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Old 12-05-2012, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Toronto Raptors were going to be playoffs contenders this season. No guarantees, but the additions of Kyle Lowry from Houston and restricted free agent Landry Fields from New York together with a healthy Andrea Bargnani, an improving DeMar DeRozan and the highly touted rookie center Jonas Valanciunas seemed like more than enough to have Toronto fighting for a playoff spot in April.

A minor bump in the road during saw Lowry and Valanciunas both miss some time in training camp and preseason, but the Raptors went 6-1 in seven preseason games and looked like they had developed a measure of team chemistry heading into the season. That unfortunately proved to be something on an illusion.

With a record of 4-14 and in the midst of a five game western road trip that has four games remaining, whispers about the Raptors season being over before it even truly gets going are becoming louder.

“Our record is pretty bad,” Andrea Bargnani said. “Everybody is frustrated. We have to try and get some wins. That is all we care about. We are right there, but being right there doesn’t mean anything. We just have to try and win because nobody is going to help us from the outside. We just have to do it ourselves. We just have to win, that’s it. There is not much to say.”

The Raptors were facing a tough start to the season. In their first 18 games, 12 teams were in the playoffs last season and Toronto has already played 11 games on the road. That will be 15 away games out of their first 22 contests by the time they return from the current road trip. And, it’s not like the Raptors haven’t competed. They were within three points at the end of regulation in six of their losses including two losses at home in overtime to go with two single-point losses on the road. The fiasco of a refereeing error in Charlotte that cost them a game really stung.
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