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  • Demographic Shift
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    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.

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  • S.R.
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    NBA.com is way too high on the Clippers

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  • planetmars
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    November 19-25:


    ESPN (1) [-]:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...s-ahead-week-7

    The Raptors had four games in which they were heavy favorites on the schedule this week, and they picked up four wins, making them the only undefeated team in the association in that stretch. Toronto's 17-4 start is the franchise's best, and the Raptors are one of only two NBA teams holding opponents to an effective field goal percentage under 50 percent (Clippers). The return of C.J. Miles only adds to Toronto's incomparable depth. -- Arnovitz


    NBA.com (3) [+1]:
    http://www.nba.com/powerrankings/201...=powerrankings

    The Raptors have played the league's easiest schedule to date and their current five-game winning streak has come against teams with a cumulative record of 33-65 (.337). Things are about to get tougher, because their visit to Memphis on Tuesday begins a stretch of 12 games where 10 of the opponents are no worse than the 11-8 Pacers. With OG Anunoby and C.J. Miles both returning from injuries over the weekend, their top 10 guys are healthy. But their bench unit - Anunoby, Miles, Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright and a center - was a minus-13 in 20 minutes against the Wizards and Heat. Their two starting lineups (with Serge Ibaka or Jonas Valanciunas at the five) have been two of the league's four best lineups (among those that have played at least 100 minutes) and they've also been really good with VanVleet mixed in with starters.


    CBS Sports (2) [-]:
    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/powerrankings/

    And the current NBA leader in both net rating and offensive rating is ... Danny Green? Getting a complementary player like Green in the Kawhi Leonard trade was a coup for the Raptors. Green is doing what he does, shooting 44 percent from three and playing elite defense.


    SI (1) [+1]:
    https://www.si.com/nba/2018/11/26/nb...-tobias-harris

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  • golden
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    planetmars wrote: View Post
    Still really early and the West is wild.. but Clippers are looking good. As is Memphis. But teams like Utah and Houston are still struggling.

    If the Clippers make the playoffs and can get to round two.. they'll be a lock for Kawhi in my opinion.
    Yeah, it's annoying. Even if we make the Finals, all the Clippers have to do is be "respectable" and they have a great shot at prying Kawhi away from us. Massive cap-space with the wealthest owner in the NBA. They drafted well. And their coach is Doc and we have Nurse, so there's that too. Damn, Jerry West.

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  • planetmars
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    golden wrote: View Post
    Clippers rocket to #1 spot on NBA.com. smh. The NBA so badly wants the big markets to be relevant. That said, the Clippers are pretty annoying, though. With the West being up for grabs after GSW, it's looking like a pretty good destination for Kawhi next year, especially if KD leaves. Why did they have to be good and not injured this year?
    Still really early and the West is wild.. but Clippers are looking good. As is Memphis. But teams like Utah and Houston are still struggling.

    If the Clippers make the playoffs and can get to round two.. they'll be a lock for Kawhi in my opinion.

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  • golden
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    Clippers rocket to #1 spot on NBA.com. smh. The NBA so badly wants the big markets to be relevant. That said, the Clippers are pretty annoying, though. With the West being up for grabs after GSW, it's looking like a pretty good destination for Kawhi next year, especially if KD leaves. Why did they have to be good and not injured this year?

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  • planetmars
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    November 12-18:


    ESPN (1) [-]:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...s-ahead-week-6

    The Raptors took out their frustrations from their three-game losing streak -- including an excruciating overtime loss at Boston on Friday -- on a hapless Chicago team on Saturday. The numbers during the skid are downright weird. Toronto sported the third-least efficient defense over the streak, yet ranked second defensively in opponent shot quality. Victims of bad luck? Whatever the case, it's a get-well tour for the Raps this week: road dates at Orlando and Atlanta, followed by home games versus Washington and Miami. -- Arnovitz


    NBA.com (4) [-3]:
    http://www.nba.com/powerrankings/2018-19-week-6

    The Raptors' three-game losing streak, in which Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry combined to shoot 3-for-26 from 3-point range (and which ended in Chicago on Saturday) was longer than any losing streak that they had last season. They're banged up on the wings. Their bench unit -- Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby with a center -- has played just 32 total minutes, 11th man Norman Powell is out for an extended time with a shoulder injury and they rank 16th in *aggregate bench NetRtg (after ranking first last season). But they still have the best record in the league, with what has been the league's easiest schedule remaining easy for another week.


    CBS Sports (2) [-]:
    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/powerrankings/

    For the first time all season, I gave serious thought to elevating a team above the Warriors in these power rankings, and if the Raptors hadn't lost three in a row -- to the New Orleans Pelicans, and then two close ones to the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics -- I might have. But the way that Kyle Lowry got handled by elite defenders in two of those games should be at least a bit concerning for the Raptors as they think about how this team will fare in playoff time. Lowry shot 1-of-9 for four points against the Pelicans then 3-of-12 for 14 points against the Celtics. Point guard play is so key for this team. And while Lowry has been mostly magnificent this season -- I recently wrote about how Lowry's season has resembled MVP-era Steve Nash -- Fred VanVleet has struggled. The Raptors were 10.5 points per 100 possessions better than opponents last season when VanVleet was on the floor; this season VanVleet has a net rating (- 0.6) that's one of the worst on the team.


    SI (2) [-1]:
    https://www.si.com/nba/2018/11/19/nb...ond-green-feud

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  • S.R.
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    A.I wrote: View Post
    The Raptors having third worst efficient defense and being second in opponent shot quality is interesting.

    Kyrie is a major reason for that. The amount of contested layups and mid range shots this guy hit in the game was ridiculous. Stanley Johnson hit a few contested 3s. Moore and Holiday made everything.

    Seems like overall Raptors defense has been good compared to what some people on these forums said.
    Saw more than one journalist/commentator call that Irving's best game as a Celtic. I don't think the Raptors' defence was a problem, Kyrie just had a great, great game. Sometimes a guy attacks 3 players for a layup, gets a pile of contact, puts a ton of English on the ball, and makes the and-1 while laying out horizontal and drifting away from the basket just before landing on a cameraman. It's the NBA.

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  • A.I
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    2018/19 Raptors Power Rankings Thread

    The Raptors having third worst efficient defense and being second in opponent shot quality is interesting.

    Kyrie is a major reason for that. The amount of contested layups and mid range shots this guy hit in the game was ridiculous. Stanley Johnson hit a few contested 3s. Moore and Holiday made everything.

    Seems like overall Raptors defense has been good compared to what some people on these forums said.

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  • golden
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    S.R. wrote: View Post
    Also, none of the top 4-5 teams are really on a tear right now. Everybody's been dropping games here and there (or worse).
    Yep. We're the best of the elite teams that sucked last week.... if that makes sense?

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  • S.R.
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    golden wrote: View Post
    ESPN is right, though. There was an element of bad luck in all our losses. Pistons (Stanley Johnson) and Pelicans (Moore) were making crazy shots. Kawhi dribbling off his foot. Danny Green leaving before crunch time in 2 games. Rash of injuries.

    One thing that is clear reading the post-game quotes is that opposing teams are extremely focused when playing us and are calling games against the Raps "statement games". We are officially the hunted.
    Also, none of the top 4-5 teams are really on a tear right now. Everybody's been dropping games here and there (or worse).

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  • golden
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    Joey wrote: View Post
    Still #1 on ESPN! Wow. Can't pull everything together like PlanetMars does though, so I'll leave that to him. Lol
    ESPN is right, though. There was an element of bad luck in all our losses. Pistons (Stanley Johnson) and Pelicans (Moore) were making crazy shots. Kawhi dribbling off his foot. Danny Green leaving before crunch time in 2 games. Rash of injuries.

    One thing that is clear reading the post-game quotes is that opposing teams are extremely focused when playing us and are calling games against the Raps "statement games". We are officially the hunted.

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  • Joey
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    Still #1 on ESPN! Wow. Can't pull everything together like PlanetMars does though, so I'll leave that to him. Lol

    The Raptors took out their frustrations from their three-game losing streak -- including an excruciating overtime loss at Boston on Friday -- on a hapless Chicago team on Saturday. The numbers during the skid are downright weird. Toronto sported the third-least efficient defense over the streak, yet ranked second defensively in opponent shot quality. Victims of bad luck? Whatever the case, it's a get-well tour for the Raps this week: road dates at Orlando and Atlanta, followed by home games versus Washington and Miami. -- Arnovitz
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...s-ahead-week-6

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  • LJ2
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    It was nice being at the top for a minute. If GSW has a mini implosion with the KD vs. DG drama then Raptors should have more opportunities to get back to the top.

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  • S.R.
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    May I never see the Raptors ranked #1across the board again. It's bad juju.

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