I Open at the Close: While We’re Waiting…

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Happy Thursday, Blawg Pound and loyal readers of WFNY! You’ll have to forgive me for breaking with my typical conversational decorum for this, my final edition of While We’re Waiting. It too will be my final article as a regular contributor of the Waiting For Next Year crüe. This may come as a shock to

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ESPYs, NBA Contracts, and the Home Run Derby: While We’re Waiting…

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Happy Thursday, Blawg Pound! After a couple of weeks on the road for work, I’m coming to you from the friendly confines of Northeast Ohio. Two weeks ago, I was in my hotel room on the north side of Columbus, unable to pick up STO to watch the Indians. Last week, in Santo Domingo, Dominican

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Waiting to Exhale: While We’re Waiting…

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Good morning, Blawg Pound. I’m coming to you on this Thursday morning on the road from my second home, Columbus! Of course, it’s for work travel, but I’ve been able to hit up some of the delicious food choices that I don’t get in Northeast Ohio. Anyhow, enough small talk because OH MY GOD KEVIN

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NBA Draft: Cavs select Cedi Osman, Rakeem Christmas, Sir’Dominic Pointer in second round

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After trading the No. 24 pick Tyus Jones to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavaliers made a trio of selections in the second round. With the 31st pick, the Cavaliers went international in a likely draft stash by drafting guard/forward Cedi Osman out of Turkey. They followed that up by drafting a more familiar name in Syracuse

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NBA Draft: Cavs take Tyus Jones at No. 24, trade him to Minnesota for No. 31, 36, future 2nd

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The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like they may be adding another Duke point guard to the backcourt, but they decided to deal the selection of Tyus Jones at No. 24 to the Minnesota Timberwolves for picks No. 31 and No. 36 as well as a future second-round choice. These newly acquired picks are obviously second round selections, which do not have

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NBA Draft: Buckeye star D’Angelo Russell drafted by Lakers

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In a small surprise, the Los Angeles Lakers used the second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft to select Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell. Russell was selected over big man Jahlil Okafor, who went No. 3 to Philadelphia after the other top post threat, Karl-Anthony Towns, was made the top selection by Minnesota. Russell, a

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Cavaliers must cast a wide net for additional depth

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In the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors were the team with health on their side, but they also built an incredible amount of depth with a veteran bench that insultated them from losing a couple of players, foul trouble, or a lack of production1. Now, this isn’t to say the Cleveland Cavaliers could have

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Reflecting on a whirlwind Cavs season: While We’re Waiting…

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Hey there, Blawg Pound. It’s Thursday, and I’m on vacation. It’s not your typical vacation as I’m not really going anywhere nor doing anything too elaborate. Instead, I requested this week off several months ago with the hopes that the Cavaliers would be in the NBA Finals and the week would be filled with games

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Cavalier Film Room: Riffing Off LeBron and Narrow Margins

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Prepare yourselves, Cavs fans. Game 6 is going to be an absolute brawl to scratch and claw the Cavaliers to a Friday night date with a Game 7 in Oakland. Despite all of the gloom and doom, someone was going to be leading this series 3-2 after five games in all likelihood. Despite the uncharacteristic

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Cavalier Film Room: Dehydrating Defense

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The Cavaliers have held the Golden State Warriors to less than 60 points in the first three quarters over the last two games. In order to do that to Golden State’s offensive arsenal, the Cavs have given an unprecedented defensive effort. From going over the top in pick and roll situations to dissuade the Warriors’ shooters to

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Game 3 Cavaliers Preview: The Role Player Shift

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The wine and gold obtained their much-needed split in Oakland after their Game 2 win against the Golden State Warriors, bringing the NBA Finals to Cleveland tied at 1-1. They did it in an ugly, frightening manner by missing four shots at a game-winning hoop in regulation, losing Kyrie Irving, and relying on 83 points

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NBA Finals Preview: Becoming Whole

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I‘m not normally a philosophizer, but the Internet informs me that it was Aristotle who first said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” That’s the lasting image in my head with regard to this Cleveland Cavaliers squad, one that was dead to rights according to many against both Chicago and Atlanta, only to

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The NBA Finals and nothing but: While We’re Waiting…

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Happy Thursday, Blawg Pound! The Draft is Thursday. Wait, that’s not right. Well, it is and it isn’t. Yes, the NBA Draft is on a Thursday, June 25th, three weeks from now. But, The Finals are Thursday. Today is Thursday. The Finals are today! The Cavs are in them! The best way to describe my

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Cavalier Film Room: The MVPs

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LeBron James and Stephen Curry are two of the most unstoppable forces we have in the NBA. It’s no coincidence that they’ve led their teams to the NBA Finals because of their ability to get their shot at any time. Both teams have multiple capable defenders that will attempt to minimize the damage from these

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Cavalier Film Room: Grounding the Hawks with Defense

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The final score rarely tells the entire story, but the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals due in large part to their late-game defensive effort and execution. In the final eight minutes of the game, they secured several key stops, any one of which not occurring could have flipped this game

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The Magnificent Seven: Game 2 Cavs vs. Hawks Behind The Box Score

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A split was what they needed, but the Cleveland Cavaliers doubled down on their work in Atlanta to take a 2-0 series lead against the Hawks. They did it with LeBron James leading the attack as always. Without Kyrie Irving, they connected on 12 three pointers, running away with it in the third quarter and

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Cavalier Film Room: The LeBron Squeeze

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The Cavaliers did their job on the trip to Atlanta in stealing homecourt away from the Hawks in Game 1. After boasting a 16-point lead with six and a half minutes remaining, the wine and gold had their lead trimmed to just four in the final minute. This was due to a mix of turnovers,

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Another Kyrie misstep, MLB’s ump bravado, and David Letterman: While We’re Waiting…

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Good morning, Blawg Pound! The Cavaliers are still kicking, and that’s really all that matters right now. But, we’ll try to talk about more than just the Cavs as we get started on this Thursday before the Memorial Day holiday. Let’s start with those Cavaliers, though. They didn’t waste any time in snatching homecourt away

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Cavaliers-Hawks Series Preview: The Second Defender and The Second Unit

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On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks will begin what will certainly be an ultra-competitive Eastern Conference Finals. After a first half of the season where the Hawks looked to be far and away the best team the Eastern Conference had to offer, the Cavaliers came storming back after their pair of deals

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Cavalier Film Room: LeBron James Posting for Mid-Range

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In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Cleveland Cavaliers took their first series lead, lead by LeBron James’ 38 points without a single turnover. After falling behind 8-0, James got going—and did not stop. Of his 38, 24 came in the first half as he worked to establish his game from the inside-out rather

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