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Apollo 11-08-2009 08:29 PM

When was the last time...
 
We, as Raptors fans, looked at the coming NBA schedule and thought "that's a fair and balanced 82 games"?

Personally, I can't remember a time like that. Do you think every team's fans feel the same way? That they feel their team gets hosed by the league scheduling team every year?

moremilk 11-08-2009 09:05 PM

Maybe it's because this season seeems to be extraordinarily balanced, looking thoughout the league, I can't say there is a single truly bad team. Even NJ, who is 0-7, was in every game they played, almost beating the celtics on back to back recently.

Honestly, I can't look at any game this season and say this is a sure win, nor can I say this is a sure loss (except for a few).

XiaominWu 11-08-2009 09:59 PM

Milk.... I think Apollo was referring to the fact that we always seem to have more than our fair share of difficult back2backs..... and always have that brutal, lengthy west-coast swing at the start of the season, which never goes well and puts us behind the 8-ball right from the get-go.

I agree.... it kinda sucks.

Apollo 11-08-2009 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by XiaominWu (Post 264401)
Milk.... I think Apollo was referring to the fact that we always seem to have more than our fair share of difficult back2backs..... and always have that brutal, lengthy west-coast swing at the start of the season, which never goes well and puts us behind the 8-ball right from the get-go.

I agree.... it kinda sucks.

Yes. Its the same story every year. Steep competition, lots of back to backs, some of the longest west coast trips of any east coast team, etc. The Raptors seem to always draw a very difficult first half of the season schedule. Every years its the same thing.

acopur 11-09-2009 03:50 AM

i seriously wonder how regular season is scheduled ??
opponents and match days especially..it is so complicated..
what is the basis of road trips or why milwaukee havent played any games while some other teams have played two or three already..or does some guy make it randomly..

Apollo 11-09-2009 07:12 AM

I'm thinking like most things NBA, its geared towards the big markets, then what games they feel gather the highest ratings or T.V. add time, then maybe some interesting match ups based on goings on over the past year or so and then all the rest is probably randomly generated. So basically, the Raptors entire schedule would be randomly generated to fit into all the other crap that they don't fall into. This theory makes sense to me because every year looking through their schedule it makes my think that they're being an afterthought.

fancylad 11-09-2009 07:29 AM

It's not easy - there's no question about it. However, as a fan i just say to myself that if they can just tread water until after this first road trip (stay around .500 or so), then they'll be sitting pretty.

Windex 11-09-2009 07:38 AM

every team goes on west/east coast swings and teams in the same conference generally play the same teams
I'd rather get the long road trips done early

LX 11-09-2009 07:53 AM

The NBA really needs to cut the number of games if they care about putting the best product out on the floor. It's obvious they don't and that it's all about the money.

Windex 11-09-2009 07:56 AM

they will never decrease the amount of games
the only time I could see it happen is if a large number of teams were losing money and there was a strike

Apollo 11-09-2009 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by •LX• (Post 264467)
The NBA really needs to cut the number of games if they care about putting the best product out on the floor. It's obvious they don't and that it's all about the money.

The NBA cares about making money. Cutting games cuts profits. What you're suggesting will never happen.

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Originally Posted by Windex (Post 264469)
they will never decrease the amount of games
the only time I could see it happen is if a large number of teams were losing money and there was a strike

Any team that is losing money and has determined that they lose less money by keeping the doors shut is a team that should be moved or terminated.


Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 11-09-2009 08:51 AM

If the schedule is difficult it's only because we're at best an average team. Do you think Boston would look at a back to back with NO and Dallas and think OMFG we'd be lucky for a split? Nope..they look at that and salivate, and so do their fans.

fancylad 11-09-2009 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Sick, Wicked and Nasty! (Post 264490)
If the schedule is difficult it's only because we're at best an average team. Do you think Boston would look at a back to back with NO and Dallas and think OMFG we'd be lucky for a split? Nope..they look at that and salivate, and so do their fans.


good point.

Apollo 11-09-2009 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Sick, Wicked and Nasty! (Post 264490)
If the schedule is difficult it's only because we're at best an average team. Do you think Boston would look at a back to back with NO and Dallas and think OMFG we'd be lucky for a split? Nope..they look at that and salivate, and so do their fans.

Now that would depend on if it were home or away. Good teams don't get excited about crap on a plate either.

m5racer 11-09-2009 09:38 AM

All i have to say is 19 doubble headers and we play: Boston Orlando and Cle x4 each this year which is really going to hurt un considering Boston and Orlando are the top to powers in the east (cle would be third but who knows whats going on with them)

Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 11-09-2009 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Apollo (Post 264499)
Now that would depend on if it were home or away. Good teams don't get excited about crap on a plate either.

Perhaps, i'm not on a good team so i can only speculate, but i bet their fans are just looking forward to opportunities for their team to beat good teams, on the road, back to back because it shows their dominance.

We are afraid of them because we dont' see the Raps having a good shot at coming out alive.

I'ts perspective.

Apollo 11-09-2009 10:33 AM

You make some good points but when you get outside the Lakers, Celtics and a couple other elite teams, scheduling means a lot. So that's around 85% of the league where the scheduling can have a real impact on their win % and I'm sure fans are aware of it.

Because we're talking an 82 game season scheduling doesn't get enough attention, where as in leagues like the NFL scheduling is heavily dissected and scrutinized.

Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 11-09-2009 10:42 AM

Perhaps...and to that point I go back to your original question and the answer is probably no. It's no because Raptors fans are notoriously finicky and while they tend to overrate their players and team, deep down they are scared the team won't be good. It's no because historically we haven't been very good and therefore we need an easy schedule and luck with injuries to make noise.

Is it any tougher than other teams? I don't know because i haven't taken the time but does it matter? For the reasons i just mentioned Raps fans will always react this way...until the day comes when the team is good enough we want the challenge.

DVS 11-09-2009 10:44 AM

Man I thought I'd never say it but Raptor fans are becoming so much more knowledgable and realistic.

Kinda makes me wanna cry

CB4Real 11-09-2009 10:48 AM

i dunno about other teams but its not hard to see that the nba doesnt like the canadien team, i always feel like they want to give us crap schedules so we wont succeed...


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