BASKETBALL — 20 October 2012

The NBA preseason has so far been a successful one for the Toronto Raptors. At this point they have the best preseason record in the Eastern Conference at 4 -1 and they’re blowing teams away by large margins. This begs question whether or not if this version of the Toronto Raptors have a chance at being at making the postseason this year. The pessimist in me says that I’ve seen this scene before but with another Toronto based team, the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays held the best preseason record in the whole MLB and some games dominated teams. The anticipation being that this team was not only going to make the postseason, but possibly contend for the World Series. Unfortunately for the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays, not only did they not come close to making the postseason, they arguably had their most disappointing season in franchise history. So when I see how well the Toronto Raptors have played thus far, the only thing that comes to mind is can the Toronto Raptors translate their current success over an entire 82 game season. They most certainly have the tools with a great group of core players that include Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargnani. In addition they have a seasoned and talented NBA Point Guard in Kyle Lowry, the reliable and always dangerous Shooting Guard in Landry Fields, and their outstanding 2011 draft pick Center Jonas Valančiūnas whom has been impressive thus far. So in essence, the Toronto Raptors have all the tools necessary to succeed. The factors that will dictate their success or demise will come down to coaching, consistency, and health; three factors that did not quite work for the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays. As the old saying goes, only time will tell. All this team can do at this point is to continue playing together at a high level.


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