Posted February 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
Precious little has gone right for the Toronto Raptors at home. For the Charlotte Bobcats, the positives have been fewer and further between regardless of venue as they head into Friday night's game at Air Canada Centre trying to snap a franchise-record 16-game losing streak. Charlotte (3-26) is winless since beating Golden State 112-100 on Jan. 14, and its 10 road losses during the skid have come by an average of 16.2 points. The most recent defeat there came Wednesday night, a 102-90 loss to Minnesota in which the Bobcats allowed 54 points in the paint while the Timberwolves shot 50.6 percent. "Some nights it's embarrassing, especially when we lose by a lot," rookie Kemba Walker said. "No one likes to lose by that many points." Walker, the ninth overall pick, is third on the team with 13.1 points per game. D.J. Augustin - averaging 13.4 points - had nine off the bench in his first action after missing 11 games with an inflamed big toe. The Bobcats, however, are still without injured swingman Gerald Henderson, who leads the team with 15.0 points per game. A loss would make the Bobcats the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games, though they are still quite a distance from Cleveland's league-record 26-game skid from last season. "Everybody wants to make history but you don't want to make history that way," guard Matt Carroll said. "You don't want to be that team." The Raptors, though, may be that team the Bobcats want to play. Charlotte won all four meetings last season, with Augustin averaging 18.5 points and 6.3 assists while committing just three turnovers. Toronto (9-22) is 1-4 on its current seven-game homestand and 4-10 there overall, having dropped the last three. Having been overwhelmed by Linsanity in losing on a last-second 3-pointer Tuesday by the New York Knicks guard, the Raptors had no answer for another star point guard the following night when Tony Parker had 34 points and 14 assists in Toronto's 113-106 loss. One of the problems for the Raptors has been finding healthy quality players. Leading scorer Andrea Bargnani - averaging 23.5 points - likely will miss his 19th game in the last 21 with a strained left calf, while Jerryd Bayless (ankle) and Linas Kleiza (knee) - both scoring in double figures at 11.3 and 10.7 points per game, respectively - are questionable for this game. There were positives in Wednesday's loss, however. DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 29 points, and Toronto's shortened bench contributed 45 as Rasual Butler, Ed Davis and Anthony Carter all reached double figures. "Our bench did a great job," coach Dwane Casey said. "Everyone that came in competed and played hard. Now, we have to find a closing group to close the game. And it goes back to being healthy." Despite the spate of injuries, Toronto's offense has functioned well, shooting at least 47.4 percent during the three-game skid. The Raptors, though, have been outscored 55-30 at the foul line in that span.
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