Raptors hope to avoid extinction
(Sports Network) - Don't look now but the Toronto Raptors are atop the Atlantic Division standings almost midway through the 2006-07 season.
Who would have guessed that the Raptors would be leading the Atlantic by January?
But like it or not, they are and have been for some time.
Toronto, though, is starting to slip like the original transmission on a Ford Escort with losses in two of its last three games. After going 5-1 to stop a four-game skid and losing twice in three games, the Raptors still own a one- game lead over both New Jersey and New York in the division.
In Friday's 107-97 setback to the Chicago Bulls -- Toronto's 15th in a row against them -- new Raptor T.J. Ford chipped in 20 points and six assists in a losing effort. Ford has been playing well in his new digs and leads Toronto in scoring with 16.0 points a game.
Ford, however, sprained his ankle late in Friday's loss to the Bulls and is listed as day-to-day for an upcoming contest at Memphis.
Fans have been coming in droves to see Ford and Co. this season and posted its fifth sellout in 12 home games this season. The cost of the ticket was probably between $50 - $60, but to watch a division leader live is priceless.
Following Saturday's game at the Grizzlies, Raptors fans will get to see their favorite players again for three straight home games against Phoenix, Atlanta and Washington.TOR