FINAL: Cleveland Cavaliers 84 - Toronto Raptors 80
Old 04-05-2012, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Toronto Raptors have proven fairly formidable of late thanks to a tremendous defensive display.

That shouldn't come as much of a surprise to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The host Raptors try for a four-game season sweep and a sixth win in seven meetings with the short-handed Cavaliers, who look to avoid a 10th consecutive loss Friday night.

After knocking off Washington and Charlotte - the two worst teams in the league, Toronto (20-35) improved to 3-0 this month with Wednesday's 99-78 rout at Philadelphia. The Raptors outscored the 76ers 44-22 in the second half and limited them to seven points in the final 12 minutes - the second-fewest points allowed in the fourth quarter in team history.

"Everybody knows their role," said DeMar DeRozan, who had 18 points. "Nobody's trying to do more than what they normally do ... once we get that going it's tough for us to be beat."

Much of Toronto's recent success can be attributed to its strong play on defense. The Raptors, allowing 95.1 points per game on the season, have held opponents to just 85.7 during their run. They haven't won four in a row since Nov. 17-24, 2010.

"Really we're outside (of the playoff picture) looking in, nothing to really play for," said coach Dwane Casey, whose team is in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

"Andrea (Bargnani) and DeMar and all the other guys playing for pride - it's not like we're really pressing the hammer on them. I told them all these games are for pride, that way you don't go home this summer and regret anything you did this season."

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Raptors should win this. Cleveland's Tank > Raptor's Tank :cookie:
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If anyone can name CLEs starting PG with Irving out they get a cookie.

I had to look it up myself and I still have no idea who he is.

Another must lose. We cant gain confidence going in to a tough stretch. We need to lose all the tough games coming up, and another win here wouldnt help
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Irving's out?

No way Raps lose this game... not with the way they've been playing.

Sorry Tankers!
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If anyone can name CLEs starting PG with Irving out they get a cookie.

I had to look it up myself and I still have no idea who he is.

Another must lose. We cant gain confidence going in to a tough stretch. We need to lose all the tough games coming up, and another win here wouldnt help
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Easy win for us.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the tank is too strong with the Cavs
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Irving's out?

No way Raps lose this game... not with the way they've been playing.

Sorry Tankers!
Could be out for the rest of the year. Cavs are doing a great job with the tank right now!
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Could be out for the rest of the year. Cavs are doing a great job with the tank right now!
THIS IS BULLSHIT

why cant we tank like that?! i dont wanna see a irving/davis roster
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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THIS IS BULLSHIT

why cant we tank like that?! i dont wanna see a irving/davis roster
The crazy thing is Cavs could have drafted Jonas with the #4 pick last year, sucked this year, and got a top 3 pick and added Davis/MKG type player.

Irving/Jonas/Davis or Irving/MKG/Jonas. Wow, their rebuild would have went a lot faster then people expected. Still can if they get lucky and get the #1 pick/Davis. A Irving/Davis combo would be very nice.

F**K, I hate the Cavs. At least I'm looking good at winning $$$ now when a few weeks ago it looked like a loss!
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The crazy thing is Cavs could have drafted Jonas with the #4 pick last year, sucked this year, and got a top 3 pick and added Davis/MKG type player.

Irving/Jonas/Davis or Irving/MKG/Jonas. Wow, their rebuild would have went a lot faster then people expected. Still can if they get lucky and get the #1 pick/Davis. A Irving/Davis combo would be very nice.

F**K, I hate the Cavs. At least I'm looking good at winning $$$ now when a few weeks ago it looked like a loss!
how come you dont like the cavs? uniforms look nice
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how come you dont like the cavs? uniforms look nice
I hate everything about Cleveland and all my friends that like Cleveland. You know how much trash I had to hear when LeBron James was there? I get the last laugh now........well for now.

Irving is nice though. I do like watching him play.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:15 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Cleveland knows how to tank ... if they get AD ... they then have a foundation to build on. Shit !!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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NBA will give the Cavs a top pick (does anyone think it isnt fixed?) out of sympathy for the LeBaby debacle. Guaranteed.

PS. Raps win 99-65 and get booed off the court for not delivering a slice.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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wouldn't the NBA give NOLA the #1 pick?
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Jose not playing tonight.

Johnson will not start but will be available to play off the bench.
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Jose not playing tonight.

Johnson will not start but will be available to play off the bench.
Also Forbes is out.

Looks like Uzoh + Dentmon will get a good look tonight.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Jose not playing tonight.

Johnson will not start but will be available to play off the bench.
Have they informed us yet about what those internal reasons were for Johnsons benching.
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Jose and Bayless out? That can only mean one thing...

...it's Uzoh time.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #20 (permalink)
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The PG matchup tonight is going to be epic!
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