At the moment, LA seems to be simply going through the motions during the remainder of the regular season, but will appear come playoffs (as suggested in Silver Screen & Roll’s “*insert witty and relevant title here*“). No need for panic as yet. Disappointing? Sure, but nothing worth getting upset over.
I’m a bit worried about their mindset, but not that much. Do LA need to get back onto the winner’s podium? Sure. Is it time to sound the klaxons? Ummm… no.
- They’re not an absolute crapola team that the Lakers will find it hard to get enthused about.
- They’re not one of the overwhelmingly elite teams tho’. The way LA have played their last 3 games, we don’t want that. Yet.
- Chris Bosh is back, reinforcing point 1.
- This is a bit of a revenge game too… with the Raptors having defeated LA when they played in Toronto…
- Can LA really put up a 4 game losing streak? I don’t think so…
Romy Aquino (Hoop Heads North): Well, on the positive side of things, the Raps have had a few surprises this year. This has been one the deepest benches in a while, Jarrett Jack has really stepped up to take that lead point guard role and the addition of a “throw in” over the summer, Sonny Weems has proven to be an integral part of this team. Chris Bosh has been a beast in his contract year with his 20 pts, 9 rpg this season.
On the negative side, Hedo hasn’t been all that he was cracked up to be. He didn’t show up in shape and has yet to show that he has earned his fat contract. He even has a “Pizza, Pizza” commercial that portrays him as lazy and unfocused.
If the Raps want to be considered a true contender, they have to start winning games on the road. They shown that they can get it done at home, but they also have to start putting together some road wins.
Now February was a good month for Toronto when they faced off against a series of teams with losing records but now since the All-Star break, Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon and Hedo Turkoglu have been off and on with injuries. The Raps have to have a strong March in order tor prove that they’re the real deal.
WM: Chris Bosh. Is he in your uniform next season? If so, does anyone join him?
WM: I’ve been to Toronto, nice city. I even went to the Great One’s restaurant (but the burger was average). What’s the best thing about it?
HHN: The cold weather.
HHN: Well, in order for Toronto to have a successful season, they have to make it past the first round of the playoffs. Colangelo has spent so much time and money restructuring this roster that a successful postseason is a must.
I’m still not convinced that they are a second-round lock, especially when they’re likely not to have home court advantage. So, chances are they’re facing one of four teams: Cleveland, Atlanta, Orlando or Boston. And that’s going to be one tough task to get past one of these powerhouses. Are they capable? Of course. It’s just a matter how well they have gotten their stuff together before the postseason. If they get hot and go on a run at the end of the season, I see the Raps making it out of the first round.
WM: No secret that LA’s struggled over the last two games, almost in spite of themselves. Are the Raptors going to win this one?