I think the only real shot the Raps have is if other teams fall apart. Boston and Milwaukee are 7-8 right now.
- Boston is hot right now, but it's still hard to imagine them really keeping up any impressive pace, or any team being scared of them in the playoffs without Rondo. I'd say they make the playoffs as is, but if Ainge gets triggerhappy, who knows.
-Milwaukee is still inconsistent and has dropped to the 8 seed. 3-game losing streak.
- Philly has stayed at 5-6 games under .500 for awhile now, and I don't know if they'll really finish the season strong. I doubt Bynum has too much of an impact for the first month he's back, if he comes back.
- Detroit is actually playing fairly well since the trade. But it would maybe be even more miraculous for them to make it in, given how little talent they have to carry them. WIth Drummond down, they're thin up front, they have no quality wings, so it's basically all on Monroe, Knight and Jose.
I don't think the Raps will win 40 or 41 games, so to have a real chance, they need 3 of these teams to finish some games below .500.
Not really, doesn't matter what any of the talking heads believe, but I always find it interesting when mainstream American commentators have positive thought on the raps... that being said, does his opinion mean he has faith in the Raptors, or just absolutely no faith in the Lakers.
But regarding the Raptors' playoff chances, I'm definitely cheering for some teams to blow it (looking at you Hawks, Bucks, Celtics... maybe even the Nets) but more importantly, the Raptors need to have AT LEAST 39 wins to be in the conversation for #8... and even that probably doesn't do it. Needless to say, the Raptors need to take care of business, can't count on other teams doing them any favours.
Playoffs odds by Hollinger's formula (10.5% chance for the Raptors):
Hollingers the moron who fucked up the grizzlies. I don't listen to anything he says
Hollinger, like him or not, is going to be a GM someday. Maybe he'll succeed BC.......
Bucks have been on a slide lately, next time we play them will no doubt be huge, they recently added another L to Washington who has been on a W streak themselves lately I guess Jon Wall does make a big difference. Bostn just lost to Bobcats and lost Barbosa due to leg injury tonight. The Time is now.
well.. the 4 teams directly ahead of us in the standings lost tonight.. just gotta hope they all tank lol
If we are still talking playoffs by April the last 5 games are nightmare-ish.
The Raptors have won 2 in a row. To make things interesting, they NEED to turn this into a 5 game win streak. With some luck, maybe they'll just be 3 games back of 8th.
It's unlikely, but there are still a lot of games left and Barbosa is out for the season. I can't imagine the Celtics keep up their winning ways much longer. And I wouldn't worry much about Detroit or Philly. Something tells me they won't be much of a threat.
All in all, this is what makes things interesting. The team has new life, a new closer, they are underdogs and are determined to go down fighting.
"When fellow TNT analyst Kenny Smith told Barkley he believed in the Raptors more than the Lakers, Barkley was quick to stop Smith in his tracks:
"That's two ugly girls, Kenny," Barkley said. "Who cares?"
Unrelated to thread but from same convo, Barkley said regarding Phil Jackson: "He's my coach of the year for not taking the Lakers job."
I believe the raptors can get into the playoff's with the Rudy push and having Andrea Bargnani back.
Unfortunately they need to win a lot of games, so I am confident they will get booted in the first off-season series.
LOL @ phil jackson comment.
Barbosa is done for the season
Sanders is having some pretty bad back issues and is off to see a specialist.