College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Now that things have wrapped up in Vancouver it’s time to get geared up for the stretch run in the Association. The Toronto Raptors will be playing their sixth straight game without all star Chris Bosh. In the first game back from the all-star break, Bosh hurt his ankle in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Raptors won their first two games without him, but have gone on to lose three straight since. Tonight they’re playing the back end of a back-to-back against the Houston Rockets. Last night Toronto was in Oklahoma City and they were clapped 119-99 by the Thunder. How crucial is this time for Toronto? They are fifth in the East with only a half game lead over the sixth place Chicago Bulls. More importantly they trail the Boston Celtics by only five and a half games for the lead in the Atlantic Division. Boston itself has been struggling – they’ve dropped two straight and are 5-5 over their last ten games. Houston on the other hand is on the outside looking in. The started the season surprisingly well (especially since they lost Yao Ming for the season, Ron Artest to free agency and recently traded away perennial all star Tracy McGrady to New York), but are now 11th in the West. The Rockets have only won three of their last ten games and most recently lost 133-110 to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. This is the second meeting this season between these two clubs. Back on December 13 Toronto beat Houston 101-88, snapping a two game losing skid for the Dinos (unfortunately they went on to lose another two games before reeling off five straight Ws). I’m sure the Raps are hoping tonight they can stop the streak at three and get back on track in the East.