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Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 20

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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

Game 20 – at Atlanta [Wed Dec 02]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

HAWKS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Bibby

OG

DeRozan *

à>

OG

Johnson

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Williams

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Smith-Jos

C

Bargnani

à

C

Horford

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Teague *

OG

Belinelli ^

à

G

Crawford ^

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Evans

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Pachulia

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Smith-Joe $

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

West

PF

Johnson ^

ß

PF

Collins $

 

 

 

HC

Triano

=

HC

Woodson

 

 

 

+1

OUTCOME

+5

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.

The Hawks are going to be a solid team in the EC this season. Adding a good PG from the 2009 NBA Draft [i.e. Jeff Teague], a multi-purpose Guard [i.e. Jamal Crawford] and a serviceable veteran Big [i.e. Joe Smith] improves their squad significantly; as does 1 more year of maturation with their core group [i.e. Joe Johnson, 28; Al Horford, 23; Josh Smith, 23; and, Marvin Williams, 23] together. The individual match-up advantages favour Atlanta … which will probably mean another road loss for the Raptors, in this back-2-back.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 7-13

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PS. This marks the end of the “early season” phase for the Raptors.

Related:

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.