With Blow Out Win Over Celtics, Should Raps Stand Pat at Deadline?
Despite still one game behind of the Boston Celtics, a very strong case can be made that the best team in the Eastern Conference resides north of the border.
They have blown out the Cleveland Cavaliers and effectively dismantled the Boston Celtics, albeit Kyrie Irving claiming he was not near 100-percent as he works his way back from a minor injury. That being said, the NBA is no place for excuses and the Raptors have continued to show the league why they are the team to keep an eye on moving forward. With the best home record in the entire league, the second highest net-difference in the league (second to the Houston Rockets), and the best record in the entire Eastern Conference since the turn of the new year, the Raptors are coming and are eager to change their image as only a regular season team.
DeMar DeRozan has added some much-needed three point range to his game, the Raptors young and energetic second unit boasts one of the best benches in the league, and the Raptors are finding ways to allocate minutes well, giving guys like Kyle Lowry enough time to rest. Moreover, the new offensive system that head coach Dwane Casey has been preaching seems to be working and the Raptors have asserted themselves as a top-10 defensive and offensive team.
All things considered, this pits Raptors as championship contenders and with the Thursday trade deadline fast approaching, the Raptors are amongst the buyers.
But is there a move to be made?
Must the Raptors add some more three-point shooting?
Another offensive threat or one more defensive stopper?
The key thing to keep in mind is, must the Raptors make a move and in a way compromise the strong chemistry they currently have in place?
The Raptors have an abundance of young talent on-hand and it has been confirmed that many of these young names have been receiving interest from around the league. It will therefore be up to Masai Ujiri’s front office to pull the trigger. With the Raptors on the doorstep of a potential Finals’ appearance, is it time to flip a couple of their young pieces for veteran help on the wings.
Players like Avery Bradley and Tyreke Evans are definite options and as the Raptors enter the final 24-hours prior to the deadline, subtle changes may be necessary if the Raptors want to boast their chances of reaching the team’s first ever NBA Finals come June.