Game 71: Raptors vs. Bucks – Pre-game

I just noticed that somewhere along the line, I skipped a game. We are actually at game 71 in the season. I’m not sure where it happened, it could have been anywhere, but it kind of just sums up the season. Hell, there are a lot of games that I would have liked to have skipped this season, so it’s surprising that we’re not already at game 82 and done as far as my way of counting goes.

Anyway, on to the Bucks. Hopefully, the Raptors will be able to split the season series with the Bucks, who have had Charlie V teaching the Raptors regular lessons on the court. This really could have been one of the better battles of the year, having Charlie V Tweeting against Bosh at halftime, seeing who could tell their fans the most useless information in the most rapid succession of Tweets, but since the Bucks have outlawed that sort of thing, I guess we just have to watch the game.

Without Bogut and Redd, the strategy for the Raptors shouldn’t be that tough, at least not on the defensive end. Shut down Charlie V. Since returning to the starting lineup, Charlie Villanueva has averaged 21.2 points and 7.9 rebounds with nine
double-doubles, a 47.4 FG% (243-513) and a 37.9 3Pt-FG% (53-140) in 30 games. Those are some legit numbers. Those are the kind of numbers the Raptors wished they had coming out of Shawn Marion right now, but unfortunately, the Matrix has not been himself lately, looking like…well, like he’s a Raptor.

It would be nice if the Raptors could pull a win out here and actually make it look like they are capable of stringing a few together, but at this point in the season, it really doesn’t matter a whole lot. There may be a lot of apathetic Raptor fans right now, but can you really blame them? This has been the season from hell (credit Richard Lewis for the “_____ from hell” bit) and as big of a fan as I am, I am also a caring person and I don’t want to see people in misery.

Bargs should be back in the lineup and should be able to have a night against the Bucks. Look for a performance from Il Mago.

3 in the Key

1. It will be interesting to see how Bosh comes back from all of the Baby Mama Drama going on. Will he be able to put it out of his mind or will it bother his concentration?

2. Without Bogut, the Bucks are going to be soft on D and without Redd, they are going to be soft on offense. The Raptors should be able to take advantage at both ends of the court.

3. Apparently, when Jose dunks, the Raptors win. Throw him an ally-oop.


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