It’s that time of year again, folks. The Toronto Raptors are preparing for their first game as an enormous amount of anticipation surrounds this fresh squad.
The Raptors appear to have a tough schedule to begin the year. However, it seems as if they may run into a bit of luck, with various problems with their opponents while the Raps are close to 100% healthy.
Their opening game, star Danny Granger will be out for the Indiana Pacers. The Brooklyn Nets will have a banged up Deron Williams playing with tendinitis. The Minnesota Timberwolves will be missing Kevin Love, Dallas Mavericks will be without Dirk Nowitzki, and the Philadelphia 76ers will be without Andrew Bynum. While the Raptors first 15 out of 22 games are on the road, and they face some tough opponents initially, these injuries could grab the Raptors a few extras wins to begin the season.
I know it’s unsportsmanlike to call this ‘lucky’, however in the competitive East, the Raptors will need all the wins they can get to compete. Starting strong will be essential for them this season.
Three Raptors were injured in the intra-squad scrimmage: Jose Calderon, John Lucas III, and DeMar DeRozan. However, they all practiced fully and are ready for Wednesday night.
The Raps could very well start the season surging after finishing with the best record in the pre-season. Confidence will be everything for this team- analysts continue to doubt them but they have the talent to perform, and if they believe they can do it, then Raptors fans are in for a treat.
The Raptors have announced their starting five of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, and Jonas Valanciunas, and this is the best Toronto starting five in years.
Wednesday cannot come any sooner.
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