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Mobaigz6
JeffB wrote:
Just checked the score. Down 34? Wow, we couldn't look any worse than this, just when we were actually getting some good press. That's just been pissed away. 🤣


I'd still pick us in a best of 7
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Mo_fusion
moremilk wrote:
Hopefully we keep it under 50, but I won't be there to see it. Have better things to do than this ...


Through sickness and through health man. Common now
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Mo_fusion
Queue the U.S. media saying stuff about raps
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JeffB
Mo_fusion wrote:
Queue the U.S. media saying stuff about raps


Gonna ignore that shit tomorrow.
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elT
Just one of those games. Not happy or pleased but can't bring my self up to care that much. Kudos to Boston, they were the better team tonight.
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moremilk
Mo_fusion wrote:


Through sickness and through health man. Common now


looks like I missed a monster 4th quarter, guess the silver lining is if it ever gets to the deep bench, we'll destroy them 🙂

just another game in many ways, but beyond the bad shooting and all that, there is a clear reminder that this playoff will be nothing like last year.  When nobody has it, there's no cavalry coming, which we knew, but it's still ugly when we see it in action.

When the 3pt shot is not falling, our offense goes to shit. Siakam is at least a year away, and our short point guards better make their 3s, cause they'll get nothing in the paint. Also, Gasol better start making some 3s, or else he'll be all by himself all game long on offense. 

Boston clearly wanted this game more than us, but it's not like we mailed it in - we didn't get beat for lack of effort, we just got beat. Given how the season series played out, I'm definitely going to change my mind here and consider Boston the slight favourite in a direct series. Still, essentially, a 50-50 bet, but they have a slight edge. 

Maybe philly knocks them out, since they have no answer for embiid, but without simmons I don't see it.
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elT
moremilk wrote:


looks like I missed a monster 4th quarter, guess the silver lining is if it ever gets to the deep bench, we'll destroy them 🙂

just another game in many ways, but beyond the bad shooting and all that, there is a clear reminder that this playoff will be nothing like last year.  When nobody has it, there's no cavalry coming, which we knew, but it's still ugly when we see it in action.

When the 3pt shot is not falling, our offense goes to shit. Siakam is at least a year away, and our short point guards better make their 3s, cause they'll get nothing in the paint. Also, Gasol better start making some 3s, or else he'll be all by himself all game long on offense. 

Boston clearly wanted this game more than us, but it's not like we mailed it in - we didn't get beat for lack of effort, we just got beat. Given how the season series played out, I'm definitely going to change my mind here and consider Boston the slight favourite in a direct series. Still, essentially, a 50-50 bet, but they have a slight edge. 

Maybe philly knocks them out, since they have no answer for embiid, but without simmons I don't see it.


It wasn't just the three point shot not falling, missed a ton of bunnies as well. The overall level of play and effort from Raptors was nowhere near tat of Boston's or the one needed to beat them. It won't be easy against them in playoffs but 2nd rounds are rarely easy when you have teams with comparable talent.
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RockOnline
Way too much face up game last night. Philly wins against Boston because Embiid backs them down.
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LX

I was starting to get oversaturated with my basketball viewing. I’ve just been taking in so much. Now I am back to needing the playoffs. The Raptors might have hit a bit of a wall in the bubble. Tedium might have slipped in. They certainly didn’t have the same juice as Boston. The basics they’ve been working with offered very little. Maybe they need to go beyond the basics more to get the juices flowing more. Or maybe they too just need playoff action.

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JeffB
LX wrote:

I was starting to get oversaturated with my basketball viewing. I’ve just been taking in so much. Now I am back to needing the playoffs. The Raptors might have hit a bit of a wall in the bubble. Tedium might have slipped in. They certainly didn’t have the same juice as Boston. The basics they’ve been working with offered very little. Maybe they need to go beyond the basics more to get the juices flowing more. Or maybe they too just need playoff action.



I recall FVV a few games ago saying he's had bad days. I think it gets tedious but I also think not seeing family, kids (other than Skype) must get to them. I think all these guys have those kinds of days and it's just starting.  So I think we'll see a game like this here and there. Even in the playoffs 
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moremilk
elT wrote:


It wasn't just the three point shot not falling, missed a ton of bunnies as well. The overall level of play and effort from Raptors was nowhere near tat of Boston's or the one needed to beat them. It won't be easy against them in playoffs but 2nd rounds are rarely easy when you have teams with comparable talent.


I don't agree that our effort wasn't there, at least early on. We kind of got down on ourselves in the middle of the 3rd where they made a bunch of 3s in a row to blow the game open and we lost a bit of composure. But overall, I was actually pleased with the way we maintained our calm for much of the game - raptors teams in the past tended to get flustered in these games. This is a team who truly believes in themselves, which is going to be very important. We just didn't have it on offense, who knows how the game would have evolved if some of the early 3s went in. Some of that was because their defense was great, some was just bad luck - and who can tell in which proportion.

But I wouldn't sugarcoat the game, we didn't get beat because of lack of effort, we just got beat by a very good team who played a heck of a lot better. It doesn't mean they are a heck of a lot better, to be clear. 

As I stated in some other threads discussing boston vs toronto, in my opinion Boston's advantage over us is that they are more top heavy. They have at least 4 guys who are better (not by a lot, just a bit) at creating one on one that any of our guys. On the other hand, we are deeper and our defense is stronger and more versatile and we have more experience. It's going to be very interesting to see what happens in a series, because all these advantages are tiny (except maybe experience - where we have a larger gap). 
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LX
They didn’t totally lack effort, but they didn’t bother Boston much defensively after the first quarter. Even in the first quarter there were some really dumb fouls that they ended up not being able to afford. The usual intensity, sense of purpose, and connection to each other was not there. It looked like they could reassert all that in the second half, but Boston already had all of that going and simply upped their focus from there. There was some make or miss in the whole equation, but the Raptors we’ve come to know impinge upon that greatly on the defensive end at the very least. All their own misses seemed to effect that eventually.
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