Live Thread: Cavs vs Raptors


It’s a tall order for the Cavs, tonight. Cleveland looks to bounce back from a moribund loss to Boston while the Raptors are coming off an overtime victory against the defending NBA champion Warriors. Yeah, the Raps look the best team in the Association right now, with Kawhi gunning for his first NBA MVP, Kyle Lowry leading all players in assists, and Paskal Siakam locking down most improved player award. Oh, and put Nick Nurse on the shortlist for coach of the year.

The Raps have two All-Star locks in Lowry and Leonard and Serge Ibaka is having his best season in years. If the Cavs have any hope, their bench will have to outplay Toronto’s sometimes lackluster subs led by Danny Green and Fred VanVleet. Unfortunately, VanVleet has a history as a Cavs killer.

On the injury report, Ante Zizic is doubtful with a knee injury, George Hill is questionable, and Dekker, Nwaba, and Hill are still out. Only Norman Powell still seems hurt for Toronto. This one’s gonna be all about little victories. Can Collin Sexton look better than he did in Boston? Can Alex Burks continue his positive play? Can the Cavs keep from adding anyone to the injury list? Honestly, I’m just hoping we have to don’t rename the town to Kawhiveland.

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Jason
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Jason
7 days 7 hours ago

Dukies in a rout over Stetson: 113-49.
Zion: 18 min; 17/7/2/5/0; 7-9; 0-2
Barrett: 17 min; 26/7/7/4/0; 12-14; 2-4
Reddish: 23 min; 23/4/1/2/0; 8-15; 4-9

West coast cav
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West coast cav
7 days 20 hours ago

Toronto is good and deep deep.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 19 hours ago

Yep. Kawhi is top 5 easily. Maybe #1 in terms of a two way player.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
7 days 20 hours ago

AC they can’t finish a game because they’re a bad team.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Van Vleet kills us every game.

Chris K
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Chris K
7 days 20 hours ago

At least they figured out how to keep CJ MIles from hitting a three against them… small victory there.

Leo
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Leo
7 days 20 hours ago

seriously think Cedi thinks he’s Lebron with his iso stuff and trying to do crazy passes and drives. he needs to cut that out and focus on his strengths which is spot up shooting and hustle

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Burks & Clarkson are both hot & have better matchups. They should be initiating.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Yeah, Cedi attacking Kawhi. Whose idea was that?

West coast cav
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West coast cav
7 days 20 hours ago

These kind of games are great. Cavs look competitive, players developing, but we lose and maintain our draft position

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Agree on both counts.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Burks for 3. Back within 7.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
7 days 20 hours ago

Burks looking like a ping pong ball. Refs see nothing.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Burks is a better slasher than I thought.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Burks mugged again. No call on Kawhi.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Love Frye getting minutes. Someone called for it a couple days ago. Good call.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

And another!

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

A foul call!

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

Good fightback! Back to 10.

Still in with a shot.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 21 hours ago

Urban Meyer’s conservative playcalling costing OSU any shot at a PO berth.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 days 21 hours ago

That TD pass wasn’t conservative

Jason
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Jason
7 days 20 hours ago

It was 3rd and 18. He ran on 1st & 20 and 2nd & 20 knowing they need style points. Haskins bailed him out with a perfect pass.

He ran 6/7 plays the previous possession after a TO. And wimped out at the end of half.

Haskins is like 18 of 22 (or 19) for 250.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 days 21 hours ago

The refs are doing all they can to help out Northwestern too

Vintage
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Vintage
7 days 21 hours ago

Cavs not generating any efficient shots right now

Vintage
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Vintage
7 days 21 hours ago

Tough stretch for Cedi. 2 missed treys and a jumper from the FT line. Gives up an and 1 on D

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
7 days 21 hours ago

The calls in this game are absurd. Ive counted like a dozen points the Raptors have off of bs no calls or bad bailouts, and we should have about 10 more free throws.

Especially the Kawhi is a “good defender” and can do whatever the hell he pleases is getting ridiculous

Jason
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Jason
7 days 21 hours ago

NBA refs call based on reputation and apoearance/anticipation a ton.

They call a lot of fouls they do not see. Non-existant fouls. That should never happen.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 21 hours ago

With Love hurt, Hill is our best player.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 21 hours ago

D is good enough to win. 47 pts at half.

Without the garbage refs this is even.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 21 hours ago

Raps are another really good defense. When we start to iso we are really gonna struggle. Gonna need good ball & body movement to have any shot.

Zero calls as well. The one on Sexton was atrocious. Burks got mugged a couple with no call.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 21 hours ago

Some interesting stuff from Drew tonight.

1) Starting Sexton & Hill with Cedi at the 4.
2) Still playing TT & LNJ some.
3) A 2nd unit with Clarkson as the PG + Burks, Hood, LNJ, & TT.

Vintage
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Vintage
7 days 21 hours ago

Cavs in a big scoring drought this quarter

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
7 days 21 hours ago

even if they fall apart in the 2nd half, they are still competing in “small games” otherwise known as quarters.. pretty impressive, especially given last night’s loss.. impressive

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
7 days 22 hours ago

Buckeyes up 7-0

Jason
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Jason
7 days 22 hours ago

Good start. Drew going with Cedi at the 4.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
7 days 22 hours ago

Cedi with absolute stellar defense on Leonard.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 22 hours ago

Hill, Sexton, Hood, Osman, TT.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
7 days 22 hours ago

based on a cursory review of burks output over the last year or so.. when he gets to play 20m or more per game, he seems to be averaging about 15pts (possibly a bit more) per game.. last night was right on target.. .which is about 1.5x his “average” 9.6 ppg.. give him the minutes.. . i like the trade

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
7 days 23 hours ago

Lowry is out for the Raptors.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 22 hours ago

That helps a little.

Jason
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Jason
7 days 23 hours ago

Nice preview. Tough one tonight in all likelihood. As you say, hope for some little victories.

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