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Court_visioN on Feb 11 at 13:59
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Completely unrelated, but I just wanted to get an idea of what guys on this site think of the Jeremy Lin craze going around. I'm an Asian currently in Palo Alto so it's particularly strong around me. What do you guys think is sustainable and what isn't? In the Nets game I saw several schematic things you could do to limit him (i.e., he never drove left or consistently hit jumpers) but he's answered more questions as we've gone forward. Is this week-long dominance a fluke? Or should we be worried that he's turning a bunch of scrubs (Knicks minus Amare, Carmelo) into a winning ballclub?

Can't comment on his play as I haven't seen him in action yet, but it's a great story. Hope it continues. To me, the NBA is stronger as an entity when the Knicks are strong.

"Linsanity Drives Lakers Crazy" - NY Daily Times, today
"The Linderella Story Rolls On" - NY Post, today

Not sure. It's too hard to tell. D'Antoni's system favors PGs and I wonder how Melo will fit in once he comes back. That being said, I think he is a legit starting PG.

Time will tell if he's the next Steve Nash or the next Mo Williams.

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Turtle Bay on Feb 11 at 14:15
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33rd percentile you mean

I guarantee I am the biggest Ivy League basketball fan on this board, and let me promise you, this won't last. Lin was a very very good Ivy League player, and nothing more. He never won conference player of the year, he never even won a conference championship for Harvard. In his best season he scored 16 a game. I love watching the guy play, and I'm pumped that an Ivy Leaguer is becoming successful (in basketball), but this absolutely won't last.

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Stan reply to MikeW on Feb 11 at 16:44
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It's been 2 years since he left college. You don't think he could have gotten better since then?

If he was playing for any other team besides NYK, BOS, or LAL, I would be rooting for him :(

I hope you're right. All of his points last night came off of jumpers, mainly long twos.

Few interesting info about Lin-

"the Rockets waived Lin to clear payroll to sign center Samuel Dalembert"

"He scored 89 points in his first three career starts, the most by any player since the merger between the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the NBA in 1976–77."

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MikeW reply to Stan on Feb 11 at 16:52
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Of course he could've gotten better, but the talent level isn't extremely high. Yes, I know the rare few can be special players even without the best talent, but if Ivy League coaches figured out how to stop Lin, NBA coaches will too. After the Knicks-Wiz game, Ryan Wittman (former Cornell star, still plays summer league games) called his dad (Wiz coach) and said "Dad, we defended him so much better than you guys did." That being said, Lin might just be in the perfect system for him right now as well.

Varejao out tonight, MRI showed he has a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist and will be out indefinitely.

Tristan Thompson gets his chance to start, I guess. He had 13 boards last night, but only 2/8 from the floor.

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MikeW reply to Brian on Feb 11 at 17:08
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I think it's time to put my entire gambling account on Sixers -7.

"There's no shame in losing back-to-back games to the Spurs and the Clippers. The Sixers won't be the only team to drop games to quality opponents.... The Sixers need to avoid reacting like their fan base has to the Clippers loss. It hurts, it stings, they should've won the game, but it's just one loss. Two in a row isn't even a streak, it's a blip."

If I'm not mistaken, they were a combined 9-13 on the road going into the games they played against us, and you expected both games to not even be that close. In the last ten games, the most we've scored is 98, and we've been held under 80 in three out of the last seven. I would say that the long-awaited regression to the mean for an offense that was 17th in the league last year with identical personnel has arrived. (By the way, we had the lowest turnover percentage in the league last year too; our making shots at an unsustainably high rate, not our care with the ball, has been what' fueled this offense.)

And since you've shockingly taken the pessimist's viewpoint, why don't we look at what they did to the league's 2nd-best offense last night. The offense may be suffering from a bit of regression, but the defense is not.

I mean, what's the worst case scenario? If they wind up with the #17 offense, they'll still have a better offense than your beloved Pacers.

And your insistence that they're shooting above their heads doesn't hold a whole lot of water. Their eFg last season was .494. To this point this season, it's .497. They've actually improved their turnover rate by about three times as much as their eFg. Using the league ranks in stats is a cute way to obscure the improvement when things look much differently when you focus on the actual numbers.

Here's another funny stat. Their OFR last season (which ranked 17th) was 106.6. This season they do rank 7th, with a 106.0 OFR. So the team that returned all its players is pretty much right where they were last season offensively, or even a little below. They aren't playing over their heads offensively, they're playing pretty much exactly to the same level they did last season on the offensive end, but their defense has improved greatly.

@pdcavsinsider: Semih Erden will start at center tonight for #Cavs

lavoy starting for the voose who will come off the bench

that's deserved.

Didn't hear anything during the rebroadcast last night, but does anyone know what happened to V8 relatively early in the game that the medical team was checking him out for? Looked like he had some sort of tubes or paper in his nose, did he take a hand to the face at some point early on? Sure would've been nice to have had a real center out there at some point in that game...

looked like a bloody nose

lavoy allen the latest to lose the tip

Jrue got to the line!

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:47
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Lavoy getting beat to a couple loose balls and boards. Pulled early for Thad.

Horrible energy so far. Two 50/50 plays and they just didn't hustle.

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Phil reply to Phil on Feb 11 at 19:50
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I think both were "on" Lavoy. So he goes out.

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Court_visioN on Feb 11 at 19:48
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why is rebounding still an issue against the Cavs?

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:48
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Sweet wrap-around pass by Dre to THad.

good pass jrue

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:49
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Jo-3!

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:50
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Come on Dre, you had the baseline J.

Come on guys, wake up...

lou and jodie together

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:54
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Thad blows by Jamison for lay-in.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:55
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Good establishing position Thad. Charge taken out top.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:56
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Ugh Evan, that's twice you've been loose w/ your dribble. Turnover that time.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:56
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Thad w/ a not so good shot.

Sixers turning down opportunities in the post so that they can take contested 28 footers. Getting to be to common a theme.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 19:58
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Very lackluster effort so far. Bench came in and has resorted to a bunch of one on one. Hangover from last night to this point. They look lifeless, tired almost, just spent.

Lazy dribbles, bad shots & defense right now. Why is Dre and Jrue out?

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MCT reply to Phil on Feb 11 at 20:00
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They played alot of minutes last night

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:01
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Lou w/ a good cut backdoor, his defender overplaying. To the line.

thad had voose or a hook shot but saved the ball

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:03
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Thad's in the building, if no one else is so far. He's hustling.

I don't mind Lou missing that shot. Good drive that he'll convert most of the time.

The offense has been terrible for a while now.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:05
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Still not boxing out, giving up too many o-boards already. Really need to go harder, just being out-hustled and out-efforted so far.

PHI up 2. End of 1st.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:07
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Thad w/ the floor board, and alley to Vuc!

great job thad and lou for not settling for the jumper

THAD is the early leader for POTG, sweet toss to V8!

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:08
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Thad w/ the putback on Jrue's missed bunny.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:08
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Lou to the line, initiating and absorbing contact.

Thad, right on cue, with the hustle and 2 offensive boards early in the 2nd, leads to scores.

great d by thad on gibson

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:10
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Good start to the 2nd quarter for just the first minute and a half.

Lou for 3!

Thad FTW

Everybody on this friggin team except for Thad look like they need about a week off...I wonder if DC will start giving these guys "maintenance days" during easy games like this one (should be) so they can take a day off...er, for phantom injuries like Laviolette does for the Flyers?

I think EB is way ahead of you on this.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:11
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12-0 run. Keep this up, whatever Doug yelled between quarters.

Good start to the 3rd. Energy not completely there yet, but Sixers starting to pick up their (!) game.

20-0 bench points. That'll work.

Young draws the foul. I've seen everything tonight.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:18
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Dre 4 3! didn't particularly like the shot though.

Jrue on a runout, to the line.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:20
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There you go Jrue, they open the lane for you like that, take it hard just as you did. Lefty finish rolled in.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:22
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Third straight game giving up way too many points in the paint. 20 of their 29 so far.

Sixers really picked it up this quarter. Nice. Everybody looks into it now.

Still giving up too many points in the paint.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:23
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Lou's passing the ball really well to this point. Setting guys up, and making the pass before the pass to set someone up.

good work eb

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:27
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Nice touch pass Jrue to Thad.

thad to jodie

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:29
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Jodie on the baseline screen. Thad w/ the pass, Jodie off the glass.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:29
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Man, we're shooting the ball quick, just pressuring them when we're on offense.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:30
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Finish this last 2:30 now, keep this lead at or around 20. Very, very good quarter. Just excellent.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:33
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Bad shot Jodie.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:35
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Forced shot Dre, got fouled though, no need to force it like that.

he made both!!!!

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:35
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Annnndddd...he makes both freebies!! yippee!!!! hooray

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Court_visioN on Feb 11 at 20:36
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IGUODALA MADE BOTH!!!

Nice solid ass-kicking in that Q...do it for one more and then bring in the graveyard shift, eh guys?

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bebopdeluxe on Feb 11 at 20:37
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A solid TWO minutes for Turner in he first half.

Nice.

Yeah, and it really killed the Sixers. Fire Collins ;)

I want ET to get some more minutes, but I really never give it so much thought that it is my main thought when the team is up 20 at the half.

He played 9

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Phil reply to MCT on Feb 11 at 20:43
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nba.com says 09:26
espn says 2:00

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eddies' heady's reply to bebopdeluxe on Feb 11 at 20:41
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If you're looking at a boxscore that's not accurate, he played way more than that.

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bebopdeluxe reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:48
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My bad. I stand corrected. I came down midway through the 2nd quarter...saw that he wasn't on the floor...went to ESPN and it said 2 minutes.

Whew.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:38
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58-41. Two more like that last one and we'll all be pleased.

Thad and Lou's shoulders feel very heavy, Jrue's too.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:49
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They actually got to the line 16 times that half. That has to be a record for this year, no?

14/16 free throws first half. that's nice also.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:56
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Bad start here. Get it together. Cavs have more energy just like the 1st quarter start.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 20:58
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Good pass from Lavoy to EB, Brand misses it.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:02
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Jrue w/ the backdown.

bad shot lavoy

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:04
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Vuc J.

nice pick and pop

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:04
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Ugh Dre, too hard of a pass. Offline too.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:06
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Jrue to the line again, attacking the paint.

meeks 3!!!

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:08
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Meeks 3! Good find Dre.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:09
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Lou for 3!

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:10
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Dre attacking, to the line. Chances he makes both again? 40%

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:13
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Yep, 1 out of 2, heavy on the second one, backrim

hmmm this team sure does appear to be making more of their free throws...except for that last one by AI9...

voose

lou to the line

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:16
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Lou absorbing contact, to the line.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:18
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Dammit Thad, ugh, didn't matter anyway.

So-so quarter there, kind of but not really reminiscent of the 1st quarter, at least offensive wise.

Won it by 2, up 79-60. Close this out early so Noc can work the cobwebs out.

Should try to sit Brand the rest of the way. No point having him playing hurt if we're up 17.

so how far ahead do they have to be for this game to be Nocioni-proof?

...why Lou why would you take that shot so damn early in the shot clock?? Pound the air out of the ball so this game ends faster...

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:21
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Nice Thad and Jrue screen and pass. Thad converts.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:23
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Vuc had to pull something on that one. Ouch

voose is hurt, twisted his ankle

Eyenga had his hands in ET's shorts right there and they didn't blow the whistle.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:28
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Lou and-one, after he walked I think.

ahahahaha could that Cavs mascot look any more depressed??

get brand out dont wont him to get hurt anymore

if Brian is watching this thread, PLEASE screengrab that guy/thing sitting in the stands so we can have a caption contest during the off day tomorrow!

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Court_visioN on Feb 11 at 21:31
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haha, Jrue got the o-board, then foolishly chucked it back up at the rim.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:32
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Jrue weaving thru traffic, after collecting his dribble. to the line again.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:36
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Lou right before the shot clock expires.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:36
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That was lazy Turner. ugh

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:37
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Jrue splitting the pick. Layup.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:37
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Why didn't ET try to dunk that?

He probably didn't realize how close that guy was. Got lazy on it

Jrue/Lou/Meeks/Turner/Vuc? Smallest lineup ever?

Dunk that ball, what a pussy

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eddies' heady's reply to MCT on Feb 11 at 21:41
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Ha, said the same exact thing above, just more politely phrased question, but I was silently saying the same thing you were.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:39
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Get Jrue and Lou out of the game Doug. No need for them to be in.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:43
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Meeks dribble pull-up.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz that's more like it...nice win fellas, now on to the next one!

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:49
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30 FT attempts. Most this year?

Lou, Jrue, or Thad for POTG.

POTG? I'd say Thad, for his early hustle and overall good, efficient play. Although Jrue played well too: 20pts on 13 shots, 4 boards, 5 dimes, 1 steal, 1 block and 0 TOV.

Hm, tough call.

Jrue's best game of the year (based on style of play.) But Thad gets POTG because single handedly put away the Cav's when it counted.

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eddies' heady's reply to tk76 on Feb 11 at 21:57
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eh, Lou was just as good as Thad in that 2nd, sans the scrappy hustle. He was setting guys up, think 4 dimes and several buckets.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:55
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Lou and Jrue combined:

12-17 fg
3-6 3 pt
12-15 ft
10 dimes
2 steals ......
.....wait for it ...... ZERO (0!) turnovers

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 21:58
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whoops - correction 12-27 fg's - sorry typo

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eddies' heady's on Feb 11 at 22:14
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Come on Wolves, you're just giving it away.

They gave it away. Linsanity continues despite the fact that he took 24 shots to get 20 points, had 4 shots blocked and had 6 turnovers.

Just finished the game. Jrue is POTG. Writing my wrap now.


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