Bring 'em all on!
Charlotte certainly would be the least wise choice on that list considering how we've fared against them...but if we aren't confident we can beat the Bobcats, we should re-think tanking.
I can't understand why everyone hasn't said Washington. They would easily be my top choice. They would be a great matchup for the Raptors, as evidenced by our most recent game against them.
Joe Johnson going ham early tonight for BKN
EDIT: Sorry just realized how off-topic this is
They would definitely be towards the bottom of my easiest match-ups list.
Wall could go off and Beal could go off, and Gortat and Nene have played well against us.
That doesn't mean we need dread Washington, but I would imagine they make a series of it.
Detroit or the Knicks for sure. Both teams are clearly dysfunctional (especially NY).
Brooklyn seems to be heating up, and time will tell regarding Cleveland's addition of Deng. Have to think they'll get better though.
Who do you like in the first round?
I voted Chicago because they won't make the playoffs
I'd be happy facing any team as inexperienced as us. Veterans are tough in the playoffs.
Tough to choose between Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Charlotte IMO. I don't really care what the Bobcats have done in the past, I would heavily favour the raptors in a 7 game series.
Detroit I guess.
Atlanta would probably be at the bottom of my list, and I'm not keen on Brooklyn either, nor New York.
Last edited by BigCamB; Sat Jan 11th, 2014 at 01:37 AM.
The Nets for me. As much as I hate the Knicks, the Nets is a team I'd like the Raps to poo on. I don't care for Garnett or Pierce really.
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Boots be chicago. They had little offence WITH Deng. Now they are screwed. Though, I doubt they win enough games to make to the 5 or 6 seed.
I fuckin hate Brooklyn, I would love to see KG and all get knocked out by us.
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Other than the Heat or the Pacers, I like our odds against anyone. I'd rather have the 3rd seed than the 4th seed. I mean if we are going to win, might as well win right? What's the point of trying to avoid Miami in the 2nd round, knowing you'll have to face them in the conference finals, or vice-versa with Indy. To my the only way to justify NOT ****ing is to produce on the court. I want 47+ wins in the regular season and 6+ wins in the playoffs.
EDIT: I would say that I'd prefer to avoid the Cavs in the first round if they are clicking. I see Deng as an Iguodala-type player does a lot of things well on both sides of the court... he's kind of a bizarro-Gay, and his addition in Cleveland could lead to the same thing in Toronto when we traded Gay.
Here's the odds of making the playoffs as of Jan. 12th, according to Hollinger via ESPN
TEAM W P/O DIV NO.1 FIN CHAMPs
Indiana 100 100.0 89.1 54.5 29.6
Miami 100 96.1 10.0 16.6 5.8
Toronto 100 98.0 0.9 21.6 8.4
Atlanta 97.0 3.5 0.0 3.5 0.7
Chicago 91.3 0.0 0.0 1.9 0.5
Washington 80.0 0.4 0.0 0.8 0.0
New York 66.9 1.2 0.0 0.7 0.0
Brooklyn 52.0 0.7 0.0 0.2 0.0
Detroit 31.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Boston 25.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Charlotte 23.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Cleveland 23.7 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0
Orlando 4.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Philadelphia 3.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Milwaukee 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
According these odds, we've got a better chance than Miami of getting to the finals or winning the championship... The math right now says we're the most likely to be the third best team in the conference so that's where I'd like us to end up. Just in case it's hard to figure out the table it's saying we've got a 100.0% chance of making the playoffs a 98.0% chance of winning the division.
Last edited by ezz_bee; Sun Jan 12th, 2014 at 06:23 AM.
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I'd prefer Miami in rd 2 anyway. Their main guys seem more likely to have health issues, if we are going by recent history.
If Wade plods through round 1 and 2 again, getting knee drains and massive pain killer shots, who knows, maybe the series get interesting.
Anyway, just getting out of round 1 after missing the playoffs for years would be major success. Get the 3 seed, face a low seed, hopefully that's some team without major stars, with injuries and / or equal lack of experience. Think about round 2 once you get there.
Why is Cleveland on the list? It will take at least ten years to get over Lebron leaving for them to make the playoffs
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