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Game Thread: Toronto Raptors @ Warriors 11-26-2005

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 9:48 pm
by krome
Toronto Raptors (1-12) @ Golden State Warriors (8-6)

Start time 7:30 PM PST @ The Arena in Oakland

Probable starters for the Golden State Warriors
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PG - Baron Davis
SG - Jason Richardson
SF - Mike Dunleavy
PF - Troy Murphy
C - Adonal Foyle

Probable starters for the Toronto Raptors
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PG - Mike James
SG - Jalen Rose
SF - Moris Peterson
PF - Chris Bosh
C - Aaron Williams

Team leaders
PPG - J. Richardson (22.0) | C. Bosh (20.8 )
RPG - T. Murphy (8.3) | C. Bosh (10.5)
APG - B. Davis (8.5) | J. Calderon (5.8 )
SPG - B. Davis (1.9) | M. Bonner (1.1)
BPG - A. Foyle (1.8 ) | L. Woods (1.0)

Matchups this Season
Nov 26 - Toronto Raptors @ Golden State Warriors
Dec 16 - Golden State Warriors @ Toronto Raptors

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:15 pm
by migya
Very winnable game for the Warriors. They can start a good winning streak!

Would help if Baron started playing normally and the team started to run and gun a bit but the Warriors should be too powerful for the Raptors

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:28 pm
by krome
i think this long homestand will help the warriors out a lot. more time to practice and work on those free throws. also, looks like diogu been pretty decent from the light minutes monty been giving him.

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:37 pm
by migya
Be good if Diogu can guard Bosh well. Bosh is great and could have a huge game

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:51 pm
by krome
raptors have their franchise player in bosh. they just need to surround him with some new players. but i don't think they will have much problems getting the top picks in the next lottery.

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:30 am
by migya
They should get one of the top 4 picks next year but guys like Villaneuva and Graham look good for the future as well

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:57 am
by TMC
This is a very winnable game. Toronto is doing the right thing rebuilding around Bosh and has some good talent in Calderon, C-Villa and Graham, but still are a couple of years away from being a contender for anything other than a top lottery pick.

Also, the next draft they'll have, again, two draft picks, and a lot of cap room in two years, so, yeah, the Carter trade was bad, but they're not in a bad situation right now. At least nto that bad as, say, Atlanta.

So, Warriors +10.

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:25 am
by migya
Depending on how good Mike James can be and whether Bosh can continue to play Center or not, the Raptors should look for a PG in the next draft. A PG like Deron Williams could really make the Raptors alot better by distributing well as well as scoring himself. Unless an effective PG that makes the rest of the team better is picked, the Raptors, with the current team they have, are at least 4 years away from something real positive

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:39 am
by TMC
Calderon is good enough, as long as you don't ask him to take over a game scoring...

They need more help at the 2 and 5 spots...

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 6:53 am
by migya
Calderon is interesting, I don't know much about him, he seems quite good but he is on the bench right? What are his strengths and weaknesses? Not much of a scorer is he

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 7:52 am
by TMC
He can score, just not rely on him to do so in a consistent basis. Other than that, he's a great pg, good defender, good handles, great awareness on the court, and he's only 24 years old. He's also a pretty smart player, who doesn't make many mistakes.

Think of him as a better Earl Watson.

What's been really surprising is how well has he adapted to the NBA pace, coming from a much slower european pace...

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:14 am
by migya
Sounds like Mike James' days are numbered as the starting PG. Maybe the Raptors should focus on drafting a real center or a SG in the draft. That would mean ofcourse that Villaneuva would have to come off the bench

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:19 pm
by TMC
Or simply try to get the best available player. They'll have tons of money in two years, once Rose, Williams, etc... come out of the books.

They're in a pretty good situation, they'll stink for two years, but after that, watch out (IF they don't f*ck it drafting scrubs, that is).

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:12 pm
by migya
They have stuffed up in the draft a few times in the last 4 years - araujo........

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:02 pm
by migya
Warriors doing well after the 1st. Bosh sure is a handful