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MikeO
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MikeO
3 days 13 hours ago

Harden is such a turd with his patented ‘I’ll hook your arm and flail up a shot’ BS ‘drawing a foul’ move… Just call it an offensive foul, that’s what it is…

James
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James
4 days 7 hours ago

Toronto should be very very concerned heading to Milwaukee. Bucks could easily have won both matches and if either Delly or Brogdon hit those open 3s at the end then I think they do. Hopefully it goes 7 so they both come in to the semis with no energy left.

Right Down Euclid (the first)
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Right Down Euclid (the first)
4 days 5 hours ago

Could say the same about the Cavs :)

Kevin
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Kevin
4 days 17 minutes ago

The Bucks are not threatening without Jabari. What a huge loss for them.

JRL
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JRL
4 days 5 hours ago

Toronto doesn’t have LeBron though. DeRozan and Lowry are good, but not on Kyrie’s​ or LeBron’s level.

EvilGenius
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4 days 12 hours ago

Guess who’s got the worst all time coaching record (2-10) in the playoffs with a minimum of 10 games coached?

That’s right… it’s this guy…

Right Down Euclid (the first)
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Right Down Euclid (the first)
4 days 5 hours ago

yesssss

EvilGenius
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4 days 12 hours ago

I bet Boston is regretting the one seed right about now…

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 12 hours ago

Imagine if they get swept…unlikely, but possible…has that ever happened to a one seed? Hold on, I’ll ask Bill Simmons…

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 13 hours ago

Some Celtic fanboy can write a book about this era of Celtic basketball and title it ‘The Curse of James Young’. I’d buy that for a dollar.

JRL
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JRL
4 days 5 hours ago

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Scotch
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Scotch
4 days 13 hours ago

Celtics are toast. No chance they come back from 2-0 unless bulls get injury bug

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 13 hours ago

President Stevens looks shellshocked.

EvilGenius
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4 days 12 hours ago

You mean…

this guy?

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 12 hours ago

He looked less confident and emphatic on the sideline…must be the contacts…

JMay
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JMay
4 days 13 hours ago

Those dang TNTBulls

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 13 hours ago

+1. Unbeatable on TNT.

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 13 hours ago

You can give Carter-Williams minutes, if you want, but he should never be taking any shots except dunks and layups. (MAYBE) Just wasted possessions when he guns it.

JB225
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JB225
4 days 13 hours ago

The Celtics are seriously choking. Have a number 1 seed ever been sweep before?

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 13 hours ago

I honestly think they aren’t very good, and also a terrible matchup against the Bulls. Bulls have the best player on the floor, and they destroy them on the boards every game.

JB225
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JB225
4 days 13 hours ago

Any news on JR’s injury?

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 14 hours ago

Think I’m going to send Simmons an email about my ‘Rondo Theory’, where a washed up former star comes back to play his former team in the playoffs and utterly destroys them. I think Bill will see the genius of my new theory immediately.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
4 days 13 hours ago

Nice work.

Nate Smith
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4 days 14 hours ago

The runs in this Toronto Milwaukee game are insane. Teams just trading ten point bursts.

Nate Smith
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4 days 14 hours ago

Delly drilling treys and laying guys out with screens.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
4 days 13 hours ago

Delly is everyman’s hero.

CLF
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CLF
4 days 14 hours ago

Bulls are coming together at the right time… Rondo looks like he’s back to Boston form.

MikeO
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MikeO
4 days 14 hours ago

Bulls learning that you’d better not even LOOK like you may have touched Thomas when he drives to the hoop…

NOMAD
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NOMAD
4 days 15 hours ago

CONGRATS TO ” BIG EDY ” BEING NAMED D -LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR —-HINT : TY YOU MIGHT WANT TO GIVE THIS GUY A FEW MINUTES

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
4 days 13 hours ago

Ligs was 2x dpoy and got cut. Sadface

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
4 days 15 hours ago

Kudos to Nate for name dropping EDY. Damion Jones, the warriors rookie big was player of the month for Mar-Apr. We have high hopes for him next year.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
4 days 21 hours ago

Kyrie becoming No. 2 in Cavs playoff scoring is a reminder of what a brief heyday the Wilkens/Price/Daugherty Cavs had.

They only made it out of the first round twice. And they always had injuries at terrible times, including the ’89 series that ended with The Shot (pre-Kyrie version) and the ’92 ECF against (who else?) the Bulls. Daugherty’s back injury ended his career at age 28.

They really deserved better. If Rick Mahorn hadn’t concussed Price in ’89, when they were probably playing better than anyone in the league, how things might have been different.

daspec90
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daspec90
3 days 23 hours ago

Interesting.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
4 days 21 hours ago

Tom, you’re getting ambitious with these productions. As the Cavs work their way up to championship-level defense (we hope), you’ll be working your way up to some Industrial Light & Magic stuff by the Finals. Maybe LeBron as the Last Jedi.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
5 days 1 hour ago

DIDN’T GET THE CHANCE TO SEE MOST OF THE GAME —RELIED ON YOUR GUYS POSTS/ INFO–THANKS !!—AM HAPPY TO BE 2-0—-CONCERNED THAT IF WE DON’T PUT THESE PACERS AWAY / KEEP THEM DOWN WE WILL COME HOME 2-2-IN THE SERIES AND BE IN A 3 GAME DOGFIGHT–WOULD LIKE TO SEE US IN GAME 3 HAVE A 15 + BLOWOUT GAME —THINK IF THAT HAPPENS WE SWEEP IN 4 OR WIN IT IN GAME 5—AND YES THE ” MIDGET ” LONGENBERGER BASKETS ” HAS TO GO AT SEASONS END

JMay
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JMay
5 days 2 hours ago

How does the 13-man playoff roster work? Is it set from the beginning and unchanging throughout the playoffs or can it be changed after a series? I noticed Tavares isn’t on the 13-man roster. If it is permanent from start to finish, I just don’t understand why, then, they did the whole thing with Larry Sanders if neither one was even going to make the playoff roster.

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
5 days 3 hours ago

Can we all agree Longbardi needs to go after this season ?

Simmo
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Simmo
5 days 2 hours ago

I dunno…depends on the sway that 2nd tier coaches have with the head coach, how much authority their decisions have within the group. People have been calling for his head for a long time…but do Lue & key players have a problem with him? The other thought is … they were champs last year. If (IF) they win the chip this year….can any of the key personnel really be asked to move on?

JMay
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JMay
5 days 2 hours ago

Though, this could be just as much a symptom of just not obtaining or retaining (Delly) any defensive minded players.

JMay
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JMay
5 days 2 hours ago

Regardless of if the Cavs win the title this year, I don’t think we should content ourselves with 21st in defensive rating… I think it’s reasonable to move on from the person primarily for our defensive schemes, if that is, indeed, Longabardi.

JMay
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JMay
5 days 2 hours ago

primarily responsible*

JMay
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JMay
5 days 3 hours ago

I was baffled when he was brought in from Phoenix to begin with. During his tenure, Phoenix was putrid on Defense. Fingers crossed, we need a new Defensive Coordinator that’s for sure.

Kevin
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Kevin
5 days 3 hours ago

If Shump could just play his role and be happy with it the guy would be great. But he makes a few good plays, starts feeling his oats and it all goes downhill.

Has anyone else noticed LeBron’s demeanor after games? He went from a master class in passive aggressive communication this year to boring old man this year.

Simmo
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Simmo
5 days 2 hours ago
Yes have noticed LBJ’s changed demeanour…suspect Lue’s chat with him over social media passive aggressive stuff might have cut through to him. While we are on the subject: Apart from Kyrie’s well-recognised inability to cover his defensive assignments, the thing that really bugs me (and I think is linked to his inability to grow in certain directions) is his demeanour with the press. I’ve lost count of the number of press sessions where he has been downright rude, monosyllabic, prickly etc. His shootaround chat two days ago was one of the worst. I get that it’s an added distraction for an athlete, but these guys are supposed to be professionals. Even LBJ can be prickly towards certain journalists or questions at times, but he always tried to answer a question if it’s premise isn’t ridiculous. Kyrie acts like a teenager throwing a silent treatment tantrum. Athletes that do this fail to realise they are not dissing the journalists, they are dissing their fans & anyone else interested in them. In regards to the learning aspect – people continue to say “he is only young”, but he’s now hit 25. A professional approach to learning to aspects of the industry he… Read more »
Scotch
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Scotch
4 days 22 hours ago

Couldn’t disagree with you more. Kyrie doesn’t need to learn any new tricks in communicating with the press. The way players and fans interact is so different from 15 years ago and the press are no longer allowed full control of narratives. This is a hugely positive development, and is affording NBA players a freedom from being pawns in reporters’ wishful thinking storylines.

Kevin
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Kevin
5 days 3 hours ago

Last year*

JMay
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JMay
5 days 3 hours ago

Shump looked really locked in on this one, which is long over due. Let’s hope JR is okay.

Nate Smith
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5 days 4 hours ago

See above. No print recap.

James
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James
5 days 9 hours ago

Think some of our late game issues came down to playing Shump. Usually our iso-offense still has pretty decent spacing but Shump has virtually no gravity. When we go into our iso sets I would much rather have Kyle out there even if there is a slight knockback defensively. The space he creates would generate some much better looks and hopefully get us over the line more consistently.

CLF
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CLF
5 days 10 hours ago

Spurs, Cavs… just toying with the Grizzlies and Pacers.

daspec90
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daspec90
5 days 10 hours ago

I agree with you, Tom, that the Pacers were really targeting Kyrie on the defensive end in the second quarter. I hadn’t noticed Kevin Love’s helping out. Will try to remember to watch for that dynamic in the next game.

For me, Kyrie’s entering of the Pantheon of Cavaliers Playoff Scoring is a reminder that we do not have the legacy of, say, the Celtics or the Lakers. I’ve still always enjoyed watching the Cavs play. More reason to appreciate the moment.

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
5 days 10 hours ago

I think Anthony Parker must be the Cavs 532nd leading scorer in the playoffs.

Man I hated that guy. Every clutch 3 he’d inevitablly brick.

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 11 hours ago

Reggie just said kawhi Leonard is the best basketball player on the planet. Hope that gets back to Lebron. We need a 40 point blow them away performance from Lebron in game 3…I don’t want to have to play game 5

Jason
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Jason
5 days 11 hours ago

FWIW, though I think the Cavs issues are real, we are not alone. Memphis has trimmed a 26 pt Spurs lead to 4. The Celtics and Raptors are down 1-0. There were signs of life tonight.

EvilGenius
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5 days 12 hours ago

Awesome InstaCap Tom!

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 12 hours ago

Impeccable Leb imitation. I’m not even joking.

Thomas Pestak
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Thomas Pestak
5 days 12 hours ago

Hah. Thanks MikeO. I thought it started weak and then I picked up a little steam

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Tom! I’m wearing that same exact shirt!

Thomas Pestak
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Thomas Pestak
5 days 13 hours ago

Solid job Nate on that shirt.

Nate Smith
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5 days 4 hours ago

Gracias. I was repping the black tonight.

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