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    Quote LJ2 wrote: View Post
    Oh for sure. Loses are going to happen and nobody is thinking this is a 70 win team here, but the letdown always seems to happen immediately after getting to the top. It's almost like clock work.
    There you go. A seventy win team loses 12 times. No shame in losing a couple of close ones. At least it wasn't a blowout.

    As has been said already, on nights when there is a lid on the basket, you just have to try hard and hope for better another night.

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    Dec 3 - Dec 9:


    ESPN (2) [-1]:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...ptors-showdown

    It was a dispiriting 1-3 week for the Raptors, who lost two games at home and posted an effective field-goal percentage of only 48.5. Kyle Lowry converted only four of his 28 field-goal attempts last week, though he averaged 8.7 assists over that span and still leads the team in Real Plus-Minus. Toronto now hits the road for a tough stretch of four games in six nights out west, a slate that includes the Clippers, Golden State, Portland and Denver. -- Arnovitz


    NBA.com (3) [-2]:
    http://www.nba.com/powerrankings/201...=powerrankings

    Maybe Kyle Lowry will find his shot on the West coast, though he can't break out of his shooting slump (8-for-42 over his last five games) if he doesn't shoot. Worse than Lowry missing shots is Lowry passing them up, because his ability and willingness to shoot 3-pointers off the dribble (he was the best pull-up 3-point shooter over the last two seasons) opens other things up (for both himself and his teammates), and when he does pass up an open shot, the Raptors might not get a better one on the same possession. That was the case on multiple occasions as they lost close games to Brooklyn and Milwaukee over the weekend, and it's not a coincidence that the last four games (four of the six games in which Lowry has attempted less than nine shots) have been the Raptors' worst stretch of offense (102.2 points scored per 100 possessions) this season.


    CBS Sports (2) [-1]:
    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/n...bucks-success/

    Apparently, I'm a jinx. The Raptors have lost three of their past four, including an oddball loss in Brooklyn, since I (perhaps belatedly) elevated them to the top spot last week. Kyle Lowry, so great to begin the season, has sputtered the past couple weeks; he hasn't scored more than 10 points in any of his past five games, and was held scoreless in the Raptors' loss to the Bucks on Sunday, going 0-for-5 from three. This team does still feel like the best-constructed team to have a shot against the Warriors in a 7-game series. Pascal Siakam has one of the top defensive field goal percentages in the league, and he's contested more three-point shots than anyone in NBA. This team is scary good.


    SI (1) [-]:
    https://www.si.com/nba/2018/12/10/nb...y-kyrie-irving[/QUOTE]

    Despite the results this past week, I still firmly believe Nick Nurse knows what heís doing. Especially when it comes to baffling Ben Simmons. Well, that might have more to do with Kawhi Leonard, but either way, the coach knows how to use his MVP candidate. The three close losses to the Nuggets, Nets and Bucks help make Toronto look much more beatable to the rest of the league than they appeared a week ago. But when you realize the Raptors didnít lose the fourth quarter in any of those games (they lost overtime to the Nets 8-7 after winning the fourth quarter 19-18), it puts into perspective just how good you need to be to knock them off. Cause they will keep fighting for all 48 minutes.

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    SI still has us at #1! Might need to buy a subscription again

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    #3 at worst. Puts in perspective. The sky is only falling on raptors republic
    It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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    they suck.

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    Wouldnt say they suck but Bucks are better until proven otherswise

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