There's not a lot to be optimistic about based on the pessimism that hovers over the Raptors like a dark cloud.
The team is in the throes of a five-game losing streak and the immediate future looks bleak with the Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder coming to town this week.
The Raptors are barely clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. But amid all this doom and gloom comes word from Chris Bosh that bodes well for a team that hasn't been playing well.
"I think I'm back to where I was," Bosh said after Monday's practice. "My timing is better and I'm feeling better."
Bosh is the key, no matter what anybody says or thinks.
When he is dominating and drawing defenders, so much gets opened from an offensive perspective. When he is controlling the boards, second-chance points are limited.
The moment Bosh turned his ankle on Feb. 17, the Raptors took a turn for the worse. In his absence, neither Hedo Turkoglu nor Andrea Bargnani, the team's next two best players, were able to step up.
Bosh, meanwhile, doesn't like looking at the standings.
"The fact of the matter is that we're still in the playoffs," he said.
As early as last month, the Raptors were eyeing perhaps as high a spot as the fourth seed.
"I am concerned," head coach Jay Triano said of the team's recent plight. "It's not like we've stopped working."
It was decided midway through the team's four-game trip to the West that the Raptors would be best served to gather on Monday, an unusual move given the team had finished back-to-back games. The team took a red-eye charter from Portland following Sunday's loss, arrived in Toronto at 7 a.m., and practised at 4 p.m.
Players, however, weren't about to complain.
"Coaches are in charge," Bosh said.