by Micah Hart
As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.
With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Toronto Raptors, who played three straight from Jan 9-11.
Toronto doesn’t have a lot going for them this season, but maybe a nice performance in their three for all could win them some huzzahs to help keep them warm at night during this cold, cold winter?
/shakes Magic 8 Ball, gets “Not gonna happen” message
Game 1: Raptors 97, Timberwolves 87 - Andrea Bargnani put on his big boy pants for this one, dropping 31 and grabbing nine rebounds to help the Raptors earn the win, which brought them a win away from .500. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)
Game 2: Wizards 93, Raptors 78 - All those happy special feelings the Raptors might have been having in the previous paragraph? Dashed in D.C., where the Raptors suffered the ignominy of becoming the Wizards’ first victims this season after eight straight losses. For shame Toronto, for shame. -1 point
Game 3: Kings 98, Raptors 91 - Seems the trend is starting to return to normal, as two of the three teams finishing up their threesomes lost their final game, including the Raptors at home against the Kings. Leandro Barbosa had a season-high 24 off the bench, so that’s something. 0 points
This isn’t a playoff bound Raptors crew, so no need to get too snippy (but seriously, the Wizards?), but there were more wins to be had in this set than they ended up with. All told, Toronto moves to the bottom of the table with a season-low 1 total point.
Up next: The Charlotte Bobcats play three straight Jan. 12-14, starting in Atlanta before coming home to host Detroit and Golden State.
Three for all Scoreboard:
— Chicago Bulls (13 points)
— OKC Thunder (12 points)
— Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
— Houston Rockets (7 points)
— Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
— Denver Nuggets (6 points)
— L.A. Lakers (3 points)
— Sacramento Kings (2 points)
— Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
— Toronto Raptors (1 point)