Okay team, we are coming off a VERY disappointing loss that has us all worried to some degree about getting gored out of the playoffs by bulls. i'm not sure that facing the magic is any better than facing the cavs (getting knocked out of the playoffs (AGAIN!) by a team w/ VC on it, would quite possibly murder a significant chunk of my b-ball soul, but i digress...), but i thought it might be fun to look at things through raptors shaped glasses and ask...

Is it just me, or due the raps have a marginal chance to end up ahead of the bobcats?

Here are their remaining schedules...

Vs Atlanta
@ New Orleans (b2b)
@ New Jersey

I figure Detroit and New Jeresy are gimmie's Ws, but after that, Atlanta, New Orleans & Houston could easily be L's... If Chicago beats Charlotte in the final game that would leave the Bobcats with a 42-40 record.

Your Toronto Raptors!!!
@ Cleveland
vs Boston (b2b)
@ Atlanta
vs Chicago
@ Detroit
vs New York

Detroit and New York are Ws... If Toronto can beat Chicago and steal one of out of the three Cle, Bos, Atl, games then they also end up 42-40 and since they have the tie-break (i think!) End up stealing the 7th seed.

I'm not saying this is the likely outcome, in fact it is an unlikely outcome, but the raps have been playing better basket-ball the last 6 games or so, how likely is this outcome??? Call me an optimist, but i think Toronto has at least a 25% chance of ending with a winning record; furthermore i raise the contentious statement that ending in 7th is as likely as not making the playoffs altogether. Instead of framing the rest of the season as "fending off the Bulls" maybe we should shift the discussion to "hunting the Bobcats"? Just a thought!

The raps frustrate me just as much as next guy, but i'm not ready to put down the remote and pick up the knitting needles quite yet.

Go Raps Go!