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Game #63 Trail Blazers (38-23) @ Raptors (45-17); Friday Mar. 1st at 8pm EDT on SN1

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  • #31
    G__Deane wrote: View Post
    Joke-em or Wah-keem?
    Woke-keem

    It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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    • #32
      Only one thing matters: We The Champs.

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      • #33
        https://www.theringer.com/nba/2019/3...oronto-raptors
        The One Thing Holding Back Kawhi and the Raptors From Greatness

        Leonard hasn’t had much trouble returning to form in Toronto. But for the Raptors to have a shot at finally breaking through in the East, he needs to help his teammates be the best versions of themselves.
        The Raptors, despite having the second-best record in the NBA (45-17), are still figuring out how to integrate Kawhi into their offense. The only player among the top 20 scorers in the league this season who touches the ball less often than Kawhi (57.5 times per game) is Klay Thompson (46.9).

        .....

        The downside to being such a sure shot is the temptation to shoot every time you touch the ball. But just because you can always create an efficient shot for yourself doesn’t mean that you always should. The best players in the NBA keep the defense off-balance by alternating between the shot and the pass—they know they can score at will, so they don’t have to worry about hunting for their own shot. The more pressing concern is making sure that everyone around them is scoring. Kawhi is still figuring that part out. He is dead last in assists among the 13 players in the league who are averaging at least 25 points per game.

        The result is a player who can be strangely disconnected from the rest of his teammates, even though he is such an elite scorer that he should theoretically be making the game easier for everyone else. There are times when Kawhi seems to be playing in a my-turn, your-turn offense with Kyle Lowry, except that Lowry’s turns involve the other three players on the floor while Kawhi plays on an island by himself. The Raptors get an assist on only 56.2 percent of their field goals when Kawhi is on the floor, which is the lowest rate of any member of their rotation still on the team after their midseason trades. That number shoots all the way up to 62.2 percent without him.

        Lowry has changed his game to make Kawhi more comfortable. The point guard made his fifth consecutive All-Star Game this season, but he did it while playing a different style of basketball than he has been known for in Toronto. He is averaging the most assists (9.2 per game) of his career, and the fewest field goal attempts (11.4 per game) since the 2012-13 season. There was more of a 1A-1B arrangement between Lowry and DeRozan, with the two longtime friends each sharing the burden of scoring and passing over the course of the game. Lowry and Leonard have a more rigid separation of roles, with the former focusing on playmaking in order to free up the latter to gun for shots.

        Lowry’s role may be more valuable to the Raptors than Leonard’s. Their offense falls apart without Lowry creating shots for his teammates: Their net rating drops from plus-9.8 in his 1,722 minutes on the floor to minus-2.3 in his 1,279 minutes off. Kawhi’s presence has not had the same effect: Their net rating barely budges whether he is on or off, going from plus-6.0 in 1,555 minutes with him to plus-4.1 in 1,446 minutes without him. The Raptors have been resting Leonard in back-to-backs all season, and have gone 13-4 in the games that he has missed. Even an elite scorer is replaceable if his team can redistribute his possessions and make up the difference by moving the ball more often.
        It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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        • #34
          golden wrote: View Post
          Classic Steve Clifford team. They play defense and they play hard. Good teams can crank up the intensity in the playoffs to beat them. But good for them.
          GSW was totally out of gas playing the last of a 5 game road trip and could not hit a 3-ball. Also no Durant yet they almost won!

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          • #35
            MixxAOR wrote: View Post
            Where did you unearth this? Recent?

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            • #36
              MixxAOR wrote: View Post

              Hilarious! Who is the little guy?

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              • #37
                Zak24gege wrote: View Post
                Hilarious! Who is the little guy?
                He was a sk8r boi
                It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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                • #38
                  Last game along with Collins, Seth Curry was big for Portland. Their bench (incl. Stauskas, Turner) really won the game for them. Our offence was turnover prone and defensively we gave up ORB/second chances - ongoing issue. This game came after 2 impressive no-doubter wins over a Harris led LAC and GSW. This was back in mid Dec. and our line-up now has a very different bench. Nurkic is a load and a decent passer. Let's see what Raptor team shows up tonight !

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                  • #39
                    KeonClark wrote: View Post
                    Woke-keem

                    for a second I thought that was Amanda Nunes with a fake beard on
                    Abbas wrote:

                    First of all i was my own source

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                    • #40
                      MixxAOR wrote: View Post
                      Man, Rob S-U-C-K-E-D

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                      • #41
                        with a 8 and 1 Feb record a raptors could get player of the month. either pascal or kawhi. maybe pascal had his 44 pt game this month and kawhi missed a couple games so I'd pick pascal
                        To be the champs you got to beat the champs

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                        • #42
                          bertarapsfan wrote: View Post
                          with a 8 and 1 Feb record a raptors could get player of the month. either pascal or kawhi. maybe pascal had his 44 pt game this month and kawhi missed a couple games so I'd pick pascal
                          Giannis and Paul George already got it

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                          • #43
                            Maury wrote: View Post
                            Giannis and Paul George already got it
                            awh Damm didn't se that
                            To be the champs you got to beat the champs

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                            • #44
                              Bledsoe signing 4 year extention with bucks. wonder if that mean their gonna let brogdon go this summer?
                              To be the champs you got to beat the champs

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                              • #45
                                marc starting
                                To be the champs you got to beat the champs

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