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  • KeonClark
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    LJ2 wrote: View Post
    Isn't it just like the Raptors to get to the top and then have a let down like this?
    Yes, it's just like the 2018-19 team to win between 6 and 8 straight games and then drop one.

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  • LJ2
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    Isn't it just like the Raptors to get to the top and then have a let down like this?

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  • GOLDBLUM
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    First in all 4. Is this a first for us? Prolly...

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  • KeonClark
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    Youre late! Just kidding..you're the man!

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  • planetmars
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    November 26 - December 2:


    ESPN (1) [-]:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...uper-deep-west

    Wednesday's riveting overtime win over the Warriors headlined another undefeated week for Toronto, which owns the league's longest winning streak at eight games. Kyle Lowry missed Saturday's win at Cleveland with a back injury, with Fred VanVleet, his replacement in the starting lineup, and Delon Wright demonstrating the Raptors' strong depth. The NBA's second-best offense is an interesting amalgamation of tactics. The Raps are the league's fourth-most isolation-heavy team (Leonard ranks sixth in isolations per 100 possessions), yet eighth in percentage of field goal attempts from behind the 3-point line. -- Arnovitz


    NBA.com (1) [+2]:
    http://www.nba.com/powerrankings/201...=powerrankings

    The Raptors have won eight straight games, with their victory in Memphis on Tuesday (in which they came back from 17 points down in the third quarter) qualifying as their best road win of the season. They did barely hold on at home against a Warriors team that was without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. But how well their starting frontline held up, given the inexperience of one guy and the 2018 playoff performance of the other, was certainly encouraging. Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka combined for 46 points on 16-for-23 shooting on Thursday and the Raptors outscored the champs by 14 points in 35 minutes with the pair on the floor together. They are two of seven players who have shot 75 percent or better on at least 75 shots in the restricted area, and they've combined to shoot 50 percent elsewhere in the paint (where the league average is less than 40 percent). Their tough stretch of schedule continues with three great matchups at Scotiabank Arena this week.


    CBS Sports (1) [+1]:
    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/powerrankings/


    Is 24-year-old Pascal Siakam an actual star in the making? Two and a half years ago he was picked 27th out of New Mexico State before spending a solid chunk of his rookie season in the developmental league. Now Siakam is starting for the NBA's top team, averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds and ranking third in the NBA in true shooting percentage. He scored a career-high 26 points in the Raptors playoff-atmosphere win last week over the Warriors. Kyle Lowry is this team's heart and soul, and Kawhi Leonard is this team's best player, but Siakam is the guy whose future I'm most excited about.



    SI (1) [-]:
    https://www.si.com/nba/2018/12/03/nb...-stephen-curry

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  • Maury
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Why arent they all in this thread for my lazy convenience? Who's job is that? Planetmars?

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  • KeonClark
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    Joey wrote: View Post


    Nice to see Nurse and Siakam getting heavy props throughout the summaries.
    Why arent they all in this thread for my lazy convenience? Who's job is that? Planetmars?

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  • Joey
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    Nice to see Nurse and Siakam getting heavy props throughout the summaries.

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  • Jclaw
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    ESPN

    1. Toronto Raptors
    Record: 20-4

    PREV. RANK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
    1 3-0 DEN, PHI, @BKN, MIL
    Wednesday's riveting overtime win over the Warriors headlined another undefeated week for Toronto, which owns the league's longest winning streak at eight games. Kyle Lowry missed Saturday's win at Cleveland with a back injury, with Fred VanVleet, his replacement in the starting lineup, and Delon Wright demonstrating the Raptors' strong depth. The NBA's second-best offense is an interesting amalgamation of tactics. The Raps are the league's fourth-most isolation-heavy team (Leonard ranks sixth in isolations per 100 possessions), yet eighth in percentage of field goal attempts from behind the 3-point line. -- Arnovitz

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  • S.R.
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    LJ2 wrote: View Post
    If we aren't at the top of everyone's rankings today, then they're just trying to mess with us.
    The Bucks just played .500 basketball (8-7) for the first full month of the NBA season and BR still has them at #1 overall. Somebody over there is excited about Giannis and not actually watching closely.

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  • LJ2
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    If we aren't at the top of everyone's rankings today, then they're just trying to mess with us.

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  • GLF
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    We have had a very easy schedule. I'm excited to see what we do in the next 12 games. I want us to finally be able to consistently beat the good-elite teams in the league

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  • S.R.
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    Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    When the big complaint is not holding 20 point leads all game long and only winning by 14...... you have the makings of a run to June.
    My favourite part of this is that the Raptors have the second best team ppg differential in the league. Fans of 28 other franchises must really be pissed. Double shots in the egg nog might help.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    golden wrote: View Post
    One tough out, is still.... out. Next 11-12 games may tell us a little something. Are we satisfied just being plucky underdogs, or do we truly feel like we are championship material? Who steps up against better competition? Who shrinks? Has Nurse learned anything to help late game execution? Or maybe we learn nothing about this team until the playoffs actually start. December has usually been a good month for the Raps.
    Golden... the raps are going to be picking pieces of various NBA teams ass off their shoes over the next stretch. You have to look hard for holes in this lineup.

    Remember when the discussions revolved around "if we could only get so and so and if so and so improved a shit ton we'd be a threat". This lineup is way past that.

    When the big complaint is not holding 20 point leads all game long and only winning by 14...... you have the makings of a run to June.

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  • golden
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    Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    nice summary capture

    Yes sir those ad hoc personal opinion rankings based on my thoughts rankings are just soooooooo precise eh ?

    This years raps......as constructed.....regardless of power rankings are a very real contender this year.

    They can score on anyone... they can defend at a high level when they need to.... they possess the all important bona fide NBA star player... and they go a legit 10 deep. This guys are one tough out.
    One tough out, is still.... out. Next 11-12 games may tell us a little something. Are we satisfied just being plucky underdogs, or do we truly feel like we are championship material? Who steps up against better competition? Who shrinks? Has Nurse learned anything to help late game execution? Or maybe we learn nothing about this team until the playoffs actually start. December has usually been a good month for the Raps.

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