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  • Game #35 Toronto Raptors 131 - Milwaukee Bucks 127

    After an expected win against the Hawks, the Raptors will look to ring in the new year with a victory against Milwaukee.

    The Bucks are coming to Toronto after a controversial win over the Thunder (who were missing Paul George). Giannis Antetokounmpo scored the game-winner with a second left on a baseline drive to the hoop, but replays seemed to indicate that he stepped out of bounds. The play was non-reviewable, however, and Russell Westbrook's full-court heave fell just short.



    PROJECTED STARTERS































    KEYS TO THE GAME

    Freak: Everyone knows the key to beating the Bucks starts with Giannis. Whether it's Ibaka, OG, Siakam, or any other combination, the Raptors have to key in on the Milwaukee's superstar

    Spark: At the start of the season the bench played great, while the starters struggled. Then, the starters kicked into high gear but the bench faded. Now, over the last couple of games the bench mob looks rejuvenated, but the starters seem to be going through the motions a bit. The Raps need to get both groups on the same page now that the schedule will be turning to tougher opponents

    Rise up: The Raptors have been great at taking care of business against lower-tier opposition this season, but have struggled so far with higher-calibre teams. Milwaukee isn't the cream of the East but they are a solid playoff squad, and the Raptors need to start making some statements against the teams trying to catch them




    LET'S GO RAPS!!!
    The name's Bond, James Bond.

  • #2
    Raps on Monday

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    • #3
      OG is our king

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      • #4
        I'm excited for this one, but it also feels like a game that could be a total let-down.

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          • #6
            For those harping on Casey to tighten rotations. Pops used 11 different players in the 1st quarter tonight. By the 5:39 mark of the 2nd quarter it was up to 13.
            If we knew half as much about coaching an NBA team as we think, we"d know twice as much as we do.

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            • #7
              3inthekeon wrote: View Post
              For those harping on Casey to tighten rotations. Pops used 11 different players in the 1st quarter tonight. By the 5:39 mark of the 2nd quarter it was up to 13.
              Pop is one of a kind.

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              • #8
                And they lost to Detroit....strangely

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                • #9
                  Mitch P wrote: View Post
                  And they lost to Detroit....strangely
                  OG is our king

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                  • #10
                    Looking forward to this game. I'd skip New Years to get to it

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                      • #12
                        Had a discussion here about Thibs a few days ago overworking his starters. Don't know if mentioned at the time, but people have drawn a correlation between the starters heavy minutes and the fact the TWolves 4th quarter defence has a league worst 113.9 rating.

                        However, they're not the worst 4th quarter team. The TWolves middle of the pack offense in the 4th lifts them to 29th with a -7.8 Net.

                        The worst 4th quarter team in the NBA? Milwaukee Bucks. 26th offence, 29th defence, -9.8 Net.

                        Yeah, Thibs puts a heavy workload on his starters, - Butler is #2 at 37.6 MPG, and Wiggins #8 at 36.5 MPG. But how about Kidd? - Giannis is #1 at 38.1 MPG and Middleton #4 at 37.4.
                        If we knew half as much about coaching an NBA team as we think, we"d know twice as much as we do.

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                        • #13
                          Baxter Holmes of ESPN has picked our upcoming games vs Warriors and Timberwolves as probable Raptor wins because of excessive road fatigue on our opponents. The Warriors are really going to be slammed. Might mean nothing but the track record of their predictions is pretty high.

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                          • #14
                            Setting up a Raps win over the GSW as a #fake win? :0)

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                            • #15
                              Oh, yeah, gotta credit 007 for taking a picture of Bledsoe at the hair salon.
                              If we knew half as much about coaching an NBA team as we think, we"d know twice as much as we do.

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