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MikeToronto
So, Kawhi on Giannis as a primary finally worked out. Pascal has also done a good job, so kudos to both. :)

Now that Powell seems to have found his groove for two games in a row, we are FVV or Green away from a functional offence from the perimeter. That’s assuming Lowry, Kawhi, Gasol and Siakam hold to their current form, something that might be dicey after that gruelling 2 OT session.

Finally, on Brogdon defending Kawhi with a high degree of success - Kawhi must figure out that matchup and start either posting him up or shooting over him.
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Northern Neighbour
MikeToronto wrote:
So, Kawhi on Giannis as a primary finally worked out. Pascal has also done a good job, so kudos to both. 😉

Now that Powell seems to have found his groove for two games in a row, we are FVV or Green away from a functional offence from the perimeter. That’s assuming Lowry, Kawhi, Gasol and Siakam hold to their current form, something that might be dicey after that gruelling 2 OT session.

Finally, on Brogdon defending Kawhi with a high degree of success - Kawhi must figure out that matchup and start either posting him up or shooting over him.


Leonard was fantastic on Giannis, but the other Raptors, particularly Gasol and Ibaka, also deserve credit for making quick double teams and forcing Giannis to give up the ball quicker than he would like. Siakam had his moments, too. 

On offence, Ibaka also needs to produce. He's being left wide open everywhere on the court because a) the Bucks don't respect him as an offensive threat, especially from the perimeter; and b) he has a very slow release, which allows defenders, especially long players that the Bucks have, to recover. If he can become a threat from mid-range and in the paint, the second unit should be able to find a better rhythm.

On the Leonard-Brogdon matchup, the Raptors found a lot of success in the first quarter with Leonard posting up Brogdon. The other Raptors would then clear out with one guy, usually Ibaka or Siakam or Green, cutting into the key. The team went away from this play in the second half, possibly due to Leonard's quad injury. 
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moremilk
MikeToronto wrote:
So, Kawhi on Giannis as a primary finally worked out. Pascal has also done a good job, so kudos to both. :)

Now that Powell seems to have found his groove for two games in a row, we are FVV or Green away from a functional offence from the perimeter. That’s assuming Lowry, Kawhi, Gasol and Siakam hold to their current form, something that might be dicey after that gruelling 2 OT session.

Finally, on Brogdon defending Kawhi with a high degree of success - Kawhi must figure out that matchup and start either posting him up or shooting over him.


I think the initial defender on both kawhi and Giannis probably gets a bit too much credit. In both cases, while the primary defender is very important, they key is what happens next.

If they defended kawhi one on one, he would destroy both Middletown and brogdon. But they apply the same treatment of a secondary guy waiting as soon as kawhi tried to turn, and often a third guy trying to limit the passing angles from the double.

Ultimately, the best antidote to this defense is for the other guys to make their shots, the more we make, the less attention they can give kawhi.
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MikeToronto
moremilk wrote:


I think the initial defender on both kawhi and Giannis probably gets a bit too much credit. In both cases, while the primary defender is very important, they key is what happens next.

If they defended kawhi one on one, he would destroy both Middletown and brogdon. But they apply the same treatment of a secondary guy waiting as soon as kawhi tried to turn, and often a third guy trying to limit the passing angles from the double.

Ultimately, the best antidote to this defense is for the other guys to make their shots, the more we make, the less attention they can give kawhi.


Well, yes and no. The primary defender takes away the primary moves and steers the offensive player towards help. That’s a lot, and on both Kawhi and Giannis is easier said than done. Kawhi is a harder assignment, actually, because of his outside shooting ability. As magnificent as Giannis is today, if he were to develop consistent three point shot, he has the potential to become the most lethal offensive weapon in the history of the league. I am incredibly impressed by his play, both during the regular season and the playoffs.
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moremilk
MikeToronto wrote:


Well, yes and no. The primary defender takes away the primary moves and steers the offensive player towards help. That’s a lot, and on both Kawhi and Giannis is easier said than done. Kawhi is a harder assignment, actually, because of his outside shooting ability. As magnificent as Giannis is today, if he were to develop consistent three point shot, he has the potential to become the most lethal offensive weapon in the history of the league. I am incredibly impressed by his play, both during the regular season and the playoffs.


Perhaps, but I think people make too much of how having a reliable 3pt shot would impact his game.

Unless he gets to say 50% on open 3s from the top of the key, it won't matter all that much.

What would really make him unstoppable would be a jump shot that's reliable from anywhere on the floor. Like kawhi's for example. That's a lot harder than just shooting wide open 3s ...
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MikeToronto
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DanH
Kawhi has absolutely dominated the defensive matchup with Giannis. The only time Giannis has been able to breathe has been when the Raps take Kawhi off him to give Kawhi some relative rest. 
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MikeToronto
DanH wrote:
Kawhi has absolutely dominated the defensive matchup with Giannis. The only time Giannis has been able to breathe has been when the Raps take Kawhi off him to give Kawhi some relative rest. 


Yup. And that might just be enough from Kawhi for the rest of the series. The Raptors have proven over the course of the year they can win without Leonard on the floor at all, while Milwaukee’s offence is entirely predicated on and centered around Giannis. Hence my initial suggestion at the top of the thread to sacrifice Kawhi’s offence if need be to disrupt the Bucks.
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