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Raptors' revelation


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For a day, the Raptors defence will rest.
Even the harshest critic would have to admit they have earned it.
At the same time, that same critic would have to be puzzled by the sudden transformation.
How does a team go from giving up 146 points one night in Atlanta to limiting opponents on back-to-back nights to the fewest points the Raps have allowed all season?
On Friday in Washington, the Wizards expended so much energy getting back in the game after a 17-point first quarter that they had little left in overtime.
Here in Chicago, the following night, the Raps clamped the Bulls from the opening tip and never let up, holding them to 78 points -- a season low for a Raptors opponent.
That was the first time in 13 games the Raps had held an opponent under 100 points. In no season before that had they gone as many as nine without keeping an opponent from triple-digit scoring.
The Raptors came into the Chicago game giving up, on average, 110.8 points a night and dropped that average by a full point and a half.








Depth helps Raptors right ship


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Marco Belinelli came off a screen, driving down the centre of the lane when he spied Amir Johnson making a smart cut along the baseline.
In the split second it took for Johnson's defender to move almost imperceptibly toward Belinelli to help out, the Raptors guard made one of his quick, little bounce passes to Johnson, who caught the ball and finished at the rim.
It's the kind of play the Raptors need every night from their backups, the kind of production, energy, efficiency and heady play that is going to help them when the starters suffer inevitable lapses.
And if they keep getting that kind of effort, the kind of play that led to 48 points from subs in a ridiculously easy 110-78 win in Chicago on Saturday, things may indeed get turned around for the 9-13 Raptors.
"We're a team and everybody has to be ready to play," said Chris Bosh, who rested the whole fourth quarter in the rout of the Bulls. "When any of our teammates gets out there, we need to push each other."

Raptors Blog by Doug Smith


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Q: Hey Doug! In the throes of the current Raps' defensive woes, let's get constructive:
Who are the top 5 defenders ever to play for the Raps?
What was the best ever Raps' defensive line up (doesn't have to be all starters --- just a plausible line-up that was together at the same time)?
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A: My top five:
Doug Christie, Alvin Robertson, Marcus Camby, Oak and, you know, Antonio Davis was pretty solid when he was here. And I think you’d have to have Alvin Williams in the conversation, too.
The plausible lineup would be from the best season in franchise history, the one that won a playoff series because you could put out Oak, AD, Alvin, Keon Clark (a good help side defender because he was so long) and even Chris Childs could get after it back in those days.





Good things come in threes


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Having recaptured a measure of their mojo with back-to-back wins against the Washington Wizards – barely – and the Chicago Bulls – by a landslide – the Toronto Raptors get a chance to stretch their streak to a season-high three consecutive victories with a home game against Minnesota tomorrow. With the 3-17 Timberwolves sporting the NBA's second-worst record, you'd have to fancy the Raptors' chances, but the only guarantee with Jay Triano's team these days – other than lackadaisical defence – is unpredictability.





First-Quarter Letdowns


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The Raptors' two wins on the weekend have quieted the alarmists for now, but there is still reason to think it could be an ugly year in Toronto. The Raptors are allowing a league-worst 113.5 points per 100 possessions. And with every losing streak, the Chris Bosh-will-bolt talk will intensify.

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The bizarre world of US sport


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Bottom line -- we will never understand US sport. And one weekend of activity sums up exactly why.

We can just about cope with all those stats, the bizarre team names, the endless cheerleading and refusal to accept "soccer" as the finest game created by man. We can deal with that. Just.

But what we can't comprehend is allowing an opponent to tie his shoelace, mid-basketball match, just before he takes a shot. That's what happened when the Toronto Raptors (roooar!) and the Chicago Bulls (mooo!) played each other.

Raptors Guard Jarrett Jack received a pass before noticing his shoelace untied. While holding the ball he bent down and calmly tied it up as his opponents watched on. Check out the footage. Most baffling of all is the reaction of Luol Deng, the Bulls player closest to Jack, who allows it to happen. Silly, silly Americans!

What's that? Deng is a Brit? Oh balls. Well at least he didn't stand completely stationary like the American footballer in the second clip. Enjoy both bits of footage after the jump.



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she looks bored/hot.

Huskies day... isnt that tomorrow?
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Huskies day... isnt that tomorrow?
supposed to be during the Wolves game, is that tomorrow?
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supposed to be during the Wolves game, is that tomorrow?
yep... december 8th.
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she looks bored/hot.

Huskies day... isnt that tomorrow?
She's smiling in some of the other pitcures, but her big, round...eyes aren't as prominently displayed.
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She's smiling in some of the other pitcures, but her big, round...eyes aren't as prominently displayed.
good choice of photo then acie....
her big round... eyes are spectacular!
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yep... december 8th.
first time the Raps get 2 days off so they can prepare for the mighty Wolves
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