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    Raptors Republic Superstar enlightenment's Avatar
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    winning percentage is a bad way to judge a developing team!
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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    winning percentage is a bad way to judge a developing team!
    It is the best way to judge results though.
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    We don't need results now.
    We need a good team and a strong foundation. The results will shortly follow!
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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    We don't need results now.
    We need a good team and a strong foundation. The results will shortly follow!
    We need a good team but the Raptors are not a good team. WE need a strong foundation but there is not a strong foundation.

    There were results last year in an incredible turnaround on defense. This year the results all point to regression.

    I disagree results are not needed now. A lack of results now is proof the direction of the franchise is flawed.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    We need a good team but the Raptors are not a good team. WE need a strong foundation but there is not a strong foundation.

    There were results last year in an incredible turnaround on defense. This year the results all point to regression.

    I disagree results are not needed now. A lack of results now is proof the direction of the franchise is flawed.
    How is that proof of a flawed franchise? OKC was the worst in the league record wise, even with KD and russell westbrook! You mean to expect that 2 new rookies, 1 new star (3 new starters), and a completely different direction to do what exactly? Gel perfectly? Impact immediately? If those are you expectations, then surely you will be disappointed.

    For the reasons listed in the OP, I believe that our team has more talent on it now, then ever before.
    Granted I do agree that our defense has regressed from last year, I reconcile that by admitting to a rookie center and new teammates who need to all be on the same page for team defense to work.

    Im excited for when our team will mesh better, and show more chemistry in their defensive execution. But it only happens by playing games and learning from mistakes.
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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    I know.
    Expectations were high in the offseason, and now we are hurting.
    We have gone back and forth, attempting to pinpoint the issue holding us back from our promised playoff run. Is it Bargnani? Coach Casey? Landry Fields? Dominique McGuire? Bryan Colangelo? Referees? Matt Devlin?

    Who knows, but it seems after every game we have a new name on our list.

    I think we need to get a few facts straightened out, and I believe that when people take a step back from the emotions of the recent HEART wrenching losses, they will be able to recognize the reasons for optimism on this team.

    Lets begin by listing our close games:

    Indiana 90 vs Toronto 88

    Dallas 109 vs Toronto 104

    Utah 140 vs Toronto 133 (3OT)

    Philadelphia 106 vs Toronto 98 [tied with less than 2 minutes to go]

    Charlotte 98 vs Toronto 97 [NBA retracts no-call, by all practical