Well, you've been hearing all game about the negatives. How everyone is in a slump, how the Raps can't compete with the Hawks right now, but I am going to do the unthinkable and actually find postives from this game and the rough patch in general that the Raps have hit.
1. DeMar is back, and boy it couldn't come soon enough. However, not only has he come back, but he is looking better than he ever has. He is playing with an incredible calm that should help him avoid going into shooting droughts which have plagued him over his career. His presence will be key for this team, especially in the fourth quarter when they need someone who can draw fouls.
2. The Raps had a players meeting hosted by Kyle Lowry after tonights epic nightmare, according to Eric Koreen. No info from the meeting was released, but James Johnson claims that the players were becoming overconfident and weren't paying attention to detail. This is another exaple of what makes Kyle such a great leader (And an All-Star #NBABallot). We can only hope that the message got through, with some people more than others (I'm looking at you Terrence Ross).
3. As bad as it's been over the past week and a bit, every team goes through a rough stretch at some point in the season. As long as they can get back to the basics and be fundamentally sound, they can dig themselves out of it. It's better to get this stretch out of them now, rather than in the playoffs.