Posted by: Jeremy | December 2, 2009

Gameday: Raptors-Hawks

Calderon flashes some D on Mike Bibby

Ugh, do the Raptors play again tonight? Following an ugly loss at home to the washout Wizards, it’s on to Atlanta to face a Hawks team that has actually become really, really relevant the past couple years. For all the goods on this one, check in at the best spot for Raptors basketball on the web, The Republic. If you’re not sick and ready to kill this team yet, that is.

The Hawks come in at 12-5 (7-1 at home), though perhaps a bit vulnerable after a road loss in Detroit Sunday and a clunker at home against Orlando last Thursday. Still, I’m not getting my hopes too high right about now. Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Al Horford give Atlanta one of the best young cores in the NBA, and veteran pieces like Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford just make them all-the-more dangerous. Credit to Crawford, by the way, for settling into a role where he can actually make a team better for the first time in his career — the 10-year vet is coming off the bench and contributing 16.9 points on a tidy 46.1% from the field. Johnson’s 21.0 points leads the team, though he’s been struggling of late. With that, I’m guessing he’s pretty pumped to be seeing the Raptors right about now.

As for our bad boys, 100 points each from Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani, plus about 75 from Hedo Turkoglu and Jose Calderon should be enough to get the job done. Also, can we work Sonny Weems into the rotation now that the current group has proven to be useless?

This one gets going at seven from Phillips Arena.


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