this isn't about being happy or not happy about the raptors current performance. of course i'm happy they're doing well right now. this is about how sustainable their run is going to be.
the whole point of this january 'easy' schedule is because if we're as good as some people say the raptors are now, we should be winning every 'easy' game to maintain our record/atlantic lead. thats why the boston loss, a team whos doing worse than sacramento and a lick better than utah, was understandably a slight eyebrow raiser.
of course bad teams randomly beat good teams all of the time. but raptors don't have a strong enough cushion in their record like the heat/pacers/etc have to afford these random losses.
Last edited by iblastoff; Sun Jan 19th, 2014 at 08:57 AM.
i said this in a previous post, but we don't have a good enough record to throw away 'easy' games like boston.
personally, i'm in the 'take it game by game' camp.
Last edited by iblastoff; Sun Jan 19th, 2014 at 09:29 AM.
What should be obvious is that this just isnt a little 10 game run of good play. They arent gonna turn into a pumpkin at midnight. They arent the same team that overlooked bad teams or couldnt get over the hump and close out good teams like Indiana or OKC.
I have confidence due to team's ownership ready to invest and go into tax in the future. Not too many teams have that support.
Why do baby steps work for some and not others?
Both those teams were helped by playing against teams who lost there superstars (Dwight and Rose) in 2011/12. But the reason their paths divereged after is very obvious. Philly lost AI, Indy still had George, and George was improving.
Teams gain experience, and experience helps players become more productive, and productivity adds to wins/success. But talent still trumps all, because that talent adds the most efficient level of productivity.
The reason OKC fans confidence doesn't swing wildly from game to game is because they've showed that they're an elite team for multiple years in a row now. They made the Finals in 2012, would have had a great chance to get back there if Westbrook was healthy last year and are 30-10 this season with one of the best players in the world and a couple other elite players beside him. The Raptors have been a good team for six weeks after half a decade of mediocrity or worse.
and we just lost to the shitty lakers. this 'easy january schedule' isn't exactly working out for the raptors is it?
Chinks in the armor are becoming more and more glaring
still not shaken
got every single bit of confidence
What they got to say now? Nothing they can say now. Mobbin' on the low. Winnin' on the lowThe city embraced me, made me feel at home. The only difference [between Compton and Toronto] for me is the cold. -DeMarNo Where Near the South Side #WeTheNorth
Yup, the Raptors seem to be running out of momentum, and Raptors basketball is starting to look quite ugly again.
They are still playing a team game, it seems, but our front court is getting abused these days. Amir and Jonas have been somewhat disappointing of late. Demar Derozan is shooting way too many inefficient long 2 pointers instead of driving. He should know better than anyone that a winning offence always comes from attacking the rim, and he needs to do just that.
I think #thereturn of Salmons and Hansborough will help, but that shouldn't be an excuse.
Casey needs to change up the offensive game plan, and he has to call out everyone on defence to step up.
“You can sink and drown, or you can float, and we out here like Michael Phelps."
good news for the charlotte game: kemba walker not playing
bad news for the charlotte game: scrub jeff adrien will somehow find a way to pour 30 points on us and win it for the bobcats
I said this about 3-4 weeks ago ... If we are planing to seriously compete , we need to make some moves, Shed some weight that is just sitting at the bench and get some help. This sort of results are to be expected from this team.
However, our GM is in the state of "evaluation" and hence this is what we get.
Problem is the team is too jump shot orientated, still. I've been beating this drum for years, but the raps need a pitbull who can get to the hoop, especially late in games.
It's nice watching the team share the ball and play great D but the fact remains, we'll only go as far as the team's shooting takes us.
If we're going to contend we need a low post scorer and a guy that gets to the rack.
Following the Lakers loss I am quite saddened, because our best opportunity to blow it up is mostly gone at this point and DeMar has regressed to being Bad DeMar. This team is playing like the at-best-.500 team I thought it was in the preseason.
Right now, if I were Masai, I would pray that both Kyle and DeMar make All-Star, and then trade both with their newly inflated value - along with anybody else I think I can maximize value on. Settle for the fact that this season we're going to be a treadmill team - it's too late to avoid it now - and get best results for next season.
I was never confident in this team to begin with. Wouldn't be until we're near the end of the season with a great record.
We played one month of good basketball. One month is nothing in a long season. One month bad, then one month good. Masai has the next month to decide what he wants to do with this team, if anything.
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