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Daily Raptor Dish - 16.12.10

Bulls D chokes Raptors

Perhaps the Raptors are the wrong team to base such a declaration on, but if there were any doubts Bulls head coach Tom Thibedeau would bring his stifling Celtics defence to Chicago, there aren't now.
Although the absence of Andrea Bargnani — not to mention a fourth consecutive game without Jose Calderon — played into it, the Bulls under Thibedeau’s tutelage made scoring for the Raptors a real battle in a 110-93 loss Wednesday night.
Only a 29-point fourth quarter against a lineup almost exclusively of Bulls backups made this one even close.
Nothing comes easy against the Bulls, not with Thibedeau patrolling the sideline, barking out coverages and switches in a raspy growl that always seems on the verge of snapping a vocal chord or two.
The same physical don’t-mess-with-us swagger brought to Boston is on full display in Chicago. For the Raptors, it meant a lot of physical pounding and very little to show for it.
Point guard Jerryd Bayless was taking this loss particularly hard.
“It’s embarrassing,” Bayless said. “I don’t like it. I’m not used to it and I’m not going to stand for it. We all have to get better.”
Not even the fact that the Raptors ran out the youngest starting five in team history took any of the sting.
“Yeah, and it showed too,” Bayless said. “I think they bullied us. They ran whatever they wanted to run. They did whatever they wanted to do.”

Injury bug bites Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani bobblehead night ran into a bit of a snag.
The main man had to beg off with injury.
Bargnani was scratched from the opening lineup Wednesday night because of a sore left knee.
“It was bothering him (Tuesday) morning and he played (Tuesday),” Raptors head coach Jay Triano said.
“(Wednesday) he’s worse and can’t go. He’s going to be evaluated by the
doctors (last) night and I’m not sure what their next step of action will be after that.”

No Bargnani, no Calderon, no victory: Raps lose 110-93 to Bulls

Carlos Boozer scored a season-best 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls won their seventh game in a row Wednesday, 110-93 over the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors, who have lost six of their past seven games, were without centre Andrea Bargnani. He sat out with a sore left knee, a problem that has been bothering him for the past two weeks.
Starting point guard Jose Calderon also missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore left foot.
Leandro Barbosa led Toronto with 21 points off the bench. Jerryd Bayless added 20 and DeMar DeRozan and Joey Dorsey each chipped in with 12.
Luol Deng added 19 points for Chicago, Kyle Korver had 13 off the bench and Joakim Noah scored 11 to go with 11 rebounds.

Youngest Raptors lineup in franchise history beaten by Bulls, 110-93

History was made at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night, dubious though it may be.
Missing starters Jose Calderon (foot) and Andrea Bargnani (knees), the Raptors started the youngest lineup in franchise history in what turned into a 110-93 spanking administered by the Chicago Bulls in front of 17,750 spectators.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jerryd Bayless, 22 years, 117 days; DeMar DeRozan, 21 years, 130 days; Amir Johnson, 23 years, 228 days; Sonny Weems, 24 years, 160 days; and Ed Davis, 21 years, 19 days, represent the youngest starting five ever, averaging 22 years, 239 days.
The previous record-holders? Tracy McGrady, John Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Marcus Camby and Doug Christie on March 22, 1998, a group that averaged 23 years, 95 days.
Surprised Toronto trailed by as many as 29 points and lost its second straight? Coach Jay Triano really wasn’t.
“That’s part of what we’re trying to do, keep these guys going and develop them and make them better basketball players,” he said. “You get a test when you go up against some of the better teams and that’s one of the better teams in the East.”

Bulls, Boozer light up Raptors

With Bargnani sitting courtside in a navy blue suit, rookie forward Ed Davis got his first start of his professional career. “I’m just going to come in and do what I do and try to help the team,” Davis said before the game.
The opportunity came on a night when the Raptors faced one of the most powerful front courts in the league.
A charging Carlos Boozer added a game- and season-high 34 points, contributing 20 points and eight rebounds in the first half to steer the Bulls to a 19-point lead. The Bulls also dominated the boards, pulling in 13 rebounds to the Raptors’ six in the first half, and 28-19 total.
Davis was paired up against Noah most of the night, and Raptors coach Jay Triano seemed happy with his defensive effort. “NO! That’s called straight up!” Triano shouted at a referee who called Davis for his first personal foul against Boozer. To Davis he added: “Good job.”
Davis contributed 10 rebounds and 10 points, including a satisfying dunk early in the game.

Bulls healthy enough to give Raptors a dose

This time around, the Toronto Raptors did not catch a break.
Because of injuries, the Raptors this season have missed having to play against the likes of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. The Chicago Bulls did not oblige in the same way.
Joakim Noah, with an injured right thumb destined for surgery, played through pain. Derrick Rose, the electric point guard who counts his wrist, hip and elbow among his sore body parts, also suited up.
“There’s a difference between hurting and being injured,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “If they’re hurting, we want them to play. If they’re injured, we want them to sit.”
The stars played, and the Bulls rolled to a 110-93 victory at the Air Canada Centre.
“It just shows how much heart he has,” Raptors rookie Ed Davis added about Noah, who will undergo surgery Thursday that could keep him out of the lineup for 10 weeks. “Some guys in the league, they just pack it in and don’t want to do anything. But him, like you said, he is having surgery and he is still playing.”
It was made easier by the fact that the Raptors played without star Andrea Bargnani. The big man did not dress, plagued by soreness in both knees. Officially, pain in his left knee kept him out of the lineup.
So, then, the question will be asked: Is Bargnani hurt, or is he injured? Bargnani’s knees certainly looked to be bothering him on Tuesday night — he was particularly listless in an ugly loss to Charlotte.

Boozer scores 34 to lead Bulls to 110-93 victory

Carlos Boozer didn't just score 34 points and 12 rebounds in only 26 minutes to help lead the Bulls to a 110-93 victory, their seventh straight, over the Raptors Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre.

He offered hope for how to return from hand surgery.

Granted, Joakim Noah isn't the offensive threat Boozer is. But on a night Noah said he will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and miss up to 10 weeks, the Bulls need any positive news they can get.

"We knew they had a mismatch problem with me," Boozer said. "So they just kept feeding me and I kept trying to be aggressive."

The Raptors, who trailed by as many as 29, played without Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Peja Stojakovic. All Bulls starters save for Luol Deng, who played six minutes, sat for the entire fourth quarter.

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Sunshine Girl - 16.12.10

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