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    For three and half quarters last night the Raptors played their most exciting/inspired ball of the season and as a result were up 20 for most of the game.

    They ran hard on both ends of the floor, matched up athletically to an athletic team, took it to the rim, ooped from everywhere, ran the fast break, defended well in transition and were able to hide the slowness of Bargs on defensive rotations. Oh and the ball didn't stick anywhere.

    That was the most fun i've had watching a raps game in a long time.

    I believe this was mostly a result of Hedo not playing.

    Now I'm not saying Hedo isn't an exceptionally talented offensive player. He very well could be the difference maker on a middle seeded play off team. He is just not our difference maker. We already have two many players with Hedo's weaknesses that get exposed when he is on the floor. We become too slow, too methodical, too stagnant.

    We didn't miss Hedo for three and a half quarters as Weems and Wright
    took up the slack, but we did severely miss his skill set in the 6 minutes of the game when our offense stalled and no one could create a shot.

    Is the last six minutes more important than the rest of the game? Who knows, it's a chicken or the egg kind of question.

    What I do know is that the deadline is coming up and there are bound to be takers for Hedo. Portland wanted him at the onset of the year, why not give em what they want?

    I'm thinking a three way Portland, Toronto, Wash: We give Hedo to Port, Butler to Tdot, an expiring package of Outlaw/Blake to Wash.

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    Or how about?

    Come playoffs - Hedo is the vet who has defended the LeBron's of the world, makes the big plays to guys like Bosh in the post, is a legit 3-pt threat, and is the best SF the Raps have seen in a long time.

    You don't trade that away just when you need it!
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    If only we could play a team 8 games under .500 in the first and second round of the playoffs! Then we could cut that Turkish SF, buyout his contract, and finally play some basketball!

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    "We didn't miss Hedo for three and a half quarters as Weems and Wright
    took up the slack, but we did severely miss his skill set in the 6 minutes of the game when our offense stalled and no one could create a shot. "

    I think you have actually made the case for why one needs a Hedo...not so much for the reg. season maybe but definitely for the playoffs. Thats when the intensity soars, fast break atleticism is locked down by defense and a half court game becomes reality.

    Yesterday's game should be a lesson about how a seemingly slamdunk win very nearly turned to a loss when there is a determined opponent who has many of your skills can make it back/go on a run just as easily as we did earlier in the game. We just had more weapons in the end and the game was slowed down as well. A running/fastbreak game can be fools gold sometimes...ask Phoenix and GSW.

    What I like about the current Raptors is that it can play either style quite well. My concern is high intensity defense for a series. But this is teachable as long as the individuals are willing (in most cases).

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    Quote brothersteve wrote: View Post
    Or how about?

    Come playoffs - Hedo is the vet who has defended the LeBron's of the world, makes the big plays to guys like Bosh in the post, is a legit 3-pt threat, and is the best SF the Raps have seen in a long time.

    You don't trade that away just when you need it!
    +1

    Can we at least wait for the playoffs to see what kind of value he brings before writing him off?

    OP, if you recall, we coughed up a pretty big lead last night in the 4th and were struggling to make plays and big shots... it would've been nice to at least run a couple of high screens with Hedo and Bosh down the stretch to get open looks.

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    If we put Turk on Lebron, we may as well sweep ourselves under the rug. Bosh doesn't need any help scoring, just give him the ball and let him work.

    My point is simply that we are already too slow with Bargs and Jose. Hedo exposes those weaknesses when we should really be trying to hide them.

    Obviously he is a proven big time scorer and it showed last night how much we need someone like him to create when the offense goes into long jump shot mode. But Philly isn't as bad as thier record shows and they are the type of team that gives us fits.

    I don't think we can beat anyone in the top four with our current roster. We can't close out on Magic shooters, we can't match up athletically with the Hawks speed on the wing, no one can stop bron from avg 50-10-10 and were not tough enough to hang with the celtics.

    Signing Hedo was a calculated risk. I'm not saying it won't pan out, but if the raps are looking to make a move, isn't he the most expendable asset?