Obviously Kyle Lowry didn’t score well, and that sucks but what’s more alarming to me is this. Why the hell do they even need Kyle Lowry to win a game 1 at home vs the Magic? No disrespect to the magic, I was very impressed with their play but the fact is that Toronto is obviously a much more talented team even without Lowry. Kawhi had a great game, Danny Green had a great game, Siakam also played very well, Gasol also played well, even Jodie Meeks hit that nice floater for the and 1. I could understand if they were going up against GSW or the Bucks but it’s very concerning to me that they couldn’t pull out a win in a grind it out game at home. Now I have no doubt that Toronto will probably win this series, but the question they have to be asking themselves is what happens when we face the Bucks or the warriors? Championship teams know how to care of business, in 2016 the warriors took both home games vs Portland and closed out the Houston series all while steph was out. That’s what championship teams do and if Toronto can’t comfortably put this game away despite a bad performance from a key player then what happens vs a team like the Bucks? Does everybody have to be firing on all cylinders in every game? It all comes down to execution, the fact that there was confusion on the last play between Kawhi and Gasol is a sign of a team that wasn’t very well prepped because the fact that Kawhi was under the impression that they were switching on the last play when Nurse said that Kawhi was supposed to get over the screen might mean that defensive coverages weren’t reinforced well enough. That’s just the impression I got from that, I could be wrong though That’s just my take, maybe Toronto wakes up after this and just goes on a tear but so far that is some cause for concern.
I mean no offense but the Bucks are facing a team that without Black Griffin would be a sub35 win team, so essentially they faced a tanking level team. The raptors had to play the second hotttest team in basketball in 2019. Not saying game 1 shouldnâ€™t h
> Black Griffin
Gotta find the white griffin
Sure but it just seemed like the Bucks were so much more focused and prepared, they went out and executed. That still counts for a lot despite the opponent they were facing. Same thing with Boston, they were shooting terribly yet they still managed to p
I donâ€™t think you understand my point, one team faced the equivalent of a SUB35 win team, while the other faced the hottest team in Basketball. We can talk about being prepared but â€śpreparationâ€ť isnâ€™t what got the Bucks 20 points in like 4 minutes
> Why the hell do they even need Kyle Lowry to win a game 1 at home vs the Magic? Styles make fights and Orlando has been one of the better teams post All Star break
Still Toronto is supposed to be a championship contender and one of the best teams in the league. You canâ€™t be losing playoff games at home vs teams that squeaked into the playoffs.
It happens and its just 1 game.. relax
DJ Augustin shot 70% from the field including 80% from 3 (lol single game %s) with hands in his face, and the Raptors missed a way above average number of wide open looks. Its unlikely those are sustainable things.
He got great looks and getting into the middle far too easily, even the last play was a botched defensive coverage. The raptors scored enough points to win the game, they didnâ€™t execute well enough on defense
While its unacceptable to score zero points, Lowry was essentially the scapegoat for that loss and it has distracted everyone from seeing the other glaring issues that caused them to lose.
I agree, maybe the raptors go on a tear after this but as of this moment that was something that was immediately noticeable to me
Agreed. Im gonna get downvoted by raps fans because we love Marc Gasol, but his p&r defense on the guard switches is horrible. Look at the final shot dj Augustin had for example.
Hes a center switched onto a point guard, so he played off to deal with the quickness disadvantage. The Magic only needed 2 to take the lead. If hed stepped up more to guard the 3, hed have been blown the fuck by. How many centers are gonna guard a PG out
I donâ€™t think it was Gasols fault because Kawhi was actually supposed to fight over the screen. I think itâ€™s an issue of a defensive coverage not being reinforced well by the coaching staff. Gasol thought he was meant to step up while Kawhi fights ove
He did okay against Vucevic but Gasol was getting targeted and taken advantage of in PnRs the whole game. Also Danny Green is a good defender but he is doesnt guard speedy players very well as Augustine took him to school every time they put Green on him.
Raptors will still win, but now they should not underrestimate the Magic anymore
Okc thought they would sweep lmfao
OKC in 6 imo with some bias
Orlando is a good team. Honestly, even before the series I was talking to people on how I didnt want to face them. Would even take the Sixers, Pacers and Brooklyn over them.
I was impressed with their play, they have potential
Hey Tone thats a pretty decent take Ohhhhh
Hey Mikey, hows the boy?
They need to play well. Got it.
I have a feeling you may be right about that but I canâ€™t say for sure
Obviously, D. J. Augustin was a huge difference, but even before that, I dont think he could have played much better. He had 25 points compared to his regular season average of just under 12. Sure, other guys on the Magic can step up besides him (VuÄŤevi
I have no doubt Toronto will win the series, this is about what comes after. And a lot of the magic players were pretty inefficient
For the most part, the Magic were having an on day. Augustins win shares were way above his average and everyone else was either about how they usually do or slightly better. ​ And in regards to whats ahead, Philadelphia looked way more outm
They beed Lowry because Orlandos starting backcourt scored 41 points. Lowry cant completely suck.
The magic where the hottest team in the nba coming in.
I know, still should have pulled it out