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Toronto honours its roots

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The Raptors wore uniforms last night to honour the Toronto Huskies, the local team that played in the first ever Basketball Association of America game on Nov.1, 1946.
The BAA was the forerunner of the NBA. And though the Huskies folded after just one season, the Raptors franchise has kept the history alive, including a visit to last night's game at the Air Canada Centre by Gino Sovran, one of the original Huskies.
The Windsor native signed with the Huskies two weeks into the season, while taking a quarter off from his engineering studies at university. He appeared in all of six games. Sadly, Sovran, who now lives in the Detroit area, believes he is the last living player from that team.
He was one of two Canadians on the Huskies, along with fellow Windsor native Hank Biasatti, who also played first base in the major leagues in 1949 for the Philadelphia Athletics. Biasatti died in 1996



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DOWN A STARTER
Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani were among the early departures on practice on Monday but it was Jose Calderon, who could not go last night. Calderon tweaked his left hip Saturday night in Chicago and with the Raptors looking at back-to-back games, Calderon spent last night in street clothes. Both Bosh (head cold) and Bargnani (sore right ankle) were able to go.
FANS WILL TRAVEL
Timberwolves point guard Jonny Flynn, a Niagara Falls, N.Y., native was on the road but brought a little of home with him with a significant cheering section complete with their own banner which read "Jonny, in like Flynn." Flynn also starred for the Orangemen at Syracuse so the cheering section could have come from there.
TWICE AS NICE
Bosh needed just more than a half to rack up his league-leading 19th double-double of the season.
TROUBLE FROM DEEP
It has been 883 consecutive games with a three-point field goal for the Raptors but the streak was in jeopardy last night. Through three quarters, the Raps were a combined 0-for-13 from behind the arc. They finally make one with 4:31 remaining and finished the game 2-for 21.


Cool-hand Raptors


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Raptors head coach Jay Triano has been hounding his player all season to play better defence. And last night, wearing retro Toronto Huskies uniforms, they certainly did that.
Which was good, because the Raptors couldn't shoot, particularly from three-point range.
The Raptors hold the NBA record for most consecutive games with a three-point basket, with 883. The streak began on Feb. 26, 1999 against, ironically enough, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Last night, in a 94-88 victory over the 'Wolves, the Raptors were shooting 0-17 from beyond the arc, and were close to blowing the streak, when centre Andrea Bargnani nailed one with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Toronto ended up shooting 2-for-21 from three-point range and 32% from the field. But Triano was all smiles afterward, because his team kept Minnesota to 37% shooting and played hard, heading to the free-throw line a season high 48 times, converting on 40, also a high.
They also were aggressive on the boards, grabbing a season-high 54 rebounds.
"I think it's beautiful," said Triano, when asked about his team's "ugly" win. "I wouldn't take away any of the shots that we took. It seemed like there was a lid on the basket.



DeRozan takes slow route


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In the NBA's version of the tortoise and the hare, DeMar DeRozan is the tortoise and Brandon Jennings is the hare.

OK, that may be a stretch at this point. Jennings' name has been front and centre with rookie of the year talk since he dropped 55 points on the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 14.

DeRozan has had his share of highlight dunks but nothing close to the numbers Jennings (21.3 points a night) is putting up or the rookie hype.

But when the segment of the '09 rookie class that hails from Compton, Calif. -- all two of them -- get together tonight in Milwaukee, as far as DeRozan is concerned the race is just getting started.

Sure, Jennings has that 55 on his resume and is almost doubling DeRozan's average of 19 minutes a game, but if there is one thing DeRozan has learned about the NBA already, it's your body of work that defines you, not how you start.







Raptors' stingy D gets A


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Antoine Wright had hoisted 41 three-pointers over the course of this NBA season and had made just 11 when he found himself open in the corner of the Air Canada Centre court Tuesday night, his Raptors clinging to a two-point lead with about 63 seconds left in the game.
There was almost an audible gasp from the crowd as he let fly, and cheers a split second later.
In one of those classic, "No, no, no ... yes!" moments that pop up during the course of a season, Wright, a guy employed primarily for his defensive skills, had the game's biggest basket as the Raptors went on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-88 in a game that was at times gruesomely ugly. Or not.








Throwback Raptors win one ugly


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It was classic jersey night, and the Toronto Raptors went all out.
Not only did they wear the blue and white of the Toronto Huskies, the Raptors put on an old-school display of shooting and scoring, too.
In only one sense did the Raptors/Huskies fail to follow the throwback script: The latest incarnation won their matchup with the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 94-88 to extend their winning streak to three games and improve their overall mark to 10-13.
A steal and a breakaway dunk by Hedo Turkoglu and a three-pointer by Antoine Wright on consecutive possessions in the last 90 seconds helped salt away the game after Minnesota (3-19) had lopped away an 11-point third quarter lead.



Cold can't keep Bosh down


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Im happy to report that Chris Bosh is alive and well and will play tonight. I know this because I met him last night for an interview regarding his soon-to-be-released DVD First Ink. You may have heard that Bosh left practice early Monday because of a head cold and yes, I can confirm he had a head cold based on his groggy stuffed uppedness when I saw him. He went through shootaround this morning as did Andrea Bargnani who has been nursing a sore ankle.
You can debate the merits of your best player leaving practice early because hes not feeling well while fulfilling his various media obligations regarding his documentary DVD later in the evening all you wish. Not ideal, optically. But if having some serious extracurricular involvement is what it takes to light Boshs game on fire, the Raptors should encourage it.








Raptors get ugly win against woeful Timberwolves


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As the Toronto Raptors celebrated their latest win, a 94-88 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves, OutKast's 2003 mega-smash "Hey Ya!" pumped out of the Air Canada Centre's speakers.
"What's cooler than being cool?" Andre 3000, one half of the group, asks in the song's most memorable line. "Ice cold."
It was a fitting end to an ugly evening if you are at all passionate about offensive basketball, as these Raptors are. Toronto generally has no trouble scoring; against Minnesota, the Raptors shot 32%. The shooting of both teams was, well, ice cold.
With the club honouring Toronto's basketball past by wearing jersey's commemorating the Toronto Huskies' lone year in the NBA, 1946-47, the Raptors played as if they yearned for the days before the advent of the three-point line. The Raptors' NBA-record streak of games with at least one successful three-pointer extended to 883, but not until the 4:30 mark of the fourth quarter, when Andrea Bargnani drilled one.





Chris Bosh warns against the perils of over-confidence



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When the Toronto Raptors overcame a slow start to finally get back to .500 three seasons ago, then-Raptor Morris Peterson warned about over-confidence.

`We're obviously happy about that, but we don't want to stop there,'' Peterson said at the time. "You don't want to say, 'We're over .500.' You get fat and sassy.''

The case is similar with this edition of the Raptors. A week ago, their season seemed to be on the brink. Two road wins later and everything seems great. Chris Bosh knows that premise might be false, though.

"It's a bit early to say," Bosh said Tuesday morning as the Raptors prepared to play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves. "We've won two in a row and everything. I want to say it, but it's still early. We don't want to be like, "O.K., we've turned the corner and now we can just show up and win.' It's not going to be like that."


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Old 12-09-2009, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Err, paper bag alert!
In my book this predicts a loss in Milwaukee
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paper bag? You're mean lol. She's not that bad
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maybe we can settle for an ugly win?
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I think she's cute.

And she doesn't look bitchy, which is a plus for her.
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I think she's cute.

And she doesn't look bitchy, which is a plus for her.
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