After a home loss to the Hornets, the Raptors have the Bobcats up next, which should provide them with a good avenue for getting back into the win column. The Bobcats just haven’t been able to put things together, suffering from everything from injuries to bad execution on the court. You never know which team you are going to get on any night when the Cats come to town, but this is another game that the Raptors need to come out and take early. When you lose to a good team on your own court, you can take some of the good things away from the game, but you have to make sure that you take some of the bad out of it and use the next game to work on the rectifying the problem.
It was good to see Jose Calderon back in form against the Hornets, distributing the ball and running things like he usually does. If the Raptors are going to go with TJ starting, it will be important that they have that two pronged attack that worked so well in the past, one guy fast and flashy, the other slow and steady. The good thing for the Raptors is that when you play the Bobcats, you really don’t have to worry about having a specific attack, as long as it is one that is steady. The Cats are going to give you your 100 ppg if you want it and they are almost as bad of a rebounding team as the Raptors are, so the opportunities will present themselves for some second chance points. In the last 5 games, the Raptors have actually picked up their rebounding a bit, so if they are able to continue the trend, they may be able to push the game in their favour (for once) by controlling the boards.
If the Bobcats get down early, this should be an easy ride for the Raptors, but they key is, get them down early.
Enjoy the game.