Well, the Raptors couldn’t have asked for a better schedule off the start of the season. Open up against what is surely going to be a weak 76ers team, then go against the Nets (for some redemption) and then walk into apparently the best team in the history of basketball, the 2007-2008 Boston Celtics.
But let’s just start with the Sixers. This team has one big problem: depth. When you take a look at their starting five, it actually isn’t that bad. Andre Miller, Willie Green, Andre Iguodala, Reggie Evans and Samuel Dalembert isn’t a bad starting five as you get some good athleticism. Problem is, once you get past Korver off the bench, it’s not good. Let’s put it this way, when you sign Calvin Booth and actually have a role for him, times are tough.
Who knows what is going on with Dalembert’s foot. If they were smart, the Sixers would take it nice and slow with that injury, but then again, the last thing they want to do is fall behind early in the season.
The Raptors should be able to work the ball around and get a lot of open looks with the Sixers D being what it is, but they have to make sure that they are ready to get back in transition, because Miller can move the ball down the floor when he wants to.
It will also be interesting to see how much playing time Bosh logs. Hopefully if the Raptors are able to get ahead early, they can sit him down near the end of the first quarter and let him rest until halfway through the second. This is a great game for Bosh as he can get in some real game work, but he won’t have to destroy himself. You hate to look ahead on the schedule, especially so early in the season, but with those games against the Nets and the WORLD CHAMPION CELTICS (oh sorry, it just slipped out), it would be nice to have him healthy.
This could be a game where we see Bargnani have a serious impact, as the Sixers are going to have some trouble matching up with him down the middle.
Anyway, let’s get this season started already!