Live Thread: Knicks @ Cavs

If you’re still watching the Cavs this far into the season, you’ve done it. You’ve survived one of the most bizarre seasons in recent memory. I’m not going to get too deep into it, but just keep in mind that the team traded Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Brooklyn’s first round pick this season, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic.

Zizic is the only player still on the team.  And, remember this.

Anyways, the playoffs start Saturday. The Cavs are currently the fourth seed. If they win tonight and Philly loses to the Bucks, they will get the third seed.

Now, if the Cavs keep the fourth seed they will face Indiana in the first round. The sixth seed, whom they face if they land the third seed, is up in the air between three teams: Bucks, Heat, and Wizards.

The Bucks land the sixth seed if they win. If they lose and the Wizards and Heat win they drop to the eighth seed.

The Heat earn the sixth seed if they win and the Bucks lose. That’s the only way they can earn that seed. And, the Wizards only get the sixth seed if they win and the Bucks and Heat both lose.

If all theee of these teams lose, then they will keep their respective seeds. Heat at 7th, where they  face the Celtics. Bucks at sixth. And, the Wizards at eight where they face the Raptors.

Quick Notes

The Cavs should win tonight, but this team is a wild card that has lost some gimme games this season.

If Rodney Hood is able to play this game, it will mark the first time since the trade  shake up that Cleveland has had all of its players healthy.

The Knicks are missing seven players currently.

LeBron James is playing tonight. This will be the first time in his entire career he has played in all 82 regular season games.

Tristan Thompson is dealing with some baby mama drama after he was caught cheating during his time spent in NYC over the weekend. Usually, I don’t care about this type of thing, but this might be what finally pushes Tyronn Lue to kick his butt out of the rotation completely in favor of Larry Nance. Their ability to play winning basketball doensn’t seem to factor in much with Lue.

Update

*According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com, LeBron James is playing until he reaches just ten points. Kevin Love and Rodney Hood will be sitting this game along with Kyle Korver. Jeff Green is questionable.

 

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Jason
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Jason
8 days 22 hours ago

If I had to pick: Raps, Celtics, 76ers, Cavs.

Nate Smith
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8 days 22 hours ago

Way to. Go out on a limb.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 21 hours ago

I would love to pick the Bucks but cannot. They were awful lately & look dispirited. Though a switch could get flipped.

Brogdon & Delly did return.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 21 hours ago

Celts without Kyrie could be dogs.

Who you got from the cheapseats? Gonna make picks or just take shots?

CLF
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CLF
8 days 19 hours ago

Bucks stick out like a sore thumb. No question in my mind they should be expected to beat a Celtics team w/o Kyrie and Hayward.

Heat would be my next choice… they’re outmanned but they have pressure IQ on their side, Wizards should be able to beat Toronto but Wizards chemistry sucks so they won’t.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 22 hours ago

Heat won.

Raps v Wiz; Celtics v Bucks; Sixers v Heat, Cavs v Pacers.

Scotch
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Scotch
8 days 22 hours ago

Heat will mess with the Sixers something fierce. Wiz will win maybe 1 game. Celtics will get beat I think. Bucks in 6. And the cavs will sweep the Pacers, but the average margin of victory will be like 4 points

Jason
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Jason
8 days 21 hours ago

Raps in 5, Celts in 7, Sixers in 5, Cavs in 7.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 days 22 hours ago

And LeBron will play 44 minutes a game

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 days 21 hours ago

TT will get over 25 min a game, and I will punch a hole through a wall.

JRL
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JRL
8 days 15 hours ago

Hahahaha… I’m dreading seeing TT out there during the playoffs. I really dislike him as a player and now as a person

Nate Smith
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8 days 22 hours ago

Wiggins with two clutch freebies

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 days 23 hours ago

I love the NBA

Jason
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Jason
8 days 23 hours ago

Wiz gonna lose to Orlando when a ein COULD have gottem them Boston in round 1 (if Miami wins).

Bucks keep their pick despite laying down.

That Nuggets-Wolves game was scoreless for the last 2 minutes or so.

Scotch
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Scotch
8 days 23 hours ago

This is a fun way to end the season…with zero matchups set

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Nuggs/wolves in ot.

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Miami/Toronto going to ot.

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Great play taj

Scotch
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Scotch
8 days 23 hours ago

Man…philly has a real team. Belinelli and Ilyasova make them so much better and faster. Embiid and Simmons can break you down in a slower paced game…but they are insanely good at regular season fast paced basketball. Still think we’d sweep them

CLF
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CLF
8 days 23 hours ago

Belinelli and Ilyasova make them better shooters, which is what they desperately needed.

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Yeah. Teams. Are going to go after bellinelli relentlessly in the playoffs but ilyasova is a keeper.

CLF
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CLF
8 days 22 hours ago

I imagine Belinelli will have a short leash if he’s bricking shots LOL!

Raffy22
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Raffy22
8 days 23 hours ago

I’m afraid we’re going to draft Trae Young with that 8th pick…please no.

Jason
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Jason
8 days 23 hours ago

The Magic badly need a PG. Their frontcourt has Gordan & Vucevic + they drafted Isaacs last year.

If they miss on Doncic, I think they either take Young or reach for another PG. Either will help us at 8. I will take Mikal Bridges. He has no star potential, but he is a 4 year guy, 2 time national champ, 3 & D guy with great length, shot 44% from deep, and could be the premier wing defender in the draft.

8% chance for top 3.

Nate Smith
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8 days 22 hours ago

Trade down for brunson

MikeO
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MikeO
8 days 23 hours ago

Better not…

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Argh.

Scotch
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Scotch
8 days 23 hours ago

Ante and Cedi showing they belong in the NBA and deserve every second of Thompson’s

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 days 23 hours ago

Thompson doesn’t belong on any good team.

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Regardless of what LeBron does, I’m excited for the future of this team.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
8 days 23 hours ago

HOPE THIS ISN’T THE LAST WE SEE OF ANTE THIS YEAR—-CAN HELP IN ‘SPOT ‘ MINUTES

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Jamal murray is a player.

Scotch
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Scotch
8 days 23 hours ago

Westbrook with the rare 6 point, 19 rebound, 18 assist game.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 days 23 hours ago

That is a hilarious stat line. stat-padding at its absolute finest

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Well nice for the Nets pick.

Scotch
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Scotch
8 days 23 hours ago

nets are going to lose thank goodness

Scotch
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Scotch
8 days 23 hours ago

I know this is basically what cedi would look like in the G league but it’s still fun to be reminded what a great prospect he remains

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Nuggets within three with the ball

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Tie game.

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Ante “Elvis Munster” Zizic with a smooth move on the block.

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Man. Thibs should totally play the penguin in the next batman reboot.

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Wolves nuggets is tight. 3-5 point game throughout… Derek Rose a factor

CLF
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CLF
8 days 23 hours ago

Cedi with the pocket pass!!! BEAUTIFUL!

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Jarre5t Jack for two!

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
8 days 23 hours ago

CAVS GRETTING TOO CLOSE —THEY PUT T.T. BACK IN

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

This is good for Cedi. Run a team. Get some Feel.

CLF
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CLF
8 days 22 hours ago

Heck yeah…. make him learn how to make decisions with the ball! His tendency is to be passive not aggressive… (guess that’s most young guys LOL)

CLF
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CLF
8 days 23 hours ago

Loving Cedi at the point!!! They should do it more often when Clarkson or Hill are out there without LBJ.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
8 days 23 hours ago

TY WAKE UP AND SEE WHAT ANTE CAN DO AND WHAT T.T. DOESN’T DO / CAN’T DO

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
8 days 23 hours ago

we better lose

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 days 23 hours ago

The Celtics have nothing to play for, but President Stevens does not allow tanking!

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Nate Smith
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8 days 23 hours ago

Perkins is younger than LeBron. Never forget.

Nate Smith
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9 days 2 minutes ago

Switching to the minny game. Jokic is on fire.

Nate Smith
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9 days 3 minutes ago

I can’t believe Beasly is on a min deal.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
9 days 3 minutes ago

T.T. COULD NEVER HAD MADE THAT MOVE

Nate Smith
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9 days 4 minutes ago

Nice finish cedi.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
9 days 6 minutes ago

YOU CAN’T TELL ME ANTE DOESN’T GIVE THE CAVS MORE THAN—“PLAYBOY T.T. ‘ GIVES

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
9 days 10 minutes ago

CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THIS ” NEW ‘ DEFENSE TY VOWED TO SHOWCASE / UNFURL FOR THE PLAYOFFS —–YES I AM LMA OFF ——-

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
9 days 17 minutes ago

Walt Frazier on the Sixers’ winning streak: “The problem with that heading into the playoffs, Confucius says, ‘What now is sharp will soon be dull.’ “

believeLAND
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believeLAND
9 days 20 minutes ago

Geez, Sixers.
Giannis, Jabari, Thon, Middleton all playing and they thrown down 80 on ’em in the first half.

Peter
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Peter
9 days 21 minutes ago

If Lue’s going to field in Thompson in th splay-offs, I hope they abandon their defensive scheme where Thompson switches on the guards in every P n R situation. Thompson effectively 3 steps in just 2 seasons. Better yet, don’t play Thompson at all unless garbage time.

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
9 days 23 minutes ago

Interesting Raptors in the second round. All the hard work whole year and they get Lebron in 2nd round :-)

believeLAND
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believeLAND
9 days 20 minutes ago

Cavs will sweep them.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
9 days 23 minutes ago

Bucks pull to within 34

JoeyB
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JoeyB
9 days 27 minutes ago

This kind of game is right in Clarkson’s wheelhouse. No one cares if we win, shoot all day.

Nate Smith
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9 days 27 minutes ago

Probably gonna watch wolves/nuggets on NBATV in second half. Only real game tonight.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
9 days 19 minutes ago

Lot of others games that matter tho. Spurs/Pels, Jazz/Blazers

Nate Smith
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9 days 16 minutes ago

I just meant that I can watch. But you ain’t Lying.

Nate Smith
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9 days 28 minutes ago

Does trey Burke have a tattoo of JR on his shoulder?

Nate Smith
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9 days 33 minutes ago

Could’ve signed Quinn Cook… Nope. Signed London Perrantes.

MikeO
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MikeO
9 days 29 minutes ago

I kind of liked Cook, but most people here (including myself, really) felt the Cavs had plenty of time to check him out when he was sith the Charge. I’d start him over Rose and IT, anyway.

CLF
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CLF
9 days 29 minutes ago

Yeah that’s a big mistake… hell I think they even played against each other in college.

Nate Smith
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9 days 24 minutes ago

He was the best available player in the g league for about two years. Spent some time with new orleans. Great job by him.

CLF
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CLF
9 days 13 minutes ago

For sure… he really grew up his senior year at Duke, when he led Jahlil Okafor, Justis Winslow, Grayson Allen, and Tyus Jones to the championship. It’s not an easy role to fill…. Grayson Allen couldn’t do it this year (granted he’s probably not the kind of leader you’d want).

MikeO
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MikeO
9 days 33 minutes ago

Sixers rolling, fuel up the tank, baby!

CLF
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CLF
9 days 35 minutes ago

Nice post entry pass by Cedi to Zizic.. Zizic just missing the hook shot.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
9 days 37 minutes ago

Celtics up 10 at the half. Sixers up 36 in the mid-second quarter.

Nate Smith
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9 days 40 minutes ago

Gah
Zizic such a good roll man.

CLF
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CLF
9 days 35 minutes ago

Intuitive feel for the game especially on the offensive end.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
9 days 41 minutes ago

AM SURE THEY HAD THEIR EYES ON SCOREBOARD

Nate Smith
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9 days 43 minutes ago

I swear Luke kornet is a 7-foot tall hairy Dean Stanton.

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GrumpyOldMan
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GrumpyOldMan
9 days 45 minutes ago

Did the Cavs decide to start tanking after they saw the 1st quarter score in the Philly game or before?

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
9 days 49 minutes ago

HEY WHO IS THIS “NEW ” CAV CHECKING IN—-OH IT IS “FREE ANTE ” FINALLY

Vintage
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Vintage
9 days 50 minutes ago

Jordan Clarkson seems just a little too off balance/out of control/Westbrook-like on off the dribble jumpers

Jason
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Jason
9 days 51 minutes ago

Cornett can play for my team.

EvilGenius
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9 days 52 minutes ago

Jason
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Jason
9 days 52 minutes ago

Bucks had Giannis start & Delly back. Down 30 after 1.

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
9 days 53 minutes ago

HA-HA LIKE THE T.T. COMMENT—CELTS RESTING THEIR STARTERS ALSO—-FULLY BELIEVE NETS WILL COME BACK AND WIN THE GAME —WE NEED TO KEEP ON TANKING

Jason
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Jason
9 days 55 minutes ago

At least we are in tank mode.

For once the fact that TT is in is a good thing.

EvilGenius
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9 days 55 minutes ago

Nice D by Cedi!

CLF
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CLF
9 days 51 minutes ago

Fantastic pull the chair move!

EvilGenius
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9 days 55 minutes ago

Cavs have not scored since LeBron checked out…

JoeyB
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JoeyB
9 days 55 minutes ago

Zizic still hasn’t played. Rotation crimes being committed in Q, per usual.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 56 minutes ago

What a microcosm of TT’s season on that oop attempt

EvilGenius
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9 days 57 minutes ago

\"newnomad\"
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\"newnomad\"
9 days 57 minutes ago

SIXERS ARE MAKING A STATEMENT BEFORE PLAYOFFS —–THEY HAVE ALOT OF MOMENTUM—GOING TO BE A TOUGH OUT

EvilGenius
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9 days 57 minutes ago

Against the Bucks? I don’t think so…

Nate Smith
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9 days 58 minutes ago

If Milwaukee ‘s losing, might as well tank this game.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
9 days 58 minutes ago

Sixers up 27 in the first quarter. So Cavs-Pacers in the first round.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 57 minutes ago

Bucks going all out to keep their first rounder.

Bulls down 15 early 2nd.

Looks like T8th or 8th is our best case. Celts & Nets are vlose early.

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