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2023-24 Season | Game #13 | Cavs @ Sixers | Nov. 21, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | TNT

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Caris (if he does play) better not fuck up the awesome ball movement that we had on Sunday.
 
CPJ perhaps? Should be more of a reason to play him since we all know JBB can't wait to bury him on the bench with Bates.
Who do you want to take minutes from right now to give them to Bates?
 
You'd trade Mitchell for Maxey?

Yes from a value perspective. I think Maxey will be the better player. He’s having a better season right now.

No because Maxey and Garland are too similar although they would terrorize defenses.

I’m sure the vast majority of people think I’m out of my mind and overrating Maxey. I’ve seen him play a lot this season. He’s been excellent based on eyeballs and stats. Sixers are #1 in offensive rating with Maxey and Melton both shooting over 44% from three and Harris scoring 19.5 per game. They’re even better with Oubre. They’ve got very useful veterans off the bench; KJ Martin can’t crack the rotation.

Nurse plays Embiid the entire first and third quarter and brings him on with 5-6 minutes left in the half. In the fourth quarter the Sixers often extend the lead with Joel out because Maxey rests the back end of the first and third and comes on fresh at the start of the second and fourth. His job is to get buckets with Embiid out and he usually does. I saw him wreck Boston in the fourth as he shredded them inside and outside.

I’m very frustrated about tonight’s game because I wanted to see how Okoro and Caris match up against him. Physical play can bother him. However we could see an epic Garland vs Maxey ICBM battle along with inside scoring from each.

Nurse has been playing Maxey a lot of minutes and lately he’s been slightly off.

We need to move the ball and tire Embiid out with speed because a half court battle favors them.

Hopefully Strus gets loose.
 
I do see that Maxey is putting up big numbers so far this season. Pretty comparable to Mitchell, which is incredible. But I'll have to see that for more than 13 games before putting him ahead of Spida (or for that matter, Garland). Let's check back on this in March.
 
I don't think the Cavs win this one. Primarily because Allen and Mobley always struggle against the Sixers, and I don't see why that would change now.

Also without Mitchell, I don't think we'll generate enough offense because role players play worse on the road.
 
I do see that Maxey is putting up big numbers so far this season. Pretty comparable to Mitchell, which is incredible. But I'll have to see that for more than 13 games before putting him ahead of Spida (or for that matter, Garland). Let's check back on this in March.

Fair point but it’s not just numbers. This is not the Harden - Simmons Sixers Shitshow. The kid is making spectacular plays in the defensive end as well (rim protection).

Nurse might burn him out.
 
We don’t have anyone to guard Maxey with Okoro out. DG is the only guy quick enough to have a chance, but DG isn’t exactly known for his shut down D.

I’d bet I know who will guard him.
 
With all of the damn Cavs media coverage, is it too much to ask for some details about these injuries? Not one peep about the extent of the Okoro injury and he’s been out 18 days and counting (since the Indiana game); same with Mitchell, nothing in the post-game presser (when several posters voiced concern in the game )and not a word since. Pretty unusual when he’s your marquee player. Ty Jerome…no clue when he’ll surface again….but again, no details, not a peep as to even what type of ankle sprain. Both the team and the media owe us (fans, league, opponents, bettors alike ) more information
Yes, there used to be medical information and recovery estimates from the Cavs. I can only assume the Cavs management is suppressing all that. I can think of two reasons: 1) Keep the opponents guessing about when the players come back. 2) Prevent disappointing fans with overly optimistic estimates.
 
Okay, I'll assume we have less than a 50-50 chance of winning, with our best player and our 6th and 7th man out.

Still, we can win if: 1) we shoot well from outside; 2) Play great D. Stay in front of Maxey and Embiid and keep them out of the paint; 3) Go inside with our offense and force Embiid to defend both Mobley and Allen. Get him in foul trouble. 4) Keep going to Mobley. With Tobias Harris defending him, Mobley should shoot >50% all day. I wouldn't mind if he took 20 shots with that matchup.

This all assumes we move the ball like we did against Denver. The winning score will be: Cavs 112-76ers 107
 
Okay, I'll assume we have less than a 50-50 chance of winning, with our best player and our 6th and 7th man out.

Still, we can win if: 1) we shoot well from outside; 2) Play great D. Stay in front of Maxey and Embiid and keep them out of the paint; 3) Go inside with our offense and force Embiid to defend both Mobley and Allen. Get him in foul trouble. 4) Keep going to Mobley. With Tobias Harris defending him, Mobley should shoot >50% all day. I wouldn't mind if he took 20 shots with that matchup.

This all assumes we move the ball like we did against Denver. The winning score will be: Cavs 112-76ers 107
Last I checked Levert is not out...yet.
 
I’d bet I know who will guard him.
Dean has been fabulous these last 3 games on Grant/Cade/Porter - like all defensive team kind of good. But Maxey is a different animal. That pure speed is not something any 6’9 guy can stay with without fouling. If Wade gets put on Maxey and does a credible job, he will prove himself to be one of the most versatile defenders in the entire league - literally able to guard 1-4 and a good number of 5’s. I think he’s a very good defender, but staying with one of the fastest players on the planet seems doubtful. But if JBB even tries it, it says something about what they believe he can do.
 
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