If we (the Raptors) should be so lucky, and fortunate, to get there?

Incredulously …

This is just some of what was said, earlier this morning, by the Raptors’ GM, during his interview segment on FAN590 radio:

Click here. [to listen for yourself]

“We’ve got to focus on the 9 games left in the season to, uhh … you know … to try to finish this thing the right way, and … and, finish in the best possible position to have some success in the playoffs, if we should be so lucky, and fortunate, to get there.” - Bryan Colangelo

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The remaining schedule for Toronto/#8 and Chicago/#9 looks like this:

Game

TORONTO

36-37

CHICAGO

35-39

74

Vs LA Clippers

W, 37-37

75

At Philadelphia

W, 38-37

At Washington

W1-?

76

Vs Golden State

W, 39-37

Vs Charlotte

W2-?

77

At Cleveland

L, 39-38

Vs Milwaukee

W3-?

78

At Atlanta

L, 39-39

Vs Cleveland

L

79

Vs Boston

L, 39-40

At New Jersey

W-4?

80

Vs Chicago

W, 40-40

At Toronto

L

81

At Detroit

W, 41-40

Vs Boston

W-5?

82

Vs New York

W, 42-40

At Charlotte

W-6?

Even if, by some miraculous turn of fate, the Bulls are capable of beating 3 “>.500″ teams at home [marked with orange and a ?, above] and beating 1 “>.500″ team on the road [also marked with orange and a ?, above] …

How on earth does anyone actually see Chicago being able to collect 8 WINS [i.e. winning out] the rest of the way? …

since the Raptors also have the head-to-head tie-breaker in their favour, and the Bulls are now playing without 2 of their “starters” [i.e. Luol Deng/SF and Kirk Hinrich/OG-PG]

… if Toronto can simply take care of its own business properly, by winning the 6 almost “gimme” games left on its schedule [marked in green, above].

The simple fact is …

“Luck”, per se, will have almost nothing to do with whether, or not, the Raptors are capable of qualifying for the playoffs this season.

It’s when Bryan Colangelo says nonsense stuff like this that he loses a certain measure of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. in the eyes of someone like yours truly, who has actually been around the “basketball” block … at least … once, or twice, in his/her lifetime.

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Truth be told …

At the 73 game mark of the season, the Raptors should now be considered the PROHIBITIVE favourite to earn the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs … and if, through some type of Haley’s Cometesque occurrence, Toronto should [somehow?] manage to blow this opportunity, it could only be perceived as an epic collapse, in the annals of the NBA.  

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