Posted by: Jeremy | December 9, 2009

Gameday: Raptors-Bucks

The Raps are looking to make it four straight

So, a Raptors road game I’m actually looking forward to. Coming off a grind-it-out 94-88 win over the T-Wolves, Toronto is in Milwaukee to face a Bucks squad that has lost four straight and eight of nine, including a 98-89 decision in Boston last night. Don’t let me down, boys. As usual, you can check in Raptors Republic for all the goods.

Milwaukee was rolling early this season, jumping to an 8-3 start behind some out-of-this-world play by rookie point guard Brandon Jennings. Jennings and his crew have fallen on rough times lately though, with the rook shooting over 40% once in the past nine games, and that was on a 9-of-22 effort in a 15-point loss to Cleveland on Sunday. Aside from his 55-point effort against Golden State on Nov. 14, Jennings has shot just 39.3% on the year. Other offensive threats for the Bucks include former top overall pick Andrew Bogut (15.4 ppg, 52.4% from the field) and second-year man Ersan Ilyasova, who has flourished with a bit of playing time this season. Still, not exactly a powerhouse and a team the Raps should be able to handle, even on the road.

Jose Calderon, who missed last night’s game with a hip injury, didn’t travel to Milwaukee, meaning Jarrett Jack will step up at the point for the second straight night. Jack was terrific in the win over Minnesota, finishing with 17 points, seven boards and eight assists. Jack, Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani all played at least 37 minutes last night, meaning the bench may be called upon to do some work tonight too. Make it happen, Marcus Banks.

The Raps and Bucks get going at eight tonight.


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