Toronto Sports Media Game of the Night

College of Sports Media Game of the Night:

The Toronto Raptors are in Gotham City tonight to take on the New York Knicks in the first of four meetings this season. Last year these two teams split their series 2-2 and if Toronto is looking to return to the playoffs New York is a team they need to wins over. The Raptors was rolling, winning eight of nine, before hitting somewhat of a speed bump losing their last two games. On Tuesday the Dinos had a 23 point advantage over the Indiana Pacers, but squandered the lead eventually losing 105-101. As usual, Chris Bosh led all Toronto scorers, but it was Andrea Bargnani who set the tone on the boards. Bargnani pulled down a career-high 17 boards. For Toronto to see any type of success, all players without the name Bosh on the back of their jersey will have to elevate their play, especially Hedo Turkoglu. The 53-million dollar off-season acquisition is struggling. Over his last three games he’s averaging a pitiful eight points a game. Ouch. At the beginning of the season the New York Knicks were giving their Hudson River rivals, the New Jersey Nets, a run for the worst team in the league. That’s no longer the case. Since December they’ve gone 13-8 and are the ninth seed in the East, two and a half games back of the sixth seeded Raptors. A lot of their success can be attributed to the play of forward David Lee. Over his last 13 games, Lee is averaging over 20 points and close to 13 boards a game.

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Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 15, 2010 1:27 pm

I am extremely disappointed in Turkoglu of late, and for that matter, his play and non-play this entire season.

I barely recognize the player I have seen who played in Orlando, and I still don’t get how he needed two weeks off due to fatigue, thus missing out on training camp with 9 new players being incorporated into the team.

His latest comments about not being able to run the offense plus having a picture of him deleted at a nightclub not exactly voluntarily, leads me to worry about this signing both short and long term. He can’t jump, is only going to get slower into his 30’s, and has a contract that will be hard to move, even for Colangelo.

I do have to say though, that alley-oop from the hip to DeRozan was sweet, so he gets some kudos for that one.

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