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DocHolliday
Just noticed, FvV +31....no one else on either team over +7.  GG he makes an impact.

The kid is just getting better and better.  Love it.
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box92
Awesome game by JV today
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Northern Neighbour
The Vees were great tonight and easily the team’s two best players. If JV wasn’t beasting, the first unit would have been buried. He dominated the paint and asserted himself well on the perimeter.

Freddie was outstanding. He gave the team energy in the 2nd half with his defence and made two key 3s. Wright was great, too. He led the charge in the first half.

It wasn’t a pretty game and starts remain an issue, but the 2nd half adjustments were excellent.
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elT
Missed this game, watched replay of second half, not fully awake at the time. Not sure I care about this game as long as it is not a loss. I'm forgetting and forgiving the bad because they won and the start against Houston was great, obviously difficult to get going against horrible teams like BKN. Happy for JV, FVV and CJ. Raptors keep taking care of business, 30-2 against teams bellow .500. 


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LKeet6
some of the play was substandard, for sure, but come on, all elite teams do that! fairly often! Struggle to be fully engaged, don't turn on the defence till second half, even till 4th Q, then completely shut down the game. Pretty much a regulation win against a lottery team, save for an insane start by russell making it harder. We pretty much matched them from then on till we shut it down in the 4th.

Nets are pretty good as well. Sounds silly/obvious, but they're just two all stars short of being really good. They have youth, depth, really good role players, play super hard, move the ball, play the modern high pace and high volume 3pt. Just need some top tier talent now...

won't go down as a classic, but did what was needed.

van vleet is sick! Love JV...
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moremilk
It was an easier win than the last time we played them in Brooklyn. Nets are a well coached team that plays hard.

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moremilk
LKeet6 wrote:
some of the play was substandard, for sure, but come on, all elite teams do that! fairly often! Struggle to be fully engaged, don't turn on the defence till second half, even till 4th Q, then completely shut down the game. Pretty much a regulation win against a lottery team, save for an insane start by russell making it harder. We pretty much matched them from then on till we shut it down in the 4th.

Nets are pretty good as well. Sounds silly/obvious, but they're just two all stars short of being really good. They have youth, depth, really good role players, play super hard, move the ball, play the modern high pace and high volume 3pt. Just need some top tier talent now...

won't go down as a classic, but did what was needed.

van vleet is sick! Love JV...


I think pretty much any team in the league is two all stars away from being really good :)
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LX
Free stuff from Kelly Dwyer today

https://tsa.substack.com/p/behind-the-boxscore-raptors-will-not-be-bucked

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Toronto 116, Brooklyn 102

All the hallmarks of an unwinnable game were in place, shots that spun out, tired turnovers, either-way calls that didn’t go Toronto’s way – had Phil Jackson coached here he would have stuck square daggers at the refs all night before blaming the inevitable defeat on some slackened grip, some discarnate explanation that would leave his staff far, far away from the scene of the tangible crime.

The Raptors didn’t leak ahead for excuses as the night moved along. Brooklyn ran out of possessions, and Toronto wasn’t even heroic in its ability to stave everything off. This is just a fantastic basketball team working as it should, at the end of the ribbon. 

Toronto has lost once since the All-Star break and that was by three points, in overtime, to the Bucks. The club entered Brooklyn with eight consecutive wins and left with nine, the team had every chance to pack it in. That defense, though, is developing before our eyes. 

DeMar DeRozan was tired and it showed, four turnovers, while Kyle Lowry’s eight attempts at run-killing three-pointers only resulted in one (badly needed) make. Fred VanVleet was also dragging, yet he somehow spilled in half his shots and ran a prickly-enough offense to make sure his role sustained. 

In Jonas Valanciunas and Jakob Poeltl the Raptors got 34 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks out of their centers – and those centers played like centers used to do. Uncomfortably. 

Toronto: 50-17, tops in the East, four games up on Boston. 

Brooklyn: 21-37, and it genuinely looks like a blast to see a game at this team’s home arena. I’d never get in, because I still say things are “a blast.”

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