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    Default Raps @ Knicks

    Will Gasol play tomorrow night?

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    Quote Fury wrote: View Post
    Will Gasol play tomorrow night?

    Discuss.
    Word on the street is no. He had a sore hand anyways and its basically automatic W territory with nyk these days he doesnt need to go bang around with DeAndre
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    Also not sure about that instagram post in the Gasol thread implying he's in Toronto. Is that Gasol's post or is it more of a TSN one saying "welcome to Toronto"?

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    Quote Jclaw wrote: View Post
    It was gasols IG post. He flew in Toronto and met the welcoming committee.
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    I really need to try my hand at starting one of these game threads. Of course I don't think Fury has lost has he?

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    Quote Tmac2darak wrote: View Post
    I really need to try my hand at starting one of these game threads. Of course I don't think Fury has lost has he?
    Call the next one, but itll be well after the all star break. Fury is taking us to the DeRozan return game
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    His jumper still looks a bit rigid, but it's working so can't complain hahaha
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    Report: Raptors to sign Malcolm Miller to 10-day contract...3 pt shooter!

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    Quote KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Call the next one, but itll be well after the all star break. Fury is taking us to the DeRozan return game
    How poetic. Take us there to matchup with your boy Fury!!

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    New Lowe article:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...ar-free-agency

    The vibes out of Toronto over the past six weeks have been just a little off. The relationship between Kyle Lowry and Masai Ujiri is clearly not hunky-dory. It never has been. Lowry misses DeMar DeRozan. I'm not sure any of that bleeds onto the floor. Lowry will play his game when it matters. But back injuries and Leonard's load management have short-circuited Toronto's chances to build chemistry. Marc Gasol is an undeniable upgrade, but he further unsettles their rotation.

    (Charlotte came close to acquiring Gasol before some last-minute haggling, per league sources. The Hornets had a lottery-protected first-round pick ready for most of this week, sources say. Losing Gasol hurts, but they get to keep that pick, and the East is so bad they might limp into the playoffs anyway. Just pray for Kemba Walker, who has zero help.)

    Gasol brings a high-IQ game that can calm Toronto's offense in crunch time of playoff games. Toronto got him without sacrificing a first-round pick, or any essential part of their future. (Delon Wright could do well in Memphis, but he was a luxury for Toronto. The return beyond that is uninspiring for Memphis considering Gasol is a franchise icon. The Grizzlies in the end may have moved a year late.) He is one of the league's very best one-on-one post defenders -- an ideal antidote to Joel Embiid. He can drag Embiid away from the rim on the other end.

    But does Gasol supplant Serge Ibaka as Toronto's full-time starting center? The Raptors have thrived with Ibaka there. He can play some alongside Gasol, but it might be too late to shift him back to power forward in the starting lineup. Doing that would slide Pascal Siakam to the wing, and Danny Green to the bench. Siakam can play any nominal position, but the Siakam-Ibaka-Gasol trio is a little antiquated. Toronto has gotten where it is by being rangy and fast, heavy with switchy wings. Some rivals are hoping they trade speed for size.

    The right answer might be starting Gasol and Siakam, and I would guess that is where they land. Can they sell that to Ibaka?

    Maybe the Raptors can toggle between Gasol and Ibaka depending on matchups, as they did with Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas. Can they sell that to Gasol? Regardless, Toronto is all-in.

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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    I like Pelton's "solid" more than Lowe's "uninspiring"
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    I find it interesting that the narrative of the Raptors excelling with Serge as starting C still survives in spite of that reality ending around when Lowry's insane shooting did (ie months ago).

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    Quote DanH wrote: View Post
    I find it interesting that the narrative of the Raptors excelling with Serge as starting C still survives in spite of that reality ending around when Lowry's insane shooting did (ie months ago).
    Serge has still been great tho when JV was out. He was basically a walking double-double. He has defiantly been more impactful playing the C the PF role from last year. I think the main thing is at this point in his career he should always be playing C. Today's game suits him much better playing C essential what the PF position was in his hayday in OKC.

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    Quote DanH wrote: View Post
    I find it interesting that the narrative of the Raptors excelling with Serge as starting C still survives in spite of that reality ending around when Lowry's insane shooting did (ie months ago).
    It's not that Raptors is always excelling when Serge is at C (other players need to produce of course). Is that Serge has for the most part excelled individually at C compared to last year when he played PF. He's been much more solid there, on W's and L's.

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    Quote bertarapsfan wrote: View Post
    Serge has still been great tho when JV was out. He was basically a walking double-double. He has defiantly been more impactful playing the C the PF role from last year. I think the main thing is at this point in his career he should always be playing C. Today's game suits him much better playing C essential what the PF position was in his hayday in OKC.
    Oh, he should still play C, most of the time (he'd be fine with some PF minutes beside Gasol to get both their totals up high enough). But the Raptors sticking to a starting lineup that has largely been extremely mediocre since like, November, would be silly when they just made a big move for a C who they are hoping is an upgrade over the guy who already had better lineup numbers with the starters than Serge.

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    Quote DanH wrote: View Post
    Oh, he should still play C, most of the time (he'd be fine with some PF minutes beside Gasol to get both their totals up high enough). But the Raptors sticking to a starting lineup that has largely been extremely mediocre since like, November, would be silly when they just made a big move for a C who they are hoping is an upgrade over the guy who already had better lineup numbers with the starters than Serge.
    The numbers since November were bad because Lowry was banged up, but also because we had Monroe instead of JV. If Ibaka stays exactly where he is (maybe with a little less minutes) and we have Gasol instead of Monroe, the bounce back will be astronomical.

    The hope is that the Gasol/Ibaka two-headed centre will be even more powerful than the JV/Ibaka combo.

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    Quote KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Call the next one, but itll be well after the all star break. Fury is taking us to the DeRozan return game
    Thanks bud. I'm all about respect for the RR Veterans.

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    Quote Tmac2darak wrote: View Post
    Thanks bud. I'm all about respect for the RR Veterans.
    Until they prove themselves knuckleheads.

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