I watched most of the Toronto Raptors game last night. In their first game of the season, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers.
But it wasn’t an easy game. And that has me a bit worried. The Raptors should be playing lights out against teams like Philly, and should be counted on for easier wins.
Some of the things I noticed:
— The Raptors started off slow. Maybe nerves. Maybe just the way it was. But they can’t start most of their games off like that.
— Rebounding was atrocious. The Raptors had 33. Philly had 56, including 23 offensive rebounds. When the opposing team has almost as many offensive rebounds as you have total rebounds, that’s not a good sign.
— Chris Bosh looked good already. Good start to the season for him.
— I’m not sold on Jermaine O’Neal. Although he finished with decent numbers (17 points, 8 rebounds, four assists), he seems to force shots a little too much.
— I’m also not a big fan of the new announcer, Matt Devlin. Chuck Swirsky was a lot better, but he decided to move on to a new team. His expressions of “Oh my Bosh”, “Onions baby, Onions” and “Raptors win, Raptors, Raptors win” were great. The new guy tries too hard, and comes off sounding forced. At one point, he even repeated himself to make sure everyone got it. Yeah, we got it. You’re not as good as Chuck.
All in all, a win is a win. But I’m not confident in the season based on this.