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Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 17

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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

Game 17 – at Boston [Fri Nov 27]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

CELTICS

PG

Calderon

à

PG

Rondo

OG

DeRozan *

à

OG

Allen-R

SF

Turkoglu $^

à

SF

Pierce

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Garnett

C

Bargnani

=

C

Perkins

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

House

OG

Belinelli ^

=

G

Allen-T

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Daniels #

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Davis $R

C

Nesterovic $

à

C

Wallace $

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

Hudson *

PF

Johnson ^

ß

PF

Scalabrine

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Rivers

 

 

 

+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.

When healthy, this group of Celtics is too much for the Raptors to handle, with the only match-up advantage, in Toronto’s favour, deep on the bench.

Since the baseline 2005-2006 season …

Season

Boston Celtics

Toronto Raptors

2008-2009

62-20/.756, 1st

=

33-49/.402, 4th

2007-2008

66-16/.805, 1st  

↑↑

41-41/.500, 2nd

2006-2007

24-58/.293, 5th

47-35/.573, 1st

2005-2006

33-49/.402, 3rd

 

27-55/.329, 4th

 

these two teams have, in fact, gone in opposite directions in the Atlantic Division, with the Celtics re-asserting themselves as the dominant organization in the EC, on the whole, and the Raptors sinking back towards the bottom of the standings.

In sharp contrast to a large percentage of other Raptors fans, unfortunately, yours truly does not see this situation changing in the immediate future, given the different ways in which these two organizations operate.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 6-11

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 16

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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

Game 16 – at Charlotte [Wed Nov 25]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

BOBCATS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Felton

OG

DeRozan *

à

OG

Bell

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Wallace

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Diaw

C

Bargnani

=

C

Chandler ^

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Augustin

OG

Belinelli ^

=

G

Henderson *

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Brown *

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Radmanovic

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Diop

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

Jefferson

PF

Johnson ^

=

PF

Mohammed

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Brown

 

 

 

+0

OUTCOME

+2

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.

This is a back-2-back game for the Raptors. Although these two line-ups are relatively equivalent, in terms of individual match-up advantages, the additional experience which Raja Bell and Larry Brown have, in comparison with DeMar DeRozan and Jay Triano, respectively, gives Charlotte an edge which should be enough to secure a W in a close game.

Expect the Bobcats to be one of several improved teams in the EC this year battling for a lower tier playoff spot with the Raptors.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 6-10

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PS. This contest holds a high degree of interest, due to the presence of rookies DeMar DeRozan [No. 9/1st Rd, USC, OG-SF], Gerald Henderson [No. 12/1st Rd, Duke, OG-SF] and Derrick Brown [No. 40/2nd Rd, Xavier, PF-SF]. Brown, in particular, was a relatively unheralded player in this year’s NBA Draft who yours truly would have liked to see the Raptors trade down to obtain … in addition to receiving other assets, in exchange for the No. 9 [overall] Selection. Although it is still very early in the process, all three players seem to be acquitting themselves nicely in the NBA.

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 15

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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

Game 15 – vs Indiana [Tue Nov 24]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

PACERS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Ford

OG

DeRozan *

=

OG

Jones-D $

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Granger

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Murphy

C

Bargnani

=

C

Jones-S $

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Watson $

OG

Belinelli ^

=

G

Rush

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Dunleavy ?

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Hansbrough *

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Hibbert

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

Diener

PF

Johnson ^

=

PF

Foster

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

O’Brien

 

 

 

+0

OUTCOME

+2 [1-?]

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.

Even though the Raptors do not have an individual match-up advantage versus the Pacers in this specific game, they should still be able to get the W. Given the uncertain status of Mike Dunleavy [i.e. still recovering from knee surgery], it’s prudent to take a “wait-and-see approach” to Indiana this season. Jim O’Brien is a much more experienced coach than Jay Triano … but, he is not beyond making specific moves in a particular game which are somewhat-to-highly questionable that can jeopardize his own troops chances of winning. Facing the possibility of falling to 5-10 on the season, with a home-court loss to a middle-of-the-pack team in the EC, the Raptors should be highly energized for this game.

Raptors expected W-L Record: W, 6-9

Pre-season Game 2: Raptors vs 76ers

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Philadelphia 76ers 79 [2-0]
TORONTO RAPTORS 84 [0-2]
Game Scoreboard

What exactly do you need to know about this specific game?

… as Part II to the back-2-back affairs which these teams played Tuesday [in London ON] and Wednesday [in Toronto ON]

1. Bosh, Turkoglu and Wright were out, once again, for the Raptors; while Rodney Carney was absent again for the 76ers.

2. The back-up players for each of these two teams are just THAT … i.e. ”Back-up quality” players, in the NBA, as opposed to being “Starter quality” players who “just happen to be coming off the bench”.

3. At the 10:23 mark of the 4th quarter, the score was tied 64-64, with the following line-ups on the court:

Philadelphia
PG/Sean Singletary,  OG/Royal Ivey, SF/Brandon Bowman, PF/Jason Smith and C/Marreese Speights

Toronto
PG/Jarrett Jack, OG/Quincy Douby, SF/Sonny Weems, PF/Amir Johnson and C/Patrick O’Bryant

from which point, each team made the following substitutions during the final stages of the game:

Philadelphia
PG/Jrue Holiday [for Sean Singletary]
SF/Thaddeus Young [for Brandon Bowman]
PF/Brandon Bowman [for Jason Smith]

Toronto
PG/Marcus Banks [for Jarrett Jack]
OG/DeMar DeRozan [for Sonny Weems]
OG/Sonny Weems [for DeMar DeRozan]

as the 76ers proceeded to outscore the Raptors 20-15 the rest of the way … while playing on the road.

4. Philadelphia and Toronto are each going to have their hands full this season qualifying for the playoffs in the EC with [at least] the likes of Boston, Orlando, Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Charlotte and Detroit all appearing to superior personnel, from top-to-bottom, on their roster. 

A video recap of last night’s action …

 

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 14

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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

Game 14 – vs Orlando [Sun Nov 22]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

MAGIC

PG

Calderon

ß

PG

Nelson

OG

DeRozan *

à>

OG

Carter ^

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Pietrus

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Lewis

C

Bargnani

à

C

Howard

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Johnson

OG

Belinelli ^

=

OG

Redick

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Barnes $

PF

Evans ^

à

PF

Bass $

C

Nesterovic $

à

C

Gortat #R

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

G/F

Williams $

PF

Johnson ^

=

F

Anderson ^

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Van Gundy

 

 

 

+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.

The Magic’s 2nd trip to the ACC this season should prove to be more enjoyable for the visitors. Knowing full well what it feels like to play and lose a 1:00 PM game on Sunday afternoon, after spending the previous night in Toronto, should produce a much more determined effort from Orlando this time around … especially, with Rashard Lewis back in the line-up [i.e. following his league-imposed early season suspension]. 

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 5-9

 

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PS. During the 2006-2007 season Orlando [40-42/.488; 3rd Southeast] and Toronto [47-35/.573; 1st Atlantic] finished as the 8th and 3rd seeded teams in the EC playoffs, respectively. Since then, however, the fortunes of their franchises have gone in completely opposite directions. 

2007-2008, Orlando [1st Southwest; Lost 2nd Rd of Playoffs to Detroit]; Toronto [2nd Atlantic; Lost 1st Rd of playoffs to Orlando]

2008-2009, Orlando [Southwest, 1st; NBA Finalist]; Toronto [Atlantic 4th; missed playoffs]

2009-2010, Orlando [plus .500?]; Toronto [minus .500?]

With:

1. Vince Carter [G-F] now in Orlando and Hedo Turkoglu [SF] now in Toronto;

2. Dwight Howard [C] in Orlando and Andrea Bargnani [C] in Toronto;

3. Rashard Lewis [PF] in Orlando and Chris Bosh [PF] in Toronto;

4. Jameer Nelson [PG] in Orlando and Jose Calderon [PG] in Toronto;

5. JJ Redick [OG] in Orlando and DeMar DeRozan [OG] in Toronto;

6. Stan Van Gundy [head coach] in Orlando and Jay Triano [head coach] in Toronto;

7. Otis Smith/Dave Twardzik [as the management team] in Orlando and Bryan Colangelo/Maurizio Gherardini in Toronto [as the management team]; and,

8. Rich DeVos [as the owner] in Orlando and MLSE [as the owners] in Toronto;

it is going to be very interesting to see how these two franchises compare over the next few seasons. 

Pre-season Game 1: Raptors vs 76ers

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Toronto Raptors 98
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 107
Game Scoreboard

Game 1 of the pre-season schedule is now in the books for the Raptors and the 76ers. 

Initial observations from last night:

TORONTO RAPTORS, 0-1

POS

PLAYER

MP

GOOD

BAD

Starters

PG

Calderon

16

KPM/+7; #FG%/50.0 [1-2]

TO/4; Ast:To/2:4; Poor ball containment vs Picks; Little positive energy

OG

Belinelli

28

Ast/4

KPM/-2; Rebs/0; TO/4; Cannot check bigger than his height

SF

DeRozan

27

KPM/+8; Rebs/4; Ast:TO/3:1; Physically athletic

Poor close-outs and 1-on-1 defense; Physically, over-matched at #3/SF, lacks strength; Cannot check bigger than his height

PF

Evans

18+

KPM/+2; Ast:TO/3:2; High energy; Physically strong

PF/5; Struggles finishing inside; Poor individual defense; Poor Pick defense; Lacks lateral agility

C

Bargnani

22

KPM/+18; FG%/64.3 [9-14]; 3FG%/66.7 [2-3]; Shot-fake & Drive Right to finish

Ast:TO/0:2; Rebs/3; Drive Left to finish; Lacks finish ability in interior game; Poor defensive transition

Key Subs

G

Jack

19

KPM/+6; FG%/80.0 [4-5]; Pysically strong

TO/4; Ast:To/3:4

G-F

Weems

19+

KPM/+7; Rebs/2; Physically athletic

FG%/40.0 [4-10]; 3FG%/00.0 [0-1]

PF

Johnson

21+

KPM/+10; Rebs/10; High energy; Physically athletic

FG%/37.5; Lacks finish ability in interior game

C

Nesterovic

18

KPM/+7; Rebs/7; BS/2

FG%/25.0 [3-12]; Lacks lateral agility

Reserves

PG

Banks

16

St/1; Physically strong

KPM/-1; FG%/33.3; PF/4; TO/4; Ast:TO/2:4

G

Douby

16+

Ast/5; Ast:TO/5-2

KPM/-2; FG%/25.0 [1-4]; 3FG%/00.0 [0-2]; PF/5; Physically, over-matched at #2/OG, lacks strength

C

O’Bryant

14+

KPM/+4; Rebs/5; St/2; BS/1; Good energy

FG%/00.0 [0-2]

Out

Bosh, Turkoglu and Wright

Head Coach

Jay Triano – Implementing increased ball movement. Instructing new players on defensive and offensive requirements. Little demonstration of physical and/or emotional engagement.

 

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, 1-0

Starters

POS

PLAYER

MP

GOOD

BAD

PG

Williams

23+

KPM/+19; FG%/75.0 [6-8]; 3FG%/66.7 [2-3]; Ast/3; Ast:TO/3:1; St/3

Indiscriminant shot selection

OG

Iguodala

25+

KPM/+12; FG%/57.1 [4-7]; 3FG%/50.0 [2-4]; Ast/8; Physically, dominant at #2/OG; High energy

TO/7; Rebs/1; Careless with the ball

SF

Young

25

KPM/+11; FG%/75.0 [3-4]; Ast/3; Ast:TO/3-0; St/2; Post-up ability vs smaller checks; High energy

Rebs/0; lacks perimeter shooting ability

PF

Brand

22+

KPM/+10; FG%/50.0 [3-6]; Rebs/5; Ast/3; Ast:TO/3:1; St/3; High BB IQ

Physically, limited by Achilles Tendon injury; Lacks lateral agility & explosiveness

C

Dalembert

22+

KPM/+7; FG%/55.6 [5-9]; Rebs/6

BS/0; Struggles closing out vs perimeter shooters

Key Subs

PG

Green

15

KPM/+12; FG%/60.0 [3-5]; Rebs/5; Ast/5; Ast:TO/5:1

 

G-F

Kapono

13+

KPM/+13; FG%/66.7 [4-6]; 3FG%/100.0 [2-2]; Ast/4: Ast:TO/4:0

PF/3; Lacks lateral agility

PF

Smith

25

KPM/+7; 3FG%/33.3 [1-3]; Rebs/6

FG%/33.3 [2-6]; PF/5; TO/3; Ast:TO/1:3; Lacks lateral agility

C

Speights

25

KPM/+2; Rebs/9; Physically, long & somewhat energetic

FG%/31.3 [5-16]; PF/5; TO/4; Ast:TO/1:4; Indiscriminant shot selection; Lacks lateral agility; Lacks solid skill base

Reserves

PG

Ivey

16

KPM/+8; Rebs/4; Ast:TO/2:1

 

G

Holiday

14

KPM/+2; FG%/50.0 [2-4]; 3FG%/100.00 [2-2]

Ast:TO/0:2; Physically, lacks strength on the ball; Tentative with dribble

G-F

Christmas

8+

KPM/+2; FG%/00.0 [0-3]; Rebs/2; Ast/1

Rushed his shot attempts

Out

Singletary, Carney, Bowman, Swift and Brezec

Head Coach

Eddie Jordan – Implementing Princeton Offense effectively. Verbally encouraging. Physically and emotionally engaged.

 

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

 

Toronto

- Will miss both Anthony Parker and Shawn Marion more than anticipated

- DeRozan is physically over-matched at this stage of his pro career

- Defense and Rebounding remain most pressing issues

- No ‘Prime Time’ Wing Player on the roster

 

Philadelphia

- Athletic starting players at the #1/PG, #2/OG and #3/SF positions

- Basket Cuts off Back Screens, and Post-ups, will be staples for Young, Iguodala, and Williams

- Lack of consistent perimeter shooting might still be a problem

- Physically, Brand is far from 100%

Both of these squads have a long way to go if they are going to contend for a playoff spot in the EC this season.

 

PS. Pre-season Game 1, video recap …

 

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 13

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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

Game 13 – vs Mia [Fri Nov 20]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

HEAT

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Chalmers

OG

DeRozan *

à>

OG

Wade

SF

Turkoglu $^

ß

SF

Beasley

PF

Bosh

ß

PF

Haslem

C

Bargnani

ß

C

O’Neal

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Quinn

OG

Belinelli ^

ß

G

Cook

SF

Wright ^

=

SF

Richardson ^

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Anthony

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Magloire

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

à

SF

Diawara

PF

Johnson ^

=

PF

Randolph $

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Spoelstra

 

 

 

+4

OUTCOME

+4

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.

The first home game following a WC road trip can be a dangerous situation in the NBA. That said … the Raptors might be in dire need of winning this specific contest, given their poor early season W-L record. Miami, on the other hand, might be a few games above .500, on the strength of several home games early in the schedule, and coming into this one off a road loss at Atlanta, a Southwest Division rival. Although there is no defensive match-up on the Raptors roster capable of handling D-Wade effectively … who might well go for 40+ in this encounter … the front-court tandem of Bosh & Bargnani should be able to off-set this single major disadvantage. If the Dinos are going to remain in the playoff hunt this season, they will need to win games like this one, i.e. at home; without an individual match-up disadvantage. 

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 5-8

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 12

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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

Game 12 – at Utah [Wed Nov 18]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

JAZZ

PG

Calderon

à

PG

Williams

OG

DeRozan *

=

OG

Korver

SF

Turkoglu $^

ß

SF

Brewer

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Boozer

C

Bargnani

=

C

Okur

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

ß

PG

Price

OG

Belinelli ^

ß

G

Maynor *

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Kirilenko

PF

Evans ^

à

PF

Millsap

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Koufos

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

G

Dupree $

PF

Johnson ^

=

C

Fesenko

 

 

 

HC

Triano

à

HC

Sloan

 

 

 

+3

OUTCOME

+4

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.

The last of a 4-game WC road trip, in a back-2-back situation, is not a good spot for the Raptors to right their listing ship. Although the Jazz might still be without CJ Miles [OG] and Matt Harpring [SF-PF], due to lingering injuries, Utah will still be a dangerous opponent, playing on 3 days rest with recent Hall Of Fame inductee Jerry Sloan at the helm:

 

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 4-8

Hollinger’s PER Projections ominous sign for Raptors

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Earlier today, ESPN’s John Hollinger released his PER projections for the 2009-2010 season. This is what they look for the individual players on the Raptors’ roster:

Hollinger’s profiles: Toronto Raptors

Banks, Marcus – No Projection
Bosh, Chris 22.80 (UP, 0.62)
Bargnani, Andrea 13.80 (DOWN, 0.85)
Belinelli, Marco 12.09 (UP, 0.23)
Calderon, Jose 18.89 (UP, 0.09)
DeRozan, DeMar – No Projection
Douby, Quincy – No Projection
Evans, Reggie 9.83 (DOWN, 0.59)
Jack, Jarrett 12.89 (DOWN, 0.21)
Johnson, Amir 16.09 (UP, 2.52)
Nesterovic, Rasho 12.33 (DOWN, 1.82)
O’Bryant, Patrick – No Projection
Turkoglu, Hedo 13.56 (DOWN, 1.26)
Weems, Sonny – No Projection
Wright, Antoine 8.32 (DOWN, 0.31)

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FYI …

What is PER?
Projecting PER for the coming season
2009-2010 Hollinger’s Projections: All Players

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Mr. Hollinger’s Eastern Conference forecast is that the Raptors will most likely fail to qualify for the EC playoffs again this season [39-43?]. 

At this point, at least … based on Basketball Acumen … yours truly is inclined to agree with him.

First Raptors video clip of the new season

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Have a look at this 6-minute video from Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage …

Use the comments section to identify items from these brief snipets of action that you think might eventually play out this season as either good or bad news for the Made-over Raptors? … keeping in mind that neither Chris Bosh nor Hedo Turkoglu saw any floor time.