Reviewing the Raptors: Better than Expected After 10 Games

November 17th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
Five and Five, a Good Start

The ten game mark of the season is good place to stand back and take a look at how the rebuilt Raptors have done so far, and reflect on what could have been and what’s next.

The short answer is found on ESPN’s John Hollinger's team statistics. The Raptors are first in the NBA for Offensive Efficiency, scoring 113 points per 100 possessions. But the Raptors are last in the NBA for Defensive Efficiency permitting 112.1 points per 100 possessions.

Therefore, the Raptors must be five and five over their first 10 games. Well they are, but the Hollinger statistics are burying a wealth of important details.

To start, no one predicted the Raptors would start the season off this strong. A few may have boldly predicted a few more wins but, from the post Raptors Will Bounce Back in 2009-10

“Predicting the early headlines this season to read “Raptors Go 2 and 8 Out of the Gate ” as the Raptors face Cleveland and Orlando at home and then New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, LA Clippers, and Phoenix on the road.”

With eight of 10 games against playoff teams ...

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