The Toronto Raptors entered the season with lofty expectations but with a 7-11 record they aren’t off to the start they hoped for.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports:

Raptors head coach Jay Triano has found himself increasingly on the defensive about his team’s lack of defence.

The 7-11 Raptors, losers of their past three games, have given up the second most points in the NBA (109.27) and Triano’s assertions that the club’s defence eventually will improve is starting to fall, if just a notch, on deaf ears.

But Triano remained steadfast yesterday in the belief that, eventually, his club will come together on defence, adding that he sees positive signs, such as when they switched on defence and went to a zone coverage in a 113-94 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Triano said, for instance, that the high-flying Suns, who lead the NBA in scoring (averaging 112 points), were 13-for-31 on possessions when the Raptors switched.

It’s too early to worry, but keep an eye on the field goal percentage and point totals of Raptors opponents over the next 4-6 games.