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    I never got that either. Teague/Millsap/Horford are a dangerous building trio, and there isn't a bad shooter in the starting lineup.
    Middle of the pack defence and three point heavy offense usually isn't a great combo.

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    Why does everyone forget about the Hawks? They were the 3 seed last year before Horford went down, and nearly took out the Pacers in round 1. You don't even have them as a contender for the 8 seed? Ridiculous. The Hawks are a legit contender to take the top seed now that big 3 are broken up.
    They were the 3rd best team in the conference at that time, yes, but the Raptors, Nets, Wizards and Bulls all improved drastically after Horford's injury as well. The year before they only won 44 games. I'm not sure this is that great of a team. Playoff team? Absolutely. Contender for the number 1 seed? I don't think so.

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    Middle of the pack defence and three point heavy offense usually isn't a great combo.
    But an All-Star front-court with an above-average point guard and innovative coaching?
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    But an All-Star front-court with an above-average point guard and innovative coaching?
    Playoff spoiler if shooters get hot. Streaky team unlikely to reach 50 wins even if everyone stays healthy.

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    This won't be seeding as the Bulls and Cavs can't finish 1 -2 with division winners getting higher seeds by virtue of winning the division.

    1. Chicago
    2. Cleveland
    3. Toronto
    4. Washington
    5. Indy
    6 Miami
    7. Atlanta
    8. Charlotte

    9. Brooklyn
    10.Detroit
    11. New York
    12. Milwaukee
    13.Orlando
    14. Boston
    15. Philly

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    If one more person puts Cleveland in the first or second seed my head might explode

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    I really hope LeBrons return to Cleveland ends up being the Nash-Howard Lakers. Everybody picks them #1 until reality hits.

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    If one more person puts Cleveland in the first or second seed my head might explode
    Get ready for your head to explode at the end of the year.

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    Get ready for your head to explode at the end of the year.
    Exactly lol it's not hard to understand the impact lebron has on a teams success

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    How many teams in a division can be in the top 4?

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    How many teams in a division can be in the top 4?

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    Quote thead wrote: View Post
    If one more person puts Cleveland in the first or second seed my head might explode
    1. CLE
    2. CLE
    3. Who cares? CLE rocks.

    *braces for explosion*

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    Cleveland and Chicago (with healthy Rose) are clearly better than us, nobody else though.

    If we play amazing all season, Cleveland takes too long to mesh and Rose isn't healthy, then we could get the #1 seed.

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    We have a shot now.

    Miami is much weaker and Indy is definitely weaker. Cleveland has a lot of young pieces and will take time to gel. Bulls are the likely favourites but I don't trust DRose and Mirotic is a wildcard.

    There are four Raptor scenarios:
    1. Strong enough to win the conference (20%)
    2. Win the division for a 2nd-4th seed (40%) - only real competition here is Brooklyn
    3. Suffer more injuries than last year or other misfortunes, and slip to a 5th-8th seed (20%)
    4. Have serious trouble and slip out of the playoffs (20%)

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    Fuck all this noise, I don't care where we finish as long as we get to the 2nd round. This year as far as our team is concerned it doesn't matter if we finish 1st or 8th because all matchups are going to be tough in the 1st round.

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    I don't know why its so hard for people to see Cleveland being the first seed. They have more talent right now that the teams Lebron has had in the pasts. Sure they are young, but we are talking about the regular season and not offseason.

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    We're the third best team in the Conference, and I don't think we're that far off from Chicago.

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    Quote raptors999 wrote: View Post
    Playoff spoiler if shooters get hot. Streaky team unlikely to reach 50 wins even if everyone stays healthy.
    Except if the shooters get cold (not something that happens when you have Kyle Korver btw) they still have two very effective post-up players and pick and roll threats. I think Hawks are gonna surprise a lot of people this year
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    Raptors will not Challenge for #1 Seed. Top 3-4 if healthy and other teams stay healthy as well. Stop comparing the old Cavs to these Cavs. The old Cavs were better than people like to give credit and those names like Mo Williams (all-star on the Cavs) Jamison (solid player on downend of career) and Big Z (solid Center) don't tell the whole story. They were not great, but lets not over do-it.

    I do believe Chicago and Cavs will compete for #1. I think Indiana with drop to 3-5 maybe further.

    1. Bulls
    2. Cavs
    3. Pacers
    4. Raps
    5. Wiz
    6. Heat
    7. Hornets
    8. Nets

    Raptors are good but didnt overly improve. We are banking on Ross and JV to improve enough to help us take the next step

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    Quote raptors999 wrote: View Post
    I really hope LeBrons return to Cleveland ends up being the Nash-Howard Lakers. Everybody picks them #1 until reality hits.
    I really think this is possible but unlikely. CAVS MISSED THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR. And Irving/Waiters need the ball. Irving can shoot it so that helps but there are no guarantee's that Bron will fit seamlessly with that group.
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