The preseason is, mercifully, over for the Toronto Raptors — but it’s still raging on for other teams! Regardless, it’s never too early for meaningless games to raise (or lower) expectations — as I noted in yesterday’s Five Thoughts column, after the Raptors beat the 76ers in their first preseason game I was ready to completely revised my own predictions.
Given that, I suppose it’s not entirely surprising that 47% of fans polled in the most recent SB Nation poll are feeling better about their team.
(Yeah, it’s still pretty weird seeing DeMar DeRozan in a Bulls jersey! Not as weird as that new #7 in Miami, but still weird.)
Unfortunately we don’t yet have enough data to start drilling down into Raptors-specific numbers. (That’s why you gotta sign up and participate in the polls, folks!) But it seems, at least from my perusal of Raptors Twitter a couple of times per day, there’s definitely a lot of optimism in the air!
Now let’s talk about something we — sadly — rarely talk about here at Raptors HQ, and that’s the WNBA. We desperately need a WNBA team here in Toronto, but for now, there is an incredibly fun WNBA Finals matchup going down right now, between the Chicago Sky and the Phoenix Mercury; on Wednesday night, the Mercury tied the best-of-five series 1-1 thanks to an overtime win featuring giant OT buckets from Diana Taurasi and Sklyar Diggins-Smith:
And according to SB Nation readers, the Mercury are in the driver’s seat:
I mean, I wouldn’t wanna bet against Diana Taurasi either, you know?
What do y’all think of us potentially adding some more WNBA and women’s basketball coverage here at Raptors HQ? Let us know in the comments!
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