The Toronto Raptors are four games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are one of the hottest teams in the East right now, having won seven of their last eight games, and are staring at a six-game home stand that will see them play four teams that are currently sitting outside the Playoff picture. What happened?

Raptors’ Lowry buying into winning ways | Toronto Sun

Lowry’s return could have easily upset all the positive strides the team made over a 5-2 run without him in the lineup. But Lowry saw how the team responded with Jose Calderon leading the starters out on the floor and he wasn’t about to be the one to derail a winning approach.

Are these Raptors for real? | Toronto Sun

With the win over Orlando on Saturday and the Boston Celtics loss in Golden State later that night, the Raps are now once again four games out of the eighth spot in the East. Boston was playing a late game Sunday in Sacramento.

Toronto Raptors’ 2012 Offered More Hype Than Substance | Bleacher Report

Dwane Casey at start of the calendar year was just getting his run as Raptors’ head coach underway. He was somehow finding a way to get the Raptors to buy in and play some defense. Even Andrea Bargnani was playing some acceptable levels of defense.

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  • Roarque

    If Kyle Lowry changed his style/attitude because of the team approach to defense/winning then why is it not possible that Andrea Bargnani will do the same thing? That is, show up ready to listen, ready to fit in where and when he’s needed. The concept of a platooning of personnel has been the secret to the Clippers winning stretch so why not try the same thing in Toronto?
    First Platoon – Gray, ED, Pietrus, DDR and Lowry
    Second Platoon – Amir, Andrea, Landry, TRoss and Jose

    • shell12

      Gray getting regular minutes in any rotation… ಠ_ಠ

      • Roarque

        Gray subs for Jonas in a perfect world 🙂

    • Gregast

      Using the nomenclature of “platoons” removes the traditional stigma associated with starters versus bench players.

      It doesn’t matter who starts the game, it’s who finishes the game – and those players earn the right for that game and that game only.

  • FAQ

    I would like to see platooning tried too, and even mentioned it at the
    start of the season but was criticized for it.  Of course platooning
    fails when a starter picks up 2 quick fouls or is injured.  Also, Casey
    will sub PGs if the offence is not jelling properly.

    But just imagine a 5 player sub in the first quarter and the havoc it creates for the opponents!!!