The Chase Down: A Cleveland Cavaliers Pod

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Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez discuss LeBron James' subtweet, David Griffin's comments about Kyrie Irving, as well as where they expect Irving to end up.
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 loss, Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez are joined by Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari to talk through their feelings.
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' dominant game one win over the Toronto Raptors, Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez discuss what went well, and what comes next in this series.
 Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez vent about the Cleveland Cavaliers frustrating Game 5 loss.
Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez breakdown Boston's upset of the Cavs, the rest of the series, and start to look ahead at the upcoming Finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have stolen homecourt advantage from the Toronto Raptors. Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez react to Game 1, adjust their feelings about the series, and project what's to come. ​
Justin and Carter are joined by Trevor Magnotti to take a deep dive on some of the best prospects in the draft, discuss ideal scenarios for the Cavaliers and preview the upcoming madness.
The Cavaliers kept their Eastern Conference title hopes alive with a 30 point blowout of the Celtics at home in Game 3. Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez take a deep dive into the game to discuss the implications moving forward.
With Carter Rodriguez away for work, Justin Rowan is joined by Giancarlo Navas, Alphonse Sidney, and Harrison Cytryn of Miami Heat Beat. The gang puts on their petty hats as they tee off about the Lakers wasting LeBron's prime and air grievances from the last eight years. Let's get petty. Reminder to support the Patreon page at
Justin Rowan is joined by Conrad Kaczmarek to react to the Cavaliers going up 3-0 over the Toronto Raptors. They discuss the emergence of Kevin Love, the struggles of Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson, and what comes next for the Cavs and Raptors.​
Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriquez are joined by Chopz to discuss the state of the Kyrie trade. They discuss if this is the best the Cavs can receive, if the team should go through with the deal even if Thomas misses most of the season, and what they believe the next steps will be.
Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez discuss the dead season of NBA Summer, the Cavs ongoing front office vacancy and Cedi Osman encroaching on Kyle Korver's turf.
After handling the Toronto Raptors, Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez bask in newfound confidence, discuss the rotation, playoff x-factors and more.​
Justin Rowan and Ryan Mourton discuss the lack of patience that Cavs fans have shown recently, criticism directed at Tyronn Lue, as well as expectations for the Brooklyn Nets pick.
With free agency looming and no front office in place, Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez try to make sense of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez discuss the moves the signing of Kyle Korver, Chauncey Billups passing on the Cavs, what moves the team can make, and more.
Matt Moore of CBS Sports joins Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez to discuss the Cavs recent success. They discuss Derrick Rose's place on the team, Dwyane Wade's strong play, the impending return of Tristan Thompson, Marc Gasol potential fit with the team, matching up against the Warriors and more. ​ Episode Notes:   00:00 - 4:45: Introductions and the writer's flu 4:45 - 9:33: Derrick Rose returning and what role he may have. 9:33 - 13:41 The play of the Cavs bench and LeBron's minutes. 13:41 - 24:48: Where Tristan Thompson fits when he returns. 24:48 - 28:33: Trade targets for the Cavs. 28:33 - 35:00:The play of Dwyane Wade and the Cavs defense. 35:00 - 39:56: Biggest offensive threat to the Warriors. 39:56 - 47:05: Trading for Marc Gasol 47:05 - 1:02:00: How Isaiah Thomas helps against the Warriors/ LeBron and Wade aging. 1:02:00: Wrap up
Carter Rodriguez is joined by Ryan Mourton to discuss the Cavaliers stellar bench play, how the rotation will shake out once Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson return, Derrick Rose's future with the team and LeBron James' place in the MVP discussion.
The Cavaliers wrecked the Celtics 117-104 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Mike Kreuser of 120 Sports joins Carter Rodriguez to break down what went so wrong for Boston and whether they can make this a series moving forward.
Carter and Justin take some time during the dog days of the NBA offseason to lay out their wish list for every player in the 2019-20 Cavaliers roster (That's worth talking about. Sorry, Dean Wade)
Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez discuss the new home for the Chase Down pod, Cavs media day, the divide between the older and younger players. They also discuss the possibility of a Jimmy Butler trade, team philosophy for the rebuild, and what the scoring hierarchy should be.
Anthony Lima of 92.3 The Fan joins Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez to parse through his feelings regarding last year's Cleveland Cavaliers. They discuss Collin Sexton, his growth and limitations, how that impacts who they should target in the 2019 NBA draft and more.
Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez dive into the Cavaliers draft strategy as the regular season winds down, weigh in on the discourse around R.J. Barrett and try to figure out who will remain from this season's roster in 2020.
Trevor Magnotti joins the Chase Down to take a deep dive on whether the Cavaliers should try to either trade up from the 5th or 26th picks in the NBA Draft, answers mailbag questions on top prospects and then provides a primer on what to expect from a John Beilein offense.
Carter is joined by Jason Patt of Cash Considerations and Jovan Buha of Clip City on Blue Wire Buckets to discuss the Raptors tying their series with Milwaukee along with Golden State sweeping their way into the NBA Finals.
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Mar 21st, 2017
Latest Episode
Mar 27th, 2020
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