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Game 66 of 82: Toronto Raptors @ New Orleans Pelicans, Friday March 8th, 8 PM Eastern on Sportsnet ONE

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  • #46
    The Great One wrote: View Post

    Lol he was GARBAGE when he played here. That's why he was the 11th man.

    He was supposed to be Lowry's backup last year but he was so bad that an undrafted PG completely passed him in the depth chart.

    It's EASY to talk shit and play well when you're playing for a bad team that is not going anywhere like Memphis. No pressure. We know how Delon plays under pressure. Good riddance.
    Wow you're so easy to get offended, don't take it so personally, he's right, he's not 11th man so is JV not a backup big. Why get salty, be more rational.
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    • #47
      LJ2 wrote: View Post
      Well for his part, Kawhi sure talks like he has another gear saved for the playoffs.

      I'm still waiting to see what Nurse plans to do with Gasol. Start him or don't but give him his defined role and let him build chemistry. It's too late in the season for this juggling act. If you want this team to be playing at it's peak going into the playoffs then you need to start nailing down the playoff roster.
      If I were Nurse, (I know I'm not) I might be tempted to do it the same way. Serge doesn't deserve to just lose his spot as the starter, but I don't really trust Serge either, and I think its important that both big men get a chance to play with everyone.

      I think Serge is going to lose his starters role in the playoffs, and we want to make sure Gasol has experience playing with the starters. These are the ego management challenges head coaches have.

      I think I understand what the Raptors are doing, but its tough as a fan, as so many games are so aggravating to watch. I realize that's on me, so I'm doing load management too. I'll save all the anxiety and stress of watching the teams when its playoffs time.

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      • #48
        Kinda hoping that Nick finds a way to get some rest for Serge during the next couple of weeks.
        Pre Gasol when JV went down in December ...Serge really carried the mail for the Raps for a couple of months.

        He played really really well....but he played a lot for a big. Getting him some downtime might kickstart his game back to that stretch where he was lighting it up on both ends of the floor.

        They have done well with Danny Green and Leonard. Green had that serious groin injury last year and Nurse/McKecknie didn’t wear him out this year by using minutes management. He looks spry for a guy closing in on mid 30s. Kyle had a stretch where by default he got downtime as he rested up a combination of thigh, back, leg or whatever he had ....for a what I think was a 20 day stretch. Kyle just likes to play..and it’s unlikely he sits too much down the stretch.

        The kids ..Siakam, OG, Norm are tireless. Freddy will need to play to get into game shape when he gets cleared.

        All in all... the team should be ready to go come April.





        And with the 4th overall pick the Toronto Raptors select..... Scottie Barnes.

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        • #49
          I hope we get to see Kawhi defend the best player on the other side when the playoffs start. I want to see that version of Kawhi sometime as a Raptor. Feels like we've only gotten glimpses this year.. and it's usually in crunch time. Like that steal against DeMar.

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          • #50
            Mitchell Duong wrote: View Post

            The main reason Toronto has gotten away with it is Kawhi missed most of last season. The Raptors can say this rest is all about his recovery from last season. When he signs a new deal. He will likely play more, because the league does hate "load management" and doesn't want a trend where stars miss 15 games a season and talk about how little the season matters.
            Can't imagine why the league wouldn't want that....

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            • #51
              Lewenberg (on twitter):

              Nurse said that the C position remains fluid between Ibaka and Gasol but he'd like to settle on a starter at some point before the playoffs. "It may get solidified shortly."


              A bit surprised because I still think it should come down to match ups and shouldn't be written in stone. I'd hate to see Serge play against Drummond or Vucevic all night for example. Or to have Gasol play against Horford instead of Baynes.


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              • #53
                planetmars wrote: View Post
                Lewenberg (on twitter):

                Nurse said that the C position remains fluid between Ibaka and Gasol but he'd like to settle on a starter at some point before the playoffs. "It may get solidified shortly."


                A bit surprised because I still think it should come down to match ups and shouldn't be written in stone. I'd hate to see Serge play against Drummond or Vucevic all night for example. Or to have Gasol play against Horford instead of Baynes.

                I suspect when the playoff match-ups solidify i.e. Raptors 1st round opponent, Nurse will settle on the line-up with the C based on opponents C.

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                • #54
                  No Jrue tomorrow
                  Only one thing matters: We The Champs.

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                  • #56
                    MixxAOR wrote: View Post
                    No Jrue tomorrow
                    Damn they fucked up my keg key matchup
                    It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                    • #57
                      KeonClark wrote: View Post

                      Damn they fucked up my keg key matchup
                      Lowry still gonna lose that matchup. ;-)

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                      • #58
                        KeonClark wrote: View Post

                        Damn they fucked up my keg key matchup
                        automatic W
                        To be the champs you got to beat the champs

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                        • #59
                          golden wrote: View Post

                          Lowry still gonna lose that matchup. ;-)
                          It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                          • #60
                            MixxAOR wrote: View Post
                            No Jrue tomorrow
                            Okay, we have to win. Pelicans with Holiday out and with Davis on a minutes restriction (lol) are trash
                            The name's Bond, James Bond.

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