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Daily Raptor Dish - 10.02.10
Rumours swirl around Raps' Colangelo
Healthy Raptors prepare for 76erstitle
Normally, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
The New jersey Nets are a mess and they are on pace to become the losingest team in the NBA’s modern era.
There’s hope on the horizon with Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov soon to be approved by the NBA’s board as New Jersey’s new owner.
Rod Thorn serves as president, but his deal expires this summer.
Colangelo doesn’t have a contract beyond this season.
Colangelo is often viewed as one of basketball’s big fish who would prefer to swim in a large pond.
With talk of the Nets moving shop to Brooklyn, more than one person has begun to connect the dots, real or imagined, and link Colangelo with the Nets.
It’s no different than when players get bandied about in rumour.
People begin to grasp at straws and make a leap that often results in nothing.
A scenario was floated that connected Colangelo with the New York Knicks, where Donnie Walsh calls the shots.
Like Thorn, Walsh is an experienced and well-respected executive whose time may be about to expire, by choice and by circumstance.
The Knicks are coached by Mike D’Antoni, who was given his first NBA coaching gig in Phoenix by Colangelo.
The Knicks are loaded with cap space and no executive is as adept at wooing free agents like Colangelo.
The problem with the speculation is that Colangelo isn’t going anywhere, at least not in the immediate future.
Maybe one day he’s destined to assume a top position with the league or oversee a European-based division of the NBA.
In time, Colangelo will grow tired of running a basketball team in a market dominated by hockey.
For the first time in quite some time, every Raptor on the roster practised.
For the first time in his first-year run as the team’s full-time head coach, Jay Triano has a lineup that features no injuries.
Everything is functioning so smoothly in Raptorland that the only decision involves the team’s inactive list, another first.
As the Raptors prepared Tuesday for their final tip prior to the all-star break, Triano’s biggest worry was deciding who to leave off the roster for Wednesday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre by the Philadelphia 76ers.
With everyone healthy, Triano will have to manage his players’ minutes and come up with a rotation that makes the most sense at the expense of feelings.
Matchups will depend on who Triano throws out on the court and at what junctures in the game.
Philadelphia has turned around its fortunes recently and entered its home tip Tuesday night against Minnesota having won four in a row.
Reggie Evans makes his long-awaited debut in a regular-season game for the Raptors against a team that traded the veteran power forward in the off-season.
Triano wants to give Evans minutes, in all likelihood limiting Amir Johnson’s playing time.
Evans isn’t likely to play more than five minutes as he gets back into the groove following a four-month foot injury.
No matter what rotation Triano decides to use, he knows that certain players may be left out at some point.
It all depends on what the situation Wednesday night dictates.
If athleticism is needed, Sonny Weems will get the nod against a Sixers team that is pushing the pace and scoring in transition.
If a shot-maker is required, Marco Belinelli is available.
Triano's delighted to take a number
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- An illness to one of his daughters means Allen Iverson will again be out of the lineup. Iverson remains one of the game's more popular figures and he was voted as an all-star. He's always been among the most popular in Toronto.
- Elton Brand is back in the starting lineup and former first overall draft pick is playing at a high level. He'll be matched up against Chris Bosh, who will likely force Brand to extend his defence.
- Jrue Holiday is an explosive rookie who forces tempo. Jarrett Jack has to keep Holiday in front of him.
In his past two games heading into Tuesday night's tip against Minnesota, Thaddeus Young averaged 18.0 points, all coming off the bench ... Philly's run began with an 83-79 win over New Jersey. In the ensuing three games, all wins, Philly averaged 103.0 points ... In a win over Chicago, Brand, who came into the NBA with the Bulls, scored 26 points on 12-of-22 shooting.
Iverson out for at least 2 more games
The resources available to Raptors coach Jay Triano are many and varied; staff and the latest in technology are available to him whenever and however he needs them.
But this year there's something new, information the team never had before. It's hard-core statistical analysis of everything that goes on in every NBA game that provides another layer at the coach's disposal – number-crunching that takes number-crunching to places never before explored in Toronto.
"They break stuff down like you've never seen," Triano said of the two men who crunch the numbers and provide the information the Raptors are using more now than they ever have. "It's possession-by-possession, player-by-player, combinations of players, points per possession, where we're scoring, where we're not scoring, it just gives us another tool to help us get better at both ends."
Raptors rookie DeRozan guarantees dunk-in victory
Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson will miss the team's next two games because of the lingering illness of one of his children.
Iverson, who has missed the previous three games, will sit out Tuesday against Minnesota and Wednesday at Toronto. Iverson will return for the Sixers' first game following the All-Star break vs. Miami on Feb. 16
So much for playing the part of the soft-spoken rookie. DeMar DeRozan is now opting for boldness.
The Raptors swingman will take part in a "dunk-in" against the Clippers' Eric Gordon on Friday evening. The winner of the competition will take part in the slam dunk contest on Saturday night of all-star weekend.
Is he going to beat Gordon?
"Eric? Yeah, of course," DeRozan said.
"You've just got to keep that confidence. When it comes to trying to entertaining people, you know I love to do that. I just love going out there and trying to show something new. It's kind of tough these days."
DeRozan added he will have a role for either Sonny Weems or Jarrett Jack — or both — on one or more of his dunks.
76ers win fifth in a row
No matter who's in town, the Toronto Raptors continue to win at home. The suddenly surging Philadelphia 76ers, however, might have a good chance to change that.
The Raptors look to extend their season-high home winning streak to eight games Wednesday night while trying for a third consecutive victory over the 76ers, who have won five in a row.
Winners of consecutive games overall, Toronto (28-23) is one victory shy of tying the franchise mark for wins prior to All-Star weekend. The Raptors went 29-21 before the break in 2001-02 and 29-24 in 2006-07.
Toronto's play at home has been a big reason for the team's first-half success. The Raptors are 19-6 at Air Canada Centre - one more win than they had there all of 2008-09 - and they're trying for their first eight-game home winning streak since Jan. 24-Feb. 14, 2006.
The Raptors have won 13 of 14 at home, the most recent being a 115-104 victory over lowly Sacramento on Sunday. Toronto is averaging 106.6 points while shooting 50.3 percent during its last 14 home games.
On the strength of a 43-point second period, the Sixers ran away to a 119-97 victory that extended their longest winning streak of the season to five games.
“I liked the way we played for 48 minutes," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said. "We did not have any major lulls like we have in the past. We stayed at a high level."
The Sixers (20-31) snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak and left the Timberwolves with a 13-39 record.
After the final horn sounded, the Sixers hustled off the court so they could head to the airport for their flight to Toronto. They are scheduled to meet the Raptors tonight in their last game before the all-star break.
"We plan to finish up strong," said forward Elton Brand, who finished with 21 points. "We've won five in a row, and we want to make it six and enjoy the break and come back."
Sunshine Girl – 10.02.10
RF Girl of the Day – Anne V
SUNshine Girl Courtney is 19 years old and her hobby is "crushing beers." When Courtney isn't drinking beer rather quickly, she likes to spend her time off in bed. After all, crushing beers takes a lot out of a girl.