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Old 01-08-2010, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It’s getting close to bandwagon time for the Raptors. A couple of weeks ago when the club was at it’s low ebb, having been blown out yet again on the road and with a record of 11-17 the view here at From Deep – and elsewhere to be sure – was that the next month, a stretch of 12 games, would define the Raptors season. Days off were many, as were home dates. Winning opponents were few. And just to make it more interesting the Month That Matters kicked off with five games against losing opponents. I said an 8-4 record – 7-5 at worst – was the minimum the Raptors should be able to rack up if they had any intention of being team worthy of their fan’s respect, let alone the league’s or mine.

So far, so excellent. They swept their first five against the weaker thans. Came out a bit flat against Boston in what can only be described as a missed opportunity given the Celtics were without Garnett, Pierce and Rondo. But the win at home against San Antonio and again last night against Orlando obviously lends some weight to the idea that the Raptors are playing at a new level.

The schedule has turned in their favour, certainly, but there defensive improvement has been significant.

Before their 7-1 stretch the Raptors defensive rating – then 116.1/100 possessions – was the worst in the NBA by a margin. The next worse team in the NBA was Memphis who had a rating of 111.7. The league average was 106.7.

Flash forward a couple of weeks and the Raptors now have a defensive rating of 113.2. They’re still the worst defensive team in the NBA, but the gap is closing between them and the next worst team, which is now the Suns, with a rating of 111.2.

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Old 01-08-2010, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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People have one foot on the bandwagon, but if we somehow blow a good opportunity tonight (wouldn't surprise me at all), and we once again lose to Boston sunday.....then all bets are off.


This is afterall the Toronto Raptors.
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Wow the definsive improvement doesn't seem to overwhelming when you consider it in a points per 100 possessions number does it?
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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People have one foot on the bandwagon, but if we somehow blow a good opportunity tonight (wouldn't surprise me at all), and we once again lose to Boston sunday.....then all bets are off.


This is afterall the Toronto Raptors.
This is a new Toronto Raptors.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is a new Toronto Raptors.


Silly boy!
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is afterall the Toronto Raptors.
Not the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Obviously, otherwise i wouldn't be here.

Point?
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Obviously, otherwise i wouldn't be here.

Point?
We just beat 5 bad teams in a row and smashed Detroit the first time. What makes you think that we'd lose this one?

Certainly you can't EXPECT it.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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We just beat 5 bad teams in a row and smashed Detroit the first time. What makes you think that we'd lose this one?

Certainly you can't EXPECT it.
Expect... no! But i wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if we lost the next two games. Maybe i don't wanna get too optomistic because of past dispointments, who knows. Let's just say i'm cautiously optomistic and while i think they'll win i'm not over confident to say the least.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow the definsive improvement doesn't seem to overwhelming when you consider it in a points per 100 possessions number does it?
I believe the number is the average, so the first games are still dragging it down.

I wouldn't refer to game against Philly "an opporunity". They picked themselves up lately, playing quite well. Same with NY and Indiana games everyone is waiting for.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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let's hope Reggie gets back, and we can fairly assess this team. Let's hope Calderon's return doesn't call for more of the "infamous" Calderon -Jack combo.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The Sixers will get smacked tonight. Quote me
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:13 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I just REALLY hope that people aren't going to wait for one or 2 losses to start jumping off bridges again..... it's GOING to happen. ALL teams lose games.

As long as those are abberations now instead of the norm I'll be a happy camper.
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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they got smakt pretty hard
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:37 AM   #17 (permalink)
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The team is coming together quite well ... remember the word "TEAM" (includes Triano).
I predict a winning record (a couple of games over 500) for the second half of the year ... I'm not ready to be as bold to predict this winning streak with continue. I'm still hoping for better ...
The key will be Bargs continued strong play at both ends of the court and Bosh to continue playing like he will still be here next year ... no distraction allowed!!
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:15 PM   #18 (permalink)
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according to the tsn feed, we have the 3rd best defensive FG% in the league since december 4th. THat is an incredible stat, even though it's just one month, against below average competition. To go from being one of the worst teams in history in terms of defense in november, to a top 3 in december is a massive turnaround.
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