We had a conversation with Adam at RaptorsHQ.com about the Raptors and Sunday's game. You can check his site too, as the reciprocal interview should be posted there soon.
Blazersedge: Portland and Toronto are similar in that both lack (inter)national media recognition compared to marquee teams. What are the most exciting things going on with the Raptors right now? What does the world need to know about them? Also how much do you hear about Portland up above the border? What is the perception of the Blazers in your neck of the woods?
The interesting thing is that the world does seem to know about the Raptors considering their international make-up. Having been in Spain to cover the team's pre-season for our site, I saw just how well-known this club is. It's really in the US that the Raptors are still hurt by a lack of exposure but that will change with winning. Toronto is the third or fourth biggest media market in North America so there's no shortage of coverage opportunities...it's simply a matter of the team taking the next steps on the court.
As for Portland, the perception of the team is night and day from what it was just two seasons ago. Gone are the "Jail Blazers," a crew of
over-payed knuckleheads. Instead, they've been replaced by a well-coached group of exciting young players, who with the addition of Greg Oden next year, have a chance to be really special.
Blazersedge: The absence T.J. Ford is one of the big storylines of Toronto's season. How is he doing? When do you expect him back and what do you expect from him when he gets there? Also how is Jose Calderon holding up?
Blazersedge: The Raptors are in the middle of the playoff hunt in the East. Where do you expect to end up and what do you expect to do this year when you make the playoffs? How far can this team advance?
As for how far the team can advance - a lot of that depends on how the
team plays from here on out. They've been horribly inconsistent beating San Antonio and New Orleans at home only to turn around and lose to teams like Seattle and Milwaukee. Some consistant health and the return of Ford would be nice as the club doesn't have the star power to carry them through games. This really is a TEAM in the truest sense of the word and when they're not firing on ALL cylinders, the results are quite mixed.
Blazersedge: What do you need to do to get a win on Sunday? How to you prepare for and attack the Blazers?
Thanks to Adam and RaptorsHQ.com!