College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Last night was a perfect example of how the season has gone so far for the Toronto Raptors (7-8). They scored 74 points by the half and led by 21 points. In the second half the poor defence reared its ugly head. They let the Indiana Pacers score 39 in the third and the lead was cut to as little as five. They finally put the game away and ended up winning 123-112. It was a balanced attack for the Raptors. Jose Calderone was the top scorer with 21 points. Six other Raptors finished the game with double digit points. Sure the Raptors won, but with that type of a lead at the half the final score should have been a lot more one sided. You also cannot forget the fact that they gave up 112 points to the Pacers. This is a team that’s averaging 99.8 points per game.
The Raptors are back at it again tonight and this time they’re in Charlotte to take on the Bobcats (4-9). The good news is that the Bobcats have yet to win a game on the road. There’s also only one other team in the league that scores less points a game than Charlotte (85.3) and that’s the win-less New Jersey Nets (85.1). The bad news is that the Bobcats are only giving a 89.5 point per game, second best in the NBA. They also have two legit scorers in Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson who have the ability to completely take over a game. In Charlotte’s last meeting with the Raps, Wallace scored 25, pulled down nine rebounds and had three steals. Toronto did win that one 112-86. While playing with Golden State, Jackson averaged 24.5 points, 7 boards and 6.5 assists in two meeting against Toronto. Winning back-to-back is tough. If Toronto does pull out the W, they’re record will be back to .500 and in a nice position a tough stretch of their schedule.