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?
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.
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.
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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