Sports Illustrated: NBA Midseason Grades
Old 01-22-2010, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Toronto Raptors B

They are as advertised: A slick-passing, smart-shooting team that can't guard anybody. Last in the NBA in defensive efficiency, the Raptors are hovering around .500 because they possess a potent front line in Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu, and have guys like Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack to get them the ball. I ridiculed the big contracts awarded Bargnani and Jack before the season, but they've actually been better investments than Turkoglu. Toronto's first half was neither fantastic nor terrible enough to by itself decide the fate of impending free agent Bosh, who might be moved before the trading deadline.
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, Americans do watch Raptor games hence the Hedo bashing. The Investment in Hedo: SELL! SELL! SELL! SELL! SELL! SELL! SELL! SELL!
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Wow... a "B"?

I never expected a grade that high from the American media.
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Wow... a "B"?

I never expected a grade that high from the American media.
7th in the East and 1 game under .500?

I think that was about the expectations before the season started. Around .500 and 6-8 in the East by a bunch of predictors. We're certainly average and have met expectations. Can't argue with the "B".
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I would have probably given us a "C" TBH.... although our play over the last 20 games has been "B-worthy".
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I dont forsee a playoff run. 2-4 in the first round when we play Boston. It's pretty obvious that we're going to play .500 basketball for the rest of the season, because for some reason we play to the level of our opponents
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A "B" from SI? Has the world gone mad?
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A "B" from SI? Has the world gone mad?
yes, because they didn't deserve that grade
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yes, because they didn't deserve that grade
They do cause they met expectations. When I clicked this thread I thought we were gonna be given a C or D just cuz it said SI.
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at least they recognize Bargnani is on the team.... lol... 10M is going to look like a bargain more amd more every year...
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yes, because they didn't deserve that grade
Sure they do. At the half they were a .500 team which isn't far off what most people (american media) were predicting they would do. Hense a B!
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