Raptors at the 20 game mark, exactly where an astute observer SHOULD have expected them to be

Toronto [7-13/.350] played its 20th game of the season last night.

Toronto Raptors 115
ATLANTA HAWKS 146
Complete Game Info

 

For those of you keeping track, these were the suggested outcomes that were listed here, in September [approximately 1 month in advance], for the team’s first 20 games this season, from the perspective of an astute NBA observer:

October

Opponent

Expected

Actual

Accuracy

G1 Wed 28

 vs Cle

L, 0-1

W, 1-0

Wrong, 0-1

 G2 Fri 30

 @ Mem

L, 0-2

L, 1-1

Right, 1-1

November

Opponent

Expected

Actual

Accuracy

 G3 Sun 01

 vs Orl  

W, 1-2

L, 1-2

Wrong, 1-2

 G4 Wed 04

 vs Det

W, 2-2

W, 2-2

Right, 2-2

 G5 Fri 06

 @ Noh

L, 2-3

W, 3-2

Wrong, 2-3

 G6 Sat 07

 @ Dal

L, 2-4

L, 3-3

Right, 3-3

 G7 Mon 09

 @ Sas

L, 2-5

L, 3-4

Right, 4-3

 G8 Wed 11

 vs Chi

W, 3-5

W, 4-4

Right, 5-3

G9 Fri 13

 @ Lac

W, 4-5

W, 5-4

Right, 6-3

 G10 Sun 15

 @ Pho 

L, 4-6

L, 5-5

Right, 7-3

G11 Tue 17

 @ Den

L, 4-7

L, 5-6

Right, 8-3

G12 Wed 18

 @ Uta

L, 4-8

L, 5-7

Right, 9-3

G13 Fri 20

 vs Mia

W, 5-8

W, 6-7

Right, 10-3

G14 Sun 22

 vs Orl

L, 5-9

L, 6-8

Right, 11-3

G15 Tue 24

 vs Ind

W, 6-9

W, 7-8

Right, 12-3

G16 Wed 25

 @ Cha

L, 6-10

L, 7-9

Right, 13-3

G17 Fri 27

 @ Bos

L, 6-11

L, 7-10

Right, 14-3

G18 Sun 29

 vs Pho

L, 6-12

L, 7-11

Right, 15-3

December

Opponent

Expected

Actual

Accuracy

G19 Tue 01

 vs Was

W, 7-12

L, 7-12

Wrong, 15-4

G20 Wed 02

 @ Atl

L, 7-13

L, 7-13

Right, 16-4

 

SUMMARY OF GAME RESULTS

1. 7-13 is the Raptors’ precise W-L Record at the 20 game mark.

2. 16-4 is an 80% accuracy rate, for this set of games, posted 1 month in advance.

3. Those who might try to suggest that what’s written here, on occasion, that pertains to the outcome of future sporting events, in terms of “Rights” and “Wrongs”, actually lacks a high degree of accuracy, might need to re-think their position, based on the facts at-hand. :-)

At the 10 game mark, the Eastern Conference Standings looked like this:

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Eastern Conference [as of Sun Nov 15 2009]

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

CONF

DIV

HOME

ROAD

L 10

STREAK

Atlanta1

8

2

0.800

0.0

4-1

1-1

4-0

4-2

8-2

W 4

Miami2

7

2

0.778

0.5

6-1

2-0

5-2

2-0

7-2

W 1

Boston3

8

3

0.727

0.5

5-2

2-0

4-2

4-1

7-3

L 2

Milwaukee4

5

2

0.714

1.5

2-2

1-1

4-0

1-2

5-2

W 4

Cleveland5

7

3

0.700

1.0

5-3

0-1

3-2

4-1

7-3

W 4

Orlando6

7

3

0.700

1.0

6-2

1-0

4-1

3-2

7-3

W 1

Indiana7

4

3

0.571

2.5

3-2

0-0

3-2

1-1

4-3

W 4

Chicago8

5

4

0.556

2.5

4-3

2-0

4-1

1-3

5-4

W 1

Toronto

5

5

0.500

3.0

3-1

0-0

3-1

2-4

5-5

L 1

Detroit

5

5

0.500

3.0

4-3

0-1

3-2

2-3

5-5

L 1

Philadelphia

4

6

0.400

4.0

4-4

3-1

2-3

2-3

4-6

L 2

Charlotte

3

6

0.333

4.5

3-5

1-1

3-2

0-4

3-6

L 4

Washington

2

7

0.222

5.5

1-6

0-3

1-3

1-4

2-7

L 6

New York

1

9

0.100

7.0

0-7

0-1

1-6

0-3

1-9

L 6

New Jersey

0

10

0.000

8.0

0-8

0-3

0-4

0-6

0-10

L 10

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… and, this is what was written in this space pertaining to the situations for the Raptors, Wizards and Bobcats, respectively:

“It will be very interesting to see how the next 10 games play out for the Raptors … especially, now that Antawn Jamison is set to return to the line-up [Wed Nov 18 vs Cleveland] for the Wizards [2-7] and Charlotte [3-6]  acquired Stephen Jackson early today.” 

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Today, 10 games later, the EC Standings look like this:

Eastern Conference
Eastern W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
Orlando1 15 4 0.789 0.0 13-3 3-1 7-2 8-2 9-1 W 4
Boston2 14 4 0.778 0.5 10-3 5-0 7-3 7-1 7-3 W 5
Cleveland3 13 5 0.722 1.5 8-5 2-1 7-2 6-3 8-2 W 2
Atlanta4 13 5 0.722 1.5 7-3 2-2 8-1 5-4 7-3 W 1
Miami5 10 7 0.588 4.0 7-5 3-2 6-5 4-2 4-6 W 1
Milwaukee6 9 8 0.529 5.0 5-4 2-1 7-2 2-6 4-6 L 1
Chicago7 7 9 0.438 6.5 5-4 3-1 5-1 2-8 3-7 W 1
Charlotte8 7 10 0.412 7.0 7-9 2-2 6-3 1-7 4-6 L 1
Washington 7 10 0.412 7.0 6-7 1-4 4-4 3-6 5-5 W 2
Indiana 6 10 0.375 7.5 4-6 0-1 4-5 2-5 3-7 L 3
Toronto 7 13 0.350 8.5 5-6 0-1 5-4 2-9 2-8 L 5
Detroit 6 12 0.333 8.5 5-5 0-3 4-4 2-8 2-8 L 1
Philadelphia 5 14 0.263 10.0 5-8 3-2 3-5 2-9 1-9 L 8
New York 4 15 0.211 11.0 2-10 1-2 2-8 2-7 3-7 L 1
New Jersey 0 18 0.000 14.5 0-11 0-4 0-7 0-11 0-10 L 18

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In the interview which Bryan Colangelo did with Eric Smith [FAN590], prior to the Raptors’ win vs the Bulls [Nov 11 2009], he said the following words:

“We’ll know what we’ve got by the end of the month.”

The Bosh Factor: Bryan Colangelo Won’t Be Patient With Early Losses

Do you think that …

Bosh lashes out over defensive collapse
Feschuk: Triano criticized by players
Raptors embarrassed in Atlanta
Cold, harsh reality
Raptors criticize Triano after Hawks blowout
Raptors point finger at coach, team pride over defensive woes

Jay Triano – Dec. 2, 2009
Chris Bosh – December 2, 2009
Jarrett Jack – December 2, 2009
Antoine Wright – December 2, 2009
Jose Calderon – Dec. 2, 2009

Bryan Colangelo now knows exactly what sort of team he has on his hands, at the moment and looking ahead to the rest of this season?

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As was first written in this space 11 days ago …

Raptors’ crunch time starts today vs Magic [Nov 22 2009]

… the sad fact is that:

The last 2 weeks have certainly PROVED to be a most interesting time in the 15 year history of the Toronto Raptors franchise. :-(

Unfortunately, as a Raptors fan … since before the actual inception of the franchise … would it were only the case that this specific sequence of events had, in fact, NOT come to pass, at all.

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Related:

What the Raptors SHOULD do right NOW to improve their performance against High End opponents [Dec 02 2009]
Raptors half-way through their first 20 games [Nov 16 2009]
Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Games 1-20 [Oct 20 2009]
Of scorpions, frogs, GMs & faces of the franchise [Mar 25 2009]
What’s really going on here: Part II [Dec 05 2008]
Wait a second … what’s really going on here [Dec 04 2008]
Of scorpions, frogs, GMs & coaches [Apr 30 2008]
Tic toc, tic toc, tic toc … [Apr 11 2008]

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3 Responses to “Raptors at the 20 game mark, exactly where an astute observer SHOULD have expected them to be”

  1. brothersteve Says:

    Nice job picking games.

    All we need now is for the coach to wake up, the players to start playing together, and the refs to stop trying to get the Raps out of games on imaginary fouls.

    Still hope for the rest of the season!

  2. ChrisR Says:

    you forgot Bargnani to the bench, replace with Amir

  3. Scott G Says:

    Man…. who knew it would turn so ugly so fast… I might have more sympathy for Wright and Jack if they weren’t PART OF THE PROBLEM. Either way, I suppose it’s a good thing that someone, anyone, has the balls to voice some displeasure with how things are going. JT seems unable to express negativity about anything at all…

    Oh well, at least we know this specific course won’t last long, as lord knows BC is already plotting another “season-saving” move… I’m dreading the day it goes down.

    Speaking of ugly, how about Miami’s performance in DEN last night? DEN is looking very tough right now. And if they defend Kobe the way they defended DWade, they might actually have a shot…