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    Default Get ready for your.....4 - 21 Raptors!!!

    So, looking at the next 12 games on the schedule, with a sense of realism, not pessimism, how many of those teams would you actually predict the raptors to beat? I say likely one win between Phoenix and Sacramento. That likely means 1-11 over the next 12 games. Anything can happen but logic would dictate that result. That doesn't mean the team has gotten any worse or performed at any different level. Just what they can be accepted to do as the team is currently assembled. There are a few Orlando and Cleveland games after that. But, what do you think the Raptors society will be like at 4-21 (even though we predicted it)? Will Bryan be able to resist pulling the trigger to blow up the team? Will the media be calling for heads? Casey still around? Half empty building? Any of these might happen but I say none of them should. If they should happen then, they should happen now as the next 12 games are likely going to unfold just as planned. Hang in there. It may get ugly. See you on the other side.

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    meh, we've beaten better teams before. stop experiencing tomorrows wind, today.
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    If they figure out how to close games, I wouldn't worry about it. They tend to compete no matter who the opponent is

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    I agree with the above. We could beat some of those teams, I just don't think we can expect to so finishing with that record should not affect what we think of this team. I hope I can still say that then.

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    We have lost five very close games this year including a triple overtime loss and back-to-back one point losses this week.

    Give us those three games and we're 6-7 and in the hunt for a playoff spot!

    Then we might be better positioned to withstand this stretch of games.
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    go back to playing grinded out games like last year and we'll win way more games. The style we're playing now is choppy and its making us lose big time. Fuck offence just go balls out on D

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    go back to playing grinded out games like last year and we'll win way more games. The style we're playing now is choppy and its making us lose big time. Fuck offence just go balls out on D
    but all the fans ever notice is the offense... :P
    I agree, I want a pure focus on defense before we even think about playing good offense
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    I think we'll go 12-0....no wait, I think we'll go 6-6, no wait now I think we'll go 8-4.

    Seriously? Unless we're betting Vegas style who cares in this kind of meaningless prognosticating? Your rationale is about as valid as my picks above. Watch the games, none of them were blow outs with the exception of OKC, and I'm willing to overlook that based on the early season. The rest have been incredibly close, and thanks to some serious no-calls happening it makes me believe we're not as bad as our record. I think teams like Washington and Detroit, and yes even Charlotte (despite the wins) are in trouble, we're coming out of injuries, Lowry is a stud, plain and simple, and Casey is still figuring out how to be the coach he needs to be (I'm willing to wait, I see some good things still).

    Look I hate the record, and I hate the last couple of losses even more, but I think a lot of teams that have beaten us didn't coast by, they had to fight their asses off and may have also got the benefit of a friendly whistle. If that's the case, I can hang on to a little shred of hope and wait a little longer to see if we really can get this ship right.

    Let's not play the guess the record game, let's just watch a couple of games instead...go from there.
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    Yeah, the schedule is tough and with possible new injuries to JV and Lowrey, it could get really ugly before Christmas. Only positive is that it might force some constructive changes to the team/management. My main thought today though (unrelated to post - sorry) is that we need to NOT take the lead any games - we usually can claw back when we're down, but give us a lead and things turn to shit! As soon as we get even close to leading a game, give Acey, JLIII, Ross, DM, Grey, etc some burn. As soon as we're down 8-10 points (it won't take long), bring back the regulars...

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    Quote IamNotAmirJohnson wrote: View Post
    Yeah, the schedule is tough and with possible new injuries to JV and Lowrey, it could get really ugly before Christmas. Only positive is that it might force some constructive changes to the team/management. My main thought today though (unrelated to post - sorry) is that we need to NOT take the lead any games - we usually can claw back when we're down, but give us a lead and things turn to shit! As soon as we get even close to leading a game, give Acey, JLIII, Ross, DM, Grey, etc some burn. As soon as we're down 8-10 points (it won't take long), bring back the regulars...
    Seriously? That's the dumbest thing I've heard in a while... you play to win, you take the lead and learn how to play with a lead. That's what good teams do and that's an opportunity for us.

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    Quote IamNotAmirJohnson wrote: View Post
    Yeah, the schedule is tough and with possible new injuries to JV and Lowrey, it could get really ugly before Christmas. Only positive is that it might force some constructive changes to the team/management. My main thought today though (unrelated to post - sorry) is that we need to NOT take the lead any games - we usually can claw back when we're down, but give us a lead and things turn to shit! As soon as we get even close to leading a game, give Acey, JLIII, Ross, DM, Grey, etc some burn. As soon as we're down 8-10 points (it won't take long), bring back the regulars...
    That may be one of the dumbest things I've ever read.

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    Quote IamNotAmirJohnson wrote: View Post
    Yeah, the schedule is tough and with possible new injuries to JV and Lowrey, it could get really ugly before Christmas. Only positive is that it might force some constructive changes to the team/management. My main thought today though (unrelated to post - sorry) is that we need to NOT take the lead any games - we usually can claw back when we're down, but give us a lead and things turn to shit! As soon as we get even close to leading a game, give Acey, JLIII, Ross, DM, Grey, etc some burn. As soon as we're down 8-10 points (it won't take long), bring back the regulars...

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    Well....that's 4. The next 8 games could be ugly. Prove me wrong Raps.

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    Quote Fully wrote: View Post
    This

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    Quote Jclaw wrote: View Post
    So, looking at the next 12 games on the schedule, with a sense of realism, not pessimism, how many of those teams would you actually predict the raptors to beat? I say likely one win between Phoenix and Sacramento. That likely means 1-11 over the next 12 games. Anything can happen but logic would dictate that result. That doesn't mean the team has gotten any worse or performed at any different level. Just what they can be accepted to do as the team is currently assembled. There are a few Orlando and Cleveland games after that. But, what do you think the Raptors society will be like at 4-21 (even though we predicted it)? Will Bryan be able to resist pulling the trigger to blow up the team? Will the media be calling for heads? Casey still around? Half empty building? Any of these might happen but I say none of them should. If they should happen then, they should happen now as the next 12 games are likely going to unfold just as planned. Hang in there. It may get ugly. See you on the other side.
    Scary thought. If we don't at least get to 8 wins by the 25 game mark we are done. Then we start tanking for top 3 draft pick yet again.

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    hes got a point. im more confident in the team trailing going into the 4th than if theyre up

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    Im actually hoping the Raps lose more games so that the urgency to do something remains in the forefront, if they start winning games here and there, then the desire to make changes goes to the backburner, which will hurt the team in the long run.

    Priorities - trade Bargnani, trade Calderon, get a defensive assistant coach. If unable, fire BC.

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    More than halfway there. All going according to plan. The sky does however seem to be falling in certain media circles. Hang in there

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    http://www.hoopsworld.com/raptors-se...s-on-the-road/

    The Toronto Raptors faced a tough schedule to start the season and suffered through some heartbreaking losses in games they believe should have won. However, until last night in Utah, the Raptors were trying to execute head coach Dwane Casey’s game plan and the locker room seemed solid in the face of adversity.

    For the first time the Raptors as a group were totally out-of-sync and confused about their assignments. They stopped trying at various points during the game and blamed each other for the disaster unfolding on the court. The team meeting after the brutal 131-99 loss to the Jazz speaks volumes about the challenges the Raptors are facing.

    “We gave in,” Casey told the media after the game. “I thought we splintered apart, didn’t stay together. … Tonight is the first time I have seen us give in to whatever it was. That is what we talked about in the team meeting.”
    The Raptors have new corporate ownership this season involving Canada’s biggest sports media outlets and during an NHL lockout that has sidelined the group’s storied Toronto Maple Leafs franchise, the Raptors had the stage to themselves. This is not the way the team envisioned impressing their new bosses.

    “You get down by that many points and it was a pickup rec game more than anything else at the end, but that is not who we are, who we represent,” Casey said. “With our organization we have one of the best ownership groups in the NBA and we are going to represent them the right way and that is not how you represent them.”

    That type of performance after an unacceptable start to the season almost certainly suggests changes are coming to the Toronto franchise. However, the only change Casey can offer is one he was suggesting before the season started. It’s time to stop playing virtually every player on the roster in every game and find a rotation that can win a few more games.
    “We are going to get it fixed, whatever it takes,” Casey said. “Whatever seven or eight guys we have to find to get it done, will get it done.”
    And from Casey's own mouth from earlier in the link:

    “Again, talk is cheap.


    Yes, yes it is. You'll have to excuse me if I don't buy "...whatever it takes..." and "....whatever 7 or 8 guys we have to find to get it done...."
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    Quote BCsMaBoi wrote: View Post
    We have lost five very close games this year including a triple overtime loss and back-to-back one point losses this week.

    Give us those three games and we're 6-7 and in the hunt for a playoff spot!

    Then we might be better positioned to withstand this stretch of games.
    Could have doesn't count. You are what you are period.

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