Match up- Spurs vs Raptors
Old 09-05-2009, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finally, we are out of the bottom of the West and on to the mediocrity of last year's Eastern conference. Ten teams in the league finished with winning percentages between 39.0 and 52.4. All ten were Eastern conference teams. That is pretty crazy to me. The West had 6 teams lower than 36% and 5 lower than 30%. The Eastern conference only had 1, the Wizards, and I think they will be much improved next year. The East is a place where every team thinks they can make the playoffs. The West is a just a shakedown of how good the good teams are and how bad the "developing" teams are. The Knicks were the team at 39%, but I'm skipping them for now. That means we've broken into teams with greater than 40% win records. That is the Raptors

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PG: Tony Parker versus Jose Calderon: Advantage Spurs: One of them is a a better distributor and the other is a better player. Both players are great point guards.

SG: Roger Mason versus Marco Belinelli: Advantage None: Mason is marginally better in just about every stat, but if Belinelli really starts I think he will see a jump in minutes. Mason played almost 10 more per game last year.

SF: Richard Jefferson versus Hedo Turkoglu: Advantage Raptors: Hedo is better and is coming off a career year. I think he will continue playing good basketball and really improve this team.

PF: Antonio McDyess versus Chris Bosh: Advantage Raptors: Chris Bosh is better.

C: Tim Duncan versus Andrea Bargnani: Advantage Spurs: Bargnani is a terrible rebounder for his size. He can shoot the 3 though. I think he is compared to Dirk and that seems fair looking at the stats. Poor man's Dirk. It seems like he would be awesome as a backup to Bosh at PF and then get a true center. Maybe they should start Rasho even though he is a downgrade overall.
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Bench:

Point Guard: Hill vs Jarrett Jack and Marcus Banks: Raptors win this one. Jack is proven while Hill isn't.

Wings: Manu, Finley, Hairston, and Williams vs DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, Quincy Douby, and Antoine Wright: Antoine Wright started for Dallas last year and is decent. Weems and Douby have not done much in the limited minutes they have been allotted so far in their careers. DeRozan is an unproven rookie. Manu and Finley are much better.

Front Court: Blair, Mahinmi, Bonner, Haislip, and Ratliff vs Amir Johnson, Rasho Nesterovic, Reggie Evans, and Patrick O'Bryant: We dominate them here. They are pretty shallow in the front court. Hedo is going to need to get like 6 rebounds a game at least. Rasho is the only one I see getting any sort of major rotation. Reggie Evans can get maybe 10-15 a game.

Coaching: Advantage Spurs.

Result: I really like the moves they've made. Their starting unit will really compete and probably dominate some teams. If some young guys step up then they can have a pretty solid team, but I just don't see it. I like the Raptors and a lot of their players so I'll be rooting for them to make the playoffs, but I'm not sure they have really separated themselves from the pack despite improving. Rebounding could be the death of their team.
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Why did you put roger mason vs beli...are u assuming he will start over Demar...but the match up looks quite equal...
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Why did you put roger mason vs beli...are u assuming he will start over Demar...but the match up looks quite equal...
This is a write up in a blog. I didn't put the starters up.
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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On paper yes, just wait until we play the Spurs.
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On paper yes, just wait until we play the Spurs.
finley's a grandpa i can't believe they said he's better than our guys. manu is coming off injury and will be a shell of his former self and duncan is on the wrong side of 30.


I agree we will beat the spurs.
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finley's a grandpa i can't believe they said he's better than our guys. manu is coming off injury and will be a shell of his former self and duncan is on the wrong side of 30.


I agree we will beat the spurs.
We'll beat them at least once. This year's team ha the offensive and defensive potential to beat any team in the league. I mean the Pacers beat the Lakers last year.
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We'll beat them at least once. This year's team ha the offensive and defensive potential to beat any team in the league. I mean the Pacers beat the Lakers last year.
Any team has the potential to beat another in one game. Hell, in Toronto's inaugural season, which had a record of 21-61, they beat the 72-10 Bulls. I honestly don't care if we match up well against the Spurs, considering we play them all of two times during the season.
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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the thing here is that in terms of number of advantages/disadvantages, it is probably equal, but the spurs advantages are much more greater in quality
TP would score at will against jose and dribble past him like he was a pylon, meaning that this would increase TP's passing ability and negate any advantage jose had there
and TD is such an advantage in all aspects that he himself would make the spurs better
and ginobili is like having an allstar on the bench which is a far greater advantage than any advantage the Raptors have
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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lol sorry but belinelli in starting lineup?? i don't think so... triano said it already derozan will come up in starting lineup and will try to get him adopt the nba level which he will sooner. sorry to spurs... their team is getting old i guess its their time to
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My prediction is that the Spurs will become the champions this year.
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My prediction is that the Spurs will become the champions this year.
Anyone but the Lakers.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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i think we'll be a better match up with the magic.

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Front Court: Blair, Mahinmi, Bonner, Haislip, and Ratliff vs Amir Johnson, Rasho Nesterovic, Reggie Evans, and Patrick O'Bryant: We dominate them here. They are pretty shallow in the front court.
Is this talking for the spurs or us, because I think our bench's frontcourt is better than theres.
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Is this talking for the spurs or us, because I think our bench's frontcourt is better than theres.
It's a San Antonio-based blog.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Is this talking for the spurs or us, because I think our bench's frontcourt is better than theres.
Do you really think that the Raptors front court could stop Dejuan Blair? Bonner is going to be shooting perimeter shots so is Rasho going to guard the arc? Which player on Raptors is a better shot blocker then Theo Ratliff?

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