In a week that could very well doom or strengthen what are some very slim playoff hopes for the Raptors, the Washington Wizards arrived in Toronto and threw a rather large wrench in the works.

The Raps began the night four games out of a playoff spot and bursting with momentum after some big road wins this month and a total of six victories in their past seven games.

It all came crashing to a halt, for now at least, courtesy of a Wizards team with nothing to lose, that came into Toronto having won all of three games on the road this season, but made it four with a 90-84 win.

Of course the Washington effort was aided by a Toronto team that played extremely loose with the basketball, turning it over 14 times, 12 of those coming in the first half when the game was at its worst, but more importantly, showed very little of the timely and efficient scoring that has been a hallmark of this last little run of solid basketball by the Raptors.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey did not mix words in his assessment of the game.

“It was a stinker,” Casey said. “They whupped us. They outworked us. We tried to turn it on ... but it was just one of those games we couldn’t get it going. They got us.”