Raptors closing in on .500 mark

DeMar DeRozan (left) and Kyle Lowry (right) take on the Wizards in Toronto on Friday. (Stan...

DeMar DeRozan (left) and Kyle Lowry (right) take on the Wizards in Toronto on Friday. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

TORONTO - Here’s the good news: The Raptors are in sole possession of the Atlantic Division lead. That’s something they haven’t accomplished since the 2006-2007 season.

The bad news? They aren’t even a .500 ball club.

Heck, they haven’t even beaten a plus-.500 team this season.

In most divisions that wouldn’t put you in good stead.

But in the Atlantic Division, well … there they sit, tops in their division with a meagre .417 winning percentage and a 5-7 record.

The best word to describe Toronto’s play so far this season is “inconsistent.” They’ve been outworked on some nights, outgunned on others. And their shooting? There were a couple of outings when “horrible” was the only word to describe it.

They are clearly a team still searching for an identity.

“We have to continue to grow. We’re not a finished product,” coach Dwane Casey said Thursday at the Raptors’ Air Canada Centre practice facility.


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