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    I have no clue what has happened to this team offensively and defensively. It's really sad to see. Everything they did well in the regular season just has not shown up in the playoffs at all. It just comes to show how important experience is. When you've gone through it many times nothing phases you anymore.
    There are a lot of factors I think that has led to Raps current situation.

    The two biggest are they:
    1) have been scouted for months now,
    2) a touch of fools gold with the 2nd easiest schedule in the league in the 2nd half of season.


    Screwed by reps/refs, injuries, lack of real depth, poor coaching, and a veteran team waking up for yet another post season run (as a collection of individuals) are all worthwhile talking points too.
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    Quote mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
    There are a lot of factors I think that has led to Raps current situation.

    The two biggest are they:
    1) have been scouted for months now,
    2) a touch of fools gold with the 2nd easiest schedule in the league in the 2nd half of season.


    Screwed by reps/refs, injuries, lack of real depth, poor coaching, and a veteran team waking up for yet another post season run (as a collection of individuals) are all worthwhile talking points too.
    Wait a minute... did you change your name Matt???

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    Wait a minute... did you change your name Matt???
    Pharrell's gotten to him
    What they got to say now? Nothing they can say now. Mobbin' on the low. Winnin' on the low
    The city embraced me, made me feel at home. The only difference [between Compton and Toronto] for me is the cold. -DeMar
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    Quote lilmamba_ wrote: View Post
    Pharrell's gotten to him
    Naw I think MCdonalds has gotten to him hahahah
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    Lol mchappy

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    Quote Yabadabayolo wrote: View Post
    Naw I think MCdonalds has gotten to him hahahah
    Old McDonald or I'm lovin' it McDonald??
    What they got to say now? Nothing they can say now. Mobbin' on the low. Winnin' on the low
    The city embraced me, made me feel at home. The only difference [between Compton and Toronto] for me is the cold. -DeMar
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    Quote lilmamba_ wrote: View Post
    Old McDonald or I'm lovin' it McDonald??
    Why not both hahah
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    Quote Yabadabayolo wrote: View Post
    Naw I think MCdonalds has gotten to him hahahah


    LOL

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    Quote lilmamba_ wrote: View Post
    Pharrell's gotten to him
    Who?
    "Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."
    Tim Leiweke

    Basketball has clear winners every night --
    except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.

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    Quote consmap wrote: View Post
    Wait a minute... did you change your name Matt???
    Yes
    "Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."
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    Quote mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
    Who?
    this guy
    What they got to say now? Nothing they can say now. Mobbin' on the low. Winnin' on the low
    The city embraced me, made me feel at home. The only difference [between Compton and Toronto] for me is the cold. -DeMar
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    Quote GLF wrote: View Post
    I have no clue what has happened to this team offensively and defensively. It's really sad to see. Everything they did well in the regular season just has not shown up in the playoffs at all. It just comes to show how important experience is. When you've gone through it many times nothing phases you anymore.
    What has happened to this team offensively and defensively? Well let's consider some possible answers.

    1. The players have decided to stop listening to the coach that helped them get to the playoffs...Doesn't seem TOO likely.
    2. The coach and staff have decided to ignore everything that brought them success through the season....See response above.
    3. They have nagging injuries to some of their major players that are impacting their game, like Amir and Lowry...Well yeah, we've heard that.
    4. Other teams have been more intensively scouting the Raptors for the last 6 weeks as it became apparent that they would be in the playoffs...Well sure, that makes sense.
    5. The Nets are the worst possible match-up for the Raptors and their specific players and style of play...well Chicago might be as bad, but yeah, the Nets are a tough match-up for DD, Ross and Amir.
    6. First time entry into the playoffs has had a significant impact on the play of some Raptors...Like DD in Game 1 and Ross the whole series.

    So maybe they haven't collectively decided to play like shit and just stop trying. Maybe Casey doesn't really have his head up his ass. Maybe there is another team playing against them with talent, experience and a desire to win? Oh yeah. I am not discounting the reffing. I happen to be a Donaghy fanboy. I think the calls are slanted and will stay that way.

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    Quote mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
    Yes
    ♫ When the Raptors game has gone to shit
    Ain't no big deal. Get over it
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    Be McHappy ♫

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    Quote Puffer wrote: View Post
    What has happened to this team offensively and defensively? Well let's consider some possible answers.

    1. The players have decided to stop listening to the coach that helped them get to the playoffs...Doesn't seem TOO likely.
    2. The coach and staff have decided to ignore everything that brought them success through the season....See response above.
    3. They have nagging injuries to some of their major players that are impacting their game, like Amir and Lowry...Well yeah, we've heard that.
    4. Other teams have been more intensively scouting the Raptors for the last 6 weeks as it became apparent that they would be in the playoffs...Well sure, that makes sense.
    5. The Nets are the worst possible match-up for the Raptors and their specific players and style of play...well Chicago might be as bad, but yeah, the Nets are a tough match-up for DD, Ross and Amir.
    6. First time entry into the playoffs has had a significant impact on the play of some Raptors...Like DD in Game 1 and Ross the whole series.

    So maybe they haven't collectively decided to play like shit and just stop trying. Maybe Casey doesn't really have his head up his ass. Maybe there is another team playing against them with talent, experience and a desire to win? Oh yeah. I am not discounting the reffing. I happen to be a Donaghy fanboy. I think the calls are slanted and will stay that way.
    Can't like via iphone so +1 for you sir

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    How the HELL are you not exploiting this advantage all game, every game, Casey?! It's by far the best advantage the Raptors have, and you're letting Kidd take it away from you.
    This has been a concern all season. Our guards are not good at involving our bigs

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    I said this before and i'll say it again. Raps should primarily use Ross as a spot up 3pt shooter. Not a fan of him handling the ball. That's not his game.
    Has anyone noticed that we haven't run many baseline plays for him? He is best coming off screens in rythm....and now we are using him as an ISO guy

    No wonder he is struggling shooting

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    Two players that need to get more mins are: 1) Novak and 2) de Colo. Why does DC bring in Novak the end of games when he's been sitting ice cold on the bench? It's not rocket science that shooters need to be in the flow of the game to get their shots off.

    de Colo is a playmaker. When the offense struggles as much as it does in the half court, you need a facilitator like de Colo who can break down defenses and make the extra pass to the open man. This team gets into the same rut with the two-man game of DD and KL.
    I really think De Colo can have an impact, Vasquez is big enough to play SG and we could use De Colo as the PG who brings a ton of movement. I don't know why Casey does not use him

    I would run with a 9 man rotation

    Lowry
    DD
    Ross
    Johnson
    JV

    De Colo
    Vasquez
    Fields
    Pattman

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    Quote OldSkoolCool wrote: View Post
    This has been a concern all season. Our guards are not good at involving our bigs



    Has anyone noticed that we haven't run many baseline plays for him? He is best coming off screens in rythm....and now we are using him as an ISO guy

    No wonder he is struggling shooting



    I really think De Colo can have an impact, Vasquez is big enough to play SG and we could use De Colo as the PG who brings a ton of movement. I don't know why Casey does not use him

    I would run with a 9 man rotation

    Lowry
    DD
    Ross
    Johnson
    JV

    De Colo
    Vasquez
    Fields
    Pattman
    Considering how big on an issue turnovers are for us I don't think De Colo would be the best option. He's not that great of a shooter either which hurts the court spacing.

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    Its more about speed. Running Lowry and DeColo together helps to penetrate the defense. It would give JV a better chance in the post. BKN is too good if they can setup.

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    Its more about speed. Running Lowry and DeColo together helps to penetrate the defense. It would give JV a better chance in the post. BKN is too good if they can setup.

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    Quick decisions with the ball will solve a number of Raptor issues with on offense.

    There is too much holding of the ball - DeRozan is the biggest culprit but hardly alone. JV is bad. Ross, unless catch and shoot, is becoming brutal at it too.
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    Anyone else watching GS vs LA? Curry's mom is hotttt.

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    Quote KazanTheMan wrote: View Post
    Anyone else watching GS vs LA? Curry's mom is hotttt.

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