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  • G__Deane
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    Bucks bomb the Bulls, first team to 30 wins ....

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  • RandomGuy
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    The Claw Reborn wrote: View Post
    I will take defense vs any kind of offense and I dont doubt basketball purists will do as well. So OG is just fine, actually MORE THAN FINE.

    People were just forced fed by Derozan’s flawed game for almost a decade, they grew up with their jaws dropped of his points per game and grinding out 2 pointers lol... why OG is getting a shorter leash these days.

    McCaw had a career game offensively (which is looking more like a one off) against Boston so I am not so surprise and the accolades kept coming. lmao.

    Poor OG. Smh
    Defense matters, but in the end a team with more points wins the game, so saying that defense is more important than offense doesn't make much sense. If you take it literally of course.

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  • The Claw Reborn
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    I will take defense vs any kind of offense and I dont doubt basketball purists will do as well. So OG is just fine, actually MORE THAN FINE.

    People were just forced fed by Derozan’s flawed game for almost a decade, they grew up with their jaws dropped of his points per game and grinding out 2 pointers lol... why OG is getting a shorter leash these days.

    McCaw had a career game offensively (which is looking more like a one off) against Boston so I am not so surprise and the accolades kept coming. lmao.

    Poor OG. Smh

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  • slaw
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    Zak24gege wrote: View Post

    Given it's his 3rd year, he seems to making the same mistakes over and over. Whether it's lack of coordination, decision making or basic skills it just appears he is not helping the team or his case wrt his next contract. With injuries to key personnel, OG has an opportunity to play a bigger role. Unlike Norm who became a reliable scorer before his unfortunate injury, OG has regressed perhaps by pushing too hard. He is only 22 and has time to improve. Can he develop into more than a 3/D role player? In this year of opportunity, his play suggest he may not.
    I view this as his second season and his first season with a significant role. He's probably a year behind because of all the injuries and personal issues last year. They also are definitely asking him to do more on both ends of the floor and pushing him out of his comfort zone.

    EDIT: Still, his defense has been very good and he's had games here and there where he's flashed some varied offense. Way too soon to declare he is only this or only that.

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  • Zak24gege
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    slaw wrote: View Post

    He's been very good against not-so-good teams but he's struggled offensively against the better teams. It seems to me that his offensive game lacks polish more than anything else.
    Given it's his 3rd year, he seems to making the same mistakes over and over. Whether it's lack of coordination, decision making or basic skills it just appears he is not helping the team or his case wrt his next contract. With injuries to key personnel, OG has an opportunity to play a bigger role. Unlike Norm who became a reliable scorer before his unfortunate injury, OG has regressed perhaps by pushing too hard. He is only 22 and has time to improve. Can he develop into more than a 3/D role player? In this year of opportunity, his play suggest he may not.

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  • DanH
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    Would really like McCaw's offensive improvement to be followed by a similar defensive improvement. Just a disaster in this one on that end.

    OG should have played more. He missed his shots but man we needed his defence. Terry continues to look great. The mistake not fouling at the end sucks but the reality is you've usually already lost if you get stuck playing the foul game. They needed to execute offensively down the stretch and they didn't at all.
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  • 007
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    SkywalkerAC wrote: View Post
    Really would have preferred to win that one. When's Pascal back?
    Apparently Norm is going to be the first one back out of the big injured trio. No real updates on Pascal and Gasol

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  • G__Deane
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    slaw wrote: View Post

    He's been very good against not-so-good teams but he's struggled offensively against the better teams. It seems to me that his offensive game lacks polish more than anything else.
    Also I'd say he looks a little slow/unenergetic/unmotivated out there, exacerbated in the eye test by his low key personality. Dude doesn't look angry-impose-my-will-meet my compete level guy right now. I used to say the same thing about Bargnani

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  • SkywalkerAC
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    Really would have preferred to win that one. When's Pascal back?

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  • slaw
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    G__Deane wrote: View Post

    Been an overall disappointing season so far from him.
    Last year he had a few valid excuses and we cut him a lot of slack.
    This year, He has to show something more; he seems to be consistently OK with very few great games
    He's been very good against not-so-good teams but he's struggled offensively against the better teams. It seems to me that his offensive game lacks polish more than anything else.

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  • big boi
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    Zak24gege wrote: View Post
    OG, the guy has been MIA lately?
    He’s definitely been off. Frustrating end to the game. More suspect reffing, raps seem to be getting a tough whistle. Still very proud of this team. ESPN seems to be picking up on how well the raptors are playing after losing Kawhi and Danny, saying they’re a big surprise team, what they haven’t realized or covered is that we’ve done it while being decimated by injuries. It’d be nice to see this team healthy for a little bit and perhaps then Masai could see if any tinkering could be done to enhance our chances of playing deep in to the playoffs.

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  • G__Deane
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    inthepaint wrote: View Post

    Of course not, still a loss, it will affect the standings and possibly seeding at the end.

    That said, at the same time you look at that angle, you also gotta look past the squeaker wins and squeaker losses (which are basically toss up games that somewhat even themselves out over the course of the whole regular season), and look at how the team is playing and doing overall. Right now, I see a team with a high end coach that never had all their top 7 guys (core of playoff rotation) fully healthy for most of the season, and is still hovering at .650 to .700 ball (which happens to be the same record as title favourites clippers and almost the same record they had last year at this stage of the season). And already having played their hardest part of their schedule, with one of the easiest schedules on the league remaining
    Absolutely. Lovin' the optimism
    But as you say, I guess a well played loss is better than a blowout loss .... but not by much

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  • slaw
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    Good news in that the schedule until end of January is not that tough. Pretty much all winnable games even undermanned.

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  • KHD
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    fuck this league. the referees have been blatantly anti-toronto all season long and yet somehow they're at a 0.66 win rate.

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  • inthepaint
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    G__Deane wrote: View Post

    No moral victories....
    Of course not, still a loss, it will affect the standings and possibly seeding at the end.

    That said, at the same time you look at that angle, you also gotta look past the squeaker wins and squeaker losses (which are basically toss up games that somewhat even themselves out over the course of the whole regular season), and look at how the team is playing and doing overall. Right now, I see a team with a high end coach that never had all their top 7 guys (core of playoff rotation) fully healthy for most of the season, and is still hovering at .650 to .700 ball (which happens to be the same record as title favourites clippers and almost the same record they had last year at this stage of the season). And already having played their hardest part of their schedule, with one of the easiest schedules on the league remaining
    Last edited by inthepaint; Mon Dec 30th, 2019, 12:54 AM.

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