Raptors vs Bobcats - GameDay Preview: Can the Dinos dominate the ‘Cats for the second time in matter of a week?

Gay will be key against the Bobcats - John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Last week the Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Bobcats handily at the Air Canada Centre. This time around, the Raptors are on the road, looking for another convincing win.

In what could be the most anticipated matchup of the entire season, the Raptors are looking to bounce back from yet another fourth quarter collapse when they face the Bobcats on Tuesday.

There's been no shortage to the list of disappointments that this season has provided for the Raps, including when Andrea Bargnani was fouled on a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation last time they visited Charlotte. That moment still stands out as one of the opportunities that should've been capitalized on, but it's a thing of the past. Prior to losing to the streaking Heat, Amir Johnson and the Raps handled the ‘Cats 92-78. Seeing as Bargs will not be in the picture come tip-off Wednesday night, Toronto will look to defeat the league's worst team for a much-needed win.

Three keys:

1) Rudy Gay: Coming off an impressive showing against the defending champions, Gay looked comfortable leading the surge and being one of the few small forwards to consistently go at LeBron James for the majority of the game. Gay finished with 27 points and at times seemed virtually unstoppable off of the dribble. Tuesday, he must impose his will against Charlotte, regardless of their 15-52 record.

2) The Backcourt - DeMar DeRozan & Kyle Lowry: Throughout many key stretches this season, the Raps' backcourt has simply not brought enough consistently to aid their team. The tandem combined to go 5-for-24 from the floor against Miami, helping the Heat more than the Raptors. Since Calderon's departure, Lowry has failed to live up to the expectations placed on him as a starting point guard.

3) Play Collective Team Basketball: Rallying to come back and trim a deficit to three against the most complete team in the league while only dishing out 15 assists on 94 field goal attempts will not cut it through four quarters. With the exception of Amir Johnson, who racked up 18 points and rebounds respectively, there hasn't been a significant sense of urgency among the team to play consistently as a unit. The team is familiar with the ‘Cats roster, but there's never a good excuse not to capitalize and have a night-off in the association.

Brandon Graham

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