A weekend without Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon didn't turn out to be the death spiral some would have expected for the Raptors without the team's leading scorer and it's primary distributor. Not that the Raptors weren't already mathematically done for the year, but instead of an anticipated letdown, these Raptors excelled in the absence of two key starters. In fact, you could make the argument that in back-to-back games against Chicago and Orlando - a loss followed by a 102-98 upset on Sunday - these were the best consecutive games the Raptors have played all year. Head coach Jay Triano seemed to be leaning that way. "I think we've played 96 minutes of very good basketball the last two nights," Triano said. "Our guys are playing hard, they are playing aggressive and they are sharing the basketball." Triano though was quick to refute any suggestion that perhaps the Raptors were playing well because Bargnani and Calderon weren't on the floor.
Young Raptors step up in the absence of Bargnani and Calderon
Toronto Sun | Apr 4