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Old 03-21-2017, 09:11 PM   #461
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So Masai's mission this summer is to find a way to shed Carroll's contract so they can give his salary to Tucker. Tough ask though.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:49 AM   #462
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So Masai's mission this summer is to find a way to shed Carroll's contract so they can give his salary to Tucker. Tough ask though.
They've got options though. They've got bird rights on all of Lowry, Patterson, Tucker, and Ibaka. With the salary cap and payrolls going up, Carroll's contract is more-or-less fair value, and some teams will have massive cap space and will end up missing out on their free agent targets, at which point taking Carroll for nothing becomes a reasonable acquisition.

They're going to be a luxury team anyway, so the degree to which they're into the tax matters only for the owners; they could sign the guys they want to keep, and then Masai works in-season to strip salary.
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:09 PM   #463
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Only 1 game suspension, no injured hand for Ibaka. Only one game for Lopez too, which surprises me a little... I thought being the instigator (at least in terms of taking it from typical basketball stuff and escalating it), he would get at least an extra game.
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Only 1 game suspension, no injured hand for Ibaka. Only one game for Lopez too, which surprises me a little... I thought being the instigator (at least in terms of taking it from typical basketball stuff and escalating it), he would get at least an extra game.
I thought I would care but I really don't. About the suspension thing. That he is not injured is great and now we just wait for Lowry. Haven't heard hardly anything about him which is annoying. Even when they do say something what does is mean / ie had a positive checkup. That's nice but it don't tell me when he will be back in the lineup.
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:30 PM   #466
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No Lowry, No Ibaka and they still beat the Heat. The defensive effort has changed drastically since Tucker and Ibaka arrived and with Wright getting playing time.
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:25 AM   #467
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My new favourite big on the Raps is now Jakob Poetl, he was a +30 against the Heat. He moves really well and always seems to help his team grab a rebound, whether he's grabbing it or tipping it to someone. Just for reference Jonas was -8 against the Heat/
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:40 AM   #468
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DeMar now has the franchise record with six 40 point games in a season, after only doing it twice in his career before this year. Raps are 8-0 in those games. You can make a pretty compelling argument he's having the best individual season a Raptor has ever had.
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My new favourite big on the Raps is now Jakob Poetl, he was a +30 against the Heat. He moves really well and always seems to help his team grab a rebound, whether he's grabbing it or tipping it to someone. Just for reference Jonas was -8 against the Heat/
Yeah, I'm curious what Poetl's upside is. When things are going well, they're going great for him. Enough that I do think the Raps should devote time to develop him.
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Devin Booker is 20 years old...he just scored 70 (in a loss no less).
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Yeah, I'm curious what Poetl's upside is. When things are going well, they're going great for him. Enough that I do think the Raps should devote time to develop him.
I don't see an imposing offensive threat, but I see a pretty good defensive center who can really move his feet. As far as his rebound goes, he does a good job of making sure his teammates get the ball and the opposing team doesn't get the ball.
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Five in a row!

Really tough to figure out how the top 4 in the east are going to shake out, especially with Washington beating Cleveland today. Boston would be such a weak EC champion... I think any of the other top 4 could beat them in a series even without homecourt. I like how the Raptors are playing right now, regardless, and don't really care that much about the seeding.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:04 AM   #473
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It's nice having 4 good teams in the east again at least

Last few years it's been nothing there until the conference finals

From an entertainment standpoint I think raps/Cavs and Celtics/wiz would be most exciting, they are better rivalries
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:43 AM   #474
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I still think the Cavs are the big favorites. Remember the Heat were the #1 seed in the East only once in LeBron's four years there. Postseason is a different animal than the regular season, less use of bench and officiating is tighter. I do think the Raps are definitely the best bet to beat them though, assuming Lowry is healthy enough come playoff time.
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I still think the Cavs are the big favorites. Remember the Heat were the #1 seed in the East only once in LeBron's four years there. Postseason is a different animal than the regular season, less use of bench and officiating is tighter. I do think the Raps are definitely the best bet to beat them though, assuming Lowry is healthy enough come playoff time.
It's not as much of a cakewalk for Lebron this year, even though he is most likely the favourite to make it out of the East.

In the first round he has to deal with Miami. The Heat are good enough to win a game and make Lebron work harder. The first round is where Lebron usually only plays 5 games.

In the second round he is either playing Toronto or Washington, both of which provide tough challenges. Washington is a thorn to the Cavs as they have absolutely no perimeter defenders that can control Wall and Beal together. This is a tough second round matchup for Lebron, on an annual basis this is usually a cakewalk for him. Last year he swept the Hawks in this round, this year there is the potential for him to go 6-7 games in round 2.

In round 3, there is a tough Boston team that could take him more than 5 games as well.

IMO before he reaches the finals he is likely playing at least 4 more games than he usually does, this is with the added minutes in the regular season as well. He'll likely be playing a motivated and better GSW. If he wins it all, IMO he sits next to MJ as number 2 all time.
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Yeah, I'm with you on the Lebron analysis. I don't think he has it against the tougher competition though. Question, because this is debatable, but would you take Lebron over Kobe?
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yes. I take Lebron over Kobe.
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