Toronto Raptors’ Softest Spot in the Schedule Starts Now

December 16th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
The Toronto Raptors (11-17) have faced a tough start to the 2009-10 schedule. No team has played more games. No Eastern Conference team has faced a tougher Western Conference schedule. Only New Jersey has played more road games.

And against the soft Atlantic Division, the Raptors have only had the pleasure of playing Boston.

But, has been noted and should be obvious, this version of the Raptors has little to no come-back ability and once down, games quickly get away from them.

The Raptors are 8-0 when they hold opponents to under 100 points and they look like defensive juggernauts doing it. But these same Raptors have let teams go off for 115 points or more 11 times and are a perfect 0-11 when that happens.

The lack of focus to let teams run up huge scores is hard to explain. But when your star player explains losses with “we’re just not a good team.” Some losses are in the bag before the ball is hoisted at center court.

The Raptors faced their last tough test of 2009 in Orlando on Wednesday night. And in an 118-99 loss, the Raptors continued to prove their inability to handle elite teams.

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