Friday January 28 2011 – 3:13pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
The league’s worst offence … against the league’s worst defence. It’s a battle of wills tonight at the ACC.
Toronto is allowing opponents to shoot nearly 50% from the floor against them this season and they’ve coughed up just under 110 points per game over their last 4. To say the Raptors are struggling (having lost 9 in a row) is an understatement.
But IF there’s a light at the end of the tunnel … perhaps it could come via the train-wreck of an offence that is the Milwaukee Bucks.
The boys from Wisconsin could be going at it tonight with Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, and Drew Gooden and there’s no denying that Scott Skiles could use some of that fire-power in his line up:
Bucks Issues on OFFENCE
Points – 91.2 Last
FG% – 42.3 Last
Assists – 18.0 Last
3PT FG% – 34.6 19th
The Raptors will be hoping to avoid their 10TH straight loss (and 5TH straight at home) … two ‘streaks’ they haven’t had to face in nearly 5 years! The last time things were this bad for T.O. … it was late March / early April, 2006.
One man that could present some serious issues for Toronto is Bucks big man Andrew Bogut. Not only is he a solid rebounder and a centre with a good nose for the hoop as well (he averaged 20+ PPG in 3 games against the Raptors last season) but he’s the #1 shot-blocker in the NBA too:
Andrew Bogut (MIL) - 2.69 blocks
JaVale Mcgee (WSH) – 2.56 blocks
Darko Milicic (MIN) – 2.33 blocks
Amare Stoudemire (NY) – 2.24 blocks
Dwight Howard (ORL) – 2.23 blocks
Paul Jones and I will be on the air at 7pm tonight on Sportsnet Radio, The FAN 590.
Also, if you’re heading down to the ACC this evening … don’t forget that hip hop legend Rob Base will be performing at the half.
Have a good one
* Thanks to Jumpin Johnny Rusin for his help with some of these stats