Toronto Sports Media Game of the Night

College of Sports Media Game of the Night:

Already this season the Toronto Raptors have had to deal with nine back-to-back games. Unfortunately, they haven’t been that successful with the back end game – their record is 2-7. Last night the Toronto Raptors hung in with the best in the East, but eventually dropped a 108-100 decision to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani led the team in scoring, but unfortunately the rest of the team couldn’t come through when the Cav’s D clamped down on the two forwards. Hedo Turkoglu continues to struggle and last night was no exception. Turkoglu had more fouls (4) then points (3 – which also equaled his turnover total). Tonight the Raps are in Milwaukee to battle the Bucks. Milwaukee is hoping they can take advantage of a tired Toronto squad. The Bucks are coming off a six game road trip where they went 1-5, including a 101-98 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday. The last time Toronto made the trip into Brew City was on a back-end game and it resulted in a 117-95 loss. Brandon Jennings was electric scoring 22 points and a tough cover for the Raptors guards. Tonight Jerry Stackhouse will make his first star in a Bucks uni. Stackhouse was signed to fill the gap left by a major knee injury to Michael Redd. Stackhouse played limited minutes for the Dallas Mavericks last season and was bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason.

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Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 20, 2010 12:24 pm

No B2B excuses. Take care of business. I really hope we see a lot of DeRozan tonight, including crunch time minutes. The kid has earned it. As long as he is taking it to the hole and drawing trips to the line, he should be rewarded for it, as he was against the Knicks.

Turkoglu has been getting worse, I know it is hard to believe, instead of improving, which I can’t believe. There is something not right with him this year, and until he gets his head on straight, his minutes should be cut. I know Triano would never do that, and it could only come from the top, but we can’t keep giving away wins like this at his expense getting minutes. BC likely is shopping him around, so that is another reason why he can’t have his minutes cut, but my frustration level with him and his lackadaisical play has reached its boiling point.

The Raps have done a good job of beating teams below them in the standings of late, outside of the Indiana debacle, so with our Eastern competitors near us in the standings also winning of late, we have to find a way to keep doing it.

A sweep of the Bucks this week is necessary, and it is time to make that next step above 500 basketball and solidify a playoff spot.

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