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Old 04-15-2016, 09:46 AM   #1
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:56 AM   #2
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Thanks for this.

In the future, I'll think I will do a post game video or voice chat, to see if anyone else wants to chime in for the playoffs.
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A Season of Accolades
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Toronto captured its 3rd consecutive Atlantic Division title, en route to setting franchise records for wins (56), home wins (32) & road wins (24). The team set records for consecutive wins (11), as well as consecutive wins at home (12).

Toronto hosted its 1st All-Star game, & was represented by All-Stars KL & DD. Lowry had his 1st career game-winner against Cleveland. DeRozan recently passed VC for 2nd on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. Toronto will enter the postseason as a 2-seed, & the 4th best record in the league.

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Toronto learned last year that the season series record often goes out the window when the postseason hits, but on the season, are 3-1 against Indiana.

Toronto opened the season against Indiana, with Carroll drawing the defensive assignment of PG13 in his 1st game in a Raptors uniform.

Their sole loss came in the 2nd meeting between the 2 teams, where they built a 21-point lead in the 1st quarter, & then allowed a 39-4 Pacers run.

The 3rd meeting was a hard-fought Toronto victory in OT where Biyombo grabbed 25 rebounds, setting a franchise-record.

The final game in the series featured Toronto’s bench leading the way in a 13-point victory with KL, DD & Scola out for rest.
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While Toronto has been led by the All-Star play of KL & DD all season, PG13 has been doing the same for Indiana. After missing 76 games in the 2014-2015 season because of an open fracture of the tibia & fibula bones in his lower leg, George returned to start in 81 games this season, averaging 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists & nearly 2 steals per game.

The 3-time All-Star is a lethal scorer. Toronto will have its hands full trying to contain him. While Carroll looks forward to the challenge of stopping the opponents’ best scorer, DD had one of his most memorable defensive sequences of the season against George down the stretch in Toronto’s OT victory against the Pacers.

DeRozan is averaging 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds & 4.0 assists per game. Lowry is averaging 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists & 2.0 steals.

Expect Toronto to give George different looks with different defenders.

Expect the Pacers to try to make life difficult on DeRozan & Lowry — while also keeping them off the free throw line— & force other Raptors to step up.
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Rookie Watch:

It isn’t common for the 2nd seed in a conference to close the season starting a rookie, but Powell isn’t your standard rookie. The 46th selection in the '15 draft, Powell cracked the starting lineup after Carroll had knee surgery & JJ was sidelined with plantar fasciitis.

The UCLA alum has been a revelation for Toronto. In 24 starts, Powell has a true shooting percentage of 59%, while making 43% of his 3-pointers.

Turner— Indiana’s 11th pick in the '15 draft— is another rookie who has spent time in the starting lineup for a playoff team. Turner started 29 games for Indiana, & averaged 10.4 points, 5.5 rebounds & 1.4 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game.

Like Powell, Turner has played with confidence & poise in his 1st NBA season.

It’ll be interesting to see if the two can stay cool under the bright lights of the postseason.
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Big Men Stepping Up:

While Biyombo has been a fantastic addition for Toronto, Indiana’s Mahinmi has also been solid. Biyombo has helped Toronto improve their defence, while also sliding into the starting lineup when JV was out with a fractured hand.

Mahinmi averaged 9 points & 7 rebounds as he made a case for appearing on most-improved ballots. Both will play an important role for their respective teams in the playoffs.
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Beyond The Arc:

It’ll be interesting to see how the battle beyond the arc shakes out in this series, as both teams averaged the same number of attempts (23) per game, with Toronto slightly ahead in makes (8.6 to 8.0).

Lowry has always been a threat from 3, Carroll helps to space the floor, & Scola has added the shot to his repertoire. Off the bench, Patterson & Ross have had success from deep, while Powell has come on late.

In Indiana, Hill has had a solid season on both ends of the floor, making nearly 41% of his 3-pointers. Miles is always a threat capable of drilling a handful of threes, while PG13 has seemingly endless range.

The difference here is in defending the 3: Indiana has seen some slippage in April, but on the season opponents are only making 33% of 3-pointers against the Pacers. Toronto is allowing opponents to shoot 37% from downtown.
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As with the season series record, homecourt in the postseason is as big of an advantage as you make it. Still, with Toronto setting a franchise record with 32 victories at home, there isn’t anywhere they’d rather open the postseason.



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tough, tough loss



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TORONTO -- Carroll was texting late Saturday night w/Lowry & DeRozan following a disappointing 10-point loss in Game 1.

Toronto's star backcourt duo had struggled mightily in a 100-90 loss to Indiana. Lowry (11 points) shot 1-for-7 from the 3-point line, missed 5 free throws & committed 6 turnovers. DeRozan (14 points) went 5-for-19 from the field & had 3 miscues of his own.

I told Kyle & DeMar basically we’re going to go as far as they take us,” Carroll said following Sunday’s practice. “The rest of us are basically role players. They’re All-Stars for a reason, so I don’t think they’ll shoot that same percentage again. Just go out & play their game.”

Lowry watched film of the game twice but remains upbeat despite his subpar performance. He knows he needs to better, & believes he will be in Game 2.

My confidence is unshaken. Do I look shaky? I look strong, don’t I?” said Lowry, who -- bothered by a sore right elbow -- shot just 32.1% from the field & 64.3% from the free-throw stripe in his final 10 regular- season games.

You can’t hide [from a bad game], but I definitely didn’t go on social media because I know they were probably talking a lot of trash. But that’s life.”

In their last 3 Game 1s, Lowry & DeRozan have combined to make 32.6% of their shots vs Brooklyn, 26.7% vs Washington, & 25% vs Indiana.

George (33 points) held DeRozan to 3-for-15 shooting when he was guarding him. Lowry was limited to 2-for-7 shooting when guarded by Hill, although he went 1-for-4 on uncontested attempts from downtown.
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Great win tonight.

Closed out the 3rd quarter really well and was able to extend the lead in the 4th despite PG13 and Ellis having decent games.

Lowry and DeRozan again didn't shoot very well tonight (way better than last game though), but Lowry was able to impact the game through his defense/rebounding/distributing. Val, Cory, and Patterson were HUGE, Biyombo played well in 15ish minutes as well.

Hope we keep it up in Indiana!
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impressive win in game #3

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Raptors overwhelming the opposition ?
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...After 4 straight disappointing performances, & after a week of promising that someday soon the lid would come off the bucket, All-Star shooting guard DeRozan exploded for a team-high & career playoff-high 34 points on 10-for-22 shooting in 40 minutes of work. He made 12 of his 13 free throws, including a critical pair with 13 seconds left in the 4th to give Toronto the 3-point lead that would stand up as the final margin of victory.

...Casey rolled the dice with a small-ball, bench-heavy lineup in the 4th quarter to try to chop down a 13-point Pacers advantage ... & was rewarded with a 21-2 run (actually, 23-2, if you could a pair of free throws late in the third) fueled largely by big performances from his reserves.
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Indiana's inability to complete simple passes or hit open shots allowed Toronto get back into the game; Hill's inability to get the ball up just a tenth of a second faster allowed Toronto to escape with a thrilling come-from-behind win that fundamentally changes the complexion of the series.

"One frame shy of being a tie game going to overtime," Vogel said.

Now, instead of the Pacers flying back to the States with a chance to close out on their home court, Toronto will travel to Bankers Life for Friday's Game 6 seeking its first trip to the 2nd round of the playoffs since '01.

Sometimes, the smallest difference makes all the difference in the world.
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was fortunate enough to get tix tonight!

"thrilling" is an understatement, imo
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89-84. Miami in Round 2
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Even with this loss, PG is still a stud.
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No idea who will win between raps and the heat. I'm just enjoying the ride from here on out.
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