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Game #64 Raptors (46-17) @ Pistons (29-31); Sunday Mar. 3rd at 6pm EDT on TSN4

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  • golden
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    I understand. I dont want to dwell on it much longer. I'm frustrated by the loss, even more so because it was Casey. Again. We would have won the game if we had Kawhi. We do get them again once more in 2 weeks and hopefully by then the chemistry is firing on all cylinders
    But what better way to stick it to Casey than to let him win all 3 regular season games and then sweep his ass right out of building in the playoffs.

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  • KeonClark
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    golden wrote: View Post
    You're right. Timmy was only 23. The situation and timelines are slightly different, but the moral of the story is exactly the same. When it comes to health: make decisions with your head, not your heart.








    http://www.espn.com/nba/playoffs/201...njury-pays-off
    I understand. I dont want to dwell on it much longer. I'm frustrated by the loss, even more so because it was Casey. Again. We would have won the game if we had Kawhi. We do get them again once more in 2 weeks and hopefully by then the chemistry is firing on all cylinders

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  • KeonClark
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    MixxAOR wrote: View Post

    Nick nurse even was big enough to make a point of walking over to Casey's bench and shaking his hand this time. Casey accepted it at the time

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  • golden
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Duncan didnt rest when he was 27
    You're right. Timmy was only 23. The situation and timelines are slightly different, but the moral of the story is exactly the same. When it comes to health: make decisions with your head, not your heart.

    On April 11, 2000, Tim Duncan tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in the 78th game of the season. He missed the final four games of the regular season and forced Spurs coach Gregg Popovich into a monumental decision: go with Duncan in the playoffs, or keep him on the sidelines.

    Duncan didn't make it easier.

    "I was doing everything I could to get ready to play," Duncan said.

    He ran sprints up and down the court to show he could still move. But there was a loose bit of cartilage flapping around in his knee. The joint could have locked up at any moment.


    Tim Duncan has stayed on a winning track with Tony Parker in a Game 3 comeback. Soobum Im/US Presswire
    Popovich was just too worried about his asset.

    "He was young, a franchise player," Popovich said. "He wasn't just a No. 1 pick. With him, you've got an opportunity to win multiple championships, if you don't screw it up. I didn't know if [the injury] could get worse, or get chronic."

    Popovich liked his team, and he liked its chances. He just liked Duncan even more. He told Duncan to shut it down.

    "I don't know if it was right or wrong," Popovich said. "But we did it."

    Without Duncan, the Spurs took only a single game from the Phoenix Suns in the first round and were quickly dispatched.

    Fast-forward to Saturday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Spurs are having the most impressive run we've seen since that 2001 Lakers team. The 36-year-old Duncan is right there in the middle, still putting up double-doubles, while Shaq is on the TNT set in Atlanta and Kobe has his hands full with the young Oklahoma City Thunder.
    Duncan and the Spurs have become the standard for longevity, a distinction that makes Duncan feel "very fortunate."

    "I understand what I'm in, I understand the situation I'm in," Duncan said. "It doesn't happen for a lot of people. The organization, the players, the coach -- in every respect, I've been blessed. I understand it every day, and I appreciate it every day."

    And he's come to appreciate Popovich's decision to sit him down in 2000. Even though he might not have liked it at the time.

    "He's always been the voice of reason," Duncan said.


    We don't know whether Duncan could have pushed the Spurs past the Lakers and to the one prize that has eluded them during this run of excellence that dates back to the 1990s: consecutive championships. We also don't know whether Duncan would have wrecked his knee and turned into another Grant Hill, who pushed his injured body to the limit and found his body pushed him back and down from superstar status.
    http://www.espn.com/nba/playoffs/201...njury-pays-off

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  • MixxAOR
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Dude is still bitter.

    Dwayne Casey on a potential playoff matchup with the Raptors: “It would mean a lot. This is a storied franchise in Detroit with three championship trophies you see every time you walk into the building. In Toronto they’ve never tasted it while fans in Detroit know what a championship is all about”

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  • A.I
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    That quote makes no sense other than just to throw a shot. He is talking about championships in a potential first round matchup lol

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  • KeonClark
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    Dude is still bitter.

    Dwayne Casey on a potential playoff matchup with the Raptors: “It would mean a lot. This is a storied franchise in Detroit with three championship trophies you see every time you walk into the building. In Toronto they’ve never tasted it while fans in Detroit know what a championship is all about”

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  • KeonClark
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    Duncan didnt rest when he was 27

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  • hotfuzz
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    All the way back yet...from what? Dude entered the season 100% healthy. He's been playing now since the summer. He's fine.
    Oh come on! It's obvious Kawhi isn't 100%. He doesnt look as athletic as he was before his injury. He has also been kinda passive on the defensive end. He isn't 100% yet.

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  • A.I
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    So he's hurt? You have some confirmation beyond "gut feeling" or "eye test"? Because everybody here wants to go off what the Raptors staff says as gospel, well, they say he's healthy. And so?

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  • LJ2
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    S.R. wrote: View Post
    I don't think Kawhi is 100% yet. His explosiveness isn't there at all, he's often got no lift at the rim and he's almost entirely using his size + height to score on guys rather than quicks. He's also very choosey defensively, he'll still poke the ball away with his insane reach but he doesn't always look that quick on D.

    He's either playing it as safe as he says he is re: the regular season, or he's not all the way back yet. I'd say it's a bit of both but hoping it's more of the former than the latter - then we'd get to see him flip the switch for the playoffs. After being crushed by Lebron's playoff switch every spring, I'd really like to see the Raptors show us one of their own for once.
    He's super cautious about his health though. Not like Lowry who plays through everything. If Kawhi isn't 100% then I don't think you'd see him out there at the rate we've seen him. Which is what I find odd. He's not shutting it down until he's healthy and he's not playing consistently. It's just random.

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  • Joey
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    KeonClark wrote: View Post
    So he's hurt? You have some confirmation beyond "gut feeling" or "eye test"? Because everybody here wants to go off what the Raptors staff says as gospel, well, they say he's healthy. And so?
    He was visibly limping and clutching his shoulder only 3 days ago (a shoulder he partially tore just last year). But, I mean, I guess he could have been faking it?
    Last edited by Joey; Mon Mar 4, 2019, 01:10 PM.

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  • golden
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    Superjudge wrote: View Post
    Oh piss oh, you can toss up the same meme for all you claiming he's hurt.
    Its fucking sports, if you can run, play, if not, say it and go get healthy.

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  • KeonClark
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    Joey wrote: View Post
    Solid diagnosis Doctor.
    So he's hurt? You have some confirmation beyond "gut feeling" or "eye test"? Because everybody here wants to go off what the Raptors staff says as gospel, well, they say he's healthy. And so?

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  • Superjudge
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    S.R. wrote: View Post
    I don't think Kawhi is 100% yet. His explosiveness isn't there at all, he's often got no lift at the rim and he's almost entirely using his size + height to score on guys rather than quicks. He's also very choosey defensively, he'll still poke the ball away with his insane reach but he doesn't always look that quick on D.

    He's either playing it as safe as he says he is re: the regular season, or he's not all the way back yet. I'd say it's a bit of both but hoping it's more of the former than the latter - then we'd get to see him flip the switch for the playoffs. After being crushed by Lebron's playoff switch every spring, I'd really like to see the Raptors show us one of their own for once.
    If thats the case, I sympathize, but i think sitting till you're better is the answer.

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