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  1. Why? If they lose this series, I'm right but not happy about it. If they win, I'm just waiting for the other boot to drop in the next series.
  2. You're right, they should, but they won't. They've turned onto Boston after the trade: gobs of talent and no chemistry.
  3. Outmuscled on the glass, Gasol playing soft, Leonard playing ISO heavy, the Magic in six.
  4. Raps won't make it out of the first round. Dumb trade by Ujiri and tonight is the beginning of those trade chickens coming home to roost.
  5. Green requires an attitude adjustment, delivered via an elbow to the face. If this had been a hockey game, Green would've had his face pounded in by JV's teammates. If the league turns a blind eye to deliberate attempts to injury, then it's up to the players to deal with it. The NBA has to be the absolute worst professional league on this side of the pond, for its favouritism toward stars and big market teams. Let this behaviour stand and the league has zero credibility.
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    Don't dismiss JV

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    Don't dismiss JV

    as we would be making the same mistake as did the Raptor's brass. He brings way more to the table than just stats. We've probably all seen his situation at our workplaces. The hardworking, guts of the department, type of guy gets overlooked for promotion time and again in favour of some flashy, loudmouth, self-promoter. JV was treated as an afterthought by Casey and then Nurse demotes him to the bench. Throughout it all, JV never complained. The Raptors are missing him now though they will never admit it. Some interesting numbers this year: with JV in the line-up the Raptors went 23 and 7 (0.767) and without JV they have gone 26 and 14 (0.650). Can we attribute 100% of this to the absence of JV? Probably not, but a significant chunk of it we can. JV may not be a great perimeter defender, but he's good under the rim. He is an intimidating presence on the court and a beast on offence. Before the trade, I had the Raptors as a lock to make the ECF, but now, I doubt they get by the first round. Enjoy JV Memphis for you really won the trade. Gasol has done squat for the Raptors and I highly doubt he'll improve. JV could be your leader for the next few years so enjoy the ride.