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RaptorsHQ Lunchbox Links for February 22, 2012

A few links on a Wednesday for a change as the Raptors prepare to take on the Detroit Pistons tonight in Toronto.

First, the Pistons side of things via SB Nation Detroit.

Next, the Raptors, with previews from CBC Sports,, and even the Bradenton Herald!

Tonight's game versus the Pistons marks the final match for Toronto until next Tuesday, giving the club a much-needed near-week off. The Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat notes that this time should serve not only as a mental break from basketball, but even post All-Star game, the team needs to use these "off days" to work on poor starts and weak finishes.

This coming on the heels of course of the loss to the Charlotte Bobcats last Friday night, a loss that was bad, but as Raptors Republic's James Herbert notes, is not the end of the world.

In fact despite the loss, coach Dwane Casey apparently sees progress and some good signs in the team's play.

But are the baby steps enough?

Perhaps not as Tim Chisholm doles out some harsh but fair grades in his mid-point assessment of the club for

How do some of these players pull up their marks?

Work on their games, something apparently Ed Davis is doing via a revamped offensive game.

Let's hope we see some of the progress tonight against Detroit.