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JasonJohnHorn
04-08-2018, 01:44 PM
Seems incredible to think that the Raptors are in a position to win 60 games and finish ahead of the Golden State Warriors. This would have been a bold prediction at the beginning of the season.


But they aren't there yet. They have to go 3-0 starting this afternoon.

They face
1. Orlando at home (should win that)
2. Detroit on the road (should win that)
3. Miami on the road (shoudl win that)


No game is a gimmie in the NBA, but with Orlando and Detroit both out of the playoff picture, I can't imagine the respective coaching staffs risking injury to their best players.

The Heat, however, may need that game to ensure they don't face the Raptors in the first round, but may want the Celtics (who will be shrot two All-Stars in the post season). Tough to say what the Raptors can expect going into that game.


However, given that homecourt advantage could give them an edge in a finals match-up against the Warriors, I expect the Raptors to try and reach that mark.

So can they do it?

Raps18-19 Champ
04-08-2018, 01:55 PM
I'll say no since they'll rest the starters. But their bench is pretty good and they aren't facing good teams. They'll probably lose last game to Miami, who still needs to play for better playoff matchup.

aman_13
04-08-2018, 02:13 PM
I'll say no since they'll rest the starters. But their bench is pretty good and they aren't facing good teams. They'll probably lose last game to Miami, who still needs to play for better playoff matchup.

The Raptors are not resting their players. Casey was asked about resting and he said they will not rest. They are trying to get their rhythm back on both ends. They are going for 60.

As per thread, I don't think this is a topic that will resonate with others. With that said, I think they can do it.

Cal827
04-08-2018, 03:24 PM
I can see the Raptors going for it tonight (since it's a home game), but I see them either splitting the two games on the road, or losing both. Miami especially have something to play for (since the teams there want Boston, but at that point a loss might actually help them with seeding :laugh2: )

The Raptors defense has seemed to return. I think the main focus at the moment is Lowry :laugh2:.... If he's able to get his shot and game in general going again, I don't think they'll overexert the stars in order to do so (Though of course, the bench can win games for us too)

I expect 59-23 to end the season, with a loss to Detroit or Miami preventing the 60 win season. I mean, it's Detroit's last home game of the year (since the aren't in the playoffs), and probably want a little revenge on how the last game between the two ended.

bootsy
04-08-2018, 03:50 PM
Who cares? The better and most important question is will Toronto get to the Finals? That's all that should matter.

R. Johnson#3
04-08-2018, 04:01 PM
I think they'll do it even if they rest the starters. The kids won't be slowing down for the playoffs. They're still going hard.

Cal827
04-08-2018, 05:00 PM
Well, it looks like Derozan and JV are resting tonight... so again, it's about Lowry getting his **** together. :laugh2:.... His defense seems to have rebounded since getting owned by Calderon, but he's still clanging his shots

aman_13
04-08-2018, 05:07 PM
Well, it looks like Derozan and JV are resting tonight... so again, it's about Lowry getting his **** together. :laugh2:.... His defense seems to have rebounded since getting owned by Calderon, but he's still clanging his shots

Lmao. Casey literally said he didn't want to rest and dismissed the reporter's question

Cal827
04-08-2018, 06:31 PM
Lmao. Casey literally said he didn't want to rest and dismissed the reporter's question

A phone call consisting of Masai yelling at him probably changed his mind :laugh:

aman_13
04-08-2018, 07:14 PM
A phone call consisting of Masai yelling at him probably changed his mind :laugh:

:laugh2:

tredigs
04-08-2018, 08:45 PM
This actually matters for HCA in the potential Finals since the Dubs will only have 59.

Granted, if the Dubs are healthy enough to beat Houston they will beat the Raps in 4 or 5.

IndyRealist
04-08-2018, 09:46 PM
This actually matters for HCA in the potential Finals since the Dubs will only have 59.

Granted, if the Dubs are healthy enough to beat Houston they will beat the Raps in 4 or 5.

Heaven forbid they get an injury getting past the Rockets, but if they do HCA will matter.

JasonJohnHorn
04-09-2018, 09:01 PM
Looks like the Detroit game is wrapped up... 20 point lead with 5 minutes to go.

The Raptors are now one win away from secure homecourt against the Dubs should they meet in the finals, AND one win away from the first 60-win season in franchise history.

Miami is their only obtacle to that now.

AllBall
04-09-2018, 09:41 PM
Who cares? The better and most important question is will Toronto get to the Finals? That's all that should matter.

This. At this point they're just the Hawks of yesteryear.

mike_noodles
04-10-2018, 09:42 AM
This. At this point they're just the Hawks of yesteryear.

The Masai Ujiri Denver Nuggets. Same type of team to me. 60 wins, based on a couple good-great players plus a very deep bench.

But as a Raps fan I really hope they do it, it's still a great team achievement.

Sly Guy
04-10-2018, 10:31 AM
I'll say no since they'll rest the starters. But their bench is pretty good and they aren't facing good teams. They'll probably lose last game to Miami, who still needs to play for better playoff matchup.

that actually works in our favor. We have the best bench in the league, we go deep into it, and we often end up blowing out teams. We lose if Miami is playing for something, otherwise we win

JasonJohnHorn
04-10-2018, 11:04 AM
The Masai Ujiri Denver Nuggets. Same type of team to me. 60 wins, based on a couple good-great players plus a very deep bench.

But as a Raps fan I really hope they do it, it's still a great team achievement.

I'm a Rpas fan myself... I'm hopeful, but I feel that like the Nuggets team, they are built for the regular season more than the playoffs. That is why I was focused on the 60-win question rather than the finals.

The Raps have a shot at the finals, yes. In part because Boston is injured, Cleveland is still getting the $#!t together, and Philly is inexperienced. It is a perfect storm and their best shot since Carter and the Raptors got hammered by the officials against Mutumbo's Sixers back in the day.

But I just feel that LBJ, in playoff mode, is just going to tear the Raptors apart, though it might be a 6 or 7 game series.


But yeah... Ujiri and Casey have done as well as either could be expected to do. Toronto just isn't a city that a lot of players want to go to (hence why they have traditionally overpaid for mediocre talent like Hedu). So they need to build through the draft, pick up players other teams don't offer as much money to and overpay them, and try to lure in European guys who don't care as much about playing in a big market (not sure that's true, but that seems to be the impression).

At any rate, the regular season is where this team currently shines the most. 60 wins may be arbitrary, but is is a marker nonetheless, and it is an impressive one, and one the team has never secured before.