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Old 01-11-2011, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Grange: Toronto Raptors are bordering on irrelevance

As the Eastern Conference gains star power, the Toronto Raptors are bordering on irrelevance. Itís kind of harsh to say, but with the Miami Heat delivering on the hype (21-1 since their 9-9 start) and Boston remaining Boston, the Magic exploding, the Bulls and Hawks lurking and the Knicks emerging as a legit playoff team and now the Nets on the verge of landing Carmelo Anthony (though this breakdown by ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan certainly raises it's share of questions) the Raptors are not only bad, but worse, boring; with no star power and no brand identity. The fan base remains tremendously loyal in that they remain a middle-of-the-pack team, attendance-wise, but the proper reward for them is a high, promising draft pick, not a foolís gold duel with the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth playoff spot in the East.
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