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    Did the Raptors blow their opportunity?

    Been watching the Raptors games so far this year, 13 games in and can't help but wonder if they blew their opportunity to win early in the year?

    Out of the 13 games this year, I did not expect them to beat only 4 of those games, that being OKC, Dallas, Boston and Brooklyn(Debateable).

    We have played Indiana twice(we blew an 8 point lead going into 4th quarter, won the other game, almost blew that too)

    We have played Philadelphia twice(blew a 7 point lead going into the 4th(second game))

    The Utah game I dont even want to talk about, blew 5 point lead into the 4th and out of all players, jefferson hits the 3 pointer lol.

    The charlotte game, can talk about the foul all we want, that game should not have been lost and had our opportunities elsewhere.

    Blew another opportunity to put the game away last night at Detroit.

    Given the schedule we had and opportunities with the lead, do you feel that we had a pretty fair schedule to win more of these games? Based on the leads we blew and games we lost to the final shot, this could have easily been 4 wins the other way, meaning we should have at least have been off to a 7-6 start. Possibly even 8-5 if we had 5 wins the other way.


    Did we blow a favourable schedule to start the season? I ask this because it does not getting easier in the next 13 games to compare. Check out the schedule:

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    The next 13 games, I can only see us winning another 3 games. Would like to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on how important the first 13 games were, if we blew it and what we can expect in the next 13 + rest of season
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    yea we blew games we should've won. I'd feel much better if we were like 5-8 instead of 3-10 but the fact that we suck in the 4th and can't close for jackshit is just frustrating. Close games will be the death of this team with getting outcoached, and players who are allergic to hitting game winning shots (Barfnani, Lowry, DD).


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    yup. we suck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Been watching the Raptors games so far this year, 13 games in and can't help but wonder if they blew their opportunity to win early in the year?

    Out of the 13 games this year, I did not expect them to beat only 4 of those games, that being OKC, Dallas, Boston and Brooklyn(Debateable).

    We have played Indiana twice(we blew an 8 point lead going into 4th quarter, won the other game, almost blew that too)

    We have played Philadelphia twice(blew a 7 point lead going into the 4th(second game))

    The Utah game I dont even want to talk about, blew 5 point lead into the 4th and out of all players, jefferson hits the 3 pointer lol.

    The charlotte game, can talk about the foul all we want, that game should not have been lost and had our opportunities elsewhere.

    Blew another opportunity to put the game away last night at Detroit.

    Given the schedule we had and opportunities with the lead, do you feel that we had a pretty fair schedule to win more of these games? Based on the leads we blew and games we lost to the final shot, this could have easily been 4 wins the other way, meaning we should have at least have been off to a 7-6 start. Possibly even 8-5 if we had 5 wins the other way.


    Did we blow a favourable schedule to start the season? I ask this because it does not getting easier in the next 13 games to compare. Check out the schedule:

    http://espn.go.com/nba/team/schedule...oronto-raptors

    The next 13 games, I can only see us winning another 3 games. Would like to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on how important the first 13 games were, if we blew it and what we can expect in the next 13 + rest of season
    I don't think the schedule has been favourable at all. On paper, I'm not sure we should have won more than 4 games up to this point. Factoring in some of the early injuries of teams like Dallas, Indiana and Philly, maybe we could have won more but the consensus prior to the season starting was the first 20-25 games or so being absolutely brutal.

    The past 3 games were major blown opportunities in games the team should have won IMO.

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    First 22 brutal games...

    if we end up around 8-14 or 7-15 i think it is still manageable
    6-16 would be tough to catch up with the rest of the pack
    5-17 would be panic time.

    Brutal schedule, Bad officiating and injuries are always the variables, however good teams don't put themselves in situations like the first 13.

    It's just too bad we are not a good team.

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    Some people stated that they expected this, but am I the only one that didn't. I mean I actually didn't think we'd start like this. hope it gets better soon as I was given some tickets but if this play continues I'll give them away and watch the games from home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Some people stated that they expected this, but am I the only one that didn't. I mean I actually didn't think we'd start like this. hope it gets better soon as I was given some tickets but if this play continues I'll give them away and watch the games from home.
    no i felt like we were better than this too.
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    well unfortunately it looks like you were right about Bargs...

    but hopefully we can use his expiring, if not at least we unloaded Novak's deal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiecballer View Post
    no i felt like we were better than this too.
    we are better than this.. but i didnt really feel like we were a playoff team .. borderline maybe... i never saw us starting this bad...
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    What do y'all think about Kyle Lowry's last shot attempt at the buzzer.... Mad or not mad at him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    What do y'all think about Kyle Lowry's last shot attempt at the buzzer.... Mad or not mad at him?
    mad because he did the exact same thing the previous posession and andrea was the hot hand.. if a guy is 13-20 and having a great night you have to feed him .. plus Lowry was the one who got split on the last play by brandon knight.. he had a very good second half but a very poor last 30+ seconds..
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    Its really unfortunate how a lot of these games ended up and we could have easily been sitting around .500 right now, but did we seriously expect to be leading teams like Utah and Indiana going late into the fourth.

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    What's killing us, that I'm surprised nobody's mentioned, is their free throws. I remember the days when Barfnani was lit at the line. Now, he sucks. Overall, our team shoots horrid from the line. We used to be way better at the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick O View Post
    mad because he did the exact same thing the previous posession and andrea was the hot hand.. if a guy is 13-20 and having a great night you have to feed him .. plus Lowry was the one who got split on the last play by brandon knight.. he had a very good second half but a very poor last 30+ seconds..
    Ya bro I was a little cheesed too

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameBreaker View Post
    What's killing us, that I'm surprised nobody's mentioned, is their free throws. I remember the days when Barfnani was lit at the line. Now, he sucks. Overall, our team shoots horrid from the line. We used to be way better at the line.
    uhhh hes shooting 85% from the free throw line.. thats 2% higher than his career average.. not sure what you;re referring too ... plus were like top 10 in the league in free throw % ... it was just like 2 or 3 games..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddler The Gr8 View Post
    yea we blew games we should've won. I'd feel much better if we were like 5-8 instead of 3-10 but the fact that we suck in the 4th and can't close for jackshit is just frustrating. Close games will be the death of this team with getting outcoached, and players who are allergic to hitting game winning shots (Barfnani, Lowry, DD).
    Absolutely.

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