GANTER: Raptors head west hoping to find their game


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Powell believes it’s too early for something like that.

“No, I don’t think one is needed right now,” he said. “I think we’ve, in the majority of games we’ve lost, I think besides two, we’ve been right there. It’s just sustaining that and figuring it out. I mean, we have talked collectively and things like that, but we know what it takes, we have enough guys who have been through the trenches, have been through ups and downs and know what it takes to win. It’s just getting everybody clicking, rolling on the same page, focused on the same thing for the course of the game.”

Powell, though, does believe this four-game swing can potentially make or break the season for the Raptors.

“I’m in full agreement with you that these next four games can really help define how our season’s gonna go, define the team in general,” Powell said in response to a question about the Raptors having used these trips in the past to their advantage.

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“I mean, I can’t speak to the different things of previous seasons and things like that, but I feel like on the road, it’s a true testament of your character and your team, to be able to go into an opponent’s arena and play the best basketball you can.

“I mean, it’s a little different with no fans and things like that, but you’re still on the road, it’s still all you’ve got is your teammates and your team and your coaching staff. We’ve gotta go in with that mindset of playing a gritty, tough, 48-minute game for these next four (games) to dig ourselves out of this hole and get back to the level of play that we know we can play at.”

For now, the onus remains on the players currently on the roster to improve their situation.

A tough trip or more of the same results and the focus could very quickly shift to potentially changing the players on the roster.