Now for all you Halifax/Canadian hoop heads, be sure to check out my recap at Haligonia.ca on how our Canadian content of the NBA performed last week.
Here's the section on the Toronto Raptors:
Toronto RaptorsRecord: 9W-13L (Last week: 2W-2L)
I told you this team was a roller coaster. Last week, the Raptors dropped two games: one to the lowly Washington Wizards (102-106) which followed up with an ugly, and I mean UGLY blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors let the Hawks score 146 points and showed little effort on both ends of the floor. This caused a media frenzy as players were calling out the coaches and teammates for the lack of effort and intensity after the loss. This sparked the need for a closed-door team meeting before Friday's rematch against the Wizards, addressing the team’s recent challenges.
Whatever took place in the meeting yielded positive results. The Raptors came out energized with an improved defensive intensity as the Raptors defeated Gilbert Arenas' Wizards in OT. On Saturday, in the second game of a back-to-back (where the Raptors have struggled this season), the Raps came out guns blazing, blowing out the Chicago Bulls in Chicago 110-78.
Highlights:Click here to see the full post to get updates on not only the Raptors but also Steve Nash, Joel Anthony, Samuel Dalembert and Jamaal Magloire.
· Chris Bosh continues to lead by example, putting up 20-10 stats on almost a nightly basis. After a 2-point showing against the Hawks, Bosh bounced back with a 31-point/16 rebound performance in the win against the Wizards
· Mr. Clutch, Hedo Turkoglu started to live up to his name in their win over Washington nailing the game-winner with 8.1 to play in OT
· The rook, DeMar DeRozan, is starting to flourish and is playing more aggressive, slashing to the rim and has already put together a nice collection of highlight reel dunks...