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    Default Game #36: Toronto Raptors 124 - Chicago Bulls 115

    After an exhilarating victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Raptors head to Chicago to take on TRex's favourite team: the resurgent Bulls.


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    KEYS TO THE GAME

    Ghosts: Despite the fact Jimmy Butler is no longer there, and that the Bulls have entered a rebuild, it's hard to shake the memory of all the losses Chicago has handed the Raptors over the last few years, similar to how many of us sometimes still have an irrational fear of the Charlotte Hornets. That said, the Raptors took care of business against Chicago on opening night, and another win here would help squash the Bulls related demons of the Raptors' past.

    Prepared: Similar to last year's Miami Heat squad, the Bulls' horrendous start means their overall record belies their current form. They started the year with a ghastly 3-20 record, but since then they are 10-4. The Raptors can't overlook this team, especially after the recent Dallas loss.

    Encore: DeMar DeRozan had the game of his life (so far) last night, scoring a franchise-record 52 points on 17-29 shooting (including 5-9 from deep to go along with 13-13 from the line), while also adding 5 rebounds, 8 assists, a steal, a block and only two turnovers. Let's see how he follows up such an incredible, record-setting performence.




    LET'S GO RAPS!!!
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    Since t rex is a Chicago fan now, I nominate he change his username to "bull crap" if we win
    11/20/16 Lest we forget - The Sacramento Screw Job.
    We will not go quietly in the night. We will rage against the dying light. We will study every buzzer beater with intensified might, because somethin with the NBA doesn't smell right.

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    Also why does ibaka pic look like a profile for match.com
    11/20/16 Lest we forget - The Sacramento Screw Job.
    We will not go quietly in the night. We will rage against the dying light. We will study every buzzer beater with intensified might, because somethin with the NBA doesn't smell right.

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    Quote KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Since t rex is a Chicago fan now, I nominate he change his username to "bull crap" if we win
    "Control DeRozan's catch-shoot game. He rarely passes. Defend the ball. Much of what they do reverses to 1 on 1 play." -- Visitor Locker Room Whiteboard, Air Canada Centre, Feb. 26, 2015

    "52/8/5/1/1" -- Jan. 1, 2018

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    Would you guys trade
    JV, Wright, Bebe or Bruno
    for
    Marc Gasol, Chamers


    I personally would not, although Gasol would be an amazing addition, I do not want to give up Wright

    I say we go all out for cousins in the offseason than trade JV and Powell for picks and salary matches or veterans
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    More effort on defense and this game is in the bag
    OG is our king

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    Quote Abbas wrote: View Post
    Would you guys trade
    JV, Wright, Bebe or Bruno
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    Marc Gasol, Chamers


    I personally would not, although Gasol would be an amazing addition, I do not want to give up Wright

    I say we go all out for cousins in the offseason than trade JV and Powell for picks and salary matches or veterans
    I would do it all day. Wright is a nice player but he's fairly replaceable. Not enough minutes to go around to all our small guys right now anyways. Replace jv with Gasol and I think we can beat the Cavs and play in the finals
    11/20/16 Lest we forget - The Sacramento Screw Job.
    We will not go quietly in the night. We will rage against the dying light. We will study every buzzer beater with intensified might, because somethin with the NBA doesn't smell right.

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    First of all, y'all better win this game. Bulls are a rebuilding team and their best player(LaVine) is still out. Second, I want Doncic in Chicago next year.

    Also, i want to congralute y'all for BARELY beating the Jabari Parker-less Bucks last night despite a 52 point performance from DeMar. Pray that you don't play them in the 1st round.

    Speaking of DeMar, it's funny how times have changed. I've defended this guy since DAY ONE along with Christian and special1. Most of the posters here are fake. Most of y'all wanted this man out or traded for shit for years. Now y'all talk about him like he's Kobe Bryant. And what happened to the "this team should build their team around JV" crowd bullshit? i told you since 2012 that he's nothing more than an energy big.

    I've always believed in DeMar since day 1. Only thing he needs to do now is show up in the playoffs. Only then he'll get the respect that he deserves around the league.

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    I'm still a proud member of the District of DeRozan. There were only 3 of us back then. Now it seems like everyone here is a DeRozan fan lol *rolls eyes*

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    Quote TRex wrote: View Post
    First of all, y'all better win this game. Bulls are a rebuilding team and their best player(LaVine) is still out. Second, I want Doncic in Chicago next year.

    Also, i want to congralute y'all for BARELY beating the Jabari Parker-less Bucks last night despite a 52 point performance from DeMar. Pray that you don't play them in the 1st round.

    Speaking of DeMar, it's funny how times have changed. I've defended this guy since DAY ONE along with Christian and special1. Most of the posters here are fake. Most of y'all wanted this man out or traded for shit for years. Now y'all talk about him like he's Kobe Bryant. And what happened to the "this team should build their team around JV" crowd bullshit? i told you since 2012 that he's nothing more than an energy big.

    I've always believed in DeMar since day 1. Only thing he needs to do now is show up in the playoffs. Only then he'll get the respect that he deserves around the league.
    Yeah, some of them even desert their team halfway thru it's best season ever
    11/20/16 Lest we forget - The Sacramento Screw Job.
    We will not go quietly in the night. We will rage against the dying light. We will study every buzzer beater with intensified might, because somethin with the NBA doesn't smell right.

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    Even though i'm a Bulls fan now, i still want DeRozan to do well. I want him to play well in the playoffs. Will always be a fan. Like i said, i'm still a proud member of the District of DeRozan.

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    Quote TRex wrote: View Post
    Even though i'm a Bulls fan now, i still want DeRozan to do well. I want him to play well in the playoffs. Will always be a fan. Like i said, i'm still a proud member of the District of DeRozan.
    11/20/16 Lest we forget - The Sacramento Screw Job.
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    Shouldn't need to belabor the point, but for some reason we still do:

    - People didn't have a problem with DeRozan, they had a problem with inefficient, high usage ISO scoring. I specifically remember writing several times "If only he got rid of 2-3 long two's per game, he'd be fine." SG's guys wanted instead of DeRozan did a few things that DeMar now does - scored more efficiently, shot the 3, passed the ball, and played defence.
    - Given all that, if anyone wants to crow it should be the "trade DeRozan" crowd. His game has evolved into exactly what was wanted. That's why people are so happy. (Ditto for finally seeing ball movement, more equitable scoring, and 3PA's in the offence.)
    - Most DeRozan defenders back in the day defended him for who he was then. They don't get to crow for the player he's become unless they can bring up their quotes from 4 years ago predicting that his game would evolve to what it is today.

    Personally I think the nitpicking and crowing detracts from enjoying being here to watch what may be the best single season by a Raptor ever, so I'm only writing this once this year.

    Edit: On this one my hat's always off to Christian with the 1's, I still don't think he was necessarily right but he a) stuck to his guns, b) didn't change his message, and c) stuck around on the forum and stayed active. Plenty of other posters have quit when they found their main talking points that unpopular. Christian with the 1's doesn't have quit in his vocabulary.

    Can't believe this is almost 7 years old:

    Last edited by S.R.; Tue Jan 2nd, 2018 at 03:16 PM.
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    "52/8/5/1/1" -- Jan. 1, 2018

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    I don't stan for the name on a back of the jersey.

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    Quote TRex wrote: View Post
    Speaking of DeMar, it's funny how times have changed. I've defended this guy since DAY ONE along with Christian and special1. Most of the posters here are fake. Most of y'all wanted this man out or traded for shit for years. Now y'all talk about him like he's Kobe Bryant. And what happened to the "this team should build their team around JV" crowd bullshit? i told you since 2012 that he's nothing more than an energy big.

    I've always believed in DeMar since day 1. Only thing he needs to do now is show up in the playoffs. Only then he'll get the respect that he deserves around the league.

    Oh really? What about when you were shitting on DeMar after the Mavs and Thunders losses? Implying he wasn't a "real star" because:

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    Star players don't have games like that. I've seen it too many times with DD this year and the last couple of years. I don't remember Carter in his prime having games like that, or Pierce or McGrady.
    The only constant in your posting is you changing your stance to fit whatever makes you look good.

    By the way, here are some useful links for you in case you get lost again:
    http://www.chicitysports.com/forum/f...go-Bulls-Forum
    https://www.blogabull.com/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/chicagobulls/

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    Bulls have been really good since Mirotic came back. They play with a lot of energy. Should be a fun game.

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    Quote Scraptor wrote: View Post
    Oh really? What about when you were shitting on DeMar after the Mavs and Thunders losses? Implying he wasn't a "real star" because:



    The only constant in your posting is you changing your stance to fit whatever makes you look good.

    By the way, here are some useful links for you in case you get lost again:
    http://www.chicitysports.com/forum/f...go-Bulls-Forum
    https://www.blogabull.com/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/chicagobulls/
    Oh please you were just as bad a DeRozan troll as McHappy and OldSkool back then. At least have the balls to admit it. Btw, why do you keep changing the subject tho? did i hit you right in the feels?

    My criticism of DeRozan has always been his performance in the playoffs. That's it. And sometimes he has a knack disappearing late un games against elite teams. You on the other hand....

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    Quote TRex wrote: View Post
    First of all, y'all better win this game. Bulls are a rebuilding team and their best player(LaVine) is still out. Second, I want Doncic in Chicago next year.

    Also, i want to congralute y'all for BARELY beating the Jabari Parker-less Bucks last night despite a 52 point performance from DeMar. Pray that you don't play them in the 1st round.

    Speaking of DeMar, it's funny how times have changed. I've defended this guy since DAY ONE along with Christian and special1. Most of the posters here are fake. Most of y'all wanted this man out or traded for shit for years. Now y'all talk about him like he's Kobe Bryant. And what happened to the "this team should build their team around JV" crowd bullshit? i told you since 2012 that he's nothing more than an energy big.

    I've always believed in DeMar since day 1. Only thing he needs to do now is show up in the playoffs. Only then he'll get the respect that he deserves around the league.
    Quote TRex wrote: View Post
    Oh please you were just as bad a DeRozan troll as McHappy and OldSkool back then. At least have the balls to admit it. Btw, why do you keep changing the subject tho? did i hit you right in the feels?

    My criticism of DeRozan has always been his performance in the playoffs. That's it. And sometimes he has a knack disappearing late un games against elite teams. You on the other hand....
    Your troll game..


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    Quote MixxAOR wrote: View Post
    I don't stan for the name on a back of the jersey.
    *rolls eyes*

    But you wanted the Raptors to build around JV back then even though he's shown absolutely nothing that he can be a franchise guy.

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    Quote TRex wrote: View Post
    But you wanted the Raptors to build around JV back then even though he's shown absolutely nothing that he can be a franchise guy.
    yeah and you did the same if you wanted to build around Derozan from Day 1. Don't act like he was this player from day 1

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