Sizing up NBA's Atlantic Division

Kyle Lowry has led the Raptors to a surprising first half of the season. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Kyle Lowry has led the Raptors to a surprising first half of the season. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 PM ET

TORONTO - As the NBA hits its mid-season all-star break, the Atlantic Division standings look quite a bit different than most pundits predicted.

You’d be hard pressed to find an NBA preview that didn’t pick either the Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks to pace the division, while the expectation was Toronto would be battling with Philadelphia and probably Boston for a coveted lottery slot.

The Philly and Boston calls weren’t way off, but New York’s been a disaster, the Nets only recently realized the season had started and Toronto has been one of the league’s biggest surprises, leading its division for just the second time in 19 seasons at this “mid-point” which actually is about the two-thirds mark.


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