Raptors Reasonablists: Volume 1, Part II (the Jonas Valanciunas edition)

Title: Raptors Reasonablists: Volume 1, Part II (the Jonas Valanciunas edition)
Date:December 7, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists.

Welcome to another edition of Raptors Reasonablists with Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy. Throughout the year, lead NBA writer Koreen and regular contributor Murphy discuss hot-button issues surrounding the Raptors, but with an even-keeled approach in pursuit of finding reasonable, middle ground. If we have faith in anything, it is that reasonable middle grounds lead to: a) workable long-term solutions; b) increased empathy and understanding for others; and c) more wins — at least more wins when they truly matter — probably. We hold these truths to be self-evident, and we hold these truths to be good truths.

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Murphy: The Reasonablists learned their own lesson in being reasonable this week. Planning ahead for the next edition of The Reasonablists, Eric and I were looking for holes in the schedule to potentially drop Episode II. That would have been forcing it, though, and the more reasonable approach is to let the game, as it were, come to you.

As luck would have it, our planning was preempted by the emergence of an obvious topic to reasonablize right now, rather than some weeks down the line: NPR ranked Mitski’s “Your Best American Girl”  as the No. 2 song of 2016, when it is very clearly the No. 1 song of 2016.

Oh, and Jonas Valanciunas continued to play quite poorly in a narrow loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers this week, one that saw him sit out the highest-leverage chunk of the game yet again. Valanciunas has been up and down for the first quarter of the season, dealing with minor injuries to his left knee and left ankle, showing only occasional growth as a passer, and generally stagnating on the defensive end. Often, he’s been on the bench in the fourth quarter. Valanciunas is a “matchup player,” but the number of matchups he has failed to thrive in is becoming at least a little concerning.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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