Topofthekey wrote:Scoot McGroot wrote:Topofthekey wrote:Vastly improved odds at a top 4 pick
Not saying Pacers should intentionally drop out of the playoffs. But Raptors are doing this "not tanking" thing better than Pacers are
They are in great position to bounce back nicely next season, if they indeed do get lucky in the lottery
Raptors are competing for the playoffs, and got kicked out of their country. They also had a major Covid outbreak rip through their entire staff. They’ve suffered through the weirdest season in most any team history in the nba. I don’t think we can say they’re “not tanking well”. They’re suffering terribly.
I mean, we have a lot working against us too
Warren missing the season. Trading Vic 10 games into the season. LeVert missing half the season. New coach who is a first time head coach. Entirely new coaching staff. Players who are a mismatch with the new coach's defensive game plan
But we have somehow managed to squeeze out 4 or 5 more wins than them
Normally, in a vacuum, that is a good thing
But in the bigger scheme of things, in a transitional season where the team is just trying to get its bearings, painstakingly squeezing out a few extra wins compared to the Raptors just means they are positioned much better for the draft than we are
But it is what it is
Let's just hope Aaron and Sumner and Goga get plenty of playing time for the remaining 20 games or so
And as you said previously, hopefully even guys like Kelan Martin and Brian Bowen get a few minutes each game
We’d have to also be kicked out of Indiana and forced to play all our home games in Denver, Colorado, for a somewhat similar situation. While all the other things also happen. And add in a massive Covid outbreak to sweep through the locker room and coaching staff.
But also, Toronto is trying to painstakingly squeeze out a few extra wins, too. They’re just facing massive difficulties in doing so.