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View Poll Results: Which player has to step up the most against OKC?

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  • Landry Fields

    5 13.89%
  • Andrea Bargnani

    27 75.00%
  • DeMar DeRozan

    2 5.56%
  • Jose Calderon

    0 0%
  • Other (not named Lowry)

    2 5.56%
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    Game 4 (TOR v. OKC) Nov 6: Raps Face tough Test Down in Oklahoma


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    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER v. TORONTO RAPTORS

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    Date: November 6th 2012
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
    TV: TSN




    PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS:




    PG...........SG..........SF..........PF...........C

    WESTBROOK----SEFOLOSHA----DURANT----IBAKA----PERKINS




    PG...........SG..........SF..........PF...........C

    LOWRY----DEROZAN----FIELDS----BARGNANI----VALANCIUNAS



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    Kyle Lowry v. Russell Westbrook

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    The Raptors are coming off an impressive team win against the T-Wolves after dropping their previous 2 games to the Pacers and Nets respectively. Tonight the Raps face their toughest test when they visit the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Last year the Thunder only lost 7 games at home and is called by many the best home court advantage in the NBA today. If the Raps hope to have a chance of winning this one, they must continue to have strong performances from their back court tandem; Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Both players have easily been the two best players on the team thus far in this early season. More to come.

    Lets go RAPTORS!!



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    Bargnani needs to step up and play well vs. Ibaka. Westbrook vs. Lowry and Durant vs. Derozan will be moot. Bargs needs to play well in order for us to come away with a solid W. Our bench needs to outplay OKC's bench which I believe is possible. This will be a true test for the Raps compared to a playoff team. Also, todays game was chosen by NBA fans to be shown on NBATV so there will be a lot of eyes on the team. Biggest game of the season so far IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gwrighter View Post
    Bargnani needs to step up and play well vs. Ibaka. Westbrook vs. Lowry and Durant vs. Derozan will be moot.
    Durant vs. Derozan is a moot point - I vote this as the understatement of the year.

    No offense to you gwrighter but that was the most ridiculous post I read from you. I know you can do better than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raps Insider 12 View Post
    Durant vs. Derozan is a moot point - I vote this as the understatement of the year.

    No offense to you gwrighter but that was the most ridiculous post I read from you. I know you can do better than that.
    Considering how well Demar and Lowry have played to start the season and that gwrighter was speaking relatively in terms of matchups I don't think it was really an understatement of anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-8-TheWizard View Post
    Considering how well Demar and Lowry have played to start the season and that gwrighter was speaking relatively in terms of matchups I don't think it was really an understatement of anything.
    Lowry vs. Westbrook can be argued.

    But to say Derozan vs. Durant is moot after 3 preseason games, please spare me the effort of continuing this debate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raps Insider 12 View Post
    Lowry vs. Westbrook can be argued.

    But to say Derozan vs. Durant is moot after 3 preseason games, please spare me the effort of continuing this debate.
    Both Durant and Derozan should be able to get theirs on the offensive end.
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    As long as we don't get completely bent over and rammed in front of a huge audience then I am happy with the outcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_jon View Post
    As long as we don't get completely bent over and rammed in front of a huge audience then I am happy with the outcome.
    Hahaha! This is pretty much it. We haven't had any national exposure in a couple years so let's not blow it.

    Frankly, like Gwrighter said, this one could come down to Bargs because it's the only place where we may have a pretty good matchup. Ibaka is definitely capable of guarding on the perimeter but he's also the type to bite on fakes. If Bargs can drop an efficient 20+ we might stand a chance.

    I also have a feeling we'll be seeing more of McGuire tonight than usual, which I'm super okay with.

    Lowry is going to go at Westbrook hard and make a case for himself as one of the best pg's in the league early on this season.

    Should be a fun, fast-paced game no matter what.


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    Quote Originally Posted by C_Mund View Post
    Hahaha! This is pretty much it. We haven't had any national exposure in a couple years so let's not blow it.

    Frankly, like Gwrighter said, this one could come down to Bargs because it's the only place where we may have a pretty good matchup. Ibaka is definitely capable of guarding on the perimeter but he's also the type to bite on fakes. If Bargs can drop an efficient 20+ we might stand a chance.

    I also have a feeling we'll be seeing more of McGuire tonight than usual, which I'm super okay with.

    Lowry is going to go at Westbrook hard and make a case for himself as one of the best pg's in the league early on this season.

    Should be a fun, fast-paced game no matter what.
    Lowry should hold his own against Westbrook but who is going to guard Durant---Bargnani, AA or Fields....Durant will go for 30+ tonight I suspect and we will have no answer defensively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psrs1 View Post
    Lowry should hold his own against Westbrook but who is going to guard Durant---Bargnani, AA or Fields....Durant will go for 30+ tonight I suspect and we will have no answer defensively.
    I agree, that's why I'm thinking we'll see McGuire on the floor for some pretty good spurts of time. I'm hoping this is where Jonas will show the part of his game that's polished because he's not up to par with his 1-on-1 defense yet but he's shown to be a good help defender on the block.


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    Game 4 (TOR v. OKC) Nov 6: Raps Face tough Test Down in Oklahoma

    I think this game will depend entirely on Westbrook. If he has his way and is hitting his shots, then this likely be a rough night. If he his forcing and taking stupid shots, then we may have a chance.
    “It’s about winning,” Stoudemire said. “You win, you’re going to get on national TV. Simple. In Phoenix, we won — Western Conference finals three, four years, playoffs every year. We won. If you don’t win, nobody really wants to see you.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by aman_13 View Post
    I think this game will depend entirely on Westbrook. If he has his way and is hitting his shots, then this likely be a rough night. If he his forcing and taking stupid shots, then we may have a chance.
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    Alan Anderson needs to step up. He needs to hit shots from the corner and try to slow down Durant.

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    Even though I expect a loss, hopefully we can keep the game fairly close.

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    lol Lowry's smile
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