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deaner
17 offensive rebounds. Well done to correct one of our weaknesses.
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Northern Neighbour
Leonard, JV, and Ibaka - 29-50 (58%)

The rest of the team - 14-50 (28%)
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Ball Don't Lie
You can't really understate how good JV was tonight. Embiid is lucky that JV got in foul trouble in the first quarter, otherwise he may have gone for 40.

Next game we need to come out of the gates looking to get Lowry involved and coming off of screens, getting his energy up and making him take some more shots(hopefully a few more going to the basket too). 

Kawhi is also ridiculously great. 

We played like crap for most of the game, but our defence was stifling at times, and our bench finally showed up in the 4th. 
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Ball Don't Lie
Simmons game doesn't work in these types of elite matchups.  He played pretty well in the 1st half with his defence against Siakim, and he had some moments in transition and underneath the basket, but in the 2nd half he went ghost protocol and totally disappeared. He's just a body out there if he isn't pushing the pace and getting into the lane in advantage scenarios. We were able to help off of him in some of the Redick/Embiid pick and rolls by sending Simmons man to Redick to avoid the pullups, and it killed their flow for a few possessions in the 4th. 
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gurk
woo what a fun game. jv made embiid his son. i will never get the simmons hype either
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deaner
Would raptor fans do butler for Lowry?
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elT
Northern Neighbour wrote:
Leonard, JV, and Ibaka - 29-50 (58%)

The rest of the team - 14-50 (28%)


All in all, this was a impressive win. Bench is starting to put it together, obviously still ways to go, but continued incremental improvements are happening every game and I'm very happy to see it. Still gonna take some time but I don't mind that, those injuries and personal life struggles threw everyone off along with losing two key pieces from bench mob of last year.

Second game in a row when threes are not falling. Since we didn't allow 500 offensive rebounds like against Denver, we won. The number of ways this team can be compromised and still win is amazing. That stat above, 14-50, that is one cold December night man. What's graet about it, JV and Ibaka have been shooting great % all year and Kawhi is almost always ultra efficient. Imagine the other part being just 21-50, that is a complete blow out smack down pack your bags and trust the border control process on the way out.

I like the trade the Sixers made. Seems to me it is working way better than I originally anticipated. They have a lot of work ahead of them still but their big three can be good. If Fultz gets back that will help but they still need way more depth. He is essentially a rookie given how few games he played. And they hardly have anyone outside of big three. Reddick is good when hot and horrible when not, I don't think you can survive much with that kind of player as your fourth best. They should throw Chandler and a couple of 2nd rounder to Suns for Ariza, that would be a major upgrade. And they still need 2-3 players. Need a back-up C and at least two traditional guards that can do stuff on both ends. And TJ McConnell should not be that guard, is American Matthew Dellavedova, he plays hard but runs out of talent on every other play. After that, they have one major problem that can stop them from contending. Ben Simmons has to shoot or he'll be completely neutralized in the playoffs again and if that happens, that roster doesn't have enough to compensate.
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JeffB
Kawhi last 4 games:

37/8/3 58% shooting
34/9/2 52% shooting
27/8/2 53% shooting
36/9/1 54% shooting
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deaner
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:
Kawhi last 4 games:

37/8/3 58% shooting
34/9/2 52% shooting
27/8/2 53% shooting
36/9/1 54% shooting


While tearing down the opponents best D they can throw at him.
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Mo_fusion
Haven't listened but let me know what you guys think:

https://www.raptorshq.com/2018/12/6/18128849/toronto-locked-on-raptors-podcast-episode-431-keith-pompey
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LX
Jonas with springy legs jumped out at me. Really good to see. Knees bent and assuming a real defensive position is wonderful. Maybe he needs to be matched up against complete basketball players to bring out the completeness in his game. Probably the bench settling into a better feel helps to ground his game as much as anything. Everybody played nicely in their own lanes and kept things simple.
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7shikamaru7
JV only played 18min against Jokic on Monday. I wonder if he could've made Joker work a bit more then maybe we could've pulled a W. Against a scoring big, we need JV to negate their effectiveness. 
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