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LX
Dmega wrote:
This is a lebron league and everyone else has to prove otherwise. Thats where these pundits heads are at. Deep down inside you know the Raptors are not convincing when they are home court faves and lose the first game like clock work.


Jalen expressed that without being dismissive. Paul Pierce made out like going down to the last possession against him in Brooklyn was a sign of failure, because the Raptors were favored. They were not the favored team. And that was so long ago that it is entirely irrelevant. It's just him reaching for a way to put himself into some shit analysis. Just look at the shit-eating grin on his face as he launches into making it all about him.

I just have to hope that Chauncey's absence is a sign of him not wanting to work with this guy that clearly has so little to offer.

If the Raptors can reel off three more wins in a row, they'll be 30 games over .500. The Wizards aren't even close to that. Sure the east is there for the taking for any number of teams that could get hot at the right time, but in not pointing out that along with Lebron's dominance as an individual, the Raptors approach that has bred success with an eye to improving on playoff results gives them an edge over other teams that simply have not put it all together to any degree, he fails to really offer anything. He basically admits to not being knowledgeable enough in any respect about anything that doesn't include him personally.
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LX
One more thing about this game. There were so many elements that would seem to clearly lead to an L. Missing threes (with Miles salvaging them from a total disaster in that respect), missed freethrows, a bad start, Kyle getting way too involved with the refs, Powell not looking very good in replacing OG and he himself getting benched in favor of Miller, and some really bad rebounding numbers. That was a lot that had to be made up by DeMar and with the way the Wizards were playing him he would have surely failed had he tried to do so alone. Joining Poeltl, Siakam, and Miles on both ends of the floor provided more than enough. The cohesion there was exactly what this team needs to see. Poeltl in particular was brilliant in anchoring a defense that was so lacking in size, but what made his good play possible was the overall togetherness that made size less of an issue than it could have been. It's hard not to love the direction they keep going in here. It feels like there is an even greater buy-in now.
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Dmega
The start of games is worrisome with the lack of intensity. I can see the bench as a unit come in and give a lift in that aspect game after game. The starters have shown they can do this but its inconsistent. Demar looks like he buys in to the system but Kyle still takes some ill advised shots instead of running a play. On defense the staters are in transition mode too often with quick shots / misses. By comparison the bench defense looks organised because they can get back and setup.
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Toby
So I take it ya'll will be Rockets fans for a night? (vs. Celtics) Beard for MVP!!!
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elT
Toby wrote:
So I take it ya'll will be Rockets fans for a night? (vs. Celtics) Beard for MVP!!!


Totally. I've grown 10 centimeters of beard over night just for this game. 
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Northern Neighbour
LX wrote:
One more thing about this game. There were so many elements that would seem to clearly lead to an L. Missing threes (with Miles salvaging them from a total disaster in that respect), missed freethrows, a bad start, Kyle getting way too involved with the refs, Powell not looking very good in replacing OG and he himself getting benched in favor of Miller, and some really bad rebounding numbers. That was a lot that had to be made up by DeMar and with the way the Wizards were playing him he would have surely failed had he tried to do so alone. Joining Poeltl, Siakam, and Miles on both ends of the floor provided more than enough. The cohesion there was exactly what this team needs to see. Poeltl in particular was brilliant in anchoring a defense that was so lacking in size, but what made his good play possible was the overall togetherness that made size less of an issue than it could have been. It's hard not to love the direction they keep going in here. It feels like there is an even greater buy-in now.


A bit related - on DD’s layup near the end of the game, Casey called a great play. Poeltl and Miles went to screen Porter. This left the Wizards in a pickle - do you switch or help on DD and leave Miles wide open for a 3 or Poeltl with an easy dunk or do you hope Porter can stick with DD? We know what the outcome was, but it was a terrific piece of coaching.
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LX
Northern Neighbour wrote:


A bit related - on DD’s layup near the end of the game, Casey called a great play. Poeltl and Miles went to screen Porter. This left the Wizards in a pickle - do you switch or help on DD and leave Miles wide open for a 3 or Poeltl with an easy dunk or do you hope Porter can stick with DD? We know what the outcome was, but it was a terrific piece of coaching.


Yep, and the great passing from DeMar earlier in the quarter made it that much more effective.
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DanH
LX wrote:


Yep, and the great passing from DeMar earlier in the quarter made it that much more effective.


This really is the key. DeMar's improved playmaking this year is huge, and as he learns to consistently carry that into end game scenarios, this team will be really, really hard to stop.
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0nekhmer
DeMar was even talking about how he was watching from the bench how hot Miles was getting and once he got in the game, he'd use that to his advantage by creating misdirection plays for Miles to get his own shots and obviously getting Miles the ball if he was open. DeMar's play-making has truly evolved the last couple of seasons.
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