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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Love finds LeBron in the end zone. 4. James getting away with a carry, finishes over Brown. 3. Kyrie drills the three from the car park. 2. Irving rubbing salt in Boston's open wounds. 1. We see you KELLY! #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballin #ballislife #and1 #slamdunk #boston #celtics #bostonceltics #cavs #clevelandcavaliers #defendtheland cleveland #cavaliers

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NOT SO OBVIOUS STATS FROM THE CAVS VS CELTICS GAME: -Today's win saw Horford's first playoff victory against LeBron (1-14). - LeBron's largest blown playoffs led (21 points). - The Cavs had 36 foul shots to the Celtics 12. - The Celtics had 10 more made baskets on 21 more attempts. - Boston's starting big men (Horford and Johnson) combined for -25 in plus/minus. -On the flip side, Olynyk and Jerebko combine were +37. All this leading to the 16.5 favourite (the largest in 20 postseasons) being rolled by their less fancied opponent. #nba #thisiswhweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballin #and1 #ballislife #slamdunk #boston #celtics #bostonceltics #averybradley #cavs #cleveland #cavaliers #clevelandcavaliers #cavsvcletics

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KAT responding via Instagram to his omission from the All-NBA Team. With DeAndre Jordan making the thrid team, does Towns have grounds to feel disrespected? Let us know #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballislife #ballin #and1 #slamdunk #timerwolves #minnesota #minnesotatimberwolves #clevelandcavaliers #LAlakers #la #miamiheat #gswarriors #sanantoniospurs #bostonceltics

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To help all NBA fans struggling after yet another blow out victory for the Dubs, a clip of Magic and Embiid at the Lottery absolutely loving that fact that their franchise will recieve yet another top three pick. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #baskets #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #balling #ballislife #and1 #slamdunk #warriors #dubnation #gswarriors #sanantoniospurs niospurs #spurs #lalakers #la #lakers #lakeshow #philly #philadephia #76ers #philadephia76ers #sanantinio

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With the Draft Lottery a matter of hours away, we thought we would debate how we would like the balls drawn. NUMBER 1 PICK: PHILADELPHIA 76er's Simmons + Embiid + Saric + Fultz = Trust the process. Throw Covington defence into that starting line up and the 76er's will have a starting lineup that will be the envy of every franchise. Embiid representing the franchise at the lottery gives the night a bit more spice. To make the night more interesting if the Lakers pick falls outside the top three, Philly will receive the pick. NUMBER 2 PICK: LA LAKERS: Respented by the great Magic Johnson, the Lakers will be hoping for their fourth top three pick in the last four years. We would really love to see this pick go into the Philly war chest but an LA and Big Baller match is too good to refuse. NUMBER THREE PICK: BOSTON CELTICS I would enjoy watching Boston receive the third overall pick for two reasons, the first would be the continued mocking of the Nets front office. The second reason, this pick gives them one more asset (either a Jackson or traded player like Butler) to help them close the gap on the Cavs. NUMBER FOUR: NEW ORLEAN PELICANS More talent in New Orleans will make the Pels a must watch league pass team next season. A scoring PG that can help bolster the bench would be on the cards for Gentry (assuming they resign Holiday). NUMBER FIVE: MIAMI HEAT A selfish pick here (I am a Heat fan) but more high end talent to add to Waiters, Whiteside and Dragic can only mean trouble to the teams in the East (excluding the Cavs). Let's hope Mourning can dish up yet another highlight for us Heat fans. Who do you want to see nab the number 1 pick? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketbsll4life #ballislife #balling #and1 #lalakers #miamiheat #lakers #miami #heat #neworleanspelicans #pelicans #philadephia #philadelphia76ers #76ers #boston #celtics #BostonCeltics

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SPURS VS WARRIORS! When we sit back and analyse this game, the Spurs have shown that they have the ability to bang with the Warriors when Leonard is firing. Can the Spurs push the Warriors to seven games and cause an massive upset? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basketball #basketball4life #basket #ball #basketballneverstops #ballislife #balling #and1 #slamdunk #sanantoniospurs #sanantonio #spurs #spursvsgsw #gsw #warriors #gswarriors #dubnation

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NOT SO OBVIOUS STAT! With the win aganist the Wizards in game 5, the Celtics are now 29-3 when they out rebound their oppositions. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #balling #ballislife #and1 #boston #celtics #bostonceltics

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TRUEHOOPSAUS NOT SO OBVIOUS STAT! The Warriors lead their series against the Jazz for all but 11 minutes and 55 seconds. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #and1 #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #gsw #warriors #gswarriors #dubnation

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NENE INJURY = SPURS ASCENDANCE? As a lover of the fierce nature of the playoffs, nothing frustrates me more than players becoming injured during series which ultimately effectives the quality of the games. With new filtering through that Nene has sustained a season ending thigh injury, the favour now seems to be with the Spurs. Averaging 10 points and 4.2 rebounds per playoff game, Nene was the leader of the best points per game bench (41.1) so far these playoffs. His effectiveness offensively is an underrated part of the Rockets offense. Per game Nene scores 1.3 buckets on 1.9 shots at 70.6 % in the post, his back to the bucket game gives the Rockets versatility to their offence that Capella cannot offer. Nene is the Rockets most efficient offensive player, contributing his 10 points on 5.7 shots per game with a player efficiency rating (PER) of 21.6 in only 17.9 minutes a game. Nene’s importance to the Rockets doesn’t stop at his offensive production. His big body and hardnose picks will be sorely missed. Kawhi and co will be more relaxed knowing a Harrell or Capella will be setting screens for Harden rather than Nene. Can Harrell come in on limited minutes and be productive from the get go or will the Spurs gain bench ascendance with Nene’s production gone? Time will tell #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #houston #rockets #houstonrockets #rockets50 #sanantoniospurs #sanantonio #spurs #clevelandcavaliers #gswarriors #utahjazz #torontoraptors #okcthunder #miamiheat #bostonceltics #washingtonwizards

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HAVE THE PLAYOFFS BEEN UNCOMPETITIVE? When March becomes April and teams begin to prepare their assault on the playoffs, we as fans can't contain our excitement. If it's Westbrook vs Harden, Wall vs Isaiah or James vs Curry we can't help but dream of heart stopping moments which will have us analysing and talking for days to come. The question is, have these playoffs been a massive dud? There seems to have been more blow outs than buzzer beaters to start these playoffs. If we count any game that a team wins by over 15 points as being a blow out. There has been: - 12 games decided by 20 points or more. - 5 decided by between 15-20 points Out of the 56 playoff games completed, 30.9% of them have been blow outs. Excluding the big two (Cavs and Warriors), I was filled with hope, due to the evenness of the remaining teams in the playoffs, that we would see more excitement than ever. With a feel of inevitability surrounding these playoffs, I personally can't wait until the men are separated from the boys and see the prequel that we all hope for. Do you agree that these playoffs have been uncompetitive? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballislife #balling #slamdunk #cleveland #cavaliers #gsw #gswarriors #sanantoniospurs #houstonrockets

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CAN A LEFT ANKLE DERAIL THE WIZARDS SEASON? Without two healthy Markieff Morris ankles do the Wizards stand a chance of overriding the Celtics two nil advantage? The video shows two incidents in which Stevens exploits Morris down the stretch in game two. In obvious discomfort, Morris was forced to defend Thomas on switches and Isaiah went right to work crossing Morris up. If you look closely, you can see when Thomas crosses him, Markieff has to push of his twisted ankle leaving Morris stranded with no chance of rotating to defend. While offensively still able to contribute, Morris looks to be a liability defensively that the Celtics will continue to exploit if he is left on the court in the fourth quarter. The solution to Brook’s fourth quarter dilemma is not a simple one. Will he continue with Morris at the four down the stretch and back his starters limited switches or help defensively when Morris is switched onto. Does he downsize and bring in Oubre Jr who is limited offensively (can stretch the floor) but offers a defensive aggression. Or can Brooks bring in more offense (Bogdanovic and Jennings) and hope to outscore the Celtics. The weight of the whole of DC rests on the heath of Markieff Morris’ left ankle. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #balling #ballislife #washingtonwizards #wizards #washingtondc #dcfamily #boston #celtics #bostonceltics #miamiheat #lalakers #sanantonio #clevelandcavaliers #houstonrockets

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Mills loses Beverley then drops the rock off to Gasol for the easy finish. 4. Harden between the legs to Capela who slams it home. 3. IMAN SHUMPERT OH MY! 2. Irving puts Powell in the blender. 1. Kyrie to LEBRON! #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basketball #ball #basket #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #balling #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #defendtheland #cavaliers #houston #rockets #houstonrockets #toronto #raps #torontoraptors #raptors #sanantonio #sanantoniospurs #spurs

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MEN LIE, WOMAN LIE BUT STATS DONT and they are hard to ignore. They become the first team to blow five consecutive postseason leads. With Paul, Reddick, Bass and Felton out of contract and Griffin with a player option, the off season for the Clippers will be most interesting. The we all have is, will the front office decide enough is enough and end the big three era in LA? In my opinion, blowing up the roster would hamper the franchise long term. In forty-one previous seasons before the big three the Clippers franchise was a laughing stock, only making the playoffs 7 times. Since the 2011-12 Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Rivers have won the respect of NBA even, making the playoffs 5 years straight. With Paul available to receive a mega $200 million contract the Clippers front office should continue to ride the success of the big three. If they can fill the bench with a solid defensive big and a three and D SF, the Clips could be up the standings and fighting when the whips are cracking in the 2017-18 playoffs. Blow up or keep them together? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #balling #ballislife #slamdunk #la #laclippers #ittakeseverything #clippers #miamiheat #sanantoniospurs #clevelandcavaliers #bostonceltics #torontoraptors #nyknicks #gswarriors #lalakers

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Horford deflects the inbounds pass and finishes in the open court. 4. Butler makes the fade away three to finish the third. 3. Roizer's pick leads to the fastbreak dunk. 2. Jennings slick handles and dish to Bogdanovic for the sweet finish. 1. Wall drops the HAMMER! #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #ballislife #balling #slamdunk #washingtonwizards #washingtondc #wizards #boston #celtics #bostonceltics #johnwall #chicago #chicagobulls #bulls #bullsnation

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Hayward races down the court to beat the buzzer. 4. Lou Williams' DEEP trey. 3. Gordon with the rack attack. 2. Westbrook welcome to my poster! 1. Iso Joe does it again. Ballmer's face is priceless. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #balling #balislife #slamdunk #houston #rockets #houstonrockets #utah #jazz #utahjazz #okc #thunder #okcthunder #thunderup #la #lakerclippers

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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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