The Raptors have improved upon last season finishing with a franchise record 56-26 season. before the season i had these guys finishing either 1st of 2nd in the eastern conference and i hit it right on the head. unlike last year the raptors have improved drastically. In this piece i will discuss those changes here is video i did early on in the season on my views.
Last Year the Raptors opened up the season strong as well as Kyle Lowry was proving that his was worth the Huge contract he has signed in the Offseason. But trouble came when DeMar Derozan was his with in Injury that would keep him sidelined for more then a month. he had suffered a torn Quad. When Derozan came back the Raptors shook off some losses and went a a little streak of wins.
Unfortunately the raptors had a losing record after the All star break mostly from poor play from Kyle Lowry who was fighting through some injuries. Even though He fought through the injuries, it ended up hurting the Raptors. his numbers in every category fell off by a huge margin and could not shoot a good percentage from the field. he could not shake off His bad play the whole half after the All Star Break. All that being said they did get a franchise record in wins with 49 wins
On paper even though the Raptors were limping into the playoffs they were to face a team that they had swept in the regular season series 4-0. That Team was the Washington Wizards, but what happened next would shock Toronto. The Raptors were swept in a non close affair in all 4 games. everything the Raptors had accomplished during the regular season was diminished by a wizards team that was not playing well coming down the end of the stretch of that year.
Improvements Made This Year
Although they lost 6th man of the year Lou Williams they got immensely better. The biggest pick up the Raptors have made this past summer was Demarre Carroll. Someone that could go down and play the 4 spot which was a need for the Raptors. Also brought in was home town boy Corey Joseph who gained alot of experience and a NBA Ring to go with it with the Spurs. they also brought in Bigs Luis Scola and the gem who turned heads in Toronto Bismack Biyombo who played well when when Jonas Valanciunas want down with a wrist injury.
The Raptors showed Resilience early on and did not turn back beating some of the best teams in the league with defense or dominating them the entire game. Their was no huge drop off from anyone this year. Did the Raptors Drop some easy games sometimes ? Yes they did, but they picked themselves back up and kept on going and they earned a franchise best 56-26. The most staggering stat that the Raptors have done is winning the season series against each team in the eastern conference playoffs.
I truly Believe the Raptors have learned from last year. they know public humility and do not want to suffer the same fate as last year. i think they will beat the Pacers in 5 games and the rest is up to them. I think they can come out of the eastern conference. They have shown they can beat the Cavs at full health and play with the toughest west teams which the Cavs have struggled to do. If you’re a Raptor fan right now, you have a lot to be happy about.