Raptors open critical pre-deadline trip with sloppy loss to Pistons

Raptors open critical pre-deadline trip with sloppy loss to Pistons

The Toronto Raptors had lots at stake as they began their five-game road trip in Detroit against old friend Dwane Casey and the Detroit Pistons. Toronto has fought hard to remain relevant in the East through an injury-riddled first half of the season. With the trade deadline on the not-to-distant horizon, it’s the time of year when management will be making final assessments on whether they have a roster worthy of investing in or not. The faint outlines of playoff scenarios are taking shape. And the five-game jaunt is full of tripwires. After the Pistons the Raptors get the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back, then their first game against Kyle Lowry and the Heat -- after an off day in Miami, which is not always as …
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