This forum isn't getting much action, so I figured I'd make a thread for the season as a whole.
The team is doing fairly well, with DeRozan specifically elevating his game. They're virtualy undefeated against teams below them in the standings (except against Sacramento), but just can't seem to win with any consistency against the top top teams.
Their losses this season:
Cleveland X 3 (1st in East)
LA Clippers (3rd in West)
Sacramento Kings X 2 (10th in West)
Golden State (1st in West)
2016-12-09, 10:41 AM
(This post was last modified: 2016-12-09, 10:43 AM by Chris D.)
All the losses against Cleveland were very close games, 4 points or less.
Winnable right to the end.
Then of course there was the loss they were absolutely robbed against the Kings when they waived off what should have been the tying shot.
DeRozan continuing at the elite level he's been at is a prerequisite to Toronto finding success this season. DeRozan has really improved his mid-range game, shooting 37% from 8-16 feet two years ago to 53% this year. DeRozan will likely never be an elite deep ball shooter but he's become a big time mid range player.
I agree with you tml, they will need better, more consistent player from some very inconsistent depth players, specifically Ross and Patterson.
"Larry Bird isn't white, he's clear" - Bill Murray
After losing to the Warriors last night, the Raptors are now 1-6 vs the top 5 teams in the league. Their only win came against Houston. It's frustrating to watch because they are a really good team but they don't seem good enough to compete for the title.
Raps were the better team after the first quarter...
but man what a horrible first quarter. 42-17?
to only lose by 11 is a positive after that start.
as far as the other games against the top teams...other than last night, they were all very close games that could have went either way...one or two possession games. block on one end, followed by a score on their own, and its a different result. that said...I think they were always going to be in tough to come out of the East anyway...but they are still a top 2 team in the East.
The Raptors don't seem to have that 3rd or 4th guy behind Lowry and DeRozan. If you look at the contenders, GS has Durant and Green, Cleveland Smith and Love, SA has Tony Parker after Aldridge and Leonard, and the Clippers have a ton of higher end guys. Carroll and JV were supposed to step into that role but neither can really compete at the high level. Until the Raptors get a third guy like that they can be competitive but ultimately will need Lowry or DD to completely go off to win a conf final.
I feel like JV would be that guy if they utilized him properly. I can see why those Cousin's rumours won't go away though.
One thing the Raptors seem to be doing well is developing their own talent. Powell, Nogueira, Siakam, etc. seem to be making real strides.
I thought JV could be that guy watching him in the playoffs this year but he seems to have lost a step this year and his quickness doesn't seem to keep up with other players. Powell is a beast. I could see him developing into a solid starter given the opportunity to supplant Carroll. I think Siakam and Noguera top out as second unit guys.
Make that 1-7 now vs the top teams as they were just blown out by the Spurs.
Demar voted as a starter for the all star game.
Good on him..fully deserving! Having a great season