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Old 05-06-2016, 12:45 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Casey with the genius move of bringing in James Johnson. Completely messed up the rhythm of iso-Joe as he doesn't score another basket the rest of the game.
Cory Joseph did an impressive job of bodying iso-Joe in OT.

This game was a must win, and we did it. I think we definitely take 1 off them in Miami and come back to Toronto tied up for a huge game 5.
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Such a dramatic game.
Great effort by the Raps, especialy on defense.

JV's the man of the match. He clawed the Raps back into it, pretty much on his own until Lowry has awoken for a couple of possesions down the stretch, also helped by good screens from JV.

He got the Raps up by two after he tipped-in a DeRozan FT miss while Whiteside and Deng grabbing him, and it just shows that he wanted it more. For me it was one of the most impressive plays in this game.

It was an exciting game and really worth getting up from bed in 4:30 AM to watch.

Although I think that if the Raps continue to play at the same level it will be Miami in the ECF after six games.

The Raps keep banging their head on the wall with isolations on DeRozan and Lowry, while other players are more reliable during the playoffs. Joseph, JV and Carroll are just playing better than them, and should be more time on the court and get more touches. Lowry and DeRozan should get less minutes and more catch and shoot opportunities, hopefully they'll be more efficient that way.

No way the Raps are going to win this series with the two of them shooting more than 20 shots each per game, while forcing a lot of them.
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Such a dramatic game.
Great effort by the Raps, especialy on defense.

JV's the man of the match.....

The Raps keep banging their head on the wall with isolations on DeRozan and Lowry, while other players are more reliable during the playoffs. Joseph, JV and Carroll are just playing better than them, and should be more time on the court and get more touches. Lowry and DeRozan should get less minutes and more catch and shoot opportunities, hopefully they'll be more efficient that way.

No way the Raps are going to win this series with the two of them shooting more than 20 shots each per game, while forcing a lot of them.
Hey Spammer ..... Yeah good call on a lot of these points. Funny how Indiana was better able to handle JV, but couldn't contain Biyombo on the glass ... They were also better on defense with DeRozan.

Miami on the other hand hasn't been able to really stop DeRozan and as you've noticed they have no answer for JV... and with Lowry starting to get his confidence back (yeah one game isn't enough) but it's enough to start it. Now throw in Ross (who was also not producing against Indiana) and I think Miami is in for a real tough fight.

If the Raps get production from these guys who were only 50% effective against Indiana and the others perform as they already have (Joseph, Carroll, Powell, even Patterson etc..) then they'll get the ball movement you're not seeing yet and I'm seeing Raps in 6 or 7.

Ohh yeah .. gotta say I love James Johnson on Joe Johnson ... total shutdown!!
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^^ As above kiddos .... Lowry is starting to drop the threes!!!
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Lowry making 3's turns us into an entirely different unit. It's huge for us.
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Yeah .... But now we've lost JV for the rest of the series. How freakish is that when both teams loose their matching bigs?!?!? Would've been a lot easier with him in the lineup, but we should win regardless.
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Y'know as I keep thinking about this ... at first they said it wasn't so bad and gave the impression he'd be back for the next one. I think (hope) Raps are lying on purpose to throw Miami off track??
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Y'know as I keep thinking about this ... at first they said it wasn't so bad and gave the impression he'd be back for the next one. I think (hope) Raps are lying on purpose to throw Miami off track??
That might be wishful thinking, he's seems pretty done for me. That was a lot of weight to be coming down on his ankle, so missing a few games is expected.

Biyombo has the capabilities to step up and take control of the paint.
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I hope somebody tells Biyombo that he doesn't have to throw up a wild shot after every offensive rebound. He rarely makes those shots and even if he gets fouled he'll likely just hit 1 FT.

That said I'm fine with JV not playing as long as Whiteside doesn't play either. We'll be seeing a lot of Patterson at the 5 with Carroll playing the 4. Maybe get James Johnson some minutes and have him guard Joe Johnson. And please no more Scola. The guy is an eye sore when he's guarding pick n rolls as he has lead feet. I would give some minutes to Jason Thompsons. I believe Thompson is a better option than Bebe because of his experience.
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.... Biyombo has the capabilities to step up and take control of the paint.
I don't think Biyombo is our offensive solution/replacement either.... He was great against Indiana when we needed the defense .. but against Miami with a need for offense, yeah .. he's just not the guy for that.


^^ Like seifer said though, we've got a few interesting options and I'm looking forward to see how they handle it!!

I'm sad about the loss of JV as he would've pretty much guaranteed us advancing with Whiteside out ....

Ugly (unverified by me) stat posted by "Wade2Bosh" on their team thread ...
"Raptors were +41 with Valanciunas in the game. -39 without him."

Ouch!! But if he's gotta be rested then no better time than now. He's helped us get to 2-1 so rest away big fella !!
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I don't think Biyombo is our offensive solution/replacement either.... He was great against Indiana when we needed the defense .. but against Miami with a need for offense, yeah .. he's just not the guy for that.


^^ Like seifer said though, we've got a few interesting options and I'm looking forward to see how they handle it!!

I'm sad about the loss of JV as he would've pretty much guaranteed us advancing with Whiteside out ....

Ugly (unverified by me) stat posted by "Wade2Bosh" on their team thread ...
"Raptors were +41 with Valanciunas in the game. -39 without him."

Ouch!! But if he's gotta be rested then no better time than now. He's helped us get to 2-1 so rest away big fella !!
Biyombo can finish off the pick and roll, something that Jonas was abusing the Heat interior with, so while not even close to the same level of offense as Jonas, he should be serviceable given his mobility.

What I am excited about is his speed to get out and put a hand in front of Wade when he comes off the screen.

Patterson should see a big increase in minutes, great choice to spread the floor. Chance to play a lot of small ball as Seifer mentioned, which I think puts us slightly ahead of Miami.

Back to back wins, we have all of the momentum and if we take tonight's game, this is our series.
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Biyombo doing quite well so far. Offensive touch is there.. always glad to be proven wrong wrong in that regard. His "line-drive" free throws though are a sore spot. He never used to do that before. He used to have a nice arc with a good bend to the knees.. what the heck??

Nogueira giving us some good minutes. But he has to get better positioning for the offensive rebound. Hasn't he learned anything watching Bismack??
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3rd qtr ... It's so bad we're doing better with Lowry and Derozan on the bench!
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Beautiful.. Dragic with a 3 and gets fouled!
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At least the bench came through for us in the third out scoring the Heat 27-16!
Can't even imagine what the fourth will be like.
Headline should read .... "Ugly win, but we'll take it" signed desperate Raptors still looking for answers and consistency
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