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Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 18

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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

Game 18 – vs Phoenix [Sun Nov 29]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

SUNS

PG

Calderon

à

PG

Nash

OG

DeRozan *

à

OG

Richardson

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Hill

PF

Bosh

ß

PF

Frye $

C

Bargnani

à

C

Stoudemire

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Dragic

OG

Belinelli ^

à

G

Barbosa

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Clark *

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Dudley

C

Nesterovic $

à

C

Amundson

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

Tucker

PF

Johnson ^

=

PF

Powell $

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Gentry

 

 

 

+1

OUTCOME

+6

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.

Originally, this was a game which yours truly thought the Raptors could/should/would win during this initial stretch of 20 games to start the season … that is … until the individual match-ups were examined in closer detail, especially, in the light of last night’s exhibition games vs Boston [aka, Hedo Turkoglu's debut with the Raptors] and Portland [for Phoenix].

The pre-season injury to Robin Lopez is going to impair the Suns’ ability to match-up physically in the post with a number of teams in the league this year. However, at the same time, Suns’ opponents are going to have their hands full coping with the different/unusual 5-man combinations which Phoenix will now be able to put on the floor together, playing at a very high tempo [e.g. last night Phoenix closed their game with Nash + Barbosa + Dudley + Frye + Stoudemire]. 

When healthy, this group of Suns is going to be too much for the Raptors to handle, given that:

1 The only match-up advantage in Toronto’s favour is Chris Bosh; 

2 The Raptors’ defense and rebounding will continue to struggle this season with the addition of Turkoglu; and,

3 The Suns are now capable of shooting the lights out with the 3-ball.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 6-12