Rich's Take: Buying or Selling The Atlantic Division "Contenders"

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Toronto Raptors, 11-14 

Decision: Buy low

Dec 22, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey reacts to a play in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

When I sat down to write this, I was ready to sell the Raptors faster than a CEO ditching his soon-to-be-worthless company stock.

Then Toronto went into Oklahoma City and handed the Thunder its first home loss of the season.

The Raptors are the road warriors of the division so far, in that they are the only Atlantic Division to team to have a winning record away from home.  That’s kind of a big deal, especially since no one in the division currently is any better than .500 at home.  In a division this lousy, the team that can go on the road and steal a few victories here and there is going to have an edge over the rest of the teams who are lucky to simply split games in front of their home crowd.

Who would have thought to shipping Rudy Gay out of town might be exactly what the doctor ordered?  The Raptors are seeing increased production from Amir Johnson since Gay left town, including a 17 point, 13 rebound effort last night against the Thunder.  Tonight’s game on the road against the San Antonio Spurs could cause my rating to fluctuate a tiny bit, but for now, I’ll buy low on the Raptors’ chances of winning the division crown.

 

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