Playoff Live Thread: Cavs vs Celtics

The mustiest of must win games is upon us.  Will we notice any changes?  Does Ty Lue continue to run with the players that had the best pre-season fantasy rankings?

We’ll find out shortly.  I’m gonna channel my inner Nate: 132-86 Cavs.

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Vintage
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Vintage
8 months 2 days ago

Caught a bunch of the game on radio and watched a little bit of the second half when the game was already well out of hand. I am glad that it didn’t require a superhuman offensive effort by LeBron to get a W… allows him to conserve some energy for the defensive end and builds everyone’s confidence when they can get it going on offense.

Game 4 is going to be tough – Stevens is too good of a coach to allow his team give that kind of poor effort again. Gotta play with the same intensity because it won’t look good going down 3-1 with 2 of the potential final 3 games in Boston.

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8 months 2 days ago

didn’t see the game —-WELCOMED IN ANOTHER GRANDCHILD ——-FUTURE WNBA ALL STAR !!!——-sounds as if cavs were pretty much on their game —-celts still struggling on the road —-LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY —–GAME # 4 IS NOW AS HUGE AS GAME # 3 —-2–2 SOUNDS SO MUCH BETTER / MORE DOABLE THAN 3–1——-SO IS HOOD PRETTY MUCH ON HIS WAY OUT __( AGAIN I MAY BE OUT OIF MY MIND —-STILL THINK HE HAS POTENTIAL—GIVE HIM A WHOLE YEAR HERE ——-BUT I REALIZE IF IT DOESN’T WORK OUT WE ARE STUCK WITH ANOTHER ‘SHUMP’ CONTRACT —-GO CAVS “INBELIEVELAND “!!!

Jason
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Jason
8 months 2 days ago

We were 50% from 3 tonight, but were nit really spectacular in any other aspect. And even that was mostly 3 guys: Korver 4/4, Bron 3/3, JR 3/4. The D was better. Our starting backcourt finally showed up. TT put the whodo on Horford. Bron was effecient. Love was good not great. Hill hit early 3s and that was about it.

Nance had a nice line: 8/6/3 with 3 steals on 4/4 fgs.

No Hood in a blowout. Please play Cedi more.

Kim
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Kim
8 months 2 days ago

So holding the Celtics to 86 points while winning by 30 points is not really spectacular in any aspect other than the 50% from 3? You were right…there are those who talk hoops , and there are those who know hoops.

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
8 months 2 days ago

+1. Yeah, and LeBron didn’t get a 50 point triple double so he was mediocre too, and will be dropped out of the all time Top Ten. I was at the game, Kim, and the Cavs’ defensive tenacity in all aspects was very impressive.

Kim
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Kim
8 months 2 days ago

I’m with you Mike. And considering how horrible the Cavs have been on defense (29th in the league this season), the defensive effort was epic. Since you were at the game last night , you may not have seen a nice defensive stat flashed on TV- the Celtics were 2-10 when Bron was the primary defender. Brad Stevens also said said only Bron could pull of those amazing left-handed dish offs. Yet our friend here is saying that Bron was merely efficient and that nothing spectacular happened last night other than an efficient offense.

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
8 months 2 days ago

Thx for that stat ! You could sure tell James was 95% engaged, but 2/10 is just awesome. James shut down Brown for the most part

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

See lot of comments how Celtics play poorly road, but Cavs played so much better on both ends of floor which I haven’t seen since Raptors series, early on. Game 4 will be interesting since Celtics could make some adjustments and prove they win can game on road, Cavs have to bring same energy, and Hill has to set tone….every time he has started aggressive Cavs are undefeated

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Yeah, I expect a different Celtics team game 4…if nothing else, I expect a LOT more intensity. Game 3 was a sleepwalk game for them.

JRL
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JRL
8 months 3 days ago

Sucks I didn’t watch the game :(

From the comments, plus game recap, seems like the Cavs’energy on both sides of the court was a big factor, along with Boston’s road woes. Nice to see such a blowout.

From the few vid clips, seems loke Nance was given a good amount of time. Glad Lue learned from his few minutes on game 2. Also, benching Hood was the right move.

Let’s get another win and force Boston to step up.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
8 months 3 days ago

Cavs in 3

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

So Boobie played 7 seasons with 1 team. No D league. No Europe or China. Just 7 seasons on 1 team. That’s pretty unusual right?

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

he was always injury prone and was married at the time to keisha cole who was hip hop star, so he had money there via his ‘rap career’….plus 7 years in nba with average contract and investing can go long way

running jumper
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running jumper
8 months 3 days ago

Once he got on his “music career” it’s no turning back.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
8 months 3 days ago

Wow. Cool! Just got home. Couldn’t watch the game. I guess Boston really does play different on the road, or did the cavs just finally figure things out or both?

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Celtics are different on the road, and Cavs played harder and looked like they had an actual game plan other than ‘just roll the ball out there’.

CLF
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CLF
8 months 3 days ago

Three simple adjustments made by Lue it appears….. Playing Nance, benching Hood, and not letting Clarkson operate at PG by having LBJ in there with the bench crew.

running jumper
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running jumper
8 months 3 days ago

Agree. Clarkson should only be allowed to run the point on 2 occasions:

1. A couple of minutes in a blowout.
2. If he’s paired with another floor general or with Lebron.

running jumper
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running jumper
8 months 3 days ago

Can we sign Boobie Gibson to a contract just to sit on courtside the rest of the playoffs?

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

Was that him in the red hat? I wondered about that

running jumper
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running jumper
8 months 3 days ago

Yep. Never forget game 6.

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

Cavs keep consistent performance, Celtics are toast, felt like they couldn’t get an uncontested shot off and were breaking down on defense….Hill being aggressive early is the key…again thought Cavs didn’t play lights out and yet they creamed this team…shows Cavs potential when they turn everything on and get solid, if not good coaching

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

Wow… Cavs outscored them in every quarter… has that happened in any other playoff game this year?

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

The Cavs did it to Toronto in the final game of that series. The Pacers did it to the Cavs in the game 6 blowout.

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

p00dcast
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p00dcast
8 months 3 days ago

Best move of the night. Weird he didn’t play in garbage time though….?

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

Lebron, Love, Hill, Korver, Nance, TT, JR, Cedi, Green, and a little bit of Clarkson-
Hill and JR are really important and need to be more consistent. Cedi needs to be put in the freaking game.

And Lebron needs to bring energy to the defensive end, lead by example. Cavs very much capable of winning the series.

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

Doris Burke is a godsend…

Joeyb
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Joeyb
8 months 3 days ago

It’s a travesty. Sexism is so entrenched. Past due time to give the best person the job.

Jason
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Jason
8 months 3 days ago

She should be calling the games. Mire insight from her in 30 seconds than from Jackson & JVG the entire game.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

Honestly, Marc and JVG are hacks. So disappointing she is relegated to sidelines when she could share so much more knowledge, insight than those dimwits.

Charlie E
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Charlie E
8 months 3 days ago

Please somebody give Jackson a coaching job so we can be rid of him. And double please let that somebody not be Dan Gilbert…

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

he should just cycle around the league to which ever team is most committed to tanking that given year.

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

Celtics played out of their minds in Game 1 and won by 26, they played insane in second half while Cavs collapsed, then they lay a huge turd in this game..cant figure that team out, but don’t think they are as good as people think…if Cavs recognize they are better and bring the energy and effort on both ends, they can win remainder of games….great win…GO CAVS!!!

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
8 months 3 days ago

Anybody else notice Irving isn’t on the bench? I know he’s injured but interesting he didn’t travel with team to Cleveland when Celts could have theoretically advanced to Finals with two wins?

p00dcast
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p00dcast
8 months 3 days ago

Noticed that too – Hayward absent too, I think.

running jumper
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running jumper
8 months 3 days ago

I have this feeling that we have a legitimate chance for the chip if we face Houston rather than Golden State. I mean, maybe better than 0% chance that we have if we face the Warriors lol.

As long we can make Harden go 1 v 5 and stay home on the other guys, then I like that chance. I know there’s that guy CP3, but the offense will always go through Harden. Make Harden feel like he could take it every time then stay home on the other 4.

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

Celtics had nothing going for them tonite on either end…Cavs have to recognize this is a young team that can’t really step up unless at home and they need to make them quit early….Game 4 will be different but it was nice to crush this team…never thought they were this good, just thought Cavs played really bad in first two games, also didn’t think this was Cavs best game in postseason either

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Cedi steal

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

IDK what happened to JC’s shooting form… looks so much worse than it did in regular season…

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

JC is conscienceless

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

really surprised Lue isn’t putting Cedi in for earlier in the game…dude just has different dynamic…meanwhile Jeff Green looks three steps slow every time haha

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Rookie and foreign, obviously not ready for the playoffs…

running jumper
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running jumper
8 months 3 days ago

Legitimate point. But that’s also the difference between Pop and the rest. If you can play then you will. Pop will find a way two give you a consistent 5-8 minutes a game if you can play. Cedi had proven he could fill that but Lue isn’t really giving him better chance.

Tim
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Tim
8 months 3 days ago

Clarkson is such a bad player. Even his makes are bad shots. True heir to Shump.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

He’s worse than Shump because all he does is look to score…he’s like Kobe, if Kobe really sucked…

Tim
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Tim
8 months 3 days ago

Haha. True, Westbrook like usage rate when on the court, hotel California of basketball players, you can pass it any time you like, but it will never leave his hands.

running jumper
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running jumper
8 months 3 days ago

Hey Shump can play defense at times!

Tim
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Tim
8 months 3 days ago

He was great his first year defensively.

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

So where should Cedi have slotted in this game?

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

All of Jeff Green’s minutes. Most of Clarkson’s

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

Oh yeah I forgot Clarkson got meaningful minutes

p00dcast
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p00dcast
8 months 3 days ago

Definitely all of Clarkson’s, maybe some of Green’s.

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

How big of a factor was Brown being in foul trouble?

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

Cavs had a big lead early and the Celtics never made a run.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

It was Cavs’ intelligent attacking that got him in foul trouble in the first place

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Not much. Celtics just aren’t the same on the road.

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

Very true… they’ve only won one road game this playoffs…

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

JC getting it going.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Best game Clarkson will have shooting all playoffs, and mostly in garbage time…

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

The Love to LeBron backdoor in Phantom Cam

daspec90
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daspec90
8 months 3 days ago

That was a thing of beauty. Even better in slow motion.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

We all feel the same way, JVG. the same way

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

Osman: Lob to Nance for a dunk, followed by a drive for a layup

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

Collective CTB o face on the Cedi to Nance oop

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Oh yeah

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Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Cedi to Larry!

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Wanna see cedi kill it for fie minutes.

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

Hey guys… sorry, been out of town… haven’t been able to watch the games… but just saw the score…

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

One game to even!

EvilGenius
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8 months 3 days ago

Boston is a terrible road team…

Brian
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Brian
8 months 3 days ago

I thought the cavs would win but I did not expect this. Like two completely different teams

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

The bucks took this team to 7 games after going down 0-2. Cavs just have to take it one game at a time.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

James to Nance for at least the third time

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

why does it feel like these conference finals series are taking forever to get through

Vintage
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Vintage
8 months 3 days ago

Huge layover between Games 2 and 3

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
8 months 3 days ago

Kyle Korner does NOT like French people. He is abusive to them….filthy abusive.

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

No coach can be genius when he loses to team by 30 in multiple years in playoffs games

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

Korver doing his thing

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Pass the g.d. ball, Clarkson…

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

At least he’s hitting.

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

Clarkson showed up somewhat

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

That rookie has a more ample waistline than big baby…

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

Record low comment count for a playoff game?

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Think folks nervous.

daspec90
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daspec90
8 months 3 days ago

Watching on tape delay…and nervous.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Probably. Always lower post counts on Friday and Saturday nights, too…

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Jordan Clarkson! God. If he could get hot…

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

I see you working, Kyle

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Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Hee Hee.

daspec90
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daspec90
8 months 3 days ago

He was being nice.

Leo
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Leo
8 months 3 days ago

I don’t think cavs playing particularly well yet are crushing Celtics…amazing when even a little energy and effort can change dynamic…let’s finish them off boys!!!

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Celtics have been a different team on the road in the playoffs. Their role players actually miss shots and make mistakes on the road.

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Cavs happy to have Boston’s offense go through smart and his foul line J.

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Terrible shot by hill.gotta know the clock.

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
8 months 3 days ago

I love that with 1:37 left in the 3rd, even if LeBron had scored 0 points, we would still be leading by 1. Awesome!

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

“Max Contract” Marcus Smart decided to be Marcus Smart tonight.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

James with the step-back bounce pass to Tristan

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

From the royal wedding to Star Wars… They’re going to get around to Yanny vs. Laurel before this is over.

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

That’s a smart bet

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

WOW that’s one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

Swish. Getting a game ball.

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Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

Where does this come from?

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Can we bottle some of this for game 3? And that was a foul on JR? Uh huh.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

If things keep going well, Lue may be able to limit James to 40 minutes or so tonight.

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
8 months 3 days ago

And we might get another Rodney Hood refusal to play!

believeLAND
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believeLAND
8 months 3 days ago

lol JVG and Marc going on about the royal wedding…

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
8 months 3 days ago

LeBron teaching the Celtics about the Royal Wedding…..when you mess with the King’size Queen you get it in the Ace, Jack!

Nate Smith
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8 months 3 days ago

We may have our recap theme.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

Morris finally gets the tech he should have had in game 2 for taunting

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Morris is such a huge schlong. He’s on the right team.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

The downside of a big lead: Having to listen to Mark Jackson and Van Gundy talk about the royal wedding.

MikeO
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MikeO
8 months 3 days ago

Just the worst.

Right Down Euclid
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Right Down Euclid
8 months 3 days ago

This is getting dangerous here

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
8 months 3 days ago

Bron is setting TT and Nance up at the rim more than driving himself tonight.

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