Toronto came into the season with rather lofty expectations but injuries and a lack of depth to deal with those injuries have contributed to an 8-7 start.
It might be even worse except for the fact that Chris Bosh has been playing out of his mind this season, putting up MVP-caliber numbers.
Jermaine O’Neal has been great, when he plays, but has been hobbled by ankle and knee injuries of late. Point guard Jose Calderon is an assist machine, but a hamstring injury has slowed his progress.
Still, when Toronto plays defense it can win. The Raptors are 7-1 this season when they hold opponents to under 100 points and they’re 8-1 when they hold opponents to less than 45 percent from the field.