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    A quick question --if Raps continue to lose games the should not at what point does the brass look at RESTING STARTERS ...the goal being to ensure everyone is healthy and rested going into playoffs and to AVOID DREADED 4/5 Seed. I would argue REALISTICALLY aim for 3 seed BUT if it becomes clear that is not attainable to REST STARTERS will dual purpose to be healthy AND to AVOID CAVS in second round.
    You're asking when it becomes apparent we should tank for the 6th seed?

    Um hopefully never Debbie fuckin downer lol. Let's play ball!
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    Can't escape the fact that Cleveland could end up in 2nd when its all over. Can only play for seeding when there are 1 or 2 games left really.. especially with the amount of parity we're seeing in the top 5/6. Raptors should try to win every game.

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    You're asking when it becomes apparent we should tank for the 6th seed?

    Um hopefully never Debbie fuckin downer lol. Let's play ball!
    The ultimate goal is getting to ECF. So yes if it is clear we won't finish 3rd tank (if that's what you want to call it ) for 6/7th. Don't forget we are in this position due to losing too many games to teams we should beat.

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    Can't escape the fact that Cleveland could end up in 2nd when its all over. Can only play for seeding when there are 1 or 2 games left really.. especially with the amount of parity we're seeing in the top 5/6. Raptors should try to win every game.
    No chance CAVS finisish second. Period.

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    No chance CAVS finisish second. Period.
    Maybe.. 3.5 games seems pretty far.. but they don't have Love, and Lebron will get some rest days. Whether they get Bogut, DWill or not.. that's a bad team without Lebron.

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    The ultimate goal is getting to ECF. So yes if it is clear we won't finish 3rd tank (if that's what you want to call it ) for 6/7th. Don't forget we are in this position due to losing too many games to teams we should beat.
    So if the Raptors aren't able to stay ahead/catch up to Atlanta, Washington or Boston your recommendation is to tank so they play one of those teams in the first round without home court advantage?

    Other than the 3 games against Boston and Washington in the next week, the Raptors only play a single team with a superior record than theirs (that's a record with the Raps stumbling through the last 6 weeks due to injuries/general malaise) and that's the Cavs to end the season.
    The only other games against teams that are over .500 are vs OKC, Atlanta, Indyx2 (though the NO game will be interesting). Not guaranteeing wins of course, but come on.

    Basically my point is that if the Raps aren't able to catch up with that schedule then you shouldn't feel confident about them even winning a first round series.
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    So if the Raptors aren't able to stay ahead/catch up to Atlanta, Washington or Boston your recommendation is to tank so they play one of those teams in the first round without home court advantage?

    Other than the 3 games against Boston and Washington in the next week, the Raptors only play a single team with a superior record than theirs (that's a record with the Raps stumbling through the last 6 weeks due to injuries/general malaise) and that's the Cavs to end the season.
    The only other games against teams that are over .500 are vs OKC, Atlanta, Indyx2 (though the NO game will be interesting). Not guaranteeing wins of course, but come on.

    Basically my point is that if the Raps aren't able to catch up with that schedule then you shouldn't feel confident about them even winning a first round series.
    Maybe. But I sure don't feel confident in them getting past second round. IMO the best chance to get past the second round is to finish 6/7 th. Based on the fact that KL is not playing currently re elbow issue finishing 6th may be best option. I understand there are no guarantees come playoff time but this scenario would give us best chance.

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    IMO, at least on paper, this team will take a very long time to be as good as it is right now again. The goal is not ECF... It's the NBA championship.

    Valanciunas/Nogueira/Poeltl
    Ibaka/Patterson/Siakam
    Carroll/Tucker/Caboclo
    DeRozan/Powell/VanVleet
    Lowry/Joseph/Wright

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