Live Thread: Cavs vs. Hawks (take 2)

Larry Drew makes his debut tonight as the acting interim coach voice of the Cavs. Sam Dekker looks to start at power forward in Kevin Love’s absense again. Look for the Cavs to play hard after being embarrassed by the Hawks last week. And with this being a chance to silence some of the noise, and to get a win before playing the Nuggets and going on the road for two games.

It’s not hard to imagine that Larry Drew is coaching for a contract tonight, and that a bad showing might leave him out in the cold.

Let’s hope he comes through and this team starts playing better basketball.

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Raoul
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Raoul
18 days 3 hours ago

One t hing to worry about: Huey, Luey, and Drewy.

JRL
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JRL
18 days 6 hours ago

Love out a couple of weeks and possibly longer if surgery is needed. Wow.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25130125/kevin-love-cleveland-cavaliers-miss-weeks-painful-toe-injury

scotch
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scotch
18 days 10 hours ago

Man…If we can just beat boston a lot this year…it will be a victory

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 11 hours ago

Yeah…whatever happens with the coaching situation, I hope our new coach is at least as candid as Larry Drew. He is just a level above Lue in terms of understanding how to create a vision that guys can buy into. Lue will get another opportunity. He won a title and went to the finals mulyiple times…not every organization is smart enough to discount him as a beneficiary of LeBron Raymone James.

scotch
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scotch
18 days 11 hours ago
Actually…the more i think about it…the more i like Larry Drew for at least a couple years with this current group. He has the characteristics of a coach i want: 1. He wants to be unpredictable on not just the offensive end, but the defensive end. This honestly is my number one desire after experiencing Tye Lebron for 3 years. Give me more. He wants to communicate consistently, not once before the game and then never again until the next practice. 2. His desire is for the cavs to play with pace…but for reasons that make sense. He doesn’t want the cavs to run out of every miss because it’s fun…he wants the cavs to be purposefully quick into their actual offense. 3. He wants the defense to be multi-faceted. This is a continuation of point 1, but it’s a little different. Drew wants to make in-game adjustments EVERY GAME…not just occasionally. 4. In his postgame interview, he was willing to say 2 key phrases: I don’t know, and “we’re not going to be perfect but we are going to communicate”. 5. THE MOST RIDICULOUSLY IMPORTANT PART:::::::: He didn’t need to check the F*()#*%*% tape! He knew what happened during… Read more »
Raoul
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Raoul
18 days 3 hours ago

Agree. Drew is off to a good start.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
18 days 12 hours ago

Can’t understand why the cavs would muck up morale by not giving drew a better contract. It’s not like they’re opposed to paying coaches not to coach if they change their mind this summer. #alwayspaythreecoaches

Jason
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Jason
18 days 13 hours ago

Cavs are closer to the 8th seed than the Lakers are at the moment.

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 13 hours ago

Bahaha comment of the day

Jason
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Jason
18 days 13 hours ago

Stats for those who do not want to look at a box score.
Play, Min, Pts/Reb/Ast/Stl/Blk, TO, FG/FT/3
Hood, 30, 26/1/3/3/0, 1, 9-13/4-6/4-4
Cedi, 33, 20/5/3/1/0, 5, 5-11/7-9/3-5
Hill, 20, 17/2/3/1/0, 1, 6-8/3-3/2-2
Sexton, 27, 17/8/3/0/1, 3, 4-10/8-9/1-2
Clarkson, 27, 15/2/1/1/0, 1, 7-15/x/1-5
Dekker, 28, 12/9/4/3/0, 0, 4-6/2-2/2-2
TT, 29, 11/13/3/4/0, 1, 4-9/3-6/x
Nance, 16, 9/1/3/0/0, 0, 3-8/3-4/x

Joshua Martin
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18 days 14 hours ago

The Larry Drew press conference is so refreshing vs listening to Ty Lue…. its 1 win but they looked like professionals tonight at least.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 14 hours ago

STILL THINK IT IS PREMATURE TO OFFER “THE VOICE ” A LONG TERM CONTRACT—LET’S PLAY IT OUT FOR AWHILE ———–SEE WHAT TRANSPIRES

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 14 hours ago

I dont think it works like that. Drew is ubder no obligation to act as head coach under his current contract. My thought is he will end up with a renegotiated 1 year deal for an extra couple million with the understanding he will get an interview for the job next summer.

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 13 hours ago

Yeah, I imagine they can placate him with more money, and that’s how it’ll most likely play out…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
18 days 12 hours ago

I hope he bleeds Gilbert and his puppet GM dry.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
18 days 14 hours ago

The Cavs have as many wins as the Houston Rockets and the Washington Wizards!! Everything is fine folks!

Raoul
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Raoul
18 days 12 hours ago

Wow!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 14 hours ago

YEAH EVIL FORGOT ABOUT THAT MAGICAL 23 ASSISTS —HOPE THERE ARE MORE NIGHTS LIKE THAT —–WILL BE SETTLING IN WITH AN ADULT BEVERAGE (OR 2) AND WATCH THE REPLAY @ MIDNIGHT

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 14 hours ago

Drew needs to be given the head coaching job.. let him know it’s his to lose., and get out of the way. this interim stuff is a very sad dynamic, and quite petty..

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

Just shoot straight with him.

1) Pay him like a HC this year
2) If it goes well, we will make a longer term deal. If not, not.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
18 days 13 hours ago

That’s how it usually works.

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

Raps just took it to Sixers tonight… forced Simmons into a triple double… 11 points, 10 assists 11 turnovers…

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 14 hours ago

AGREE WITH NATE —(TY WANTED OUT )—-AND STILL GET PAID——LONGO DON’T YOU WANT TO BE WITH YOUR BUD

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

Pistons just threw away a chance to tie in the Garden…

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
18 days 14 hours ago

So happy with so many things this game.

Almost every player really showed what they are capable of this year. Now the Voice has to make sure he keeps using them in ways to complement each other.

So much more often tonight I looked at the court and our lineups actually seemed to match what we needed in ffbe situation.

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
18 days 14 hours ago

…in *the* situation.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

Cavs assists:
4: Dekker
3: Hill, Sexton, Cedi, Hood, TT, Nance.
1: Clarkson

7 guys with 3 or more.

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Very spurs-like stat

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

The Voice is just a candid dude…

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Looking forward to seeing it when it posts on the mother site….

Sounds like drew is just a straight shooter.

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Thanks for the link!!! Focused with the right priorities

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

Even the press conference is night and day…

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 14 hours ago

Man, the Rockets stink…they desperately, desperately need an elite 3 and D wing like Rodney Hood…he could be their Ariza replacement…

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

They are awful without Harden…

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

Melo does not help win games either.

Like LA & OKC, if they screw around & fall too far behind #8, catching up could be hard out West.

Cavs 2 games out of 8th!

Joshua Martin
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18 days 14 hours ago

Roster is so top heavy after those 3….they need to panic trade soon…would they be a suitor for JR or Korver? Could take on Brandon Knight’s bad money if they can’t get Butler.

I assume Miami and Houston will be making moves soon…as will the Wiz…BLOW IT UP!!!

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

Excited to hear The Voice in his first post game presser this year…

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

Free throw disparity was glaring… 11-17 for Hawks, 33-43 for Cavs…

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

Good slashing.

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

Cavs hit that magical #23 assists…

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

I guess the halftime adjustments actually worked this time…

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 14 hours ago

ahem…actually happened this time…

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

So true…

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

I guess Larry did not have to look at the tape.

JRL
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JRL
18 days 14 hours ago

Buck said 3 wins by January. let’s see how this energized group down here on out.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 14 hours ago

i am hoping for better.. we shall see.. though sample size is small, data suggests drew should make a difference.. if they stop playing like a 3-40 team, i will acknowledge it… tonight was a start.. but certain (currently improbable) things need to happen.. like hood finding his shot.. as the facts change, i will, accordingly, change my view.. i learned the fine art trend-following from mr market.. as the trend changes, i will jump on-board.. i don’t mind missing the bottom and paying a premium..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 14 hours ago

if this win was against toronto, it would have been a tad more impressive.. but honor is due (can you name the film that phrase comes from? it’s a good one)

JRL
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JRL
18 days 6 hours ago

Not without Googling it 😁

This was an energized group. I hope it continues and once Love is back, he’s used correctly.

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Seven guys in double figures…. Cedi with a huge statement in the 2nd half after a rough few games.

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

That is how we have to do it, collectively.

We have a lot of 12-18 ppg types but not a 25 ppg type (save perhaps Love, who was out a month): Hill, Hood, Cedi, Sexton, & Clarkson. TT, Nance, Korver, & Dekker can get you 6-10.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
18 days 14 hours ago

yes, they must play like musketeers

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Hood with great interview… Driving home the point about sharing the ball.

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 14 hours ago

anybody think Larry Drew gets a 2 year contract after tonight? this exact same thing happened last year when he coached for Lue. He played Nance and Cedi a lot and we had flow for the first time all year.

John B
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John B
18 days 14 hours ago

Hope not. That would be a bit premature.

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 14 hours ago

I hope not as well. but what happens if he goes 8-1 or something over the next stretch like he did last year. Hard to argue the players don’t play for him.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
18 days 14 hours ago

Though I will say I think he is a far far better in game coach than Lue.

JRL
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JRL
18 days 14 hours ago

I hope he does not.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 14 hours ago

YEAH YOUNG BULL ALMOST WITH A DOUBLE / DOUBLE——CAVS 2 / 3 PT SHOTS AWAY—-( SEXTON 17—HILL 17 PTS —FROM HAVING 4 / 20 PT SCORERS —–

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Young is Atlanta’s best player… That’s scary for them.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
18 days 14 hours ago

Bazemore. Young has only been their best player against us. That is two out of seven games. The rest he has been awful to mediocre.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 14 hours ago

DID THEY HAVE A LOCKED UP BUDWIESER REFRIG —-TO UNLOCK AND HAND OUT FREE BEER –1ST “W”

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 14 hours ago

play of the game was probably Hood’s facial of Len. that set a tone we haven’t had yet this year.

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
18 days 14 hours ago

Absolutely

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

Great point!

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Agreed…. Especially for him

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

Yep. Hood’s confidence went way up after that & he drilled a 3 the next time down.

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 14 hours ago

Sexton had 8 boards…4 offensive.

John B
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John B
18 days 14 hours ago

Cool. They beat a team they should beat. That is a major step in the right direction. Blowout is icing.

JRL
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JRL
18 days 14 hours ago

Finally. Glad the team got their first W. I’m sure the guys needed to that.

EvilGenius
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18 days 14 hours ago

West coast cav
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West coast cav
18 days 15 hours ago

THE VOICE

Pete
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Pete
18 days 15 hours ago

Give Larry Drew a 10 year deal!!!

JRL
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JRL
18 days 14 hours ago

Hahaha nice.

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

Sexton midrange money!!!!!

Pete
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Pete
18 days 15 hours ago

Zizic has to play. Why did we pick up his option if he’s going to be glued to the bench?

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 15 hours ago

tt was so good defensively it was tough to find mins. He could have taken some of nance’s actually

JRL
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JRL
18 days 14 hours ago

Yeah TT got his sh!t together after the first quarter

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

Nwaba nice dump off! Great passing sexton and dekker!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 15 hours ago

YES HOOD’S SHOT IS “PURE –VELVET “—NEEDS TO HAVE THAT CONFIDENCE TO ” JACK IT UP ” !!

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

Nice to see the Cavs get a win and return the favor… and without Love even…

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

Nwaba be strong with ball!

Jason
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Jason
18 days 15 hours ago

That Hill, Clarkson, Hood, Cedi, TT lineup is not bad. Pretty athletic. Cedi as a small 4.

JRL
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JRL
18 days 15 hours ago

Don’t be fooled by one game lol.

running jumper
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running jumper
18 days 15 hours ago

Ahhhhhhhhh first win!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 15 hours ago

“ZZ” IS ON FIRE !! :)

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

Great pass Clarkson!!!! Zizic draws the foul!

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

The Gator was 4-4 on threes tonight!

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

How about JC with the pocket pass to ZZ?

CLF
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CLF
18 days 14 hours ago

Fantastic pass!!! Winning breeds winning plays!

Charlie E
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Charlie E
18 days 15 hours ago

Ante!!!!!

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

Zizic!!!! Nice pass sexton and cedi

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

Zizic makes every shot…

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

Except when he’s fouled…

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

The hustle on defense!!!!

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

Love the forced 24 second violation up 25 with just two minutes to go… the voice is strong

West coast cav
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West coast cav
18 days 15 hours ago

The voice is the greatest handle ever

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 15 hours ago

GUESS I KNOW WHAT I WILL BE DOING AT MIDNIFGT TONIGHT———SO DID ” WRECKER DEKKER ” AT LEAST HAVE A DECENT GAME TONIGHT ?—-STAT WISE SAYS YES —–VISUAL IS ANOTHER THING

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

Yes, he did.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
18 days 15 hours ago

And Atlanta is horrible

Jason
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Jason
18 days 14 hours ago

They beat us by 25 last time. This was much better.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
18 days 15 hours ago

Gilbert looking like a genius tonight.

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

Chris K
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Chris K
18 days 15 hours ago

Honestly, if you told me the Cavs had a 40-point quarter and two 30-point quarters tonight… I still might have wondered if they won…

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 15 hours ago

THE “VOICE ” HAS SPOKEN —-FOR AT LEAST 1 GAME !!—-” DO THE DREW “

EvilGenius
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18 days 15 hours ago

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

Clarkson to HOOD for three!!!!!!!!!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
18 days 15 hours ago

IT SHOULD BE ANTE TIME !!

CLF
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CLF
18 days 15 hours ago

Hood TO cedi for three!!!!!!!!!

Charlie E
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Charlie E
18 days 15 hours ago

Sweet trey by Cedi!

West coast cav
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West coast cav
18 days 15 hours ago

Cedi definitely had some LeBron rub off on him. His body language looks so much better than the last couple games

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