Daily Raptor Dish - 09.12.2010
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Knicks edge Raptors in dying seconds


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They said they weren’t looking past the Raptors.

But for a while there the Knicks’ actions said the opposite.

Then Amare Stoudemire decided it was time, and the Knicks began to assert themselves.

For three quarters, Stoudemire was extremely quiet with just 16 points through the first 36 minutes.

But with the game still up for grabs in the fourth, Stoudemire reverted to the form that has earned him player-of-the-week honours in two of the past three weeks. The Knicks followed his lead.

Credit the Raptors for staying with them right to the end, but it wasn’t enough.

Stoudemire was unstoppable, scoring 18 points in the final frame. But it wasn’t the $100-million US free agent who iced this one for the Knicks, but the under-appreciated point guard who is also new to the team, one Raymond Felton.

With the game tied at 110 and 2.7 seconds remaining, Felton let fly with a three-pointer from the top of the circle. It went back rim, front rim, back rim, front rim, and back rim before falling for what proved to be the winning points.

Andrea Bargnani’s desperation heave from 29 feet never found the mark, giving the Knicks a 113-110 win.

Kleiza keeps complaint to himself


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Linas Kleiza was picking his words carefully.

Kleiza knows what happens to players who second-guess officials. They get hit in the wallet, so looking very much like he felt he was already robbed once, he went to great lengths to avoid having it done a second time.

The incident in question was an attempted in-bounds pass by Kleiza with 57 seconds left in the game and the Knicks up by three. He was in the process of releasing the ball when he was called for the in-bounds tunover on the five-second rule. The look on his face said it all.

“Definitely, I thought it was three or four seconds,” Kleiza said. “I released the ball and I thought he had called a foul on the floor. It is what it is.”

It was a first for Kleiza.

“But I don’t want to comment on the calls,” Kleiza said. “You know how the NBA is when you do that.”






Feschuk: Raptors lose to knicks despite pre-game strategy


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The game came just three days after a 17-point loss to the Knicks in Toronto in which New York’s three-point shooters had a 12-trey heyday, and just two days removed from Indiana’s 13-bomb barrage.

Toronto’s defence on Wednesday night was far more attentive to detail. The Raptors, especially in the early going, baited the Knicks into taking a lot of long two-point jump shots, which they happened to miss more than occasionally. And they limited the Knicks’ fast-break opportunities by holding their own on the boards. New York managed just eight three-pointers on 21 attempts all told.

When the Raptors went up 47-35 in the second quarter, the Garden crowd got restless, briefly booing the home side. But Toronto’s early lead, which got as big as 13 points, evaporated in a hurry. Felton reeled off 11 points in a span of a little more than two minutes to pull the Knicks within three by scoring both inside and from behind the three-point line.

The Knicks, off to their best start in half a decade, have now won 11 of their last 12 games. And though the Garden was abuzz with optimism, there are critics rightly pointing out that the Knicks haven’t exactly been defeating NBA powerhouses en route to their early-season success.

Heading into Wednesday night they had played the weakest schedule in the NBA as measured by the combined winning percentage of their opponents, a sobering .409. So Toronto, at .381 coming in, was another in a line of fodder before the Knicks begin a more arduous section of their schedule next week.

If not for Stoudemire’s spectacular late surge — he made nine of 13 field-goal attempts in the final frame — the fodder might have walked away with a win.

“That’s why he got the hundred million, flat out,” DeMar DeRozan said, speaking of the five-year deal Stoudemire signed with the Knicks this past summer.

In the end, the Raptors grudgingly tipped their caps to the victors, if not the referees.






Raptors drop third straight game


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Raymond Felton’s shot bounced on the rim so long that he had time for a prayer.

Not that it was needed. Had it missed, Amare Stoudemire said he would have put the rebound in.

The way he and the New York Knicks are rolling, who would doubt him?

Felton’s tiebreaking three-pointer bounced on the rim five times and finally went in with 2.7 seconds left, giving the Knicks a 113-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night that extended their winning streak to six.

“It was bouncing and bouncing. I was praying, praying, praying,” Felton said.

Stoudemire extended his 30-point streak to six games in sensational fashion, scoring 18 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and grabbing 14 rebounds. His jumper gave New York a 110-107 lead with 57 seconds remaining and sparked “MVP!” chants at Madison Square Garden.

But after Andrea Bargnani tied it with a three, Felton launched his three that also hit the backboard once after Stoudemire couldn’t get free. The point guard finished with 28 points and 11 assists, scoring 20 in the first half to carry the Knicks before Stoudemire got going.

“Those two guys are unbelievable, willing us to win,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Whatever phase you want to talk about, they’re doing.”

Bargnani had a career-high 41 points, but wasn’t close on a desperation three just before the buzzer in the Raptors’ third straight loss.




Felton's 3 with 2.7 left puts Knicks over Raptors

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It doesn't matter to the Knicks that 10 of the 11 wins have come against teams with losing records.

"We feel we can play with the best of them," said Stoudemire, who is one shy of tying the franchise record of seven straight 30-point games, set by Willie Naulls in 1962.
"Those two guys are unbelievable, willing us to wins, leadership, whatever," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Stoudemire said he enjoyed the resounding MVP chant but was quick to credit his teammates.
"That is great," he said. "It is a team chant because it wouldn't happen without team success. So it is for all of us to have that confidence."

"He's my league MVP thus far," Felton said. "He's playing great. He's being a great leader. He's leading by example. He's being more vocal than he's ever been in his whole career."
Stoudemire, who has won two of the last three Eastern Conference Player of the Week awards, is working on his third. After having just two points with 2:30 left in the half, he exploded for 32 points across the next 26:30 minutes.
"I challenge anyone to guard Amar'e," D'Antoni said.

Stoudemire was 9 of 13 in the fourth quarter, hitting jumpers, runners and dunks. He continued his attack even after picking up his controversial fifth foul with 2:09 left, as Toronto's DeMar DeRozan initiated contact on a drive.

With Stoudemire, the leadership starts on the plane ride. According to the coaching staff, Stoudemire can be seen on his laptop, replaying that day's game on the plane, sitting in the front, often talking to the coaches about strategy.

D'Antoni said he loves how Stoudemire has become a serious student of the game, exuding professionalism, and calls his mind "inquisitive."

Stoudemire and Felton's professionalism has rubbed off and filtered down to all the players.
"It's all about basketball now, watching film and studying," Stoudemire said. "And in my free time I'll read to educate myself."

Stoudemire said has been reading a "diverse book" -- Sun Tzu's Art of War.

"It's about trying to win a war without having a war," Stoudemire said. "I'm trying to apply those rules to basketball."

Stoudemire is winning the war and winning over every basketball fan in New York.

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RF Man Candy of the Day - Max Rogers


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Jessica has a nice combo of sexy & cute going for her
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Max's hair holds secrets. Shhhh.

Perfect body type, too. Not over-muscled, just really toned and looks like a dude.
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which hair
looks like a dude I know, maybe a young Kenny G

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Both, I'm sure.
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*licks Jessica*
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Max's hair holds secrets. Shhhh.

Perfect body type, too. Not over-muscled, just really toned and looks like a dude.
Dude should change his hair style ! Chicks dig guys well toned but what's up with that mushroom hair:facepalm:
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Yes. That's hoe I do it
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UMM...jessica is sweet. I have a recent bad habit of looking up the RF. Yesterday's RF was hot but did not know she was a porn star. Wasn't so smart, lots of video and nasty shots showed up. Not a good habit at work. :facepalm:
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Has anyone noticed the trend of Kaydy hating on the mancandy..... Girl is vicious.

Haven't you seen the rule where we basically somehow blame everything on the photographer? Or does that only go for the sun? haha

I don't know what to say about the RFG today other than it looks like she is leading some kind of weird yoga session and I'm very very very down for a lesson.
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UMM...jessica is sweet. I have a recent bad habit of looking up the RF. Yesterday's RF was hot but did not know she was a porn star. Wasn't so smart, lots of video and nasty shots showed up. Not a good habit at work. :facepalm:
Sounds like a good day at work to me
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Has anyone noticed the trend of Kaydy hating on the mancandy..... Girl is vicious.

Haven't you seen the rule where we basically somehow blame everything on the photographer? Or does that only go for the sun? haha

I don't know what to say about the RFG today other than it looks like she is leading some kind of weird yoga session and I'm very very very down for a lesson.
Kaydy is a guy. No?
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UMM...jessica is sweet. I have a recent bad habit of looking up the RF. Yesterday's RF was hot but did not know she was a porn star. Wasn't so smart, lots of video and nasty shots showed up. Not a good habit at work. :facepalm:
wikipedia that stuff before you check
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Kaydy is a guy. No?
I don't know, I assumed it was one of those whacky spellings you guys have been making fun of recently like "Katie"....
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I don't know, I assumed it was one of those whacky spellings you guys have been making fun of recently like "Katie"....
I thought so at first too, but he always says the RF girl isn't hot enough, so.... I assumed.

Who knows!
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I am a guy. All right !! :facepalm:

Can't comment on male candy, now? Fabio was funny ! This dude here had weird hair, that's all....

You don't see me googling male candy now, do you?

Cmon Cudda, I said I was a fan.....I meant that in a male-female way....
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I am a guy. All right !! :facepalm:

Can't comment on male candy, now? Fabio was funny ! This dude here had weird hair, that's all....

You don't see me googling male candy now, do you?

Cmon Cudda, I said I was a fan.....I meant that in a male-female way....
Hey, I just said you were a guy! Reni said you were a girl.

Although, when you first told me you were a fan I thought you meant in a girl-way. I'm a fan of Taz, after all.

But yeah. I knew you were a dude. Your name just throws the men-folk off.
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Hey, I just said you were a guy! Reni said you were a girl.

Although, when you first told me you were a fan I thought you meant in a girl-way. I'm a fan of Taz, after all.

But yeah. I knew you were a dude. Your name just throws the men-folk off.
And to be fair, I'm not very smart.

You are allowed to make negative remarks about the man-candy all day Kaydy. I'll just chalk it up to secret desires or jealousy haha..... I kid

Sorry for the gender confusion my brother. (I was hoping I'd never have to say that.)
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Nah...forgiven..

I took the first three letters of my daughter's name and two from my son. Hence, I got to kaydy....

Just to enlighten the men-folks out there.....
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