Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 8

re: How an astute NBA observer might expect the first part of the schedule to unfold for the Raptors this year

Game 8– vs Chicago [Wed Nov 11]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

BULLS

PG

Calderon

à

PG

Rose

OG

DeRozan *

à

OG

Hinrich

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Deng

PF

Bosh

ß

PF

Thomas

C

Bargnani

=

C

Noah 

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

ß

PG

Pargo $

OG

Belinelli ^

=

OG

Salmons

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Johnson *

PF

Evans ^

ß

PF

Gibson *

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Miller

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

G

Hunter

PF

Johnson ^

=

C

Gray

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Del Negro

 

 

 

+3

OUTCOME

+3

Legend: ADV – Individual match-up advantage; * - 2009 NBA Draftee; ^ - Acquired via trade; # – Restricted free agent; #M – Restricted free agent, matched offer; $ – Unrestricted free agent; $R – Unrestricted free agent, re-signed; $^ – Acquired via Sign & Trade; Italics – Returning player.

The Bulls will be a significantly bigger team than they were for much of last season, substituting Luol Deng at the #3/SF position in place of John Salmons, shifting Salmons to the #2/OG position in place of Ben Gordon, and then introducing 2 athletic 1st Round Draft Picks … each with good size at their position … into their rotation at the back-up #3/SF-#4/PF and #4/PF positions, i.e. James Johnson [No. 16, overall] and Taj Gibson [No. 26, overall], respectively. Last year’s arrival of Derrick Rose [PG, 2008 No. 1, overall, Draft Pick], in conjunction with Joakim Noah [C, 2007 No. 9, overall Draft Pick] and Tyrus Thomas [PF, 2006 No. 4, overall Draft Pick], means that Chicago now has a collection of talented young players that can rival the other up-and-coming teams across the NBA. Given the invaluable experience the Bulls gained from their epic 1st Round playoff loss to the Celtics, this team is going to be a dangerous squad this year … but, one which is still going to suffer periods of inconsistency considering the youth on the roster. Playing their 3rd game in 5 days and the 2nd half of a back-2-back, Chicago should be in a vulnerable position for this game … with the Raptors in desperate need of a home-court victory to get back on the right track after their disappointing road trip. 

Raptors expected W-L Record: W, 3-5

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