Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Edition IV: We’re not turning back around
Date: December 28, 2017
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. The latest edition focuses on an ugly Raptors loss to the Thunder, the No. 1 seed in the East, and Norman Powell’s struggles.
Welcome to another edition — and another year — 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.
KOREEN: It’s not that I hold grudges, Blake, it is just that I never, ever forget perceived slights. (#ProveEm). Are those two things the same thing? What am I, a professional word person? I’ll leave that to the experts.
All of which is to say, I have not forgotten that you held me culpable for the Raptors’ two November losses in New York and Indiana after Seerat Sohi and I got fat and sassy regarding the team’s chances on that road trip. “Too confident,” you said (in my head). “This downfall will be all your fault,” I imagined you saying. “Have you never watched the Raptors before?” you probably thought.
Payback is an unfriendly thing, Blake. Dear readers, I want you to know that my cohort in cognitive coherence was very bullish about the prospect of doing an edition of Raptors Reasonablists this week, because he was eager to discuss how important it was to prioritize first place in the conference. The next thing you know, the Raptors have one of their worst losses of the season in Dallas before being exposed by superior talent in Oklahoma City. Just like that, the evil Bostonians are in first again.
Continue reading at The Athletic.