Matt Tierney - Raptors.com
Toronto (55-26) wraps up their regular season tonight in Brooklyn (21-60) at the Barclays Center. The Raptors have a chance to finish 30-games above .500 after defeating Philadelphia at home last night. The Nets have lost nine straight and will be hoping to close out their season on a positive note in front of their home fans.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Bojan Bogdanovich – The 31st pick in the 2011 draft has only played two seasons in the NBA but has provided Brooklyn with a reliable wing option and three-point threat. Bogdanovich also showed what he is capable of on offence, exploding for 44 points against the Sixers on March 15th. He enters tonight averaging 11 points and three rebounds on the year.
Terrence Ross</strong – While you know what you’re going to get on a nightly basis from players such as Lowry and DeRozan, a key component to Toronto’s playoff success will hinge on the play of the bench, specifically Ross. Alongside Patrick Patterson, Ross is relied upon to score the basketball and lately has done just that. He is averaging 12 points on 48% shooting over his past 10 games and seems to be in good form with the postseason just days away.
One more game.
It has been a memorable regular season filled with both good and challenging moments.
The challenging: Extended injury layoffs for both Jonas Valanciunas & DeMarre Carroll. The good: Where to begin...
23 road wins and 55 overall wins, both franchise records. NBA All-Star Weekend for the first time ever North of the Border. Two Raptors All-Stars. A win in London, England for the NBA Global Games. A successful inaugural season for D-League affiliate Raptors 905. The second overall seed in the East and a top 5 record in the NBA.
There were also some memorable personal achievements throughout the way. Bismack Biyombo hauled in a personal and franchise best 25 rebounds in Indiana. DeMar DeRozan passed Vince Carter for second all-time in the team’s scoring list and Dwane Casey became the winningest coach in franchise history.
Despite all these achievements there is still plenty of hard work to be done and once the playoffs commence this weekend, the coaching staff and players will know it’s a whole new ball game.
"We have one more game and then we really get locked in.” Kyle Lowry is ready.