With real basketball finally all but upon us, Dwane Casey is already thinking hard about what's to come.
The Raptors head coach doesn't like what he sees in November.
Though they won't come right out and say it, the Raptors are thinking playoffs and the thinking is the schedule-maker did few favours early.
"I'm concerned about the first month," said the coach, umprompted, after practice on Sunday.
"The first month is a booger. You look at the teams we gotta beat, Miami and some of the top teams in the league on paper. We've got to survive "¦ I know our guys are ready for it."
After an easy tilt against severely watered down Boston (no Kevin Garnett, no Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo out due to injury) on Wednesday, the Raptors have a weekend back-to-back against fringe playoff contenders Atlanta and Milwaukee.
Then the team hosts the back-to-back champion Miami Heat and will need to take a game in Charlotte, because the next night's challenge will be