Playoff Podcap: Celtics 96, Cavs 83 (or, Rough Road)

The Cavs proved once again to be no match on the road as they fell behind early at the TD Garden by 13 in the first quarter, and wound up losing by precisely that margin in the end. Though they made runs in the final three quarters, they never really got the deficit under 10 that often, and trailed by as much as 20 early in the fourth quarter. The Celtics didn’t even really shoot that well, averaging just 36.5% from the field on the night… but they wound up taking 11 more shots than the Cavs given Cleveland’s 15 turnovers, and a lot of those were threes. Ty Lue once again went the inexplicable route in his wonky rotations… and had an even weirder response for why he didn’t play Kyle Korver at all in the first quarter…

To recap and try to make sense of this nonsense… Nate, EG and RightDownEuclid gathered their courage and hopped into the podcast booth. We dissect what went wrong (mostly Ty Lue), what went right (Larry Nance stood up for himself), and whether or not we expect the Cavs to regroup and respond in Game 6. EG went off his meds to throw shade at Terry Rozier and his non-masculine fighting style, then contemplated the complexities of LeBron’s future. RDE chimed in with some observations on fan rapport. Meanwhile, Nate kept us all grounded with his boundless optimism. Let’s hope he’s right, and that the Cavs can take care of business at the Q on Friday… then navigate the potholes and construction cones in a Game 7 on the road Sunday.

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

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ChrisKorvalier
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ChrisKorvalier
6 months 14 days ago

Great podcast, guys. Really enjoyed the discussions about LeBron’s future and the intensity of the Q crowds. I have to say I splurged and got seats in the 11th row behind the bench for Game 2 against Indiana. I pretty much considered this a “must win” given how badly the Cavs played in Game 1. When LeBron went nuts in the first quarter and took a personal 16-1 lead, me and my brother were going bananas. But it seemed like most of the people around us were just kinda wondering what we were cheering about. It was pretty strange.

And, yes, I gladly wore the free “Whatever It Takes” T-shirt.

Peter
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Peter
6 months 14 days ago

Could it be that both Warriors and Cavs are feeling the tolls of 3 straight years of playing deep into the playoffs? Both Rockets and Celtics were not exactly sensational in their respective Game 5 but they seem to have more energy.

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
6 months 14 days ago

Warriors and Rockets is a grueling series. When a series is played that hard, injury prone guys/old guys with lot of mileage get hurt like Iguodala and now CP3. It shouldn’t be excuse, since your team is who you signed as everyone carries pros and cons. Kyrie probably finished only two seasons healthy, boston should have known who they got.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
6 months 14 days ago

I think the toll of being coached by an idiot is a greater toll.

JRL
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JRL
6 months 14 days ago

Hahaha that’s great JoeyB.

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Only Bron, Love, JR, & TT did it. And only Korver last year. Plus TT & Love missed a lot of time this year.

LeBron yes. Everyone else? No.

GrumpyOldMan
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GrumpyOldMan
6 months 14 days ago

Who knew? All the Celtics had to do to keep Korver from hitting 3s was bench Semi Ojelele…

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Especially after Korver’s D on Brown the prior game. It makes no sense.

Lue is just not that bright and cannot adjust well in the flow of the game. Like IT & Wade said.

Jack
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Jack
6 months 14 days ago
One last complaint about Lue’s reasoning behind not playing Korver I need to get off my chest. The whole reason you make moves is to force the other team to adjust and then you need to be prepared to make more adjustments. Lue has said all playoffs that he thinks the Cavs are basically unstoppable on offense when they surround Lebron with shooters against a traditional lineup. If that’s his belief, then why would he hesitate to put Korver into the game when Stevens went with Baynes? That’s the lineup you want to take advantage of with your shooting by stretching them to their limits with Love at center and Lebron at PF. Sure you’re going to be in a tough spot defensively, but they’ve struggled to score with that Baynes lineup all season, so at least then, you’re making them beat you on both ends, not giving their defense a pass. Maybe he thought Lebron was too tired to carry the defensive load with that lineup on the floor, and obviously, he could never say that, but you gotta believe if they start getting open 3’s and going on those patented Cavs runs, the crowd is going to get… Read more »
MJ 45
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MJ 45
6 months 14 days ago

This would be a historic choke by the Warriors. Game 4 would be worse than Heat blowin lead over Mavs in game 2 2011. That series also should have been won in 5 games

But of course Cp3 gets hurt, so the warriors will win. Man what a weird playoffs this has been

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

FWIW, Paul said he was okay for game 6…believe he told Sam Amick. Remains to be seen, obviously, but that’s a better sign than I expected.

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

My guess is, knowing CP3, he will grit his teeth and try to olay through it.

Question gor the Rockets is do you let him? Or do you sit him for game 6 & get him as healthy as possible for game 7?

Jack
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Jack
6 months 14 days ago

Last time he played against the spurs on a hammy injury in G7 (and hit the game winning shot), he had to sit the fist 2 games of the next round, so it comes down to whether you really think you have the Dubs on the ropes. I think they do, and if they don’t win G6, Dubs are gonna win G7 anyway. So might as well leave it all on the court.

JRL
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JRL
6 months 14 days ago

Yeah, another lucky draw by GS.

Nate Smith
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6 months 14 days ago

Feel bad for cp3, but something like this happens to him every single year. Caveat emptor, indeed.

Nate Smith
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6 months 14 days ago

Argh! This is why Lue’s coaching madden me. These two western teams are clearly vulnerable.

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GreekCavsFan
6 months 14 days ago

If you call these teams vulnerable, then what would you call the Cavs? The intensity of last night’s game was the highest I have seen since our famous comeback. Really impressed with the Rox. They are defending as if they have played together for years. Extremely few mistakes and against arguably the hardest team ever to defend with all the shooting they have and all the stuff they are running every time. I don’t know who the defensive coach for the Rockers is, Bzdelik or something I believe, but I would certainly trade him for Longambardi.

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

Yeah, I was going to post the same thing. The Rockets and Warriors have been the best two teams in the league all year, and if one or the other, or both, look ‘vulnerable’, it’s because they are playing each other.

Jack
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Jack
6 months 14 days ago

Last time CP3 played G7 on a hammy injury, he missed the first 2 games of the next series. He’s taken some of the load off Harden, but Harden still looks as gassed as Lebron at times. So I’d put the rockets down for almost as vulnerable as the Cavs.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
6 months 14 days ago

Playoff Harden, yikes

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
6 months 14 days ago

Draymond with two mistakes on the key possession: passing after the rebound, so the Warriors couldn’t advance the ball on the timeout; and then fumbling the ball away.

CLF
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CLF
6 months 14 days ago

Tim Reynolds tweeted about CP3…. said Dantoni said “he’s worried” about the hammy.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
6 months 14 days ago

Cavs gotta come back. Come on, you guys can do this!

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

Steve Kerr knows the Warriors are winning the next 2

Joshua Martin
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6 months 14 days ago

No way CP3 can come back this series…I doubt he could even play the finals. That looked bad.

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

Think the Dubs need to give Swaggy P a LOT more PT in game 6…

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

They’re blaming Green for that inbounds pass that he sailed over Durant’s head. But Durant had 5 seconds to get open and he is literally incapable of doing that in tight situations

Charlie E
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Charlie E
6 months 14 days ago

Warriors are missing Iggy, having to work harder on D is taking their legs. Unfortunately, seems like Iggy will return and with Paul hurt it’s hard to see the Rockets getting it done.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
6 months 14 days ago

i don’t care, Chris Paul is amazing for that shimmy

U-Dog
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U-Dog
6 months 14 days ago

+2

Yeah. Loved that.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

that was hilarious

U-Dog
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U-Dog
6 months 14 days ago

I thought last night’s game was poorly played. If the Warriors and Rockets continue to play like they did tonight, both the Cavs and Celtics can beat them.

What’s with Harden in the playoffs? (19 pts on 23% shooting – 9 were free throws. 0-11 from three.)

Chris Paul is a shell of his former self, but trying hard to show he still has it. (-13 for the game.)

Yet they won. What has happened to the Warriors offense?

John B
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John B
6 months 14 days ago

Sloppiness with the ball and getting too much into iso is what some warriors blog point to. Credit the rockets though. They have defended better than I expected.

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

Curry is at 30%…until he scores 50 in game 6, then no one says a thing…

U-Dog
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U-Dog
6 months 14 days ago

Curry still has respectable numbers in the playoffs (outside that shooting %) . . . but, like Harden, he doesn’t seem to be as impactful deep in the playoffs. Kyrie clearly outplayed him.

That’s why it will be difficult to trade Kryie in light of Rozier’s performance. Celtics will need his clutch offense late in big games to win it all. He’s one of the best in the NBA in big moments. And just maybe he’ll learn something by watching these playoffs.

TheOtherJason
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TheOtherJason
6 months 14 days ago

so warriors in same situation cavs are in now. interesting. will media need to issue formal apology if neither warriors nor cavs make finals?

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Best case for us is Houston manages to win this while CP3 messes up his hammy.

Not optimistic we beat the Cs. However, I think there MAY be a title window here. Hope Bron sees it the same way.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

Nice win by the Rockets. Too bad Paul is done and GS will easily win the next 2.

I’m not saying they’re a bad organization, but they are the freaking luckiest organization I’ve ever seen.

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

You are a broken man, Tom…/s

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

We’ll see on the hammy. He could limp through a game & Harden/Gordon could go nuts one game.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

I think he has been the most important player for the Rockets in this series.

Joshua Martin
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6 months 14 days ago

By far…his leadership and toughness kept them in game 5. Without CP3, this is over in 5 max.

U-Dog
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U-Dog
6 months 14 days ago

I’d like to see more of Gordon next game, after watching Paul dribble more than LBJ on each possession.

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

17 turnovers gets you beat, whether you’re the ‘greatest team of all time’, or the Cavs.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 14 days ago

Whelp. So much for my prognostications. Props to the turd and their insufferable style of play.

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Kind of modeled on the Kyrie/Bron style of play, isn’t it?

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 14 days ago

To be honest I have never made it a secret on this blog that I don’t love how we play on offense. Houston takes it to the absurd extreme though.

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Draymond fumbles it. TO.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

Wow. What a great decision by Kevin Durant to join a 73-win team. Only way this dude was ever winning a ring. Soft as whipped butter

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

“The bedwetter.”

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

Fitting conclusion.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 14 days ago

Warriors choking hard.

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Paul with the bad hammy.

Dubs down 2 with the ball under 10 sec.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

Draymond taps it out and Durant can’t get to the ball.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 14 days ago

Yeesh. Ariza misses critical ft.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

And Chris Paul gets hurt at a critical juncture – another star PG goes down in the playoffs against the Warriors. Deja Vu

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Pretty predictable for CP3.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 14 days ago

How can the rockets win shooting this horribly while getting outrebounded and shooting less than 30 percent threes. Turnovers I guess.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

Durant wetting the bed. Curry and Thompson can’t get open. Draymond to the rescue!

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 14 days ago

The bearded turd has been terrible tonight. This is also evidently one of Curry’s ‘crippled with injury’ games. Funny how the media doesn’t speculate about injuries when the beard sucks in a game.

Tom Pestak
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6 months 14 days ago

the hero ball is outrageous

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Yep. Klay & Gordon with good games.

Steph (8/16, 2/8 3s), KD 8/22, Harden 5/21, 0/11 3s, Paul 6/19, 4\9 3s.

Jason
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Jason
6 months 14 days ago

Dubs are in trouble. Down 6 with 4 min left.

Harden has missed 19 triples in a row.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 14 days ago

I am sick of three pointers. I am beginning to hate this style of play.

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 15 days ago

Just started listening, and was reminded of how useless JR was. Yet he gets around 30 minutes. 30 minutes of absolutely nothing from your starting SG. Even the Warriors would struggle at times with that non production.

Just a garbage game all around. Not like the Celtics played particularly well.

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
6 months 15 days ago

warriors have their own version of JR in Swaggy P. Warriors mistake of signing Swaggy P is hurting them. But warriors play him for 10mpg, not 30 mpg.

MikeO
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MikeO
6 months 15 days ago

Good point. Swaggy P has been worse than I expected him to be. Pretty good comp with JR, since they both have a history of knucklehead plays on the court.

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6 months 15 days ago

‘ANOTHER VOTE “—cast in favor of HAMMOND —- 1st and foremost she is light years better than our present coach —and yes let the cavs organization– ( always in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons )– be PIONEERS IN BREAKING THE GENDER BARRIER AND YES SHE AND LEBRON CAN DO GREAT THINGS BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURT —-THINK LEBRON BEING THE LEADER / SPOKESPERSON / INFLUENTIAL ICON COULD HELP BOTH HER AND FUTURE FEMALES GROW IN THIS POSITION ——AND ONE THAT I THINK LEBRON WOULD WELCOME AND FLOURISH IN ——–KOLBY / DAN HERE IS YOUR CHANCE !!!

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

Hammond, I would assume, is a better coach than Lue, Byron and Brown 2.0

JMay
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6 months 15 days ago

Combined.

JMKP
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JMKP
6 months 15 days ago

How great would it be if we fire Lue and hire Becky Hammond?

That might add another reason for LBJ to stay. “Play with the next possible Pop for the rest of your career”

warriorsfan
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warriorsfan
6 months 15 days ago

That would be a bad situation for Becky. Hope she gets her chance for young team that has scope to improve. Cavs have no room to improve the roster because they are struck with bad contracts and really have 3 players that would be in playoff rotation for a contending team and no young prospects. I would not wish for Becky to fall into David Blatt situation. May be a year later when Cavs get rid of some bad contracts and have some young team to develop.

Jack
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Jack
6 months 14 days ago

If (fine, when) Lebron leaves, it’s best to have a new coach already in place for that year, so s/he can have a say in the draft pick, and you already know what your style of play is when you have cap space.

Nate Smith
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6 months 14 days ago

Nice to see you’re legit terrified of the Cavs with a real coach.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
6 months 15 days ago

I wish they’d do it before game 6

JMay
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6 months 15 days ago

Oh. This would be fantastic. I don’t have faith that the Cavs could make a decision that good…

Nick
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Nick
6 months 15 days ago

I’d be down for the Cavs giving Hammond a shot. It’s only a matter of time and who is going to be willing to be the first to break the mold.

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

I would be all for that.

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

As someone here said before, can’t remember who, it will force LeBron onto the “Is he leaving cause a female coach?” situation where it may push him towards staying.

Nate Smith
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6 months 15 days ago

That would be me. “pc guilt” I called it.

ChrisKorvalier
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ChrisKorvalier
6 months 15 days ago

This is genius.

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

Sorry for not remembering the source. I think it will be a great move by Dan.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
6 months 15 days ago

It is really amazing that lebron can carry a team with an organization and coach this incompetent. This is a lottery team if you replace lebron with Durant or any other player.

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6 months 15 days ago

AGREE—with other posts/ comments—-‘IF ‘ THIS LEBRON’S LAST HOME GAME __-(and I believe it is )—-make it a MEMORABLE ONE —-come out blazing THE ENTIRE GAME !!!—–although the home team has won all the previous games just have that feeling celts are going to finish it / win Friday night —-60 / 40 on that ———do believe it will depend all on LeBron’s mental state- ( more than physical )—-does he want the season to continue or not or is he ready for ALL THIS ( SEASON / CAVS CAREER / DRAMA / LUDICROUS COACHING ) TO COME TO AN END ———go home watch the rest of the playoffs / with no pressure and start concentrating —ON THE DECISION !!

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6 months 15 days ago

evil thanks for ‘keeping it real “——LUEP–RHYMES WITH SCREWUP —-SO THERE YOU HAVE IT !!!——-WGTA IS THE OLD SAYING——” GIVE THEM ENOUGH ROPE AND THEY WILL HANG THEMSELVES ‘—-THINK TY-LUEP JUST HUNG HIMSELF !!

JMay
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6 months 15 days ago

The moment I knew we were losing the game last night was when Kevin Love threw the ball into the back court leading to Jayson Tatum sprinting down the court with LeBron on his hip. When Tatum went for the layup and LeBron didn’t block the snot out of the ball, I knew it was over. Such a disappointment.

JMay
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6 months 15 days ago

I cannot wait to not watch Lue on that sideline. He needs to be fired as soon as possible. How is he even allowed to conduct interviews anymore? Not playing Semi Ojeleye was Stevens’s trump card? C’mon. That’s utter absurdity. So infuriating to watch and listen to.

running jumper
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running jumper
6 months 15 days ago

Win or lose, I wonder how can we work our team with the very limited flexibility we have. The 8th pick should net us at least one player of the two guys that we need.

I really can’t see a scenario where winning a championship for other cities will weigh more than winning it here. Does winning in LA makes him more global than he already is?

No matter how tailored his would be team to his, they will take time to gel. Believe it or not, time is more forgiving to him if he spend it here. We just need to change a couple of parts and tighten some of Lue’s screws. It’s not that easy but very doable.

Tim
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Tim
6 months 15 days ago

Where Kawi ends up should be factored in as well to his decision. Him and Kawi would be tough.

running jumper
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running jumper
6 months 15 days ago

What if Portland/Washington decided to stop mediocrity, blow it all up?

8th pick + TT for CJ or Beal. Stretch pay JR and trade Clarkson for some unknown defensive center???? Could we lock in LeBron with that? Can’t help but dream.

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

That won’t make it past a healthy Boston nor a smarter Philly

Nate Smith
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6 months 14 days ago

It will with a better coach.

Tim
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Tim
6 months 15 days ago

I don’t think LeBron was fatigued as much as realizing how things were going and not being willing to push through the mental wall of tired on a game where things obviously weren’t going their way. When he drives 5+ times and doesn’t get the call and doesn’t have his jumper and nobody else is hitting anything it’s a tough road to climb. Plus, the dude likes his elimination games, loves story lines. Pretty confident they win big at home and then it’s game 7 on the road, he’ll come up like a force of nature in game 7.

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daspec90
6 months 15 days ago

I just don’t know what to make of Lebron’s energy level. Just very puzzling. Could be as simple as he’s getting run down. Many of his shots hit the front of the rim, and even several of his layups were off the mark. In the press conference after the game, however, he denied being tired (even though he clearly appeared to be so on the court). Don’t know what to think. I mean, I guess you deny being fatigued even if you were in that situation. Right?

CLF
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CLF
6 months 15 days ago

Yup… LBJ doesn’t want to show any weakness or give the media any ammunition to criticize.

CLF
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CLF
6 months 15 days ago

It’s a bit conspiratorial but I actually thought the same thing. I think he thinks game 7 where there’s a ton of pressure is a better chance to win in Boston than game 5. I think basically he was trying to save energy for 6 and 7 after exhausting themselves to even the series.

Jack
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Jack
6 months 15 days ago

Then we weren’t watching the same game. He was reacting late to player movements and throwing the ball away and laying the ball up off the glass instead of dunking from the outset. He was definitely tired coming in. I suspect that it was as much a lack of sleep problem as it was actual physical fatigue.

Tim
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Tim
6 months 15 days ago

I’m not saying he wasn’t tired, just that he has another gear to push past it and wasn’t willing to do so that game.

Jack
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Jack
6 months 14 days ago

That was for sure the case in Game 1, but I really think he just didn’t have it in him the other day, like last year in Game 3 against Celtics when he had that virus and didn’t get going until late in Game 4. Even when you’re Lebron, if you’re flying, not getting enough sleep and playing every other day, it’s tough to hit the gas. I remember after one game in this run, I think Windhorst made a point of writing about Lebron getting 9 hours of sleep after they got back from Game 2 in Toronto (or some game), and he said again on a podcast that Lebron can’t sleep on planes and that getting sleep is the most important part of his recovery. I imagine being home in his own bed, though, makes getting sleep a lot easier.

Sim
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Sim
6 months 15 days ago

+1

daspec90
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daspec90
6 months 15 days ago

Baynes played 29 minutes in this game as opposed to 16 in Game 4. I think that adjustment made an impact.

Jack
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6 months 15 days ago
The only upshot here is that if the Cavs play defense and compete like this in the next 2 games, they’re probably going to the finals. The turnovers, foul shooting and missed shots were all problems and the reason they lost the game, but they didn’t give up and Boston wasn’t just missing shots. It’s the NBA guys the Cavs were rotating well, manning up, springing smart traps on time and contesting shots with a purpose at the rim. But man, Lue turned in a Dwayne Casey special in G5. First of all, you had to have a contingency plan for Brad Stevens’ adjustments. It was predictable that he’d start Baynes at some point and shorten his bench. Moreover, Korver was the perfect weapon to make them pay for starting Baynes and Rozier because if you force Baynes into the scram switch action, it’s one of the few times you’ll really see defensive breakdowns from Boston. And seriously, as a coach, how do you expect your players to be consistent when you aren’t consistent? He specifically said he made a mistake in Game 2 sitting Lebron and Love at the same time to start the 4th and then turned around… Read more »
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JOHN B
6 months 15 days ago

Comments on the crowd are true I think. I think it has to do with the football town thing. I don’t think it is a bad crowd, but it isn’t one of the most raucous and rabid arenas. The reason are probably due to a lot of what Nate said. But the cavs/Indians fandom has never had the same passion as the absurd and nonsensical love for the Browns. I think you see that.

The Cleveland crowd isn’t Miami bad though. I think it it somewhere middle of the road.

running jumper
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running jumper
6 months 15 days ago

Bias or not we are the best sports fan base in the world!

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 15 days ago

Certainly some of the most loyal. The Indians attendance disappoints me. I still just get annoyed about the football thing.

running jumper
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running jumper
6 months 15 days ago

In Baker we believe! I want the Browns to end their own misery.

With the Cavs, I hope that I can live my life where me, my children and grandchildren can all root for a dozen of Cavalier championship teams spreaded throughout their own generations.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 15 days ago

I guess I am fine with Mayfield after seeing how statistically dominant in advanced stats he is. He is no johnny Manziel. He is in a different universe of talent. However, I still think Josh Rosen has a great chance to be the best out of these guys if he can stay healthy and likely will be better sooner. Unfortunately, I don’t think he would have have stayed healthy in Cleveland.

Would have rather had Chubb than Ward as I think the elite pass rush (automatic with Garrett, Chubb, Ogbah, etc) is more valuable than secondary in today’s NFL, but I get why (extreme need) they took Ward and he isn’t a bad pick. Like the rest of the draft and am ok with those first rounders.

I think it will be quite awhile before we see another cavs championship. A player like LBJ comes around once every 30 years or so. Unfortunately for his legacy he just happened to come around in an era of super teams and didn’t have enough help earlier in his career, while now he has to face a team that has by far the most top end talent in history.

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Raffy22
6 months 15 days ago

So Ty Lue got thrown for a loop bc Brad Stevens didn’t play Eddie Murphy’s sidekick from Coming To America. Seriously, f**k me!!!!

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

Jordan Clankson got crickets. Seriously?
That was great.

Tough crowd 😉

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 15 days ago
I have to say based off the two games at Cleveland, their is no excuse for the cavs to lose this team. They have the capability to win. I was unsure before this series but I am positive they can at least beat the Celtics in game 6. The role players have to step up and Lue has to do a much much better job, but LBJ needs to carry this team. The role players are wildly inconsistent, but this is the type of series/game Lebron has to win for his legacy. Losing to GS or Houston is expected, but based off what I have seen he needs to win this series. Boston is currently is not Golden State, Houston, really an elite team. They shot 36 percent and won. That can’t happen. I have to say 22 shots and only four free throws is just not enough for a game five on the road. Stop ISOing, but if you do, I want you taking the shots. Last night was baffling. I expect him to be much more engaged in game six and he absolutely needs to be aggressive to the max. It is an elimination game and he needs… Read more »
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6 months 15 days ago

‘clueless” DID NOT out coach kerr —-it is called draymond getting suspended // LeBron / ky ‘doing their thing ‘—-think LEBRON is more fatigued with this so called “coach ” making stupid decisions –post game remarks–excuses ‘ETC.—-if you noticed in LeBron’s post game interview how many times he PRAISED STEVENS FOR BEING A GOOD COACH —–round about way of throwing ty ‘under the bus ‘–deservedly so!! —–yeah I am still rooting for the cavs —but if they don’t advance to the finals –it will be no big deal —can almost see them losing at home Friday night —-just think LeBron / teammates are all emotionally drained —know they have no chance in hell of winning the nba championship—ready to hop on the banana boat / get golf clubs out / go fishing —–HOPE I AM WRONG !!!—–WILL THIS BE LEBRON’S LAST GAME / ( HOME GAME )–IN A CAVS UNIFORM ?

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 15 days ago

If it is, it better not be a repeat of 2010. Win or lose, I want him to go out gunning. Have the mentality of the best. Attempt to carry the team and try to force the issue. I won’t have any complaints about it being the end if he does that. I want 30+ shots minimum plus free throws. I don’t even care about efficiency. Just attack.

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

I think if Cavs lose to Boston LeBron is gone.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 15 days ago

Almost certainly. Considering they have Hayward and Kyrie coming back, he might be anyway. That team could compete with the warriors. Not win, but compete. They have enough defense around Kyrie and Hayward to be competitive and those two guys will change them from a mediocre offense to a decent one. I just want LBJ to lay it all out there. Don’t give me 2010 Boston. I don’t think that has much chance of happening, but I would seriously be disappointed if it did.

Nate Smith
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6 months 15 days ago

Lue’s master plan for game 6: he’s not going to play Semi Ojeleye.

Kevin
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Kevin
6 months 15 days ago

How in God’s name did Lue outcoach Kerr in 2016?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
6 months 15 days ago

You know the answer… we had two of the greatest iso players in the league have a mad final three games of the series… that, and the Warriors shrank a bit in Game 7…

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

Ahhhh what?
He didn’t.

Peter
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Peter
6 months 15 days ago

The Larry Nance monicker ‘The High-Ayatollah of Slamola’ is an allusion to Ayatollah Khomeini, the world renowned Supreme Leader of Iran in the 80’s.

Nate Smith
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6 months 15 days ago

Thanks, Peter…

Jason
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Jason
6 months 15 days ago

Lue should have been fired mud-season.

Mike Podracky
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Mike Podracky
6 months 15 days ago

James outscoring the other starters 26-24 is just preposterous, as was Lue’s comment on why he didn’t insert Korver. Is there really any proof necessary what an absolute dope Lue is as a coach? Agree Cavs win game six, and back in Boston the other four starters need to set their alarm clocks to wake up for game time. JR should set a second wake up call as backup given how pathetic he played last night.

running jumper
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running jumper
6 months 15 days ago

Coach Lue is like a person who knows that 2 + 3 is 5, but certainly have no idea to the answer of 3 + 2.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
6 months 15 days ago

Wow. Great comment.

JB225
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JB225
6 months 15 days ago

Lol

JRL
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JRL
6 months 15 days ago

Hahaha thanks for the laughs.

running jumper
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running jumper
6 months 15 days ago

It’s out. The way how Lue’s coaching mind goes. He can only take advantage of his players and the situation only if the other team dumbs down.

I don’t know ifI am going to cry, laugh, be extremely angry, sad or what. I’m… I’m speechless.

topgun
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topgun
6 months 15 days ago

I get that Lue sucks.. always has.. but how are our assistants – collectively – let this kind of rotations and lineups happen? is this N. Korea whereas ONE man makes the call and others cheer, in fear of being shot? I mean what are their jobs? just let Lue continue to act like an idiot?

topgun
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topgun
6 months 15 days ago

for that comment Lue made, he should be fired…. even before game 6… he absolutely hurts this team…. Drew is more than capable of carrying this team forward…

damn pathetic coach

JB225
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JB225
6 months 15 days ago

If the Cavs want to win this series they will need Lebron to ensure a good start in the next two games.
I believe that one of LeBron’s great accolades is his poise but sometimes he needs to read the situation better and understand that there is no KI now and KLove is not the best second option so he needs to be way more aggressive and not allow the Celtics to build early leads. As we have seen in this series the Celtics are not that good playing catch up.

Jack
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Jack
6 months 15 days ago

Dude, Lebron was exhausted. You could tell by the turnovers. He wasn’t mentally processing stuff as quickly as usual, and that’s a tell tale sign of fatigue and probably lack of sleep. Lebron’s gotta make a concerted effort to go home, hop in the cryo chamber, take an ambien, drink a glass of wine, get 9 hours of sleep and download his turnover software patch.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
6 months 15 days ago

Funny and true…

JB225
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JB225
6 months 15 days ago

I know it is wrong to wish bad things to people but maybe the only positive that could come out of the Cavs losing this series is that finally the Cavs FO can fire Lue.
I believe the Cavs could do better if they played Cedi or even try to give some minutes to RH when you are getting absolutely nothing out of JR.
I would also try to play a 9-10 player rotation to try to match the Celtics energy. Our old and not physically prepared guys just couldn’t hang with the young Celtics.

Dan
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Dan
6 months 15 days ago

Korver is the only player other than Lebron playing well this series and I just don’t understand how you don’t get him the ball – especially when JR isn’t shooting the ball well. Damn Lue!

Boogieeels
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Boogieeels
6 months 15 days ago

JR Smith has taken 39 shots this series, and he has missed 30 of them. When I first read this stat, I kicked my dog.

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