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Sundiata Gaines‚ your timing could not have been much better.

The Raptors brought the point guard in on a 10-day contract on Thursday largely because incumbent lead guards Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless have been hobbled by injuries for weeks.

Lo and behold, Bayless reinjured his tender ankle on Thursday and is now questionable for Friday’s home tilt with the Detroit Pistons.

Gaines, a 6-foot-1, 24-year-old native of Queens, N.Y., has bounced around the NBA, totalling 40 regular season games and has one memorable game-winning shot to his credit while with the Utah Jazz.

Gaines averaged 23.9 points and 6.9 assists with Idaho of the D-League last season, but Raptors head coach Jay Triano considers him more of a facilitator than a scorer — something his team desperately needs at the moment.

“He is a point guard who can set up and run offences rather than he’s going to come down and look for his own,” Triano said of Gaines.

“We don’t need points from that position as (much) as we need someone who can orchestrate who gets the basketball.”

Gaines said he had other offers but felt like Toronto was the right fit for him.

“I had some choices, but the Raptors were the best opportunity,” Gaines said.


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As this retooling — not rebuilding, as general manager Bryan Colangelo made clear back in the fall — Raptors team creeps towards the halfway point of its season, it is time to take stock of how the process is unfolding.

Unlike some teams, who tear the existing roster down and start over upon losing a franchise-leading talent the way the Raptors did last season, Colangelo has chosen instead to build and add to what he already has on hand.

The result? Progress, with a lot of work still to be done both on and off the court.

The Raptors are among the youngest outfits in the entire NBA and, on many nights, show as much.

As a team largely lacking in experience, they tend to make critical mistakes at crucial moments — such as against Atlanta on Wednesday night when an Amir Johnson offensive foul factored hugely in the outcome, along with the cardinal sin of fouling long-range shooters that Toronto players repeatedly committed.

They also don’t get the benefit of the doubt from officials the way veteran, star-laden franchises do, though even that line of complaint has been overblown, according to free throw-related stats (opponents shoot two more free throws per game, in line with the numbers compiled by the East-leading Boston Celtics and the discrepancy was even less before Atlanta was given 31 attempts to Toronto’s 12).

Proficiency, rather than poor refereeing has been the problem with this group — opponents outshoot the Raptors from the field (48.9% to 47.2%), the line (77.5% to 73.8%) and from deep (37.5% to 32.9%) and the team’s defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) ranks a dismal 28th out of 30 teams (111.3).

And yet, the team has 13 wins, plays a fast-paced, energetic style that pleases its long-suffering fans, and sits as close to the playoffs as it does to the high lottery (14th-place New jersey has only three less wins).

Most importantly, building blocks like DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargnani have made significant strides.






Gaines’ job to ‘get guys going’


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The decision to pick up a third point guard on a short-term contract has as much to do with Jose Calderon’s foot and Jerryd Bayless’s ankle than it does with Sundiata Gaines’s abilities.

But unemployed basketball players take their jobs where they can get them and Gaines now finds himself as a Raptor for at least the next 10 days.

With Calderon restricted in how much he can practice and how much he can handle in back-to-back games, and after Bayless tweaked his ankle during a practice mishap Thursday, the Raptors reached out to the 6-1 Gaines, signing him to a 10-day contract about a week after he was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“He is a point guard who can set up and run offences rather than one who’s going to come down and look for his own,” coach Jay Triano said of Gaines, who played bits of last season with the Utah Jazz.


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Cue the scary music as we look at Gaines

A bunch of little items after a rather boring Thursday but games come fast and furious starting tonight so the slow time ends soon.

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Now, this is scary.

You remember Sundiata Gaines, right?

He’s the kid who got called up from the D League by the Utah Jazz – the moment was captured on TV in one of those “behind the scenes” things -- and, after just one practice, he finds himself on the court, at home against the then-mighty Cleveland Cavaliers in the dying seconds of a close game. He drills the first three-pointer of his career to win the game and leaps on the scorer’s table to bask in the adulation of fans and teammates.

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Jan. 14, 2010.

Today’s date:

Jan. 14, 2011.

Wild stuff, eh?

Anyway, that little snippet of news aside, what do we make of his arrival on a 10-day deal yesterday?






Raptors add point guard depth


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The Toronto Raptors have added point guard Sundiata Gaines to their roster, providing some sort-term relief for the team’s two other injury-plagued point guards as the team looks ahead to a gruelling six-game road trip.

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed guard Gaines to a 10-day contract, and he would be available for Friday’s home game against the Detroit Pistons. On Saturday, Toronto kicks off a road trip that will see them face formidable teams in the East and West, including the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic.

Toronto’s two point guards have battled a number of injuries since before the Christmas break. Starter Jose Calderon’s suffered Plantar fasciitis on his left foot and a twisted right ankle, while backup Jerryd Bayless is still playing with the effects of a twisted left ankle.

A 6 foot 1 point guard, Gaines has appeared in 40 regular season games with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz averaging 3.2 points, 1.1 assists and 7.0 minutes. He was signed by Minnesota on November 12 and saw action in eight games totalling 21 points, six assists and 65 minutes. He was released by the Timberwolves on January 4.

Before joining the Jazz last January, he played with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA’s developmental league and also played professionally in Italy.



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SUNshine Girl Brieanne, 18, wants to own her own business and if that doesn't work out -- since almost 80% of all private businesses fail -- she wants to be a Playmate. Can't fail at that! This 5-foot-8 Gemini loves cooking and scrapbooking and dangling shiny objects in the face of her cat Minnie. Like virtually every girl we know, her favourite sport is volleyball. (Dave Abel photo)

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Old 01-14-2011, 10:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Was the guy doing the write ups for the Sunshine Girl having a bad day? Gawd.

Translation: Brieanne is a stupid, typical, hopeless ho.
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thats not very nice.
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Was the guy doing the write ups for the Sunshine Girl having a bad day? Gawd.

Translation: Brieanne is a stupid, typical, hopeless ho.
Yeah, reading that was kinda depressing.
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Was the guy doing the write ups for the Sunshine Girl having a bad day? Gawd.

Translation: Brieanne is a stupid, typical, hopeless ho.
My write up for her...She's 24ish, with nice tits and too much makeup.
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loves cooking and scrapbooking and dangling shiny objects in the face of her cat Minnie. Like virtually every girl we know, her favourite sport is volleyball.
WTF, did an intern write this shit?
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They are cutting her up nicely I think haha...

Honestly though I love how her "backup" is to be a playmate. I would love to know the probability of success for that even for REAAAAALLY hot chicks who are willing to suck hef off. Has to be minimal.

Gotta reset those expectations lady.
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WTF, did an intern write this shit?
LOL, I was thinking the same thing!
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Was the guy doing the write ups for the Sunshine Girl having a bad day? Gawd.

Translation: Brieanne is a stupid, typical, hopeless ho.
Ya that's true.

You'd think the girls would have some kinf of approval in what gets put in those things. However, if i think about it, i could see some girls not having any issues with that in their write ups.
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Brittney's got that rare combo of "cute and sexy" going for her...nice !
SSG's backup plan is to be a Playmate ??...where's a facepalm when you need one

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Brittney's got that rare combo of "cute and sexy" going for her...nice !
SSG girl's backup plan is to be a Playmate ??...where's a facepalm when you need one
where's a mirror when she needs one...
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where's a mirror when she needs one...
OUCH! Vicious haha
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Ya that's true.

You'd think the girls would have some kinf of approval in what gets put in those things. However, if i think about it, i could see some girls not having any issues with that in their write ups.
That's a good point... I would hate not knowing what they were going to write about me. Especially knowing that the write-ups usually sound pretty bad.
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I wonder if they fill out a questionnaire. The dangling of the object in front of a cat is odd. Like, did they ask her what she likes to do and she said that? Or did they interview her at home and observed her doing that.

Reminds me of when I was a Sunshine Boy last year...

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I wonder if they fill out a questionnaire. The dangling of the object in front of a cat is odd. Like, did they ask her what she likes to do and she said that? Or did they interview her at home and observed her doing that.

Reminds me of when I was a Sunshine Boy last year...


That IS what I would write. And I'd take awesome photos to go with it.

I should really start an RF Boy segment. I'll take yer photos and write up wonderfully made-up things about you all.
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I wonder if they fill out a questionnaire. The dangling of the object in front of a cat is odd. Like, did they ask her what she likes to do and she said that? Or did they interview her at home and observed her doing that.

Reminds me of when I was a Sunshine Boy last year...
OMG ... Barr Acuda photo! Gold!!
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Also ... wait, have we done away with face palms? Sad. Why?
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Brittney Palmer has a serious moose knuckle.
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