Live Thread: Warriors @ Cavs

The Warriors return to face the Cavs for the first time since time sweeping them in the 2018 Finals. A lot has changed. The Cavs are without LeBron James. Kevin Love has missed most of the season due to injuries. They probably won’t make the playoffs.

And, the Warriors are no longer the clear cut favorites to win it all. The league has beefed up, especially in the West where three teams are above Golden State. In the East, the Raptors have shown that with Kawhi Leonard they can slow any team with a switch everything defense.

One thing has stayed the same though. The Warriors are still the most petty team in the league. Earlier this week, Klay Thompson came out and made a ridiculous statement after Anthony Slater of The Athletic reminded him of the tombstone cookies LeBron James had at a 2016 halloween party with his name and Stephen Curry’s on them.

“That was funny. Look how that turned out. Psssh. Bums. That was crazy. I forgot about that. Well, look at what pettiness gets you. Gets you 1-8 in the Finals. Idiots.”

The Warriors have dealt with some drama this season. Durant and Draymond Green have gone at it and the team hasn’t played as well as they are used to playing. They’re 4-6 in their last ten. They’ve lost two of their past three. Tonight, they are without Draymond Green, their defensive lynch pin. They’re also without starting center Damian Jones. The Cavs are missing David Nwaba, Kevin Love, Ante Zizic, and Sam Dekker.
Three Things to Watch
1. The Warriors aren’t an amazing rebounding team and they will be starting Kevin Looney at center, he’s a power forward traditionally. The Cavs need to go hard for offensive boards and get every possible shot up that they can. Tristan Thompson can wreak some havoc if he plays well.
2. Despite winning against the Nets two days ago, the Cavs gave up 4o 3s. They absolutely cannot do that this evening or the game will get ugly and it will happen quick. Curry, Klay, and Durant all love hitting open 3s. The Cavs need to protect the ball to prevent 3s off turnovers, and they must run guys off the 3-line.
3.Get tough. The Warriors probably want to punk the Cavs. We used to give them good games and we came back from being down 3-1 against them. Collin Sexton should go at Curry and get under his feet when he shoots. Tristan should elbow anybody who gets near him in the paint. Cedi needs to tackle Klay. I’m advocating for some heart tonight. I don’t want the Cavs to be on Warriors highlight reels for the next month.
I don’t think the Cavs have the talent to beat the Warriors, and they certainly don’t have an offensive or defensive system to do so yet. They can at least make it competitive for a few quarters; and, if they can’t do that, they can be physical enough to avoid getting laughed at. Warriors 114-94.
Anyone going to the game tonight, please start a “3-1” chant. No team can ever take that comeback and championship away from us.
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EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nice running hook by JC!

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Clarkson shoulda got an and1..

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

WTF was that D, Collin?

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Yup… gotta foul before that shot…

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

Big bucket from Sexton and now and an and 1 for Burks.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Burks a better slasher than I thought, and a worse shooter.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

9 pt quarter. 11.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Sexton with a big bucket with a J, then Burks with an And! Needed that.

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

JC refuses to use glass there & misses.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Man… that would have been a key bucket for Burks to hit… shame

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
3 days 22 hours ago

no burks?

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
3 days 22 hours ago

are the warriors tryin’ or playing with blindfolds on?

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

This has been the Dubs all year. Disease of more. They have a chemistry problem.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Channing coaching from the bench… hope the Cavs give him a job…

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

It’s so nice to watch the Cavs play the Warriors with no pressure…

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

I know what I’m wishing for for Larry Nance: minutes or a Thompson trade.

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

No excuse for letting Iggy go backdoor. You want him to shoot.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Golden State feels like they’re content to wait around to hit bombs down the stretch… hopefully the Cavs can ruin that plan…

Simmo
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Simmo
3 days 22 hours ago

Have returned home, tuned in and guys can I ask what Cedi is taking?

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Getting his feet set on his J. He’s too good to slump foever.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Burks has been rough this game.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Yeah… hasn’t looked quite as aggressive either…

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

Crminal that Lue sat Cedi in the Finals. And so much during the season.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Iggy didn’t need to foul there. That had no chance of going in. Glad he did though.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

At least Sexton drew the foul that time…

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Cedi Confident J.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

I always forget that Hood is left handed…

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

5 minutes and 1 bucket.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nice scoop, Cedi.

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

And another.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Hey, here’s an idea… why don’t the Cavs use Nance like Simmons and run the offense…

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

He’s not THAT good at it. But given our other options……

Really, it should run through Love/Nance. They are our best playmakers.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Someone I know said that earlier tonight.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

(am I doing it right, Nate?)

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

Another almost steal.

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

We have had a bunch of almost steals.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

What are you doin’ young bull?

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Colin just has no ability to score one on one. None.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Let’s put Hill or Sexton on the bench and play nNance.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

This just in: the Cavs should be using Nance like Jokic/Simmons.

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

We need to chill on TT post ups and Sexton long twos. Let Hood create & Cedi spot up.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Good TO by Drew…

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Collin needs to do a better job on Curry…

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Sexton’s long twos are freaking annoying.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

CEDI! With the feet set!

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

C3DI!!!!!!!!

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

Damn, we should have scored there.

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Gotta get on the floor for that loose ball, Collin!

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Both teams super sloppy to start second half…

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Great half court offense by Hill, TT, Hood to set up a Hood three which he missed

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

ATTACK, Collin!

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

EG, I got an twitter DM from the NBA coach’s association linking to a profile on Mike Longabardi. Feel like explicating that for an article?

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

LOL

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

I’m in such a good mood… I might even watch Longabardi’s post-halftime interview…

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Wonder if Bron is watching… while he’s home icing his knees…

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

What a weird box score. Hill 0-5 and +9. Rodney Hood +19. Larry Nance the absolute straw that stirred the drink for Cleveland, just +3, but a monster 9/7/2 line in 15 minutes. He has to play a ton in the second half.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Well especially with 3 fouls on TT…

EvilGenius
Admin
3 days 22 hours ago

Larry Nance… ultimate tip drill…

Nate Smith
Admin
3 days 22 hours ago

If you called a 19-5 by the Cavs to end the first half led by a pair of triples each by Osman and Sexton, then you should go buy a lottery ticket.

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

The play where Steph took a 3 to go 2 for 1 around 35 seconds and Sexton came back & nailed one for us to go for 2 for 1 ( which alliwed for the Hood shot) was fantastic.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nance was revelatory that quarter… also, maybe these guys just need to see more threes go in to have confidence shooting them…

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

I was looking at our cap going forward and thinking, man, is LNJ really worth $11 mil starting next year?

After the last two games, I am thinking he may well be.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Maybe LeBron was the problem… ;)

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

I am loving EG tonight.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

10-20 vs. 7-15

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Taken 5 more threes than GS!

Nate Smith
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3 days 22 hours ago

Nice runout. Then Youngbull with a trey!

OMG Play of the year JC to Hood for a “look ma, no feet!” finish for two!

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 22 hours ago

Of course, he was open for three for like five seconds before pass.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

C’mon… even you’ve got to admit that was pretty awesome JoeyB… ;)

JoeyB
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JoeyB
3 days 22 hours ago

Oh, it was totally awesome. Just pointing out that Clarkson still refuses to pass to open teammates unless he is tripled teamed and already in the air.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

He’s been incrementally better… which is something

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

We are getting a lot more 3s up tonight.

If Cedi gets a consistent shot (big if), he could really be a good player.

Really enjoyed that half. Pretty much everyone contributed positively. Hill did not do much. Other than that….

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

39 point quarter for the Cavs!

Jason
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Jason
3 days 22 hours ago

What a flurry at the end. Cedi, Sexton, Clarkson, and Hood. Great stuff.

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

NOMAD
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NOMAD
3 days 22 hours ago

WILL AT LEAST WATCH THE 1ST HALF ON RECAP TONIGHT —GOOD COMEBACK BY THE CAVS —–ANY PREDICTIONS EVIL

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

Not tonight… just enjoying this

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

HOOD-TACULAR!!!

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

What a ride!

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

C3DI!!!!!

EvilGenius
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3 days 22 hours ago

YOUNG BULL!!!

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