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(05-31-2019 10:44 PM)eradicator Wrote:  I've been to a few world series games, they were nosebleed, and totally worth paying a few hundred dollars for. If you like hoops, and your team, in this case, the Raptors, are in the finals, go ahead and pay the 350 dollars because it could easily be the last time you see them in the finals in your lifetime.

This is a valid point as everyone is going to value memories differently in the monetary sense. For some it is worth it.

There is a story of an Australian Raptors fan who has taken a second mortgage on his house so he can fly to Toronto and watch Game 2 live.
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(05-31-2019 10:44 PM)eradicator Wrote:  I've been to a few world series games, they were nosebleed, and totally worth paying a few hundred dollars for. If you like hoops, and your team, in this case, the Raptors, are in the finals, go ahead and pay the 350 dollars because it could easily be the last time you see them in the finals in your lifetime.

edit, the warriors will likely be back in the finals next year assuming they keep Klay Thompson, they will still have Iguodala, Green, Curry and a mid level exception.

I have Chicago Blackhawks seasons tickets and in the 3 years that they won the Cup, I never sold any of my finals tickets, I went to all the games, even though I could have gotten up to 5-6K for them. I felt that the memories with my kids and friends at those games was far more valuable than the money I could have made on them. Years later, I have those amazing memories whereas whatever money I would have made on them would likely be gone by now.

Kosko, hockey is an expensive sport to play but man there are more kids playing hockey now than ever, especially in the US. You have minority kids in the suburbs of many American cities starting to play and slowly but surely a few of them are making it to the NHL. You're right though, equipment, rink time, team fees are crazy expensive in hockey. It's great to see basketball do well in Toronto though and it would be cool to see Canada eventually compete for a medal in the Olympics in basketball.
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How do yall think tonight's game is going to go down?
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Warriors - get more calls.
- not double team Kawai and leave good role players open

Raptors - "Keep 'er goin' buddy"
- Not play Jeremy Lin unless it's a yuge blowout

I'll take the Warriors to win tonight on a last minute shot.
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Raptors put on a defensive clinic tonight. As perfect a game as a team can play. Curry was unreal but everyone else on GS got locked down by Toronto's D. Very, very impressive.
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Warriors have scored exactly 109 points in each game of the finals.

No Klay tonight, and they needed him on D. Raptors shot 44.7% on 3's, 52.4 % FG.

Boogie Cousins 1-7, Jerebko 1-6. Curry put the team on his back: 47 - 8 - 7, 2 steals

Every Raptor starter scored at least 17 points and took 10 to 17 shots each. Kawai 30 - 7 - 6, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
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One thing to note about this series..Klay and ESP KD can't risk long-term health ramifications for their next big contracts....

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(06-05-2019 10:53 PM)doc holliday Wrote:  Raptors put on a defensive clinic tonight. As perfect a game as a team can play. Curry was unreal but everyone else on GS got locked down by Toronto's D. Very, very impressive.

Less impressive when another one of GS's best defensive and offensive players is not playing. No KD, no Klay, no Looney, and D. Green played with no real gusto.

At this point, we should just call them the wounded Warriors. Curry was in beast mode but with GS's bench, D. Green, and Cousin looking lethargic. This series is not worth watching at this point.

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Looney is overrated, GSW has interior issues if he's playing or not.

Klay is underrated as he is their second best shooter and second best defender (best on ball defender truthfully). Look at how inept they looked without all the little things Klay does on both sides of the floor.

Toronto should have won this game. A team of their quality should absolutely stomp GSW so nobody should be surprised at the game's result.
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Raptors should be up 3-0

GS gave them every chance to win game 2 but the Raptors couldn't buy a bucket

It will be very interesting to see what happens when KD comes back

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(06-06-2019 12:40 AM)Cumlluminates Wrote:  
(06-05-2019 10:53 PM)doc holliday Wrote:  Raptors put on a defensive clinic tonight. As perfect a game as a team can play. Curry was unreal but everyone else on GS got locked down by Toronto's D. Very, very impressive.

Less impressive when another one of GS's best defensive and offensive players is not playing. No KD, no Klay, no Looney, and D. Green played with no real gusto.

At this point, we should just call them the wounded Warriors. Curry was in beast mode but with GS's bench, D. Green, and Cousin looking lethargic. This series is not worth watching at this point.

Whatever, that's the way the cookie crumbles. GS has had the luxury of beating up on teams over the years that have had similar injury issues and no one ever diminished their victories. Toronto is making GS work their assses off for their points and the physicality is taking it's toll on GS. GS would have been a non-entity all of these years if the game was played and called the way it was in the past. Toronto is playing some older school ball and they're having success with it. Not at all surprising that GS has run into injury issues as a result. That said, the series is far from over and GS is more than capable of coming back.
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Cousins and Kd were out before the series started. Looney's injury was a freak accident (who breaks their collarbone in bball?). Only Klay and Iggy can really be considered 'casualties' of having to play the raptors. To their credit though, Raptors have pushed GSW more than any other team this year.

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(06-06-2019 07:35 AM)Cr33pin Wrote:  Raptors should be up 3-0

GS gave them every chance to win game 2 but the Raptors couldn't buy a bucket

It will be very interesting to see what happens when KD comes back

GSW couldn't buy a bucket this game instead. Taking out Curry, The rest of the warriors were shooting only 37%FG, and a lot of them were open looks or shots in the paint that they just shouldn't miss.

You could say the bench didn't step up, or Toronto's defence choked them out. Or sometimes, the shots just don't land.

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Looney may be overrated (to the extent that Looney, averaging 6 points, 6 assists in 18 minutes this season, can even be considered overrated), but he just wasn't playing good - in his 39 min this series, he was almost as bad as Jerebko defensively.

2-1 Raptors feels right: with Klay last night this is a very different game. Raps let game 2 slip away after an amazing performance from the Warriors - no KD, Boogie playing good, Curry was great, role players stepped up, Klay gets hurt in the 4th - and they held on for the win in the loudest NBA game in years.

Outside of the top 3 players on each team, the group of Lowry/VanVleet/Green/Ibaka > Iguodala/Bogut/Cook/Livingston/Cousins.

Boogie was offensively awful last night, he's clearly not close to 100% after tearing his quad not even 2 months ago.

That team last night would have never made it past the second round. Curry had Draymond, who is by far getting outplayed by Siakam on offence. Dryamond's play is near even with Marc Gasol right now. Outside of Draymond, he has Iguodala limping around and Bogut who's surprisingly been an efficient player on both ends in his limited minutes.

Despite all of this you could say, "well they didn't have Klay and KD, those players would help Draymond and the role players be better" - and I can't say you'd be wrong, but an injury to Curry or Klay is the worst thing that could have happened to a team built around the Splash Brothers, not around Kevin Durant.
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Golden State could have won with that line up. They were so damn complacent, and lax on all the little things that make a championship team.

I agree with the Doc, good for Toronto, playing hard nosed offense and defense and not getting rattled when the Warriors tried a run.

That 4th was sad for the Warriors as they went back to what they do best, trying to draw questionable fouls, or pretending that they didn't foul when they did, looking at the refs in horror and wonder, and then throwing a fit by not getting back on d.

Terrible positioning on defensive rebounds, no hustle for loose balls, bonehead passes, and layups by little guys who don't bother to protect the ball with their bodies and get blocked twice in a row in exactly the same way. Weird passes inside trying to somehow avoid a sea of Raptor bodies. Again, twice in a row, Green forcing a bad pass in the the same way.

That last run wasn't a run, it was a flail. I wouldn't have cared if they lost if they had at least tried. Their laxness is the opposite of championship basketball.

Toronto always came back with a big three it seemed after GS hit one, and when they didn't wilt before the 'dynasty,' GS didn't know what to do.

There's a lot of little stuff you can do, through sheer effort and brains, when your shots aren't falling to keep you in a game. GS didn't bother.

Very frustrating to watch.

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I think if we just start bogut at the point and iso him at the top of the key every play we will be good. Toss curry on the bench for now.
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(06-06-2019 06:19 PM)extremely bainful Wrote:  I think if we just start bogut at the point and iso him at the top of the key every play we will be good. Toss curry on the bench for now.

LOL. This has gotta be a tongue in cheek NBA finals strategy post if I have ever seen one.

Curry's performance was MVP'esque, but we saw first hand that you still need a full squad (or very close to a full one) to take the title. The Toronto Raptors looked like a very cohesive team last night.
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Looney was a turnstile in defense and was contributing nothing on offense. His injury opened up minutes for Cousins and Bogut who both played well.

This series could well be 3-0. The refs Prevented the Raptors from delivering a KO during the first half of game 2 with a series of questionable calls.

At this point GSW looks good for 109 points, which it scored in all three games Klay or no Klay. Toronto's streaky three point shooting on good looks determines the Future of the series.

At lot of people thought that GSW would run Gasol off the court with their speedy small lineups, but as long as they can't do this I don't see how they win, especially with Draymond getting outplayed. Of course we all expect GSW to run him off the court when a Durant comes back, but if he can stay in front of Curry, he can probably stay in front of Durant too. GSW needs KD on defense more than on offense.
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I don't care about the injuries that GSW suffered. Anyone here remembers how that dirty fucker Pachulia took out Leonard some years ago? Karma might be a bitch, we'll see.

Anyway, with exception from the legendary 2011 Dallas vs Miami finals, I've never rooted that hard for a team as I do now for Toronto. Go Raptors!
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Lets go Raptors, lets go Raptors

I wonder if Lenard will stay in Canada next year after winning it all in Toronto....I'd be pretty shocked if the Raptors don't end up winning this. Maybe KD will come back and put GS on his back and lead a legendary comeback, maybe not

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The stage is set for the most dramatic NBA Finals in history - that is if KD comes back for Game 5 and they get on a roll to force a Game 7 in TO. He has another almost 3 days of rest before Game 5 - that's a good bit but that injury seems worse than GS has been letting on. Would be an incredible story if it panned on that way, I doubt TO could stand up to a functioning KD, they are so prone to collective shooting funks. Kind of anti-climactic without KD though, GS is just too worn down and TO seems to have no fatigue or injury problems.
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I grew up a Warriors fan but I am really appreciating the way the Raptors play. I think I want them to win. They look like basketball players. The Warriors look like millennials trying to YOLO and getting buzz killed over and over.

Seeing advertisements for a TV game show produced by Stephen Curry. That's it producer, go produce your show.

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Toronto just rolls a dice of which role player is going to have a good game. GSW has no answer as they literally can't even play best defensive lineup, Boogie is unplayable at this minute level but Kerr is being stubborn to not upset his feelings, Bought and Cook see your best bench players in GSW and he can't find them minutes as they destroy the defence. Kerr just has a ton of matchup issues that are not easy to fix. It is almost as if Masai built this team to kill GSW and we are seeing it manifest in full now.


(06-08-2019 12:06 AM)Justinian Wrote:  The stage is set for the most dramatic NBA Finals in history - that is if KD comes back for Game 5 and they get on a roll to force a Game 7 in TO. He has another almost 3 days of rest before Game 5 - that's a good bit but that injury seems worse than GS has been letting on. Would be an incredible story if it panned on that way, I doubt TO could stand up to a functioning KD, they are so prone to collective shooting funks. Kind of anti-climactic without KD though, GS is just too worn down and TO seems to have no fatigue or injury problems.

KD isn't built like this. When in his career has he been a man of heroics? KD is all a kit KD.

I want KD back because I'm sick of the narrative of how a team that is already stacked in GSW can't win without another elite player. GSW has gotten exposed because for the price of being top heavy with no bench and they have a thin and undersized team that can't generate offence outside of thier 3 elite players (KD, Klay, Steph). They also have drafted poorly as of late with none of thier young players being anything of note while Toronto is stacked with late round draft picks or dudes literally off the street in Fred Van Fleet.

I want KD back because let him iso all day and get his 40. Him getting big points does not equal GSW wins as we have seen all playoffs when he was around.

This KD narrative needs to die. Toronto has owned GSW all year long and has been a matchup problem for them all year long. I hope KD plays and Toronto still wins.
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GS is the biggest bunch of sjws in the NBA. From ownership to staff to players.

Speaking of ownership, Draymond Green had the temerity to demand owners of teams be called something else because it hurt his wittle feelings because he can't get over an institution that has been abolished for 154 years and the nation has been apologizing and trying to make up for over the last 60 years. This is a man who makes 16.4 million dollars a year. He is an inarticulate, illiterate thug with zero skills that would benefit the greater society. And he makes 16x more in a year than most Americans make in their lives.

Combine that with baby back bitch Durant, the professed family man Christian who acts like a petulant sjw faggot that is Steph Curry, the virtue-signaling coattail rider Kerr, and the Silicon Valley fanbase who previously couldn't give a fuck about the team until six years and you have a recipe for the most easily antagonistic team in the NBA.

Anyone know Kawhi Leonard's politics? Nope, because he doesn't use his platform as an athlete as a pulpit.
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