It is going to be a long week guys.
After coming into the Raptors so called “Hell Week” with optimism (maybe foolhardy optimism) that the Raptors would run their table in five of their seven games, making their back to back matchup with the Bulls and Hawks less of a setback.
Boy was I wrong,
This weekend the Raptors became the Raptors we have known for as long as I can remember. Slow starts, players going half speed, bad rebounding, terrible 3 point defense. I mean when Anthony Morrow looks like Ray Allen, you probably need to start closing out.
And don’t even get me started on the absolute debacle that was Saturday’s Sixers game.
You can’t really get too mad about setbacks with a team that was expected to finish among the worst in the NBA at the beginning of the season, but after seeing hard effort pay dividends for the Raptors it was a letdown to see a rather uninspired effort from the Raps at the start of a seven game in nine days stretch that will be a key part in determining the direction of their season.
If the Raptors are going to survive this “Hell Week” a better effort will need to be given, especially when sneaky good young teams like the Timberwolves and Kings coming in that will further test the Raptors conditioning beyond the sheer impact of having to play five games in one week by providing an athletic challenge for a Raptors team that is going to be playing on tired legs from here on out.
We are going to see what the Raptors are made of this week, for better or for worse.