ESPN's experts predict the finish for the 2009-10 version of your Toronto Raptors. Chris Sheridan is drinking the Kool-Aid and has the Raptors finishing fourth in the East, while Chad Ford and stat geek John Hollinger are a bit more pessimistic. Overall, the experts have tabbed the Raptors for a second-place finish in the Atlantic and seventh place in the East, which sounds about right.
Still expecting Hedo Turkoglu to produce in the clutch this season? I'll let the folks at Third Quarter Collapse take it away:
What's quite jarring about these data is just how far off Turkoglu dropped last year. His three-point accuracy in crunch time dropped in half, and his overall shooting by one-eighth.
Need another source of optimism prior to next week's season opener against Cleveland? Raptors Republic cites Jay Triano's basketball IQ as the "life raft" in an ocean of expectations.
Chris Bosh does not want anyone messing with his routine.
The Toronto Sun's Frank Zicarelli on why it would be a mistake to start rookie DeMar DeRozan.
T. Jose Caldesports is not putting a lot of stock in the Raptors' pre-season performance. Tim from The Picket Fence is also not a big fan of the preseason. He takes some of the media to task for their faulty observations thus far.
Nathan Jawai's odyssey takes him to the Twin Cities, where he is expected to provide short-term help to a front court decimated by injuries to Kevin Love and Al Jefferson.