Toronto Sports Media Game of the Night

College of Sports Media Game of the Night: What the Toronto Raptors do over the course of their last six games will determine whether or not they’re included in the extended season or whether they’re left scratching their heads and wondering…what happened? Toronto still occupies the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The only team that has a chance of catching them, the Chicago Bulls, are breathing so hard done their necks, the Raptors can smell last night’s dinner (in this case it’s the stench of chewed Bobcat from a 96-88 Chicago win over Charlotte on Saturday). The Bulls have won back-to-back games and trail the Raptors by a single game. Chicago is in action tonight – they host the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee is in sixth and trail the the Miami Heat by a half game for fifth – so the Bucks have something to play for. Which brings us to Toronto’s opponent tonight. The Raps are in Cleveland to battle the East-leading Cavaliers. For the second straight season the Cavs have locked up the top spot in the Conference and home court advantage for the duration of their  run in the post season. With nothing left to really play for there is a chance that Cleveland may start to rest some of their top players, including LeBron James. James is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and one of the ways of getting the King to stay in Cleveland is to win the NBA crown. So one should expect his playing time to go down. That plays well into the hands (or claws) of the Raptors. They’re coming off a tough 113-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night and need every win they can get. Sometimes you have to watch what you wish for. If Toronto does make the postseason they would play Cleveland in the first round – which makes a long Raptors playoff run highly unlikely.

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