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  • white men can't jump wrote: View Post
    Against Houston? The team we beat twice this year?

    Yeah, with good coaching we could've won that kind of series this season, with the young guys as they were this year. Houston is James Harden, an aging Paul, and a bunch of flawed players.
    I think they'd have a chance as well, mostly because the switch everything style that works so well against teams like the Warriors and Cavs can turn into a bit of a disaster against the Raptors if both JV and Demar are playing well. JV can kill your smallest guy in the post and Demar can attack one on one mismatches with ease when he's on his game.
    That is a normal collar. Move on, find a new slant.

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    • D'Antoni found a way to beat the Warriors. If Paul wasn't injured they may have (the chances of Paul getting injured are high though.. so that was a high risk acquisition in the summer even though he's a guaranteed hall of famer).

      Need to slow things down. Really slow. Pound the air out of the ball. And grab every rebound you can. The Warriors play "momentum-ball". They rely on rhythm and 3pt shooting. Slowing the pace will work to your advantage.

      I bet Boston would have had 6 or 7 games on the Warriors if they got passed Cleveland. Stevens would have learned from D'Antoni.

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      • JimiCliff wrote: View Post
        I think the problem with Lou Will was deeper than the playoffs, but it's to your point about certain players being relied on heavily, and then Masai not bringing them back. He didn't even low-ball Lou Will.
        Casey blamed Lou for the Raps defense taking a huge step backwards that year. Lou, and losing John Salmons were the reasons, according to Casey. There's an off-season interview where Casey is on the defensive, explaining it all.

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        • golden wrote: View Post
          Casey blamed Lou for the Raps defense taking a huge step backwards that year. Lou, and losing John Salmons were the reasons, according to Casey. There's an off-season interview where Casey is on the defensive, explaining it all.
          He always had a scapegoat. Even when he would take some blame, he would deflect most of it to someone else.

          I still can't believe he blamed his assistants for using Bebe in game 4 vs the Cavs. Fucking coward.

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          • Primer wrote: View Post
            He also talked about going to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and how important it is to be on the cutting edge in basketball and even ahead of the curve, implementing new strategies before other teams figure them out. He said basketball has changed so much in the last 5 years and even 3 years that you can't just be doing the same old stuff.
            I'm in love.

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            • planetmars wrote: View Post
              Will be interesting to see if Nurse employs the same hockey lineups that Casey had. The bench mob was rolling all season long but maybe that's not a good thing?
              Hockey line-ups got to go, did not worked well in the playoffs because the other team starters can play close to 40 minutes per game to secure a win.

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              • Hotshot wrote: View Post
                Hockey line-ups got to go, did not worked well in the playoffs because the other team starters can play close to 40 minutes per game to secure a win.
                It worked that one game against washington, when the bench mob went head to head against the wizards starters, then the starters came in to finish them off, the wiz starters where exhausted and could not resist.

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                • Quirk wrote: View Post
                  It worked that one game against washington, when the bench mob went head to head against the wizards starters, then the starters came in to finish them off, the wiz starters where exhausted and could not resist.
                  One game ... I rest my case.

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                  • To be fair they barely had the full true bench mob available to them. Van Vleet was out nearly the entire Washington series, and then shortly into the Cleveland series Poeltl had proven that he wasn't very playable.

                    I don't think we have really any data on the 5 man bench mob to make any assumptions on whether it would have worked or not.

                    But in general, it's one of those things that continuity and familiarity benefit you to a point, which is the bench mob's strength, but being able to react to adjustments is also important and whether that was possible with the bench wasn't really evident.
                    That is a normal collar. Move on, find a new slant.

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                    • Hotshot wrote: View Post
                      Hockey line-ups got to go, did not worked well in the playoffs because the other team starters can play close to 40 minutes per game to secure a win.
                      I think we'll see hockey lineups in the regular season where they're effective and won't see them come playoff time.

                      Nurse said he is going to experiment a lot during the season to make sure everyone is ready for playoff type defense and not suddenly asked to do something differently than they've done all season. Said it's too late to change at that point unless you've been working on it all season.

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                      • What it do baybeeee!!

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                        • It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                          • This is nuts:

                            http://torontosun.com/sports/basketb...to-get-rolling
                            "Stop eating your sushi."
                            "I do actually have a pair of Uggs."
                            "I've had three cups of green tea tonight. I'm wired. I'm absolutely wired."
                            - Jack Armstrong

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                            • like a fucking high school boys. Modern professionals.

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                              • rocwell wrote: View Post
                                like a fucking high school boys. Modern professionals.
                                If that's all true, Masai had no choice but to fire Casey.
                                "Stop eating your sushi."
                                "I do actually have a pair of Uggs."
                                "I've had three cups of green tea tonight. I'm wired. I'm absolutely wired."
                                - Jack Armstrong

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