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  • GOLDBLUM
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    Bring your nutsack Sunday Marc.

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  • inthepaint
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    golden wrote: View Post

    There's a lot of talk about Gasol & Lowry, but one unexpected adjustment to get more scoring with size & athleticism would be to use Ibaka more ..... and specifically more Ibaka/Lowry pick & pop. People forget that Serge was our second leading scorer for almost half the season, and he was damn consistent... literally automatic from inside 18ft. Sprinkle in a few Ibaka/Gasol & even Siakam/Ibaka/Gasol frontcourt lineups and there's a potential adjustment Nurse can make that solves a few problems with one change.
    Golden for coach

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  • Puffer
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    golden wrote: View Post

    There's a lot of talk about Gasol & Lowry, but one unexpected adjustment to get more scoring with size & athleticism would be to use Ibaka more ..... and specifically more Ibaka/Lowry pick & pop. People forget that Serge was our second leading scorer for almost half the season, and he was damn consistent... literally automatic from inside 18ft. Sprinkle in a few Ibaka/Gasol & even Siakam/Ibaka/Gasol frontcourt lineups and there's a potential adjustment Nurse can make that solves a few problems with one change.
    You called it.

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  • golden
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    Zak24gege wrote: View Post

    If you look back to game 1, the success formula was a combination of great performances by Kawhi (45) and Pascal (29) and tough defence limiting Sixers under 100 points. The role players did not contribute much (no one else in dbl digits). Game 2 was similar to Game 1 except Kawhi (13/24) and especially Pascal (9/25) still scored (51 pts) but less efficiently. Kyle contributed 20 pts including a couple of late 3's. The role players again contributed little (actually less - 13 pts for 6 players combined). We kept Sixers under 100 with a good 2H defensive effort, however our offence could not break 90. Now in last nights game our defensive pressure was soft, Kawhi had a similar performance (33 points) as in Game 2, however committed 5 turnovers. Siakam had his 20 on ~50% shooting, but Kyle 2/10 with no 3's, FVV 0/7 and Gasol (2/6) 7 pts were no shows. Sixers got what they wanted, when they wanted.

    The storylines (Raptor perspective) of this series are becoming clear.
    1. Starting with our PG's. They are just not good enough offensively to make up for their liability on defence - too small and too slow to deal with Philly's size. The problem is magnified when Nurse goes to his 3 guard line-up. Two guy's barely 6' tall cannot deal with 6'8" and bigger guards. The 3 guard has line-up Nurse likes to employ is getting killed. The problem is that he continues to throw them out there at critical times of the game.
    2. With OG's injury we also lack a 3 / 4 player to back-up Kawhi / Pascal. Alarmingly, this teams depth is suddenly non-existent as for 3 games now the bench has contributed practically no offence while allowing the Sixers to go on game defining runs.Looking at the Sixers line-up (and some other teams), they have picked up a couple of players who provide bench depth and are making meaningful contributions. Our pick-ups (JLin, Meeks) have provided nothing so far.
    3. Kawhi is backing up his superstar status while Pascal is putting an exclamation mark after his MIP year. The unfortunate problem is for 3 games now, there just hasn't been any consistent contribution from the other 3 starters and sadly nothing of consequence at all from the bench.
    Game 4 is now by far the most important game of the year. The Raptors need Kawhi and Pascal to go for 35 / 25 with the others an additional 50 + points as it will prove difficult to hold the Sixers under 100. We've had 2 sub par shooting games and are now due for a change. Providing a couple more players hit double digit scoring and hold the fort defensively we have a chance to head back home with series all tied up otherwise it's over.

    There's a lot of talk about Gasol & Lowry, but one unexpected adjustment to get more scoring with size & athleticism would be to use Ibaka more ..... and specifically more Ibaka/Lowry pick & pop. People forget that Serge was our second leading scorer for almost half the season, and he was damn consistent... literally automatic from inside 18ft. Sprinkle in a few Ibaka/Gasol & even Siakam/Ibaka/Gasol frontcourt lineups and there's a potential adjustment Nurse can make that solves a few problems with one change.

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  • Zak24gege
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post

    I agree, but he needs to get selfish quick.

    when he got here he struggled to find his place. Then he seemed to find it, as the swing guy, glue guy, defense, find his people open looks. And that was gravy, back when Kyle and fred and norm and well, everybody, could still shoot.

    now, we need a pinch of Memphis Marc. Stat. Kyle is scared. Marc needs to take his role of 15 points a game. Let kyle be the defense, glue guy, swing guy. I guess.
    If you look back to game 1, the success formula was a combination of great performances by Kawhi (45) and Pascal (29) and tough defence limiting Sixers under 100 points. The role players did not contribute much (no one else in dbl digits). Game 2 was similar to Game 1 except Kawhi (13/24) and especially Pascal (9/25) still scored (51 pts) but less efficiently. Kyle contributed 20 pts including a couple of late 3's. The role players again contributed little (actually less - 13 pts for 6 players combined). We kept Sixers under 100 with a good 2H defensive effort, however our offence could not break 90. Now in last nights game our defensive pressure was soft, Kawhi had a similar performance (33 points) as in Game 2, however committed 5 turnovers. Siakam had his 20 on ~50% shooting, but Kyle 2/10 with no 3's, FVV 0/7 and Gasol (2/6) 7 pts were no shows. Sixers got what they wanted, when they wanted.

    The storylines (Raptor perspective) of this series are becoming clear.
    1. Starting with our PG's. They are just not good enough offensively to make up for their liability on defence - too small and too slow to deal with Philly's size. The problem is magnified when Nurse goes to his 3 guard line-up. Two guy's barely 6' tall cannot deal with 6'8" and bigger guards. The 3 guard has line-up Nurse likes to employ is getting killed. The problem is that he continues to throw them out there at critical times of the game.
    2. With OG's injury we also lack a 3 / 4 player to back-up Kawhi / Pascal. Alarmingly, this teams depth is suddenly non-existent as for 3 games now the bench has contributed practically no offence while allowing the Sixers to go on game defining runs.Looking at the Sixers line-up (and some other teams), they have picked up a couple of players who provide bench depth and are making meaningful contributions. Our pick-ups (JLin, Meeks) have provided nothing so far.
    3. Kawhi is backing up his superstar status while Pascal is putting an exclamation mark after his MIP year. The unfortunate problem is for 3 games now, there just hasn't been any consistent contribution from the other 3 starters and sadly nothing of consequence at all from the bench.
    Game 4 is now by far the most important game of the year. The Raptors need Kawhi and Pascal to go for 35 / 25 with the others an additional 50 + points as it will prove difficult to hold the Sixers under 100. We've had 2 sub par shooting games and are now due for a change. Providing a couple more players hit double digit scoring and hold the fort defensively we have a chance to head back home with series all tied up otherwise it's over.


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  • bertarapsfan
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    Both of these were off the bench BTW

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  • bertarapsfan
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    Just leaving this here... Not really saying im regretting the trade yet... But this would have been really cool to see in the playoffs. JV destroyed embiid espically in the 4th

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  • JimiCliff
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    It's also worth noting that major upgrades at the trade deadline don't have a great history of success in the NBA. Bit players, sure, but a top two or three player? There just isn't enough time to get everything to gel.

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  • KeonClark
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    JimiCliff wrote: View Post

    I didn't like the trade initially, talked myself into, and it's starting to feel like a bad move. Guys you can go to war with in the playoffs don't grow on trees.
    The problem is, we're DYING for a 3rd scorer, and rebounding. JV would certainly offer both. Gasol is a better defender but Embiid figured him out yesterday anyway. He's a sharp passer, but right now nobody he passes to has any confidence to hit a shot.

    JV would be so sweet right now, staggered to when Kawhi sits. Dump it in the post.

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  • JimiCliff
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    This is where I remind everyone that JV vs the Cavs in last years 2nd round averaged 16.25 pts and 12.25 rebounds, including 21 and 21 in game 1, in far less minutes than Marc.
    I didn't like the trade initially, talked myself into, but it's starting to feel like a bad move. Guys you can go to war with in the playoffs don't grow on trees.

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  • KeonClark
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    The Great One wrote: View Post
    Dude is getting outplayed by Moose Monroe in this series.
    It was pretty funny when moose went to his tippy toes for a dunk and got stuffed by the rim

    but yeah never forget we released moose cause whatever who cares, and thought Eric Moreland would be replaceable

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  • The Great One
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    Dude is getting outplayed by Moose Monroe in this series.

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  • Nilanka
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    This is where I remind everyone that JV vs the Cavs in last years 2nd round averaged 16.25 pts and 12.25 rebounds, including 21 and 21 in game 1, in far less minutes than Marc.
    To be fair, Embiid is a much different animal compared to Tristan Thompson.

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  • KeonClark
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    This is where I remind everyone that JV vs the Cavs in last years 2nd round averaged 16.25 pts and 12.25 rebounds, including 21 and 21 in game 1, in far less minutes than Marc.

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