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The Sun

Short-handed Raptors probably have to go small

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Already without Chris Bosh -- who is expected to miss his third consecutive game with a groin injury tonight when the Charlotte Bobcats visit the Air Canada Centre -- the Raps are not planning on having Andrea Bargnani available.
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On top of those injuries, coach Sam Mitchell said T.J. Ford's participation tonight was up in the air. Ford has played sparingly in two games since returning form a stinger he suffered five games ago in Dallas.
A big month ahead

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Road wins are going to be key this month with tonight's game against Charlotte one of just five they'll have at the Air Canada Centre until the calendar year turns.

That means 11 road games, seven of them in another time zone, including three on the west coast.
Duncan to have MRI

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San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan bruised his right knee and sprained his right ankle yesterday in the second quarter of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Toronto Star

Ford tries to make hero out of a goat

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When Graham belaboured a move from the high post, Ford was relentless in his teasing: "How many dribbles is it going to take!" the point guard said. (The answer, sadly, was five).

When Graham went to the same-old fake Ford had seen too many times, Ford hollered: "He ain't got no moves!"

And on it went. Teammates tried to encourage Graham: "Dunk on his ass, Joey!" said Juan Dixon. And the tone of the proceedings got heated enough that at least one Raptor expressed concern.
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It was hard to tell how Graham took the grilling. If total emasculation in front of one's teammates and three newspaper reporters is an effective coaching technique, expect him to have a breakout game next time he touches the floor. Given the health of the club's starting frontline, that moment could come as soon as tonight against the Bobcats, who've lost five straight games.

"Just trying to improve my teammates," said Ford afterwards. "It's basketball talk. Just play smart. Don't be mechanical. And just understand what's your advantage and what's not your advantage in certain scenarios. ... I'm just trying to help him so if he can get that opportunity to get in, I can help him maximize it."
'Bama high school rivalry begins anew

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They'll both be on an NBA court, together for the first time, tonight, Jamario and Gerald, the two old nemeses whose hometowns are separated by, in Moon's estimation, "25 miles of red dirt and trees." It's certainly been a relative eon coming. While Moon, the starting small forward for the Toronto Raptors, is a 27-year-old NBA rookie who navigated the minor leagues before his ongoing moment of glory, Wallace, the starting small forward for the Charlotte Bobcats, is a seventh-year veteran.
Covers

Bobcats at Raptors

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Chris Bosh has missed the last two games for the Toronto Raptors, and his team has split those contests. With the way the Charlotte Bobcats have been playing, the Raptors might be able rest their star forward again.

Toronto will try to bounce back from a loss as it hosts the Charlotte Bobcats, who are looking to avoid a six-game losing streak, on Monday.
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