Toronto Raptors fans are awaking this morning to an unfamiliar feeling, their team is number one in the NBA. Not number one in the Titanic Division, the Raptors have the best record in the NBA and have scored more points and outscored their opponents by a bigger margin than anyone else.
After the Phoenix Suns knocked off the Golden State Warriors 107-95 and the Toronto Raptors dismantled the Philadelphia 76ers 120-88, the NBA standings look like this.
Team Record Points For Winning Margin
Raptors 6-1 107.4 +11.6
Rockets 6-1 101.9 +11.0
Grizzlies 6-1 93.0 + 5.4
Warriors 5-1 105.2 +10.3
The surprising Raptors play their next 5 games at home and face the 2-5 Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Since Toronto defeated the Magic in Orlando 108-95 a week ago and neither the Rockets, Grizzlies nor Warriors play on Monday, Toronto’s stay atop of the NBA standings may not be short-lived.
Argue all you want about strength of schedule, teams can only play the opponents scheduled in front of them and the Raptors have taken care of business through their first 7 games. First place overall is theirs to enjoy – for now and when fans are used to seeing their team fighting for position in the NBA Draft Lottery, it would be just plain wrong to not let them celebrate when things are looking this good.
Raptors fans have a right to enjoy being first overall for as long as it lasts.
The Toronto Raptors dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers 120-88 in a game Head Coach Brett Brown barely recognized his own players. “It got ugly quick,” Brown said. “We had a hard time guarding them. There was a spirit that got knocked out of us quick.”