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Old 03-21-2011, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are my five thoughts on the Raptors:

1. Raptors in Denver Monday night: Just a little food for thought for Monday's game here in the Mile High City. The Raptors are 0-5 all time playing here on the second night of a back-to-back. Denver is 9-0 when playing teams coming into town on a back-to-back. The altitude of the city becomes a factor late in a game, so it's better to get off to a great start and try to play with a lead, which is never easy here.

2. James Johnson: His defense on Kevin Durant on Sunday, which held the Thunder forward to 6-of-21 from the field was excellent. The big defensive three man has the length and lateral quickness to be a pest and he was just that. Johnson did a wonderful job of battling Durant away from the ball and not giving him quality touches in his scoring spots. Job VERY well done!

3. Leandro Barbosa: It was nice to have a veteran drop a big three pointer and get a big assist in final few plays of the game on Sunday, which by the way were great play calls by Jay Trian. Barbosa's poise and creativity under pressure are crucial to this team late in games.

4. Reggie Evans: The power forward took no nonsense from Kendrick Perkins and the Thunder big men and set the tone for his team inside. He really plays like a man out there and gives no ground to anyone. The Raptors are 3-3 since his return, which shows that Evans makes a difference. The team has a lot more swagger and toughness when he plays, and that's something which they desperately need.

5. Jerryd Bayless: He's much improved running the team in his last 10+ games. He's more under control and responsible with the ball. Bayless is getting teammates very good shots and not forcing his game as much, which means he's settling in. He has to improve his perimeter shot big-time this off-season, as he needs to be a 40% or better three-point shooter, to further open his game up. I see an up-tick here though currently.
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All spot on but im not so sold on the bayless comment. sure hes better but past ten games? maybe past five..
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jack is dead on the money.
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Bold claim: We would have made the playoffs had Reggie not been injured.
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Reggie Evans: "The power forward took no nonsense from Kendrick Perkins"

that's what they were missing last year
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Reggie Evans: "The power forward took no nonsense from Kendrick Perkins"

that's what they were missing last year
yup. Jack even said as soon as Amir got that T at the beginning of the game "there goes Reggie Evans and Jarred Bayless over to talk to Donahay"

This team NEEDS Reggie. He better be back next year (barring a lockout)... I think he's worth $3-4 million per... especially considering the $$$ they threw @ Kleiza. He just needs some HIGH TOP sneakers...
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Bold claim: We would have made the playoffs had Reggie not been injured.
I kind of agree. I think if Barbosa and Reggie were healthy all year, maybe Kleiza too, we would have been able to challenge for the 8th spot for sure. Indy has it right now and they really aren't that good at all.

I like that we didn't make it though. This ensures us another good draft pick, which is needed, and developed a lot of our young players.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i am glad Bayless is turning it around. I won't lie: I don't watch the games anymore so i'll just have to take Jack's word for it.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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As long as Reggie is effective he's irreplaceable. He leads by example and vocally, he has everybody's back including the coach and the big Italian who often forgets to play defense, and he doesn't seem to be intimidated by anybody.
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