College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The Toronto Raptors (13-17) are in the Motor City tonight to battle the Detroit Pistons (11-17). Toronto has won two straight games at home and hope to continue the trend on the road. Unfortunately that is where they’re having the most problems, including three straight losses. To make matters worse Toronto hasn’t won in Rock City since April 2, 2003, a span of 11 games. On Sunday the Raps edged the New Orleans Hornets 98-92. Toronto is an NBA best 10-0 when holding their opponents to under 100 points. It’s no surprise Chris Bosh led all Toronto scorers with 25 points and also pulled down 11 boards. In fact out of the 30 games Toronto has played, Bosh has been the top scorer in 23 of them. He also leads the league in doubles-doubles with 22. The last time that Toronto played the Pistons was back on November 4 and the Raptors pulled out a 110-99 win (surprise, surprise – Bosh led the team with 25 that night). Detroit on the other hand comes into this game on a five game losing skid, including their worst offensive output of the season. Last night the Pistons were not all firing as they lost to the Charlotte Bobcats 88-76. The Pistons have been dealing with nagging injuries this season. Tayshaun Prince has missed 26 straight games with a bad back. Richard Hamilton has been battling ankle and hamstring problems. Off season acquisition Ben Gordon has missed 10 of the last 13 games with his own ankle issues. Prince will be out for tonight while Hamilton and Gordon are game time decisions. These injuries have taken their toll on the Pistons and is biggest reason why the team has been so inconsistent. For Toronto these injuries could equate to the end of an ugly losing skid in Motown and the second time they’ve won three straight this season.