Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume III, Part III: Should old a-Kawhi-tance be forgot
Date: December 27, 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 the Raptors’ use of zone defense, Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard never playing together, year-end favorites, and more.
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 a 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: Happy holidays, Blake. I hope your trip back home was wonderful, full of great food, no potatoes and reminding your siblings who is their superior. For Jewish Christmas, I saw The Favourite and If Beale Street Could Talk. I’d give both movies solid B’s, although The Favourite had a little bit more going on creatively, which did not stop me from falling asleep near the end, because in 2018 I aged 35 years. Anyway, nothing will ever top the Manchester By-The-Sea/Moonlight double bill.
We more or less took it easy during the break, and so did the Raptors. They had a decisive, if understandable loss in Philadelphia on Saturday. And then in their first game back, the Raptors took it really easy for the first half and change, before turning to the magical elixir that is the zone defence to come back in Miami.
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