The season is 3 games old and Raptor fans have already been on a roller coaster of emotions.
Take game 1 for starters. The season opened up at home with a visit from LeBron and Shaq. This was a game many (and let's be serious almost everyone) thought the Raptors would lose. Instead the Raptors shot the ball really well, which everyone expected but bigger than that they played DEFENSE! And walked away from the game with a 1-0 record.
Next came game 2 on Friday night in Memphis vs. the Grizzlies. This was a game when you looked at the schedule to start the year sandwiched between games against the Cavs and the Orlando Magic you'd think this is the game the Raps will win. WRONG! Plenty of offense which won't be a problem this year. but no D means Toronto leaves Memphis with their tales between their legs after being handed a 115-107 loss from a team that could only score 74 points two nights before. The only bright spot was Chris Bosh's play. 37 points and 12 boards.
That birngs things back to the Air Canada Center Sunday afternoon and a date with the Orlando Magic. Keep in mind that this is a team that was missing Vince Carter due to injury (surprise surprise) and Rashad Lewis due to suspension. And instead of trying to make the Magic put the ball inside to Howard, the Raptors were allowing Orlando to try and beat them from the outside. Which they did. Easily. J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson all had five 3-pointers a piece. How in the world does Nelson have 30, Anderson get 20 and J.J. Redick drops 27?!?! oh wait terrible terrible D!
The season is still very young but if Toronto can't figure out a way to play some consistent D and soon, this season could go down the drain in a hurry.
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Written by Tomas Cleary