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The Weekly Rap, March 6th-12th: Rest and Recover

Luckily for the Raps, they won’t play until Wednesday after Saturday’s disappointment in Milwaukee.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Raptors laid a stinker of a game on Saturday night, completely disappearing after the 1st quarter. But I didn’t watch any of that, as my eyes were on a basketball game on the campus of Carleton University where some history was made:

Reynolds and my Ryerson Rams knocked off Woodley’s Carleton Ravens for the second straight season in the OUA Final, this time doing it on the Ravens home floor and handing them their first loss to Canadian competition this season. My dudes Adika Peter-McNeilly and Manny Diressa (now officially known as the Regent Park Reaper, spread the word) led the way for the Rams, who will now enter this coming weekend’s Final 8 National Championship as the #1 seed for the second consecutive season. If you get a chance to watch this weekend on SN360, you won’t be disappointed, as Canadian University hoops are at an all-time high from a quality standpoint right now.

But anyway, back to the Raptors.

Mar. 8th @ NOP

Mardi Gras has been the only partying in NOLA, as Boogie and the Brow haven’t exactly meshed too well to begin their co-existence in the Pelican front court. Cousins has been a Raptor killer, but the lack of depth on the New Orleans side might come back to bite them against the Raps stable of guards. Toronto wins by 6.

Mar. 10th @ ATL

In a game that’s much more important now then it seemed just a few weeks ago, it would be in Toronto’s favour to keep the season series advantage over the Hawks by taking this one at the highlight factory. Although I will say, Tim Hardaway Jr. 20+ point outbursts have given me a huge boost in the Republic vs. HQ blogger fantasy league, so I can’t complain if young Timmy gets hot. Also, let’s hope Jose Calderon gets to play. Let’s go Raptors by more than 10.

Mar. 11th @ MIA

The back-to-back brings the Raps to South Beach and Waiters Island, where James Johnson will be engaging in Tae Bo. Something in my gut says this could be a painful loss, and Hassan Whiteside has a monster night. Heat by 7.

All in all, a 2-1 week for the Raptors. But what’s your prediction?