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The game deciding possession/sequence basically summed up the trade.

 

Ibaka at the line shooting 2. Raptors down by 2. He makes the first, misses the second. Spurs get the ball, DeRozan dribbles it up the court, Lowry forces him to stumble and fall, Kawhi steals the ball and scores to give Raptors the lead (and the win)!

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Teams have until the end of the week to buyout guys. Meeks 10 day deal I believe ends before this window, so Raptors still have some room if they want to go after a guy bought out. I wouldn't be surprised if Ujiri had a name or two in mind to sign but is just waiting to see if any surprise names hit the market.

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Raptors beat Celtics badly. One of their biggest wins vs Boston in franchise history (bonus we did it on TNT, which is weird because Raptors usually suck on TNT/ESPN).

 

21 games remaining on the season. Funny thing, the way the east is going, Raptors could go 0-21 and finish 5th. Speaking of playoff spot, it's tough to know where I'd want Raptors to finish. If playoffs began today, they'd face Pacers in rd2. But 76ers are just 1 game back. Do we hope Raptors get the 1 seed and play winner of what is likely gonna be Celtiics vs 76ers/Pacers, or do we hope for 2 seed, and play either Pacers or 76ers in rd2?

 

And on TV I heard them talking about the whole Kawhi rest stuff, and what they said did sound interesting and I wonder if part of it was their plan all along. There's currently 21 games left, Kawhi has played 45. 60 games for the regular season seems like a good number of games to play. If he played all remaining games minus back to backs, he'd play 18. So they have 3 other games to think about "load management". The final game of season (on road vs TWolves) I'd pick as 1 of those 3. Other 2 can just be whenever they want.

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Sounds like there's mutual interest in Gortat. Wouldn't be a bad guy to add simply to eat up minutes down the stretch. Maybe used in specific matchups in playoffs too, but really a regular season add to give the other bigs rest. 

 

Meeks isn't getting another 10 day deal. Given that Kawhi is still going to have more load management days (and recently even admitted he doesn't care really about the regular season. Playoffs are what matters), a Gortat signing would still leave a spot open for another 10 day F/G signing if they want to add someone to OG, Green, Mccaw, Powell. 

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