Jan 19, 2011; San Antonio, TX, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless (center) drives to the basket under pressure from San Antonio Spurs forwards Tim Duncan (left) and Antonio McDyess (right) during the second half at the AT

Game Preview #31 Spurs






Can the Raptors keep playing good teams close? In a three game stretch the Raptors have beat the Celtics and lost to the Lakers and Knicks on last second shots by Kobe and Jeremy Lin (Seriously how good is Jeremy Lin, guys?) the competitiveness of the last three games has shown the promise that the Raptors have in being able to improve and step up to better teams. However 1-2 is still 1-2 and the Raptors have another tough challenge in the always good Spurs squad.

Even as their key players age and retire, the San Anotnio Spurs keep chugging along, playing that same hard-nosed fundamental basketball that Gregg Popovich has made a legacy out of. The Spurs just never fade, even the player who has been there since what seems to be day one, Tim Duncan, just never seems to die. Duncan, has notched five consecutive double doubles and has managed to avoid the injury woes that have struck so many of his peers in this compressed schedule.

Last night the Raptors led by as many as 17 and once again blew a game at the end of the fourth quarter. Yes, Jeremy Lin has been on a hell of a run and that last shot may have been hard luck, but the Raptors need to work on finishing games if they want to reverse this losing trend. Then again expectations should be low tonight against the Spurs on the tail end of a back to back.

However a glimmer of hope remains as the Spurs also played last night, barely edging out the Pistons 99-95.

Tony Parker and Jose Calderon both seem to play well against each other. With Jose shooting 24 of 35 in their last three contests and Tony Parker averagind 20.3 points with 6.0 assists over the same span.

San Antonio has owned the Raptors since their existence, winning 22 of their 31 all-time meetings.

Tip off is at 7:00 PM EST and will be on TSN2


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