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  • mcHAPPY
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    The unbalanced compacted schedule will present tons of challenges, particularly for older more experienced teams. You can look at what some of the contending teams might be facing in their respective schedules and have a look and listen as to what some think about the respective chances of contenders.

    From a Toronto perspective, all I can say is, it's a good thing I work with good people on the broadcast crew, because I'm going to be spending hefty amounts of time with them on the road. The Raptors have 17 of their first 26 games on the road. In a nutshell, more than half the road contests will be knocked off the schedule in 43 days which is less than a month and a half into a four month season. It's a far cry from the original schedule which was quite favourable with 15 sets of back-to-backs and no road trip longer than four games.

    There is only one set of back-to-back-to-backs for Toronto and that comes when their legs may be relatively fresh early in the season. The Raptors play at home to Minnesota on January 9th, travel to Washington and then return home to finish up the set on January 11th against Sacramento. In all, Toronto will play 20 sets of back-to-backs and will set a franchise record when they will play 19 games in 31 days during the month of January.

    My family might think the lockout is back on in February when the Raptors will be at home for 14 days from February 8-22 with a seven-game home stand leading up to the All-Star Break.

    Commissioner David Stern wrote this letter to the fans to try and help win them back but there will be some places where fans will still be disappointed. You know it had to happen with the scheduled shaved to 66 games but like roulette, you were hoping the ball hit your number. For Raptor fans the key number is six. As in six teams that Toronto fans will not see at the ACC this season. New Orleans (with or without Chris Paul), Phoenix (no Steve Nash for you), Utah, Oklahoma City with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and crew, the Los Angeles Clippers (Blake Griffin et al), and the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks will not make an appearance in Toronto.

    Hey I suppose it could be worse where fans in Sacramento won't see Miami or places like Memphis or San Antonio where those fans will not get to hiss at the Heat or boo Boston this season. Phoenix fans could be particularly sour as well they won't get a visit from Miami, Boston, Chicago, New York or Orlando.

    Training camp is a couple of days away and the free agent period is going to be particularly crazy. You'll hear it more than once this season so just hang on to your hat as the season is going to be a blur.
    Source: Sportsnet.ca

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  • Papa Burgundy
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    Nilanka wrote: View Post
    With the inevitable Calderon hamstring injury, and the eventual trade of Barbosa's expiring contract, we're actually pretty thin in the backcourt
    Agreed, some more guard depth (hopefully that of a veteran) would be a wise move.

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  • Nilanka
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    Papa Burgundy wrote: View Post
    Our guard rotation is a legit 4 deep, with Jose, Demar, Barbosa and Bayless ... can absorb some back-to-backs
    With the inevitable Calderon hamstring injury, and the eventual trade of Barbosa's expiring contract, we're actually pretty thin in the backcourt

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  • Apollo
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    Wow, what season would be complete without a five game west coast swing? That right there my friends separates the those bad enough to get a high lotto pick from the rest of the pack.

    They play the Cavs three times? Wow, those games should be nail biters.

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  • Papa Burgundy
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    Our guard rotation is a legit 4 deep, with Jose, Demar, Barbosa and Bayless ... can absorb some back-to-backs
    Big rotation with Bargnani, Ed, Amir, a vet (heard Jamal Magloire for spot minutes) and Alabi is a bit weak at C, but ok.
    James Johnson needs some company at the SF spot, but i'm sure we'll add some pieces to give him rest ...

    I think we're gonna have an improved season, and I think we are a step above CLE, CHA, DET, UTA and even SAC - and that we're close to level field with teams like WAS, PHO, NOH, MIN, MIL ... I think we'll win some games.

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  • SitnonDfence
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    ...end of march could really kill some spirits...@knicks,chicago,knicks,@chicago,Denver, Miami....ouch...

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  • Nilanka
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    Only 14 games vs. legit title contenders.

    You know what that means....0-66

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  • mcHAPPY
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    Lark Benson wrote: View Post
    Oh you silly optimists. Obviously it's a bit premature without the rosters set and a lot of movement to come, but put me down for 19 wins with the rosters as they are.

    Gonna be interesting to see if any opinions change once some of last year's bottom feeders are forced to spend to meet the minimum salary requirements.
    +1

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  • Lark Benson
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    Oh you silly optimists. Obviously it's a bit premature without the rosters set and a lot of movement to come, but put me down for 19 wins with the rosters as they are.

    Gonna be interesting to see if any opinions change once some of last year's bottom feeders are forced to spend to meet the minimum salary requirements.

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  • Hassan
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    they should reduce the schedule down to 50 games 66 is too much

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  • NoPropsneeded
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    with an improved defense and DeMar we'll win 25 easy

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  • KaioKev
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    I'm going with 25 wins and 41 losses as well. I don't think 3 more wins is a stretch. Ya ya the East is better but even still our players are one more year mature than last and one more year experienced than last.

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  • YelaRoth
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    Atleast our 3 game 3 day stretch is against reasonably sub-par teams. Washington, Minnesota and Sacramento. Could pull off atleast one win.

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  • Mack North
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    NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    they had 22 last year... and your calling me crazy. 25 wins is nothing in a 66 game season thats pretty reasonable.
    My mistake I don't know where I got 18 from. You're still going up 3+ wins in 16 less games. The East is getting a whole lot better as well...

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  • Snizzoop
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    First Sunday home game...February 12th vs. the Lakers. In fact...only four Sunday home games all season.

    There goes the 1pm start time advantage.

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