Thread: Raptors Discussion: v26: Chuckers Gonna Chuck II: Chuck Harder
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02-25-2013, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by The Nemesis View Post
I don't think it's wrong. If the Raptors make the playoffs, it's going to be as an 8 seed. Which means they would play Miami and they would get destroyed. So if we're going to lose a draft pick, we might as well lose it this year in a weak draft and not have the spectre of that hanging over the team's head for the next few seasons.

And honestly the idea of the playoffs being a learning experience is BS unless you can compete to some degree. Getting smoked in 4 straight teaches you nothing. Except that you're not good enough yet. Which is something you can also learn by finishing 9th in the conference.
I see what your saying and if the team chooses to remember the playoff experience as a blowout if it happen then you have mentally soft players. Its up to the coaching staff and management to put a positive spin on the season and bring the good points to light.

Anytime you can make the playoffs you need to make them just ask the LA Kings. So they blown out in 4 straight there is a learning curve and going to playoffs while getting beat serves as lessons and provides experience.

They get the playoff atmosphere from the ACC crowd and the playoff intensity felt can be used that next season Casey can use as motivation tell his players remember when the ACC was nuts and the adrenaline you guys felt going out there for your first playoff home game....that is our goal to get that feeling back.

If you say well I would rather finish 9th then the players don't get that feeling to take into next season or possible players coming to Toronto will say well they never make the playoffs so I want to go to a team that makes the playoffs.

The value outweighs any worry about getting blownout 4 straight. Imagine them stealing a game or 2 or even better pulling an upset however unlikely would be a huge boost for a franchise.

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