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Northern Neighbour
I've never understood why the guy guarding the inbounds passer would protect the key. If anything, you want the passer to throw the ball into the frontcourt, where a trap and foul can happen quickly.

Have to give credit to OKC for winning this grind-it-out game. They executed down the stretch, particularly CP3 and SGA, and they limited the Raptors' fast-break chances (only 8 fast-break points). They slowed the game down, and they forced the Raptors into a halfcourt team. While the refs weren't on the Raptors' side (the officials were pretty terrible once again), Toronto didn't do themselves any favours with their poor execution and first-half bricklaying (Anunoby really struggled with his shot tonight).
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JeffB
moremilk wrote:


meh, this was a schedule loss, just like the xmas game. We got lucky that mccaw hit a ton of 3s, even at full strength this would have been a difficult game to win. 


Meh, excuses....
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Northern Neighbour
JeffB wrote:


We've had one complete game in that time, shit the bed on Christmas and pissed the game away today vs a mediocre team missing two key players. Our injured players can't get back fast enough. Thank god for that miracle comeback 


And the Raptors are missing three of their top-7 guys (2 starters) and playing G-Leaguers and cast-offs. What did you expect? For the Raptors to run the table? Everyone knew this 2- to 4-week stretch would be tough. This recent stretch has been quite tough with five games in 8 nights, including two back-to-backs. The Raptors' schedule so far has been brutal.
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JeffB
OG the last 10 games shooting 19% from 3. With all our injuries he was one of the guys that needed to step up and he hasn't for the most part.
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Mobaigz6
I missed the game. We lost by a point? Fuck. 
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moremilk
JeffB wrote:


Meh, excuses....


as somebody said, there are reasons and there are excuses - knowing the difference between the two is a pretty important life skill 🙂
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JeffB
moremilk wrote:


as somebody said, there are reasons and there are excuses - knowing the difference between the two is a pretty important life skill 🙂


"Schedule loss" is an excuse to me.
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Northern Neighbour

A few things contributed to the narrow margin of victory:

- Nurse losing a challenge and then later getting a technical gave the Thunder easy points;
- McCaw’s corner 3 was changed to a 2 as he had a toe on the line; and
- the refs missing the obvious travel on CP3 - or at least a tie up and a jump ball - that resulted in CP3 immediately making a mid-range jump shot.

That’s 5 points right there. 


On another note, Nurse’s technical was his 8th of the season, which makes him the Demarcus Cousins of the coaching fraternity. 

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elT
Bring back Seattle Supersonics, none of this fracking redneck franchise stealing garbage.
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Mo_fusion
Brutal finish. Just watched it on tape.

SGA that kid can ball - maybe we can snag him heh.

So what's the technical take on Chris Paul thingy?
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moremilk
JeffB wrote:


"Schedule loss" is an excuse to me.


how is that an excuse, clearly having 5 games in 8 days is an extreme load on a team already weakened by the injuries (forcing the remaining players to play longer and harder). On top of that, we played some really tough teams, these were not easy, play lazy for 3 quarters and push a bit in the 4th types of games. Indiana, Boston, Dallas - and even OKC are teams that play with high energy and push you physically throughout the game.
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