Live Thread: Cavs @ Wizards

The Cavs are in the District of Columbia tonight to take on the Wizards for their first game since the trade deadline. Cleveland currently leads the season series 2-1. A win tonight would make the Cavs 12-43. Or, the team that has 25% of their wins against the Wizards.

I’m ninety percent sure that the Wizards are the only team the Cavs even have a chance to win a year long series with this season, so this game should be a quasi Finals for the Wine & Gold.

That being said, it’s not going to be easy. The Cavs parted ways with two starters in Rodney Hood and Alec Burks this week. The team will most likely be starting Collin Sexton, Deng Adel, Ante Zizic, Jordan Clarkson, and David Nwaba. This lineup could be the least known one a team starts this season. The team is still without Tristan Thompson and Cedi Osman; however, Kevin Love is a game time decision. Let’s hope for the best. Either way, this team is headed to the top of the lottery. * UPDATE Kevin Love and Larry Nance  Jr. will be starting tonight. Jordan Clakrson and Ante Zizic will come off the bench. *

Three Things to Watch

  1. Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss will most likely make their debuts tonight as part of the bench crew for Cleveland. Many will remember Knight as the player who was supposed to be as good as Kyrie Irving at one point in his career. They used to go at each other. Knight’s career hasn’t panned out though and he has never gained traction becoming a solid rotation player. Maybe Cleveland will be where he thrives. He has shot as high as 40% from deep in a season, and could be a decent floor spacer for a bench unit. Hopefully, he can help open up the lane for a bench that often works with little to no driving lanes and relies on Jordan Clarkson to score all the buckets.
  2. Chriss played his rookie season for Phoenix and was in all 82 games. He put up 9.2 points and 4.2 boards a night. He’s pretty much a grab the ball while in motion and score in transition or roll to the rim for points guy. He averaged a block per game during his sophomore season. So, he may be a bit of a shot blocker. If anyone can get this guy lob passes on the roll and out on the break, it would be Matthew Dellavedova who just plays basketball the smart way. Chriss should get some run tonight especially if Love is out still. He’s on a cost controlled contract too, so if he’s actually good the Cavs can keep him quite simply.
  3. This game is winnable, but the Cavs need to focus on making secondary guys beat them. David Nwaba can slow down Bradley Beal enough to make this a valid game plan. Larry Nance will need to win the bench big man battle against Washington new comer Jabari Parker. Parker won’t be playing defense because he’s not paid to do so, so Nance needs to make sure he’s trying to get his at every turn.

I’m picking the Cavs to win tonight, 112-106. It’s their Finals. Larry Drew knows this.

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Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 44 minutes ago

Fansided has the Cavs taking

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 43 minutes ago

Romeo Langford, G, Indiana, at 4.

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 42 minutes ago

If they fall out of the top three, I would seriously consider trading down…

John B
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John B
9 days 22 hours ago

Ja Morant. Reddish. Decent prospects. Of course Morant could end up going top three.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 38 minutes ago

It’s pretty top heavy, no?

MikeO
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MikeO
9 days 21 hours ago

It’s probably a decent draft class overall, but the very top is top heavy. I expect Ja Morant to go top 3.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 50 minutes ago

ARCH—I WAS EVEN WATCHING GAFFORD LAST YEAR/ WAS IMPRESSED WITH HIM AS A FROSH—–THOUGHT HE WOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER YEAR THIS YEAR/ MAYBE STARTING TO COME ON STRONG NOW —–MORANT HAS REALLY LEAPED UP THE DRAFT SPOTS —HAD 25 / 11 GAME LAST NIGHT —HIT HIS 1ST 4 /3PT ATTEMPTS —–KIND OF SIMILAR TO TRAE YOUNG LAST YEAR—-NOBDY HEARD BEFORE THE SEASON STARTED THEN LEAPED UP TO WHAT THE # 5 PICK

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 45 minutes ago

Nice. I fully admit I have no idea who he is.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 54 minutes ago

wiggins having another stellar 11pt outing.. good cavs/bron didnt buy into the 360 dunks.. total max waste

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 56 minutes ago

THANKS BUCK—WOULD THINK THE THINGS HE HAS GOING FOR HIM —-1)-PLAYING ON THE CAVS —–2) YOUTH/ AGE —ONLY 21——–3) ATHLETICISM —–NOW DO WE KNOW HOW HARD HE WILL WORK AT HIS CRAFT / WILLING TO LEARN / BRING THE ENERGY EVERY GAME –ALL GAME ———-WOULD BE NICE IF CAVS COULD “STUMBLE ” ON A DECENT / SERVICIABLE ROLE PLAYER ——-APPEARS CAVS WILL GIVE HIM THE MIN’S TO SHOW WHAT HE CAN OR CAN’T DO ——–THE SEASON OF “AUDITIONS ” CONTINUE ————

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 58 minutes ago

BR has the Cavs taking these two at a super early look at the 2019 NBA draft:

Cleveland Cavaliers: RJ Barrett (Duke, SG/SF, Freshman)
3 OF 16

Even with Kevin Love still on the roster, the Cleveland Cavaliers are rebuilding. Talent is all they’ll care about in the draft, which would point to Barrett if Williamson and Morant are taken.

Cleveland will look at the Duke freshman to carry the scoring load while it attempts to build up the roster.

Averaging 23.0 points and 2.3 threes per game, he’s been a constant for Duke, demonstrating a balanced mix of traditional shot-making and slashing, but also improvisation that leads to tough buckets and free throws.

Barrett’s shooting consistency (31.4 3PT%, 68.2 FT%) and shot selection have raised questions, but none bold enough (yet) to knock him outside the top three.

21. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Rockets): Daniel Gafford (Arkansas, C, Sophomore)

Gafford’s offense has picked up in February, with the 6’11”, 233-pound center having combined for 51 points through two games. Shooting 66.7 percent on the season, he’s an elite finishing target with strong shot-blocking tools, but his limited scoring repertoire for a non-switch defender are also turnoffs.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 1 hour ago

JASON YOU FORGOT WHOMEVER WE DRAFT —–AM SURE THEY WILL OCCUPY A ROSTER SPOT —CORRECT ?

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 1 hour ago

YOUNG BULL USING THE NOT GETTING INVITED TO “FUTURE STARS ‘ GAME AS MOTIVATION —-SINCE THE NEWS– HAS HAD GAMES OF 29 /27 —-YOU GO YOUNG BULL !!———–SO MAYBE THEY DIDN’T PLAY KNIGHT DUE TO GAME AGAINST PACERS TOMORROW—–DIDN’T WANT TO PLAY HIM BACK / BACK ? ———REALIZE ONLY 1 GAME —–WHAT ARE 1ST IMPRESSIONS OF CHRISS —–ANY HOPE HE CAN EVEN BE A POSSIBLE ROLE PLAYER ?

MikeO
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10 days 53 minutes ago

Chriss is just a dumb player, full stop. He has been his entire time in the NBA. He has physical tools, yes, but he has not demonstrated that he can play. Who knows, maybe the light will go on one day. And maybe Gum Drop Bear will turn into Charles Barkley.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 1 hour ago

re chriss.. on the cavs, yes.. on almost anyone else, probably not.. he seems to have physical capabilities to be better than he has shown.. hopefully, he works hard.. if so, he may be a cheap keeper.. my 2cents

Jason
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Jason
10 days 2 hours ago

Well, past the deadline edition for next year:

Under contract/guaranteed = 10. Love, TT, LNJ, Cedi, Sexton, Delly, Clarkson, Zizic, Knight, Henson.

Non-guaranteed/partial = 2. JR, Frye.

RFA: Nwaba.

UFA: Chriss

2 ways: Blossomgame, Adel.

1 open spot.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 2 hours ago

Knicks down 20. Bulls UP double digits.

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 2 hours ago

I’ve missed this one, is Chriss freaking as terrible as usual? Hope he’s off the Cavs next season.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 2 hours ago

He made a couple 3s. And had a couple brain farts.

MikeO
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MikeO
10 days 2 hours ago

Sounds typical. Thanks. He makes JR seem like a cerebral basketball player…

Brian
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Brian
10 days 2 hours ago

Channing Frye ? So we are quitting on this game

Nate Smith
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10 days 2 hours ago

Clarkson ball hogging too. Much this game.

CLF
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CLF
10 days 2 hours ago

WOW…. only seen the 2nd half, but Sexton’s been the best Cav on the court on offense by far.

Nate Smith
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10 days 2 hours ago

At least as a finisher.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 2 hours ago

Meltdown level stuff there. Switching to 76ers/Nuggets.

Some +++++s: LNJ’s hustle, another 20 pt YB game, Adel’s defense, Chriss making some shots, JC with 20+.

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 2 hours ago

Larry is furious

Nate Smith
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10 days 2 hours ago

Defense is embarrassing.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Nifty finish, Sexton.

Brian
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Brian
10 days 3 hours ago

Sexton is playing better.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 2 hours ago

id take him over waiters (as a rook) who was a #4.. even with his “warts”.. he is an nba caliber player, thankfully, how he grows going forward is up to him, but i can imagine him getting to 20ppg+ in a few yrs

Chris K
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Chris K
10 days 1 hour ago

In a perfect Cavs world, he won’t need to… if they have balance, he can live at 15-18 ppg, play strong defense, and work on increasing his assist totals.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Our in game recognition on D is awful.

How many does Portis have to hit before we stop leaving him open. Stick to Beal & Portis. Give shots to the others. FFS, it is not rocket science.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Frodo is a killer

Jason
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Jason
10 days 2 hours ago

I don’t get it.

Brian
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Brian
10 days 3 hours ago

Someone needs to stop crazy eyes Porter

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 3 hours ago

Hey now there’s a nickname

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Frodo eyes

Brian
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Brian
10 days 3 hours ago

Portis that is

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

No D

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

This game is a pretty damning endictment of the bulls

JRL
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JRL
10 days 3 hours ago

You’re correct. It seems as if talent recognition is a lost art in the NBA nowadays.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Delly cannot hit a shot. LNJ either.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Nance playing like Andy!

Chris K
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Chris K
10 days 1 hour ago

Then this season has been worth its weight…

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Larry with 19 boards!

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

David!

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Frodo again from the corner.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Cavs right there but their inability to finish has been an issue. Larry just out of rhythm.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

FWIW, Knicks only down 5 vs Det. Bulls up 11 on Brooklyn.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Adel with another great block.

Too bad JC, Delly, and LNJ all fail to cash good looks. Still down 6.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Parker should’ve gotten teched twice.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Lol. Parker got blocked then complained almost gave away a layup.

Brian
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Brian
10 days 3 hours ago

If I had to guess, Jabari Parker is not a big weight room guy

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Chris’s is terrible at everything but shooting and being tall.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

That play where he got the board, dribbled all the way to the baseline, picked it up, the a TO, was awful.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
10 days 3 hours ago

How’s that not a tech on Parker?

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
10 days 3 hours ago

I said it to my family before the game, but i have a feeling Chriss is going to be better than people think. Some young mistakes but also some great contributions so far.

Great comeback Cavs!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Back in it. Down 6. Had it to 3.

YB & JC with good quarters. Adel & Nwaba with some good stuff too. Chriss in double figures.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 3 hours ago

hmm.. not a bad come-back.. cavs might be able to pull this out.. but at least they are not down by 30..

Brian
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Brian
10 days 3 hours ago

Cavs are competing. I will give them credit for that. I thought they would lay down after down 20

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Nice hustle youngbull!

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Chriss & Ariza go dumb & dumber.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

12 to 5. Quickly.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

5 up to 12 real fast.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 3 hours ago

actually.. the core of the team is pretty solid.. a good support corps for a couple of very highly talented players (you know, the extraordinary types that constitute the difference between winning and losing in this league) .. exactly the type of player that is not represented on the roster.. hopefully, we get lucky in the draft to at least add one of these types

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

I agree. The lack of shooters stands out.

But Love (#2/#3 on a good team), TT, LNJ, Cedi, Nwaba, and Delly can all be pieces on a good team. JC maybe.

How is that nit a tech?

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

I can’t imagine why Chriss couldn’t get off the pine in Houston…

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Pretty sweet move Beal.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

JC heating up. Down to 7.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Sexton got hammered.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Damn. YB triple snd a sweet Adel block had it doen to 10 with the ball.

Bad possession leads to YB long two miss.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Sexton’s 20 footer is the gif you watch on loop in hell

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Laughing Cavs!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 3 hours ago

Hahahahaha thanks for the laughs.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 3 hours ago

SPRING TRAINING STARTED FOR THE INDIANS —AND YEAH NO GOOD NEWS THERE EITHER –LINDOR OUT 8-9 WEEKS —-WHICH ACTUALLY MEAN HE WILL MISS A FEW ” FRIGGIN ICE COLD ” GAMES IN APRIL AGAINST NORTHERN TEAMS / HOME GAMES —–PROBABLY BETTER OFF FOR HIM

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Cedi with a suit a manager at McDowell’s would wear.

Brian
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Brian
10 days 3 hours ago

That is a spot on and a great reference

JRL
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JRL
10 days 3 hours ago

Such a classic.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Nice YB dish to Zz. LNJ in transition!

Down to 13.

FWIW, TV said no Knight tonight.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Yezus, David.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Feeling a bit too good.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Chris’s seems like a guy who could’ve really benefitted from two more years of college.

Nate Smith
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10 days 3 hours ago

Man, Beal is good

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Outside of Harden, probably the best SG in the league. If you want to call harden a SG.

Klay & Dipo are the other options. Hield?

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Starting frontcourt is 1/14. Love at 1/5 for 4 pts is the belle of the ball. LNJ does have 7 boards and 2 steals.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Damn. Adel’s D deserved a stop there.

Well, down 14. Missing starters. Bunch of new guys.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Sick. Finish, JC!

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Who is the female ref? She’s so blind.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

I can’t believe the Lakers missed on thomas Bryant. It’s comical

Brian
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Brian
10 days 4 hours ago

Chriss seems like the kind of player that loves to put up numbers when his team is down 20

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Chriss is an abysmal defender.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 3 hours ago

Agreed.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 4 hours ago

ARE WE GOING TO SEE KNIGHT -“TONIGHT ” ?

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Chriss with another 3.

I think he is a UFA after this year. Houston/PHX did not pick up his rookie option. At least, that is what spotrac says.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 4 hours ago

the wiz got substantially better with portis-parker upgrade over otto.. sorry.. better than meh.. we got meh

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Otto is a good 3 and D guy and a fantastic defender but he is anti clutch and not a creator. Wiz needed someone who can get his own shot.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 4 hours ago

but in cavs case,, as good as it could have been.. rockets 1st worth a teaspoon of hopium

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Nwaba the only good Cav tonight.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Not the only time that has been true this year.

He is such a keeper.

Positives for the year: Cedi’s recent progression. Nwaba’s ability to be a positive despite limited shooting. TT’s leadership & limited offensive growth. LNJ the facilitator. The return of Delly. Keeping the pick. Asset accumulation. Lue gone.

That is about all I got. Sexton being a better 3PT/FT shooter than I thought.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 3 hours ago

Zz has shown flashes.
A proper coaching staff can potentially make the team way better.
Plenty of pics.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Seriously with that call?

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Everyone kinda garbage tonight.

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