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Toronto Raptors’ Loss to Charlotte Bobcats Not a Big Deal

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats dealt the Toronto Raptors a crushing blow last Wednesday by defeating them 92-90. The critics were out in full force after the game, as the Canadian media saw their team fall to a side expected to have a lottery pick come the end of the season.

The Raptors are no title contenders themselves, but they are still in the hunt for the playoffs and should be sweeping aside teams of Charlotte’s caliber.

The Bobcats were victorious in this matchup last year and helped push Toronto toward a 4-19 start. However, that is not the point here. The point is Charlotte have proved themselves as no scrubs early on in the season.

Dwayne Casey‘s side seemed doomed from the outset when the 2013-14 schedule was released. It meant that eight of their first ten games would come against playoff competition from a year ago.

A lot can happen in a year, however. The Raptors have comfortably beaten the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks already this season and were by no means blown out by the Miami Heat.

This means that they can afford to drop the odd game against the Charlottes of the league. While certainly not the intentions of Casey and the Raptors, the most meaningful wins this season will come against fellow teams aiming for the playoffs.

Toronto fans should stick with their team because it isn’t all that bad. After seven games they stand at 3-4, and with games against the Houston RocketsChicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies coming up they will fancy their chances of winning at least one.