November 17, 2013
Sportsnet - 1:00 PM EST
This is one of those games to me that likely tells the story of the 2013-14 Toronto Raptors.
Coming off a blowout loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, a loss that didn't even feature Derrick Rose, Toronto now tries to bounce back this afternoon against the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers might not be the Bulls, but this team is no slouch. They're actually second in the West with a 7 and 2 record so this isn't like facing the Bucks again. Normally this game regardless of the opponent would be a good test of the team's mental tenacity but considering the play of Portland, this will also simply be a tough match to win so in that vein, this could be a very interesting match.
A win and as I discussed yesterday, the Bulls' loss becomes a potential outlier.
A loss, especially a bad one, and perhaps Friday night's debacle becomes symptomatic of a bigger issue.