Toronto Raptors After 30 Games: Big Changes Happenning

December 22nd, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
The “Jekyll & Hyde” Toronto Raptors closed out their last 10 games with two wins to achieve a respectable 6-4 mark and run their season record to 13-17.

And for all the concerns about how the Raptors have given up points, they held teams under 100 points five times over this most recent stretch of games.

But the recent signs of improvement were not obvious coming into this period.  As the Toronto Raptors after 20 games had closed with five losses and the team in disarray.

It started with an embarrassing 35-point loss to the 4-9 Charlotte Bobcats. Followed by Paul Pierce’s embarrassing dunk over Chris Bosh in the loss to Boston. And ending with the 146 points given up to the Atlanta Hawks.

Perhaps the worst result of this five game skid is that it has become apparent head coach Jay Triano has lost the room and the Toronto Raptors' players have not “gelled” as a team.

Some player outbursts and a closed-door meeting later, and the Toronto Raptors looked like a new team just one day after surrendering that season league-high 146 points to the Atlanta Hawks.

A three-game winning streak ensued. Followe ...

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