These are heady days for the Raptors.
Winners of six of their past eight and having put the bulk of a rough early schedule behind them (alas there are still two meetings with the Indianapolis Pacers and one with the Miami Heat over the next nine days), things are falling in a very decidedly Raptors direction.
Perhaps most importantly, this new mix post Rudy Gay-Raptors seem to have found a cohesion that the previous group never had.
Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas are blossoming in their added responsibilities and attention.
Kyle Lowry, easily the most hard-hit by the trade of his best friend and godfather to his son, has found another gear. Rather than lament Gay’s loss in the locker room he is thriving in an offence that has lost the sticky nature of a ball being thrown into a proven scorers’ hands and then staying there until said scorer could find a shot for himself.