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Someguy again
LX wrote:


it was a tie after regulation, so there was that


woah woah whats this positivity im hearing. we can't have that here.
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Someguy again
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JeffB
RockOnline wrote:
I went to the game tonight. Kyle was frustrated from the get-go, couldn't hit shots in warmup.

It was definitely a frustrating game to watch, I was surprised they pulled it out to even get to overtime.


I think it'll take kyle 4-5 games to get any kind of rhythm.....maybe more. He hasn't played a lot of basketball in the last 6 months, given the summer surgery and the recent injury.
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moremilk
One hour later, still sucks. Will feel better tomorrow ...
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Newt-Dawgs
The loss lays on nick nurses shoulders. Playing Lowry for over 40 minutes in his first game back is completely assignign and is not fair to Kyle. Where was Ibaka or OG or Davis or even Hollis-Jefferson after the 3rd? The team was exhausted in OT. Siakim actually gave up with 50 seconds left, not that his last shot in regulation showed much more effort. 
The team will lose faith if it continues in this manner, you can't neglect the players that got them to where they are over this last month. Poor poor game by nick nurse.
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elT
Welcome aboard Newt.

I wouldn't be assignign blame to Nurse before Siakam who was simply bad on both ends last night. Coach can't compensate for that.
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DanH
That was a shockingly promising loss. Siakam was horrid, passive on offence and lazy on defence until the final few minutes. Lowry couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Fred had a few uncharacteristic defensive lapses late in the game. Basically the only things that went well are the things we usually don't rely on for success - Norm went off and Gasol scored inside a bit. And yet, took a very good Miami Heat team to OT, only to fall apart with an incredible lack of focus to start the extra period.  Oh well, can't win them all. 

I did like a lot of the rotation decisions until later in the game when Norm got too much run (his offence was carrying us but usually if you are relying on that you are bound to fall short anyway) in place of OG, who needs closing reps, and the Serge minutes ran a little too long in the 4th. Otherwise I liked the idea of Norm coming in for Lowry as the early sub so he gets run with the starters and Lowry can bolster the bench and pair up with Serge. I liked FVV supporting Siakam in his bench unit. Lots of good process signs. And Lowry even has a bad night from three and we win this relatively comfortably in regulation. Looking forward to seeing how they progress as Lowry shakes off the rust.
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Carlito
Miami played our game, but better yesterday.  They match up extremely well and can neutralize Siakam.
When our best player (Siakam) struggles on both ends (not a new event) and Lowry's rust ... will be difficult to win any game.
Nurse could of been bold and given our bench more burn to counter what Miami was doing.  Easy for me to say this after the fact ...

I think Powell should be in the starting line-up or sub out Lowry/FVV quick after the start of the game.  Having FVV and Lowry start the games and with their limited size and okay explosiveness to the rim is a real issue against athletic teams like Miami.  Need players like Powell to break down the defense.

Siakam struggles is probably a good thing ... this enables him to realize and learn where he struggles and have an opportunity to continue to grow as a player.  I'm sure he will be studying what has been happening lately against certain match-ups and will learn from it.
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Mo_fusion
In all the losses, the Raps have not been blown out. They have been a few bounces away from the wins. 

The one major takeaway from this one though, is that Miami knew how to defend the Raptors well  - Kyle's plethora of missed shots aside - he's entitled to 0 FG 3 times a season per his contract correct? 

Miami is a formidable adversary.  
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Wu
With 38.4 seconds left, I still can't understand not running a quick set and ensuring some time on the clock to win or tie.  
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JeffB
Wu wrote:
With 38.4 seconds left, I still can't understand not running a quick set and ensuring some time on the clock to win or tie.  


I was thinking that too. I was surprised......it gives them 10sec or so to get something. Given all the rushed 2 for 1 shots they take, I figured they'd run a quick play and if we miss and grab the rebound they'd have to likely foul us. 
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JeffB
Mo_fusion wrote:
In all the losses, the Raps have not been blown out. They have been a few bounces away from the wins. 

The one major takeaway from this one though, is that Miami knew how to defend the Raptors well  - Kyle's plethora of missed shots aside - he's entitled to 0 FG 3 times a season per his contract correct? 

Miami is a formidable adversary.  


This team fights, no matter what. And if Siakam/Lowry hit a couple more shots, we win that game in regulation. 
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Raptorman
This game looked like Game One vs the Magic last year.  So much sucking but still a chance to win.
Good on Miami.  They came prepared and took it to the Raps.
Hopefully Jimmy_B doesnt screw up his stay with this team.
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