College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The NBA season spans 82 games and it’s pretty rare that a four game stretch could end up making or breaking things. The way this year has gone for the Toronto these next four games may be the reason why they it goes into the postseason brimming with confidence or the final straw that broke the Raptors back. The Raptors four games of hell start tonight as they share top billing with the Utah Jazz at the ACC. Even though the Jazz have run the same offensive system for 22 years (yes that is how long coach Jerry Sloan has been at the helm) the Raptors have yet to decipher their code. Utah has beaten Toronto nine straight times. The Jazz are coming off a big win over one of the top team’s in the East on Monday night. They plucked the Boston Celtics at home 110-97. Those type of wins are key for Utah and its quest for home court advantage in the playoffs. They’re fourth in the West and are a game within second place (the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks are tied for that spot). Utah has got to keep one eye in the rear view as well. The fifth place Phoenix Suns are only a game back and have won their last five games. Back to Toronto, the Raptors are coming off a must-win on Monday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Chris Bosh set a franchise record with his 44th double-double, scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 boards. That’s two in a row for Toronto, but now they’re back home where they’ve lost five of their last eight games. If Toronto pulls out a W tonight, things don’t get any easier. They welcome the Nuggets on Friday night and then go on the road to battle the Miami Heat on Sunday, then off to Charlotte on Monday, looking to tame the Bobcats. Those last two games have some serious playoff implications. The Heat are one game up on the Raptors in sixth place and Charlotte leads Toronto by a half game in seventh.