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Can the Raptors make the playoffs? Kyle Lowry says yes.

Sep 27, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

Kyle Lowry AP

Pity the Toronto Raptors — they are in a division with the Celtics, Knicks, Nets and Sixers. Four lock playoff teams. Throw in the Heat, Pacers and other teams from other playoff divisions and there is no easy path from Toronto to the post season this year.

But Kyle Lowry thinks they can make it.

That is what he told the Toronto Sun (via SLAM).

As for his suggestion that the Raptors may surprise some people, Lowry, like Calderon and others on the team who has been properly briefed, Lowry believes Toronto can make the playoffs.

“To be the head of the snake,” he added, when asked what he hopes to accomplish in Toronto. “Just be up there. It starts with the point guard and as long as I’m doing what I’m supposed to do — getting up, pressuring, being talkative, loud, and being aggressive, my teammates got my back. And I know that if they see I’m up there working hard, they’re going to work hard for me, behind me.”

File that in the “what else is he going to say?” pile. Not sure I would put a lot of stock in it.

The Raptors are going to be an improved team. Overlook them on the schedule and they will beat you — they will defend and they have some guys like Andrea Bargnani who can shoot the rock.

But to make the playoffs both Lowry and Jose Calderon will need big years, Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross can’t play like rookies, someone is going to have to step up with a lot more scoring, and everyone is going to have to stay healthy.

That is a lot of things that have to go right

  1. borderline1988 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    They won’t make the playoffs this year. If Terrence Ross and Valanciunas pan out, they will have a better chance next year.

    The Raptors are in a bad spot. They have a lot of good pieces that contenders would covet, but no real stars that can take them to the next level (you need at least 2 of them to contend in today’s NBA). The problem is, the Raptors would never be able to attract a star player. So their only chance is to get lucky through the draft.
    Except this team is built to just miss out on the playoffs, meaning their draft picks will be in the mid-teens.

    At least the team won’t be downright awful, and they will compete hard every night under Casey. But 40 wins is pretty much the ceiling for this squad.

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