Why We Can and Can’t Believe in the Toronto Raptors’ Hot Start

November 25th, 2014 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Hot starts can be misleading in the NBA, their existence both aesthetically appealing and totally temporary. In some cases, though, they're the beginning of something spectacular and sustainable.

Which is it for the scorching Toronto Raptors?

Blistering beginnings have the players up north contending for the NBA's best record, turning heads and rewriting expectations one win at a time. But while the Raptors are rolling, their dynamite displays are laced with caveats and conditions—none of which is more important or relevant than a classic forewarning.

It's still early.

And because it's still early, the Raptors are shouldering the burden of proof, trying to validate their onset performance as a sneak peek by dispelling any notions, however germane, to the contrary.


Causes for Belief

The Raptors are doing pretty much everything.

Both sides of the floor are bankrolling their ladder-leaping dawn. The Raptors rank in the top six of both offensive and defensive efficiency, and it's difficult to bet against a team that can rely on any one aspect ...

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