7 Reasons to stop freaking out about the Cavaliers recent struggles

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The Cleveland Cavaliers went a dismal 7-8 and in January. Players and fans are frustrated and trying to figure out where things aren’t working, but there isn’t too much cause for concern. Things will work themselves out and you will probably see the Cavs in the Finals for a third straight year.

1) Eastern Conference Strength

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Think about LeBron’s first year back in Cleveland. The Atlanta Hawks were the No. 1 seed with homecourt advantage and the Cavaliers swept them. The same result happened last year in the playoffs. Not much need to worry about the East.

2) January was cold to all

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The Cavs went 7-8 in January, doubling their loss total on the season. But let’s look around the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder went 7-7, the Toronto Raptors went 7-9. Looking at the NCAA, the 1,2, and 4 ranked teams all lost on the same night. January is over now. Look for teams to warm back up in the upcoming months.

3) LeBron’s subtweets/public criticisms led to title

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Last season, James went to twitter to vent a little of his frustration with the team and critics. Even over the offseason, he subtweeted to Dan Gilbert about getting contracts negotiated for key players J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Eventually, those tweets meant nothing, then the Cavs won a championship. Expect these recent comments and tweets to fire up the team and expect a return trip to the Finals.

4) There are 82 Games in a season

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The Cavaliers are 32-16 and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The season is almost half over and even if they continue their mediocre play, they will be back in the playoffs and most likely their 3rd straight Finals. Don’t think that the Cavs will stay this way. They have a lot of time to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

5) Key players are injured

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Kevin Love is continuing to struggle with back issues that are causing him to miss time and not perform at his highest levels. J.R. Smith has been out with a thumb injury. He is a catalyst to offensive runs. Without the two, the Cavs lose two great three-point shooters. Don’t worry, they’ll be back and itching to help the team. Blowouts have happened before

6) Blowouts have happened before

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Last season on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Golden State Warriors put an epic beatdown on the Cavaliers, winning the game. This season, the Warriors bashed the Cavaliers in Cleveland 132-98. Are the Cavs nervous? N, because they realize they don’t care about beating the Warriors during the season. They care about beating them in June. The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

7) The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

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Okay, okay, enough memes and jokes. In all seriousness, both teams are itching to get back to the Finals. It will be the decisive rubber match. Who will win? Will the Warriors avenge the blown opportunity from last season or will the Cavaliers prove they are top dog? Book your calendars you will see them go at it in June.

 

Does your team have what it takes to make a run in the NBA playoffs? Listen to these NBA fanboys tell you why or why not.

With more than a quarter of the NBA season in the books, it’s about time for  sportswriters and basketball junkies alike to get together and start arguing about the impending NBA playoffs.

The amount of time my friends and I have spent discussing the landscape of the NBA is mind-boggling. While we may not be professionals, we certainly do know an awful lot about the teams and players that can shape the future of the league.

Not only do we love the NBA, but college football is wrapping up and that can only mean one thing: OSU vs. Michigan. With both teams seasons on the line, we wrap up the podcast with a short discussion on who we think has the edge in the biggest game of the season.

Find out below who we think will make some noise this season and reach the playoffs and who will win this years edition of “The GAME.”

Listening Guide:

2:15 – Picks for Eastern Conference Playoffs

12:50 – Can anybody stop the Cavaliers?

18:57 – Picks for Western Conference Playoffs

41:12 – Are the Jazz real contenders?

43:42 – Lakers or Timberwolves for first out of the playoffs?

48:52 – NBA MVP picks

54:28 – Picks for OSU vs. Michigan game

Buckeyes or Bobcats in Athens?

Ohio University is home to many Ohio residents that love sports. They share the same joys during Cavaliers, I mean basketball season, and they grieve together during football season. Or do they? On campus, a lot of Ohio University students identify with the defending national collegiate football champions in the Ohio State Buckeyes more than the Cleveland Browns or the Cincinnati Bengals. Even if Ohio State came to Ohio University to play our Ohio Bobcats, the love for Ohio State would have OU students cheering for the Buckeyes.

“They are my hometown team,” Mykus Hall explained. “I have always had a connection to them.”

Hall is from Columbus where the professional teams they have are the Crew and the Blue Jackets.

“I have never once cared about the MLS or hockey and I have never felt the connection with a professional football team,” Hall said. “They are terrible for the most part. I hate losing. And Ohio State is right there at home.”

My sports teams are the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Lakers, because these are the first two sports teams that I was exposed to. I cannot be upset at students cheering for the team they were exposed to as a child. A big chunk of Ohio University students have grown up loving the Buckeyes. They are not abandoning their team to cheer for a school that they gained a connection with between one and four years ago.

“My dad is an OSU fan and the rest of my family is,” OU student Joe Fracasso said. “So he just kind of steered me toward the team, and ever since then, I have become a bigger and bigger fan.”

For many students, Ohio State is their family as well. They feel like they are apart of Ohio State because they were born into that culture.

If a football game ever happened between Ohio State and Ohio University, it may not be a home game for OU anymore.