I want to see demar and Amir rise up to the next level
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I don't understand all this talk about tanking! I have no desire to watch the Raptor's lose games. I am a season ticket holder who comes in from Burlington to watch all the Raptor games and ; do I have the desire to come all that way to watch them lose; absolutely not!!!! I want them to win every game I watch or at least compete and make it worth while me watching. I am an avid fan both myself and my wife and yes I do want them to draft well but at the same time not tank for a better draft pick!! Need-less to say even if you end up last you still aren't guarantied the no. 1 pick or as far as the no 2 either; you could drop to no 3 !! I am so pleased with the Raptor's now they are playing team ball with lots of passing and good open shots. The problem I have now is the talk of trading Lowry and Demar. I think first Maisi should possibly offer Lowry an extended contract if he would take it because they are playing so well as a team. Forget about even thinking about trading Demar and look at dumping Fields or someone else who is not in the rotation order. That's where we have to get better and then hope for the highest draft pick we can get.. No. 1 job is to please the fans and the season ticket holders and that would be to make the playoffs as it has been many years since we have been there!!! All I have now to say is " GO RAPTOR'S GO.....make the playoffs and continue winning ! "
Didn't know where to put this:
WHY DIDN'T AMIR WIN PLAYER OF THE WEEK?? dude is a beast. haven't even checked out the stats to back myself up, but I don't care. He wasn't even an honorable mention
I completely agree, Amir is at least finally starting to get reconigtion for the difference he makes on both ends of the floor, not just stats, even though his stats are great lately also.
I like the idea of this thread! To me, the product on the floor matters to me. IF the players are putting their hard earn efforts and heart on the floor every night, whether they win or not, doesn't matter to me as much as they did in the beginning. All I wanted for Christmas from the Raps is effort and team play unseen in these parts since the early 2000's... I trust that Masai will do what's best for the team to put the Raps in the best possible position in the present and looking into the future.
I like your avatar! Is that a real pic? Hahaha... I don't wish that on anyone but that's hilarious.
EDIT: That was meant for BigMak
Kyle Lowry has. He and Amir Johnson have single handedly flipped our tank mid season, and I for one could not be giddier. Now take both against the Knicks boys!!!
Playing JV in the crunch should be an absolute rule, James Johnson is cool, Vasquez is a tool, whatever to do, oh hopeless coach, you stubborn old mule.
Dec.23/13 @ San Antonio : Another hard fought game against a tough western conference opponent, unfortunately our boys fell a little short down the stretch and couldn't come away with a W. Nonetheless, you could tell they wanted to win, and it felt like they could pull it out until Pops the coaching guru called a key timeout after a Raps mini run that brought them to within 5 (I think) with about 2 minutes to go. The savvy vets on the Spurs squad came out of that timeout and executed some plays and got a couple of stops that extended the lead and the Raps clearly did not have enough in the tank to keep up. No surprise really on the second night of a back to back against possibly the two best teams in the West.
Ross, Lowry, and JV put in the top performances IMO, with Ross and Lowry leading the way offensively. IT was nice to see Ross shoot well, as well as put it on the floor and take into the paint occasionally. I want to see him do this more, although it may result in a few turnovers, he needs to expand his offensive repertoire. Lowry was great again, filling the stat sheet and only turning the ball over once in just under 40 minutes played...that's impressive. JV needs more minutes, his impact on this game goes well beyond the stat sheet. He has vastly improved as of late, getting better position in the paint, and his defensive positioning is also improving. I like it. Tyler played well in limited minutes, but uncharacteristically did not rebound well.
The SAC guys did not impress like usual. I am particularly concerned with Vasquez, as he has a very important role on the team and it seems like he is trying to do to much sometimes. I think if the boys continue to work on the PnR with him it will get better, but the timing seems to off a bit and he ends up forcing bad shots. Raps fans do not want that, we've seen too much of it in the past. I think Vasquez should get most of his minutes when Amir is on the floor, as he is our best PnR big. I'm not sure how I feel on Vasquez and Lowry on the floor at the same time, occasionally maybe, but I think they are logging too many minutes together, but with Lowry playing 40 I guess that's the way it goes.
Demar's stroke seems to be coming down to earth. I wonder if he is feeling some pressure being the number 1 offensive option on the team. The defence is definitely honing in on him, and he doesn't have the freedom like he had when Rudy was here. He needs to recognize this and continue to put himself in the position where he can pass to an open teammate. Passing is definitely something he can work on, and right now, he seems to be missing some of those long jumpers he was hitting earlier in the season, and this is really what the defence is trying to force him into. The Spurs did a good job of keeping him out of the paint, and Demar had to work for any scores he got inside.
From a defensive standpoint, I'll just say this...you ain't gonna beat the Spurs if Parker can dribble around the court as much as he wants and get into the paint at will. And that's basically what happened, and Green hit some key 3's off of Parker passes in the second half that kept the lead intact. On a positive side, the SA bigs did not have a big impact on the game offensively (well, outside of offensive boards) so thumbs up to our bigs for limiting their scoring.
On another note: wouldn't it be great if MU can work his magic and get us another SF and PF, so that Ross and Amir can come off the bench with Vasquez? I wouldn't even mind if Salmons got a few starts just to see how that would work out. And although I believe Amir is an effective starter, pairing him with a PnR PG like Vasquez off the bench with shooters like Ross and Patterson could be a very formidable bench unit.
Sometimes you gotta keep rolling with it.
On the other hand, New York gets blown out on Christmas Day, Raps play NY in the Home and Home, and maybe take two games with Carmelo out with a sprained ankle...Could Lowry have a couple of monster games and force a trade?
Raps Republic gets to cheer for the wins and restart the tank. Win, Win.
Another victory on the road vs. NYK. Good job Raps! Lets take that momentum home!!
Another NYK beat down at home. Good to see a home W. Tough stretch coming. Go Raps. C'mon fans, start posting your cheers here, I'm looking like a douche posting so much in my own thread!!
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