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Daily Raptor Dish - 19.12.09
No sympathy for the down and out
Raps feast on lowly Nets
Chris Bosh admitted he can relate to what the Nets are going through right now having been through a similar ugly stretch with the Raps in 2005-06 when the team won just five of it's first 25 games.
Toronto would go on to win just 27 games that season.
Having been there, with a team at the bottom, doesn't make Bosh any more sympathetic to the Nets' plight.
"I know what it's like," Bosh said. "It's tough.
"It's unfortunate those guys have to go through that but they are the only guys that are going to get them out of that hole so they have to stay with it."
Bosh said it was far more important for the Raptors to build off last night's 118-95 win, to thoroughly enjoy the victory, than worry about what is going on in New Jersey.
In other words, the Nets can take care of themselves.
"I hope this shows us what we can be if we really apply ourselves," Bosh said. "We know New jersey is struggling right now but it's still the NBA.
"They're still a basketball team where everyone gets paid to do their jobs. It just feels good to get a win."
But feeling sorry for the Nets, feeling sorry for a team with two wins? Not Bosh.
"Nobody felt sorry for me," Bosh said. "It's part of the gig."
Raptors feast on awful Nets
Seven different Raptors made it into double figures in scoring, led by Johnson with 18 off the bench. Every starter with the exception of Jack, who had nine assists, was in double digits with the scoring evenly spread among them. Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani sat down early with the game well in hand with 16 each. Ditto for Hedo Turkoglu and DeRozan who had 14 each.
About the only part of the Raptors game that didn't get better last night was the shooting of Marco Belinelli. He was a woeful 3-for-19 from the field in his past three games and while he finally did convert a breakaway layup in the third quarter, he finished the night still struggling with a 2-for-9 evening from the field.
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It was an easy win against an overmatched opponent, a game that turned into a laugher before halftime, a game when starters could rest and the fourth quarter was garbage time. For a team as oft-beleaguered as the Raptors are, it was nice to have an easy night for once.
And it doesn't matter that it came against a woefully inadequate opponent and amounted to them simply doing what needed to be done, because they've had those kinds of opportunities before and blown them.
It was a win, a good win and they don't care who it came against.
Raptors find patsy in Nets
This is something I noticed about Andrea the night in Milwaukee when he didn’t play but I didn’t mention it because I figured my mind was playing tricks on me.
At that game – and I was sitting about 10 feet away from him – he kept up a steady stream of conversation with guys on the court, moving them here and there, calling out screens and plays and generally being involved.
Like I said, I figured I’d been slipped some hallucinogen in my cheese-based Milwaukee dinner and let it go out of my mind.
So last night, I’m watching him again, on the court this time, and he’s doing it again.
Communicating on defence, moving guys around on offence (in two third-quartet sets in a row he moved Amir Johnson to the right spot to start a play) and generally being yappy.
And since I’m sure the good folks in the media room here wouldn’t slip me a mickey, it must have happened.
Raptors dominate struggling Nets
As he surveyed the court with a well-practised eye as the Toronto Raptors went through their pregame warm-up, Muggsy Bogues said things might not be as bad as they appear for his former team.
“I think they can make a push because they play in the East,” Bogues said. “They still play in the East, right?”
Bogues was assured that, yes, his old team still resides in the Eastern Conference of the NBA, where a sub-par .500 record and a couple bucks might still land a loser in the promised land of the postseason.
All the Raptors needed was a patsy to beat up on, a team to help restore their shattered confidence and show them that things could be far worse. Enter the New jersey Nets.
The Raptors (12-17) certainly got the lift they desperately needed, pounding the abysmal Nets (2-25) 118-95 to snap a two-game losing skid at the Air Canada Centre last night.
The slaughter was played out before Bogues, who was on hand as part of the Raptors' season-long 15th anniversary celebrations.
The 5-foot-3 dynamo, who holds the distinction of being the smallest player to have competed in the NBA, played the final two of his 14 seasons in Toronto (1999-2000 and 2000-01). That was when the Raptors were coached by the inscrutable Butch Carter and Toronto made the playoffs for the first time, meeting the New York Knicks in the first round.
Bogues still laughs at the memory of Carter launching a defamation of character lawsuit on the eve of the playoff against New York centre Marcus Camby, a former Raptor who had referred to Carter as a liar in a story published the previous week.
The series opened in New York and it all made for wonderful theatre on Broadway, but it didn't help the Raptors, who were swept in three games.
“I still don't understand what Butch's thinking was,” Bogues said. “He probably didn't understand what his thinking was. It was all personal.”
Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh can sympathize with flailing NJ Nets
Sonny Weems: slam dunk; Amir Johnson: layup; DeMar DeRozan: alley-oop; Johnson, once more: slam dunk.
Given the way this season has unfolded for the Toronto Raptors, there have been too many nights when it has been the opposition, not the Raptors, taking residence in the paint, turning games into glorified layup lines.
But, on four successive possessions in the first quarter of the Raptors' 118-95 win over the New jersey Nets last night at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto actually finished at the rim. For a team that has battled confidence and energy issues all season long, the abysmal 2-25 New jersey Nets were a sight for sore eyes.
"For the most part, through three quarters, we did what we wanted to do as far as our aggressiveness and the way we wanted to play," Raptors coach Jay Triano said.
In general, the Raptors got whatever they wanted offensively whenever they wanted it. DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani slashed to the basket, and the aggressiveness was not merely ornamental.
Since misery loves company in the NBA, Chris Bosh sidled up to Devin Harris before their encounter Friday night to tell the Nets point guard he knows what 2-24 feels like.
“Remember about four years ago, we were that,” said the Toronto superstar, referring to the 2005-06 season, when the Raptors started 4-20 before winning seven of nine.
“That’s what I was telling Devin. He’s like, ‘I dunno, you haven’t seen us.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, yes I have.’ I know what it’s like. It’s tough — it’s very unfortunate that guys have to go through that — but they’re the only guys who are going to get them out of that hole. You have to stay with it and keep working.”
But no, Bosh added, he doesn’t do sympathy — not even after his team smashed Harris’ club by a 118-95 margin Friday night.
“No, nobody felt sorry for me,” Bosh said. “It’s part of the gig.”
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