February 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm #39627
The Raptors have been holding down the No.2 spot in the East for some time. Do the Chicago Bulls or Cleveland Cavs pose any threat to their playoffs position? Should the Raptors be concerned?
February 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm #39630
I think the Raptors will hold onto their current two-seed, but come playoff time they can’t match up with Cleveland, Chicago, or Atlanta. A deal at the deadline to add a post presence would have greatly helped Drake’s hometown team. If you’re a Raptors fan, and you’re reading this, it’s too late.
February 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm #39632
Current standings —
the raptors have a march schedule in which they should win half of their games, however, the Cavs have the easiest schedule in which they could win 80-89 percent of their games. I think the Cavs have a better chance at dropping the Raptors to the No.3 slot.. Will it happen ? Yes it will.
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by Jr. Williams.
February 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm #39642
The Toronto Raptors have a great backcourt rotation with Lowry, DeRozan, Vasquez and Lou Williams. The decision to bring Terrence Ross off the bench was a smart one, as he is not quite ready to be a starter on a playoff team. The biggest issue for the Raptors is their frontcourt. Jonas Valanciunas is a good player, but is too inconsistent to be relied upon day in and day out.
I agree with Jeb that they should have tried to grab a post presence before the deadline, but since they weren’t able to do so, they are going to have to rely very heavily on their backcourt to close out the season. I expect the Raptors to finish with the 4 seed, but they will still be a serious threat in the playoffs.
February 21, 2015 at 4:38 pm #39659
I think they will hold down the No.2 slot.
February 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm #39667
Toronto will finish as the three seed in the East. The way Atlanta is playing, I don’t think anyone is good enough to knock them off their perch so I still see them as a legit contender for number one.
Here is the order I see the East finishing in:
1- Atlanta Hawks
2- Cleveland Cavaliers
3- Toronto Raptors
4- Washington Wizards
5- Milwaukee Bucks
6- Chicago Bulls
7- Charlotte Bobcats
8- Detroit Pistons
February 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm #39671
The one issue I have with your list here, is Chicago at number 6. Milwaukee just traded their #1 scoring option for a pass-first point guard who is not a great shooter. Unless O.J. Mayo/Kris Middleton can pick up their production, I don’t see Milwaukee finishing above the Bulls just because they could struggle offensively. I see it playing out more like this:
1- Atlanta Hawks
2- Cleveland Cavaliers
3- Chicago Bulls
4- Toronto Raptors
5- Washington Wizards
6- Milwaukee Bucks
7- Detroit Pistons
8- Charlotte Hornets
February 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm #39687
Sauping R. ArguelloMember
With 26-28 games left between the 2.Toronto Raptors, 3.Chicago Bulls and 4.Cleveland Cavaliers there may not be too much maneuvering going on for the Raptors. Demar DeRozen has returned from injury and they just finished oblitering the number one seed, Atlanta Hawks in a head-to-head matchup, giving them major confidence that they belong in the east’s elite going forward. The Bulls are 3 games behind the Raptors and the Cavs are 3.5 games behind Tor., respectively. There may be movement between the Bulls and the Cavs for the 3 and 4 seeds depending on what team gets in a hot stretch. The Cavs have been playing much better basketball and have seem to have found their identity, although they still need Kevin Love to be comfortable in his new role as a third option. The Bulls must make sure everyone (Rose,Noah) is healthy so they can make a strong push come playoff time. Their defense has not been up to par in large part to Noah missing time and incorporating newly acquired Pau Gasol. Gasol has been playing phenomenal basketball on the offensive side of the ball but he must fill the defensive void until Noah rounds back into form. Rose has shown improving numbers for the month of February and that is a dangerous indication that the rest of the East better be ready if this ball club is running on all cylinders come April-May.
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by Sauping R. Arguello.
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