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Thread: Kleiza vs Sonny

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    Raptors Republic Superstar Hotshot's Avatar
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    Default Kleiza vs Sonny

    What is up with Kleiza?! comes back from an injury, loses the starting job to Sonny and now plays really bad uninspired ball. I was expecting alot more from him when Colangelo signed him. Seems like another Jarret Jack situation where the other team refused to match Toronto higher bid offer because they knew he wasn't worthy of it, and now that player is lost in the shuffle.

    And Sonny hasn't been so good latley either, very lazy drives and passing that created plenty of turnovers in the past couple of games.

    The SF position is getting a bit murky.

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    Default Linas Klieza: Worst Raptor?

    What up guys,

    So I was watching the game today and was trying to figure out Kleiza's identity on the team and I feel like he is the only player that really just has no idea what he's doing on the floor. I mean when I watch him it looks like he does not want to be there at all. He shows no emotion, makes terrible decisions and looks like he's always rushing things and has no patience when he plays.

    Also, I was looking at his stats and it seems that he does better when the Raptors lose and looking at his game logs, almost all his big games have been in Raptors losses and I can't remember a time where he made a big play to help the Raptors win.

    When you look at each player on the team, they all have designated roles which they perform pretty well imo. But I feel like Kleiza doesn't really have that, and is trying to post up here and there, taking bad jumpers out of the flow of the game, turning the ball over a lot. I think he regrets his decision coming back to the NBA, really.

    What do you guys think? Just a fan's opinion here.

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    Sonny was awful defensively as well. He was in charge of defending Fields and he messed up bad. Sonny had 3 rebs and Demar had zero, Fields had 10 by himself.
    Last edited by AJM; Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 04:48 PM.

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    In all fairness to kleiza, once he got back from his injury he hasn't really had a clearly defined role. Is he supposed to be the spark off the bench (BARBOSA). The defensive stopper. The offensive sharpshooter. The post player off the bench? I think because nothing is defined for him we see him force his game to get something to work out. Untill something happens with Kleiza to give him a certain aspect to focus on we'll see him keep being a Kleneex instead of the weapon that he is.
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    Please refer all coments to Kleiza vs Sonny thread one link below. Same discussion going on. Thanks
    What if... Blazers had drafted both Drexler, Jordan?

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    Michael Jordan was the #3 pick in the 1984 draft, after Portland selected Sam Bowie second.

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    Quote Jordan-Drexler wrote: View Post
    In all fairness to kleiza, once he got back from his injury he hasn't really had a clearly defined role.
    More like clearly defined style suited for his strength. Most of the team is now run & gun style of playing (Derozan,Weems,Amir,Barbosa and Bayless) which has hurted Kleiza, a player that doesn't run and doesn't have a very good consistent jump shot. The only thing he does well on occassions is take advantage of smaller players/less athletic players that guard him where he can post them up.

    As a result of that I don't believe he can be a full time starter in this league. Kleiza is more suited to a slow paced half court game and I am sure he would thrive in these situations more.
    Last edited by Hotshot; Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 05:25 PM.

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