Preseason Live Thread: Cavs vs Pacers

Cavs take on the Pacers tonight sans Love, Nwaba, Hood, and Clarkson.

The Pacers are missing Evans, Thad Young, Cory Joseph, and Edmund Sumner.

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Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

I thought Ty said Nwaba would play the last two games. Yes?

JMay
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2 months 9 days ago

Recap is up, folks. Sorry for the delay. Meetings this morning.

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

I am gonna say something that hasn’t been said for a while. The top 4 in the East are better than the top 4 in the West.

East: Boston, Toronto, Indy, Philly
West: GSW, Houston, OKC, Utah.

GSW tops for sure. After that…?.

JRL
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JRL
2 months 9 days ago

Ahhh… Interesting.
At first I thought, “You’re crazy!”

But I don’t know man, you might be onto something.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
2 months 9 days ago

watched the replay —-I was a “dekker hopeful ” when he was signed / and still optimistic once camp opened —but yeah watching his play —I would choose “BONZI ” OVER DEKKER— ( arch that was a great video honoring BONZI )——still think ANTE DESERVES MORE MINUTES —( YES THEIR IS SOME DEFENSIVE MINUSES )—-but he is so much more of an offensive threat than T.T. WILL / DREAMED of being —plus he is only 21 yrs old —a lot of potential there —I AM WITH EVIL —I SEE PACERS AS THE TEAM COMING OUT OF THE EAST ( AND HOPING THAT THEY ARE )—–WELL COACHED AND THEIR ENTIRE ROSTER CAN PLAY AND COMPETE ——Sexton learned last night what a top competitive nba roster / team is like to play against ——-stat line NOT IMPRESSIVE —BUT yes think he didn’t force / or lose his composure / and stull competed at a high level —THOSE ARE POSITIVES

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
2 months 9 days ago

I’m slightly concerned that Sexton hasn’t been able to find shots around the rim. However I do like how under control he was this game, not forcing anything.

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

He has not learned how to drive into a defender and then bounce off to create space for the finish & prevent the shot block. It is all straight line speed. If he gets the guile down, look out.

He certainly is NOT a Clarkson/Crawford type chucker.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
2 months 9 days ago

I was thinking the same thing. He needs to learn to create space and how to change speeds

JOHN B
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JOHN B
2 months 9 days ago

Rookie watch. Ayton looks like the number one pick. He is going to be a beast on both sides of the ball. He probably already is. Averaged 3 blocks per game in his first three preseason games in limited minutes. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him average 20 ppg, 12 boards, 2.5 bpg, on 58-60 percent shooting and 78-80% shooting this year. I expect him to develop a three point shot sometime in the offseason. I think his ceiling is a more athletic, bigger, stronger, faster, and more defensive minded KAT or a skilled Dwight Howard who has a jumpshot and shoots free throws around 80%.

JRL
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JRL
2 months 9 days ago

So a better Larry Bird?

John B
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John B
2 months 8 days ago

Ha. Don’t think he will ever be a passer or three point shooter of that caliber. He has had some nice kickouts. I think he will command doubles sooner rather than later. His j extends to about 18 feet now and he is well over 50 percent in preseason on js. He shot some threes in college. He is nowhere near the three shooter Towns or Davis is at this point obviously and I don’t think he has attempted one yet. Last game he had some nice postups against Durant, which he scored a number of times. I think he will challenge Embiid, Davis, and Towns for best big for years to come. He has been active in rim protection, is uber athletic for a guy that size, and can get up the floor. Don’t think he is as fast as Davis, but who is as a big? He had the body to come in and dominate in the post now though and some great footwork. Not as skilled as Embiid on footwork, but he has a solid post game now.

Scotch
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Scotch
2 months 9 days ago

Is Oladipo in the top 5 players in the league if he has a slightly better season this year? He is a monster on the basketball court…wade in his prime

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

FWIW, my top 5 would be: Bron, Durant, Kawhi (if healthy), Curry, & CP3.

Next 5: Russ, Harden, Davis, Greek Freak +1.

That #10 is up for grabs: Kyrie, Embiid, PG13, Butler, Dipo, Green, and a few others in the running.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
2 months 8 days ago

Forgot about Giannis. Kawhi would probably be in the running over top five. I am waiting to see how he comes back though. My feelings on Russ vacillate. Sometimes he hurts that team as much as he helps when he gets into midrange chucker mode. He also could be the best defensive pg in the league if he focused in on that end more.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
2 months 9 days ago

Not quite going that far. Wade’s peak was so high up there. He was for a few years probably the second best player in the league. He would have to have a monster year as in being in the running for DPOY, or leading scorer in the league/MVP to surpass one of LBJ, Durant, Davis, Curry, or Harden. Those guys are sort of on another level.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
2 months 9 days ago

In 2017 the cavs were defending champions and the Indians were one win away from winning the World Series. Now, Browns may be our best hope for a future title. Life comes at you fast.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
2 months 9 days ago

2016 for Indians.

The Tribe need to rebuild the bullpen this offseason. And start playing some of their younger players over the Kipnis’s and EE’s. Hopefully they have some talent left in A – AAA.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
2 months 9 days ago

I am so over kipnis.

JRL
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JRL
2 months 9 days ago

Working out in the garage, didn’t catch the game. I see they lost but how did the young guys do?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
2 months 9 days ago

In honor of Colson: https://youtu.be/wBruxedXUes

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Ok… time to go watch Drew Brees make NFL history…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Korver can still drain em…

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Oof. That Colson shot was short by like 2 feet.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Zizic has a nice j. Dude is so skilled offensively.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Pacers gonna kill teams from three this year…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

The Charge should have a good season…

West coast cav
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West coast cav
2 months 9 days ago

Indiana playing like it counts. Good to see our bench not completely folding.

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Holland on fire this game

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Fighting for his spot…

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

Pick & roll D is still awful.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
2 months 9 days ago

They need to find a different nickname for Taylor. Every time I hear “IT” I get douche chills.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Beware the sports industrial complex.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

No idea why Sabonis is still playing…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Ike to Holland… nice!

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Nice save by Ike

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Holland missed a wide open Korver in the corner… sheesh

West coast cav
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West coast cav
2 months 9 days ago

Colson

West coast cav
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West coast cav
2 months 9 days ago

Colon is a young TT with skills.

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

Good stuff from Bonzie. Also from Holland. Battle for the last two way.

I think Colson > Dekker pretty soon.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

AGENT COLSON!

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

COLSON!

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Taylor, wow.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

IKE! Cuts it to 14!

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Cavs have cut into the lead at least…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

Indy could win the East.

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Could. Think it depends on Boston’s ceiling. If Hayward and Irving are 80-100% what they were, I don’t see in the east anyone beating that team by the time the playoffs roll around. I think they will be an entirely different team chemistry wise by that point.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Replace could with will in my book…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

He might have traveled, but that TT dribble drive was nifty…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

I’d much rather see Dekker drive and kick to Korver for the three instead of the reverse of that….

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

Love, Clarkson, Hood, and Zizic are 4/5ths of our best individual scorers.

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Why hasn’t Zizic played? Anyone know?

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

He’s playing all 40 on Wednesday…

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Hehehe. That is twice in one game that Dekker has been absolutely embarrassed on a dunk attempt by Turner.

Jason
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Jason
2 months 9 days ago

We cannot finish inside vs Turner.

Put Zizic in.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Dekker Double Stuffed…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Sexton needs to put that ball up…

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Nice drive and kick by sexton

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Hill finally hits a three… maybe he heard me…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Never thought I’d long for a Jordan Clarkson ISO bucket…

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

I am truly amazed that Indy’s starters are still in. Sure prepare for the regular season, but this game isn’t preparing them much more. Save it for teams that will push you in preseason.

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Agree…

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

Sexton not shooting well… he’s a rookie. What’s Hill’s excuse?

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Needs to be open/have a ton of time to shoot?

EvilGenius
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2 months 9 days ago

This is the most shots Dekker will ever get (hopefully)…

John B
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John B
2 months 9 days ago

Bad sequence by Nance. Great showboat dunk by dipo.

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