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  • Game #64: Toronto Raptors 121 - Detroit Pistons 119

    Expected starters:

    Pistons:
    I. Smith
    R. Bullock
    J. Ennis
    B. Griffin
    A. Drummond

    Raptors:
    Kyle Lowry
    DeMar DeRozan
    Malcolm Miller? Norm Powell? Nigel Hayes? Alfonzo McKinnie?
    Serge Ibaka
    Jonas Valanciunas

    Toronto is 4th in ORTG and tied for 2nd in DRTG. They sit 1st in the East, 2 games up on Boston, with 2 games in hand.

    Detroit is 21st in ORTG and 13th in DRTG. They sit 9th in the East, and well back (4.5 games) of the 8th seed.

    This is a single road game before heading back to Toronto to host the Rockets on Friday, then kicking off a three game road trip against the Knicks on Sunday.
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  • #2
    Hopefully we can get some momentum going here before the Rockets game....if Houston beats Milwaukee tomorrow they will come to Toronto on a 17 game winning streak. If Raps win tomorrow they'll have won 6 straight and 13 of 14
    The name's Bond, James Bond.

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      • #4
        Remember when Raps fans invaded the Palace a couple of years ago? would be cool to see that again.
        Mamba Mentality

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        • #5
          Sounds like Hayes couldn't play in Toronto because his work visa wasn't through. But he can play in Detroit. Might be interesting.

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          • #6
            rocwell wrote: View Post

            Jack is a love him or hate him broadcaster. I love him. I suspect strongly that away from the microphone most people love him. Sometimes he's shrill and over the top but the sincerity shines through.

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            • #7
              Just wanted to give a tip of the hat to Dan H. He us providing yeoman service with these threads. Nice little run so far. Looking ahead to the Rockets game with OG out, Norm not yet back in a groove, and Kyle showing some ugly effort, I feel that Dan has our back. Great job so far Dan. Thanks for all you do.

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              • #8
                Another nationally televised game in the US. Game is on ESPN tonight.

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                • #9
                  This is the best, Raptors are cruising and holding off the 1 seed while the Celts are also balling out. Meanwhile in the west Golden State looks like they will have to win out to make up the half game with the Rockets. And then you have the Pelicans and Blazers fighting it out for third which huge win streaks of their own. What a time to be a fan of the NBA
                  SPECIAL REPORT: March 27th, 2017, it is now confirmed Lebron James has had both his back and his dignity broken by the vicious swinging right elbow of ruthless heavyweight PF and notorious bad-boy David Lee

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                  • #10
                    Huh, looking at the standings, every team in the top 6 in the East won (at least) their most recent game, and every team from 7th to last lost their most recent game. Funny.
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                    • #11
                      DanH wrote: View Post
                      Huh, looking at the standings, every team in the top 6 in the East won (at least) their most recent game, and every team from 7th to last lost their most recent game. Funny.
                      And the top four teams in the West are currently on 16, 6, 8 and 9 game win streaks, respectively.

                      On the flip side, Memphis has surged to the top of the tanking scoreboard with a very impressive 14 game losing streak
                      The name's Bond, James Bond.

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                      • #12
                        Nylon Calculus has an article on offensive style changes and talks about the Raptors:
                        https://fansided.com/2018/03/07/nylo...017-18-season/



                        Most interesting to me is the chart highlighting the differences between offenses this year and last year:






                        Here is a chart comparing the Raptors style with the other top offenses this year:

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                        • #13
                          ^^ Really interesting stuff. Would be interesting to see what the chart looks like for the starters vs. the bench. I suspect that our bench is playing like the Warriors and the starters are somewhere between the Cavs and our old selves.

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                          • #14
                            Offensive style does not translate to success. Atlanta and Brooklyn both have pretty charts but they both suck as teams. But it's great to see the style change for the Raptors yet still be successful.

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                            • #15
                              planetmars wrote: View Post
                              Offensive style does not translate to success. Atlanta and Brooklyn both have pretty charts but they both suck as teams. But it's great to see the style change for the Raptors yet still be successful.
                              Talent trumps style, but talent plus good play style trumps talent and bad play style
                              It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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