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ECF Game 1 | Cavs @ Celtics | 0-0 | May 13, 2018

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When we lose, we lose BAD because we are so reliant on Lebron and threes.

The Celtics came out shaky and we couldn’t make a shot, let them get comfortable and that’s all she wrote.

Game 2 should tell the story. Lebron rarely has 2 bad games in a row and this is the third series in a row he has gotten off to a rough start
 

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When we lose, we lose BAD because we are so reliant on Lebron and threes.

The Celtics came out shaky and we couldn’t make a shot, let them get comfortable and that’s all she wrote.

Game 2 should tell the story. Lebron rarely has 2 bad games in a row and this is the third series in a row he has gotten off to a rough start
They got comfortable because we let them get comfortable by switching everything.
 

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Lebron needs to be on Tatum or Brown. you cant have Korver and JR guarding those two.

They gave up 21 to Marcus Morris.


If lue wants Love to play center fine. do it with Baynes on the floor but the combo of Morris and Horford is too much for Jr Smith and Love when Lebron gets switched out or is forced to guard Tatum.

Cavs were out rebounded 9-1 to start out the game.

Then you take out Love and Bring in Thompson? After Marcus is substituted out. why not have them both out there and sit JR.

then when horford goes out , Tatum and Baynes comes back in.. you don't bring Love back?( although he should of been going out at this point.

He brings in Clarkson and Hood at 3 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter.

Love Comes in at 11:45 remaining in the 2nd quarter. In comes a fresh Horford and Marcus Morris with Baynes. Rozier and Tatum VS Clarkson Hood, tired Lebron, Thompson and Love and you get 9 points from tatum and rozier because now Boston is exploiting the shit out of the Hood Clarkson tandem with Horford playing the 2 man game with Tatum.


Hey if Lebron is tearing it up and people hitting their jumpers its no big deal.

but if its not happening now the matchups are working out in the opponents favor and they are sitting with a 20 point lead at home midway through the second quarter.

but even in this scenario. If I see Baynes,Morris,Horford out there. I am bringing in Nance or Cedi and putting LeBron at the 2. That Boston power lineup is gonna go away quickly.

Course I am not a Professional Basketball or a Basketball coach so what do I know.
 

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they should be...they have a helluva team thats only going to get better...
They remind me of the Colts pre-Luck injury.

The Colts pretty much get this amazing run with Peyton Manning from 1999 or so until 2010. Roughly 10 years of just consistent success.

They fall apart for one year, tank, trade Manning, get Luck and then they're back at where they were.

God...how can the fucking NETS be that stupid? Literally just gift wrapped them a chance to bridge out to more success.

And to add, yes, we are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie in a sense.

I hope that 8th pick in the lottery turns out....
 

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This game confirmed my worst fears - whatever advantage we gain from Boston not having their top two players is nullified by the mismatch in coaching.

At best, this series will be a dogfight, and LeBron will have to carry us. At worst, LeBron won’t be able to do it all by himself, and we will get run off the court. But Bron won’t be able to get inside these guys’ heads and make them self-destruct, like he did with Toronto. They are far too disciplined and well-led.
 

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They remind me of the Colts pre-Luck injury.

The Colts pretty much get this amazing run with Peyton Manning from 1999 or so until 2010. Roughly 10 years of just consistent success.

They fall apart for one year, tank, trade Manning, get Luck and then they're back at where they were.

God...how can the fucking NETS be that stupid? Literally just gift wrapped them a chance to bridge out to more success.

And to add, yes, we are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie in a sense.

I hope that 8th pick in the lottery turns out....
“...we are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie in a sense?

We are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie FULL STOP.
 

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“...we are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie in a sense?

We are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie FULL STOP.
fucking Pritchard.

god....we got hosed on that deal.

Could have had PG somehow but nooooo.
 

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They got comfortable because we let them get comfortable by switching everything.
I never understood our switching defense

It’s a habit we started about 2 years ago to match up with golden state but since then we’ve lost those versatile defenders that excelled at doing it and we’ve lost our rim protector that was kinda our glue in the middle(Mozgov). Mozgov used to make up for Loves mistakes. Delly also used to HARRASS point guards so he allowed us to slow down other offenses . As we transitioned those guys out we replaced them with offense and acted like defense didn’t matter so this is what you end up with. A team that constantly has to play lineups where not one mofo can stop dribble penetration. The one guy that can is put up against the other teams worst offensive player because he has to conserve his energy to carry these bumsnon offense.
 

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It doesn't hurt that they lost, it hurts the way in which they lost. There isn't one thing I can pinpoint as to the demise of this team this game, its a mixture of things and, at least for right now, I am pretty alarmed by it. One side of the ball can make up for struggling on the other side but when both sides are struggling, you get a loss like this. Sure, it's not the end of the world. The Boston Celtics won't shoot that well in any other game and Cleveland has to take some pride on the defensive end and not make it so damn easy for the opponent to score but it still stings.

Boston isn't clearly better than Cleveland, they just wanted it more and it showed. LBJ was pretty short with his post game answers and was seen telling Rachel Nichols he knows how Boston is defending him now and will adjust accordingly, I am not worried about him. If anyone is penciled in to show up, it's that man. I am worried about Love, Smith, Korver....

I need Smith to play hard nosed defense, I need that two man game with Love and Korver to come back or, at least, threaten to come back to keep Boston on their toes.

It's not the series but it also is something.
 

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Nope. Worst trade ever now. I won't hear arguments otherwise.

LeBron either gotta take a paycut so a star can come here or go somewhere with rookie contracts that can be flipped.

That being said, the Cavs will likely win this series, but I almost don't want them to. Without Kyrie, this team is even more rubbish against whoever wins the West.
 

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“...we are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie in a sense?

We are also stupid for gifting them Kyrie FULL STOP.
AND that Nets pick will be trash. If it isn't, you can come back to this post and shower me with all the red Xs you can pull out of your pocket.

Kyrie > Lord NyQuil George. In the playoffs, Kyrie was fairly consistent. And that consistency was gifted to the next best team in the NBA.
 

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It's funny, because this feels like how the Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat.
Even though LeBron is clearly the "Shaq" of the Cavs, Kyrie got treated like Shaq did by the Lakers. They should have treated him like Kobe.
 

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