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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Crawford with a huge heave. 4. Simmons with the rim shattering put back dunk. 3. DeRozan with the huge denial. 2. RIP to Henson's ankles. 1. In a big night for the Lopez's, Brook drains the game winner. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #la #clippers #laclippers #sanantoniospurs #sanantonio #spurs #toronto #raptors #torontoraptors #portland #trailblazers #portlandtrailblazers #brooklynets #brooklyn #nets

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Two breathe taking assists from the Joker. 4. Curry beating the half time buzzer. 3. Teague's chase down block. 2. Paul putting Porzingis in the blender. 1. Harden with yet another game winner. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #denver #nuggets #denvernuggets #gsw #warriors #gswarriors #dubnation #atlanta #atlantahawks #hawks #la #laclippers #clippers #houston #rockets #houstonrockets

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. JR wheeling and dealing. 4. Curry with the DEEP three. 3. Griffin with the big put back. 2. Another highlight dunk and pass from Beastbrook. 1. Welcome to my poster Mason! #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #cleveland #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #defendtheland #gsw #gswarriors #dubnation #la #laclippers #clippers #stephencurry #blakegriffin #okc #thunder #okcthunder #russellwestbrook #houstonrockets #rockets #houston

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EAST PLAYOFF BREAKDOWN PART 2: CHICAGO BULLS: Home games: 8 Away games: 5 Back to backs: 2 Wade’s latest injury is going to make it hard for a Bulls team looking for someone to step up and take the load of Butler. On a positive, the Bulls seem to have one of the easier finishes to the season with only 4 games against teams with a better record (Wizards, Raps, Cavs, Hawks). On top of that their last 6 games come against the Pels, Knicks, 76ers, Nets, Magic and Nets again. The only problem, the Bulls have struggled against teams with records below .500. They play the Pistons on the second night of a back to back. DETROIT PISTONS: Home games: 6 Away games: 7 Back to backs: 3 The only team on the list with three back to backs, the Pistons will be hoping that their players still have the legs for a playoffs push. With only five games against teams with a better record (Raps twice, Rockets, Griz and Wizards) the Pistons should be up and fighting when the season comes to an end. Three games against the Bucks, Heat and Bulls should decide whether they are playoffs bound. TRUEHOOPSAUS PREDICTIONS 6. Pacers 42 wins 7. Bucks 42 wins 8. Miami 42 wins 9. Pistons 40 10. Bulls 39 wins Thoughts? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #ballislife #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #balling #slamdunk #indianapacers #pacers #milwaukeebucks #milwaukee #bucks #miami #heat #miamiheat #detriot #pistons #detriotpistons #chicago #bulls #chicagobulls

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EAST PLAYOFF BREAKDOWN PART 1: With under a month until the season concludes, the Eastern Conference playoffs picture is still unclear. Five teams are fighting it out for three places, we have decided to give you a breakdown of each team’s run home. MIAMI HEAT: Home games: 7 Away games: 5 Back to backs: 2 Out of the five teams competing for a playoffs spot, Miami have the easiest run home. They currently have a four game home stand, in which they will only play one team with a better record (Raptors).The Heat have six games against teams which have a lower winning percentage than theirs(Wolves, Blazers, Suns, Hornets and NY twice). Also going in their favour is they finish the season with two games against the Wizards and one against the Cavs, in which both teams could look to rest their stars before the playoffs. INDIANA PACERS: Home games: 8 Away games: 4 Back to backs: 2 The Pacers have a tricky end to the season, with eight of their fourteen games coming up against teams that have a better winning percentage than them (Raps x3, Jazz, Celtics, Griz, Cavs and Hawks). If they manage to split those eight games, a late year show down against the Bucks could decide both teams fate. But with a one and a half game lead over the chasing pack, it will be hard for them to miss the playoffs. MILWAUKEE BUCKS Home games: 5 Away games: 10 Back to backs: 2 A tough four game West Coast trip begins the run to the playoffs for a depleted Bucks team. On the positive side, the Bucks only have six games against teams with a better record than them (Warriors, Hawks, Celtics twice, Thunder and Pacers). On the other hand they have three road trips (including the West Coast) left. Games against the Bulls, Pistons and Pacers will determine their destiny. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #miamiheat #305 #miamiheat #indiana #indianapacers #pacers #milwaukee #bucks #MilwaukeeBucks #chicago #bulls #chicagobulls #detriot #pistons #detriotpistons

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SOME NOT SO OBVIOUS ISAIAH 'THE FOURTH' THOMAS STATS: Currently, Thomas leads the NBA in fourth quarter: * • Points~ 596 • Made free throws~ 202 On top of that he is second in fourth quarter: * • Made three's~ 60 • Made field goals~ 167 Impressive stats for a 5ft 9 inch player, playing in a bigs league. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballislife #slamdunk #boston #celtics #bostonceltics #lalakers #miamiheat #sanantoniosuprs #laclippers

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NOT SO OBVIOUS STAT: Before the loss against the Celtics, the Cavs were 15-0 when leading at any point in the last quarter. 'Nobody can hold' Isaiah 'the 4th' Thomas. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #ballin #ballislife #slamdunk #cleveland #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #defendtheland #boston #celtics #BostonCeltics

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IS ANDREW THE KEY? The Cavs have finally satisfied James with a playmaker of high quality in Deron Williams, but does a 7 foot Aussie hold the key to unlocking the Cavaliers offence. Assisting over 15% of baskets while on the court last season, the former first pick has the ability to be a passer and playmaker out of the high post. The Cavs now have the ability to play 3 shooters (Irving, Korver and JR Smith) and Lebron with Bogut, allowing them to have three playmakers on the floor. The extra space created on the floor will assist James, Irving and Smith (when fit) with room to drive and work in isolation. Ball playing isn't were it stops offensively for the former Mav, his ability to set strong screens could make him a value asset for the Cavs shooters. In limited time, Bogut has averaged 2 assisted screens per game this season. Expect this stat to jump now he has signed for the Cavs. The former first team All-Defence's impact will be felt defensively too. Last season in limited playing time Bogut had 1.6 blocks per game and contributed 2.9 defensive win shares. His ability to protect the rim and rebound hard will be an upgrade to the Cavs second unit which does not currently have a rim protector. The season hasn't panned out like Bogut would have liked, but a move to the Cavs could help to reignite the season and keep the dream alive for Cavs fans. I this a Championship defining move? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basket4life #basketballneverstops #ballislife #slamdunk #cleveland #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #defendtheland #dallasmavericks #gsw #gswarriors #la #miami #ny

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NOT SO OBVIOUS STAT: Ersan Ilyasova has seen more teams than most over the past five season. In these five seasons, Ilyasova has been TRADED FIVE TIMES. NOTABLE PLAYERS THAT HAVE GONE THE OTHER WAY INCLUDE: • Caron Butler • Tobias Harris • Serge Ibaka • Jerami Grant • Tiago Splittler Lets hope it sticks in Atlanta for him! #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #ballin #ballislife #slamdunk #basketball4life #basketneverstops #atlanta #atlantahawks #philly #philadelphia76ers #philadelphia #okc #okcthunder #orlando #orlandomagic #milwaukee #MilwaukeeBucks #detriot #detroitpistons

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CAN COUSINS DELIVER WINNING BASKETBALL? Everyone was shocked to hear of DeMarcus Cousins' trade to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pels have effectively given the Kings their first round picks from the last season (Hield) and this season (plus Galloway a quality back up PG) for a player that while a star, has not delivered winning. During the first six years in the league Cousins and the Kings have: - Only averaged 27.33 wins per season. - Have averaged a 13th finish in the standings. - The Kings have had a defensive rating of 109.6 and a net rating of -4.13 - Cousins has averaged 15 tech fouls a season (not including his 19 this season). - The Kings are -0.2 per 100 possessions when Cousins was on the court (excluding first three seasons). * The two time All-NBA star who has averaged 21.1 points and 10.8 rebounds, has shown us a range of skills that have led him to many accolades yet his team has never finished with a winning record. Cousins has admittedly played on some below par teams but as Westbrook has shown, you can win with less talent if you ferociously chase your goals. Now with AD by his side, Cousins can finally show us if he can take his ball to a superstar level or if he is just another temperamental star. Do you think Davis and Cousins will bring that winning feeling to New Orleans? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #ballislife #slamdunk #ballin #sacramentokings #kings #neworleanspelicans #pelicans #la #lakers #miamiheat #sanantiniospurs #chicagobulls #cavs #torontoraptors #newyorkknicks #knicks #gsw #gswarriors #okcthunder

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NOT ONE BUT TWO NOT SO OBVIOUS STATS: First NSOS is the Chicago Bulls are currently 6-1 vs the Celtics, Raptors and Cavs. The second stat, Jimmy Butler is currently leading the NBA in the number of foul shots made in the last 5 minutes of games that are within 5 points. He has shot 40-41. Could a Jimmy Butler lead Bulls cause an upset in the first round of the playoffs? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #ballislife #basketball4life #slamdunk #chicago #bulls #chicagobulls #bullsnation #miami #la #miamiheat #lalakers #torontoraptors #boston #BostonCeltics

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BEWARE JAMES IS ON A TEAR! With all the talk centred around Westbrook and Harden, Lebron last seven games has given us a small reminder of his greatness. James has averaged: • 26.6 PPG • 11.57 APG • 1.28 SPG • 63.42 FG% • 59.52 3P% • 9.4 +/- * With Love out and the demand on James to take on more responsibility rising, can we expect these numbers to continue? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #lebronjames #kingjames #cleveland #cavs #clevelandcavaliers #cavaliers #miamiheat #la #lalakers #sanantoniospurs #gsw #gswarriors #chicagobulls #defendtheland #

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TRUEHOOPS AUS TOP 6 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 6. Derrick Jones giving us a little taste of what is to come! 5. Paul Millsap with the game tying two. 4. Nuggets with the pretty passing. 3. Jokic with a touch down pass to Barton for the slam. 2. Waiters pick Gordon's pocket and finishes with the slam. 1. Wall with the assist through his legs. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #miami #miamiheat #washingtondc #washingtonwizards #denver #denvernuggets #atlanta #atlantahawks #phoenixsuns #phoenix

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Klay alley ooping to JaVale. 4. Kawhi with the creative circus shot, plus one. 3. KAT with the ferocious put back. 2. Brook Lopez completing destroying McGruder. 1. Collison's game winner for the improving Kings. Did we miss any? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #baketballneverstops #ballislife #slamdunk #gsw #gswarriors #dubnation #sanantinospurs #sanantonio #timerwolves #minnesotatimberwolves #brooklyn #brooklynets #brooklyngrit #sacramentoproud #sacramentokings #kings

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Kevin 'Go-Go Gadget" Durant rocking the rim. 4. Smart with a nifty pass to Olynyk for the slam. 3. The Cavs with one of the best team plays we have seen this season. 2. CJ dropping the Mavs. 1. WILLY CAULEY-STEIN ladies and gentlemen!! Did we miss any? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #sacramento #sacramentokings #kings #gsw #warriors #gswarriors #dubnation #portland #portlandtrailblazers #cleveland #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #boston #celtics #BostonCeltics

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