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elT
Happy to see Winslow coming into his own lately. He has had health issues all his rookie contract but is now finally healthy and has show a lot of improvement. Think he can still be a really good player in the NBA. He matched-up with Kawhi quite well on both ends and showed no hesitation to attack.
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moremilk
elT wrote:
Happy to see Winslow coming into his own lately. He has had health issues all his rookie contract but is now finally healthy and has show a lot of improvement. Think he can still be a really good player in the NBA. He matched-up with Kawhi quite well on both ends and showed no hesitation to attack.


Meh, he's still very inconsistent, for every game like this he has 2 or 3 stinkers. His defense is always good, but offensively he had one of his best games of the season.

Because his shooting is poor, he doesn't work as well off the ball, which is his normal position, when they have their guards playing.

But he was very good last night playing the point.
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edki
I didn’t see this win coming. The game looked like another loss almost to the very end.

Is it just me or you too guys, felt that super physical defence from Winslow and lack of calls woke up Kawhi to the game? He looked apathical on both ends of the floor for the most of the first half... in times like this it makes me wonder if he’s willing to do it all to win with Toronto.
Nurse and Masai will have to find that particular string that makes Kawhi play like a beast when time comes.
Lowry may not be our best player but he is definitely our most important player in terms of team chemistry and energy on the floor.
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elT
I didn't see anything that suggests Kawhi was not going full throttle last night. Miami has a lot of length and athleticism to throw at Kawhi and they played excellent defense,  he was smart all night, on both ends.
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moremilk
Kawhi was passive in the first quarter, but turned it up late in the 2nd and was super aggressive in the 2nd half.

Except a few games like the gsw one, it's been a pattern for him, generally starts slowly and ramps it up. Probably by design, trying to get the other guys involved first.
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elT
moremilk wrote:
Kawhi was passive in the first quarter, but turned it up late in the 2nd and was super aggressive in the 2nd half.

Except a few games like the gsw one, it's been a pattern for him, generally starts slowly and ramps it up. Probably by design, trying to get the other guys involved first.


I wouldn't call it passive, he had a few drives to the rim that were quite good and our shots weren't falling to open up more. And he was obviously figuring the defense out, which is natural.
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JeffB
moremilk wrote:
Kawhi was passive in the first quarter, but turned it up late in the 2nd and was super aggressive in the 2nd half.

Except a few games like the gsw one, it's been a pattern for him, generally starts slowly and ramps it up. Probably by design, trying to get the other guys involved first.


A little passive, maybe. But he seems to start out cold, he can be 0-4 in the first quarter and then you look at the stats at the end of the game and he finishes 10-19 for 30pts, 8reb. He gets better as the game is more and more on the line.
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moremilk
elT wrote:


I wouldn't call it passive, he had a few drives to the rim that were quite good and our shots weren't falling to open up more. And he was obviously figuring the defense out, which is natural.


I meant by comparison, his usage appears to be higher as the game rolls on. I'm sure there are stats to prove/disprove it :)
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DanH
Kawhi's usage rate this year is right about 30% overall.

1Qs: 27%
2Qs: 29%
3Qs: 31%
4Qs: 31%

So, yes, slight increase in usage as games go on generally, but not dramatically so.
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Mo_fusion
To contrast what was DD's usage rate ?
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elT
DanH wrote:
Kawhi's usage rate this year is right about 30% overall.

1Qs: 27%
2Qs: 29%
3Qs: 31%
4Qs: 31%

So, yes, slight increase in usage as games go on generally, but not dramatically so.


Yeah, 27% is as far from passive as it gets.
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DanH
Mo_fusion wrote:
To contrast what was DD's usage rate ?


Depends on the year. He ranged from the high 20's to the low 30's, depending on how much playmaking he did.
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