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NOT SO OBVIOUS STAT Lebron James lead teams are now 20-0 in first rounds since 2012-13 and 24-1 since the 2011-12 season. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #ballislife #balling #slamdunk #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #cleveland #defendtheland #cavaliers #lalakers #miamiheat #sanantoniosuprs #gswarriors #lebronjames #kingjames

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. SHELDON! 4. LeBron drilling back to back three's to slience the Pacer faithful. 3. Giannis block DeRozan with his elbow! 2. LeBron James destroys the rim. 1. RIP Tristan Thompson. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketneverstops #basketball4life #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #memphis #grizzlies #memphisgrizzlies #clevelandcavaliers #cleveland #cavs #kingjames #lebronjames #MilwaukeeBucks #bucks #basketball

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At TRUEHOOPSAUS we evaluating each playoff team. We will discuss each teams POINT OF DIFFERENCE, a player from each team that can provide X FACTOR, why they can WIN IT ALL and a playoffs prediction for the team. OKC THUNDER POINT OF DIFFERENCE: REBOUNDING The NBA's leaders in Rebounds (46.6 per game) and offensive rebounds (12.2 per game), the Thunder need to be dominant inside if they are any chance of a prolonging their playoffs stretch. With offensive rebounds gold in playoffs basketball, players such as Gibson and Adams will be key to giving Westbrook second looks at the basket. X-FACTOR: ANDRE ROBERSON On top of limiting the Beards impact on the series, Roberson needs to be a reliable three point shooter. Teams defences will collapse on Westbrook, leaving Roberson to shoot open jumpers. For him to be effective he needs to knock down at least 40% of these shots. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? Beastbrook averages a 40 point triple double while shooting over 60% from the field. PREDICTION: Knocked out in the first round. #nba #thisiswhweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballislife #balling #slamdunk #okc #okcthunder #thunder #thunderup #oaklahoma

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MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES POINT OF DIFFERENCE: DEFENSIVE GRIT Defence is the foundation of success for the seventh best team in the West. Only allowing 100 points per game (3rd, NBA), the Grizzlies stifle teams defensively, only allowing 37.8 point per game in the Paint (1st, NBA) and 11.5 points on second chance opportunities (4th, NBA). X-FACTOR: ZAC RANDOLPH The old work horse still has a vital role in the Grizzlies push. Still averaging over 14 points per game, Randolph's post game can help control the tempo of the game for the second unit. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? Gasol and Conley would need to average triple doubles and teams lose stars to injury PREDICTION: Knocked out in the first round. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basketball #basket #ball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #slamdunk #balling #ballislife #memphis #griz #grizzlies #memphisgrizzles #grindcity

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PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: DYNAMIC DUO The NBA's 11th best offence has two of the most dynamic guards in the NBA. Contributing 50 of the 107.9 Trailblazer points per game, McCollum and Lillard need to continue to push the pace offensively if they are any chance of knocking off the Warriors. X-FACTOR: EVAN TURNER A strong presence at both ends of the floor, Turner can provide the Blazers with plenty of X-factor. Turner's ability to run the point and defend guards can take the pressure of Lillard, allowing him more freedom. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? The Trailblazers new small lineups pace and floor spacing will help them tear through the competition. PREDICTION: Knocked out in the first round. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #portlandtrailblazers #portland #trailblazers #ripcity #cjmccollum #damienlillard

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CHICAGO BULLS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: REBOUNDING The Bulls rank third in total rebounds (46.3) and second in offensive rebounds per game (12.2). If Chicago's big men can bully the Celtics inside and continue to crash the offensive glass, the Bulls could shock the C's and steal a few games. X-FACTOR: BOBBY PORTS Shoots a decent clip for a big man (.488 2P% and .333 3P%) and has the ability to score in bunches. If he can defend and rebound at a decent rate, Potris could be the spark off the bench for Hoiberg requires. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? Rondo turn back to clock and give Butler someone to share the load with. PREDICTION: Knocked out in the first round. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballislife #basketballneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #chicago #bulls #chicagobulls #bullsnation

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INDIANA PACERS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: PAUL GEORGE Let's be realistic, if PG doesn't replicated previous playoffs performances, the Pacers won't win a single playoffs game. In his last 45 playoff games, George has averaged 21.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game. X-FACTOR: Lance Stephenson Score, run the offence, play tough hard defence and niggle, Lance is made for playoff basketball. A shrewd late season signing for the Pacers, Stephenson can provide the spark of the bench that McMillan desperately needs. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? Paul George replicates his 2012-14 form and tears through the opposition. PREDICTION: Knocked out in the first round. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #bball #basketball #basket #ball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #balling #slamdunk #ballislife #indiana #indianapacers #gopacers #paulgeorge

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At TRUEHOOPSAUS we evaluating each playoff team. We will discuss each teams POINT OF DIFFERENCE, a player from each team that can provide X FACTOR, why they can WIN IT ALL and a playoffs prediction for the team. MILWAUKEE BUCKS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY The Bucks rank in the top 10 in FG% (.474), 3P% (.370), assists (23.2) while only averaging 14 turnovers per game (18th, NBA). The Bucks five of Antetokounmpo, Brogdon, Snell, Maker and Middleton have a offensive rating of 111.7. X-FACTOR: MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA Our favourite Aussie fighter brings needed playoffs experience to an inexperienced Bucks lineup. The Curry stopper, adds a steal to an already tough defence but it's his ability to knock down three's and clutch shots which will be most important to the Bucks. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? The Greek Freak will continue his tear, averaging a triple double throughout the playoffs. PREDICTION: Knocked out in the first round. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #slamdunk #ballislife #balling #milwaukee #bucks #milwaukeebucks #ownthefuture

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At TRUEHOOPSAUS we evaluating each playoff team. We will discuss each teams POINT OF DIFFERENCE, a player from each team that can provide X FACTOR, why they can WIN IT ALL and a playoffs prediction for the team. ATLANTA HAWKS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: DEFENCE The Hawks have the fourth best defensive rating (105) in the NBA. Howard's rim protection and Milsap (104, defensive rating), Bazemore and Sefolosha's (103, defensive rating) one on one defence will be key to the Hawks chances of winning a series. X-FACTOR: TIM HARDAWAY JR Can light it up like few others. The Hawks need Hardaway to be productive offensively if they are any chance of knocking off the Wizards. Fingers crossed we see Hardaway take over a game like he did vs the Rockets. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? Super Howard reappears and averages 20PTS and 20RBS PREDICTION: Knocked out in the first round. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #atlhawks #atlantahawks #hawks #truetoatlanta

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At TRUEHOOPSAUS we evaluating each playoff team. We will discuss each teams POINT OF DIFFERENCE, a player from each team that can provide X FACTOR, why they can WIN IT ALL and a playoffs prediction for the team. WASHINGTON WIZARDS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: HUSTLE Lead by Wall, the Wizards are a workman like team who thrive on grinding teams down defensively. Second in steals per game which has they have turned into 17.7 PPG (3rd, NBA). Opponents turn the ball over 15.5 times a game against the Wiz, the third most in the NBA. X-FACTOR: MARCIN GORTAT The Wizards Polish centre is their most important player. A strong defensive presence, Gortat leads the league in assisted screens (6.2) and top 10 for offensive rebounds which is key in playoffs basketball. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? Beal and Wall are the most dynamic guard combination in the league. PREDICTION: Knocked out by the Cavs in the Conference finals. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basketball #basket #ball #balling #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #slamdunk #ballislife #washingtondc #dcfamily #washingtonwizards #wizards

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At TRUEHOOPSAUS we evaluating each playoff team. We will discuss each teams POINT OF DIFFERENCE, a player from each team that can provide X FACTOR, why they can WIN IT ALL and a playoffs prediction for the team. TORONTO RAPTORS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: DEFENCE Since the Tucker and Ibaka trade, the Raps defensive rating has improved by 3.2. With Lowry now back, their defensive rating will continue to drop. X-FACTOR: PATRICK PATTERSON Patterson ability to shoot the three ball and score off the dribble will be key to the Raps guards. When he shoots the three ball well (.369 this season), it allows interior space for Lowry (normally plays with the second unit) to create shots. Patterson can also be used in pick and pop sets with Lowry. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? With Tucker on the floor with the starters (Lowry, DeRozan, Ibaka and Carroll), the Raps have the best chance to stop Lebron and co at the defensive end. PREDICTION: Knocked out in the second round. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #toronto #raptors #torontoraptors #raps #wethenorth #wearethenorth

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At TRUEHOOPSAUS we are going to evaluate each playoff team. We will discuss each teams POINT OF DIFFERENCE, a player from each team that can provide X FACTOR, why they can WIN IT ALL and our prediction. BOSTON CELTICS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: SHARING THE BALL The Celtics have the second highest assist per game ratio in the NBA. Their starting five (Bradley, Thomas, Crowder, Johnson and Horford) assist 65.8% of all made baskets. X-FACTOR: KELLY OLYNYK Can do a little bit of everything for Coach Stevens off the bench. A True shooting percentage of .609 highlights his ability to score from inside and outside. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? Isaiah 'the fourth' Thomas will take over down the stretch and bury teams. PREDICTION: Knocked out in the second round. Thoughts? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballislife #bball #balling #slamdunk #boston #celtics #bostonceltics

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At TRUEHOOPSAUS we are going to evaluate each playoff team. We will discuss each teams POINT OF DIFFERENCE, a player from each team that can provide X FACTOR, why they can WIN IT ALL and our prediction. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS POINT OF DIFFERENCE: THE THREE BALL The Cavs are the second best three point shooting team in the NBA in made baskets (13) and percentage (38%). We can all remember twelve months earlier when they torched the Hawks by shooting a record 25 three's in game 2. X-FACTOR: TRISTAN THOMPSON The former pick four was a beast on the boards for the Cavs during last years playoffs. His ability to battle for offensive rebounds will be key to the Cavs maximising their offensive potential. WHY WILL THEY WIN IT ALL? No team can contain the King. PREDICTION: Make the finals. As always let us know your opinion #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #slamdunk #balling #ballislife #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #defendtheland #cavaliers #cleveland

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Crawford slicing and dicing. 4. Two Aussies ooping in San Fran. 3. Another monster play from Giannas. 2. BEAL with the clutch basket plus one. 1. Simmons rocking the rim. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #laclippers #clippers #la #utah #jazz #utahjazz #MilwaukeeBucks #bucks #milwuakee #washingtondc #wizards #washingtonwizards #sanantonio #sanantoniospurs #spurs

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. The sniper strikes again, this time it's Dellavedova's ankles 4. Another grown man dunk in the paint from Antetokounmpo. 3. Wall taking some agression out on the rim. 2. BRADLEY and ONE! 1. Payton off the backboard to Gordon. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #balling #indiana #pacers #indianapacers #indianapacers #milwaukee #milwaukeebucks #bucks #johnwall #washingtonwizards #wizards #washingtondc #boston #celtics #bostonceltics #orlando #magic #orlandomagic

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This picture shows the raw emotion of the players from last nights Raps vs Pacers game. Despite what happened, was the reaction from DeRozan and particular Tucker an overreaction? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #ballislife #balling #slamdunk #lalakerw #indiana #pacers #indianapacers #raps #raptors #toronto #torontoraptors #miamiheat #clevelandcavaliers #bostonceltics #chicagobulls #nyknicks #gswarriors

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. With his 10th assist Beastbrook notches up his 41st triple double. 4. Vintage Melo. 3. Giannas with the nifty footwork leading to the jam. 2. Old Lance puts DeRozan in the blender. 1. Curry teasing the Wolves defence. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #balling #ballislife #okcthunder #okc #thunder #ny #newyork #nyknicks #knicks #milwaukee #milwaukeebucks #bucks #indiana #pacers #indianapacers #gsw #gswarriors #warriors #stephencurry

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Horford throwing it down with authority. 4. Brown takes advantage of more poor Knicks defending. 3. PG finishing over Lebron. 2. Just two of very many highlight plays from the Warriors number 30. 1. Kyrie blocking Teague at one end and Lebron with the finish at the other. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballislife #balling #slamdunk #nyknicks #boston #celtics #bostonceltics #indiana #indianapacers #pacers #gsw #gswarriors #warriors #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #cavaliers #cleveland

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