Daily Raptor Dish - 06.12.09
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Going on the defensive

How again did this Raptors team give up 146 points?
For the second night in a row, and in even more dominant fashion, the Raptors put distance between themselves and that shockingly indifferent performance three nights earlier in Atlanta by putting a pasting of their own on the hometown Bulls by a score of 110-78 for their ninth win and second in three games on this trip.
The 78 points were a season-low for a Raptors opponent, beating easily the mark of 89 which Raps foes hit twice, in Los Angeles against the Clippers and in the first game against the Bulls at the Air Canada Centre.
The fact that last night's win came on the end of a back-to-back, not a Raptors strong suit with four consecutive losses in those situations, only made it sweeter.

DeRozan's talents shining

DeMar DeRozan's days of settling and sitting back appear to be over.
The Raptors' ninth overall selection in last year's draft arrived with a Vince Carter-like reputation for high-flying athletics and is starting to show that ability on a nightly basis.
Bulls centre Brad Miller was on the receiving end of both of DeRozan's highlight-reel plays last night in a game in which DeRozan scored all of his 11 points in the first quarter to get the Raptors rolling.
The highlight reel began with a lob from Jose Calderon that Miller appeared to anticipate. But just before it went into Miller's hands, DeRozan floated into the picture and snatched the ball and threw it down in one motion.
DeRozan credited some rudimentary Spanish lessons from Calderon for the perfectly executed alley-oop.
"I think it's because he taught me how to speak Spanish," DeRozan said. "He knows when I say 'amigo' that means we're going for the lob. The chemistry is getting better and better every time out there."



The chains (self-imposed or otherwise) appear to be coming off Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan. He and Jose Calderon have turned that lob from the high into a thing of beauty as Brad Miller found out last night when DeRozan got behind him and floated in for the easy dunk. Minutes later it was Miller again, this time getting posterized on a DeRozan driving dunk.
With the exception of Chris Bosh, the most consistent Raptor this season has been Amir Johnson. He brings the same energy and hustle every night. Unfortunately, he also brings a penchant for multiple fouls. Last night was no exception as Johnson was in the game for only a minute in the first quarter before he had to sit down with two fouls.
For the second night in a row, the Raptors broke the season low for points by an opponent in the first quarter. On Friday in Washington, the Wizards managed 17. Last night, the Bulls were held to 16

Raptors take Bulls by horns

Forget this practice stuff, all the Raptors may do from now on is hold 45-minute soul-cleansing meetings to get themselves ready for games.
Responding with a second successive solid outing after a mid-week debacle, they crushed the Bulls 110-78 here Saturday night for a second win in as many nights.
It's the first time since November 2007 that the Raptors have won back-to-back road games and ends an emotional stretch of four games in five nights on a high.

Raptors Blog by Doug Smith

Let’s say the Raptors were playing, oh, the Celtics in Toronto and they were getting drilled by 30 and Rajon Rondo was holding the ball just over halfcourt when he bent down to tie his shoes.
And let’s say no Raptor was even interested enough to get up on him and try to steal the ball or foul him or do something that showed even the least bit of fight.
Can you imagine what it’d be like in these parts today?

Basics never out of style with Triano

Basketball Basics: How To Play Like The Pros, by Jay Triano (Greystone, 80 pages, $17.95)

It is right there in black and white – Chapter 3: Playing defense. It should be required reading for all of the Toronto Raptors, who have been struggling in all facets of the game under head coach Jay Triano, but especially on defence (notably this book by Triano, published in Canada, uses the American spellings throughout).
Coaching and competing at the NBA level, obviously, is the apex of the game. This slim, soft-covered volume, full of photos and simplification, is aimed squarely at the grassroots, accessible to young readers. But still, how often have you heard pro players and coaches say: "We have to get back to the basics."
Triano has solid credentials, having played for Canada for 11 years then gone on to be the national team's head coach as well as an assistant with the U.S. select team. The first Canadian-born coach in the NBA, he's had mixed success since replacing Sam Mitchell as the head man with the Raptors

Raptors and CB4 clobber Bulls

Chris Bosh figured after a short work night, he might as well go shopping. No need to stay home and rest, he is feeling fine.
Bosh had 25 points and 12 rebounds over 22 minutes and the Toronto Raptors made quick work of the Chicago Bulls in a 110-78 victory on Saturday night.
“It feels like I might be able to have a choice in doing something tomorrow, other than just recover,” he said. “Maybe, I'll go to the mall or something.”
Bosh accomplished plenty in his limited time. And so did the Raptors.
Coming off an overtime victory in Washington on Friday that snapped a five-game losing streak, Toronto had it easy this time.
The Raptors led 37-16 after the first quarter, with Bosh again leading the way after scoring 31 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the night before.

Bosh dominates, Raptors rip Bulls 110-78

Bosh set the tone, scoring on a layup and swatting one by Rose in the opening minute of a dominant first quarter that saw the Raptors build a 21-point lead. DeMar DeRozan added all of his 11 in the period, including an alley-oop from Calderon, and the Raptors converted 12 of 21 shots.
The Bulls, meanwhile, kept settling for jumpers and were 5 of 17. Throw in six of their 14 turnovers and it added up to one of their ugliest quarters this season.
"We have a chance to be a good defensive team," Bosh said. "It's just all about effort and work."

Sleepwalking Chicago Bulls embarrassed 110-78

During a first-quarter timeout, the video scoreboard showed a new spoof of mail-order TV ads featuring players singing bad 1980s songs in disco outfits.

Here's all you need to know about the, um, effort of the Bulls Saturday night: Kirk Hinrich's rendition of Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' dreadful ballad "Up Where We Belong" didn't mark the evening's low point.

The Bulls did a sleepwalk through a positively atrocious performance, succumbing meekly 110-78 to the Raptors before a crowd of 20,481 at the United Center that even booed sluggishly.

If LeBron James was watching, he probably started dancing again.

That the Bulls came out flat at home, where they previously had been 5-1, was bad enough. Add in the fact the Raptors were playing their fourth game in five nights and coming off an overtime victory and words like unacceptable come to mind.

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