So what's happened in the last 20 days? A winning streak, then a losing streak, and now we're back on the winning side. Typical right?
The Raptors defeated the Richard Hamilton-less, Tayshaun Prince-less, Ben Gordon-less Pistons on Wednesday 94-64. I don't care how injuried the team is; allowing 64 points by a terrible defensive team is impressive. The Raptors are now 14-17 and winners of 3 straight going into the Christmas break.
The Pistons scored 27 points in the 2nd half of Wednesday's loss, and shot a Raptor-defense best 28% from the floor. The Raptors have held their last 3 opponents to an average of 83.6 points....Good morning defense. About time you woke up.
Jarrett Jack has filled in nicely for the injured Jose Calderon. In the last 3 wins, Jack's been averaging 15 points and 7.6 assists in just 29 minutes (thanks again for addressing the back-up point guard position, Bryan Colangelo. Can you imagine if Roko Ukic was still our back-up?).
Maybe the schedule is a little easier, but nonetheless. Here's a team that was a poor 11-17 just 8 days ago, and now seem to be turning the corner. Hopefully, this hiatus in the schedule won't affect the Raptors winning ways. They've been off since Wednesday, and don't play again until Sunday against the Pistons.
All I wanted for Christmas was a winning team. Maybe that'll come true. Maybe.