Raptors on the rebound after win streak

Jose Calderon's return to the starting five has brought a calming influence and helped spark...

Jose Calderon's return to the starting five has brought a calming influence and helped spark back-to-back wins. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

It has only been a week since the Raptors dragged their badly beaten behinds back to Toronto following a west coast trip that looked like it might cost any number of people their positions on the team’s employed docket.

Three games, two wins and a major cultural change later, that storm has settled.

That’s not to say bodies won’t still be moved or positions lost. That’s the nature of professional sports. It’s going to happen. But for now some calm has been restored and the Raptors, with two consecutive wins for the first time all season, are more concerned with the next opponent than the last.

That’s how it’s supposed to work.

The question is how can the same team look so different one week to the next?

The answer actually is very simple.

When the Raps came back from the coast, two keys to last year’s scratch-and- claw Raptors were back in prominent starting positions.

And two who had yet to find a fit back with that group or find a niche fo


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