Inside the Purple Room 2013-14 GM16- Brian Shaw is a coach with an old school mindset as he went 10 men deep. The Toronto Raptors had a 15 point lead that they gave up to the hands of the Denver Nuggets. Jonas from the opening tip attempted a hook-shot that hit rim but his intentions were solid to drive the ball inside. However, the quickness of Ty Lawson, the physicality of the “Manimal” Kenneth Faried and Timothy Mozgov allowed the Nuggets to prevail and keep their win streak alive. Oh, and how can I forget, “All good things come in small packages,” i.e Nate Robinson.
Inside the Purple Room Presents GM15: Another close games is out of reach for the Toronto Raptors who not only clawed their way back from a 20 point deficit but had a 16-4 run going into the 4th. Unfortunately, free throw shooting became the Raptors achilles heel. The Miami Heat are just so fundamentally sound that they don’t even skip a beat. The King draws contact and dishes it out. Lebron can be left all alone running down the open court and all the Raptors can do is sit and watch the one day hall of famer in action.
No one saw this one coming… The Brooklyn Nets are hovering at 4-11 and sitting next to the bottom of the league beside their neighbour New York Knicks. Jason Kidd looks to find coaching as a bigger challenge within itself. When the Raptors took on the new-look Brooklyn Nets it seemed as though most of their guidance was coming from the assistant coach Lawrence Frank. Sure the season is young but the challenge remains turning this, dare I say sinking ship around. Let’s face it when the big three of the Miami Heat came together their suffered through their own pitfalls as well. Good in life that we accomplish are defined by suffering.
As the doors to the Nets locker room opened prior to the game Tyshawn Taylor sat by his locker with a tub full of hot water and epson salt. He was relaxing his feet prior to the tip and chatting up a storm with on of that reporters. Tyshawn Taylor is a man who has found his identity coming off the bench and risen to the occasion when his name is called upon. This is a man whose mantra was, “I was born to lose.” He grew up in the projects of Hoboken, New Jersey and managed to climb out of the shadows of distress through the game of basketball.
Mason Plumlee on the other hand is a revered big man in the league. I guess for the 23 year old center, moving away made him more mature and able to handle adversity. As a rookie big man in this league with their heart and soul Brook Lopez injured he has embraced you the challenge. The guidance of a champion in Kevin Garnett has moulded the rook into understanding the intreciate philosophies of the game.
Everyone can ease off a little on the panic button and breathe a sigh of relief as Jason Kidd and his 3-10 Brooklyn Nets improved to 4-10 on this young season. Yes, they snapped a 5-game losing streak against the Toronto Raptors. Dare I say it was fitting to have happened against the Toronto Raptors. Let’s be frank the hot hands last night were DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Despite the Raptors switching their coverages in the final 10 secs the best option for Rudy Gay wasn’t to kick it to Amir Johnson in the corner for the three. It goes back to close game situations the Raptors should have been able to execute. Let’s pool this game in the same category as the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and even the Portland Trailblazers game. When you look back in April these were games that were the Raptors for the taking.
Inside the Purple Room presents a glimpse into how both the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets are prepping for tonight’s game. The Nets have lost 5 straight games and the Raptors are on the cusp of going 7-7 and achieving the .500 mark. Hear what Jason Kidd thinks the keys are to tonight’s game and what Dwane Casey has emphasized to his team prior to the tip. The Nets have won 3-4 meetings vs. the Toronto Raptors last season.
Inside the Purple Room & Raptorszone Present GM13- Despite a 16 point lead in the first half the Raptors allowed the Washington Wizards most notably John Wall come back in this game and cut the deficit. But toughness and defensive execution allowed the Toronto Raptors to prevail and stay a float the Atlantic Division. DJ Augustin was a great surprise off the bench for the Raptors the Wizards bench was an unconventional mess. Get your Raptors fix prior to the next game.
Inside the Purple Room & Raptorszone Presents GM12- The Toronto Raptors are up top the Atlantic division. These are words you would never think you would hear in a million years. But the wings look to be finding their groove and the bigs are slowly but surely settling into their own. The next stretch is a winnable month for the Toronto Raptors who are more effective away from home. But they a home stretch of 3 straight are 2nd in offensive rebounds and look to begin the week at home vs. the Washington Wizards.
Inside the Purple Room & Raptorszone Presents GM11- The Portland Trailblazers who are off to their best start since 1999-00 when they began 10-1. This young nucleus is maturing before our very eyes. Terry Stotts and his coaches pay attention to solidifying the work on the defensive end. They are a team who isn’t winning with luck against teams like the Spurs and even the Celtics. The dynamics are in place with a vet in Lamarcus Aldridge leading the way.
Always Looking Up in a Short Girl’s World presents, “Miami Heat on the Road to #3.” Lebron James and company have finally tasted what it feels like to be champions and sacrifice for the greater good to be champs again. But as the Raptors season is in it’s infancy what do the Miami Heat have in store for the road to a three-peat?
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