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Old 04-06-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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Philly and Boston are both good enough to eliminate the Cavs.
Yes, even without Kyrie, Boston are good enough.
Toronto have a really poor record vs teams with .500 or better, I think its 23-20, so they are pretenders.
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:18 PM
 
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The Cavaliers are my pick to win the NBA championship this year.

Obviously they are peaking at the right moment, like they do every post season.
They're in a stretch of 3 home games, 3 road games against hornets\heat\nets and then 4 home games.

I think their schedule is peaking way more than they are.

KI getting hurt helps them a lot but this is a Cleveland team that is clearly not on the same level as prior years. I just cannot imagine seeing them win a championship this year but hey, we'll find out soon enough eh?
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:53 PM
 
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Philly and Boston are both good enough to eliminate the Cavs.
Yes, even without Kyrie, Boston are good enough.
Toronto have a really poor record vs teams with .500 or better, I think its 23-20, so they are pretenders.
This is setting up for Toronto's big opportunity, isnt it? Cleveland doesnt look as strong, Boston doesnt have KI...

...if they cant get it done this year...when?
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Old 04-06-2018, 07:59 PM
 
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I saw none of the Sixers/Cavs unfortunately... sounds like the game of the night, hopefully NBA TV will repeat. Hopefully they can finish in the three spot.
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Old 04-06-2018, 09:15 PM
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Raps kept their recently-re-found defensive focus and stifled the Pacers to win a franchise-record 57th game and clinched their first Eastern Conference title.

It wasn't pretty. But it was efficient.

With three games to go, they have a shot at 60 but I'd druther that remain a mark to shoot for next season.

My only concern going into the final week is C.J. Miles' shooting funk. He's got three games to correct it. Toronto is going to need him to present a long-range threat in the playoffs.
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:38 AM
 
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When Philly have their 2nd unit on court, and LeBron stays on court, the 2nd unit should double-team LeBron.
Otherwise LeBron just blows by the perimeter for easy dunks, hence the dominant 3rd quarter.
Philly would have won this game by 20 if they doubled LeBron more.
There is no Kyrie to make you pay for doubling LeBron.
And LeBron gives the ball up whenever you double him, so its very effective.
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:54 PM
 
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When Philly have their 2nd unit on court, and LeBron stays on court, the 2nd unit should double-team LeBron.
Otherwise LeBron just blows by the perimeter for easy dunks, hence the dominant 3rd quarter.
Philly would have won this game by 20 if they doubled LeBron more.
There is no Kyrie to make you pay for doubling LeBron.
And LeBron gives the ball up whenever you double him, so its very effective.
I could not understand why they was just letting Lebron drive to the basket and not double teaming him
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:55 PM
 
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I think the Sixers as the 3 seed would beat the Heat, Wizards or Pacers in the 1st round.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:48 PM
 
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Raps kept their recently-re-found defensive focus and stifled the Pacers to win a franchise-record 57th game and clinched their first Eastern Conference title.

It wasn't pretty. But it was efficient.

With three games to go, they have a shot at 60 but I'd druther that remain a mark to shoot for next season.

My only concern going into the final week is C.J. Miles' shooting funk. He's got three games to correct it. Toronto is going to need him to present a long-range threat in the playoffs.
With the injury to KI, Cleveland not as strong as in the past there is a path to the finals open for Toronto.

Frankly, Toronto needs to rest like crazy and have fresh legs for the playoffs.

P.S. Not a raps fan but would be awesome to see a fresh face win a championship.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:39 AM
 
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Raptors won't beat Cleveland. Right now I'm leaning toward Cavs and Sixers in the ECF.

Warriors are in trouble. Durant can score 40 and they still lose. They're an average team with him in charge. The talking heads aren't giving him an endless wave of grief they would be giving Lebron in the same situation.
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