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Old 10-26-2013, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fact number 1. The Raptors are not built to survive another catastrophic start such as the 4-19 beginning that tomahawked them last season before most people had bought their Christmas gifts. Then again, who is? The Raptors went 30-29 the rest of the way but could never overcome the early deficit.

“We can’t kind of ease into the season where an older team would,” said forward Amir Johnson. “We have to start our engines now and get those early wins. Everyone has to be ready and that’s how we’ve been playing and practicing every day.”
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Fact number 4. Raptor fans are going to love Tyler Hansbrough. A roughneck who is more Charles Oakley than Jerome Williams, Hansbrough brings a level of defensive toughness and malevolence that hasn’t been in evidence in years. Hansborough contributed seven points and 4.6 rebounds a game with a strong Indiana team last season and when paired with Amir Johnson can toughen the Raptors’ interior defence.
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Fact number 5. The Raptors’ latest identity will be built on defensive play. In his first year, Casey trimmed the club’s points allowed per game by a whopping 11 points from 105.4 to 94. Last year’s experiment to incorporate more offence saw the club’s surrender 4.8 more points per game than the previous season. Unlike his predecessor, Bryan Colangelo, Ujiri is a proponent of fire and brimstone basketball and that will translate into a renewed emphasis on defence.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We should make the playoffs, but I won't be shocked if we won't start strong for some reason. There are a few question marks at this point, but I sure hope they can bring it, make the playoffs and be fun to watch.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We should make the playoffs, but I won't be shocked if we won't start strong for some reason. There are a few question marks at this point, but I sure hope they can bring it, make the playoffs and be fun to watch.
Should doesn't mean will. There is a quite a few teams that are in the race for the last few playoff spots and them and their fans are probably thinking the exact same thing. 1 injury to Amir or Lowry and the ship sinks faster than BC can say "Our lack of flexibility going forward is an asset".
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Should doesn't mean will. There is a quite a few teams that are in the race for the last few playoff spots and them and their fans are probably thinking the exact same thing. 1 injury to Amir or Lowry and the ship sinks faster than BC can say "Our lack of flexibility going forward is an asset".
Amir going down we could deal with imo, but if Lowry goes down for a significant amount of time we're fucked!!
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Amir going down we could deal with imo, but if Lowry goes down for a significant amount of time we're fucked!!
Maybe but Amir's significant to the team cannot be undermined especially since in that situation there would have to be a platoon instead of a guy who could play around 30 minutes/night like Amir. Indeed.
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Maybe but Amir's significant to the team cannot be undermined especially since in that situation there would have to be a platoon instead of a guy who could play around 30 minutes/night like Amir. Indeed.
TH imo could start and average what Amir averages in 30mpg (11/9), and with Acy, Gay, Novak there who can also play PF we'd be fine. But at the point, if KL goes down........................SOL
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TH imo could start and average what Amir averages in 30mpg (11/9), and with Acy, Gay, Novak there who can also play PF we'd be fine. But at the point, if KL goes down........................SOL
Yeah, KL going down would suck, but I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss an injury to Amir.

He is probably the best defender in the starting 5, is the most mobile big on the team and a shotblocker. TH is tough and tenacious on the boards, but he's also slow, robotic and not a rim protector at all.
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Yeah, KL going down would suck, but I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss an injury to Amir.

He is probably the best defender in the starting 5, is the most mobile big on the team and a shotblocker. TH is tough and tenacious on the boards, but he's also slow, robotic and not a rim protector at all.
True, but as far as depth goes our PF position is probably the deepest position on the roster. Amir is important obviously, but I think we can absorb his loss a lot more than KL, or RG/DD for that matter.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Can you imagine if every player on the team was killed in a plane crash? The team would be completely fucked!

Why do we feel compelled to imagine injuries destroying our chances, when other teams in the playoff hunt face the same probability. Washington has already gone to plan B. Cleveland has Irving and Bynum. The Nets have a bunch of creaky old guys. The Knicks have a pretty tenuous balance as it is. If a key injury happens there who knows how much they might disintegrate and unravel?

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Can you imagine if every player on the team was killed in a plane crash? The team would be completely fucked!

Why do we feel compelled to imagine injuries destroying our chances, when other teams in the playoff hunt face the same probability. Washington has already gone to plan B. Cleveland has Irving and Bynum. The Nets have a bunch of creaky old guys. The Knicks have a pretty tenuous balance as it is. If a key injury happens there who knows how much they might disintegrate and unravel?
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