all the elements of classic James chasedown blocks. As he runs back in pursuit of Young, he sees the opening and runs a little harder in order to catch up. As Young bulldozes past J.R. Smith and goes up for the layup, James is above him, his hand waiting to swat away the...
Apr 23, 2017
Watch: Kevin Love sets up LeBron and-one with pinpoint outlet pass

Watch: Kevin Love sets up LeBron and-one with pinpoint outlet pass

These are always fun. Kevin Love hitting LeBron James with pinpoint outlet passes is always fun: Love, as he always seems to be, immediately is in position to throw the outlet pass when he catches the rebound. It helps, too, that when it looked like Love was going to get the rebound, LeBron jogged to the other side of the court with his head turned back looking to see if the pass was coming. When Love grab the rebound and looked to pass, James cut to the opposite block to post up against Paul George. And the moment he catches the ball, he spins, scores and gets fouled. He missed the free...
Apr 23, 2017
Watch: Deron Williams fakes out Paul George, scores an easy two points

Watch: Deron Williams fakes out Paul George, scores an easy two points

One look towards LeBron created a clear lane. Deron Williams, with one look towards LeBron James, created all the space he needed to score an easy two points: This is exactly why the Cavs signed Williams. Unlike Matthew Dellavedova, the point guard on last year’s LeBron-plus-bench units, Williams is a high-level creator. He can get his own shot and can run an offense, something that has made him a really good fit with LeBron. This is a perfect example of what Williams brings to the Cavs. He resets the offense and immediately attacks when Pacers center Myles Turner steps out to defend...
Apr 23, 2017
Watch: LeBron powers through Pacers defense for and-one

Watch: LeBron powers through Pacers defense for and-one

LeBron’s playing physical early in Game 4. Here’s LeBron James, taking advantage of the smallest opening in the Pacers defense and drawing the foul for the and-one early in the first quarter of Sunday’s Game 4: This play starts with James seeing Paul George look just slightly the other way towards Kyrie Irving. He sees the opening and George reacts late. Myles Turner tries to stop James’ drive, but he, too, is late. All that’s left for them to do is foul James and hope it would be enough to stop James. It wasn’t; he’s too strong for glancing hits to stop him from getting his...
Apr 23, 2017
Port Vale 0-2 Bolton Wanderers - Editor's Pat On the Back Award - Big Gary Madine

Port Vale 0-2 Bolton Wanderers - Editor's Pat On the Back Award - Big Gary Madine

Madine shoulders his portion of responsibility So the glory boys continue their march to promotion, turning over our recent poor form and earning a 2-0 win away at Port Vale. Moronic pitch invading fans aside (more of that next week), Bolton Wanderers strolled to victory courtesy of goals from David Wheater and Big Gary Madine. Wheater has been our Player of the Season, all things considered and may well be pissed to have missed out on this award, but I have chosen to give it to Big Gary himself. The reason behind this selection was that after three weeks off, he found his bollocks. I don't...
Apr 23, 2017
How to watch Game 4 of Cavs-Pacers

How to watch Game 4 of Cavs-Pacers

Will Cleveland end the series today? With a win Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers will complete a sweep of the Indiana Pacers and advance to the next round of the playoffs. The Cavs enter Game 4 after LeBron James carried them to a win in Thursday’s Game 3. After trailing by as many as 25, the Cavs came back and won. And yes, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love didn’t play in the fourth quarter. What remains to be seen is how the Pacers will come out and play Sunday. Indiana’s post-game quotes seemed to indicate a bit of shell shock and confusion. With their season on the line, will the...
Apr 21, 2017
Charge guard John Holland named 2016-17 D-League Impact Player of the Year

Charge guard John Holland named 2016-17 D-League Impact Player of the Year

Holland scored 22.9 points per game and lead the league in minutes per game. Canton Charge guard John Holland has been named the 2016-17 D-League Impact Player of the Year, according to a press release from the D-League. The award recognizes a player who “joined an NBA D-League team after Nov. 25, 2016, and made the greatest contribution to his team’s success following that in-season acquisition.” The award is voted on by the league’s 22 head coaches. Congratulations to @CantonCharge guard @Jholland_23 on winning our 2016-17 Impact Player of the Year Award!MORE:...
Apr 21, 2017
Squeaky Bum Time Preview: Port Vale v Bolton Wanderers

Squeaky Bum Time Preview: Port Vale v Bolton Wanderers

The time has come Oh Christ. Member a few weeks ago when we were flying, and the Port Vale party was seen as just that? Well the day is almost here and most of us are absolutely bricking it. Bolton Wanderers can seal promotion here, much as they could have sealed promotion at any point in the last three weeks. Except we didn't. We haven't choked yet, but we are starting to get that funny feeling in our throats. Win, and promotion is virtually ours depending on results elsewhere. Draw and things are still in our hands. Lose and we are all necking bleach. Port Vale are at the end of their...
Apr 21, 2017
Magic reportedly interested in Cavs GM David Griffin

Magic reportedly interested in Cavs GM David Griffin

Griffin’s contract expires at the end of this season. When Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin’s contract expires at the end of the season, he’ll have at least one potential suitor: the Orlando Magic. According to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic are “intrigued” by Griffin while looking into other candidates. He also notes that other teams believe Griffin could be lured away from the Cavs by other teams. Per the report, Cavs owner David Griffin has been unwilling to pay Griffin a salary on par with that other teams competing for world titles. By comparison, Spurs...
Apr 21, 2017
Podcast: LeBron carries the Cavs to a Game 3 win

Podcast: LeBron carries the Cavs to a Game 3 win

Plus, insight into LeBron’s Zero Dark Thirty-23 tweet. Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) is joined by FTS’ Mike Zavagno and Daniel Rowell to recap the Cavs’ Game 3 over the Pacers and LeBron’s big night. Then, artists Elliot Gerard and Joh Boyce explain how they designed the artwork LeBron tweeted out as part of his Zero Dark Thirty-23 tweet. For those who were wondering, every episode of ‘Locked on Cavaliers’ is now available on iTunes and on Stitcher....
Apr 20, 2017
Final Score: LeBron James carries Cavs to 119-114 Game 3 win vs. Pacers

Final Score: LeBron James carries Cavs to 119-114 Game 3 win vs. Pacers

The Cavs trailed by as many as 26 and now lead the series 3-0. As the final buzzer sounded, LeBron James slammed the ball into the ground in celebration. As the Pacers walked off the floor, James celebrated with J.R Smith and other teammates. And they had earned it. The Cavs trailed by as many as 26 Thursday night in Indianapolis. They trailed by as many as 20 in the third quarter. But behind a classic LeBron playoff performance — 41 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and just three turnovers — the Cavs came all the way back to win 119-114. Cleveland now leads the series 3-0. Right away,...
Apr 20, 2017
J.R. Smith to start Game 3 vs. Pacers

J.R. Smith to start Game 3 vs. Pacers

Smith hurt his hamstring in Game 2. J.R. Smith will start Thursday in Game 3 after all. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that Smith will start during his pregame media availability Thursday in Indiana. JR Smith will play and start tonight.— David Zavac (@DavidZavac) April 20, 2017 During the Cavs’ Game 2 win, Smith hurt his hamstring and didn’t play in the second half. He could be seen visibly frustrated on the sideline and said after the game that he could have played. Iman Shumpert started in his place in the second half and took on Smith’s job of defending Pacers forward...

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