Live Thread: Knicks @ Cavs

The Cavs played a rough one two nights ago against the Bucks losing by 16. The Bucks didn’t even have their number one player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Knicks are a good team for the Cavs to try and get a bounce back win against.

New York currently sits above the Cavs with two more wins, but they certainly aren’t better. They are riding the submarine to the bottom of picks trench too.  Kristaps Porzingis is still out for them with his ACL injury. Tim Hardaway Jr. leads them in scoring with 21.5 per night; however, he’s essentially just a starting version of Jordan Clarkson. Their rookie Kevin Knox is putting up just nine points a game. Enes Kanter is probably their best player getting 14.9 points and 11.5 boards per game this season, but he comes off the bench. *Tonight he’s starting though.*

The Cavs will be without Tristan Thompson because of a foot sprain. He was having a career season putting up 12 points and 11.6 boards per game. David Nwaba and Kevin Love remain out too. *Nwaba is back tonight.*

The Knicks are missing Trey Burke and Courtney Lee. Both of those players provided steady ball handling and poise on the floor.

Thing To Watch

1. With Tristan out, Larry Nance will get the start most likely. The Cavs should look to run the offense through him. He’s leading the Cavs in assists and he should help boost their offensive efficiency when he’s on the floor. He can pick out open guys when Larry Drew places him at the elbows with the ball.

2. However, he will need to remain effective defensively. He will cover Enes at some points, and he must not get into foul trouble. Enes is crafty and can get points if he isn’t managed properly. He has some of the best old school post moves in the league.

3. With that being said, the Cavs may run some five out groups tonight with Channing Frye at the five. They have to, right? He’s their only other big man. If he does play, the team may get some easy baskets at the rim as the Knicks try to chase him from the 3-line.

4. Collin Sexton had an awful shooting night against the Bucks using 18 shots to get 15 points. He’s going to have a tough challenge again this evening; the Knicks run Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntlilkiba at the point spot. Both of them are above 6’5”. Collin needs to use screens properly this game and get to the rim because his mid-range shot may not be open against these guards. They can easily catch up from behind for some blocks.

The Knicks are one of the few teams the Cavs can beat and the Cavs know that. They’re going to hustle tonight for a win, 121-105.

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JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 10 days ago

Delly and Nance bench lineups equals the new herculoids. You put that much offensive bball iq and passing ability on the floor at once and run some semblance of cutting/flashing to open spots on the interior and you don’t have to have the most talent to outscore a lot of teams. Collin Sexton needs to study every moment Delly was in this game. That was truly a astounding winning impact performance by Delly. Winning impact. Not scoring, though he did opportunistically. Not flash, just literally making the right fundamental action 99% of the time.

And I mean he was in the right spot, doing the right things, at the right time, with the right purpose of action 99% out of every 24 seconds of every possession he was in on offense and defense. AC and Fratello were totally right to be fawning. Truly a masterful winning impact. That is the type of play advance stats like adjusted plus minus try to account for.

Can we just make the three headed Fratello, Ac, Fred monster permanent? Great broadcasting.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 10 days ago

Also I just got done watching a replay of the game if that wasn’t obvious.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Wins for the lotto teams:
4: PHX
6: ATL, CHI
7: Cavs
8: NY
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11: BRK, Wash, Mia
12: Hou
13: Minny
14: Utah, SA
15: NO, Port

Sac above the line so no lotto pick for the Celts at the moment. Go Kings Go!

PO teams:
12: Orl
13: Det
14: Cha

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

Yup… gotta go back to work, but it was good night… some great play from the Cavs and a humiliating GSW loss!

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Well that was fun…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Lower bowl at Oracle has been empty for a good nine minutes now…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Raps sweep Dubs for the season… with a 20 point blowout that wasn’t close… without their best player…

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

On second night of a back to back.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

First Rap victory in Oracle in 14 tries…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Okay… now all he needs to apologize for is his stupid mouthguard habit and his new pencil stache…

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

13 TOs between Curry, Durant, and Green… yikes!!!

And it’s not like Toronto was really hot tonight…. they’re just grinding it out.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

What’s with the Steph pencil stache?

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Almost nothing makes me as giddy as depressed Dub fan cam…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Smooth Kyle!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

WOW… it’s fun watching Toronto… they run very crisp offense.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

The Raps are tough. Ibaka is thriving again at C. Siakam is blossoming. Van Vleet kills everyone now. Danny Green helps a ton. Deep. Well coached. Excellent on both ends.

Of the top 5 teams in the league, I think 4 are in the East. Raps, Celtics, Bucks and 76ers + Dubs. And I am not sure Indy isn’t better than the rest of the west. Maybe not Denver.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

I think once Dipo is fully healthy and re-integrated, Indy will be right there also…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

And without Kawhi, or JV who was beasting before Dray dislocated his thumb…

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

Yeah, exactly!!! Their offense was still humming with “mismatched” parts from the 2nd unit!

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Fun fact: the Cavs scored more points vs the Raptors with Kawhi than the Dubs could without him. Oh, and the Dubs are fully healthy andxwe weren’t.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Dubs are not very cohesive at the moment…

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Also love that Brooklyn beat Philly without Butler. Hope Embiid is happy with his role.

Hey Joel, would you rather be the best player on a team that can’t beat the Nets or a second best player on a contender?

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Yeah, Dinwiddie went OFF!

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Yeah, he does that every once in a while. He is another guy who isn’t bashful. If he gets it going….

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

LMAO….. GSW hasn’t scored yet in the 4th quarter!!! And they’re getting punked by Greg Monroe??? LOLOLOLOL

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

To quote Loverboy: Lovin’ Every Minute Of It

Without Kawhi no less.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Nice callback!

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

25 point lead… haven’t heard Oracle this quiet since Father’s Day 2016…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Lead up to 20…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

I forgot that the Raps played last night too… and took down a good Clips team at Staples…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Lowry just killing it tonight…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

I’m not sure what I loved more… VanVleet’s picking of KD’s pocket… or his slo-mo, old man, casual layup in transition…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

JVG bitching about the lack of high school basketball shot clocks during one of the better matchups of the season… smh

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

Well at least JVG…. screw Jackson.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

They’ve become a parody of themselves… they used to be really good.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Are you sure? I don’t remember that…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Dubs try to cut into the lead… Raps hanging tough…

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

Trae Young went toe-to-toe with Doncic tonight… both putting up nice numbers.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Yeah… except for this part…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Of course Luka’s team mates have no love for him either…

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

LOL…. Nice finds EG!!!

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Raps just doing whatever they want out here…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Raps up 16… and Kawhi not even playing tonight…

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

WOW… I have the game on, didn’t even realize he wasn’t playing…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

If the Raps had Kawhi last year… well, and an improved Siakam and Danny Green’s threes…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Dray just about breaks Valanciunas’ thumb on a swipe away… no foul call… welcome to Oracle…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Raps legit have the length, toughness and defense to give the Dubs problems… AND they have Kawhi…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Raps bringing it in the Bay… 31-22 after one…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

La Flama Blanca has 16 points in 16 minutes tonight in Utah’s blowout of the Heat… 6-9 , 4-5 from deep…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Wow… I just noticed Spencer Dinwiddie dropped 39! on the Sixers to help the Nets to a 127-124 win…

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 10 days ago

Mo Williams, Terrance Ross, and Brandon Jennings all have scored 50+ at one point in their careers……

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

Also, Turkish sensation Furkan Korkmaz with a good night stepping in for Butler… and he will be a UFA this summer!

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

I love that Furkan guy…

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

Me too!!! Really hope the Cavs make a serious run at him…. especially since we have Cedi already.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

I just want to be able to type “Are you Furkan kidding me?!” next year…

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

LMAO… he’s a great player too! He’s young, ridiculously good shooter, can pass, has length.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

In Philly!!

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Pascal Siakam is the most improved player in the NBA this year… or at least tied with D’Aaron Fox…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Raps on a casual 18-2 run at Oracle…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Cavs a half game behind the Knicks now… 5.5 games out of the 8th seed… lol

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Raps v. Dubs part deux right now…

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

I wonder if Fratello would coach again…

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 10 days ago

I will settle for him joining the cavs broadcast full time.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Just finished the replay… nice win by Cavs! Loved the ball movement early… hung in there late. So great to have Delly back on this team… also, I would start a GoFundMe to get Fratello as a permanent member of the broadcast team…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
1 month 10 days ago

Yeah I’d be ready to move on from Fred and AC. Reghi and Fratello!

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 10 days ago

How bout all Fred ac and fratello

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

I’d go Fratello and Chones…

Nate Smith
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1 month 10 days ago

Fratello and Frye

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Winner

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
1 month 10 days ago

I would love Oscar Robertson.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

He’s pretty old…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
1 month 10 days ago

Or RJ and Frye

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
1 month 10 days ago

That would make every game fun.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

TV says 5-7 in last 12.

3 in a row vs below .500 teams (Brk, Wash, NY).

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Dipo & Giannis back. Pacers beat Bucks.

Jazz up 47-17 on Heat with 9 min left in the second.

Simmo
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Simmo
1 month 10 days ago

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Howard needs to expand the vocab.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Nance: 3 pts on 1-5 on 1-2 from deep. 11 boards. 7 dimes. 3 blocks. 3 steals. And a non-deceptive team high +17 (with Delly).

Two guys with floor game.

Patrick
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Patrick
1 month 10 days ago

Kyrie is money

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Delly & Nance are the only guys we have who know how to run an offense & move the ball.

Nate Smith
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1 month 10 days ago

Seek enough nkintla to know I want him.

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Uh yeah… remember who he’s playing against, and that he has extra motivation against the Cavs whether LBJ is here or not given what happened last year… Picking up Frenchy Longarms is folly… GIMME PICKS

EvilGenius
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1 month 10 days ago

Frenchy Longarms… lol

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

I would gladly take him in lieu of a pick. He is young, locked up, and has sone talent.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Agree. Offense looked pretty good to me. Lots of length. Are they looking to shed salary? No way they trade for JR? Maybe if we take Lee?

Patrick
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Patrick
1 month 10 days ago

Delly!!! So great to have that knowledge on the court w all these young guys.

Walked by Wizards arena on way home. Will confess seeing so many Kyrie Celtic jerseys made me a bit sad during this festive season. But Delly!

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Blake misses two FTs down 1 under 24 to go. OT for Bos/Wash.

TV63
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TV63
1 month 10 days ago

Campy fine with last dunk of the game. LoL Hardaway has no room to cry about it. He has done many last seconds shots when Knicks were ahead in the win

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
1 month 10 days ago

He can’t cry about Nwaba dunking it when he was trying to run him down.

TV63
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TV63
1 month 10 days ago

If I remember, Dion kinda mad about that once and got his revenge on Hardaway way back when

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Bos/Wash & Det/Cha also down to the wire.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
1 month 10 days ago

Delly had season highs in points (15) and minutes (22). Delly and Nance your leaders for the night at +17.

TV63
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TV63
1 month 10 days ago

Niiiicccceee

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

They made it exciting. And some wobbles to be sure. But also contributions from everyone.

Gold stars: Delly, Hood
Silver stars: Nance, Clarkson

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

Huge games from Hood and Clarkson!!! Delly and Nance huge off the bench!!! Sexton chipping in with 19!

TV63
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TV63
1 month 10 days ago

No question Delly made a big difference in this game on both ends. Kudos to Clarkson and Nance

Simmo
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Simmo
1 month 10 days ago

Be The Fight. (I still chuckle at this motto, but hey they fought).

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Nice win. Eff NY.

Nate Smith
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1 month 10 days ago

Delly with the mvp chants.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

NANCE WITH THE DEFENSE! NWABA DAGGER!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 10 days ago

Hardaway with losers’ salt.

TV63
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TV63
1 month 10 days ago

Nice finish

Simmo
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Simmo
1 month 10 days ago

Kanter what a clown.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
1 month 10 days ago

Nance’s easiest steal ever seals it.

Nate Smith
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1 month 10 days ago

Delly with amazing oob d

TV63
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TV63
1 month 10 days ago

Ha HA That was awesome defense

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

To foul or not to foul.

Knicks out of TOs. Foul if it gets under 10

CLF
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CLF
1 month 10 days ago

CEDi CLUTCH FTS!!!!!!

Jason
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Jason
1 month 10 days ago

Cedi with 2 FTs.

Nate Smith
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1 month 10 days ago

Big freebies, cedi.

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