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Old 04-07-2011, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Smith: Are the Raps shedding the soft label?

The little contretemps between James Johnson and Joey Graham – which was an absolute “much ado about nothing” thing as the guy once wrote – got me to thinking.

Is this still a “soft” team?

I don’t think so, I thought they have had had a bit of an undeserved reputation in the past but this group does seem to play hard and, when necessary, a bit physical.

That said, the flagrant foul on Johnson was just the fourth by a Raptor this season.

The others? Two by Jerryd and one by – ta-da! – David Andersen.

Do you think that Joey Graham knew James Jones is like some sixth degree black belt when he kind of tried to get at him after a flagrant foul?

I’m thinking not.

Of course, everyone made sure there were like seven guys in between the would-be combatants because that’s what they do when alleged “rough stuff” starts in the NBA.
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