Podcap: Cavs 118, Hornets 105 (or, The Fountain of Hennessey)

On a night when LeBron James tied the “unbreakable record” set by Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, of 866 consecutive games with at least 10 points… the real catalyst was a dude who’s been missing for a while. According to Larry Drew, JR Smith got inspired by playing with a labrador belonging to the North Carolina baseball team during practice this morning… but maybe, just maybe… he found the Fountain of Hennessey in Florida after the miserable Heat game.

Whatever it was, JR had his best game in recent memory… and not even by bombing away with irrational confidence threes (he was just 1-2 from deep)… but instead driving to the rack and attacking for three the hard way. He also threw an awesome Granny Smith alley-oop to LeBron to get him going as well. In all, after a sluggish start, the Cavs turned it on with one of their biggest second quarters of the season… and then put the bees away in the second half. The only remaining questions were whether or not Kemba Walker would become Charlotte’s franchise leader in points… and if the Hornets’ broadcast would ever remove their gigantic graphic from the screen.

Nate and EG poured into the broadcast booth like fine French cognac to discuss this game, the previous night’s woeful outing, the Cavs’ suspicious record in “party towns,” and much much more.

As always, you can listen above, on Sound Cloud, Apple Podcasts or Google Play.

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JRL
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JRL
7 months 18 days ago
Raoul
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Raoul
7 months 19 days ago

Whew! That was close.

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
7 months 19 days ago

What is this observing business. Drew having someone watch over his every move, up closely, that is nonsense.

Raoul
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Raoul
7 months 18 days ago

I thought that this meant he was allowed to be there, but not say anything.

MikeO
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MikeO
7 months 19 days ago

He will be observing Jeff Green playing 30 minutes at center…

Nate Smith
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7 months 19 days ago

This Nets pick is gonna be ninthost value. Gonna need some lottery magic.

Scotch
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7 months 19 days ago
This might be my favorite comment of Nate Smith. Ninthost indeed. Also…your evaluation of JR being a playoff money ball has been my take all year long. He is worth every penny and frustration when he inevitably hits 6 of 8 in a 3rd quarter on the road to bring us back in a tight playoff game. Heck…he is near responsible for us being in a position to win the title in game 7 in 2016. He single handedly made sure we weren’t getting further behind in the 3rd quarter on the road. There is no scenario where we can get rid of a player like JR…and honestly…he and Korver should be the focus of every sophisticated set we run as an offense. We could literally choreograph our offense around the two of them and play them opposite each other, and destroy 28 of the teams in the NBA on a nightly basis. And near destroy the others. They are two of the best shooters in NBA history who STILL shoot the lights out. The fact that our coaches haven’t put them in a triangle style offense and featured them consistently on a team with the best passer in 30… Read more »
TheOtherJason
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7 months 19 days ago

JR has to actually shoot the ball to shoot lights out, and thats been a real issue. including this game he was passing on open 3s which shouldn’t happen ever. The other JR problem is his defense is bottom of the barrel. Korver is a much more useful defender than JR.

Sim
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Sim
7 months 19 days ago

Time will tell about jr , but I wouldn’t Hang my championship hopes on him playing well , I just don’t think it’s gonna happen

John B
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John B
7 months 19 days ago

What is ninthost?

Raoul
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Raoul
7 months 19 days ago

Google tries to turn ninthost into “Nuthost”.

A comment on the podcasts?

Scotch
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7 months 19 days ago

Haha I think he meant ninth most. I just repeated it because it was funny nonsense.

Scotch
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Scotch
7 months 19 days ago

Indians had a chance to do a suicide squeeze to tie the game with 1 out in the ninth…chose not to bunt. Really hate that guys don’t seem to value bunting as a skill. It’s super valuable

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 months 19 days ago

Sucks that Embiid is injured for Philly. I’m glad it wasn’t anything with his knees/legs/feet.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 months 19 days ago

I couldn’t care less about Ichiro. The Clevleand hater can drift into nothingness with Joakem Noah.

Right Down Euclid
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7 months 19 days ago

Guys we’re going to face Miami in first round. Miami half game back on Wizards. Wizards have to play Houston, us, Boston. Let’s see if we throw the Washington game. Miami makes me nervous.

Arch Stanton
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7 months 19 days ago

Only thing that makes me nervous about Miami is their dirty play. They’ve added that reckless hipster Olynyk, recently gave Love a concussion and a hockey stain, and previously took out Bogut. Although the guy that took out Bogut is now on our team. Otherwise, not worried about Miami. If you ask who are the top 3 or 4 players on the court for that series, the first two belong to Cleveland. Spoelstra is a better coach than Lue, so that’s an advantage, but they don’t have the same talent. I think Miami wins one game at home in that series, if LeBron is healthy.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 months 19 days ago

Klubot malfunctions and gives up a 2 run bomb to Nelson Cruz.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
7 months 19 days ago

Changing sports briefly for Opening Day: By park- and league-adjusted ERA, Cleveland in 2017 had the best pitching staff since 1926.

https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2018/3/29/17175190/casual-fan-cheat-sheet-story-line-for-all-30-teams

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
7 months 19 days ago

thanks Jason for “educating ” me on playoff roster spots——another question–what if they would cut perrantes / Holland ?

Jason
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7 months 19 days ago

Essentially, the two way guys are spots 16 & 17 on the roster. Regular season only.

The idea that Zizic is not going to make the PO roster is preposterous. We don’t even have 15 guys eligible. Now, the 13 who are active is another matter, especially if we sign another big.

Jason
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7 months 19 days ago

No reason to. It would only open up another 2 way deal, not a roster spot.

NBA teams have 15 man rosters and are allowed 2 two-way players. From what Warriors fan says, the 2 way guys can play with the big club for 45 days in the regular season, but if they are to be on the PO roster, they have to be signed to a regular contract.

Teams are allowed to have only 13 guys under contract for a limited time, & then they have to sign a 14th (impetus for our recent 10 days).

Cutting Pertantes or Holland would give us the ability to sign another 2 way player for 2 weeks. That is it. Plus we have an open roster spot.

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
7 months 19 days ago

Googling Cavs right now is bringing up an odd result

Raoul
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Raoul
7 months 19 days ago

Right, I get that they are in third place.

That has been a while. When was the last time the Cavs were in third place for an extended period? Early LeBron years?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 months 19 days ago

Playoff Cavs>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Regular Season Cavs

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
7 months 19 days ago

they indicated 2-4 weeks—-kid has had a rough start to nba career/ injury wise —–and yes NO EMBIID makes the sixers more vulnerable —especially come playoffs

Jason
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Jason
7 months 19 days ago

They have a home game with the Nets left. Let’s hope the can pull that one out.

MikeO
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MikeO
7 months 19 days ago

Embiid getting surgery on eye socket fracture. Brutal. I have no idea on recovery time for something like that, but it makes the Sixers seem like a much less scary first round opponent…

MikeO
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MikeO
7 months 19 days ago

Zach Lowe reporting could be back in 2-4 weeks, per league source. FWIW.

Arch Stanton
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7 months 19 days ago

If he’s healthy in 2 weeks they are in good shape, unless they slide down and face LeBron.

Nate Smith
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7 months 19 days ago

Robert horry was a thoroughly mediocre regular season player who was deadly in the playoffs. That’s who JR Smith has been for the better part of the previous three seasons. That is who Smith is… until proven otherwise.

Sim
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7 months 19 days ago

im not buying it, he’s been trash , not mediocre , I don’t recall him playing well in playoffs last year ,besides for 2 games in the finals ,

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 months 19 days ago

You could say the same for Lue for the Cavs.

Jwhodey
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7 months 18 days ago

It seems I’m always a JR defender when I post here recently… JR had 3 games in last years Finals where he scored over 15 points and shot 50% or better. In each round of last year’s playoffs, JR had 2 games where he scored 9 points or more and hovered close to .500 FGA according to Basketball Reference… Like it or not, we’re gonna need that this year and I think the game against the Hornets is proof he can still turn it on…

Jwhodey
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7 months 18 days ago

Correction JR had 2 games where he scored 6 points or more and hovered close to .500 FGA in the rounds before the Finals

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
7 months 19 days ago

that would be correct scotch !!

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
7 months 19 days ago

I would like a solid rim protecting BIG / who can intimidate on defense / off reb’s -put backs on offense

Scotch
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Scotch
7 months 19 days ago

You mean like Ante Zizic?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 months 19 days ago

I haven’t seen enough of Zizik. Is he a solid rim protector?

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Mr. Green in the Library using JRs Laid Pipe.
7 months 19 days ago

Also, this blog gets way too negative. We should all make an attempt to be more positive, its basketball…Let’s enjoy it.

Sim
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7 months 19 days ago

We have an awesome team made up of The best player ever and another all star and thier sorrounded with a bunch of really really solid players that each have at least a few talents to contribute and also for the most part put in really solid energy and effort consistently, jr smith rarely brings it on either end of the floor and it’s really damaging to our team , and there’s also tt who doesn’t have any talent to contribute anything of substance. And btw if u don’t see this just from watching the cavs, look how not one team had remote interest in either .

Elijah Kim
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7 months 19 days ago

Bring the Cavs Kawhi.

But on a serious note, I was curious if you two would share if a C is more important or a PG.

Arch Stanton
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7 months 19 days ago

A C that plays like a PG.

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7 months 19 days ago

I strongly believe that JR needs leadership/something to play for at this point in his career. His game is predicated on his mental state, which can be fragile at times. He will be real JR this year in playoffs.

Tom P was talking about needing higher variance players…well we got them this year. The playoffs are going to be stressful AF and fun as heeeeel. There will be highs an lows, but that variance is what we need to blow up a GS team on their home floor.

Go Cavs!

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\"newnomad\"
7 months 19 days ago

so if what you are saying is true — 2 way are not part of roster spots —that means cavs have 2 or 3 spots open ?—-if so —do they fill ? —if so with whom ?

Jason
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7 months 19 days ago

Cavs have
1) 13 roster spots filled
2) White on a 10 day (near the end)
3) 2 2 ways (Holland & Perrantes)

We have an open roster spot, 2 if we don’t re-up White.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
7 months 19 days ago

still think / defensively–we allow to deep / too quick of penetration —creating easy shots / options —-need to “steer ” them away –not allow a direct path to the hoop—-also closeouts are still too lazy and box outs have been lousy ALL YEAR —-things that can be corrected rather easily—-called energy / hustle / desire ———LEBRON HAS TO BE THE LEADER HERE —WHEN HE IS LOCKED IN DEFENSIVELY—THE TEAM WILL FOLLOW !!!

Jwhodey
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Jwhodey
7 months 19 days ago

I think LeBron was feeling “nostalgic” and “generous” towards Wade by not ripping the Heat a new one last game. They may have been partied out too…
Last night is just more proof that when motivated, Playoff JR can/will be effective from game to game/stretches. I’d consider giving Zizic minutes over TT more and more though…
Hood seems to be feeling more comfortable, but has he really shown more than a locked in JR? Does Hood need a puppy too??!!

Sim
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7 months 19 days ago

The suckiest part bout this terribly coached team is that u have a guy like jr who’s lazy moody and old who knows that as long as he puts in a good game every couple months than they will always play him , that’s pathetic they gotta demand full effort every game else u don’t play period , that’s why I hate when he gets minutes, I like hill bron love korver nance cedi hood clarkson zz , basically most of the team is really good, jr should not play and of course tt is useless and has not one skill , Mark my word if we play jr and tt I the playoffs we won’t stand a chance at the championship , u can’t rely on unreliable players, hood cedi clarkson nance zz should be getting all the spare minutes they are reliable players who will always put in serius effort to contribute

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7 months 19 days ago

They really don’t have to demand full every every game. Sure it would be nice to look at watchable basketball more often. This piling on of JR needs to stop. If he is a flop in playoffs, that is a different story. JR got us a ship. And has been one of the most entertaining players to watch on the Cavs these past two years.

TheOtherJason
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7 months 20 days ago

i thought out defense looked pretty consistently coherent yesterday. some mistake sure, but only a few ‘lazy’ possessions

Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

Agreed. But again. Charlotte’s wings stink.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
7 months 20 days ago

thanks Jason

Jason
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7 months 20 days ago

I just checked, looks like PO roster is the same as regular season: 15 with 13 Active. Has to be declared prior to POs starting.

Not sure how 2 way guys fit in. Read GSW will have to cut someone if Cook is on their PO roster.

warriorsfan
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7 months 19 days ago

Two way players are not in 15 that is eligible to play in playoffs. Two way players are 16th and 17th players on the team.

Teams have until 81st game to finalize playoff roster. Warriors are debating on who should be cut. Omri seemed to be popular name to be cut, but logic says they should cut a C as they have too many Cs or someone who is a FA next year and not going to get minutes like Looney. Omri can be a contributor in playoffs.

Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

I’m not sure that’s true. I think you can reshuffle before each series maybe I’m wrong.

Jason
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Jason
7 months 19 days ago

You can reshuffle. Never said you could not. Perhaps even game to game. But it has to be from the 15. Pick 13 actives from your 15 you pick to start the POs.

I do not think a 2 way can be one of the 15. Or perhaps only if you have a roster spot open. Unsure there. I do know GSW has to cut someone to include him in their 15.

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
7 months 19 days ago

2 way player is not a 2 way player anymore once signed for playoffs.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 months 20 days ago

Big Z 1.0 was just on my flight to Newark.

Ben Werth
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7 months 20 days ago

I want nothing to do with John Wall. The Wiz fans are secretly happy he is out. On this one, Simmons is right. Wall isn’t worth the contract.

He is a BAD defender. Go back to last year’s Celtics/Wiz series and watch his horrifc play. I covered how awful both of those guys played. Neither Wall or Thomas were great on offense. They were going against air D. Check it again EG.

Clarkson is not in the same league as Crawford or especially Lou Williams. Both of those guys were actually efficient in the PnR during their primes. Lou has been straight elite. Clarkson is in their league defensively. He is quietly a miserable defender as well.

Clarkson looks the part, but he has all the cons of Westbrook with only 40 percent the pros. Fools gold unless he really gets his head wrapped around his limitations. I don’t see it but I hope.

Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

I agree with you on Wall. He’s a terrible fit here. And I don’t generally like his game/attitude either.

On Clarkson vs Lou Williams/Crawford, you’re totally suffering from selective memory. Both were totally gunners when they 25. Truth is Crawford is almost an identical comp and Williams is similar but had a lower field goal percentage. Clarkson also kills them in points per minute (probably owing to faster pace). I’d take Clarkson over both on D then. Crawford has always been awful and Williams got to at least something better than worst 10% of the league in the last couple years

MikeO
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7 months 20 days ago

Oh yeah, I forgot Wall was brought up. I don’t touch him with a barge pole with that horrific contract and his knees. Not a particular fan even when he’s healthy. As was mentioned on the pod, he’s also not a good fit with Lebron, anyway. He’s about JR level on D these days, aside from his DWade style blocks.

JMay
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7 months 20 days ago

If the Cavs replace the coaching staff this summer with some competent coaches then I have high hopes if LeBron sticks around. Unfortunately, I easily see the Cavs making zero changes to the coaching staff.

Leo
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Leo
7 months 20 days ago

JR’s game yesterday shows that Lue/Drew will stick with him and hope he has 1 or 2 of those games in playoffs when Cavs need veteran guys to step up

Leo
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Leo
7 months 20 days ago

i sometimes wonder if Lebron throws games and then shows up next game on back to back or even with day off and goes nuts…i also wonder if its done purposely…i mean stink up the joint in Miami and then go to Jordan’s house and tie his record along with getting serenaded with MVP chants in road arena…it seems he does this quite a bit during his career….its amazing to watch but also kind of silly hahaha

Raoul
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7 months 20 days ago

25 most influential players at ESPN: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/nbarank22932314/nbarank-game-changers-25-most-influential-basketball-players-ever

Pretty good.

Hard to know how to rate “influential”. Here are a couple quibbles:

Ranking Garnett one spot ahead of Hakeem?

WTF? The only thing KG beats Olajuwon in is having played for Boston and getting the Celts Fanboys on board.

AI, “The Answer” is really high (on the list, I mean).

Arch Stanton
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7 months 19 days ago
Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

This list is terrible. I’d put curry five and AI even higher. Too many of those guys weren’t influential cause no one could replicate their games. And it’s not just players on that list. Putting Phil and Riley ahead of Red Auerbach in the teens is just a history fail.

Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

AI higher than he is I mean, not higher than Curry.

Jason
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Jason
7 months 20 days ago

For an ESPN list it was fairly solid. Red’s placement relative to Riley & Phil was awful. KG was way too high.

Others were solid. I liked the acknowledgement of Mikan’s SEVEN titles in eight years (broken leg year the miss), instead of the usual 5. NBL titltes rightly included.

Ditto with Doc’s ABA numbers, which put him as the only 30k pts, 10k boards, 5k dimes, 2k steals, nearly 2k blocks club. Though he would have 2k blocks if blocks & steals would have been kept his first year. Even Bron won’t get 30/10/5/2/2.

Nate Smith
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7 months 19 days ago

Disagree on kg. He ushered in the big three era

Raoul
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Raoul
7 months 19 days ago

That had nothing to do with KG. That was management.

JMay
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7 months 20 days ago

For anyone still interested where Adam Morrison ended up. http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/life-as-an-nba-draft-bust/

Raoul
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Raoul
7 months 20 days ago

I think if he had shaved the fuzz and developed his Steven Seagal look earlier, he might have made it. Stocking up on Wonder Bread probably did not help either.

JMay
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7 months 20 days ago

Well, that certainly would have made him more interesting to me haha

Simmo
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Simmo
7 months 20 days ago

Re: “What We Do In The Shadows”: Jermaine Clement has never been involved in a project that has not been absolute money.

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
7 months 20 days ago

e.g. moana

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
7 months 20 days ago

despite tt’s numbers, i actually thought he looked marginally servicable for parts of the game, though it was hillarious how they had to yank him when dwight was playing like 20 feet off him.

that was literally the best jr performance in years. he used to be that bench guy who would terrify you if he got going. im sad to say i think this was more of a last hurrah than a replicable effort

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\"newnomad\"
7 months 20 days ago

buy him a retriever and name it-” HENNESSY”–( maybe we get shirts made —kind of what they did with klove in 2016 —kind of a bonding thing )—–question—why can’t the cavs consistently / 4 qtrs. –play ” with pace–up tempo —energized ball –bodies moving -cutting “—when they play like that ( campy touched upon it last night –A.C. always preaches )—IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING !!!—–one other thing —-they have to STOP THE BALL HIGHER / QUICKER —opposing teams are getting to the rim way too easy / quick —“-arc the ball away from the rim “

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\"newnomad\"
7 months 20 days ago

question pertaining to swish —CAN HE BRING THAT PERFORMANCE ( OR CLOSE TO IT )– EVERY GAME —-if he can —then cavs will be a tough out !!!—-HOOD after a rough start–went 4/7 to finish —still would like to see him go for 25 + and get into a “zone ‘—–T.T. –2 PTS / 4 FOULS / 3 REB’S—–YOU CAN’T TELL ME ANTE CAN’T GIVE YOU BETTER NUMBERS THAN THAT — ( going to preach for ANTE the remainder of the season —sure it will fall on deaf ears )—LNJ / 4 steals —a stat that is way overlooked / also disrupted many passes —-does anyone know how many players we can carry on playoff roster —CONGRATS TO LEBRON —–hopefully welcome back kyle and klove on Friday night

Simmo
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7 months 20 days ago

Shocked. I was shocked at JR’s great game. I always felt like he could get it going from three for some games, but his dribble-driving was clumsy as heck the previous game & couldn’t stay in front of his man. Tonight the complete opposite. His flame may be sputtering, but geez if Hennessy has anything to do with this flare, I am buying a case.

MikeO
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MikeO
7 months 20 days ago

I think you need to buy JR a Golden Retriever…

MikeO
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MikeO
7 months 20 days ago

I also loved Atomic Blonde, actually saw it twice at the theater. As far as cartoonish spy thrillers go, it’s not as good as something like ‘The Bourne Identity’, but not all that far below it.

Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

Totally disagree. Bourne is so dry. This had 100x the personality. I loved the palette and the soundtrack. Also (just for Tom) Toby Jones.

MikeO
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MikeO
7 months 20 days ago

It’s more stylized, I’ll give it that. Just not as much substance for me. I love Toby Jones, but anytime I see him in a role like this, I just think of him being that much better in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy”.

Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

David Leith, the director, apparently was a stunt coordinator on some Bourne flicks (and a dozen other things) and directed John Wick, so it’s all connected. He’s directing dead pool 2.

Nate Smith
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7 months 20 days ago

Lietch

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