The Raptors parlayed last night’s match-up against the
wilted Heat into a 3-game-losing-streak stopping-with-a-thud ‘assist-fest’ shellacking, led by emerging stalwart Jose Calderon (PG) … this team’s leader, in the absence of franchise center-piece, Chris Bosh … Tor 108, Mia 83
However, as Dave Feschuk reports,
things are still ‘far from right’, just now, in Raptorland:
As was the case earlier this season, when the Raptors played back-to-back games against the Wizards,
and split them – declaring, for all, their true status as a middle-of-the-road team in the NBA …
tomorrow night’s tussle at home vs Washington – still depleted, minus Arenas & Butler – looks like another litmus test for this suddenly fragile team … treading water recently without their Big Gun, and with some dissention in the ranks.
A victory over the Wizards rights the ship, again … albeit, perhaps, temporarily … prior to Toronto’s final ‘soft’ game on the schedule, vs Seattle, and their upcoming swing through the Western Conference … Raptors’ Game Schedule … where they are going to be in tough against a series of highly motivated opponents, who do not match-up well with this year’s squad of Dinos (from Toronto’s perspective) away from home.
Consecutive home W’s over Washington & Seattle, creates a nice three-game mini-winning streak … and a buttress against the storm that awaits the Raptors next week, as they venture West.
But, drop tomorrow’s home game, and … the next 10 days (or so) could get very interesting in Raptorland.