The Toronto Raptors Thread. 2019 NBA Champions

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Just had a search around the board and the only thread I could see was back in the VC days so I thought I'd start up a new one.
How does everybody feel about these guys, I think they've become a very exciting team in the last season or so, especially since the Rudy Gay trade getting back solid bench pieces in Vasquez and Patterson, as well as resigning Lowry, drafting Caboclo. I think they've quietly become one of the most likable teams with their We The North campaign in Brooklyn. They've transformed from the joke of the East to becoming a probable top four seed and almost a lock to win the Atlantic.
If Derozan can improve his ball handing and Ross and Valanciunas continue to improve on the defensive end then they be a chance for atleast the semi finals.

 

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Was impressed with the team oriented style Toronto were employing last season. Really passing the ball and playing accountable basketball. They have a couple of stars and a host of above average players to work with. Hope they stay the course.
Drafting Bruno Cabolco was one of the more out there picks in a draft as well!
 

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I'm a Raptors fan due to my Toronto connection, is there many of us out there?

Just finished watching the Miami game, free throws killed us.
 

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I'm a Raptors fan due to my Toronto connection, is there many of us out there?

Just finished watching the Miami game, free throws killed us.
I'm probably the other one. 3-1 playing garbage so far this season, EC Finals has to be the target this year. Would be disappointing not to at least win a playoff series.
 

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I'm probably the other one. 3-1 playing garbage so far this season, EC Finals has to be the target this year. Would be disappointing not to at least win a playoff series.
Last night started off poorly but eventually got going, I am concerned about how much "OKC" where able to score considering their injuries.
 

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Raptors looking pretty good at the moment, Lowry I dare say looks as good as he has ever looked and Ibaka has had a few of his best games since coming over.

Leonard (the 1-year rental) looks incredible but we expected that.

Raptors went all in on 2019/20 for one shot and it's set up to be a hell of a year.
 

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Raptors looking pretty good at the moment, Lowry I dare say looks as good as he has ever looked and Ibaka has had a few of his best games since coming over.

Leonard (the 1-year rental) looks incredible but we expected that.

Raptors went all in on 2019/20 for one shot and it's set up to be a hell of a year.
Hope Leonard stays, moving to Toronto next year so would be awesome if they still had a good side.
 

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Hope Leonard stays, moving to Toronto next year so would be awesome if they still had a good side.
I'll start off by congratulating you on your decision to move to Toronto, it's a great world-class city, it's becoming one of the biggest tech hub's in the world. If you arrive before May you'll get to see Leonard, though it'll be brutally cold.

When Leonard first came on board I was convinced he'd do 1 year and Toronto would then blow the team up and chase picks. I still think he is a 50% chance of leaving, though if Lowry continues his form, that could change his mind. He's a franchise player and too good to go somewhere to be a support act, I am predicting great players will eventually decide its better to be seen as the main guy than the support act at a pile on team.

He has his heart set on L.A, playing along side a 34 year old Lebron won't get him a ring, perhaps the Clippers but they're a work in progress AND in the same division as the Warriors.
 

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Leonard might stay given how well the team is playing, PG changed his mind about going to LA and OKC aren’t anything special
 

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Where did you hear that? Wouldn't surprise me
I'm not sure, perhaps during one of the telecasts.

I don't think he'll stay at Toronto unfortunately, he'll move for reasons other than basketball, he's that kind of guy. Hopefully, Toronto as a city has grown on him (needs to be around during summer) and the prospect of playing alongside an ever-improving Siakim will keep him.
 

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Backs against the wall stuff tomorrow morning, lowry needs to turn up big time with no pascal...
Lose and we’re in trouble
 

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Toronto is currently witnessing the best player its ever had and likely for some time to have ever have, he's incredible.

"Kawhi is averaging 38 PPG on 62% shooting so far this series.

Jordan averaged over 35 on 60% shooting in one playoff series.

LeBron has never done it.

Durant has never done it.

Kobe never did it.

We are witnessing truly one of the best series by a perimeter player.

Ever. "


 

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Game 4 was a team game, gasol and iblocka back to their best. Kawhi doing his thing just the goat and Lowry rocking up. Awesome stuff, pascal playing injured hopefully better by game 5.
Game 6, At home in the north, bring the d at Joel and Simmons.
Both can’t take the heat and get the dub.
Raps in 6
 

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Toronto is currently witnessing the best player its ever had and likely for some time to have ever have, he's incredible.

"Kawhi is averaging 38 PPG on 62% shooting so far this series.

Jordan averaged over 35 on 60% shooting in one playoff series.

LeBron has never done it.

Durant has never done it.

Kobe never did it.

We are witnessing truly one of the best series by a perimeter player.

Ever. "

He is scary good, do you think there’s any chance he sticks around if we don’t win it all?
 

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He is scary good, do you think there’s any chance he sticks around if we don’t win it all?
I don't think so.

Toronto will have to convince him to stay based on playing alongside Siakim and a maximum contract.

It sounds like his first priority is moving home, that's to LA and the Clippers. Maximum contract, being a big fish in a major North American city, he doesn't seem to crave any of that.

I don't see him playing alongside Lebron.

Maybe the answer is Raptors trade Siakim + OG for Davis, but again will this sway him?
 
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