Raptors Report: Week Three Ends In Heartbreak

Sachin AroraCorrespondent INovember 16, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 06:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors makes a shot over Rasual Butler #45 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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The Raps played some good basketball this week, but were burned in a thriller vs the Suns to cap off the week in a bad way.

Record: 2-2

Performance on Scale of 1-10: 8

Positives —This squad is really starting to come together. The defense is actually improving, Jose Calderon has played MUCH better, Chris Bosh has still been unreal, and they overall have shown a lot of grit. Andrea Bargnani is finally starting to be a consistent offensive player.  Offensively, Hedo Turkoglu is starting to come in to play hitting big shots and helping us down the stretch. Coming back from 22 is a sign of a good team.

Negatives —The Raptors often have to come from behind, which will burn them against good teams. This team is still weak defensively, and down the stretch of games it hurts them. They still haven't supported Chris Bosh well enough, and that thriller in Phoenix was a game that should have won.

Overall, they are improving substantially, and look for more improvements this week. Let's hope Reggie Evans gets back soon to help our defensive woes! If we can stay around .500 on this road trip, we are in a good position.


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