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LX
Fun game. Definitely missed Kyle. It was like OKC was made up of nothing but Kyles. They were all pitbulls. Incredible onslaught of threes. Still, Toronto was right there in spite of all the turnovers and the OKC three balls. Some elite offense and defense on both sides.

If Ibaka is going to end up mostly coming off the bench, I’d like to see him with Kyle drive the offense during a lot of his minutes.
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elT
LX wrote:
Fun game. Definitely missed Kyle. It was like OKC was made up of nothing but Kyles. They were all pitbulls. Incredible onslaught of threes. Still, Toronto was right there in spite of all the turnovers and the OKC three balls. Some elite offense and defense on both sides.

If Ibaka is going to end up mostly coming off the bench, I’d like to see him with Kyle drive the offense during a lot of his minutes.


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If someone told you before the game you'd have 20 turnovers and they'd hit 20 3s, you'd say we'd lose by 20," Raptors Fred VanVleet said. "It's not a recipe for success."


With Lowry out, just a perfect storm for OKC.

Healthy Lowry and finally healthy and improved FVV will be golden for whoever is on the court. Ibaka has lost a little bit of rhythm since suspension but he was bound for rest games soon anyways, it kind of worked out perfectly. He had something like a week off, had time to practice with the team and get some rest. Now there's enough games to get back into the groove and it will be fun once everyone is healthy.

It is also a pleasure to see the team start to really come together. There's real growth going on and it looks like we'll be in really good position in round two.
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dwchills
Good tuneup game for the playoffs against good competition. Couldn’t agree more with Freddy’s quote, Grant and Schroeder knocked down 3 point shooters???? C’mon.

Anyway my takes:

Love Gasol’s ball movement, bball IQ, but honestly 2 points will not cut it in the playoffs. We need him to be more aggressive offensively, not 20 points aggressive but at least 10. Yes he’s getting others involved, but you space the floor just as much when your a threat to score.

This has been said here before, but the Bench mob is dead

Was watching the substitution pattern, Norm off the bench first for Kawhi I’m ok with that in the first 3 quarters not the 4th. I like that at least 1 starter is on with the “ full” bench, however last night they struggled with Pascal with them.

That being said, for me, I think we are only 8 deep this year. The only guys I want to see off the bench in the playoffs are Fred, Norm and Serge. Unless there is crazy foul trouble or a super big wing (ie Giannis) I would prefer not to see Lin or OG. Of course this is a pipe dream as the organization probably would like to justify their signing (Lin) and will continue force feeding us, (along with some on here), the dream of a “super wing” (OG). To be honest, against certain 1’s and 2’s, I would prefer to see McCaw over Norm , Lin and OG.

I liked a couple of ATO’s by Nurse this game, particularly one to get Green a 3 near the end of the game, using weak side action. In general, I think Nurse is ramping and tightening it up for the playoffs.....nice to see.

Maybe Iwe should go for first, at this point I may be switching my view on playing Philly in the 2nd round to playing Boston/Indiana.


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moremilk
lin may get some minutes in the 1st round, but no way he plays beyond that, barring some injury to kyle/green, and even then it's doubtful he'll see the floor.

OG will (and should) definitely be a key part of the rotation, and powell may occasionally see the court in games where other people struggle. 

You only need 8 people for a playoff run, 9 at most. 

As for the bench mob, good riddance - it was super fun last year, but invisible in the playoff and you will never get close to a title if you rely on your bench to carry you.
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moremilk
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Nah, they are giving it to Bucks, the Bucks have been everyone's darling for a few years now.
Than Boston because BOSTON SPORTS REASONS.
Than Philly because tHaT iS tHe bESt sTaRtinG fiVE in the EAsT!!!!!
And then... 'well, if the Raptors don't make it to the finals it is a disaster.


nah, the general consensus seems to be Milwaukee or Toronto, but lately I'm starting to see more and more people on the Toronto bandwagon, with all the injuries the bucks are having.

Losing Brogdon is actually pretty huge for them, he's the most underrated player on that team. He's a great glue guy, low-usage, but capable of scoring 20+, shoots well, defends well, one of their best ball handlers. It will be tough to replace him.

Bledsoe/Middleton/Ilyasova/Giannis/Lopez is a lineup that can be exploited in a number of ways, at both ends. I would definitely not bet on them beating Boston if brogdon misses that 2nd round series - and even if he comes back, he will be out of shape given it's a foot injury (not to mention that plantar fasciitis is a notoriously difficult injury to recover from).
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