Hey, NoProps, please put me on your ignore list. Thank you
Back to the original thread, and not Hollinger.
We are 4-2 since Gay trade, all wins against solid teams (Clippers, Indiana, New Orleans, Denver), losses against teams we could have beaten (Boston, Miami).
Says a lot about what Gay has done for this team. Miles more than Ed and Jose has done. Changed the team dynamics, added leadership, and brought - the key thing in my opinion - talent.
While I still think that the playoffs are a long shot for this year, I am just happy that the draft pick we are giving up this year should now be out of the top 10.
What about Rudy Gay for MVP if we manage to make a playoffs? At least it worth a consideration, and Sheridanhoops have already added him in #10 place on the MVP candidates list :D
It's the one thing I don't think that the advanced analytics have figured out yet for basketball. You can measure the box score stats and try to isolate individual plays but the impact that elite guys have on the game goes beyond individual plays into how they distort the game and affect the way the other team approaches the game.
@Reuben I wouldnt Call the Pelicans a good team but ya If we didnt have Gay Im pretty sure Raps would have fumbled that game.
6 games back of the 8th spot with 29 games left to play.
If the Raps finish the season 19-10 there's a good chance they might sneak in.
PS: Raps are 17-13 the last 30 games.
Again I want to add last 5 games aare no joke. Call me the blind optimist but I do think the Raps can make it, they have the underdogs mentality and are playing very inspired, cause as a whole the team is playing with a lot more tenacity and grit.
Big day when we see Knicks again on the 22nd and hopefully beating the Grizzlies for Rudy Gay to lift his spirits (put his old team behind him kind of thing.
I think they could go 21-10. Then get their asses handed to them by Miami.
If the knicks stay in 2nd in the conference, we have a series.
If (that's a big '"if", I know....) the Raptors squeeze into the 8th seed, I could actually see them winning one of the 2 home games.
Heat in 5, lol
My prediction based on the schedule:
Home Record 14-13 - 12 games to play
Road Record 7-19 - 15 games to play
We have 3 games vs the Knicks - I gave us 1 of the 3 (home game), but don't see them winning 2 of 3 (2 on the road).
Both games vs Milwaukee are on the road after playing the night before (vs Pacers and T-Wolves). I gave us the wins, but those aren't easy games at all.
We have 5 back-back sets with the second games being Memphis, @ Milwaukee, @ NYK (home and away set), @ Milwaukee, Boston. The Boston one is the final game of the season.
Last week: Bkn, Atl, Bos - depending on play-off seeds, these games could be "rest" games for the other teams. Plus if Atlanta trades Josh Smith then who knows what their team will be like.
Tough road games of: GSW, LAL, Bos, Min, Chi, NYK
Teams we 100% should beat: Washington 4 games, Cleveland 2 games, Detroit 2 games (Jose factor in full-effect).
2/19 @Wash W
2/20 Mem L
2/22 NYK L
2/25 Was W
2/27 @Cle W
3/01 Ind L
3/02 @Mil W
3/04 @GSW L
3/06 @ Phx W
3/08 @ LAL L
3/10 Cle W
3/13 @ Bos L
3/15 @ Cha W
3/22 NYK W
3/23 @NYK L
3/27 Atl W
3/29 @ Det W
3/31 @ Was W
4/01 Det W
4/03 Was W
4/05 @ Min L
4/06 @ Mil W
4/09 @ Chi L
4/12 Chi L
4/14 Bkn W
4/16 @Atl L
4/17 Bos W
At the end of it, we will finish 10th in the East and give up a late lottery pick to OKC but will have high hopes for the future.
If we win BOTH against Milwaukee that represents a four game swing no? So really we just need to play 500 basketball +3 wins and take both games to be 8th seed
Milwaukee's schedule. I predict 14 wins 17 losses. Raps don't make up the difference. (B2B means back-to-back 2nd game).
@Bkn B2B L
@HOU B2B L
@SAC B2B W
@WAS B2B W
@ATL B2B L
LAL B2B - L
OKC - L
@Orl B2B W
@Cha B2B W
26 games left. If the Raps finish the season 17-11 they'll be in the playoffs. Looking at the sked, not gonna be easy but VERY doable.
Beat the knicks twice
Blew out the Clippers
Beat the Nuggets
Beat the Pelicans
Beat the Wizards
Beat the Pacers
We have a serious team on our hands!
Losing to Boston, Miami, and Memphis? Thats acceptable!
7-3 since Rudy came to town!