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pebloemer
02-24-2014, 11:12 AM
Here we are.

The Raptors are 31-25 with 26 games left and a fairly pedestrian schedule in front of them. It is no secret to this forum that the team has played much better basketball since the Rudy Gay deal and have battled through the heavy lifting of their schedule.

The question posed is - can this team set the franchise mark for wins in a season? The magic number is 48, which will require a 17-9 finish.

Remaining games: Cleveland x2, Washington, Sacramento, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Detroit x2, Memphis, Phoenix, Atlanta x2, NO, OKC, Boston x2, Orlando, Miami, Houston, Indiana, Milwaukee x2, NYK x2, Philadelphia, Golden State.

ink
02-24-2014, 11:16 AM
There's no reason why they shouldn't. I'm happy to hear that MU consistently says the teams not finished though because our franchise high water mark does not signify nearly enough.

Sly Guy
02-24-2014, 12:29 PM
I said no. I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.

Bramaca
02-24-2014, 12:54 PM
I would say its 50-50. A good win here or a bad loss there could be the difference. Not a huge deal though if they do or don't make it past 47 wins.

Jays Claw
02-24-2014, 01:11 PM
I think 45 wins will be their mark this season.

It would be cool though if they manage to push to 50+ wins.

anotherqtip420
02-24-2014, 01:37 PM
I went with Yes. They like to grind out all their games anyways so I could see them doing it.

Sadds The Gr8
02-24-2014, 01:47 PM
I said no. I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.
+1

Raps Insider 12
02-24-2014, 01:48 PM
I voted yes. I have doubted this roster and the coach but they have proven that quitting is not an option.

Even the ailing Amir who is not 100% healthy refused to quit.

50 wins is possible.

LanceUpperCut
02-24-2014, 02:09 PM
I think it very possible, if we had this team from the start of the season I'm pretty sure they could of hit the 50 win mark with ease. If I was a betting, which I am I'd drop a bill or two on a yes of 48, but I don't imagine the odds would be in are favor.

gwrighter
02-24-2014, 02:11 PM
I voted yes but I could easily see them not reaching the franchise record mark.

If we win the games we're supposed to win then we should get to somewhere around the 48-50 win mark.

aman_13
02-24-2014, 02:28 PM
I would say its 50-50. A good win here or a bad loss there could be the difference. Not a huge deal though if they do or don't make it past 47 wins.

+1

aman_13
02-24-2014, 02:30 PM
It's nice that the team is winning but I feel like they are not moving the ball as much as they should. Hard to complain right now as they winning but there were a lot of bad shots taken last night but fortunately went in.

Tmath
02-24-2014, 02:50 PM
I'm just glad we have a much better record than the Pistons & Knicks. I talked a lot of trash to both those fan bases before the season started. :laugh2:

pebloemer
02-24-2014, 03:11 PM
It's nice that the team is winning but I feel like they are not moving the ball as much as they should. Hard to complain right now as they winning but there were a lot of bad shots taken last night but fortunately went in.

I agree. The quality of their offensive execution has gone down a bit since that big run post-Rudy trade. We are starting to see DeRozan and Lowry take more on themselves to score, which can be a dangerous game.

smith&wesson
02-24-2014, 03:21 PM
they most def should.

I want to see the team finish strong heading in to the post season.

Although, MU did very little to adress our C concerns. Im still hoping he can just sign a big man and maybe cut buicks or stone.

Bob_at_york
02-24-2014, 03:37 PM
I voted no but it will be close.

gwrighter
02-24-2014, 03:49 PM
This is an interesting tidbit from NBA.com


Toronto (31-25)
Pace: 94.6 (22), OffRtg: 104.6 (10), DefRtg: 100.9 (7), NetRtg: +3.7 (8)
The Raptors have scored 108.3 points per 100 possessions over the last month (111.8 with Kyle Lowry on the floor) and are now the only Eastern Conference team that ranks in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. That's the basic criteria for a title contender, but Toronto is 1-5 against the Pacers and Heat and still has some work to do just to earn home-court advantage in the first round.

BHF
02-24-2014, 03:50 PM
Looking at the schedule i have them at 45 wins

Tha Truth
02-24-2014, 04:15 PM
I think they set a new franchise record this season. There's a feeling around this team I haven't seen in a long time. They are a confident bunch.

Raps0verAll10
02-24-2014, 04:44 PM
I went with Yes. They like to grind out all their games anyways so I could see them doing it.

Agreed. (I said yes too.) if they only need 17-9 to make it happen then that is VERY realistically possible! I care more about the playoffs though so if they don't get to that mark I wouldn't cry about it lol!

Raps0verAll10
02-24-2014, 04:48 PM
I think they set a new franchise record this season. There's a feeling around this team I haven't seen in a long time. They are a confident bunch.

As I said in another thread, the fact that they have the "we don't care who we play mentality" mixed in with that confidence makes something special!

killersweet
02-24-2014, 04:58 PM
If Lowry and DD stay healthy for the remainder of the season, I don't see how they can't reach the 48 win mark. They are beating teams that they should (regardless of the ugly wins) and they have played reasonably well against the top tier teams. I don't care how many wins they get as long as they keep up the solid play and don't go in to the playoffs snoozing.

GodsSon
02-24-2014, 05:33 PM
It's going to be close.

I'll say they match the record.

koreancabbage
02-24-2014, 06:17 PM
yup, thats right. I said it.

jsumadchat
02-24-2014, 06:46 PM
voted yes. definitely within the realm of possibility. i see us winning a couple more of those games that we 'shouldnt' but still losing some of those games that we 'shouldnt' either.

albertajaysfan
02-24-2014, 06:51 PM
This is an interesting tidbit from NBA.com

I read that today as well, interesting indeed.

It seems like this is the team we are going to have the rest of the way. Makes me excited to see both what they can accomplish this season and what the off season is going to bring.

deaner
02-24-2014, 11:03 PM
I'm just glad we have a much better record than the Pistons & Knicks. I talked a lot of trash to both those fan bases before the season started. :laugh2:

Pistons, Knicks, and Nuggets for me. Love it.

gwrighter
02-24-2014, 11:14 PM
I read that today as well, interesting indeed.

It seems like this is the team we are going to have the rest of the way. Makes me excited to see both what they can accomplish this season and what the off season is going to bring.

The future is bright, the future is now.

Raps08-09 Champ
02-24-2014, 11:16 PM
Tie or lower.

albertajaysfan
02-24-2014, 11:36 PM
The future is bright, the future is now.

Hopefully this is only the beginning.

Six-8-TheWizard
02-25-2014, 04:34 AM
I was actually just calculating this myself this afternoon. Its definitely doable considering the relatively soft schedule we have left. Just gotta take care of business against the teams we are supposed to beat and we should be good. We pretty much just have to win 2 out of every 3 games which is more or less the pace we have been playing at since the Rudy Gay trade already

BALLER R
02-25-2014, 09:21 AM
anyone know what our record is when Ross and JV have good games. I feel like that's our X factor. You know what Lowry and Demar are gonna bring but it feels like we don't really lose when both Ross and JV are having a good game.

Bob_at_york
02-25-2014, 12:29 PM
anyone know what our record is when Ross and JV have good games. I feel like that's our X factor. You know what Lowry and Demar are gonna bring but it feels like we don't really lose when both Ross and JV are having a good game.

they said some stat on Sunday, I think it was that the Raptors are 20-6 when Ross scores 10 points or more.

canzano55
02-25-2014, 03:21 PM
Its highly likely they'll beat their previous record.

When you're a top defensive team in this league anythings possible really.