The Power Ranking Poll is coming at you 24 hours late this week. Get off my back, I'm on vacation and the demands of the Christmas shopping season really can sneak up on a person. As Coach Casey would say: reality is real.
In any case, it's probably a good thing that the Power Rankings were done after the Raptors began their vacation in the fourth quarter last night against the Chicago Bulls. Giving up 49 points in the final 12 minutes of a highly contested game probably would have knocked the Raps out of the sixth spot that El Jeffe Stein so graciously placed them in (one ahead of the Bulls, mind you).
Last Week: 8
Make it four double-doubles (and nearly five) in the last eight games for Kyle Lowry after four in his first 20 games this season. Don't think he has to worry about All-Star snubs this February, though we must note Toronto is shooting roughly eight fewer FTs per game with DeMar DeRozan out.
As has been pointed out, the Raptors are currently 6-6 against teams over .500. They're next five games are out west (and four are against teams over .500). Last night's game set an ominous tone for the rest of their road trip. While an 0-for trip would leave the Raps at 22-12, which is still good, it would certainly undermine the idea that the Raps are an elite team. Lord knows what Stein would think.
On the plus side, the Raptors will have a few (Christmas) days to think about how to improve their standing before facing off against the Clippers on Saturday. I, for one, hope they lay off the egg nog.
What do you guys think?