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January 25, 2015 Updates

The wall is the fatigue level that creeps up on him and every player during a game. Only since his rookie year, he has been able to fight through that wall and continue. Right now he can’t. “Coming back I knew with all that rest I had, I would have that energy the first couple of games but I knew adversity would hit eventually,” he said. “I knew I would get fatigued. It’s easier when you are in complete shape through summer and training camp. You get into the season and when that fatigue hits you can fight through it. Now when it hits me it’s like hitting that rookie wall that you’re not used to when you first get in the league. That’s all it is.” Toronto Sun

January 24, 2015 Updates

DeMar DeRozan had zero points in Milwaukee, six in Memphis and eight last night and if he’s had a worse week in his career, I can’t remember it and I’ve seen just about every week since he got here. The kid feels it, he knows his responsibility and his role and it’s killing him. The thing is he didn’t get to the free throw line last night at all, he shot two free throws in Memphis and only two in Milwaukee and that’s not good enough. Now, he’s being guarded differently playing with Lowry and Vasquez than he was playing with Lowry and Ross but he’s got to be better. He knows it. “It's not really about me playing the three, just my whole rhythm and feel of everything. Just get that back on track and let it come to me natural, like it was before. I kind of find myself looking for fouls now, instead of it coming naturally to me.” Toronto Star

Lowry, who averaged 17.8 points and 7.4 assists last season for Toronto, had plenty of help in the election process. For one, Casey said he would get in a fight if Lowry didn't earn a berth. "It's a good thing he made it because I am not a good fighter," Casey said laughing. HoopsHype

"If I would have had it before, I would have appreciated it but now 28-years-old and Year 9, it's a testament of being with a great team and great organization and great group of guys who I get along with," Lowry said. "So for me to represent them at this time is perfect." HoopsHype

January 23, 2015 Updates

Williams is averaging 15.1 points per game and once again is proving to be one of the best reserves in the NBA - he led the 76ers in scoring as a reserve in his final season here. He said the biggest problem with the deliberately bad 76ers (8-34) is that there simply are no true veterans to guide the young team. "It's like the blind leading the blind because they don't have veterans on the roster," Williams said Thursday after the Raptors' practice on Temple's campus. "You don't know what's around the corner; you don't know what's coming next. "There are just a whole lot of things - like how hard it is to play with the all-star break right around the corner - that you have to know to be successful in this league. They probably still don't know that every team is going to try to come in and whip their [behinds] because they are still trying to learn the league, so it's very tough on them." Philadelphia Inquirer

January 22, 2015 Updates
January 21, 2015 Updates

"Chicago, Toronto and Washington are all better built for the playoffs than Atlanta," said one Eastern Conference executive, "because they have size and at least one guy who can break you down." The disciples contend that the Spurs already laid waste to the need for all that by winning a championship—and nearly winning two—that relied as much on Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw and Danny Green as it did Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who have been a Big Three in name more than reality for the last several years. Today's NBA, with its zone defenses, profusion of three-point shooting and diminished physicality is more akin to guerrilla warfare—flexibility and versatility at both ends of the floor being more important than a singular matchup or three. "I would definitely think the model now is a team that plays stronger together than just having a couple of superstars," said one Western Conference scout. Bleacher Report

January 19, 2015 Updates

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