For the sake of argument, lets assume the raptors make the play offs as either a 6/7/8 seed.
Whats the best match up for an offensively minded, defensively challenged squad that is as capable of beating or losing to any team in the NBA on any given night.
Possible match ups include the Cavs, Magic, Celtics and Hawks. We have beat each team in the top four except for the Celtics.
I'd argue that the Cavs are the worst match up simply because the raps have no one to put on Bron and I don't think its possible for them to lose in the 1st round. Cavs in five.
From then on I'd choose the Magic, mainly because I think playing against his ex team is the only that might wake Hedo up from his season long nap/coma/slumber party. It's always exciting when HWSNBN comes back into town and if nothing else I think it might be an entertaining series. Obviously the worry is that the Magic make it rain all series long and Redick the raptor killer keeps killing. Magic in 6.
The Celtics pose obvious problems with thier play off experience, but thier age and the raptors versatility on offense might prove problematic for thier lock down defense. I think the raps would have the easiest time defending them out of the top four as thier wings are no longer blessed with speed and agility. Rondo is the biggest threat as he represents a triple double every night and could even possible throw up a quad. The longer this series goes, the better it bodes for the younger, healthier raptors. Celtics in 7.
The Hawks on paper pose the biggest mismatch. Athletic players who fly up and down the court and disrupt our finesse offense and destroy our house of cards defense. They are deep, shoot well and have a good, but not great go to guy in Joe Johnson. They are unproven in the post season, but presumably hungry. We've beaten the Hawks twice this year and lost one time so bad it should of counted as three. This series could go either way with a couple games likely being ugly. Raptors in 7.