Jan 11, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors center Amir Johnson (15) holds on to the ball against Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo (0) at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Bobcats 99-78. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors Collide In Canada: Game 65 Preview

After ending their losing streak Tuesday with a win against the Boston Celtics, the Charlotte Bobcats are starting a two-game road trip. Their first stop will be tonight in Canada, where they’ll face the Toronto Raptors.

The Bobcats buried another one of their losing streaks against the Celtics in Charlotte. Gerald Henderson was the star of the show, scoring 35 points and going perfect from the free throw line. Henderson is averaging just a little over 16 points per game in March and 19 points per game in his last five. Henderson and Kemba Walker will have an interesting matchup tonight against the super-athletic DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

One player Bobcats fans probably weren’t expecting to get production out of is Josh McRoberts. The former Duke Bluedevil has started the last two games for Charlotte, and had 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Celtics Tuesday.

McRoberts had a few crowd-pleasing dunks and has provided an active presence in the frontcourt. It’s similar to when Hakim Warrick, who McRoberts was dealt for, provided the Bobcats with a temporary spark during a time the Bobcats were battling injuries. McRoberts is averaging 6.2 points per game and shooting 49% from the field in nine games with Charlotte.

The Raptors are 25-40 this season and have been dealing with injuries to some of their most notable players. Earlier this week it was announced forward Andrea Bargnani would miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury. The much-maligned Italian was the subject of trade rumors at the NBA’s trade deadline, but ultimately was not moved.

Since the arrival of Rudy Gay, Bargnani’s time with the Raptors seems all but over, as he’s been demoted to a bench role. Without Bargnani, the Raptors have been playing improved basketball and are one of the more exciting teams to watch.

Gay’s been a big reason for that, despite his low shooting percentages and efficiency. Gay’s given the Raptors an athletc shot creator they haven’t had in a while. His presence on the floor has benefitted the Raptors and provided hope for them as a playoff team going forward. This will be the Bobcats first meeting against this sort of new-look Raptors team, after splitting two games with them earlier in the season.

The Bobcats will be looking for their first back-to-back wins since November 19 and 21 of 2012.


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