Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 15

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

Game 15 – vs Indiana [Tue Nov 24]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

PACERS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Ford

OG

DeRozan *

=

OG

Jones-D $

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Granger

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Murphy

C

Bargnani

=

C

Jones-S $

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Watson $

OG

Belinelli ^

=

G

Rush

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Dunleavy ?

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Hansbrough *

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Hibbert

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

Diener

PF

Johnson ^

=

PF

Foster

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

O’Brien

 

 

 

+0

OUTCOME

+2 [1-?]

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; ? – Injured, status uncertain.

Even though the Raptors do not have an individual match-up advantage versus the Pacers in this specific game, they should still be able to get the W. Given the uncertain status of Mike Dunleavy [i.e. still recovering from knee surgery], it’s prudent to take a “wait-and-see approach” to Indiana this season. Jim O’Brien is a much more experienced coach than Jay Triano … but, he is not beyond making specific moves in a particular game which are somewhat-to-highly questionable that can jeopardize his own troops chances of winning. Facing the possibility of falling to 5-10 on the season, with a home-court loss to a middle-of-the-pack team in the EC, the Raptors should be highly energized for this game.

Raptors expected W-L Record: W, 6-9

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