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In Episode 1163, Sean Woodley is joined by Rohan Nadkarni (SI.com, Open Floor) to talk about what we've learned about the Toronto Raptors over the course of the 2021-22 season, and in their three playoff losses to the Philadelphia 76ers. Off the top, Sean picks Rohan's brain on the Raptors' team building concept and whether it seems like a viable way for the Raptors to play going forward. Do they need to find a center for matchups like the one with Joel Embiid? Is that even a problem for the team to really worry about considering where they sit on their win curve right now? And is Precious Achiuwa perhaps the answer to the Raptors center issues staring them directly in the face? Next, they dig into Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, the heat they've taken for their playoff performances so far against the Sixers, and why they still are very obviously key ingredients to this Raptors team next year and beyond. Lastly, they talk about the hypothetical scenario in which one of Rudy Gobert or Donovan Mitchell becomes available once the Utah Jazz flame out. Could Gobert alter the way the Raptors play defense while also elevating the half court offense? And is Mitchell too porous a defender to really fit the Raptors system? All that, plus some thoughts on Kyle Lowry's Miami Heat heading into a likely date with the Sixers in the second round.
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