Title:Play-in for what? Raptors come out of All-Star break looking to climb Eastern Conference
Date: February 22, 2023
Original Source: Sportsnet
Synopsis: In my latest at Sportsnet, I wrote about a dozen things I’ll be thinking about or watching closely over the Raptors’ final 23 games.
The Toronto Raptors will be better over their final 23 games than they were over their first 59. That much seems pretty straightforward. The acquisition of Jakob Poeltl, an All-Star break for some of the league’s most overworked players to rest up, and potential returns from injury for two key wings should all push Toronto in the winning direction.
To what extent that matters remains up for debate.
As the Raptors embark on the final quarter-plus of their 2022-23 season, here are the dozen things I’m watching with the closest eye.
1. Just how good the league’s most aggressive defence looks with a traditional rim-deterrent.