Category: Freddie Rivas

Freddie is the host of Confederacy of Dunks, not to mention a prominent comedian in Toronto who performs all the time. His two main passions are comedy and basketball, so this podcast is a blissful euphoria for him. Every once in a while, he’ll hit you with “Five Freddie Feels” about the state of the game, so keep an eye out!

FIVE FREDDIE FEELS: RAPTORS VS BUCKS

????LBJ and Kawhi are cute arguments, but Giannas is the best player in the world and has been since he turned 24. Yes, he still shoots 31% from 3, and yes, the Raps + Kawhi & Danny beat him last year, but he’s rocking the best PER of all time and is on his way to a potential unanimous MVP. The good thing for the league is that he has to play with other people.


????The good thing for the Raps is that they successfully walled him off all game long, limiting him to 19 points! He got 19 rebounds (who cares) and 9 assists (this matters). It wasn’t a shut down, but the Raps have the resources, even without Gasol/Norm/Pat to dictate how Giannas plays. This is a measuring stick game, so that’s really impressive and encouraging.


????The Bucks have a better ranked defence than the Raps, but I think our defensive versatility is our biggest advantage over this squad. Last night was pure scramble defence, which is great for holding a team to a bad 3 point % (they shot 33%), but unfortunately they also have guys like Kris and Brook who can get high % 2’s. This is where you miss Gasol’s elite skills. We can play drop down like Lopez does, scramble like we did last night, go huge with our bigs or even go full small ball with RHJ.


????Playoff auditions! This was my favourite part of the game. Davis, Boucher, Thomas and RHJ all proved they can make big plays against the best team in the NBA. This is massive because when Norm and Gasol get back; minutes will get tighter and Nurse will know that these guys are more valuable than a break glass scenario.


????These are the two best teams in the NBA. Last year, we outscored the Bucks by 6 points in the series. Basically, we outscored them by 1 point every game. It was tight. Kawhi scored more than a 1/3 of our points in that series, so we’ll obviously need to find production elsewhere. We know that Pascal can fill some of that void, but efficient offensive performances from everyone is a requisite to beating this squad in May. I’m confident it’s possible, and that the Bucks are breakable, but it’s on this squad to prove that they can do it, and they haven’t yet.

Five Freddie Feels: Raptors vs Blazers

????Just like we all hoped; this team is fun as hell. 11 games in and the raps are 5th on O, 5th on D and 3rd in net rating. Enough games have been played to officially declare any summer raptors pessimists straight up haters. Masai’s depth is only a secret if you don’t watch this squad.

????Who is Pascal? He leads the team in points (27), rebounds (9) & +/- (8.7). I’m curious how the league will game plan for him as the season/playoffs go along; but currently no one has any answers. He’s just too ????.

???? Nurse should already be in COY talks. He’s used every single member of the roster, flummoxed offence’s with his defensive creativity, kept guys hungry and built a very democratic offence that isn’t too reliant on any one player. Who needs coaches challenges anyway.

????Gasol is still good. Yea, I said it. I’m a Gasol stan. Here’s why; push ahead passes, deflections, calling out offensive and defensive sets, screen assists, box outs that lead to team rebounds and gretzky assists all don’t show up on the traditional box score. The best way to measure Gasol is team wins (8-3), and box plus minus (7.5) which has him 2nd on the team behind ????, 5th in the league for centers and 18th in the NBA overall. Those are winning numbers.

???? OG is Ron Artest and FVV is Steph Curry. J/k, but the development of these two has been ludicrous. Overall, our young players are making quantum leaps nearly every quarter. Once again Masai has managed to put a winning team out that is simultaneously developing. Bravo. It’s good to be a raptors fan.

Five Freddie Feels: Raptors Vs Celtics

By Freddie Rivas

Boston glee party. So many good things last night. If it wasn’t such an important game for both teams, you might be able to write it off as one team being off and the other team being on, but everyone tried, and everyone cared. Remember late last season when we lost back-to-back to the Celtics/Cavs? It underscored a sense of plateauing, particularly with Serge defending the PnR & the bench being less impactful in a high stakes game. Whatever this game was, it was the opposite of that; Raptors ascending????


????Worries about Gasol. Don’t worry about Gasol. This game should assuage people still wondering if maybe we shouldn’t have traded JV for an old Jedi like Marc. JV is good at what he does, but this game is a great example of just how much bigger an impact Marc can make, in ways that JV couldn’t dream of. Marc played Theiss off the court, had 8 integral assists, a +18 in 23 minutes and mitigated the Celtics single biggest advantage by outplaying Horford while the raps took over the game in the 2nd! Vital.


????Say it with me, ????THE RAPTORS ARE NOT ALL IN! Is Kawhi going to stay? Are Lowry and Gasol too old? Are they in a good position to rebuild after this season? As a Raptors fan, you can confidently answer all of these questions with one name: SIAKAM. Siakam is basically unstoppable every night and is one of the single best prospects in the entire NBA. He’s actually not that young because he’s 24? GTFO, the dude is a ????????????that is crushing everything in it’s path.


????Claw management & Cry-me Irving. If rest = this type of calm dominance from Kawhi, Philly & Boston don’t stand a chance. Giannas is a different conversation and Embiid might take over the league at some point down the line, but if I was a Boston fan, I would be terrified that Kyrie was my best player. Yes, he can conjure up 1-1 magic from time to time, but he is rarely the best player on the court, and won’t be against any of the major eastern contenders. Boston dodged a bullet last year by having an inspired and under-scouted Rozier come in hot for them.


????I had lofty expectations of Nurse heading into this year. He came into one of the most fortunate situations I could ever imagine, but, man, has he really excelled. Sure, there are things to nitpick, but a game like this really puts this teams potential on display. Nurse busting out new plays this late in the season for Kawhi☑️, giving Gasol more minutes than Serge☑️, knowing that Lin can guard Kyrie☑️, hiding Kyle in the post on D☑️, and somehow unlocking Norm’s sharp shooting + Pat’s beastly D in the same shift☑️☑️. Still gotta see him in the playoffs but, if this dude was in Bean Town, he’d already have a statue. Toast that bread, sir!

Freddie Returns to NBA-XL

Have the Celtic’s luck run out? The real question is “How happy is Freddie that Brad Stevens is failing?” Check out Fred’s return to NBA XL!

The Line Up crew weigh whether the Celtics or Warriors have more to be worried about and if the 76ers are a legit threat in the Eastern Conference.

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