So Raptors get ready to go back to wear this second half of the season began with Houston Rockets. It was another one of those close but no cigar scenarios in which they lost 88-85. Kyle Lowery torched the Raptors in that game with 26 points shooting 8-12 and having 5 assists to lead the way. The Raptors got 17 points from Demar DeRozan and 16 from James Johnson. It was another one of those games where the Raptors also got off to a slow start as they were down 27-15 after the first quarter. So seeing as not a lot has changed about the match up let's just cut to the keys to the game.
Contain Lowery: This was one of those games where you got to see Jose Calderon at his defensive worst. Raptors need to figure out a way to make someone else beat them.
Better Start: Raptors the last time as mentioned dug a large hole early and could not fight all the way back. In recent games the Raptors have had better starts and they need one tonight to have a chance to win.
Keep At It On The Glass: Part of what kept the Raptors in that game with Houston was there work on the glass. They out rebounded Houston 47-37 and you put that together with a better start maybe you can find a way to win.
So that is all. There is news that an Andrea Bargnani return could be coming soon perhaps Saturday or Sunday. This info comes from an article by Eric Koreen in the National Post. Anthony Carter is gone as well according to everyone. Never was a press release about it. But maybe you didn't need one. After all that is how little Carter did.