Hawks' Jeff Teague (left) and Al Horford look on from the bench during their big loss to the Bulls on Monday night. (REUTERS)
If you’re looking for examples of the ups and downs of an NBA season, you would be hard-pressed to find a time to do so than than right now.
What’s down is up and what was up is down for a large portion of the league these days.
Whether it’s the Miami Heat struggling to find their happy faces on a nine-day trip through the west or the Atlanta Hawks scoring just 58 points in a game, plenty of good teams are looking pretty bad right now.
On the flip side some teams that were looking pretty bad — your local Toronto Raptors included — have at least shown the ability to put a nice streak together.
Then there’s the former giants like the Celtics who people were writing off as a playoff contender only a couple of weeks ago now looking unbeatable.
Look hard enough and there are answers for all of it — some the result of shake-up changes like Avery Johnson being shown the door in Brooklyn where the Nets are now 8-1 under former assistant P.J. Carlesimo.