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How weird is this?

How weird is this?

The Raptors head to Detroit to take on Jose Calderon and the Pistons, one of the few teams in the NBA that has actually played worse than Toronto recently.

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Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors have finally acquired Rudy Gay after a pursuit that lasted roughly seven months, if not more. We’ve spent a ton of words on the proposed deal and rumours over the last couple of days. Now it’s time to dig in and analyze an actual deal.

First, the details. The Raptors acquire Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi, the Grizzlies acquire Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and a second round draft pick (from Toronto) plus cash considerations, and the Pistons acquire Jose Calderon.

Alright, now here we go…

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After winning just four times through their first 23 games of the season, the Raptors have now won four times in their last four games since then, without their two most talented players in the lineup for any of those contests.

Here are some thoughts on tonight’s game:

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The Raptors return home looking to avenge an early-season heartbreaker against the Pistons and extend their winning streak.

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In his six-plus years as President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Bryan Colangelo has emptied the trick bag. He’s used three different head coaches, made five lottery picks and expended significant resources on trades and free agent signings. So with the Raptors sitting at 4-17 and recently coming off of a lifeless, pathetic performance against an undermanned Utah Jazz team, Colangelo and his supporters don’t have many excuses left. This team is in need of a major shake-up and BC only has one option, before his own head hits the floor – trade Andrea Bargnani.

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