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Kleiza will baby sit JV this year... not expecting much else

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  • Kleiza will baby sit JV this year... not expecting much else

    Klieza drops to the bottom of Swing men rank and if Casey uses that dynamic 2 PG system depth swing men will starve.

    Its early but here is how I rank the raptor swing men Offensively
    1) DeRozen
    2) Fields
    3) Ross
    4) Anderson
    5) Kleiza
    6) McGuire

    Defensively
    1) McGuire
    2) Fields
    3) Anderson
    4) Ross ** could be higher need to see him play more
    5) Derozen
    6) Kleiza

    If Kleiza does not score - He will struggle to get PT.
    McGuire is a specialist - he came on to get Melo off his game last night and it worked.
    The dude has dropped some sic dimes also.

    Kleiza gets on a roll sometimes and scores in bunches, also is and widely feared throughout Europe but the game is different here.

    On a night where many raptors were above +25 Kleiza's -11 sticks out.

    The team went south in a hurry when he was on. I know it was just one game etc etc... but on a team full of guys pouring out their guts to play D... I wonder if his primary role should be to shepherd JV for his rookie season and not much else.

    I know its early, but the new direction of the Raptors does not fit Kleiza.
    Great guy bad timing.
    "I may be wrong ... but I doubt it"

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    Very sadly, I agree.

    He looks like a guy trying to show he fits in when he clearly doesn't.... kind of like Jeff Foxworthy accepting a lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards - it just doesn't fit.

    Kleiza has been my favourite Raptor of the last year or two but after watching him in preseason, unless he has a remarkable turnaround soon, I hope he stays nailed to the bench.

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    • #3
      Well put. He's too talented to be sitting on the pine for a team that he doesn't fit with. I'm just wondering if he actually is helping JV much... he doesn't seem like the babysitting type

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      • #4
        - Kleiza is mostly going to be played to counter the other team's stretch four

        - Kleiza needs to stop forcing his offense

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        • #5
          Im sure Linas we see time at the 4.. lots of other teams run small ball lineups & DC said lineup will be decided on by matchups..

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          • #6
            You should hope that Kleiza doesn't read this. If he does, i'll b praying for you.
            "Stay steamy"

            - Kobe

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            • #7
              I agree, right now, it doesn't seem the best fit, BUT:

              - Kleiza can play the 4 and the 3; versatile.
              - Scores in bunches.
              - Toughness.
              - Spark-plug.
              - stretch the floor.
              - post-up game.

              I think come regular season, he will get the playing time, and he will be more effective, because a lineup on the second unit of Calderon, Ross, Kleiza, Ed, Amir. It would be very hard to guard.

              Kleiza in my opinion, is the second best wing offensively. He is probably the most all-around in terms of outside shooting, post-offense, and has solid handling ability, where he can create a shot.
              Twitter: @ReubenJRD NBA, Raptors writer for Daily Hive Vancouver, Toronto.

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              • #8
                hotfuzz wrote: View Post
                You should hope that Kleiza doesn't read this. If he does, i'll b praying for you.
                Seriously.

                When he finds me, I just hope my past love endears him to make the inevitable short and sweet..... kind of like when Proposition Joe was put down by Mario on "The Wire".

                "Close your eyes. It won't hurt none."

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                • #9
                  Yeah, Kleiza just doesn't fit very well on this team. I don't know what minutes he gets, but given Anderson's effort and more natural fit at the SF, he'd seem to be behind Fields and Anderson there. Kleiza just stay a big SF or stretch 4 who will match up well against certain lineups. But even those nights, it's hard to see him getting big minutes unless he provides immense value somewhere. I don't think keeping him around for JV is a good enough reason, especially since by all accounts, JV has a good, outgoing personality. Kleiza either gets traded, or gets real minutes because of a trade/injury.

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                  • #10
                    Raptor_11 wrote: View Post
                    Well put. He's too talented to be sitting on the pine for a team that he doesn't fit with. I'm just wondering if he actually is helping JV much... he doesn't seem like the babysitting type
                    Babyeating would be more likely..

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                    • #11
                      white men can't jump wrote: View Post
                      Yeah, Kleiza just doesn't fit very well on this team. I don't know what minutes he gets, but given Anderson's effort and more natural fit at the SF, he'd seem to be behind Fields and Anderson there. Kleiza just stay a big SF or stretch 4 who will match up well against certain lineups. But even those nights, it's hard to see him getting big minutes unless he provides immense value somewhere. I don't think keeping him around for JV is a good enough reason, especially since by all accounts, JV has a good, outgoing personality. Kleiza either gets traded, or gets real minutes because of a trade/injury.
                      +1. I still love Kleiza though, he can really give you some great efforts. But it's effort(S), which means he is fairly inconsistent.
                      Twitter: @ReubenJRD NBA, Raptors writer for Daily Hive Vancouver, Toronto.

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                      • #12
                        One thing all of you guys are missing. He can assassinate the star player of the opposing team if we need him to. Watch out Kobe!
                        "Stay steamy"

                        - Kobe

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                        • #13
                          Kleiza was definitely the most instrumental in winning

                          Him and Melo were talking trash to each other the whole time, Melo got distracted and ended up bricking his shots







                          /s
                          TORONTOOOOOO RAPTORSSSSSS

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                          • #14
                            RaptorReuben wrote: View Post
                            +1. I still love Kleiza though, he can really give you some great efforts. But it's effort(S), which means he is fairly inconsistent.
                            +1

                            I think we can all agree LK is a stand up guy - even if not a good fit.
                            "I may be wrong ... but I doubt it"

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                            • #15
                              As a fellow Lithuanian, it's hard, but I have to agree - Kleiza as of now doesn't seem to fit Raptors at all, he's looking very poorly on the court.

                              I'd be ecstatic if his play would take a U-turn, though. He should not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk. It'd be great if he could somehow adopt this die for his team mentality from when he's playing in national team, although it's probably never gonna happen. He's talented and all, but isn't and never will be a go-to guy in NBA.
                              Last edited by omgsomuchpotential; Sat Oct 20th, 2012, 08:34 PM.

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