College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The Toronto Raptors are coming off a big win 110-99 over the Detroit Pistons. All the talk surrounding the Raptors is about defence. Prior to their game with the Pistons the Raps were giving up an average of 110 points per game. On Wednesday night Toronto clamped down and gave up less then 100. Granted Detroit was missing Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton because of injury. Down the stretch the Raptors relied on three players to control the ball and run the point: Jose Calderone, Hedo Turkoglu and Jarrett Jack. Turkoglu ended the night with 16 points and 6 assists and the trio only turned the ball over two times. Chris Bosh has been great early in the season. Bosh is average 29.5 points per game and 13 boards. Andrea Bargnani has also been a major contributor. ‘Il Mago’ is average 22 points per game and is shooting almost 53% from beyond the arc. Things get significantly tougher for Toronto over the next eight games. Including tonight seven are on the road against top tier teams like San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and their one lone home game is against the surging Chicago Bulls. Tonight the Raps are in New Orleans to take on uber-guard Chris Paul and the Hornets. The Hornets have gotten off to a slow start this season. Their 2-3 and both Paul and head coach Byron Scott have already been critical of the team’s play. In their three losses this season the teams has given up an average of 110 points. Obviously tonight’s game will boil down to however plays better defence. Pretty easy…right?