PC: New York Times: The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery (Chang W. Lee)
Throughout the entirety of the NBA Draft Lottery process, we have seen multiple teams embrace the position of tanking. Tanking is frowned upon by the NBA, but more importantly, openly tanking is a no-no. Recently, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for publicly saying that his team was tanking. While we know that other teams are tanking, they haven’t openly admitted they are, and this is considered “acceptable”.
While the NBA has been frustrated with the amount of teams tanking, they have yet to find a solution to discourage teams from throwing away their season. There have been several ideas thrown out there, but there hasn’t been one that the league has endorsed. With roughly one-third of the NBA tanking, I started brainstorming ideas on how we could fix the NBA Draft Lottery process. Here is my solution.
Rewarding Winning Teams
The NBA Playoffs consists of the top-eight seeds in the Western Conference and the top-eight seeds in the Eastern Conference. The remaining fourteen teams are then placed into the NBA Draft Lottery. The team with the worst overall record of the fourteen teams receives the best chance to win the NBA Draft Lottery, while the team with the best overall record of the fourteen teams is given the worst chance to win the NBA Draft Lottery.
The logic behind the NBA Draft Lottery makes perfect sense. You want the team that struggled the most in the prior season to have the best shot at improving their team. Unfortunately, front offices in the NBA have abused that privilege and that is why tanking has become, out of hand.
In order to reward teams that are pushing for a Playoff spot, the only solution is having a single-elimination tournament for those who are in the NBA Draft Lottery. In round one, the top two teams in the NBA Draft Lottery Tournament will receive a BYE, while the remaining twelve will play each other. The team with the best overall record, for each game, will be rewarded home court advantage.
The NBA Draft Lottery Tournament Seeds
I am going to use last year’s lottery results to use as an example for how I would setup this tournament:
As for the Boston Celtics, the Celtics received their pick from the Brooklyn Nets without protection. The Celtics were also the number one seed in the Eastern Conference last year. This would be a challenge to figure out who would play for the Celtics because you don’t want to cause a scheduling conflict for their Playoff team. There are two options the league could look at here:
A. The League could move the NBA Playoffs back one week in order for the Celtics to have a fully strengthened roster over the course of the NBA Draft Lottery Tournament.
B. The Celtics create their 12-man roster for the Playoffs and the remaining three players on their roster plus their G-League affiliate represents them in the NBA Draft Lottery Tournament.
For this case, we are going to choose option B. I feel as if this is the most efficient way to properly go about this scenario.
The NBA Draft Lottery Tournament Schedule
This is what the First round of the NBA Draft Lottery Playoffs would look like this:
Round 1: The first round of the NBA Draft Lottery Tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday following the end of the NBA’s regular season. The NBA Playoffs will start on Sunday.
Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets receive 1st Round Byes
#3 Detroit Pistons vs. #14 Boston Celtics (Friday, 7:00 PM)
#4 Charlotte Hornets vs. #13 Los Angeles Lakers (Friday, 9:30 PM)
#5 New Orleans Pelicans vs. #12 Philadelphia 76ers (Saturday, 12:00 PM)
#6 Dallas Mavericks vs. #11 Phoenix Suns (Saturday 2:30 PM)
#7 New York Knicks vs. #10 Sacramento Kings (Saturday 5:00 PM)
#8 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. #9 Orlando Magic (Saturday 7:30 PM)
We will assume that the 1st round winners went to best overall record for this example.
Round 2: The 2nd round of the NBA Draft Lottery Tournament will be conducted Monday and Tuesday in the day time, because NBA teams will be using the primetime schedule to play.
#1 Miami Heat vs. #8 Minnesota Timberwolves (Monday, 12:00 PM)
#2 Denver Nuggets vs. #7 New York Knicks (Monday, 3:00 PM)
#3 Detroit Pistons vs. #6 Dallas Mavericks (Tuesday, 12:00 PM)
#4 Charlotte Hornets vs #5 New Orleans Pelicans (Tuesday, 3:00 PM)
We will assume that the 2nd round winners went to best overall record for this example.
Round 3: The 3rd round of the NBA Draft Lottery Tournament will be conducted Thursday in the day time, because NBA teams will be using the primetime schedule to play.
#1 Miami Heat vs. #4 Charlotte Hornets (Thursday, 12:00 PM)
#2 Denver Nuggets vs. #3 Detroit Pistons (Thursday, 3:00 PM)
We will assume that the 3rd round winners went to best overall record for this example.
Round 4 (Championship): The Championship round of the NBA Draft Lottery Tournament will be conducted Saturday at 12:30, because no NBA Playoff game was scheduled for a 12:30 tip-off on the 2nd Saturday of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
#1 Miami Heat vs. #2 Denver Nuggets (Saturday, 12:30 PM)
Recap and Break Down of the Rewards for Placing 1st and 2nd in
Group 1: Mark Wahlen
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
Group 2: Alex Golden
Golden State Warriors
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder
Group 3: Rob Soni
Group 4: Zach Milner
New Orleans Pelicans
Portland Trades: CJ McCollum + Evan Turner
Raptors Trade: DeMar DeRozan + Jonas Valanciunas
Rob (Raptors GM): “I think if you are realistic, the Raptors can’t score in the playoffs. And I really feel like CJ helps them come playoff time way more (than DeRozan). Come playoff time, I think CJ helps more. Honestly, I think both teams need a shake-up. We’ve seen both squads in this iteration for like 3 straight years. I watch a lot of East coast hoops, and I really believe that they’d be better with CJ."
Mark (Blazers GM): “To be honest, I don’t see the Raptors doing it either. They’re playing too damn well right now to shake things up in a major way. And I feel like CJ and Lowry wouldn’t be the greatest fit. I think the deal would be a home run for the Blazers though. Really interesting trade either way.”
Alex:“There’s no way in hell that I see Toronto doing that trade. Plus, JV has had moments of solid basketball.”
Zach: “What Alex said. Really tough to break up DeRozan and Lowry when they’ve been playing so well. I know they can try and get rid of JV, but I don’t see them losing DeMar to do it. They don’t need to shake things up. Talent and money wise, it’s a fair trade. I just don’t think Toronto considers it. DeRozan has improved and Toronto’s offense isn’t as dependent on ISO anymore. I always have a tough time believing the Raps after the regular season, but this year feels a bit different. They’re not finals bound, but they’re more competitive.”
LA Clippers Trade: DeAndre Jordan + Wesley Johnson
Cleveland Cavaliers Trade: Tristan Thompson + Jae Crowder + Cavs 2018 1st rounder (lottery protected) and Miami's 2020 2nd round pick (top 35 protected)
Zach (Cavs GM):“I think Cleveland would be really happy with getting DJ while keeping the Brooklyn pick and dumping Tristan Thompson."
Mark:"Ya, I think that they (the Cavs) would be ecstatic with that deal. Really good deal for the Cavs. I wonder if the Clippers could get better, but if the Bucks aren’t willing to pay up, it’s hard to find another suitor for that price.”
Rob:“I think it works well, because if DJ opts in, the Cavs are screwed next year, and that has to be factored into the trade”
Philadelphia Trades: Dario Saric + Amir Johnson
Utah Jazz Trades: Derrick Favors + rights to swap 2nd round picks in 2018 (Philly would now own the right to swap picks)
Zach (Jazz GM): “For the record, I think there’s no way Philly considers this trade, but I could be wrong.”
Rob:“I don’t they they move off Saric for Favors and a pick swap. Maybe if they (the Jazz) ate Bayless’s contract, but I don’t that trade (including Bayless) works financially. If the 76ers can get rid of Bayless, they can offer PG13 the max.”
Mark:”Jazz would take Saric in a heartbeat. Can’t see the 76ers doing it. This trade is great for Utah.”
Alex (76ers GM): “The 76ers need a younger veteran center to backup Embiid, so I say good deal.”
LA Clippers Trade: Lou Williams
New Orleans Trades: E'twaun Moore + 2019 2nd round pick
Zach (New Orleans GM): “Probably should have taken the swapping of 2 picks, but still a good trade for the Pelicans in my opinion. E'Twaun Moore isn’t bad at all, but gets $7 million off the books and brings someone in who can score off the bench.”
Alex (Clippers GM): “Yeah, me too. That’s why I asked for it (another 2nd round pick). But acquiring another 2nd rounder for next year gives them more pieces to play with in the future. Moore has been solid this year, so that’s why I asked for it. Probably the most realistic trade we’ve made in the group lol.”
Other Completed Trades
Washington Trades: Jodie Meeks + 2018 1st round
Memphis Trades: Tyreke Evans + future 2nd
Phoenix Suns & Denver Nuggets:
Phoenix Suns Trade: Troy Daniels + two 2018 2nd rounders
Denver Nuggets Trade: Emanuel Mudiay
Deals That Got Close, But Ultimately Fell Apart
Utah Jazz Trade: Ekpe Udoh
Golden State Warriors Trade: Zaza Pachulia + Nick Young + Kevon Looney + their own 2018 1st round pick
Utah Jazz Trade: Derrick Favors
Brooklyn Nets Trade: DeMarre Carroll + Joe Harris
Detroit Pistons Trade: Stanley Johnson + Jon Leur + 2018 2nd round pick
Orlando Magic Trade: Elfrid Payton
Phoenix Suns Trade: Three 2018 2nd round picks
Talks That Happened, But Never Got Serious
Hassan Whiteside to the Cavs for a package centered around IT and their own 2018 1st.
LA Clippers & Milwaukee Bucks:
DJ to the Bucks for a package centered around Malcolm Brogdan + Thon Maker.
Dallas Mavericks & Cleveland Cavaliers:
Nerlens Noel to the Cavs for a package centered around Jose Calderon + Ante Zizic.
Dallas Mavericks & Cleveland Cavaliers:
Wesley Matthews to the Cavs for Channing Frye + the Cavs 2018 1st.
Utah Jazz, LA Clippers & Cleveland Cavaliers:
3 team trade centered around the Jazz landing Kevin Love. The Clippers landing Rodney Hood + Derrick Favors + Joe Johnson + Tristan Thompson + the Cavs own 2018 1st rounder. The Cavs getting DeAndre Jordan + Austin Rivers.
LA Clippers & LA Lakers:
DeAndre Jordan to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson + Julius Randle.
Utah Jazz & The Atlanta Hawks:
Rodney Hood to the Hawks in a deal centered around one of the Hawks late 2018 1st round picks.
Portland Trailblazers & Cleveland Cavaliers:
CJ McCollum to the Cavs in a deal centered around the Brooklyn 2018 1st round pick.
Portland Trailblazers & Utah Jazz:
CJ McCollum + Meyers Leonard to the Jazz in a deal centered around Rodney Hood + Derrick Favors + Utah's 2018 1st round pick.
Portland Trailblazers & Philadelphia 76ers:
CJ McCollum to the 76ers in a deal centered around Markelle Fultz + Robert Covington.
Charolette Hornets & The Cleveland Cavaliers:
Kemba Walker + Marvin Williams to the Cavs in a deal centered around Isiah Thomas + JR Smith + the Brooklyn 2018 1st round pick.
Miami Heat & The Milwaukee Bucks:
Hassan Whiteside to the Bucks in a deal centered around Malcolm Brogdan + Thon Maker + John Henson.
The Boston Celtics and....
Terry Rozier for… (it didn’t get beyond this, as Boston shut down any talks centered around Rozier immediately)
If you guessed the Boston Celtics, you are incorrect. While Boston has led the Eastern Conference since virtually the second week of the NBA season (thanks to a sixteen-game winning streak), they have looked far more like mere mortals over the past month (6-5 since January 1st).
Another likely candidate to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers are the Toronto Raptors. However, how many times have you seen the Raptors look fantastic during the regular season, just to once again underperform in the playoffs? The answer, too many times. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry’s struggles in the playoffs have been well documented as their playoff shooting percentages are about as terrifying as the idea of Kid Rock running for mayor of Detroit.
With that being said, the team that I believe will give the Cleveland Cavaliers the biggest scare in the Eastern Conference has ironically not won a playoff series since the 2000-2001 NBA season. This Playoff drought currently stands as the longest streak in the NBA. The team that I realistically believe has a chance to overtake the Eastern Conference is, the Milwaukee Bucks.
While this team may not be labeled as a “surprise”, they would be an unlikely favorite to overcome Boston, Toronto and Cleveland. The Bucks are led by none other than, the number two scorer in the NBA, MVP candidate, Giannis Antetokounmpo (aka The Greek Freak). Alongside Antetokounmp is six-year veteran, Khris Middleton. Middleton is one of the best bargains in the league with career highs across the board (20.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 4.3 apg). They also have the NBA’s reigning rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon has shown steady progression from year one to year two by increasing his points per game and rebounds per game. (We don’t know the length of Malcolm’s injury that he suffered Thursday evening, but are monitoring the status of this injury as it will play a significant factor in what Milwaukee does with their backcourt.)
Looking to add a starting point-guard to the backcourt, Milwaukee made a mid-season trade for Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe, in exchange for center Greg Monroe. Bledsoe has had his ups and downs, but it takes awhile to get accumulated with a new roster.
Last season, Milwaukee finished as the 6th overall seed in the Eastern Conference. At this moment, the Milwaukee Bucks are the 7th best team in the Eastern Conference. Looking to change things up, the Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd, on January 22, 2018. Failing to reach expectations, the Bucks front office had no other choice then to let Kidd go. So, with Kidd out, the reigns have been given to Joe Prunty.
Joe Prunty got his start at the University of San Diego High School, where he coached none other than current Los Angeles Laker head coach, Luke Walton. Prunty then went on to win three championships as an assistant coach to future hall of famer, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. Joe is no stranger to the sidelines, bringing 18 years of coaching experience to the Bucks and has Milwaukee at 4-1 since taking over as head coach. The Bucks have looked very pedestrian on both sides of the ball ranking 17th in scoring (with 105.2 points per game) and are 19th in the league in defensive efficiency (106.7) What really tips the scale for Milwaukee, is ranking dead-last in rebounds per game with an average of 38.7.
While the Bucks have played below average this season, they are winners of four of their last five games. Milwaukee will likely be in the trade market to add depth to their front-court, but the biggest addition they could receive is the return of starting power-forward, Jabari Parker. The former Blue Devil is coming off his second ACL tear in his right knee in the last three seasons, raising questions of just how effective he can be this season as he enters restricted free agency this summer. Parker is set to make his season debut (on a minutes’ restriction) against the New York Knicks, Friday, February 2nd.
The glaring hole on this team is at the center position. For the time being John Henson and second year, former top 10 draft pick, Thon Maker have shouldered the load. While both men are long by NBA standards, they are outmatched on most nights by opposing teams’ centers. However, their weaknesses are overshadowed by the brilliance of the “do it all” sensation, Giannis Anteokounmpo.
The “Greek Freak” became just the 5th player in NBA history to lead his team in all 5 major statistical categories and once again leads the Bucks in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Recent trade rumors have the Bucks actively looking to get their hands on a big man, and the two most common names that have been thrown around are none other than the reigning NBA rebound leader Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat, and the NBA’s five-time defending field goal percentage leader, Deandre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Neither man will come cheap, but if we learned anything from the recent Blake Griffin trade, unloading a lengthy contract with a high dollar amount benefits your teams’ cap space for the future. In the summer of 2016, Hassan Whiteside signed the largest per year contract in Miami Heat history. The contract was 4 years and just over 98 million dollars total (equating to an average of over $24.6 million per year). Hassan Whiteside has fallen a bit out of favor with Heat coaches as his playing time is down nearly seven minutes per game compared to last season. This is an organization that is still paying Chris Bosh $52 million through the 2019-2020 season and could use some cap relief and young talent.
One trade I like for both Milwaukee and Miami is Center Hassan Whiteside and Power Forward Okaro White, in exchange for (soon to be restricted free agent) Power Forward Jabari Parker, Power Forward/Center John Henson, and Shooting Guard, Rashad Vaughn. It is possible that a future first round pick could be included down the road, but if Miami is looking to shed a massive amount of salary and still be able to be in the thick of things in the East, this is a move they may want to execute (with or without a draft pick in exchange).
Milwaukee has a $5 million trade exception that expires this month from last year’s Roy Hibbert trade to Denver. So, I expect them to use that to bolster their roster depth in any deal. The previous trade mentioned would allow Miami to escape the remaining $52.5 million left on Whiteside’s contract and bring in the former #2 overall draft pick, Jabari Parker to Miami. Parker has improved in each of his three seasons and holds a career 49% shooting percentage. Henson is still due just over $20 million total through the 2019-2020 season, but this move allows Miami to move Henson back to his natural position of power forward and open minutes up for their first-round draft pick, Bam Adebayo.
Deandre Jordan is someone that may be a bit tougher to acquire considering Los Angeles will be looking for a combination of draft picks and cap relief as they look to continue to clear the books moving into the summer of 2018. Jordan has a player option of just over $24 million for next season and may not fit into Los Angeles’ plans in the near future. With Lou Williams also being rumored to be on the trading block, the Clippers are expected to be active before the deadline. I see a very similar trade of Jabari Parker and John Henson for Deandre Jordan. This move would allow Los Angeles to pair Parker with recently acquired Tobias Harris and with the money saved by ridding themselves of Jordan, they will have the proper funds to match any offer that Jabari may receive this summer as he becomes a restricted free agent.
Los Angeles will have quite the bidding war taking place as they field offers for Jordan, but with the threat of Jordan being able to opt out of his contract this summer, the Clippers may want to strike while the iron is hot and take the best possible offer for Deandre rather than let things play out. While Jordan’s offensive numbers such as scoring and free throw attempts per game are down a bit after the departure of Chris Paul, the seven-footer could step in immediately to fix the Bucks rebounding issue as he has finished in the top three in rebounds per game for each of the last five seasons and currently sits at second in the NBA pulling down 14.9 rebounds per game.
If Milwaukee can pull off one of these two moves at the deadline, I expect them to not only make a jump from the 7th seed, but potentially possess home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as a top four seed. If they can land a home court advantage in the first round, not only do I see them winning a first round matchup against the likes of a Washington, Miami, or Indiana, I see this team giving Boston or Toronto some serious trouble in the second round. Unless Cleveland can make a serious move within the next seven days by the NBA trade deadline, the East is about as wide open as a 7/11 in the middle of the night. With news dropping left and right as we approach the trade deadline, stay tuned to see how an already exciting NBA season unfolds.
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Brett Brown, who is now in his 5th year coaching the team, hasn’t really been properly evaluated due to the 76ers “the process” tank years, during which previous management refused to equip Brown with legitimate NBA talent. On most nights, Brett Brown was forced to play guys that either would be low level rotation players on most teams, or in some cases, guys that shouldn’t have even been in the league. This was all due to management continuously pushing to improve their draft position as much as possible. However, now that Brown has what appears to be a legitimate playoff team, its time to evaluate him a little more closely.
So, let’s start with this question: Do the 76ers show any signs and symptoms of poor coaching? Answer: you bet they do.
Currently, the 76ers are dead last in turnovers at 18 per game (meaning they turn the ball over the most). That’s 2 more turnovers per game than the next closest team, the Lakers, who turn the ball over 2 less times per game than the 76ers do. Most people would attribute the high turnover rate to playing mostly young players and having a rookie point guard. And, in their defense, it makes sense. However, they’re still ranked by realgm.com as the 12th youngest roster in the league, so they aren't the youngest team by any measure. So what else could be the reason? Maybe it’s the system.
According to cleaningtheglass.com, the 76ers only have 3 players in their regular rotation who are above the 35th percentile at their position in turnover percentage: Trevor Booker (58th percentile), Richaun Holmes (78th percentile) and JJ Reddick (72nd percentile). That’s not good. Additionally, their two super stars, who have their hands on the ball the most, have been turning the ball over for a combined 17.4% of their possession’s. This is easily one of (if not the worst) turnover rates by any high usage duo in the league. However, at the same time, both Embiid and Simmons rank astronomically high in assist percentage and assist usage. This seems to indicate that they are making a lot of great passes that lead to assists, but also making an equal amount of risky ones that end in turnovers. This is where coaching, and the system and culture being implemented by Brett Brown could be the reason for these issues. Why? For it to be this late in the season, and for such talented players as Embiid and Simmons to have such high turnover rates, while also having high assist rates, it seems like it may be the fault of Brett Brown and his staff for allowing those guys to continue to make poor (and unchecked) decisions. If Brown and the coaching staff aren’t able to hold those guys accountable for the decisions they make with the ball, they will continue to struggle with high turnover rates, and struggle to learn how to play smarter, playoff caliber basketball. With that being said, I am not at their practices, nor can I hear Coach Brown from the sidelines, so maybe he is preaching it and it just hasn't gotten through yet, but it’s something to consider.
And sure, there are other possible explanations as to why the 76ers could be having such a big problem with turnovers. In fairness to Brown, we should also consider these variables:
The 76ers are the 3rd fastest team in the league in terms of pace of play, while the Lakers are 2nd in pace of play. So what? Well, considering that both the 76ers and Lakers are the two worst teams in the league at turning the ball over, maybe it has something to do with their pace of play.
Another attributing factor may be that the 76ers are playing mostly young players and having a rookie point guard. Makes sense, right? Young players (especially a young point guard) usually = high turnovers. However, the 76ers are ranked by realgm.com as just the 12th youngest roster in the league, so they aren't the youngest team by any measure. And yes, their two main guys, Embiid and Simmons, are younger and lack the playing time relative to the years they've been in the league, but for how talented those two guys are? I can't see that being the primary culprit for the 76ers turnover problem.
So, what other signs and symptoms are the 76ers showing that may indicate poor coaching?
The other shocking thing about this 76ers team, and something that is entirely within the control of Brett Brown and his coaching staff, are their rotations. Among current playoff teams in the NBA, there are only 3 teams that do not have two rotations that have played 100+ minutes together so far this year: the Warriors (which is explained by how often they blow teams out), the Heat and the 76ers. Now, the first two teams we know have elite coaching and have different circumstances that explain much of their lack of 100+ minute rotations (the Heat have 6 players from last years regular rotation, meaning they have played a lot together in the past and probably aren’t worried about it as much, and on top of that, they’ve had some injury issues). But for this 76ers team, it doesn't make much sense. They only have 1 returning regular starter from last seasons starting group that started over 36 games: Robert Covington. So what’s the 76ers excuse? With continuity mattering in the NBA, not having regular and consistent rotations can force a lot of unforced errors. Think to how a game of pick up basketball is with 4 other guys you’ve never played with before. How much chemistry does your team have? How many “dumb” mistakes happen because of the lack of familiarity? Sure, these guys practice together and are paid professionals, but nothing replicates live NBA games and repetitions. If Brett Brown found and committed to a more reliable and consistent rotation, it could clean up some of their warts on offense, and potentially help limit the high turnover rate.
So why does this matter so much?
To turn the ball over 12.5% more than the 2nd worst team in the league… that is a recipe that not only kills you in the regular season, but will also be exploited exponentially by opposing teams defenses come playoff time. The last team to turn it over at this rate was the 2002-2003 Denver Nuggets, who finished with a 17-65 record. That record tied the Nuggets that year with the Cleveland Cavalier’s for the worst record in the NBA. High turnover teams generally don't win come spring time (unless you’re the Warriors, who turn it over a lot, but they also have 4 of the best 20 guys in the league on their roster and a top tier offense AND defense).
So, is it time for the 76ers to fire Brett Brown?
No, I don't think its time to fire Brett Brown. Despite the historic turnover rate of his team, Brown is in the top 6 among coaches in both SLOB efficiency (side line out of bounds) and BLOB efficiency (baseline out of bounds plays) per synergy. That’s a stat that’s strong with the top coaches in the league (guys like Popovich, Stevens, and Spoelstra all rank in the top). So, Brett Brown does have some strong indicators to show that he is a playoff caliber coach, but as outlined previously, there’s also a lot of area’s where he can improve. Just because Brown can draw up nice out of bounds plays doesn’t mean he’s good at holding players accountable or can fix glaring, and nearly debilitating problems with his team.
This is something I think we all should be monitoring as the season goes on.
If the 76ers can’t remedy their bad case of turnovers, come April and the playoffs, the turnovers could very well be the reason their season ends earlier than they hope. However, on the contrary, if they clean this aspect up, they could be really lethal and a team that nobody, not even Cleveland or Boston would want to play in a 7 games series.
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