5 Reasons Rebuilt Raptors Are Falling Short of Preseason Expectations

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5 Reasons Rebuilt Raptors Are Falling Short of Preseason Expectations

The Toronto Raptors were supposed to be one of the more improved teams in the NBA this season. We say goodbye to the first month of the NBA season and ask: what on earth happened? Some of it we really should have seen coming, like the difficult schedule the Raptors faced. Other things, like injuries to key pieces of their puzzle, could not have been foreseen.

What makes this start perhaps more painful is that this is the first time, since the departure of Chris Bosh to Miami, that fans of the Raptors had some legitimate hope.  Andrea Bargnani, and his slow start this season, has been another source, or target, for the fans' frustrations. He, as I suggested in my last article here, no longer seems to fit the Raptors philosophy.

That sparked a pretty good debate, but you wonder how much longer Raptor fans can still have passion for this club's goal of competing for the playoffs as it slips further away with every loss. Raptors enter December already in a huge hole and need to find answers quickly.

Signing Mickaël Piétrus to a one-year deal is just a band-aid solution for a number of problems that Raptors face. He was good, as he debuted in a win over the Suns, one of his former clubs.

Andrea Bargnani, with two stops at the end of a game and defensive rebound, still doesn't wash away a terrible November for him and for the Raptors. Toronto still end November with a far from spectacular 4-13 record.

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