Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume III, Part II: It never rains in Southern California (man, it pours)
Date: November 2, 2018
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 examines some early season fears on the minds of Raptors fans.
Welcome to another edition of Raptors Reasonablists with Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy. Throughout the year, Raptors staff writers Koreen and 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: Hello, Nurse!
Admittedly, that would have been a better intro for a post-hiring edition of Raptors Reasonablists, but failing that, I figured it best to clear it out of my system now. Can you believe we haven’t done one of these since before the Kawhi-DeMar trade, when the Raptors had suddenly become the favourites in Vegas to land Leonard? We both conceded it would be awfully difficult for the Raptors to make the best offer for the star, which offers a good reminder: Not everybody’s definition of reasonable in any certain circumstance is the same. One team’s hang-up-the-phone offer might be the foundation of an offer that works for another team. As reasonable people, we must learn these things.
Anyway, three-and-a-half months later, here we are: Heading into Friday’s games, the Raptors are 7-1, with a dominant offence and a passable defence, albeit one that has not been tested by many of the league’s best attacks. (Although, Charlotte ranks second in offensive rating right now, and the Raptors held them to a 106.0 rating, almost nine points per 100 possessions below their current mark.) Kawhi Leonard has surpassed the early-season expectations of a player who played just nine games last year and then some, even enduring some hard falls caused by preposterously large men, while Kyle Lowry is doing all of the normal Kyle Lowry things that lead you to believe that he is as committed to winning as any other season.
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