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    I mean everywhere you look there's some feel good Raptors related news on just about every NBA related website. This should finally put to bed, once and for all, the "nobody ever writes nice things about us", insecurity complex that some fans still have. The reason is/was clear - people don't say nice things about teams that suck. Period.

    And whenever these media outlets need some guaranteed clicks to pump up ad revenue, they can always write something negative about the Raps, because Toronto fans always respond with outrage, like Pavlov's dog. (see: Moore, Matt. Simmons, Bill.)

    Actually, I'd prefer the media to continue to diss the Raps, because our players seem to really feed on that lack of respect.

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    I'll repeat what I have said a million times....winning solves a lot of problems
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    Only website that still doesn't fully respect us is BR, but who cares about them???

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    Grantland also has a short piece on the Raptors:
    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nb...ter-one-month/

    The Raptors Have That Look
    Danny Chau: The Raptors are tied for the best record in the league, but if you really want to make a case against Toronto being the best team out East, you can. Going by strength of schedule, the Raps have had the fifth-easiest schedule thus far, and of the 14 games they’ve played, only four have been away from the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors have played four games against the West, two against teams with win percentages in the .300s and .200s (Jazz, Thunder); a third against the Memphis Grizzlies, which had five players sit out the game because of a stomach bug; and a fourth against the Suns, in which the Raps almost blew a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Toronto has the best margin of victory in the league, but it’s buoyed by a 42-point victory against the Milwaukee Bucks last week.2

    Look, the numbers are there for you. But it seems weird to throw so many caveats at a team doing exactly what it should be doing. The Raptors are winning a lot of games, and winning them by a lot. There’s a simple explanation for all of it: They’re really good, with a style and identity that even a curmudgeon might appreciate.

    During what I considered a perfect first-round matchup between Toronto and Brooklyn last season, I called the Raptors “the NBA equivalent of a ’50s American nuclear family.”3 The heady point guard willing to sacrifice his body, the Kobe Bryant acolyte, the workhorse frontline, the sparkplug, the idiosyncratic defender — for whatever it’s worth, the Raptors have that look. The names may be different, but there’s an unmistakable warmth of familiarity in watching a team with so many recognizable parts.

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    more than ever our players need to stay grounded...they might start buying their own hype
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    lol Marc Stein picking Kidd as the best coach.

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    Some of them said Casey is the best coach in the league.

    Interesting...
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    Best Team:
    Quote Kevin Arnovitz wrote:
    Toronto. When you look at the composition of the Raps' roster, it doesn't look like an elite squad. But right now there isn't a team in the league better at controlling possessions on both sides of the ball. The Raptors don't make bad decisions, and they know how to find good looks for their best guys. This might not be luxury German machinery, but it looks like it can go 300,000 miles without a hitch.
    Best Coach:
    Quote Arnovitz wrote:
    Dwane Casey. He doesn't have a collection of perfect pieces. Apart from Lou Williams, Toronto basically has the same roster it did when it unloaded Rudy Gay last December. But in the year since the trade, Casey has constructed an offense and a defense that takes into account the limitations of his players, maximizes what they do well and minimizes what they don't. This is as professional an environment as exists in the Eastern Conference.
    Quote Wallace wrote:
    Dwane Casey. Keep overlooking and underappreciating the Toronto Raptors at your own risk. It's a reckless approach to basketball. Casey should have gotten more recognition for the job he did last season in leading the Raptors back to the playoffs. Now, they're sitting comfortably atop the East standings with a balanced attack and a team full of players who know and accept their roles.
    Best Storyline:
    Quote Stein wrote:
    That it didn't take long for several soap operas to suck us in. Cleveland's struggles. Philadelphia's futility. Derrick Rose's ongoing health woes. Oklahoma City's deep hole in the standings without the injured KD and Russ. You could throw the surreal state of Kobe's Lakers in there to make it five absorbing situations stealing the spotlight from teams off to the best starts in their history like Memphis and Toronto.
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