But not winning cures all. If winning cured all Lebron would've stayed in Cleveland.
I'm so confused ... what's your point here? I may have missed something.
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it." -Kobe Bryant
I'm agreeing with you, Lowry was a headcase who lost his job to a guy raptor fans wanted traded for years.
If we can sustain it, then we (gulp) are actually better.
I don't think that this has much to do with the playoffs, but as far as the regular season, if we finish with 50 wins or so, we would have a great winning percentage post the gay trade.
What I'm saying isn't unreasonable. It's more crazy that we would believe it before we see it
Last edited by BallaBalla; Tue Jan 14th, 2014 at 09:47 AM.
We tend to always think that when we're playing well, we're overachieving. When we are playing badly, we're underachieving, but if we're an 8th seeded team, we're where we're supposed to be.
My point is that I look at the team the way it is and the way we're playing right now. Like all of you, I watch a lot of ball. There is nothing here that we are doing which is not sustainable, except for maybe the FG% for some of our guys.
The idea that other teams are stockpiling draft picks, and talent, which will therefore, make them better than us next year has just as much rationale as me saying that maybe these teams won't draft well, or the picks won't pan out, or they'll get injured,etc. and therefore they won't be better than us next year.
The idea that these teams are underachieving and therefore as "really better than us, they're just going through something" also is a classic Toronto mentality. Maybe we're actually just better.
As far as losing bench players next year, etc. what no one seems to get is that these guys have shown us a blueprint of the types of players that we can use to fill the spots. You don't think we can replace vazquez, salmons, patterson, etc.? as well as they've played, they were crap on another team. Who says we can't bring over some other guys to fill the same void.
As far as us being better or worse than Houston, OKC, etc. The main thing that those elite teams TRULY have on us (based on the last stretch of games) is playoff experience. I know they have stars, and more talent, and I'm not saying that we're better. I'm just saying that we're closer than you think.
Just close your eyes for a second and imagine that it's next season, we've been to the second round and actually sustained our play.
Wouldn't you think that we are as good as a team like Houston?
Last edited by BallaBalla; Tue Jan 14th, 2014 at 10:01 AM.
The health issue is legit. The Raps have been the healthiest team in the league by a mile. What would happen to this team if Lowry or DD went down for 2-3 months? They'd struggle more than they are right now, that's for sure.
The East is getting all the bad pub, but the injury bug in the conference has been CRAZY. The Knicks, Nets, Bulls, Hawks, Celtics, and Wizards have all had significant, long-ish term injuries to cornerstone players. The Raps have had none.
The Nets had 3 of their 4 most important starters out of their last game against the Raps. How would Toronto look if you sat DD, Lowry and one of Amir or Jonas for a game against Brooklyn? It would be the Sacto Kings sideshow, that's what.
I do believe this team is legitimately good and that they're playing sustainable team ball, but a major factor in the East right now is health - no question about it.
Second Birdmester by Bill and Jalen. This is part 4, go check out 1, 2, 3 if you want. This one has the power rankings for the playoff teams. Raptors are rated as fools gold.
Raps have lots of growth and transaction potential moving forward. They'd only be fool's gold if they were locked in to the current roster and capped out.
Bill especially is a pro-t@nker.
Last edited by S.R.; Tue Jan 14th, 2014 at 01:12 PM.
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