Playoff Podcap: Cavs 128, Raptors 93 (or, Swept Away)

Contrary to what was posited in the Saturday Night Live sketch that was cut for time last weekend, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard is in fact not a Roomba. However, such a point guard would have been handy in sweeping up the smoldering ashes of the Toronto Raptors following Monday night’s Game 4 extinction level event. As expected, the Cavs completed their impressive clean sweep of the top seeded dinos, by raining fiery rocks from the perimeter and erupting in the paint. All five starters were in double figures, and their guards barely missed a shot in the first half. Their non-Roomba point guard even drove for successive dunks in the first quarter, while LeBron James just calmly dished dimes and crushed any spirit the Raptors had left. It was a resounding, impressive and absolute statement of a closeout game that should leave no doubts about this team’s ability to make a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

To break down this game, this sweep, and the playoffs to date, EG, Tom and Eli hopped into the booth for a bit. We talked about how much a reinvigorated and healthy support staff have helped LeBron, who their opponent in the ECF will be, whether or not their rugged first round series against the Pacers will pay dividends in the next one, and what could become of the shattered remains of the Raptors. We also dish a little on President Genius, Brad Stevens, and what the Cavs odds of winning the draft lottery might be. And, we didn’t manage to get too swept away or long in the tooth.

As always, you can catch us above, on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts or Google Play.

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Scotch
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Scotch
5 months 12 days ago

Basketball…please come soon. And please have indians games on off days. This is all. Thank you

Simmo
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Simmo
5 months 12 days ago

Ooh, Paul George just had some sneaky knee surgery. Wonder how that’s going to play out with trades, other teams still think he’s a good bet?

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5 months 12 days ago

just listened to HOOD ‘S apology / explanation on news —-seems more of a misunderstanding than attitude ——would like to see him perform like the last time against the celts —15 pts / 18 minutes —–ty still seems to have confidence in him —he needs to have that confidence in himself

Tim
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Tim
5 months 12 days ago

He should stop being mentally weak and start being awesome instead. I got ridiculed long long ago in High School for switching shoes in a slump when asked why, I said “I, needed to get back to the I am the man mentality.” The shoes didn’t matter, I recognized I needed a boost that would mentally make me think I was out of the slump, so I defeated the slump by placebo. This was a valuable lesson and something I’ve used many times in many slumps, just create a mental castle of not being in a slump somehow to overcome the mental voices saying every shot would miss, artificially create the feeling when every shot is going in. It’s also why Michael Jordan always found reasons to be angry. Whatever it is, Hood needs to find it and stop being mentally defeated.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 12 days ago

The thing that bugs me about it the most are:

1) He does not seem to realize he blew a chance to get some confidence & cohesion with his teammates that last 7 minutes.

2) He does not seem to grasp that we lack that cohesion & need to take advantage of every chance we have to grow.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
5 months 12 days ago

Cavs in 4, I think. Maybe 5.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 12 days ago

More proof that LeBron is a savant

“I was in the gym when I watched him on the floor against Toronto tell Patrick Patterson where he was supposed to go on the play they had called out of a timeout late in the fourth quarter,” Griffin said. “He was like ‘no Pat, you’re supposed to stand over there and set a pin down for DeMar (DeRozan) over here.'”

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2775366-ex-cavs-gm-david-griffin-lebron-james-told-raptors-how-to-run-plays-in-2017

The pod is a must listen btw

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Hotpantsbreakdown
5 months 12 days ago

Yep. I think Simmons is truly BS, but listened to every second of that interview. Griff is such an interesting guy and his perspective on Bron (and Kyrie) is fascinating. Really made me wonder what the Ky-Bron thing could’ve become under different circumstances

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
5 months 12 days ago

From my very quick glance: there are 7 players still in the NBA from 2003 draft class and 11 from prior years

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 12 days ago

Reading that Kevin Pelton article like “………….woooooaaahhhhhhhhhh!”

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5 months 13 days ago

so will stevens be ‘motivated ‘ by his so called –” COY SNUB “—–and will ty be motivated to out coach the so called ” genious ” and garner a little respect —-I think both have to be aware not to “over coach ” due to these facts———man did I just use –ty and over coach in the same sentence

JRL
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JRL
5 months 12 days ago

I don’t think they will try to over coach. I do expect, unfortunately, Lue to be behind the 8 ball.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
5 months 13 days ago

For the umpteenth time this season the disastrous irving trade is about to hurt is. Instead of being saddled with pouty IT and missing someone like tatum or Rozier or Brown, celts are in a better position. Unless the pick becomes a multi time all star this trade remains one of worst ever.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 12 days ago

Do the Cs have Kyrie? I thought not. Neither would we if we kept him.

Instead we have: Hill, a top 10 lotto pick, Nance Jr, Clarkson, Hood, & Zizic.

We gave up Kyrie + proceeds from that trade, Rose, and our pick (25th?).

That is not an all-time loser trade. Though it did help the Cs out.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
5 months 12 days ago
So you don’t think we could have gotten more by trading Kyrie straight up to the Lakers? They wouldn’t have given us Nance and a few others? Do you really think those four players can provide anything close to what Kyrie gave us? At minimum, they should have pulled out of the trade when it became apparent that IT wasn’t healthy. Insisted on one of their young guys instead of IT. It was obvious, and I said it then, that IT would not play one useful minute for us in the playoffs. those 4 guys may not even play against the Celtics. Hopefully Clarkson won’t, because he’s been terrible. The point is this: Kyrie was a great asset. Legit superstar on reasonable contact. He was the first overall pick and had helped us win a championship with the most clutch shot in Cavs history, given the stakes. We got back the 9th pick in the draft and four players who haven’t provided anything so far. That’s a crap trade. Can you imagine the Celtics this year if we hadn’t given into that trade? Having already put Crowder and IT on the block, and then having to deal with the fallout.… Read more »
Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
5 months 12 days ago

Did you read the Pelton analysis? Might be time for you to admit James is certainly no worse than top three all time. Putiing James any lower does not stand up to pertinent factual analysis like Pelton did.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 12 days ago

See post below. Performaces in the sweet 16 and round if 8 do not move the needle much on the all-timers list. If they do for you, you are as dumb as Kevin (Raps in six) Pelton.

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
5 months 12 days ago

Jason you cross the CtB line by being insulting. I don’t appreciate you calling me “dumb.” Also, awhile ago, you said of Nate that some people talk basketball and some people know basketball…meaning yourself. Park your ego and stop with the insults. Kevin Pelton has forgot more basketball that most of us know. Keep it up and maybe you will end up like that poster who was banned.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
5 months 12 days ago

Seconded. Lay off the insults, Jason. Try to remember that insulting the intelligence of your opponent actually just reflects the lack of evidentiary support for your own argument.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 12 days ago
Pelton is a stats dweeb with no common sense. He picked the Raps in 6 FFS. I was watching hoops before he was born. Any greatest player debate that excludes Russell, Kareem, and Wilt is so shallow and incompetent that it is not even worth discussing. More facts: Russell won 5 MVPs, 11 titles & made 12 finals in 13 seasons. The only year he lost the finals was when he got injured. 9 times with the best regular season record (12 times top 3). 2 titles as a player/head coach. Two college titles (at San Francisco). One Olympic gold with largest margin of victory in Olympic history. NBA title in year 1. MVP in year 2. Greatest defender in league history Best game 7 in league history (1962 Finals: 30/40/4 on 18 shots, 53 min). Led league: Reb (4), RPG (5), Kareem won 6 MVPs and 6 titles. 3 more titles (and 3 college POYs) at UCLA. All time leading scorer in league history. Also would lead in blocks if they had counted them the first 4 years he played (still 3rd). 10 Finals apoearances. Was Finals MVP 15 years apart (1971 & ’85). Most 1st/2nd all-nba selections all… Read more »
JRL
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JRL
5 months 12 days ago

Yeah, I didn’t know Ky’s knee had suddenly gotten 100% healthy.

The trade got us a lot more than what I was expecting considering Ky’s demands.

JoeyB
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JoeyB
5 months 12 days ago

He was in no position to make demands. He’s on a two year contract. Dan and Koby folded instead of calling his bluff, and it cost the team.

John B
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John B
5 months 12 days ago

Maybe. He wouldn’t be playing anyway and his knee scares the hell out of me going forward.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 12 days ago

He might never be the same player or ever fully healthy again.

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
5 months 13 days ago

Pelton’s detailed take on who is the GOAT in the MJ/LeBron debate.
http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23456720/is-lebron-james-michael-jordan-greatest-nba-player-all

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 12 days ago

Finally actual data to back up the assertion that Jordan’s era was weaker in terms of competition.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
5 months 13 days ago

Yeah. Nice work. I think it’s accurate that mj was better at his best but lbjs career is best ever. And he’s not done.

JRL
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JRL
5 months 13 days ago

Good analysis.

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5 months 13 days ago

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5 months 13 days ago

is it just me it seems / I am ‘hearing ‘ the so -called “talking heads ” quietly picking the Celtics over the cavs—–think Stevens will devise game plans both offensively/ defensively to give the cavs problems/ beat them —–this is what I am hearing —-I am old —hearing is impaired !!

Raoul
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Raoul
5 months 13 days ago

Listening to the talking heads? Most of them are dumber than Steven A. Better to listen to the Talking Heads!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

Well half of ESPN consists of Boston fans.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

I think the individual games in this series will be tough. Boston plays good D and hardly ever turns it over. And they never let go of the rope. Hard to blow them out.

However, we will not choke like Philly did in the close games. If we steal game 1 and get our noses in front, they may start to press. Changes the whole dynamic. And the only road game they won was the one Simmons gave them.

Plus, Jeff Green revenge tour. Cavs in 4.

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
5 months 13 days ago

I think it’s Cavs in six or maybe even five if Love continues to play as well vs Boston. What will be insufferable are the constant sideline shots of a pacing Brad Stevens, and the Boston fans’ obnoxiousness . As EG posted, it’s quite telling that no other coach gave Brad Stevens a vote in their Coach of the Year poll. Perhaps other coaches are also annoyed at the anointing of President Stevens as a coaching savant. It will be interesting what defensive schemes Lue comes up with as just taking out just IT was obviously the key to last year’s win. On offense, Philly didn’t shoot as well as they could from deep, and I don’t think the Cavs will have that problem.

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warriorsfan
5 months 13 days ago

Would coach Lue start Tristan+Love against Baynes+Hoford. Lue is slow to adjust. If he starts with certain lineup, he will stick with it no matter what and won’t change for few games.

JRL
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JRL
5 months 13 days ago

I think you go with –

Hill – Rozier
JR – Tatum
KK – Brown
Bron – Horford
Love – Baynes

I don’t think you sit Hill to start TT cause Rozier will feast.

JMay
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5 months 13 days ago

Unless you do Hill, JR, Bron, Love, and TT. Sit Korver instead. Still a risk with one less shooter but it will depend on the impact Horford has.

JRL
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JRL
5 months 12 days ago

With the way Love and KK have been playing, I would rather see KK on the court before TT.

Horford is good but I don’t see KK getting torched by him.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago
To quote Sir Charles Barkley from last night, “It was a travesty he didn’t receive any votes.” Thinks it was “jealousy.” Basically said he was amazed the Celtics were still playing. Personally I think he was reading too much into it. It is possible he was a second or third choice for most of them and simply did not receive votes as such. Regardless, the more I think about it, the more tough I think this series could be. Boston is playing with irrational confidence, and that can carry an underdog pretty far and allow them to punch above their level. They are young but don’t act like it. They don’t make mistakes and seemed to absolutely punish Philly for sloppiness. With Tatum, Brown, and Rozier emerging as true scoring threats and seemingly not playing like rookies or second year players, they have more weapons than I had counted on. They remind me a bit of the mid 2000s Detroit Pistons team in that they don’t really have a star without Kyrie but their system and abundance of guys that can get you 20+ on a given night within these playoffs means they could have 5 to six guys in… Read more »
Jason
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Jason
5 months 12 days ago

And then Charles admitted Casey deserved it. Implication he would have voted for Casey AND NOT STEVENS.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 12 days ago

Sure, but I think he was asserting he should have gotten some recognition. Again since they only got single votes he may have been the second or third choice of everyone. Who knows? Obviously one guy is terrible (ask raptors fans) in the playoffs and the other isn’t but it is a regular season award.

JRL
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JRL
5 months 13 days ago

Im with John B. I think Stevens is a great coach and although I don’t like his smugness, I would trade him for Lue in a millisecond.

The Celtics are a really solid team. I don’t think they are as tough as Indy but their system works really well.

Cavs in 6, in what should definitely be a great series.

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Leo
5 months 13 days ago

think this series will be like Raptors where it will hinge on Game 1. If Cavs come out on top, Celtics will press, and if it goes 2-0 Cavs favor this series will be over quickly. Think Celtics take one of the home games and then Cavs finish it off. Looking at 5 games like last year haha…just think Celtics get a lucky game where everything goes in for them, but I don’t know about their depth though, then again, our bench isn’t all that much either…be good series

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JB225
5 months 13 days ago

My “I would bet some money” predictions
Cavs in 6
Warriors in 6

My “I would hope” predictions
Cavs in 5
Rockets in 7

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 13 days ago

Still have no idea how salary cap and free agency signings in relation to salary caps work. Are we not allowed to sign Paul George as a free agent if we’re over the cap? In that case can we off load salaries somehow and then sign him? I guess finding someone to take our insanely stupid contracts would be a near impossibility, but hey the magic of the trade deadline seemed like an impossibility so who knows what could happen….

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

You cannot sign a FA if the signing puts you over the cap. Your own FAs also count vs the cap until they are renounced or signed by another team. This prevents teams from circumventing the cap by signing new FAs first & then going over the cap to re-sign their own FAs, which is allowed under the ‘Bird rule.’ How far over you can go depends on the type of Bird rights you have (1 year with team, 2 years with team, or 3+ years). If you get a player in a trade, their Bird rights transfer. A FA signing has theirs reset.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

We are over the cap even if Bron is counted. Spotrac is a good site for tracking cap stuff:

http://www.spotrac.com/nba/cleveland-cavaliers/cap/2018/

Cap is $101 million.

Signed players (9): Love $24.1, Hill $19, TT $17.5, JR $14.7, Clarkson $12.5, Korver $7.6, Cedi $2.8, Nance $2.3, Zizic $2.0 = $102.5 million = over.

Non-guaranteed = White ($1.5)
Player option = James ($35.6)

James will decline his PO & he is eligible for a raise. So even if we cut White, our cap # will still be above the $139.6 this puts us at.

Even if Bron bolts, we are still over.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

You are allowed to go over the cap to re-sign your own FAs & can always sign vet min & rookie deals. Their are also cap exceptions (tax payer mid level). We have 4 FAs.

Green, Calderon, & Perkins are vet min guys with holds of $1.5 mil each. Hood is a RFA with a hold of $7.2 mil. $11.7 in cap holds brings us to $151.3.

Maybe Hood walks or is signed for less. But Green is likely worth more. And we will likely use our exception (on Green or another FA). Plus our #1 pick will earn a couple million.

With Bron, we are $150 million plus in salary and $50 million over the cap.

John B
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John B
5 months 13 days ago

I believe the 139 is with Bron’s player option. So essentially even if he declines his resigning would still put us in appropriately 139 million but with a longer deal if he chose super max. If all free agents are resigned I estimated a minimum of 159 mil, with Hood at 10-15, green at the mid-level and Calderon at the minimum. Luxury tax for that plus salaries would equate to around 308 million for dg next year.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Oops, there/their.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago
No can’t sign an new free agent over the cap except on vet minimums ( around 900k to like 2.5 mil) or exceptions which come in the form of biannual and mid level. Can sign own free agents. Biannual exception in 2017 is 3.29 million dollars that can be spent to sign free agents for up to 2 years on teams over the cap but under the tax apron (so not the cavs). It can be split amount multiple free agents but the total money per year cannot exceed 3.353 mil. It also cannot be used in consecutive years. Mid level exception (mle) can be used once per year by teams over the cap. It is 8.568 mil for teams over the cap but not in the tax after the mle is signed (not the cavs). Can be used to sign free agents up to 4 years. For teams in the tax like the cavs it is 5.292 mil and can be used to sign up to 3 years. Teams under the cap get 4.411 for contracts up to 2 years. Mle amounts like the bi annual vary by year based off salary cap changes. Numbers are for 2018-2019 free… Read more »
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago
Cavs free agents are Hood, James if he opts for Free agency instead of his last year, Calderon, Green. James if he resigns a max or picks up his last year makes the cavs salaries 139 mil for 2018-2019. That is 16 million over the tax and the cavs are a repeat tax team. If the cavs resign everyone it will likely take at minimum 10 million for Hood, and 5 million combined minimum for green and Calderon. That equals 154 million in pure salary. If they use the mid level on someone else you have 159 million, 36 million over the tax 123 million dollar salary tax threshold. Tax for the cavs would mean as repeat offenders and being more than 20 mil over the cap they would have to pay 65 million as the combined maximum taxes for the repeat offenders 19.99 million over the tax plus 4.75 dollars per each dollar over 20 million over the tax apron plus 50 cents for each 5 million over 20 million. This equals 4.75x 5 mil, plus 5.25 x 5 mil, plus 5.75 x 6 mil equalling 84.5 million. Added to the 65 million for the lower tax tiers, they… Read more »
Nate Smith
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5 months 13 days ago

As much as I’d like to pick cavs in 4-5. I’m thinking six. This Celtics team is much better thaln last year just by the nature of rozier and Tatum.

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 13 days ago

I’d pick the Cavs in 6, I could see it being less or even the Cavs losing. This could be a huge shooting variance series.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

6 isn’t outrageous nor surprising.. My question to you is who wins in a 7 game series, round 1, Boston or Indy, and how many games.

CLF
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CLF
5 months 13 days ago

6 is logical. But I think the Cavs are hungrier this year than they were last year…. and I think they have a level of togetherness that wasn’t there last year, clearly.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

Thinking same thing. Probably a very competitive 6 games similar to the Indy series.

Nate Smith
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5 months 13 days ago

Lack of NBA parity is a real issue, especially from a tv contract point of view. At this rate the cap will drop this year.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

I think this series was a bit of an outlier. Philly would have been able to compete. They just happened to be extremely green this year. Utah could have been more competitive with Rubio. Houston got lucky in that regard. The warriors are the warriors. Nothing is changing that. Until another super team comes together with an absurd amount of talent to match, they simply will be in a class of their own.

Durant ruined everything after choking hard by chickening out and taking the cakewalk path to multiple championships. Unfortunately, the warriors are here to stay. Unless Boston and philly turn into a super teams (possible) or unless the cavs can flip the pick for another star like Kawhi or get a top prospect who can become a star in a year, GS’s path to championships will be very easy for the foreseeable future.

Scotch
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Scotch
5 months 13 days ago

Also…the warriors have only faced 2 full squads in the four playoff runs. 2. That’s insane

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

Looks like Sunday at 3:30.

CLF
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CLF
5 months 13 days ago

I think the Cavs benefit from starting on the road…. shake them game 1, slaughter them game 2… finish it out at home.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

It certainly adds a level of focus.

CLF
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CLF
5 months 13 days ago

Yup and I think it relieves pressure of holding home court before the teams have that “feeling out” period. The pressure is on Boston from the start to hold HCA.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

Pressure is on Boston, because we have LeBron, but I anticipate Brad Stevens to scheme well.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

I’m glad we are facing Boston in the ECF. Whose the best player on Boston?
All I know is that the Cavs have the two best players in the series. The Celtics have their ‘genius’ coach, who has been out-coached by Ty Lue in previous playoff series.
Watch out for Baynes to try and pull a “Kelly Olynyk” on LeBron or Love.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 13 days ago

Boston is not nearly as good as they looked against Philly. So often it seemed like they were just throwing up crap at the rim and it would go in. Aside from Tatum, it just seemed like a fluke- especially the crap Smart, Horford and Baynes (shooting threes ??!!!) just looked like b.s. following in for them. Cavs will crush them.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 13 days ago

Philly will be much better next year. Interesting to see how Simmons and Fultz (even Embiid) improve over the off-season, along with what they do with their top-10 pick and free agency adds.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

Cavs in 5.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Boston could be a tough series. If we win the first one, it could lead to a quick KO.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 13 days ago

dear lord Draymond is an idiot

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Ainge won that draft/trade big time. And hit a home run with Stevens.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
5 months 13 days ago

Yeah… sad face.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 13 days ago

Funny how much Philly needed a guy like Tatum, could have drafted him, and he’s the one to put them away.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

I can’t blame them for taking Fultz. Coming out of college he was a legit number one. They couldn’t have known he was going to entirely screw himself up over the summer seemingly for no real reason.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 13 days ago

Definitely- can’t knock them for taking Fultz at all. He looked incredible coming out of college, looked like the clear-cut best player in the league. COuld still end up being incredible. But man, are Tatum and Mitchell something- and they’re exactly what the Sixers are missing.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 13 days ago

best player in the ***draft

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

Only knock was fit of course, but the Fultz was a beast in college and had all of the tools to be a star. I am also not sure if they knew what they had in Simmons or if he would stay healthy.

CLF
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CLF
5 months 13 days ago

Great point…. all the open 3s he could’ve made for them.

Nate Smith
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5 months 13 days ago

Gah. I hate boston. Hate drew Bledsoe. Please sweep these dopes.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
5 months 13 days ago

If Boston somehow beats us and the finals is BOS vs GS…..Idk guys.

(Sorry just preemptively having a sports related panic attack)

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

Could be a tough close series, but it would be seriously under performing for the cavs to be beaten. Even with Boston vastly overachieving, they still shouldn’t be able to beat the cavs. But yeah it could be similar to Indy with a lot of grind out games against very physical defense.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 months 13 days ago

Think Boston could be an even more physical test than Indiana. But given how Hill, Love have improved health and are playing great ball along with Korver and of course ‘Bron- Cavs in 5.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 13 days ago

Should we be concerned that Lue is good at shutting down 1 dimensional teams and that the Celtics are not so much multi-dimensional as they are non-dimensional?

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

I do not understand exactly what you mean. You mean their system? If so they did well on Boston last year. Granted they had a huge (or rather small) target to hamper on defense. But it was still system heavy other than IT.

Nate Smith
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5 months 13 days ago

This team better than last year’s boston team.

Nate Smith
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5 months 13 days ago

Might have to trap rozier on occasion

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 months 13 days ago

Not worried about Boston at all…but Tatum is legit.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

Celtics up next. Philly has a lot of film to review in the offseason on stuff they can do differently in close games. Should make them better in the long run if Brown does a good job.

Nate Smith
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5 months 13 days ago

Joel Embiid gotta get smarter
gave away way too many possessions.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 months 13 days ago

Game 1, Sunday afternoon

Scotch
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Scotch
5 months 13 days ago

yeah…that might be boston’s last win this season. hope they enjoy it.

CLF
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CLF
5 months 13 days ago

Love watching Embiid walk off the court like b after all that s he talked.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Well that was interesting.

Boston it is. I think this is a better matchup for us. But Boston is tough. They will not quit. And they won’t beat themselves.

JRL
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JRL
5 months 13 days ago

Cool, Boston it is.
Can’t wait for LeBron to rip their hearts. I despise Boston fans as much as GS ones.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 13 days ago

Al Hordford 78% FT shooter gives up to Smart. There’s some pressure for you.

Simmo
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Simmo
5 months 13 days ago

That’s better Reddick!

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
5 months 13 days ago

Reddick his three one too late.

CLF
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CLF
5 months 13 days ago

Embiid blew it!!!

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
5 months 13 days ago

Embid can’t finish vs Baynes. Unbelievable

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

That should do it as long as Boston makes two.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Obvious foul on Baynes there.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 13 days ago

that’s a foul on Baynes with his arms straight out isn’t it?

CLF
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CLF
5 months 13 days ago

They’re letting them play…. obvious foul on Tatum on the other end prior to the shot.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Well, Philly hasn’t gotten a stop in a while. Then that TO. Redick could have KO’d them with that triple.

Still with a shot. Down 2. No shot clock.

Simmo
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Simmo
5 months 13 days ago

Terrible shot by Redick…

CLF
Guest
CLF
5 months 13 days ago

Or not… LOL.

Simmo
Guest
Simmo
5 months 13 days ago

Man, thought Philly had this.

Nate Smith
Admin
5 months 13 days ago

Gah. They just do so many stupid things.

CLF
Guest
CLF
5 months 13 days ago

I guess I jinxed Boston.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 13 days ago

aahahahahahhhahahahahahahahahahah

For those of you with kids, here's a great opportunity pic.twitter.com/9uC7h3i0ho

— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) May 10, 2018

RightDownEuclid (the first)
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RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 13 days ago

lol even when Baynes not getting posterized he gets kneed in the jumblies

Nate Smith
Admin
5 months 13 days ago

Man. I want boston to win this now
When philly doesn’t play stupid they’re REALLY tough.

Richard
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Richard
5 months 13 days ago

What does Reddick think his job is? Hit the open 3!

JOHN B
Guest
JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

They could have folded completely as inexperienced as they are. Impressed they haven’t.

bw..
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bw..
5 months 13 days ago

Want philly to win tonight at least. Nothing makes me happier than the Boston crowd going home sad.

RightDownEuclid (the first)
Guest
RightDownEuclid (the first)
5 months 13 days ago

I’d really prefer not to play a 76ers team on a 4 game win streak

Phil Hubbard
Member
Phil Hubbard
5 months 13 days ago

Best decision by McConnell that time was NOT passing to Embiid on the perimeter.

bw..
Guest
bw..
5 months 13 days ago

Dario Saric looks like he play a smuggler in the Solo Star Wars movie. Could even keep his name.

Phil Hubbard
Member
Phil Hubbard
5 months 13 days ago

How many Sixers can get pump-faked into the air on a single defensive possession?

Simmo
Guest
Simmo
5 months 13 days ago

Yeah, haven’t been impressed with their interior D.

Jason
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Jason
5 months 13 days ago

He gets a lot of grief here, but Horford is a really fine player. He can check Embiid & Simmons. Post up. Pass. Great connector.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

He is good. Not great, but a really solid big who plays excellent in certain systems. He just is not a go to guy and has weaknesses that can be exposed by certain matchups. He would be a good fourth guy on a championship team. In other eras he might be a decent third option, but in this era of super teams he won’t be the guy that can put you over the top without two legit superstars.

JRL
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JRL
5 months 13 days ago

Wow Philly just doesn’t know how to will a win. Playing putrid basketball. I guess it’s all part of the experience.

JOHN B
Guest
JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

Will make for some great learning material in the film room.

Phil Hubbard
Member
Phil Hubbard
5 months 13 days ago

It’ll take about five minutes to dissect their mental mistakes on each possession.

JOHN B
Guest
JOHN B
5 months 13 days ago

Most young teams/stars have to make mistakes to learn how to win later. Impressed with philly tonight no matter the outcome.

Jason
Guest
Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Celtics on a run. Up 6.

Mike Podracky
Guest
Mike Podracky
5 months 13 days ago

Embid and Simmons costing the Sixers this game. Just awful Shump like decisions.

Nate Smith
Admin
5 months 13 days ago

LOL. Facebook and Wells Fargo apology commercials back to back.

Phil Hubbard
Member
Phil Hubbard
5 months 13 days ago

Wells Fargo stimulating the Akron economy via the Black Keys

CLF
Guest
CLF
5 months 13 days ago

Fraud is their business model.

Jason
Guest
Jason
5 months 13 days ago

Embiid & Simmons combine to take four dumb shots in a short span.

MikeO
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MikeO
5 months 13 days ago

Every time Embiid thinks ‘I should take this three!!!’, he should think again, and not do it…

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