2/10/13

Raptors Tangle with Hornets One Last Time

The Raptors will for perhaps the last time line-up against a team named Hornets. New Orleans comes to town to play the Raptors for the second and last time of this season. When we see them in 2013-14 they will be call the Pelicans. There is chatter the Hornets name could return to Charlotte, but for now the Hornets name is dead. The franchise in New Orleans is not dead and is actually starting to look like it is turning a corner slowly.

At the end of December the Raptors got 30 points from DeMar DeRozan and it was enough to produce a rare road win over the Hornets 104-97. A lot has chanced since than for both teams. Eric Gordon is in the line-up for the bugs while the Raptors no longer have Jose Calderon or Ed Davis but now of course have Rudy Gay. The also have Andrea Bargnani who you still have the right to boo. That said it really can’t be for anything he has done since returning to the line-up. He has been as good as you can expect. Good enough to stop him from being traded if not now or in the off-season, probably not.

The Raptors get the unexpected win in Indiana look to follow it up with a game that most feel they are capable of winning. It still remains a struggle in terms of the playoffs as they look up at Milwaukee, Philadelphia and even Detroit. That Jose Calderon guy helped the Pistons to their 20th win on the season with 24 points and 10 assists on the night in a win against those Bucks.

Rookie Anthony Davis was able to get 25 and 9 rebounds in his lone meeting with the Raptors.

Raptors have won 5 of their last 6 match-ups with the Hornets and are 11-14 All-Time vs. Hornets in Toronto. New Orleans did not play in Toronto last season because of the lockout shortened schedule. The Raptors have won the last two contests at the ACC. 

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