That's not to say that the Raptors are, or will be, totally fine; they desperately need to pull the trigger on a trade for an upgrade at power forward. But the Raptors haven't totally forgotten how to be a good team in a matter of days.
Meanwhile, the Pacers, Heat and Mavericks, are on long winning streaks. And while their play is indicative of what they can do when they're at their best, the ability to play at that level consistently is what teams struggle to develop.
So yes, Cleveland, Toronto and Minnesota are on a slide and Miami, Dallas and Indiana are on a roll. But the big picture still matters.
That's why the Wizards' run seems important. It's not 10 games, it's their last 30 games. It's not a good stretch of games, but a revelation of what kind of team they really are. Unless they go in the tank again. That's the point. You have to wait until the end of the season to really know if a stretch is meaningful or not.
Here are this week's power rankings.