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Old 11-03-2012, 05:37 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

I'm sorry ... I'm really not feeling this Fields guy... I've seen nothing fr him
But messy and broken plays ... yuck!!

Demar however is playing like he wants to prove out that contract decision.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:16 PM   #32 (permalink)
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We are taking some horrible shots.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

DD starting very well on both ends of the floor.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

AK47 killing us. Bargnani is playing stupid right now.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

Was Fields injured to close out last season? I don't recall him being this bad when I've seen him play for NY.

And Bargnani needs to start coming into the season in shape.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

Alan Andersen stealing that SF spot, Landry is bringing nothing right now.

Lowry just changed the game for us (Barea going down was usefyl too).
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Was Fields injured to close out last season? I don't recall him being this bad when I've seen him play for NY.

And Bargnani needs to start coming into the season in shape.
He played all last year, started 62 of 66 games for NY.
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He played all last year, started 62 of 66 games for NY.
There's no excuse for his play then. Terrible use of off-season money by Colangelo, he's lucky he traded for Lowry.

Starting backcourt is 14/20, starting frontcourt is 7/26, just awful; however, I am liking Val.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

Fields was good for 1/2 a season and has sucked since then.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

Good!! We needed this one.... I really hope Demar can keep this up.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

Well, I'm glad that W came along, for a moment in the first half when AK was beasting, I was a little unsure but then, our lord and saviour Lowry came along.

So we'll start with him. Kyle Lowry is a phenom. He is the best player this team has seen in a very long time. 3 games in, and in my mind, he's already the undisputed leader of the team. He scores with such ease, his shot is much better than I anticipated, not to mention when he drives to the hoop he's as strong as a bull and will make that tough layup. His pick and pop game hasn't been exceptional yet, I can tell he wants to get guys more involved (esp. Jonas) but between them, they haven't quite figured it out yet. (22 pts 7 rebs 5 ast 3 stls 8-10 FGs, 2-3 3pt FGs)

DeMar DeRozan is a kid that gets it. His post up game is money, and he even hit a 3 ball last night. His defensive effort is throw the roof working with Lowry in the backcourt, these two are forcing the other team to make errors and even if they don't end up with a steal and the easy lay in, they're forcing turnovers and keeping the opposition from shooting the basketball. (22 pts 7 rebs 2 ast 3 stls.)

An here comes the first negative. Landry Fields. He is lucky he has a smoking hot girlfriend, because he certainly can't score anywhere else. How can you be a starting SF in this league, fresh of a big new contract, and average 3 points through your first 3 games. It's horrific. Not only that, but his rebounding is down and his defense isn't Bowen-esque so we can't afford to have him out on the floor. If he wants minutes, he's going to have to find that shot and find it quick, otherwise he's losing that starters job. I did think he looked much better in the 4th.

Andrea Bargnani. Another negative. All out of sorts. Forcing his offense and becoming very easy to read. He either shoots the long 3 or puts it on the floor with his head down and drives to the hoop. I counted a number of opportunities he could have dumped the ball off to Jonas' last night for an easy bucket, he just doesn't see the pass at the moment. I could be wrong, but did Bargs sit for the entire 4th quarter? If so, good. He didn't deserve to be in the game.

Jonas had a very tough matchup against Peckovic and you could tell it knocked his confidence. He played his man all night though, I just want to see more from our big guy.

I complained about this during preseason and after the season tip off, but Amir Johnson clearly isn't listening, he seems to have fallen in love with that top of the key jumper (you know, that shot he clearly can't make!) and it's making me fall out of love with him and quickly. Still has great PnR chemistry with Jose but again, we're missing out on more of that because he's content to settle at the moment.

I much prefer what I am seeing from Ed Davis who has clearly improved his jump shot and looks confident with it. He has great energy around the boards and never gives the team much chance to settle. He does tend to get a little over excited on certain plays, but he's still young and I'm happy that he has finally started to make strides forward.

Jose was good in limited minutes, difficult to give him much time when your backcourt is performing as well as ours in. Terrence Ross is a foul machine as he tries to play that hard D, but I like what I see, he has very long arms and caused a couple of deflections last night that led to turnovers.

Alan Andersen, now here is a guy that plays within himself and is excelling because of that maturity. He is efficient and he has started making plays to get others involved. He's not the most exciting guy to watch, but coddamnit, he's effective. Very impressed with how he played last night.

Overall, our backcourt is looking like one of the leagues best, let's hope we continue to perform to such a high level both ways. Bargnani and Fields need to find themselves, otherwise they're going to hold this team back.

Great victory against a pretty solid team.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

Jonas is really having a baptism of fire coming in: Hibbert, Lopez, Peckovic and now Ibaka.
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Re: First 8 - Setting the Pace

Id pull Fields out of the starting line up if I don't see any improvement by the 10th game hes looking awful out there thus far but I did notice he looked more comfortable with the 2nd unit also am I the only one who cringes when I see Amir take a jump shot? Id prefer to seem him down low crashing the boards
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^ He's a big dude, but if he keeps taking that shot all year, I'm going to fly to Toronto and punch him.
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