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elT
LKeet6 wrote:
I was surprised how good their D was 2nd half, to be honest.


It looked rather bad to me most of the time except Raptors missed some bunnies and wide open threes. Don't know anymore, I'm a well known homer but Cavs looked bad last night. If that is their peak I'm not impressed. And it looks like their best game of the season so, yeah. 

The scary part is LeBron has another two gears and that is insane. The good thing is, the rest of that team doesn't. And Raptors do have extra gears this year. Should be fun. 
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LKeet6
Siakam had some really good moments against James. He's such an exciting prospect.

I'm not sure you have to start him at the 3 tho? There might be some matchup issues if you don't, I guess, but I think we could adjust...
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LKeet6
elT wrote:


It looked rather bad to me most of the time except Raptors missed some bunnies and wide open threes. Don't know anymore, I'm a well known homer but Cavs looked bad last night. If that is their peak I'm not impressed. And it looks like their best game of the season so, yeah. 

The scary part is LeBron has another two gears and that is insane. The good thing is, the rest of that team doesn't. And Raptors do have extra gears this year. Should be fun. 


We missed some open 3s, but I think their intensity, transition D, and particularly protecting the paint, was much better 2nd half. Enough to make me think we could struggle down the stretch of games against them, which I didn't necessarily before...

Still defo believe we can beat them! And like you said, that might be the best they've got.

I'm not really buying the missing players argument. It doesn't really matter. They're all just complimentary pieces to James...
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Northern Neighbour
The team definitely looked gassed in the 2nd half. They didn't have their legs. Everything was a step or two slow. You can see Casey implore the team to move the ball quickly up the court, but the guys couldn't put into an extra gear. It also explains the slow defensive rotations and the overhelping on defence (Ibaka, Poeltl, Powell, and even Lowry were guilty of this).

Still, the team lost by 3 points. They should have won, but as ESPN predicted at the beginning of the month this was as close to a surefire scheduling loss as there was.
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DocHolliday
The only thing I haven't been liking in this game (and the last few for that matter - esp the OKC and Magic games) is how easy the opposition is rolling into the middle.  Too many times LeBron, Westy, PG, even Mack(!) curled into the paint and either made a wide open jimmy or pushed it to the rim.  Like Klow said, their defense was terrible and they need to get back to where they were to be successful and a big part of that is JV getting back to where he was before, as in a month or 2 ago.  I'm thinking it's about time JV/Ibaka/Klow/DDR get some "scheduled injuries" and rest up for the playoffs.  I'm not caring if we hit 60 wins - it'll be meaningless if the Raps are bounced in the 1st or 2nd round or crushed by the Cavs again.

As for this game, guys were gassed and as much as I hate losing (esp to the Cavs) I'll take a clear scheduling loss/tired legs.
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Dario
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edki
Berimbolo wrote:



 Sure, if Cleveland is gonna shoot 60% from 3 and LeBron is going to have historic games all the time we will lose


 i see it as the opposite. on a b2b it took them on fire at home and LBJ supreme effort just to barely beat us


 Ibaka cant shoot that well either lately btw


they won't need to shoot 60% to win.
why do you discount our hot shooting. we had Lowry and FVV shooting well above their average?
Siakam was awesome, Wright and Poeltl were solid... I would love to see our team play that well on a consistent basis.

The game was lost by our coaching staff. Like many said before in this thread, we tried to stop LeBron instead of stopping their shooters.

Ibaka can't shoot well lately but teams still perceive him as an outside threat therefore he spaces the floor while Siakam can be ignored on the perimeter. I hope and I want to see Siakam taking Ibaka's spot next year. Our starting 5 lacks energy. Lowry is the only guy that can play high energy game but this is often at the expense of good decision making.
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moremilk
MikeToronto wrote:
It really, really, really helps to have a motivated top-5 all time basketball legend playing on your team. LeBron's presence at both ends of the floor calls for some unorthodox approaches. If it takes starting Siakam at SF and having him match LeBron in minutes while only concentrating on defence, for instance - so be it.


there's something to be said to not overreacting though, the biggest strength of this team is the bench, and siakam is a key part of that. I'd rather roll the dice with OG and Miles and Miller and Powell and even Demar. Just give Lebron different looks, but leave the bench unit as it is - at least until the last quarter when you use your best 5 combination for that night.
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