ESPN: The key to Toronto's recent five-game winning streak?
Old 12-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The key to Toronto's recent five-game winning streak?




There are a couple beyond the fact that the Raptors finally hit a favorable stretch of schedule.

1. Andrea Bargnani's injury and subsequent forced removal from the lineup improved the Raptors' struggling D.

2. It's pretty evident that Toronto's players, for all of the big numbers Kyle Lowry put up in November, are happier when Jose Calderon is at the controls.

Which raises the question: Will Toronto change course now and try to pair Lowry in future trade packages with Bargnani instead of Calderon?

It has been widely assumed for months that the Raptors would try to package Calderon's expiring deal with Barngani's in hopes of landing a top-flight player in return. But the Raps have actually functioned better so far this season when Lowry -- who brings an undeniable "swagger," as coach Dwane Casey likes to say, but is also undeniably up and down with his moods -- has been out of the lineup nursing a variety of injuries.


One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani remains "a lock to be moved." That naturally depends on finding a taker for the underachieving Italian forward, but Lowry's contract shouldn't be too hard to attach to a trade, valued at $5.8 million this season and with only $1 million guaranteed of the $6.2 million he's owed next season.

And as Lowry showed Friday night, he's quite capable of doing damage when healthy.
So now they think we`re gonna package lowry and bargs, smh.

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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can you provide a link please?
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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can you provide a link please?
Totally forgot, was just about to edit my post. Its in the right column under Eastern Conference.

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Old 12-29-2012, 04:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So now they think we`re gonna package lowry and bargs, smh.

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you know whts absolutely funny for me.....

until just now, cuz i checked, I thought smh meant "so much hate"
ha

it just woks so much better that way.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I keep hearing that the winning streak was because Lowry AND Bargnani were out.

Objectively though, it could just as easily be because one of Lowry OR Bargnani were out.

Seeing as Lowry is back and the Raptors are still winning, it makes much more sense that they're winning because Bargnani is out, and Lowry had nothing to do with it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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you know whts absolutely funny for me.....

until just now, cuz i checked, I thought smh meant "so much hate"
ha

it just woks so much better that way.
that works too, lol
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I keep hearing that the winning streak was because Lowry AND Bargnani were out.

Objectively though, it could just as easily be because one of Lowry OR Bargnani were out.

Seeing as Lowry is back and the Raptors are still winning, it makes much more sense that they're winning because Bargnani is out, and Lowry had nothing to do with it.
Yeah. The teams we beat during that 5 game streak were not that good. Simply improving the defense by subtracting Bargnani was probably enough to push us over the hump, because we were already in a bunch of close games before. That bit of relief on defense would do it.

Hero ball could have won those 5 games.
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I keep hearing that the winning streak was because Lowry AND Bargnani were out.

Objectively though, it could just as easily be because one of Lowry OR Bargnani were out.

Seeing as Lowry is back and the Raptors are still winning, it makes much more sense that they're winning because Bargnani is out, and Lowry had nothing to do with it.
you're right, but the 'still winning' constitutes one game..... and you have to also recognize the favourable turn in the schedule. Things snowballed on this team... nobody was running hot together. Maybe even Bargnani comes back and it continues to go well... maybe we've found the continuity and chemistry we've been seeking and both he and Lowry only add to it now that the struggles for consistency are behind us.

Also, we were very close to losing that game against an awful team in NO as well. There's also that objective thought.
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it was a road game, only reason why it was so close.
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alan anderson nuff said
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you're right, but the 'still winning' constitutes one game..... and you have to also recognize the favourable turn in the schedule. Things snowballed on this team... nobody was running hot together. Maybe even Bargnani comes back and it continues to go well... maybe we've found the continuity and chemistry we've been seeking and both he and Lowry only add to it now that the struggles for consistency are behind us.

Also, we were very close to losing that game against an awful team in NO as well. There's also that objective thought.
Something tells me that Bargnani comes back a new man.
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Imagine being Bargnani right now.

When you are playing on a regular basis I assume the media banter stays out of focus most of the time, but when you are injured and getting bashed left right and center that must take its tole.

I hope that this is a slap to the face for him and he finds a way to put things together for our sake and his sake... It's a double negative when his trade value drops after every poor performance and his reputation as a player in the league tags a along for the drop.
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Something tells me that Bargnani comes back a new man.
I agree.... plus, if he can work his way in without feeling like he has to carry a scoring load, maybe he begins to focus on more than just that. I'm excited to see what transpires.

And yes, the Alan Anderson phenomenon!
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If this team can't see that it is not going to work with Bargnani at this point, then they will not be making the playoffs any time soon. Constantly awaiting his transformation is not going to cut it anymore. If he's not gone, then BC will be gone, and he won't be far behind.
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^ If this team can't see that it is not going to work with a shitty SF at this point, then they will not be making the playoffs any time soon. Constantly awaiting a shitty SF that wouldn't start on any other team to become a good player is not going to cut it anymore...

This is our main problem.
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^ If this team can't see that it is not going to work with a shitty SF at this point, then they will not be making the playoffs any time soon. Constantly awaiting a shitty SF that wouldn't start on any other team to become a good player is not going to cut it anymore...

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I see two big problems that can solved in one fell swoop then.

But Alan Anderson is anything but shitty.
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AA was a solid pickup last offseason, happy we signed him this year
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I see two big problems that can solved in one fell swoop then.

But Alan Anderson is anything but shitty.
Yep. And Fields is beginning to show his worth.
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They forgot the return of Anderson,clear reason.
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