Rockets in flight vs. Raptors
(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors conclude a three-game road trip tonight
when they travel to Houston and the Toyota Center to battle the Rockets.
The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors fell to 1-1 on the trek Monday when they
were downed by the San Antonio Spurs, 107-91. Rasho Nesterovic had 16 points
and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who had a two-game winning streak broken.
Rookie Andrea Bargnani tallied 17 points and Chris Bosh 14 for Toronto, which
lost the services of guard Anthony Parker in the second quarter due to a right
Parker was hurt when he landed on the foot of San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen with
4:55 remaining until halftime. Parker had to be helped to the locker room with
the Spurs ahead 49-30 at the time. He is questionable for tonight’s game.
Forward Jorge Garbajosa, who played against the Spurs and had eight points,
also finds himself questionable for tonight’s game because of a right knee
Toronto leads the Atlantic standings by 3 1/2 games over New Jersey and will
aim to improve its 11-18 mark on the road tonight. The Raptors return home on
Friday to host Milwaukee.
Houston was without the services of star guard Tracy McGrady on Monday, and
was defeated by lowly Boston, 77-72.
McGrady missed the game with flu-like symptoms and his absence was evident in
a lackluster offensive effort. Bonzi Wells, starting in place of McGrady,
scored 27 points and Juwan Howard had 12 points for Houston, which has lost
three of five.
The Rockets are still without center and leading scorer Yao Ming, while
McGrady is questionable tonight because of his illness.
Houston, which is currently fifth overall in the Western Conference, is 20-8
at the Toyota Center this year. The club will travel to Denver for a matchup
The Rockets are 9-2 all-time against the Raptors. Both of those setbacks came
last year as Toronto swept the two-game season series. The clubs are meeting
for the first time this season tonight.