Monday, January 10, 2011

Raptors Report Week 10: Raps Linked To Many Trade Rumours

This article is by BTTN basketball correspondent Sachin Arora. It is also available at Sportshaze.com, where Sachin is on staff as a journalist.
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The Toronto Raptors have finally recorded a week where they have won more than a game.
The inconsistent play is still the main problem with the team, but there has been many positive signs. This team is still somehow in the playoff race, despite having a 13-24 record. Sitting two games back of Philadelphia 76ers, look for the Raptors to improve as the season goes on and challenge Philly for that final playoff spot.

On another note, Bryan Colangelo has been active in many trades, and Colangelo has seemed to poke his head into every trade rumor. There have been reports that the Toronto Raptors are trying to acquire Johny Flynn, Omri Cassapi, and have even made an offer for Carmelo Anthony.

How truthful this information is, that's beyond me, but you can bet that Colangelo is working to swing a deal and use that acquired TPE before it expires at the trade deadline. Peja Stojakovic and Reggie Evans are expiring contracts, and could be valuable trading pieces to teams looking to sign major free agents.

Back to this week though, Toronto had mixed results, which is no surprise.
It seems like it is an infinite loop that I'm writing every week, that the team has shown its potential, but only in short bursts, and can never play well throughout the whole game.
Record: 2-2
Performance on a scale of 1-10: 6.5
Here is a recap of the four games:

Raptors @ Bulls, L 91-111
Positives
Andrea Bargnani showed the difference he can make in the offense, pacing the Raptors with 23 points. DeMarDeRozan continued his solid play and chipped in with 18. The Raptors offense didn't look bad as a whole without their catalyst Jose Calderon, so that wasn't the problem.
Negatives
For starters, the defense was atrocious, and the offense wasn't good enough to make up for it. The Raps were eaten alive on the boards, as was the case in the first matchup against the Bulls as well. The game was never really close, and the Raptors were simply outmatched by an elite team.

Raptors @ Cleveland, W 120-105
Positives
This was a really gritty win by the team, playing on a back to back while shorthanded, the team overcame an early deficit to blow out the Cavs. Andrea Bargnani was great once again and Julian Wright showed the energy he can bring to the team when given a chance. Jose Calderon had his best game of the season finishing with 20 points and 17 assists.
Negatives
The Cavs are the worst team in the league for a reason, and the Raptors shouldn't have been down in the first place.

Raptors @ Celtics, L 102-122
Positives
DeMar DeRozan continued his strong play, and the Raptors were pretty good offensively, putting up 102 points versus one of the NBA's best defenses.
Negatives
This was another learning game for the young Raptors squad, and they learned what happens if you fall behind early against one of the NBA's elite teams. Boston really killed the Raptors offensively as Toronto couldn't seem to make a stop. The Raps also got killed on the rebounds, and this was another result of just being outmatched by the defending Eastern Conference champs.

Raptors vs Kings, W 118-112
Positives
DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani both exploded for 28 and 30 points respectively. The Raptors shot the ball very well and played a well-rounded offensive game.
Negatives
The fact that this Kings team gave the Raptors a run for their money without their best player Tyreke Evans is a bit discouraging. The Raps defense was once again very mediocre, and this kind of play isn't going to get it done against teams other than the league's worst.
Overall, this was a week where the Raptors won the games they were supposed to, and lost the games they were supposed to.

Ask Sachin
"The trade deadline is approaching quickly. Toronto has many expiring contracts. Reggie Evans, Calderon, Stojakovic etc. and a lot of good young talent. Are we going to trade any of our players (in your opinion) to try to get a hold of some higher caliber talent? If so, who are you eyeing? Who should we be eyeing? Should we even be trading anyone? And most importantly, should we or should we not trade Jose Calderon?" - Kevin (Toronto, ON)
I've mentioned above that the Raptors are active in many trade rumors, and I do believe that a move will be made. A consistent swingman is something that the Raptors could use to play alongside DeRozan. In regards to trading Calderon, I think it's best we keep him. The Raptors aren't exactly short of cap space, especially with all the expiring contracts, and Jose is a great mentor for maturing point guard Jerryd Bayless.

If you want to have your question answered in the next Raptors Report, please leave a comment below. Thanks.

2 comments:

  1. We re-posted the article to appear on Monday, so that probably deleted your comment. What was it about?

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