ESPN Power Rankings: Raps 22nd, 10th in East
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Everyone obviously wants to start well, but it's particularly critical for Toronto if it has any hope of living up to all the talk about how a run at No. 8 in the East is within reach. Let's see first how the young Raps cope with playing 15 of their first 22 games on the road.
Yeah, the schedule isn't very friendly early on for us. We're playing pretty much all teams that should either be in the playoffs or just on the outside looking in for the first nine games. (Here's the list: Toronto Raptors 2013 Schedule - Raptors Home and Away - ESPN) Maybe the only positive is that going in as underdogs, people will underestimate us... But a 1-9 start isn't that far-fetched and would be most demoralizing.

We also have 6 (!) back-to-back game sets in November, compared to 2/3 per month for the rest of the season.

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good, get the 'tougher' games out early.....its not how you start...its how you finish
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hope we get those teams before they hit their stride!
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This ones got us at 9th, read the comment too hmm.
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Pace: 98.9 (7), Off: 104.1 (3), Def: 95.2 (9)
Over the last 10 full seasons (2001-02 through '10-11), 21 teams lost fewer than two preseason games, and 19 of the 21 made the playoffs that year. The lone exceptions were the '03-04 Jazz (who finished ninth at 42-40) and the '10-11 Jazz (who lost Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams mid-season). Hmmmm...
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This ones got us at 9th, read the comment too hmm.
Hmmm...
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in 06/07 we also went 7-1 and made the playoffs despite predictions that were placing us around 27-30 wins.

I think there's a good correlation and not just random chance. To go 7-1 it shows a team that has good depth.

that being said, our schedule was very easy, with mostly home games against bad teams, and the only strong road game was against a team playing without their starters.

I still think we're underrated - all of our top players have the potential to play beyond the general expectations, based on the evaluations I've seen lately. If they do so, we'll make the playoffs or come really close.
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I think 22 is more than fair. Toronto has't done shit yet. If they start winning 4 of the first 5, then they will bounce up.

Hopefully they are ready.

As for the road thing. Toronto hit the Jackpot with the schedule they have. the only place it might hurt is in practice, but it is often said in many sports that the absolute best thing for a team with a lot of new faces is extended time on the road. There is a binding factor that cannot be matched at home, as well as a tonne of distractions that are not there. I'm actually VERY happy with the way they start, gel early, then hit your home court with a vengeance.
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in 06/07 we also went 7-1 and made the playoffs despite predictions that were placing us around 27-30 wins.

I think there's a good correlation and not just random chance. To go 7-1 it shows a team that has good depth.

that being said, our schedule was very easy, with mostly home games against bad teams, and the only strong road game was against a team playing without their starters.

I still think we're underrated - all of our top players have the potential to play beyond the general expectations, based on the evaluations I've seen lately. If they do so, we'll make the playoffs or come really close.
How much of the schedule are you taking into account with that statement? The 2006/2007 squad had a couple of really rough patches during the first 35 or so games. I remember the TV guys, like Chuck and Leo constantly going on about it being huge if the team could just stay within 5 games of .500 by the mid-point, because then they'd have a chance to rack up some wins in the second half and make a push at the playoffs. And, of course, they turned out to be right, because the team went on a tear in the second half and won the Atlantic.

Edit - I checked. That 2006/2007 team played 18 of its first 28 games on the road. That's a pretty tough sched, regardless of whether or not some of the teams were easy (and some were tough).

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Oh, that makes more sense.

The OP was talking about how rough our schedule is early in the season, so I thought moremilk was making a point about the pre-season correlation, and then another one about 2006/2007 being different than what the OP mentioned about the tough schedule.

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