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Maple Leafs play 8 home games in November and have a Homestand from Dec. 3 to 13th
er I mean......damn Americans, stop being prejudice, show the 24th ranked team in the league with no legitimate stars more on national tv. bunch of racists.
People should be happy about this, they always say the best thing that can happen to a team with a lot of new guys is an early road trip because then they're forced to hang out with each other and hopefully develop off-court chemistry.
So, with that in mind, my beef is also that establishing an identity and rhythm at home is hugely important. The Raps haven't owned their home court properly in a long time...that needs to change, badly. So it's not just the lack of home games, it's how they're spread out. Only one 3-game home stand(in mid-Dec), and something like 5 one-off games that basically become "road" games. That's pretty garbage. Their earliest consecutive home games are just 2 in a row, capped on each end by 2 game road trips, and then they only have one-offs for a month!!!
I also am not convinced team chemistry will need that much time. We have a few new faces, but I think Fields and Lowry shouldn't have too much trouble. A lot of the rest of the rotation is the same. Fields even says in this Hoopsworld interview that they already started talking about next season (some guys and coaches, or something like that), which I bet includes him, Lowry (both in Vegas at the time for SL), Ed, Ross, Acy and Demar(there for US select). This group seems like they will blend well into what's already there, which leaves JV (anyone who dresses like Gandalf at an all-star game can't be shy) as probably the toughest, and only difficult guy to integrate.
Hoopsworld Fields interview:
The real issue no one is looking at is how some teams have 22 back to back games while some teams have 13 back to back games (Source RealGM, NBA.com) - those teams should be the ones complaining
Thanks for the list Ceez.
The month of March should be really good for the Raptors...I'm thinking 11 wins that month. I'm going to say we'll have around 45 to 50 wins this season (barring injury)
November is going to be tough. That's a lot of road games and a lot of good teams. Jan/Feb will be the months to make hay with all the home games. The annual December west coast swing doesn't seem as bad as usual with only one back-to-back. There's not a killer second 5-game swing west as there has been in the past.
That's a lot of back to backs...
PG - Penny Hardaway, 1995-96, Orlando Magic: 21.7 PPG, 4.3 REB, 7.1 AST, 24.6 PER
SG - Kobe Bryant, 2005-06, L.A. Lakers: 35.4 PPG, 5.3 REB, 4.5 AST, 28.0 PER
SF - Elgin Baylor, 1961-62, L.A. Lakers: 38.3 PPG, 18.6 REB, 4.6 AST, 26.5 PER
PF - Patrick Ewing, 1989-90, N.Y. Knicks: 28.6 PPG, 10.9 REB, 4.6 BLK, 25.8 PER
C - Dikembe Mutombo, 1999-00, Atlanta Hawks: 11.5 PPG, 14.1 REB, 3.3 BLK, 19.4 PER
November looks like a killer.. what is that 4 '3 games in 4 nights' one of which is a '4 games in 5 nights' with 5 back to backs. I thought the lock-out was over??
Just me or does it seem like we have a pretty tough schedule?
We have TSN to cover every single game! And have the backing of one whole country + fans from different parts of the world. For example, this guy right here from Seattle
It's the sort of schedule where we may get off to a rough start by playing away so much. I figure there will be tons of "I told you so's", "They suck!" and calls for heads to roll...followed by a better record towards Xmas and lots of high expectations and hopes.
I always have a major problem with the lack of Toronto coverage on American television. First, when you can't see the team and don't follow it, often commentators and fans come-up with ignorant opinions and misconceptions, that do a disservice to the Toronto players, fans, and the city itself. Bosh, among other stars, has mentioned the lack of media coverage in the US as a major pet peeve of his...and was one of the reasons he left.
1. Lack of media coverage, breeds ignorance and misconceptions.
2. It's harder to attract and retain players..
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