Game Thread 2018-19 Season Game #49 | Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics | January 23rd, 2019

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I’m still amazed by how we go from in games to out of games, in the blink of an eye.

This team has no margin for error. NONE. It has to play it’s absolute best game just to beat the Bulls or Hawks at home.
 

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I’m still amazed by how we go from in games to out of games, in the blink of an eye.

This team has no margin for error. NONE. It has to play it’s absolute best game just to beat the Bulls or Hawks at home.
IMO, one of the reason is that they stop doing the things that are working for them and revert to iso-ball.
 

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That was a nice pass from Cedi to feed Ante, it's almost like Cedi is a good passer!
 

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Pretty much as soon as Clarkson checks in
I think it's also about the lack of game feel from Drew. He is only willing to ride a couple players when they are playing well and everyone has a minimum amount of minutes. His rotations are basically the same as Lue's with some slight tweaks.

Like tonight Sexton played well in the first quarter and the 4th, that seems like the trend lately. If he rides Sexton in the first by a couple minutes and then is able to pull him for some teaching moments in the 2nd/3rd when he was struggling, maybe Sexton ends the game with 20+ points and 50+% from the field.
 
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Who the hell can we get to coach this team??? Anyone got any fucking ideas???
 

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You cant coach this team to win against elite talent. Our three best players are injured. (Nance,Love, and Thompson) .. I think Drew is using each game to emphasize one problem... for example we went on a stretch where our turnovers dropped to single digits. But without Thompson we could not rebound. This game everyone was rebounding, but we had 20 turnovers.. Think about our personnel a minute and name a coach that is going to win with that....

We are driving the tank for sure. But is one of the top five the guys worth it.. if we luck into Zion, do we have the assets to be competitive?

I think Thompson is tradeable, Love is tradeable, we could probably get something for Burkes.. We are unlikely to get enough value for Sexton ,Z2, Cedi or Clarkson at this point, and they are all young enough to be useful in two years...
 

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You cant coach this team to win against elite talent.
No...but you can coach them to play better basketball than they are playing against elite talent. The real tipoff on the poor coaching is that while a few individuals players may have improved individually during the course of season, they are actually playing worse together as a team.
 

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You are right, they are playing worse, but they are playing without Nance Love and Thompson.. Thompson in particular had anchored the defence and Nance was the never say die attitude guy.. I think Burkes is our next best player, but his attitude is not inspiring of others, IMO. Cedi runs hot and cold but is playing out of position as well.

I am not saying Pops would not win more often, but against elite talent, we just dont have those kinds of guys.. If I was in the FO, I would be telling Drew to improve the skills of what you have and maybe showboat your trade bait..This can definitely get worse, as it would not shock me to see a trade for an injured player before the deadline.. I dont see us getting Dipo, but a team in the playoffs a man down might get us a real talent that is out for the season..
 

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