Well, here we are again.
After another week with the Raptors finishing with nothing better than mediocrity under their belt and after getting embarrassed traveling to Florida, the Dinos fought hard in two games and got the W's to finish .500 on the week. The team is definitely getting stronger, but once again it looks like the big offseason acquisition by the big man, Bryan Colangelo, has failed.
First, Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Bosh were supposed to be the most dominant front court in the East, but this caused problems with chemistry and didn't help the development of Andrea Bargnani. Then he went and traded for Shawn Marion, a fast paced, high flyer who meshed in perfectly with the Raptors system. Problem was that he was washed up and past his prime.
Now he signs Hedo Turkoglu, a player who hits a few big shots to make his money but doesn't do enough to deserve that kind of paycheck. The only reason Turkoglu seemed a decent defender last year was because he was playing with the defensive player of the year Dwight Howard. As for offense, Turkoglu just doesn't seem to be able to get it done. He is turning over the ball, making bad passes, and taking bad shots. It's just not working out Hedo.
Week 8 Record: 2-2
Performance on Scale of 1-10: 6.5
The youngsters DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems have given the team a huge spark with energetic dunks and big plays. A stat that has still survived: the Raptors are undefeated when holding a team to less than 100 points. Once Reggie Evans returns, the teams defense should improve, meaning they will get more wins. The team has started to manage without Jose Calderon running the offense, and a good bench is an important part of the team.
Consistency and Raptors don't seem to match. Every week the Raptors seem to end up with a mediocre record, and if they managed to bring the same intensity every night, they could be one of the best in the east. The talent on the roster definitely says so, but the record doesn't. The defense hasn't done enough to get out of the negative section.
Overall, if they can bring it every night, they should go perfect until the new year. The schedule is starting to soften up, so let's hope the Dinos don't disappoint.
Next Report —Sunday Dec. 27