Game Thread 2022-23 Game #18 - BLAZERS @ CAVALIERS - NOVEMBER 23, 2022 - WEDNESDAY - 4:00 PM (PDT) ROOT

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  1. Tince

    Tince Well-Known Member

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    Ant can join the 100 other players in the league who want to be an all-star. Becoming one is difficult as someone as talented as CJ proved. Neither Ant nor Grant are consistent enough to be all-stars. Doesn't mean they're bad players either.

    What we shouldn't do is have significantly higher expectations for Ant this year because of how much more money he's making. Paying a guy more, doesn't make him better. Ant is a good NBA player in my opinion, he's not a great player at this time.
     
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    Bingo... got to wait for a quarter of the season to really make educated adjustments to your preseason predictions. Overall, this start has still exceeded my expectations.
     
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  3. Chris Craig

    Chris Craig (Blazersland) I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Well he has certainly been paid like one.
     
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    I absolutely have higher expectations for Ant this season because of his starting role, his money and his years as a Blazer...it's time for him to impact the team and right now, he's disappointing me when it comes to that. See if he turns it around. Shaedon is the project on this team, not Ant
     
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    Sean.ivity Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Do they have 1 play for Sharpe? I feel like his direction from Billups is to go stand in the corner and look to cut baseline if its open.... I see some people saying how Sharpe has been playing bad but unless I'm missing something I feel like there is no effort to try to get him the ball at all on offense... even on fast breaks you can see him ahead of everyone anticipating a lop or a pass but the ball handler either goes 2 on 1 or slows the break... I might be wrong becasue im often working while watching games but it seems like whenever im watching he's basically the 5th option on the court.
     
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    AldoTrapani Well-Known Member

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    So we are here guys. We all said 20 games was a fair sample size.
    NOT GOOD!
     
  7. OneSport3

    OneSport3 The Knowledge Hoarder

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    No one is claiming he’s a rookie. To fault him for the contract is unfair. These extensions are on scale for his level of player. Contract amounts are only increasing with anticipation of the next TV deal.

    By no means am I comparing Ant’s abilities to Steph Curry, but there was a time when Warriors fans were ready to give up on Curry in favor of Monta Ellis.

    I mean give the kid a full season as a starter before you judge him.
     
  8. riverman

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    I don't fault him for his contract...I ask him to live up to it....I'm only disappointed in Ant for his recent stretch of play and not trying to make false equivalencies about it. He's a starter...I expect him to play better for 4 qtrs, not just one qtr a game.
     
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    Some of y'all need a break.
     
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    OneSport3 The Knowledge Hoarder

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    For real
     
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  11. THE HCP

    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    No. People with common sense and realistic expectations are no more down on him now than they were high on him 3 weeks ago. This place FAMS!!!
     
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    OneSport3 The Knowledge Hoarder

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    Here’s some perspective. We’ve played one of the toughest schedules to date (ranges from 3rd to 5th). Dame has missed a majority of those games. Yet we are still 10-8 and 1.5 games out of 1st place.
     
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    Chalupa LUKE!
     
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    Yup! And remember we got lucky that SA game before that. Something happened after that wonderful road trip that you wouldn’t expect to happen.. instead of building off a successfully road trip it seems like the team collapsed
     
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    Sorry but I’ve said all along 10-10 at 20 games and I’m ecstatic! Very happy with what we have and what they can accomplish still this year.
     
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    10+8=20. NOT GOOD!
     
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    Look at the bright side. At least we weren’t the Warriors and paid Jordan Poole $40M more than Ant for even less production than Ant.
     
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  18. Chris Craig

    Chris Craig (Blazersland) I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    True
     
  19. riverman

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    nah...it's totally ok to vent about a disappointing stretch of play after seeing things click and the ball move early in the season. I cheer most of the time....if I need to vent, it's allowed. Doesn't mean I'm melting down. It's just a game. Maybe some folks take it seriously but I still enjoy the team. Ant just needs to play 4 qtrs or come off the bench.
     
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    Your math is NOT GOOD! (Hint: look at our win/loss record.)

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