Improved D has Raptors eying playoffs

PER Diem: Jan. 4, 2010

Updated: January 4, 2010, 3:00 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Raptors Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty ImagesAfter threatening to become the worst defensive team ever, the Raptors have tightened up on D.

It says almost all you need to know about the Toronto Raptors that "O" appears four times in their name while "D" doesn't make a single appearance. For the first five weeks of the season, the Raps embodied that theme to a historic extent. I wrote about their impotent defense in mid-November, and it worsened in the following days.