Raptors fans …
So you’re scared and you’re thinking
That maybe we ain’t that young anymore
Show a little faith there’s magic in the night
You ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright
Oh and that’s alright with me …
Going into tonight’s game, which of these two player rosters would you prefer, if you were a working GM in the NBA?
|Oklahoma Thunder Active Roster|
|34||Mason, Desmond||GF||6-5||222||10/11/77||8||Oklahoma State|
|5||Weaver, Kyle||G||6-6||201||2/18/86||R||Washington State|
| Toronto Raptors Active Roster
|4||Bosh, Chris||FC||6-10||230||3/24/84||5||Georgia Tech|
|14||Graham, Joey||GF||6-7||230||6/11/82||3||Oklahoma State|
|21||Jawai, Nathan||FC||6-10||285||10/10/86||R||Midland College|
|33||Moon, Jamario||SF||6-8||200||6/13/80||1||Meridian (MS) CC|
– Player injured
One is $12.7 million over the Salary Cap; the other is $1.1 million under the Cap.
One has an average age of 24.7; the other an average age of 26.6.
One has 2 No. 1 [overall] NBA Draft Picks on it; the other has 1.
Both are led by first-time, interim head coaches.
Objectively speaking, when you’re hard-pressed to distinguish between the authentic talent levels of two teams in the NBA with respective W-L records as far apart as these … i.e. Toronto is 10-15, .400; Oklahoma is 2-24, .077 … it does not portend well for the squad with the higher win percentage, if it’s also playing away from home.
As the first game in a 6-stop Western road trip, this is now a crucial get for the Raptors.
* Win tonight … and the up-coming match-ups against the Clippers, Kings and the Warriors will not look nearly so daunting.
* Lose tonight … and the Dinos will be staring straight into the abyss of a calamitous 10-game losing streak:
Sun Dec 14 vs New Orleans/15-7, .682 – LOSS
Mon Dec 15 vs New Jersey/12-12, .500 – LOSS
Wed Dec 17 vs Dallas/14-10, .583 – LOSS
Fr Dec 19 at Oklahoma City/2-24, 0.77 – ?
Sat Dec 20 at San Antonio/15-10, .600 – ? [L]
Mon Dec 22 at LA Clippers/7-18, .280 – ?
Fri Dec 26 at Sacramento/7-19, .269 – ?
Sat Dec 27 at Portland/17-10, .630 – ? [L]
Mon Dec 29 at Golden State/7-19, .269 – ?
Wed Dec 31 vs Denver/17-8, .680 – ? [L]
from which they might not be able recover this season.
On the road, in the NBA, is where a team – especially one that’s struggling – finds out exactly what it’s made of … and, whether it should either:
A. Sit tight, [and] take hold
B. Trade in these wings on some wheels.
Come Jan 01 2009, the Raptors will have their answer.
“The door’s open but the ride it ain’t free.”
– Thunder Road [Bruce Springstein]