These are weird times in Toronto.
In the last two weeks, the Raptors have seen quite a lot. Reserve forward Amir Johnson got tossed for a bizarre incident in which the referee would not let him feel the ball after another player’s free throw attempt. Amid a winless five-game road trip, the team called a meeting to address the many issues and grievances, and the rousing result of that catharsis was a 32-point loss to the Jazz. They went to Portland to finish that trip, and left with serious injuries to Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry.
By the end of it, Raptors beat writer Doug Smith described the attitude in the locker room this way for The Toronto Star: “I don’t know what it’ll be, but something’s gotta give before people start punching each other.”
So, that’s bad.
In subjecting myself to three Raptors games so far this season (let it never be said I don’t take this job seriously), my professional opinion is that the Raptors are terrible. They are aggravating to watch not simply beca...