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Discussion: Raps in 5?

in: Klepperton; Klepperton > 2018-05-01

May 1, 2018 6:45 PM # 
Nev-Monster:
Dude that is bold.

I think this is going to be a long series. It will be Lebron versus everyone, but if you go at the King, you need to have the horses:
https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/5/1/17305174/le...
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May 1, 2018 9:21 PM # 
Klepperton:
Well...it wouldn't shock me if they won in 5.

Tonight:

VanVleet will pick up Lebron full court and strip him - keying a 16-4 run at the beginning of the 4th.

Raps win by 13.
May 2, 2018 3:58 AM # 
Klepperton:
That game was my worst nightmare.

There's another dimension within a Raps/Cavs series that I don't wish to acknowledge.
May 2, 2018 3:33 PM # 
Klepperton:
Sums up the sinking feeling...

https://medium.com/the-defeated/a-different-yet-fa...

But I still have hope - Raps in 6.
May 2, 2018 3:37 PM # 
Nev-Monster:
As does this picture:
https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/991513981...

Raps: 3-18 in final 4 mins and OT
May 2, 2018 3:43 PM # 
Klepperton:
Dude - I walked home from the game. I couldn't stand to be on the UP to hear all the crap coming out of our own fans' mouths.

...and I've been trying to avoid all media this morning, other than trusted sources with proper takes on it all.

The American media hasn't a clue about the Raptors. They're already writing them off.
May 6, 2018 2:00 AM # 
Hammer:
Cavs in 4
May 6, 2018 1:04 PM # 
Klepperton:
Oh ya.

The prognostication begins with a team on the brink.
May 6, 2018 9:41 PM # 
Hammer:
yeah that was poor of me.
May 8, 2018 10:11 PM # 
Klepperton:
Chirp away.

Devastating series for the Raps. I obviously didn't see it coming. All the metrics said otherwise.

I feel terrible for Lowry and Derozan...especially DeMar. They may never prove themselves to be elite, because they're not. Probably just second rate all stars like a Mitch Richmond or Chris Mullin.

This was their year to be Chauncey and Rip (who also weren't elite) - but they were winners and that's their legacy. Kyle and DeMar may always be remembered as losers.

Playoff Lebron is superhuman. Physically dominant, and a brilliant basketball mind.

I'd hate to be Masai this off season.
May 8, 2018 11:18 PM # 
Nev-Monster:
You know, I was thinking the same, the Raps might be one of those teams that people remember fondly, but just weren't at the top level. The Suns and the Trailblazers. Lob-City Clippers, Ewing Knicks. 80s Cavs. Lonzo's Heat.

I wouldn't place any bets on what the Raps would do. Masai is so in control, he moved Carmelo in the past and has crazy job security.

Casey could go. One of both of the guards, big contracts but I think they could find a taker. I think JV has value, not sure about Serge.
But, you know what, I think they might just run it back. Minor tinkering and hope that bench keeps stepping up.

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