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    Default Cleveland: January 4th

    The Raptors are 2-3.

    Cleveland are 3-2.

    The Raptors could easily be 3-2 - one could also make the argument for 4-2 - but as the favourite NBA saying goes, "It is what it is."

    I think Cleveland will give a more sustained effort in this game and the Raptors will need to protect any lead better than they have been.

    Sam has a good write up on the front page - you should check it out if you have not already done so.

    Alabi has been sent to the D-League so anyone who has had the candle burning for him to enter the game can extinguish it.... the vigil can take a rest.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    The Raptors could easily be 3-2 - one could also make the argument for 4-2 - but as the favourite NBA saying goes, "It is what it is."
    4-1 maybe, but 4-2 is really, really, really pushing it, matt

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    i'm always up for it as it is...
    It would be stupid to go for what it would be... check then what CLE would be.. and it doesnt mater what it is now. we just need to win (or even better to loose, to keep up that tanking position). But i'm sure we will not be loosin that much as i thought before, so i backed off on Barnes.. it seems we got chance on Kabongo

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    Quote Soft Euro wrote: View Post
    4-1 maybe, but 4-2 is really, really, really pushing it, matt
    Oh dear.... the embarrassment.

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    Oh dear.... the embarrassment.
    I understand, it will be hard to get through the day without constantly feeling ashamed.

    About the game: Cleveland is 3-2, but they a pretty easy schedule to start the season, New Jersey, Charlotte, Detroit and Indiana. Three out of four are lottery bound.

    Compared to the first game I expect Irving to play better, I saw parts of yesterday's game against Charlotte and he did pretty well. Nevertheless, if Andrea plays as well as he did after the first game versus Cleveland we should win this one (and maybe even pretty easily...).

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    Welcome, to the .500 club! Sorry Tristan, your hometown(close enough) debut shall go down in defeat for you!

    I'm expecting a real fun game to watch, the crowd should be into it a little more so than usual IMO.

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    Posted this in the "Lets NBA" section, but I guess its relevant here as well:

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers backup center Samardo Samuels will not play in Toronto because he doesn't have a passport.

    The team said Samuels did not travel with the club and won't be in uniform Wednesday night as Cleveland visits the Raptors to open a seven-game road trip. The Cavs said Samuels, who is averaging 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16 minutes, will rejoin them in Minnesota Thursday.

    Samuels recently said on his Twitter account that he had lost his passport. He is completing the proper paperwork to get a new one.

    Also, the Cavs have assigned forward Christian Eyenga to Canton of the NBA Development League. Eyenga has played just one minute this season. He started 18 games for Cleveland last season.

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    Hilarious.
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    Quote Mack North wrote: View Post
    Welcome, to the .500 club! Sorry Tristan, your hometown(close enough) debut shall go down in defeat for you!

    I'm expecting a real fun game to watch, the crowd should be into it a little more so than usual IMO.
    Errrr, I meant whatever kinda crowd there is. The joint looks to be half empty at least.

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    How bout that Buzzer-beater 3 from Demar?! Unreal.

    He is officially a threat from downtown, hitting 7/11 3's this Season.


    ADD ANOTHER BUZZER BEATER 3?! WHAT THE HELL?! KOBE DEROZAN!!
    Last edited by Joey; Wed Jan 4th, 2012 at 08:06 PM.
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    LOL he just did it again at the half! BOOYOW Looked like a replay...

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    He's got 3 3pters in the half!! Thats one less than his whole Rookie Season!! hahah
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    Two more 3s, and DeRay DeAllen will have made as many 3s this year as he has in his first two seasons.

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    Bargnani with crazy assists.

    DeRozan nailing 3pt's.

    The only thing keeping us out of the Twilight Zone are both have made some poor mistakes that have cost the Raps on D.


    Jamison has 17 and Bargnani certainly has been at fault for a few of those baskets. However he has been hung out to dry on a few others on the rotations - or lack thereof.

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    Oh boy... Leo wants to start calling Jose "Purolator", and now Devlin just chimed in calling DeMar "3D" SMDH!

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    breakout game for DD

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    James Johnson's offensive game leaves something to be desired... He doesn't seem to do much right which leads to forced shots in tight situations. I thought he was better than that coming out of Wake?

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    4 Point play from Bargs!!

    Loved that reaction after he hit the shot too. He is oozing confidence right now... And hair gel.

    ADD And the reverse after some good contact?! Lovin' this Bargs! His percentages are ridic!!
    Last edited by Joey; Wed Jan 4th, 2012 at 08:42 PM.
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    And if he keeps it up, I just might become a Barg-liever! *That's my Devlin impression for the night*

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    Tim will eventually come poop all over our parade though I imaigne. hahah
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    There have been some great highlights in this game but by far the best one, for me, was the reaction Ed Davis had when Bargnani stuck the jumper (the one before the reverse lay up and after the 4 point play). He stood up on the bench, pumped his fist, and was genuinely enthused. He was the last one to sit down as well. Glad to see that a guy who is struggling, trying to find his way with new coach/systems, and is young is still rooting for his teammates - especially the one starting ahead of him.

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