nice attention grabbing headline eh?
I am going to make a prediction making the big assumption that the Raps play they way they did against ORL and MIA. Of course its an assumption b/c it could just be wishful thinking and get all messed up once kleiza and barbosa come back and Triano tries to work everyone in.
But whatever, I think when the Raps play DD/weems, they feed off each other and there is this vibe on the team where everyone like AJ, wright, evans start making big plays, responding to runs, etc. They will still likely get out-executed and lose, but they will put up a good fight against even the powerhouses in the league. But I think there are a couple of teams that the Raps will give more fits than others, NOH being the best example.
Historically Jose has played CP3 well, b/c even though he is a quick pg, he isn't that explode to the rim type that rondo/deron/rose are. Also they love running iso plays for West, but the raps will be ok putting Bargs on him (pretty good man-to-man defense). And the raps have enough big bodies (reggie/AJ) to keep okafour of the glass.
On the flip side, NOH has no answer for the wing combination of DD/Weems. They dont really have anyone to stop them when they go iso and just take it to the rim (and get to the line). Ariza will be some resistance, but you cant rely on anyone to shut someone down 1-1 on the perimeter, and their eyes are going to light up when they see Belinelli. Okafor is a decent shot blocker, but I see major potential of him being on a poster in that game.
So when you add that together: THE RAPS WILL BEAT NOH WHEN THEY PLAY THEM book it!!! And its not going to be just a fluke, cause I'm calling it right now. They just match up extremely well against them.
(PS - This is a selfish post b/c I plan to bump it after Raps play (and beat) NOH Alternatively, if I have any sworn mortal enemies they can do the same if Raps get blownout)