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Raptors Power Ranking Poll Week 4: Half of the Six is Three

In response to ESPN's Power Rankings, each week we'll decide: Are the Raptors being ranked fairly or unfairly?

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

I don't know about you, but these days when I walk the streets of Toronto I have an extra skip in my step.

Maybe it's because the Raptors just ripped off another four game win streak and are now 11-2 on the season. Maybe it's because one of those games came against the league-leading (and Vince Carter-featuring) Memphis Grizzlies. Maybe it's because the Raptors dismantled the upstart Milwaukee Bucks so thoroughly that people were chanting for Bruno Caboclo at the start of the fourth quarter. Maybe it's because, with millions of eyes watching their slow first quarter start, the Raptors played breathtaking team basketball the rest of the game to embarrass the Cleveland Cavaliers. Or maybe it was because it was Lou Williams who went off for a career high 36 points in that game while the Atlanta Hawks enjoy their cap space.

Or maybe it was just this simple clip of Raptors fans chanting "We the North" in the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. (Hint: it's in Cleveland.)

According to the Power Rankings czar Marc Stein, all of that is good for a number three ranking:

Last Week: 8
Since the Rudy Gay trade, Toronto sports the East's best record at 52-24, which is 4½ games better than Chicago's 48-29. The committee (of one) is starting to get its hopes up, in other words, that our long-awaited return to T-Dot for the first time since 2007 won't have to wait until All-Star

As for the skip in my step, maybe it's because Stein (like many other media members) will venture up to Toronto soon to see first hand what is happening here.

Yeah, maybe that's it.