The Raptors head into Philadelphia and get a second look at the Sixers who are still waiting for Andrew Bynum to find the fountain of youth for his knees. Clearly it is not located in a bowling alley. In the first meeting the Raptors dropped a 93-83 contest to the Sixers 10 days ago. It was one of the better games for Andrea Bargnani on the season who led the team with 23 points. Andrew Bynum or not the Sixers really don’t have a good answer to guard Bargnani.
Sixers had a trio of players score 16 points in the win over the roster. Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young both starters and Nick Young off the bench were the guys. The Sixers bench outscored the Raptors 46-12 and with even less depth now you would think that would be bad news. However, Linas Kleiza who was not in the line-up for the last game has shown an ability to get some points. Amir Johnson has also been on a role of late providing a spark off the bench.
This will be a tough game for Kyle Lowry to be out personally as he returns home to Philadelphia. Jose Calderon has been brilliant on offense since Lowry went out. He did a good job matched up against Jrue Holiday. He had 14 points and 11 assists.
Raptors come in winning 2 of their last 3 games despite some injures and some ugly moments even in victory. Sixers after a humiliating loss to the winless at the time Pistons, they have two straight wins over Utah and Cleveland. Raptors are 3-7 on the season and Philadelphia is 6-4 in third in the Atlantic. This game even early is important for Toronto. The Raptors are already 0-3 in the Atlantic Division this season. They have losses to Boston and Brooklyn as well as the previously mention one to the Sixers.
Will see how the Raptors do and up next as second half of this back to back they play the red hot Bobkittens no more in Charlotte. This is a weak if fully healthy you would have expected the Raptors to make some noise. However, lots of teams have injures and list keeps growing with the Cavs finding out they will be without Kyrie Irving for a month. The Sixers still waiting to see when in fact Andrew Bynum will ever play a game for them.
No excuses and expect no pity in the town that boos Santa and is ready to see Andy Reid gone from their struggling football team.