Playoff Live Thread: Cleveland vs. Toronto

The Cavs are home, up 2-0 on the Raptors, who have to be feeling desperate at this point. A loss tonight, and this series is pretty much over. Justin May is on assignment at the game tonight, covering the Cleveland release of the LeBron Soldier I “25 Straight” to celebrate the Cavs Playoff run. The shoe is part of the recently launched “Art of a Champion” collection which highlights several NBA moments and iconic shoes that define basketball glory. https://news.nike.com/news/art-of-a-champion-nike-basketball-collection. Check out Baker Mayfield above with a pair at the local Cleveland concept shop Xhibition. Thanks to @nike and @LeBronJames for letting us cover it.

More on that to come, so for tonight’s live thread and recap, you’re stuck with me. Next up, check out Evil Genius recapping the series and what it’s like to be an L.A. Cavs fan with Mark Schwab for WOIO.

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As if that weren’t enough, we get to watch the Cavs tonight! No changes as far as I know. I think the Cavs come in focused with a crazy Cleveland crowd and go up 3-0 with a 115-108 victory.

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RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 14 days ago

Challenge: Name 5 players from any sport in any country that are in LeBron’s league in terms of being one of the best known players in his era while playing for a 3rd or even second 2nd tier city

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
5 months 14 days ago

Brett Favre comes to mind.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 months 14 days ago

Pele, Mario Lemieux, Jim Brown, Ken Griffey Jr., Peyton Manning

Simmo
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Simmo
5 months 14 days ago

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 14 days ago

Hahaha

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 14 days ago

😂…..

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
5 months 14 days ago

lol, Brad Stevens is the MVP of the other series though. Cavs-Celts will be fun series.

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 14 days ago

President Stevens wouldn’t have had to bank that shot.

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 14 days ago

Curious to hear your thoughts: WHEN the Cavs make the Finals, Hood/Clarkson/Nance may have more impact going against a Western Conference team they each have a lot more experience playing against??

JB225
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JB225
5 months 14 days ago

I thought the same but then Lue will probably shorten his rotations more and they will not play I guess.

Vintage
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Vintage
5 months 14 days ago

At this point, my best case scenario is that Lue tells Clarkson to hound Curry/Cook on the defensive end for whatever time he’s in the game. Maybe attack Curry on offense to make him work.

I have zero hope for Hood and he will get torched by Thompson when he’s in the game. Maybe he could guard Livingston or Swaggy P?

Cedi would be a great body to throw at Klay when considering size and speed.

Simmo
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Simmo
5 months 14 days ago

What a day to miss the live thread – 800+ comments in around 7 hours. This beachside community punches above it’s weight!

TV63
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TV63
5 months 15 days ago

I would love to know the stat on each Raptor player that fouled Lebron tonight. It seem Casey used everyone to foul him at least 3 times per each player. I was beginning to wonder when is the Hack a Lebron rule go into effect?

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 15 days ago

So LeBron is starting to rival 1905 Einstein right? According to my calculations he just passed 1972 Stevie Wonder and 1994 Steven Spielberg…

— Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) May 6, 2018

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 15 days ago

I do think Hill and Love have to be on the court when Lebron sits. Stop futzing around with Clarkson/TT/Hood garbage lineups.

I think Hood can be a useful player in the future, but probably not these playoffs. He doesn’t look confident at all. I would be delighted if he could hit an open three. I mea, I know he can do that.

running jumper
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running jumper
5 months 15 days ago

LeBron Raymone James, you are the greatest.

daspec90
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daspec90
5 months 15 days ago

Is this why you chose your blog handle? How did you know?

running jumper
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running jumper
5 months 14 days ago

Haha, my alias here has nothing to do with Lebron unfortunately. I think I got it from the Allan Houston game winning shot in the playoffs against Miami. The announcer said “running jumper”. I thought it sounds good so there, history.

I’m happy tho that Lebron got one historic basket in the same meaning as my blog handle!

running jumper
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running jumper
5 months 14 days ago

PS.

I never rooted for Allan Houston, the Knicks, Miami or anyone in that series. The nickname is just a plain random thing that sounded good to me.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

LeBron with a whiskey endorsement? Wearing a Seagram’s 7 hat for the postgame.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

Bucci says the hat was swag from a charity golf tournament.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 15 days ago

I honestly don’t think it’s unreasonable at this point to assume Lue knows what he’s doing with Hood. I think he knows we have some rope with Toronto and he’s just trying to see if he can eek anything out of him before shelving him.

NickNevers
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NickNevers
5 months 15 days ago

That’s what I think too. Have to see if we can get anything out of him. He’s a much better player than he’s been showing. Gotta think a lot of it is mental.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Wow… ESPN just put up a graphic showing that LeBron has as many playoff game winning shots (5) as every other active NBA player combined… and that list includes Vince Carter who’s 100…

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

I can think of 4. Was the fifth with the heat?

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

He made a layup against Indy in OT at the buzzer when he was with the Heat

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

Toronto, Indiana, Chicago, Orlando………… hmmm will look it up

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

Washington twice and Detroit game 5. Has to be one of those. Think Washington baseline layin is the one.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

Buzzer beaters specifically- the fifth is the lay up against Indiana when he was in Miami

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

Ah. Don’t remember that. Could have sworn that baseline lay in was a buzzer beater but there may have been a small amount of time left.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

The two versus Cavs wizards or game 5 in Detroit? Wasn’t one of those a buzzer beater? Should be 7/15 overall now. Not all buzzer beaters, just go ahead within last five seconds of fourth or overtime.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

That’s ridiculous

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Dwayne Casey looks like he ate some bad fish…

Shaka
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Shaka
5 months 15 days ago

But it’s so fun to watch him get mad and stomp around the sideline – reminiscent of George Jefferson!

Leo
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Leo
5 months 15 days ago

The rotation should be Hill, Korver, Lebron, Jr, Love as starters; then Green, Cedi, Calderon and TT; thats your 9 man rotation; if necessary play Nance; have Clarkson and Hood sit at end of bench in street clothes, there proven in 10 games they are useless and can’t handle playoff basketball; at least TT and Love have stepped up after some brutal starts

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

100%

JRL
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JRL
5 months 15 days ago

Unfortunately Lue happened.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

The Phantom Cam:

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

LOVE IT!

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

You know who would be a great head coach for us? Larry Drew.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Anyone predict both these series would be 3-0 right now with Cavs and C’s on collision course?

TV63
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TV63
5 months 15 days ago

I did think it would be a sweep mainly because Boston has 3 years experience in playoffs. I was wrong about Toronto though. They did so much to change the way they play because of LEBRON. Bismack Biyombo gave Cavs more problems than Ibaka

Jason
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Jason
5 months 15 days ago

I thought the Philly/Boston series would be 3-0. Do I still get points if I thought Philly would be up.?

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

No. More surprised by the Celtics honestly

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

Yep I thought sixers in five. Didn’t count on their inexperience causing them so much trouble, or think about how Simmons can be game planned for, or that Baynes is strong enough to challenge Embiid in the post.

Leo
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Leo
5 months 15 days ago

76ers are still a year or so away; Celtics just being coached extremely well and everyone is making plays….be very interesting series, they play physical like Pacers but also have solid offense, not sure about their bench, don’t think it will be repeat of last years ECF unless Cavs just go crazy that round

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

nope, not even close. To think the Western conf. series are closer, wow

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

Lue may be the worst head coach in the league right now.

Elijah Kim
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5 months 15 days ago

OG Anunoby won my respect.

What a great game.

Leo
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Leo
5 months 15 days ago

probably career game like Bogdan’s game 3 last series; wouldn’t expect to do much next game…Cavs will put more focus on him

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

Still Bogdan actually defended James better for a few games. Bigger, stronger player. I don’t think OG has a chance if James actually wants to go to the bucket. Why I never felt this game was in doubt. Only reason LBJ shot 40% in game one was likely because he was gassed.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

Lebron is the GOAT, people. He’s the GOAT.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 15 days ago

Playing awesome ball and hitting game winners in rounds 1&2 does not make one the GOAT. Nor does beating the Raptors.

Still freaking awesome to watch.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

All four of LeBron’s makes outside the paint tonight were in the fourth quarter.

Tim
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Tim
5 months 15 days ago

Lue sounds so dumb lol

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

Trump was in Cleveland today. Along with all the Raptors players, that sure is a lot of “bums” in one place. The GOAT approves this message.

NickNevers
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NickNevers
5 months 15 days ago

Dumb take.

TV63
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TV63
5 months 15 days ago

Agree.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Vardon just asked Ty Lue if he feels like they got lucky… LOL

TV63
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TV63
5 months 15 days ago

He does not like Vardon. His demeanor, tone and facial expressions change when it’s his turn to ask questions.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

And surviving Ty Lue’s lineups

TV63
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TV63
5 months 15 days ago

AMEN!

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

Leo
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Leo
5 months 15 days ago

not to bitch too much after an incredible game winner, but if Lue plays Clarkson and Hood anymore he should be put on leave ASAP…play Calderon and Cedi instead for 5-7 minutes and stop effing around with lineups…GO CAVS!

TV63
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TV63
5 months 15 days ago

Calderon destroyed the Raptors regular season. It makes zero sense not to give him a little time. He can shoot 3’s.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

And if TT isn’t making an impact go small or play nance or ::gasp:: Zizic.

Leo
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Leo
5 months 15 days ago

clarkson and hood have sucked for 10 games now, its apparent the playoffs are too big for them, get a veteran and an unique rookie who probably doesn’t realize its the playoffs and plays hard all the time (ala Delly) and see what happens…it can’t be any worse

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 15 days ago

Is there a link to a ‘Drake Cam’ on the interwebs?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 months 15 days ago

GOAT.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

It was inevitable. At least that’s how I felt all game. Raptors had too far of a hole to dig themselves out of.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

Ty Lue tried to make it a reality

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

I get that but for some reason I just never felt worried. Probably how Lebron felt. I don’t usually have feelings with nebulous origins like that but I do against the raptors. Somehow once the lead ballooned to 10 it just felt out of reach. Mostly because they can’t stop LBJ at all if he decides to go to the bucket. He doesn’t always, but he could against OG and especially Miles.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

Maybe – Toronto is pretty good – I don’t feel like waiting for both Lowry and Derozan to have a good game together. And Cavs will get smoked by the West if they play terrible lineups. Rodney hood should not step on the floor again. Even when they mic’d up J.R. it was just him trying to get Hood to get out of his own head. He is uunplayable

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

Hey I have been on the sit hood bandwagon for quite awhile. Since about game 2 of the Indy series. I am just realistic. I don’t think it will happen.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

Also, I will be just happy to get to the finals. Don’t think hood versus Cedi will make much of a difference in the actual outcome of how many games the cavs win versus the warriors. Either way, I can’t see this team challenging them. Think we have a shot against the Rockets but we would still be hugely massive underdogs. Moot anyway unless gs suffers injuries.

JRL
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JRL
5 months 15 days ago

Moo point. Like a cow’s opinion.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

¿Que?

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

Does anyone recall LeBron ever taking that shot before tonight?

Jason
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Jason
5 months 15 days ago

I have seen him try that running one hander off of one foot before. Usually closer to the baseline & not off the glass.

I think I remember a game he hit a shot like that & Kyrie made a MORE ridiculous three later.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

I remember an end of qtr buzzer beater way back in the day like that. Not from that far out though.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

Once or twice this year but never in a situation like that

Leo
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Leo
5 months 15 days ago

definitely one of the best buzzer beater shots Ive seen in my lifetime….not being hyperbolic either, I mean the degree of difficulty and to kiss it off the glass?? damn!! GO CAVS! finish this team Monday

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

DeRozan -23…

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

Fitting….”23″

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

need to see some Lowry memes

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

LeBron is so clearly the best player in the league still. I wonder when it will be up for debate. 2020?

Peter
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Peter
5 months 15 days ago

Which got me thinking, is it possible for the torch to bypass Durant and goes to either Anthony Davis or Giannis when Bron eventually steps down the throne? Durant is already 30 this year and is not exactly the paradigm of durability.

CLF
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CLF
5 months 15 days ago

His jumper’s getting better. He’s got another 5 years.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Wow… KLove was +20 tonight!

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

In a two point win!

NewEnfinite
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NewEnfinite
5 months 15 days ago

While Hill isn’t anywhere near as good as Irving, I think he does compensate for some of it by enabling Love’s game… perhaps similar to what Rubio did for Love.

running jumper
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running jumper
5 months 15 days ago

^ This.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Good point!

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

I want the Cavs to get Lowry just so he can experience the other side

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

Or so Lue can sit him and play Hood ahead of him.

NickNevers
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NickNevers
5 months 15 days ago

Comment of the night right here haha.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 15 days ago

you win the comments

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

Lol

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 15 days ago

Cavs should have won this by 9-10 or more with no stress…just happy it didn’t go to OT…

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Man… it’s good to have the King…

JB225
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JB225
5 months 15 days ago

Valenciunas reactions to some of LeBron’s baskets are priceless lol.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
5 months 15 days ago

Are you not entertained!

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

Media: “Demar, walk us thru that 4th quarter of play…”
Derozan: (crickets)

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

He still could. He had the same view as the coaching staff and press.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 15 days ago

Raptors have gone from being unofficially forked, to officially forked.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

I can’t stop laughing.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

The most insanely good part is that LeBron banked the shot to leave no time on the clock… amazing

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

DeRozan is not a superstar… superstars don’t sit entire fourth quarters when they’re healthy…

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

He’s injured. His heart was ripped out.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 15 days ago

wow you’re on fire Boogieeels

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Good point LOL

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 15 days ago

I hope Lue has finally learned the ‘Pestak Lineup’ is not freaking playable. But I’m sure he hasn’t.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

Just unreal

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

This is actually comical. If you think about it, this is just comical.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 15 days ago

Unless you live in Toronto.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

LeBron once again rescues Ty Lue from his own ineptitude…

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 15 days ago

Another special memory of Lebron for Raptor fans…

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

And for Cavs fans. He’s leaving to go to the Lakers, remember?

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

Never, in my life, have I literally laughed as hard as I did and as loud as I did following a game winner.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO? WHAT ELSE?

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 months 15 days ago

Lue not strong enough to stop the goat

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 15 days ago

The real story of the night

JRL
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JRL
5 months 15 days ago

Hahahahaha

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
5 months 15 days ago

Ha hahhahahahahahahahahah

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL I CAN NOT DEAL

JB225
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JB225
5 months 15 days ago

How can people hate on this man. Unbelievable

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Tim
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Tim
5 months 15 days ago

Would you have taken that one Evil?

JRL
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JRL
5 months 15 days ago

Unreal!

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Yeah, just a casual one hander off one leg off the glass DAGGER!

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 15 days ago

WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

Jason
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Jason
5 months 15 days ago

Wow! Unbelievable. But also not.

EvilGenius
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5 months 15 days ago

Lowry looks like his dog died…

JB225
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JB225
5 months 15 days ago

LMFAO

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