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Old 05-03-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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What separates GSW from Hou is sustained intensity. Hou is not there in terms of their long term in game focus.

About last night's game - Houston won... they were just in the white jerseys. Did Utah not look like the Rockets on offense? Numerous alley oops... drives to the basket and kick out for the three... they hit 15 threes and out shot Hou.

Utah will likely try to duplicate this on Friday, but it won't work as well. Ingles had a career high game, likely not to happen again. Bench was on fire. Their defense was not great - but because they made baskets, it slowed Hou down.

Hou will lose the series if Utah out shoots them from three point land - but I am not expecting that.
I don't understand why Houston was paying so little attention to Ingles. I was impressed by Exum's defensive effort, and Rudy was Rudy, controlling the paint as always. This series just got a lot more interesting.
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Old 05-03-2018, 05:26 PM
 
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Cavs keeping it close!
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:06 PM
 
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lol told y'all.

Cavs and LeBron putting on a clinic, he isn't even trying hard.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Lebron currently in pure annihilation mode versus Toronto. 16-22 shooting and I think he's only missed one shot in the second half so far...

If this is what it looked like watching Jordan destroy people 20-25 years ago, we are once again watching a once in a lifetime player at work...
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:21 PM
 
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Raptors fans are no longer allowed to talk basketball until their team does something in the playoffs...don’t care if they win 75 regular season games going undeafted against the Warriors/Rockets/Cavs/Spurs/Celtics.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:27 PM
 
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Legoat
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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The Raptors are the Clippers of the East.
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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The Raptors are the Clippers of the East.
Bengals of the NBA?
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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The Raptors now have to win 4 of the possible final 5 games to win the series. They still have the talent on paper to make it a series----but they aren't winning 4/5 against this team...

This potentially is going to go down as the most mentally weak and fragile teams and organizations in NBA history. That goes for their "stars" too, DeRozan and Lowry. They had the second-best record in the entire NBA this year. #2 offense, #5 defense, franchise record 59 wins, home court throughout, not to mention the way the East was seemingly laid out for them: Boston minus their two best players, Philly being led by youngsters, Lebron with his seemingly worst team in a decade and fresh off a 1st Round series they easily could have lost...

This may be the most mentally weak display I've ever seen by an organization and star players. The only way I could change my mind is not only if they came back and won this series, they need to win the whole thing this year...

Further proof that Lebron will be much more highly regarded when he's gone and there's some distance from his playing days. No individual player has ever dominated one conference this powerfully since Jordan. Every challenger he's had this decade--Chicago, Indiana, Toronto, different incarnations if the Celtics--are put down year after year. Nothing will erase his Finals losses, but at least they were to all-time great teams. He's 3-3 in his last six Finals with wins and losses versus all time great teams. The NBA needed a team as powerful as Golden State to come along, otherwise, Lebron probably could have won six championships in this decade alone...

I don't know that there's ever been an example of a single player that bent the league to his will to this extent, or that teams had to be unimaginably good (Warriors of last four years) to prevent one player from going on potentially an unconscionable championship winning streak. Even Tim Legler just said Jordan in his prime toyed with people, but he wasn't doing this at this level as what Lebron displayed in the second half...

This is good news for Cleveland. They appear to be gelling at the right time. They may still lose a lot of games but if the trajectory continues upwards, the Cavs have to increasingly be seen as viable contenders...
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Here or There
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"Children, the ruins over there? That is what is left of the Toronto Raptors after Game 2 of the EC Semis after LeBron's second half."

"Dont start too long! You might go blind!"
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