Understanding where the Raptors are headed

As was indicated yesterday, in this space, just might be the case today, if the Raptors were to make a series of mistakes in judgment against a much-improved group of Sacramento Kings [22-43] last night …

This is what the current standings look like in the Eastern Conference:

2009-2010 Regular Season Standings

Eastern Conference

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

CONF

DIV

HOME

ROAD

L 10

STREAK

Cleveland1x

50

15

0.769

0.0

29-9

7-2

28-4

22-11

7-3

W 1

Orlando2

45

20

0.692

5.0

30-11

7-4

26-6

19-14

8-2

W 6

Boston3

40

23

0.635

9.0

27-14

11-2

18-12

22-11

5-5

L 2

Atlanta4

40

23

0.635

9.0

21-14

4-7

25-7

15-16

6-4

L 2

Milwaukee5

34

29

0.540

15.0

25-15

8-5

21-9

13-20

9-1

W 4

Toronto6

32

31

0.508

17.0

23-18

8-4

22-10

10-21

3-7

L 3

Charlotte7

32

31

0.508

17.0

19-19

6-4

23-8

9-23

5-5

W 4

Miami8

33

32

0.508

17.0

19-18

8-6

18-14

15-18

5-5

W 1

Chicago

31

32

0.492

18.0

19-18

8-4

19-13

12-19

4-6

L 5

Philadelphia

23

41

0.359

26.5

11-25

6-6

10-20

13-21

2-8

L 2

Washington

21

40

0.344

27.0

15-24

3-7

12-20

9-20

3-7

L 4

New York

22

42

0.344

27.5

16-27

3-8

14-21

8-21

3-7

L 1

Detroit

22

42

0.344

27.5

14-22

2-9

15-18

7-24

3-7

L 1

Indiana

21

43

0.328

28.5

16-22

3-8

14-16

7-27

3-7

W 1

New Jerseyo

7

57

0.109

42.5

6-34

3-11

3-28

4-29

2-8

L 2

following Toronto’s loss and the wins by Charlotte [at Philadelphia] and Miami [vs the LA Clippers].

If the rest of the regular season schedule should, in fact, play out in a way that approximates the following results for each of these 5 contending teams:

Place

No. 5

No. 6

No. 7

No. 8

No. 9

Team

MIL

TOR

CHA

MIA

CHI

W-L

34-29

32-31

32-31

33-32

31-32

%

.540

.508

.508

.508

.492

G 63

-

-

-

-

-

G 64

vs UTA,W

@ GSW,W

vs LAC,W

-

@ ORL,L

G 65

vs IND,W

@ POR,L

@ ORL,L

-

@ MIA,L

G 66

@ LAC,L

vs ATL,W

@ IND,W

Vs CHI,W

@ MEM,L

G 67

@ SAC,L

Vs OKC,W

vs OKC,W

Vs PHI,W

@ DAL,L

G 68

@ DEN,L

@ NJN,W

@ ATL,L

Vs SAS,W

vs CLE,L

G 69

Vs ATL,W

@ MIN,W

@ MIA,L

Vs ORL,L

@ PHI,L

G 70

Vs PHI,W

Vs UTA,L

@ WAS,W

Vs CHA,W

vs HOU,W

G 71

Vs MIA,W

Vs DEN,L

vs MIN,W

@ NJN,W

vs MIA,W

G 72

Vs MEM,W

@ MIA,L

vs WAS,W

@ CHI,L

vs NJN,W

G 73

Vs LAC,W

@ CHA,L

vs TOR,W

@ MIL,L

@ DET,W

G 74

@ CLE,L

Vs LAC,W

vs PHI,W

Vs TOR,W

vs PHO,L

G 75

@ CHA,L

@ PHI,L

vs MIL,W

@ DET,W

@ WAS,W

G 76

Vs PHO,W

Vs GSW,W

@ CHI,L

@ IND,W

vs CHA,W

G 77

@ CHI,L

@ CLE,L

vs ATL,W

@ MIN,W

vs MIL,W

G 78

Vs NJN,W

Vs BOS,L

@ NOH,W

Vs PHI,W

vs CLE,L

G 79

@ PHI,W

@ ATL,L

@ HOU,W

Vs DET,W

@ NJN,W

G 80

Vs BOS,L

Vs CHI,W

vs DET,W

@ NYK,W

@ TOR,L

G 81

Vs ATL,W

@ DET,W

@ NJN,W

@ PHI,W

vs BOS,L

G 82

@ BOS,L

Vs NYK,W

vs CHI,W

Vs NJN,W

@ CHA,L

Streak

11-8

10-9

15-4

14-3

8-11

W-L

45-37

42-40

47-35

47-35

39-43

%

.415

.488

.561

.524

.500

Place

7th

8th

5th

6th

9th

there is now a fairly good possibility that the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference will only be determined by the outcomes of the last 3 games for the Raptors and the Bulls.

Given the complete overhaul of their roster which the Raptors made last summer:

- Trading for Reggie Evans [#1]
- Selecting DeMar DeRozan [#2], No. 9 [overall] in the 2009 NBA Draft
- Signing Jarrett Jack [#3], as a restricted free agent
- Trading for Amir Johnson [#4] and Sonny Weems [#5]
- Trading for Marco Belinelli [#6]
- Trading for Hedo Turkoglu [#7] and Antoine Wright [#8]

in hopes of significantly upgrading the talent level of the players around Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani, it is difficult to believe that this is the type of final result which Toronto’s basketball braintrust was expecting from this season.

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