Oliver Macklem


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Rudy Gay Press Conference

When assessing the performance of an athlete, coach or GM/executive, there are two qualifiers that you must abide by – large sample sizes and recent sample sizes. Large sample sizes are necessary to eliminate the effect of outliers. A recent sample size is necessary because you have to give someone an opportunity for personal improvement on the job. If a player or executive shows a large new sample of work, why do we care about what he did in the past?

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at Bryan Colangelo’s tenure in Toronto, with a quick comment on each major trade, free agent signing and draft pick BC has made during his seven years as President and General Manager of the Raptors…

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Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors

Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay posted 26 points apiece but the Raptors lost their 5th straight game, 125-118 to the Warriors.

Here are some thoughts on the game:

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Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

The Wizards have now won three straight and seven of their last nine after Monday’s win in Toronto. They came into this game fresh off wins over Denver and Houston so there was no reason for any Raptors player to be taking this team lightly. Unfortunately, Toronto’s best player had a very indifferent approach to this game and as a result…

Wizards 90, Raptors 84

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Memphis Grizzlies v Toronto Raptors

In a game that  redefined the words defensive struggle, both the Grizzlies and Raptors shot 36% from the field. Toronto’s five-game win streak comes to an end but there were some positives to draw from going toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the Western Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Washington Wizards v Memphis Grizzlies

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Memphis: Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol Read the rest of this entry »