College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
There are only 21 games left in the Toronto Raptors’ season and at a time that his team should be gearing up for a post season run, the Raps are fighting for the playoff lives. Toronto sits in the sixth seed in the East with the seventh and eighth place teams trailing them by a game and a game and a half. The Raptors have lost five of their last six games andlong with their focus. Even the return of Chris Bosh to the line up on Sunday afternoon couldn’t get things going in the right direction. Bosh was held to 12 points and the Philadelphia 76ers schooled Toronto en route to a 114-101 victory. Toronto’s next four games are on the road – a place this team has struggled. This season the Raptors are 10-19 away from the ACC and this time they’re only playing Western Conference opponents. Toronto is 2-8 on the road against the West. Here’s even worse news – tonight they play the defending World Champion Los Angeles Lakers. You have to believe the Lakers have had this game on their minds since losing 106-105 to the Raptors back in TO on January 24th. Added to this is the fact that LA has lost three straight and Kobe Bryant hates losing. Bryant has done well against the Raptors in LA. Over the last five games, Bryant is averaging whopping 43.4 point per game. (I’m sure no one can forget the 81 he dropped on the Dino’s back on Jan. 22, 2006).