Daily Raptor Dish - 02.12.09
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Hey Hedo, what happened to being clutch?

Hedo Turkoglu has a reputation as being a clutch player.
Unfortunately for the Raptors last night, the big Turk was less than Mr. Clutch.
A series of missed-shots and a foul in the final 40 seconds of the game by the club's prized off-season acquisition resulted in the Washington Wizards'106-102 win

It's getting ugly

The Raptors were singing the fourth-quarter blues last night and, in the end, the result was the same old song.
Another loss, their fourth in a row. The Raptors are now 7-12 on the season with the next three games on the road, including tonight against the tough Atlanta Hawks.
The story of last night's 106-102 loss to the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre was a collapse down the stretch and the team's continued problems on the defensive end of the floor. The game marked the 10th consecutive time a Raptors opponent has reached triple-digits in scoring.
While two of Washington's big guns, Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas stepped up in a big way in the final 12 minutes, scoring 10 and 12 points respectively, and the Wizards out-scored Toronto 34-25, Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu shot a collective 2-for-13 for the Raptors in the quarter.
Jay Triano certainly looked the part of a beaten head coach after the game.

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NBA dunk legend Spud Webb, who is listed at 5-foot-7 but may be 5-foot-5, took part in a kids' dunk contest at the end of the first quarter.
A number of Raptors will be on hand at the Washington D.C. Armoury tomorrow afternoon, joining members of the Wizards, NBAPA executive director Billy Hunter and other dignitaries to distribute food, clothes and toys to area residents in need. The event, called 'The Miracle in the Nation's Capital', is hoping to reach 10,000 D.C. families.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertaiment Ltd. officially launched its new charitable arm yesterday, the MLSEL Team Up Foundation, combining the former charitable activities of all four MLSEL-owned teams, the Raptors, Maple Leafs, Toronto FC and the Marlies, all into one organization. Canadian Sports Hall of Famer and Lou Marsh Award winner Bruce Kidd will lead the foundation.

Clutch plays go missing for Raptors

A missed boxout, a crucial turnover and more missed jumpers than many would care to count.
It was hardly the greatest night of Hedo Turkoglu's career, but his failures in the clutch Tuesday night have in no way diminished his role with the Raptors in the eyes of his coaches or teammates.
If the opportunity presents itself, he'll get an opportunity to redeem himself Wednesday in Atlanta.
"I'm not going to take the ball out of his hands," coach Jay Triano said after Toronto dropped a 106-102 decision to the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre, the team's fourth loss in a row.

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Third quarter, about three and a half minutes left, Raps down two and charging and I’m watching Marco pretty much wrestle Brendan Haywood about 20 feet away from the play while yelling at the refs to make sure they saw what was going on.
Hacking Haywood on purpose? First time I’ve seen that from these guys and it struck me as an odd strategy to employ.
Guess it kind of worked because Haywood only made one of two free throws but they never did it again and it seemed to absolutely come out of nowhere.

Raptors drop fourth in a row

The Toronto Raptors’ Mr. Fourth Quarter was anything but.
Hedo Turkoglu, the Raptors’ high-profile off-season free-agent signing was supposed to provide the Raptors attack a focal point in the stretch of close games.
Last night Turkoglu was the focal point of an attack that could do little right in the final moments as the Raptors fumbled to a 106-102 loss at the hands of the Washington Wizards in front of just 15,776 at the Air Canada Centre.
Trailing by five with 30 seconds to play, the Raptors came out of a timeout and gave the ball to the 6-foot-10 Turkish forward. He secured his mouthpiece in place, stood at the top of the key and drove left with an eye toward scoring or drawing the defence to him so he could make a pass.
Instead he pulled up and saw the ball slip from his fingers and straight up into the air where he could only flail for it

Raptors off-target in fourth straight loss

When the Toronto Raptors spent in excess of US$50-million on Hedo Turkoglu during the off-season, there was a purpose. The 30-year-old forward might seem a bit old for a five-year commitment, but he was supposed to finally provide Chris Bosh some relief in the fourth quarter.
Nineteen games into the season, and there has been precious little return on the Raptors' investment.
Turkoglu's latest off night had him go 1-for-7 in the fourth quarter -- and that one make came on an inconsequential shot at the buzzer -- as the Raptors fell apart offensively. The result was a 106-102 loss, Toronto's fourth straight.

Wizards 106, Raptors 102

Haywood also had a great game, with one glaring exception -- free throws. But I'll get to that later. First, you have to look at what Haywood did defensively on Bosh. Bosh finished with 22 points, but he missed 15 of his 22 shots. And, in the fourth quarter, Bosh was just 1 of 6, with Haywood contesting everything Bosh put up, adding a vicious block that sent Bosh crashing into the cameramen along the baseline, rubbing his head.

"He did a good job," Jamison said. "Brendan, every time we play him, has always done a good job as far as making it difficult for him and really making it tough to shoot over him. He's physical and can match up with that as well. But, the guy is what he is. It's definitely tough to play against him, and he's one of my favorite players to watch - not play against though. But I definitely like having a teammate like Brendan when going against him."

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