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  • #16
    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Yep. People forget how close Memphis game to beating golden state in last year series, very well could have had they stayed healthy
    Yep you have to grind the game to a halt. Playing uptempo is a recipe for disaster. Then you start giving up turnovers and they just start bombarding you with transition threes and the game get out of hand.

    I actually think what cost Memphis was Conley not being healthy. You have to have someone to at least make Steph expend energy defensively. Plus they needed the offense he could've given them.

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    • #17
      JWash wrote: View Post
      Yep you have to grind the game to a halt. Playing uptempo is a recipe for disaster. Then you start giving up turnovers and they just start bombarding you with transition threes and the game get out of hand.

      I actually think what cost Memphis was Conley not being healthy. You have to have someone to at least make Steph expend energy defensively. Plus they needed the offense he could've given them.
      We definitely have the guys to keep steph working. Cojo actually probably plays more minutes as the "1" than lowry does, and he's a fucking energizer bunny
      It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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      • #18
        KeonClark wrote: View Post
        We definitely have the guys to keep steph working. Cojo actually probably plays more minutes as the "1" than lowry does, and he's a fucking energizer bunny
        Without Shumpert healthy, the Cavs basically don't have anyone who can guard Steph. It's a huge problem.

        I'm not saying you can shut him down, but you at least need to try to take him out of his rhythm a little bit, and Kyrie struggling to get over screens won't do that.

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        • #19
          JWash wrote: View Post
          This. The Raptors play style is how you're supposed to beat the Warriors. The problems for us are first of all that we likely wouldn't exploit Jonas enough (he could eat Bogut) and also the fact that I'm not sure Lowry/DD can be consistently great enough offensively to get us the points we need.

          But the strategy is definitely correct. GS you want to create 1 on 1 situations, get to the FT Line and just generally make the game ugly as fuck. You get in a smooth, quick passing up and down game with them and the scoreboard's gonna read 30-10 before you can blink.
          But by that logic Cavs should be a bigger problem against Golden State. They have two of the best ISO scorers in the league in Kyrie and Lebron. Combined, both are better than Lowry/DD.
          "Stay steamy"

          - Kobe

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          • #20
            Most surprising thing about this is that Stephen A actually knows about the Raptors. I watch First Take all the time cause it's hilarious (I think people hate on it because they don't realize the whole thing is supposed to be entertainment/comedy not real basketball analysis), and I don't remember him ever mentioning us before.

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            • #21
              JWash wrote: View Post
              Most surprising thing about this is that Stephen A actually knows about the Raptors. I watch First Take all the time cause it's hilarious (I think people hate on it because they don't realize the whole thing is supposed to be entertainment/comedy not real basketball analysis), and I don't remember him ever mentioning us before.
              39-19 brings you attention
              It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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              • #22
                Only thing Cleveland has that would challenge the Warriors is Lebron.

                The Raptors has played really well against the Warriors this season.

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                • #23
                  A.I wrote: View Post
                  Only thing Cleveland has that would challenge the Warriors is Lebron.

                  The Raptors has played really well against the Warriors this season.
                  This is kind of a big deal though. Superstars make a huge difference in the playoffs.

                  And btw the Warriors are by no means a lock to be in the finals.

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                  • #24
                    We already know Lebron + weak supporting cast can't win the Finals. Lebron can get almost any EC team to the Finals in one season, but he can't beat the West.

                    2-4 Finals record already. What if Lebron gets there again and is 2-5? At what point does he start looking like the Buffalo Bills of NBA superstars?
                    "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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                    • #25
                      The Warriors still have to get through San Antonio and OKC

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                      • #26
                        S.R. wrote: View Post
                        We already know Lebron + weak supporting cast can't win the Finals. Lebron can get almost any EC team to the Finals in one season, but he can't beat the West.

                        2-4 Finals record already. What if Lebron gets there again and is 2-5? At what point does he start looking like the Buffalo Bills of NBA superstars?
                        Will probably never enter the Bills discussion because he's won.

                        Even Jordan couldn't get the Wizards anywhere

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