Toronto Raptors Report: Week Two, Not Too Shabby

Sachin AroraCorrespondent INovember 9, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 06:  Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors makes a shot around David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets on February 6, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hornets defeated the Raptors 101-92.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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This week the Raptors have been pretty solid offensively and—with the exception of a few meltdowns—they're looking more like a team.

Record : 2-1

Performance on Scale of 1-10: 7

Positives: The Raptors came up with two big wins—made even bigger as they come before a huge road trip coming up.

The win against the Pistons was a pretty dominant win at home, with the exception of a fourth quarter breakdown. Their offense was great, and making threes hasn't been a problem.

The win against the Hornets was very impressive. In the contest the Raptors showed both team grit and an ability to play on the road.

Chris Bosh has been stellar, and Jose Calderon is improving. Hedo Turkoglu is starting to get better, and Bargnani is getting more consistent. This team is starting to come together.

Negatives: Defense. This has always been a problem for Raptors teams and this year doesn't seem to be too much different.

They were dominated by Dallas last night without being able to get any critical defensive stops.

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Another problem has been the team's mental toughness in some parts of the game. After a team starts to go on a run, the Raptors seem to have a hard time stopping it and I blame this on Jay Triano. He has to know when to call a timeout. Geez!

Overall, considering the teams they faced, 2-1 last week isn't bad. Let's see what happens on this road trip.

Go Raps!

Next Report : Sunday, November 15th

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