Libradragon said:Raps are better off in the 6th playoff position against Orlando though.
KickIT said:Yeah, it's our best chance of not getting swept.
I dunno why Sam keeps matching small lineups with Ford/Calderone. Like you need to match up against Earl fucking Boykins. Calderone does nothing in this lineup but set up for 3s. Should just keep Jamario in for his defense.
I could go on and on, but it's too nice a day out to be sulking
KickIT said:Yes Delfino was getting destroyed by Felton. Delfino was struggling all night. Sam rode him too long. Jamario had the hot hand, should've put him back in sooner.
So you think he was correct in subbing in Calderon to defend? The guy who "can't guard his own shadow"?
These 4th quarter collapses are horrendous and yes the coach must take responsibility. Not all but Sam deserves his fair share.
Before we get started, let's try to look at what Toronto had last season. Yes, the Raptors won 47 games. They also got a career year (in terms of PER) from Ford.
And just missed getting one from Bosh.
And Garbajosa and Parker both beat their projected stats handily based on their European numbers. Nesterovic had his best season since 2003-04. The departed Peterson and Jones also had productive campaigns compared to their previous norms, while there were no offsetting disappointments. In fact every Raptor who took the floor last season put up a double-digit PER, even leftovers like Martin, P.J. Tucker, Luke Jackson, Uros Slokar and Pape Sow.
So there are two possible conclusions. One, that the Raptors' system and Mitchell's genius combined to make everyone better than they ever were before. Or two, that nearly everyone played over their head and is headed straight back to Earth.
Until or unless further evidence for the first possibility surfaces, I'll be going with No. 2. Every key Raptor except Bosh and Bargnani projects to have a lower PER than a season ago, with the two point guards owning the most suspicious performances. That includes Kapono, by the way, who had a career year in Miami that he might not be able to replicate.
Throw in the fact that Garbajosa is still working his way back into shape, that Bosh had foot problems over the summer, and that the Raptors had the scoring margin of a 44-win team, not a 47-win team, last season, and my prediction might not seem so optimistic. Bargnani will be better, and with the cap situation the future here is still extremely bright. But unless one or two of his teammates joins him in improving this season, the Raptors as a whole could be in for a setback.
Prediction: 40-42, 2nd in Atlantic, 8th in Eastern Conference