Toronto Raptors Exorcising Last Year’s Demons and Wednesday NBA Takeaways

November 25th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

If you're reluctant to buy this year's Toronto Raptors as viable threats in the East, you're forgiven.

That's what they were supposed to be last year (and, for the most part, were) until a second-half collapse and postseason fold called their credentials into question. It was fair to strip them of the benefit of the doubt after all that.

Following a 103-99 home win over the East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers, though, it might be time to consider these Raptors afresh, to not hold last year's failures up as reasons to discredit this season's successes.

That's not to say Toronto is an entirely different team.

Kyle Lowry, for example, is still the same driving force he was a year ago, albeit slimmed down and (hopefully) capable of sustaining his star-quality production for a full season. He scored 27 points, handed out six assists and snatched four steals in 38 minutes, and his relentless drives to the hoop and dives on the floor propelled the Raptors in the second half against Cleveland.

Lowry has been phenomenal all year, and he'll get serious consideration for Player of the Month in N ...

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