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    Quote MACK11 wrote: View Post

    LOL. What animals are those....or are they?

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    Toronto fans feel the Raptors are the most overlooked, disrespected, brushed-aside team in the league. They might have a point. According to information provided by Steve Lepore of SB Nation, Toronto is the best team this season without a single national TV appearance.

    Just because they’re in Canada doesn't mean the Raptors aren't in the NBA.

    On Dec. 9, the Raptors traded Rudy Gay and parts for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes (i.e. an entire bench). Their second unit, which was only the 15th-best, has become the fifth-best since making the trade.

    They also improved their starting rotation, adding by subtracting. Toronto's starters were 19th in offensive rating; now they are 11th, scoring 108.5 per 100 possessions.

    Without Gay’s inefficient shots stymieing the team, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were able to shine. Since the trade, the backcourt duo has been averaging 41.9 points and 12.2 assists. That’s 6.3 points and 2.9 assists more than they combined for before the trade.

    The Raptors are better, but there are real red flags here too. They’re 3-7 in games decided by three points or less. They’re 18-25 against winning teams. They’re 1-6 in overtime. Those are all signs of learning to win.

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    They have a grand total of 310 minutes of playoff experience in their starting five. Dwane Casey is in the conversation for Coach of the Year, but he’s never coached a playoff game.

    Teams that haven’t learned to win close games in the regular season don’t normally figure it out in the playoffs, particularly against veteran teams. It’s even less likely if the coach has never held the whiteboard in a postseason game.

    The Raptors are a good young team, and they’re growing. It’s not their time yet, though. They need some playoff vetting. If the standings hold, they’re going to be pitted against the veteran Brooklyn Nets in the first round. It’s unlikely they win that series, much less beat the Heat (presumably) in the next.

    This isn't a diss of the Raptors. They've had a great year and are a nice up-and-coming team, but they need a postseason trip to learn from before a true playoff run is likely. Count this as a learning opportunity, and mark the Raptors as favorites for a second-round trip next year.
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    Quote psrs1 wrote: View Post
    So true though it will be disappointing getting to second round only to be playing Miami. We would need Washington/Charlotte to beat Miami in first round which seems unlikely.
    we don't need ANY of these things. we need the TEAM to be growing, learning and becoming better with playoff experience. relying on other teams failing or hoping we line up with an 'inferior' team in the playoffs does nothing for us at all. is it disappointing that we won't win a championship this year? yah I suppose so, but only if you have bizarre expectations.

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    Somewhere, in a dark place where nobody can see him, Kyle Singler is crying.

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    Notice his shoulders sag after....in the vid/gif.

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    Quote rocwell wrote: View Post
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    Bullshit article.

    What I don't understand is that the writer doesn't know that Casey has been to the finals twice. And was a big reason why Dallas won against miami
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    Quote Yabadabayolo wrote: View Post
    Bullshit article.

    What I don't understand is that the writer doesn't know that Casey has been to the finals twice. And was a big reason why Dallas won against miami
    He's never been in the playoffs as a HC.

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    Quote rocwell wrote: View Post
    He's never been in the playoffs as a HC.
    Still they said he doesn't know how to draw a whiteboard in the playoffs, but he did constructs dat zone defence against Miami
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