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  • #46
    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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    • #47
      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.
      "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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      • #48
        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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        • #49


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

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          • #50
            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?
            It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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            • #51
              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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              • #52
                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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                • #53
                  Youre late! Just kidding..you're the man!
                  It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                  • #54
                    First in all 4. Is this a first for us? Prolly...

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                    • #55
                      Isn't it just like the Raptors to get to the top and then have a let down like this?

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                      • #56
                        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.
                        It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                        • #57
                          2018/19 Raptors Power Rankings Thread

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

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                          • #58
                            #1 in Power Rankings, Coach of the Month, AND EC Player of the Week.

                            Raps didn't stand a chance tonight, that is like the Bermuda Triangle of effusive praise jinxes.
                            "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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                            • #59
                              S.R. wrote: View Post
                              #1 in Power Rankings, Coach of the Month, AND EC Player of the Week.

                              Raps didn't stand a chance tonight, that is like the Bermuda Triangle of effusive praise jinxes.
                              LMAO, exactly! It's like as soon as they are recognized for being great they get knocked down. The basketball gods just won't let them enjoy those accolades for too long.

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                              • #60
                                Maury wrote: View Post
                                If we all take a step back, it’s one loss. Seriously, you can’t win them all. We were all just talking about how if a team has a bad night from three they most likely lose... well it just happened. Good thing we have a bunch of great shooters so it’s likely an anomaly. Not worried whatsoever. It sucks that the game ended with a foul but it is what it is.
                                Oh for sure. Loses are going to happen and nobody is thinking this is a 70 win team here, but the letdown always seems to happen immediately after getting to the top. It's almost like clock work.

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