A personal note: I've been on vacation the past two weeks in a different time zone, so my Raptors viewing has consisted of waking up at seven in the morning, catching highlight clips and scrolling Twitter for reactions.
I had a chance to watch the Cavs-Raptors on replay yesterday and I have to say: it's really fun to watch your team fall down 10-0 when you have knowledge of what the final score is going to be. You should all try it once.
The Raptors are 11-2. And I'm not sure if I want to tell any fan to act like they've been here before, because have we? The team finally feels relevant, and in terms of a week filled with moments, it's hard to top the one we just had that included the start of a reconciliation with Vince Carter (for the record: I'm totally for it), BRUNO! and of course, the comeback win in Cleveland.
I'm not trying to crash the party here, or sound like I saw this coming, but I'm not entirely surprised by this start. Not when you consider the schedule, it was important for this team to get off to this type of start before the list of opponents got tougher and the home-heavy schedule gave way to road games and Western Conference road trips.
I've been thinking about some simple way to assess regular season results, and of course, this is different for everyone, but to me, every game result falls into four different categories:
- Winning a game you're expecting to win
- Winning a game you're not expecting to win
- Losing a game you're expecting to lose
- Losing a game you're expecting to win