Game Preview #27 Milwaukee: Getting Buck

Feb 6, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Toronto Raptors small forward Linas Kleiza (11) attempts a shot against Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee (34) during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Raptors 111 - 108. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Monday, the Raptors lost to the lowly Wizards at home for the second time this season. Seriously, the Raptors got 30 points out of TWO players and managed to lose to the WIZARDS. This happened. But with the great performances out of injury plagued role players Linas Klezia and Jerryd Bayless wasted, the Raptors head back home to the ACC to face a struggling Milwaukee squad coming off a tough loss to Phoenix at home last night.

Even better: The Bucks are 3-10 at a home. But as we learned again last night, the Raptors give away wins they should be getting often. Hence, their now 8-18 record.

On a lighter note: How good has Linas Klezia been since his return? Averaging 20.7 points over the last three games, Klezia has emerged as the Raptors best offensive small forward and has provided what could be the start of a solid one-two offensive punch once Andrea Bargnani recovers from that nagging calf injury. (Don’t expect a return tonight) Bayless and Klezia’s return has provided a clear improvement by the Raptors, despite not showing up in the win/loss column, the Raptors have had much better offensive performances without Andrea Bargnani.

On the negative side the Raptors have been having terrible first quarters as of late, look for the home crowd to give the Raptors a slight improvement in momentum to start the game. Going forward the Raptors need to work on putting in a full four quarters every night.

Fun Stat: The Raptors 94 points allowed per game is better than the defensively minded Scott Skiles’ led Bucks, who have an average of 95.7? Another sign that at least Dwane Casey’s defensive system has proved dividends to the Raptors improvement.

Tip-off is at 7:00 PM and will be on Rogers Sportsnet for all the Canadian readers.

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