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Daily Raptor Dish - 02.04.10
Feschuk: This Raptor friendship is a slam dunk
Raptors Blog by Doug Smith
DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems, the Raptors' wingmen who double as best friends, met this past summer in Los Angeles. And though they both had recently become members of Toronto's NBA team, neither knew who the other was.
Heck, almost nobody knew who Weems was. Raptorland's unlikely late-season hero, who recently snatched a spot in the starting lineup in a recent shakeup that saw DeRozan demoted to the bench, barely played for the Nuggets last season as a rookie. And he'd had the rare distinction of being traded twice in the summer of 2009 – once from Denver to Milwaukee and again from Milwaukee to Toronto.
And Weems, apparently, didn't watch June's NBA draft, where DeRozan, the ninth overall pick, was made an instant multi-millionaire when he was selected by Canada's team.
Still, in their first workout together, DeRozan figured he could get used to matching up against Weems in practice.
"He was so out of shape," DeRozan was saying of Weems on Thursday. "I was killing Sonny."
Weems, hearing his recounting, waved a dismissive hand. He pointed out that, having been in limbo all summer thinking his hoops career might soon be taking him to Europe because NBA teams seemed nonplussed, he hadn't been diligent about his offseason training.
"He wasn't killing me," Weems said of DeRozan. "He just caught me at a bad time."
Schedule down stretch favours Raptors
He’s not exactly a shell of his former self but, as a few of you have mentioned, Chris Bosh is a bit smaller than he was at the start of the season.
I asked him about his weight the other night, and how much of the extra bulk he had when the season began that he’d lost.
He told me he’s down about 10 pounds since opening night, which seems about right just looking at him. Maybe it’s 12 or 14 but it’s right around there.
Pretty predictable, too.
The season is long and tiring, there isn’t as much time to hit the weight room or get in extra workouts and diets do take a bit of a hit what with all the travelling and nice catered airplane meals.
I imagine everyone loses weight during an NBA season – except some of us grunts, of course – and Bosh is just going through the normal progression.
Still looked not bad putting up 34 the other night.
Sixers limping to season's end
The arithmetic of getting to the NBA playoffs seems straightforward for the Toronto Raptors .
With eight games left in a 12-day span, for both the Raptors and the Chicago Bulls, and a two-game lead in the race for the last payoff spot, it should come down to who has the most comfortable schedule – and that favours Toronto.
“We have to stay solid in what we do, definitely not fall into bad habits, like not playing hard,” said Chris Bosh, eyeing the next two games the Raptors have against non-playoff teams, at Philadelphia Saturday and at home to Golden State Sunday. “There’s tons of things to look after on defence – closing out, blocking, rebounding, boxing out. We want to keep winning on our minds and know what position we are in. I don’t care if we’re playing a Little League team, we’re going to try and win the game.”
Coming off a 114-92 trouncing of the hapless Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, the Raptors opened up a two-game lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bosh scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani added 21 points but the surprise the night was the eight-for-eight perfection from the floor of Sonny Weems, who got a starting assignment four games ago and took advantage to make an impression. The entire team shot an impressive 61 per cent from the floor.
“You can’t get too comfortable because you can always slide back down,” Weems said. “Last year I wasn’t even a player, I was in a suit. Today, I count my blessings. You’ve made it, but you haven’t made it. My goal is to be one of the best players in the league. You can’t get overconfident. An injury could happen at any time.”
The 76ers are, literally and figuratively, limping to this season's finish line.
On Wednesday night, in a 103-84 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Sixers dressed only nine players, missing four - Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, Rodney Carney and Francisco Elson - because of injury.
Swingman Andre Iguodala, who hasn't missed a game all season, is battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot and has been visibly hobbled during games. In the third quarter of Wednesday night's loss, Iguodala turned a wide-open transition slam - usually an occasion for an eye-popping dunk - into a just-barely finish.
The medical staff has advised Sixers coach Eddie Jordan to monitor Iguodala's minutes.
The Sixers, 26-49, have lost two games in a row and trailed by 20-plus points in both.
The team did not practice Thursday but returns to the practice court Friday in advance of Saturday afternoon's game against the Toronto Raptors at the Wachovia Center.
Sunshine Girl - 02.04.10
RF Girl of the Day - Sarah Jackson
Let's hear it for Kesha! This Scorpio loves competitive cheerleading but is hoping to become a dental hygenist.