'Next man up' approach for ailing Raptors

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas shoots as Houston Rockets guard James Harden tries to...

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas shoots as Houston Rockets guard James Harden tries to defend at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

Another game with potentially two key starters unavailable, another opportunity for Toronto’s bench to step up when minutes are allotted.

And another backdrop for team confidence to strengthen.

In the most unlikely of seasons, the Raptors find themselves poised to establish a franchise record for most wins in a season, something not believable when the team jettisoned Rudy Gay and his isolation game to Sacramento, fuelling talk of tanking and taking aim at Andrew Wiggins.

With so much unrest at the ownership level, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if some blockbuster involving as many as three young assets gets done to assuage the ill feelings at the corporate level.


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