The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
Here's more the first sentence from Casey rings out loud to me "EXPECT SMALL BALL"
4 have TS% under .500: Oladipo, Hayward, Wroten, Waiters
And only 4 have a higher TS% than Beal (Beal is the 11th highest USG SG)
In fact the average TS% for the top 11 highest USG SGs is 52.5%
This means that Beals percentages are average, not bad, and not chucker worthy. Remember he hits 3/6 3pters every game, it accounts for a lot of 2pt misses and stretches his game out tremendously.
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
They all stink, but IMO, Augustin has been the most successful at keeping the team afloat while Lowry's on the bench. It doesn't show up on the boxscore, but I find he's the quickest of the 3, get create separation from his defenders better, and statistically, has a better 3 point shot.
I haven't been complaining because in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter which of the 3 plays 15 mins per game. But man, Buycks has been awful.
The Wiz have had a fairly difficult schedule playing teams like SA, OKC, Miami, Dallas and Minnesota. They must be looking at this Raptor game as an easy win. It's not going to be easy for the Raps. Ariza I believe is injured so they will be weak at the SF spot. Could be a big game for Gay as he'll have Webster on him.
I like this match-up for DeRozan offensively on Beal, Beal is giving up a couple inches, and isn't a great defender from my eyes. Not to mention DeRozan has been consistent to start the season, which is a first, plus he's feeling it. Already three +30 point games this season.
I personally feel Julyan Stone would be really effective playing the back-up. To remind everyone, Wall is one of those point guards in the league with good size at 6'4. Stone's height could help level out any size Lowry gives up to Wall.
Rudy Gay has finally been getting it, he's passing the ball more, his defense has actually been solid, and while he's still launching terrible shots, he's putting up good ones and closer to the basket.
I'm a little hurt Fields isn't getting much time, mainly because it isn't for bad play - I thought he was the best wing on the team behind DeRozan to start the season. Anyways, I have totally changed my mind on Ross, and he's going to be a really, really good two-way player in this league; I love his place recently.
The team has played two very good games recently, against Memphis and against Philadelphia. It has lost two games in overtime to playoff contenders in the West. This week and next week there are only two games scheduled, so there has been plenty of time to practice. We saw some of the results of that against Philadelphia, so I hope for continued improvement, along with a shortened rotation. This should be a good test for the team, and a win would solidify first place in the division, meaning greater confidence for guys like DeRozan that are sick and tired of losing.
Last edited by caccia; Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 at 06:24 PM.
and an anti tank run that will lead them straight to pick # 14...whoopty fucking doo
Anybody wanna bet the over/under on the # of times the announcers will say "1st place Toronto Raptors"??? lol jeesh
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