Mid-Season Surge: Toronto Raptors
by Warren Paris on February 1, 2010

The Toronto Raptors after having a dismal start have had a recent boost and have moved four games over .500 for the first time since last year. They have beaten teams like Dallas, Los Angeles and Orlando on their way to their success.

They have had improved playing from Hedo Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani as well as other players of the bench. They have outscored their opponents by 10 points or more in their past 30 games which is fasr better than being outscored by 10 through the first part of the season. They are currently in fifth place in the east and 5 games behind the division leading Celtics.

They now have secondary scoring to complement Chris Bosh who leads the team in double-doubles and averaging 24 points a game which is a good amount for a player who has four other players in double digit scoring. After missing the playoffs last year the Raps are looking to return to the playoffs and try to make a run for the championship that will be a humongous task. If they are hoping to make a playoff push they will need a good pickup prior to the deadline. These include Brendan Haywood and Ben Gordon.

Since hiring Jay Triano and having a bad season last year, he is looking to be the first .500 coach in Raptors History, and the first to win the championship. Right now if they keep playing the way they are they should most likely reach the playoffs easily, and unless they lose a major player to injury you’ve got to like their chances.



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